The AAA National Age and Colour Championships are set to build on the well recognised history, prestige and success of the AAA National Show and Victorian Alpaca Colourbration. This will not simply be two shows back to back, but a totally new format designed to give AAA members the best opportunity to display their animals, promote their businesses and learn as much as possible to improve their breeding programs and productivity.
Wednesday 23rd - arrival from 3pm
Thursday 24th & Friday 25th - halter classes grouped by colour This is the same format as Colourbration but only place ribbons will be awarded. At this stage we plan to start with white suri, then white huacaya and move through the colours from light to dark (alternating suri and huacaya) over the 2 days. This will be finalised once entries have closed.
Saturday 26th - championship & supreme awards 1st and 2nd placed animals will enter the ring twice grouped by colour and then by age. Champion and reserve champion male and female awarded for each colour and age. Colour champions will enter the ring for national colour supreme champion awards. Age champions will enter the ring for national grand male and female champion awards and the supreme grand champion award.
Sunday 27th - progeny classes Predictability in breeding is key to the future of the industry and the sire and dam's progeny classes deserve 'prime time' recognition.
We will be running sire’s progeny by colour with only 2 animals required for each entry, and in contrast to previous shows the animals will be judged even if there is only one entry. Our plan is to have our judges fitted with handsfree microphones to comment on each pair as they are inspected. Dam’s progeny will be an open competition with 2 animals required per entry. The final competition will be an open sire’s progeny class with 3 animals required for each entry, not necessarily required to be the same colour.
The finale of the show will see all the winning progeny groups brought back into the ring, and a photo of their sire (supplied by the exhibitors) displayed on the big screen as they are introduced. The public will then be invited into the show ring to inspect the animals and talk with the exhibitor. All of this will be livestreamed world wide. What a great opportunity to promote your prized genetics!!!
Halter judges - Lyn Dickson and Joanne Ham Both Lyn and Jo have been incredibly helpful and supportive in developing the concept for this new show and event. Lyn in particular has been an integral member of 'Team Spectacular' and while we acknowledge that she did co-judge 'The 2016 National', we could not envisage running this completely new format without her steady 'hand on the rudder' in and out of the show ring. We are all working incredibly hard to deliver a truly spectacular forum to promote Australian alpaca to the world and allow all breeders to learn as much as possible from the judging process.
Fleece judge - Karen Caldwell We are delighted Karen has accepted this role in the first fleece show of its kind in Australia. All fleeces will be grid tested on site and judged for places, then both colour and age based championships will be awarded, with a Supreme fleece of each colour and an overall 'National Grand Champion'. Due to the limited access we have to the venue, fleece judging will not be completed until after the commencement of halter classes. Karen has agreed to be 'miked up' to present some examples of high and low scoring fleeces (beamed onto the big screen) and explain why they received the awarded points in each category of the new fleece scorecard. Her passion for fleece quality and preparation, and commitment to breeder education will make this an event not to miss!