Sunday 25 October 2009

Yorkshire Show success

Sorry for the suspense, I was waiting for the weather to improve so we could take some photo's, needless to say it hasn't really played ball.

Yesterday was a very long day, I was up just before 4.30am and managed to kick Paul out of bed shortly after. With Heidi (bottle fed cria) fed and the six animals loaded into the trailer we were on our way by 5.30, bang on target.

As you can imagine there was nothing on the road so we were at Thirsk in just over two hours and ready for inspection in plenty of time. Hughie was recognised immediately, he seems to have developed a bit of a fan base. My parents drove up from Nottingham and met us there.

It was a very good show with in excess of 100 animals and I am delighted to tell you that all six of ours were awarded rosettes, not only that we have two championship sashes and a reserve champion sash - what a result eh!!

The running order was black through to white, so Loki was first in the ring for us, and was awarded 3rd place adult black and received some very positive comments from judge Tim Hey, an expert in black alpacas.

Next up was Barnacre Sienna, and what a star she was. First place intermediate brown female, with the comments that this girl was a clear winner. That was just the start, she was then awarded Champion Brown Female!

Princess Mallika was next in, as you would expect the fawn class was a large one. After a very long time comparing and contemplating she was awarded 2nd place. A very close call between first and second was the judges comments. The girl who came first went on to win Female Fawn Champion and Mallika won Reserve Champion.

Barnacre Lualeni, our white intermediate girl was the last of our girls to enter the ring and definitely didn't want to be outdone by her friends. As I'd taken everyone else in the ring it was Paul's turn this time and I watched from a distance. It was another large class, but we had high hopes. 1st place Intermediate White Female, well deserved it was too; even if I do say so myself, she has a fantastic fleece. Lualeni went on to win Female White Champion.

Hughie was 4th Adult Fawn Male and Gianmarco's Masterpiece was 3rd Adult White Male in another large very competitive class.

This was a very successful end to our showing year.


Unknown said...

Well done. What a brilliant day you had; you must be delighted.

Irene and Si

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

WOW !!.....what a fantastic result..... was there any rosettes left for any one else !!!....sounds like you had a great time and a brilliant end to your show success.......Jayne

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Blimey that was quick, thank you. We were delighted and have been praising the show team all day :-)

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Congratulations, it must be very difficult, showing at this time of year, with poor weather, short daylight hours etc.Dave.

Sid and Pat said...

What and end to the season - very well done.

Rob @ Wellground said...

Congratulations Team, we are a little surprised that you went to the show just at the moment, but having done so you must be delighted with the results. Stunning indeed. Very well done.


Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

We did our research Rob, spoke to our vet and DEFRA as we were in two minds. But with the southern entries unfortunately unable to attend and requesting seperation pens (space was no issue here) we went. The organisers has done a very good job of keepng the various areas appart.

No nose to nose contact and strict bio-security was a must. We certainly wont be attending the likes of the national or Futurity which is a shame, but just not worth the risk.

Rob @ Wellground said...

Well done you Debbie, it's all a bit scary isn't it. It sounds like the organisers did a thoroughly good job of biosecurity. That is very reassuring. Fantastic results too, you must be delighted.