Sunday 28 February 2010

The British Alpaca Futurity

We have returned home safely from our few days away at the Alpaca Futurity. My parents have done a fabulous job of looking after everyone, as they always do.

Despite the event being much quieter than in previous years we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The lectures from Claire Whitehead and Ahmed Tibary were fantastic, they are very clever people.

We were also fortunate enough to have booked on to the birthing practical workshop. I was slightly worried about working with dead cria but it was very helpful and I think I will now feel a little more confident about dealing with malpresented cria - hopefully I won't have to put what I learnt in to practice.

It was nice to meet up with old friends and fellow bloggers who all came up to introduce themselves. I also had a number of other people who came over to say that they read my blog; it's always nice to know there are people out there reading what I have to say.

We had a fantastic result in the fleece show. According to the organisers at the evening celebrations there were approximately 150 entries. As you would expect the white classes were the biggies, and yes both of our fleeces were in the same white class.

Veruschka was placed third, she was up again Cambridge Navigator who was recently bought for £75,000 (not surprisingly he was 1st) so we were very pleased with our third place rosette. It was a very close class points wise, Legend came 7th so both of our entries were at the top end which is great news. It just shows that us smaller breeders can mix it with the big boys. Mark at Patou will tell you all about that too!

We took a slight detour on the way home but more on that another night - I've got the unpacking to do.


Apple Vale Alpacas said...

It was great to meet you and Paul Debbie, a pity our taxi was a little early, hope your journey went well.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Congratulations on your prizes in the Fleece Show...its nice to know your animals are up there with the best !.....Jayne

Patou Alpacas said...

Well done guys, great result with the fleeces and good to see you both as always.

Knapper Alpakka said...

Congrats on the placings, Debbie and Paul :-)

Nice to finally meet you!