Heart of England Fleece Show 2014
This event was held at CS alpacas on the weekend of the 3-5th October. We had a record number of entries (189) in total. It was a very hectic, but productive and enjoyable weekend, meeting old and new alpaca people who kindly offered their services whilst the judging was being done – a huge thank you to all of you! The judges this year were Liz Barlow and Jay Holland and they did an amazing job. On the Sunday, our group members and others attended to view the judged fleeces, listened to judges’ talks on them and also Camilla Pascoe, a student working with alpaca fiber at University, gave a brief talk of her experiences with this amazing fiber. It was a great opportunity to get together and catch up with friends and then the champion fleeces were awarded. This year CS Alpacas walked away with Champion Suri Light fleece, Best British Fleece, Judges Choice and Supreme Champion – needless to say, I was extremely proud of Alpaca Stud Will’o’Wisp, who was one of my purchases at the Classic Auction last year.
Adoption of Cria
This month, Felix was adopted by Freya Salt, a lovely young lady. She and Felix seem to be getting to know each other very well and she is looking forward to the New Year, when she can become involved in his Halter Training, ready (hopefully), for his first show in the Spring.
BAS Judges 2 Course
I attended the Judges 2 course, held at Bozedown Alpacas, Whitchurch-on-Thames, on the weekend of the 17th/18th October, along with my good friends, Shirley Isseyegh, Jo Bridge and Viv Darcy. This was very intensive and extremely tiring for all of us, but also great fun, with the opportunity to learn so much more about alpaca judging. It really makes you appreciate how hard it is for our Judges to please everyone at the Shows and I now have an even greater respect for them (not that I didn’t respect them before)! Last Friday, I got a phone call to say that I had passed the course, so now it’s onwards and hopefully upwards with apprenticeships and then eventually onto Certification to become a fully fledged alpaca Judge!! Who’d have thought it???
Article on CS Alpacas
I wrote an article on CS Alpacas, from the start to now and it is published in the Autumn Edition of ALPACA WORLD under “Alpacas or nothing”. If you get a chance, have a read….