The "Hiram Wakefield" Medal
Bradford Champ Show 1914
London Championship Show
Jack Smith - Elmdene Stud
SHOWS 2018

1978 Pet Kelly - Golden
1966 Brian Emmett - Silver
1964 George Lodge - Golden
1952 Tony Tipper - Silver
1939 H G Walker - Golden
1931 H G Walker - Golden

It's about time we recorded the next Agouti winner!

We're lucky to have a picture of the winning Golden Agouti.

In 1914, the Special Challenge Cup  for best Agouti at the club show, Bradford, was awarded to
E.G. Bates  for his Golden Agouti Sow.

This is the advert for the first Bradford Champ. Harry Downes judged Agoutis, Selfs and Peruvians. It's interesting to note that the schedule lists Peruvians and Abys before the Selfs. Also that just Golden and Silver Agoutis are catered for as, of course, this show pre-dated the Cinnamon and other AOCs.

Cavy Judges and Stewards 1921. The man far right at the back appears to be Mr. H A Sheffield. If anyone can confirm this and/or name any of the others we would be most pleased to hear.


  GOLDEN AGOUTI: 1. Stephenson – good shaped boar in right bloom, even ticking right through, nice feet and rich belly colour.  2. Pickup and Crane – sow, often described, not the bloom of leader.  3. Brewer Bros – even ticking and rich, fails on throat.  Reserve - Brewer Bros.; Very Highly Commended – Vincent; Highly Commended - Gilbert & Holland; Commended - Hartley. 

  SILVER AGOUTI: 1 & Best Agouti. Gilbert & Holland – evenly ticked, full throat, nice feet, no suggestion of brassiness, wins.  2. Langford – close up except for front feet.  3. Vincent – good level body, feet and throat, uneven on face.  Reserve - Southam; Very Highly Commended – Langford; Highly Commended - Langford; Commended - Habershon.

  FOUR MONTHS: 1. Vincent – Golden boar, good shape youngster, cram full of colour, even right through.  2. Harper – sow, good shape and eye, fails on hind feet.  3. Langford – Silver, clear of brassiness, evenly ticked, fails throat to leaders.  Reserve - Wright; Very Highly Commended – Morley; Highly Commended – Pickup and Crane; Commended - Thornton.

 Judge: H.Y. Downs

  (This was the very first Bradford Championship Show and there were no Club Stock Shows in this first year.)


 Three Years of Cavy Breeding and now Right at the Top   Messrs. Brewer Bros. have found that the Good Things of the Fancy are not for the Big Men alone but that the “Little” Man can Secure a Big Share.  

  A FIRM that has been very prominent in Cavy circles during the last twelve months is Messers. Brewer Bros., Whoberley near Coventry.  At many of the best shows they have accounted for some of the highest honours and their exhibits have been the subject of much favourable comment.  Some idea of their show pen success may be gained from the following figures.  During the seasons of 1920 and 1921 they have won upwards of fifty 1sts, thirty 2nds and thirty five 3rds, whilst they also had the pleasure of winning the Agouti Cavy Club’s cup for best at its Annual show.  They have also in their “bag” the Midland Cavy Club’s cup, two Championships and forty Special Prizes truly a feat of which any fancier would be proud.     Golden Agoutis are chief favourite with Messers. Brewer Bros. and in their stud of this variety they have no less than ten 1st prize winning pigs.  Amongst them are Ch. Midland Gold King winner of ten 1sts and six times Best in Show; also the cup winning sow Ch. Midland Gold Queen whose total of 1sts is eight with also five Specials.  They do not go in for breeding a lot of stock and their plan is certainly working out well, as up to now they have not bred one pig of this variety which has not proved its quality by winning a first prize in open.  They have some promising youngsters coming along and these should keep up the prestige of the Stud.     Self’s are greater in point of number with Whites, Blacks and Creams all being kept.  These have not so good a record as the Agoutis but the stock now in the hutches gives evidence that it will not be long before they can fight hard for premier position. Quality is their sheet anchor and no moderate pig finds its way into the breeding pen.  Down that road progress lies.     Tortoise and Whites perhaps the most fascinating variety makes up the Stud and of these a grand little lot is to be seen.  They do not however appeal to Messers. Brewer Bros. as do the other varieties and it is probably not that long before the “patchies” are cleared to give more room for the other breeds.  This would be a wise move, no doubt, as it would be a pity to spoil the results through attempting too much.  Far better have fewer pigs than have the accommodation crowded to its utmost capacity.     There is also a good breeding stud of Dutch, and already the fruits of victory have been tasted with this variety.     Messers. Brewer Bros. have not been long in the Fancy.  They are comparatively newcomers, it being but three years since they took up the hobby.  They at once saw the wisdom of having a quality stud in preference to a big stud of moderate quality and they laid their plans accordingly.  Both are working men toiling hard for their daily bread and they find their cavies a real source of rest and change after the days work is over.  Living out in the country with green food all around them in plenty, the feeding question presents no difficulties to them and it is little wonder that their stock is always in the pink of condition.  They appreciate the great help they have received in the advice given them by other fanciers and they in turn are only too pleased to be able to help any struggling novice in the same way.     As a hobby they think there is nothing to compare with the breeding of cavies and carried out on the lines under which their stud is worked one can quite understand their enthusiasm.  With such a grand quality stud there is no limit to the heights they may attain to in the Cavy World.  The chief thing is that they will have to be careful of overcrowding especially as they have such a grand lot of young stock now running about the hutches.  I think however they see the wisdom of keeping within reasonable limits and it is quite probable that many of the likely winners not to mention a lot of good breeding material will find its way to other studs there to earn fame for its new owners.   Allan Watson

The Agouti show report states that the Silvers were well-supported and improved but many did not have the desired "light" belly required in a good Silver Agouti.

For the avoidance of any doubt, this not the current Standard!

In 2008, the National Agouti Cavy Club stand was awarded First Prize among all stands (Rabbit, Cavy and others).