Alpacas at Hum Sweet Hum

Fine Quality Alpacas Trained With a Click

Cindy Myers
83905 N Hwy 99Creswell, OR 97426

Monday, June 3, 2013

Alpaca Show Season News for Hum Sweet Hum

It was a fun alpaca show season for Alpacas at Hum Sweet Hum. We attended 3 AOBA shows this season. Alpacapalooza in Washington was the first. I took 5 alpacas; Calzada's Manchu's Olivier, HSH Calvin, HSH Jujube, HSH Speirit Light, and Peruvian Qinti's Charango (co-owned with Aragon Alpacas). We came home with ribbons from the entire herd. I was walking on cloud-9 after winning Reserve Color Championship with Olivier. The judge was very impressed with my boy. During the final championship round, the judge examined Olivier and the alpaca that won Color Championship multiple times. She was having such a hard time deciding who would take first. The excitement mounted each time the judge would take a step back and ponder her decision. We were standing next to one of the bigger named farms who have consistent champions, so taking Reserve behind that farm and knowing how close we were to taking Color Championship was a real thrill. Charango also took a 1st place and had such great comments regarding his fleece mentioned by the judge. Jujube took a 2nd place too. Speirit Light and Calvin were in such competitive classes for their colors. Speirit light took 5th place and she was standing next to so many big farms so coming home with a ribbon was huge for us. I have to say, the alpaca breeders are doing such an amazing job breeding fantastic fleeces. The competition is so stiff. There is so little differences between first and 6th places that the judges have a difficult time finding the qualities to decide on placements.

I didn't get to attend Nationals this year but I sent my Jr. Herdsire, Calzada's Manchu's Olivier. My good friends Wings and A Prayer Alpacas showed him and gave me quite a funny story. Well, it is funny now. They had been told that Olivier's class was going to happen Sunday. They had him all haltered and ready to go in the ring Saturday afternoon, but upon hearing that news, they took him to his stall and removed his halter for the night. They went off to the Suri Network meeting being held in the stands. They happened to notice in the one ring that the animals in the ring looked very similar to Olivier's color and class. So decided not to assume things and went down to check and see what was going on. Sure enough, Olivier's class was next to go into the ring. Running like mad, they threw on Olivier's halter and running him through the aisle got to the ring just in time. Whew! And a major thank goodness because he walked out of the ring with a 1st place ribbon!!!!! So lesson for all of us doing shows, don't believe what you hear if you are near the end of the show. Wait and make sure the judge has decided the same thing as the show superintendent! That was a close call.

The show kids are all home again and we are all happy to have them home. Now, we are anxiously awaiting our first cria from Olivier to see how well he passes on his amazing qualities. There are two babies due this fall and we have dates lining up for him after his exceptional wins this spring and summer. Time to start the new crop for next year's show season!