The Northumberland Alpaca Championship 2017 will be held at the Northumberland County Show. NEBAG (North East and Borders Alpaca Group) are proud to organise and support the alpaca section, and it looks set to build on the great success of last year and be a great show. We are hoping to attract approximately 120-125 entries this year. We are very pleased to have secured the expertise of Liz Barlow as our judge who will be a welcome return to the North East.
This year offers a wide variety of halter classes including the usual colour classes and separate classes for multi (huacaya and suri) as well as gelding and progeny. As always we will be holding our young handlers class – a great opportunity for children, (age 12 and under) to demonstrate their knowledge of alpacas and show off their alpaca handling and walking skills in the ring. We feel it is really important to encourage handlers at this age, after all they could possibly be our breeder / owners / handlers of the future so what better place to start then at the friendly atmosphere of the Northumberland County Showground!
The alpaca section always attracts a lot of interest from the public and we like to use this opportunity to educate young and old in a fun environment and make new friends, especially those interested in keeping animals themselves. The layout of the tent is always considered carefully, for the welfare of the animals first and foremost but also for the public to meet the animals a little more close up.
Alpacas are very friendly (as are their breeders!) and we love talking about them, so come along and watch some classes, chat to the breeders and browse through the extensive range of alpaca products on sale. Whether you are thinking about keeping animals or just curious and intrigued, you are more than welcome to drop by the tent. Breeders and organisers are always happy to answer any questions or discuss the latest farming issues.
Come and join the fun – we look forward to seeing you there!