Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Spring Shows

We are gearing up for the spring alpaca shows. There are quite a few to choose from in the midwest including the Best of the US Alpaca Show in Columbus, OH in March, the Indiana Alpaca Invitational in Fort Wayne, IN in April, the Great Midwest Alpaca Fest in Madison, WI in April, the Buckeye Alpaca Show in Columbus, OH in May and the Michigan Alpaca Breeder's Show and Fiber Fair in Davisburg, MI in May. So many shows.....so little time and money.

We needed to carefully choose what shows we would be attending. It is difficult this time of year because Noah has Ski Competitions most weekends through mid April. Also, alpaca shows can get very expensive and can average anywhere between $500-$1000 depending on how many animals you bring. It not only costs money to show, but costs money for transportation, food and lodging for the weekend. Luckily we have worked out a pretty good system with our friends at Oak Haven Alpacas where we take each other's alpacas to show, while the other farm stays home and farm sits. This way, we have an alpaca sitter and we save money on splitting pen costs, and not paying for transportation, lodging and food for every show.

This spring, Noah and I decided to show animals in 2 shows. On March 12-14, we will be sending Jolie Rouge, Paisley, d'Artagnan and Riphaeus with the Strays of Oak Haven Alpacas to the Best of the US Alpaca Show in Columbus, OH. This is a level IV show, meaning it will be pretty large and have several hundred alpacas in attendance. This also means there will be fierce competition in the ring. The Strays are going to have their hands full at the show. In addition to showing our 4, they will be showing 6 of their own and will be entering 2 of ours and 1 of theirs in the Get of Sire class for our shared herdsire Smokey. We are excited to see how everyone does and are anxious to see if any of our animals earn ribbons.

The second show we will be attending is the Michigan Alpaca Breeders Show and Fiber Fair in Davisburg, MI April 30-May 2. This is one of my favorite shows as it is smaller (a level II with only 200 alpacas in attendance) and it is held outside at a fair ground, which is great if the weather cooperates. You also have the option of camping at this show which Noah and I did last year (although we were the only ones in a tent...everyone else had big ol RVs), but this year we decided to splurge and get a hotel. We will again be taking Jolie, Paisley, d'Ar, and Riph to this show along with 2 pacas from Oak Haven Alpacas. We will also be volunteering at this show. We always volunteer to do color checking as it is a great way to meet a lot of other breeders and to get your hands on a lot of other animals, including the competition.

We have lots to do before the shows, including halter training our 4 pacas that we will be taking. I am hoping they are all a breeze this year. We will see how everyone does at the shows this spring and after a busy summer of birthing will look into participating in some fall shows.

1 comment:

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