Illinois Alpaca Show
Those entering our barn and home will not see any ribbons or banners hanging as conquests of the show ring. Rather, they will see volumes of books containing data about each alpaca, their positive and negative traits and what their lineage is producing. The last thing we ever discuss is their show winnings. With our strategic plan of generating the most elite alpaca production fleeces possible, it is both humbling and satisfying to be recognized in the show ring and by fellow breeders and friends. With eight halter entries and three fleece entries, we produced:
- Three Color Championships
- Nine FirstPlace
- Two Second Places
- One Third Place
- One Fifth Place
Notably, one alpaca in particular gave us great satisfaction: RobAsia’s Albus.This young yearling took a First and Color Champion in white fleece (his cria fleece) First and Color Champion in white male halter, First in Bred and Owned and was part of the Breeder’s Best Three (3 unrelated males).Albus was loaded on the trailer and is going to our friends and partners at Blue Gate Alpacas. He will compete in a few shows in Texas and Oklahoma this fall.
As a last minute entry, Superstar took first place in Get of Sire. Bob and Darlene Nueske of Applewood Lane Alpacas helped us out with two Superstar offspring. Argosy took First and Color Champion in fleece and the other, Ozzie, took First and Reserve Color Champ in Halter.
Doug and Patti Jennings of Willow Bend Alpacas assembled a great team to put on this show; it seemed to us to go flawlessly.As we said our goodbyes, Patti said something about “fixing the problems” next year.Whatever they were, they were not apparent to us.