The Northumberland Alpaca Championship 2018 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 looking to attract approximately 120-125 entries this year. We are very pleased to have secured the expertise of Nick Harrington-Smith 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. This year we also are pleased to include two new classes, the ‘Best Modern Grey’ and the ‘Best Appaloosa'
As always we will be holding our young handlers class. This is 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, as they are our breeder / owners / handlers of the future so what better place to start then at the friendly atmosphere of the Northumberland County Showground! Come along and have a go – an alpaca can be provided!
As part of the Northumberland Show, the alpaca section prides itself in always attracting a lot of interest from the public and as always, they have controlled access to the animals in the marquee as well as a ring side seat to all the classes and judging throughout the day. 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.
Building on last year’s success, we also have a bigger “show and tell” area in the marquee allowing the general public to widen their knowledge on camelids and a perfect chance to learn more about these wonderful animals. We are also very pleased to welcome back to the tent the Tyneside Spinners to demonstrate their skills and products and illustrate the full cycle of animal fleece to finished article!
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. We like to use this opportunity to educate young and old in a fun environment and make new friends. So whether you are interested in keeping alpacas yourselves, you already own alpacas or just curious and intrigued, we are always happy to answer any questions or discuss the latest farming issues.
So do drop in and say hello!
If you would like to enter, entries are now open and accessed through the Grassroots system, via the British Alpaca Society website (www.bas-uk.com). Entries close on April 30th, (or when the entry limit has been reached).
Come along and join the fun – we look forward to seeing you there!