The instructions of the judge, the ring assistant, the breed warden and the organizer must be followed.
We ask for uniform clothing in the show ring. The guides should be dressed in white tops and black bottoms. It is not allowed to wear name badges or appliqués referring to the farm, etc.!
Please consult the information regarding start times daily and in advance, as there may be changes during the event!
Animal guides must be in the front ring with their animals approximately 5 minutes before the competition.
Persons who have a business relationship with the judge are not allowed to present their animals in the ring themselves.
In addition, we expressly request the necessary focus of animal leaders in the ring.
All exhibited animals must be registered in a European registry and the confirmation of registration must be shown to staff upon request.
Only animals that comply with the movement regulations and carrying an official veterinary health certificate may be moved to the presentation area. These must be handed in at the receiving inspection. The health certificate consists of two pages which must be confirmed in the designated area by the competent authority or magistrate with seal and signature. If the confirmation is on the first page, not all points of the health certificate have been recognised and is therefore invalid. All conditions must be met.
All alpacas should wear black, well-fitting halters and leashes in the ring during the demonstration.
The animals should wear a halter attached at the ears, back, tail, genitals, and fleece!
Practice opening the lips of your animals with 2 fingers, so that the tooth position can be controlled by the judge.
Also train your animals to walk loosely on the halter. The more stress-free your animal presents itself, the freer its gait, the more presence it shows, and the better the judge can judge it.
The alpacas should be clean (especially the genital area), but otherwise presented in their natural form!
Cutting of the guard-hairs on the body and head is allowed.
The hair around the alpaca’s eyes must be cut so that the animals have a clear view.
Animals with significant defects may be excluded from the competition.
Animal Award: Huacaya/Suri
Participating animals will be divided into different rings (groups) according to age, sex, colour and breed (Huacaya/Suri).
If there is only 1 animal in a group and there is no other suitable group to which it can be assigned, the judge will be presented the animal in relation to an age/sex equivalent, already rated group. The judge reserves the right to not to award 1st and 2nd place if is not justified, in his or her opinion.
Animals will be divided into the following colour groups, provided there are enough animals per group: solid white, beige, brown, grey and black. The animal is considered to be solid if a uniform colour prevails over the whole body without being interspersed with other colours. Only a small polychromy in the area of the head and/or extremities is accepted. Grey animals are treated separately, as they typically have a mixture of black/white and brown fibres.
If an animal is too light for the colour group, it can be held back one ring by the judge and included in the next matching ring. If the choice of colour is uncertain, it is possible to choose the “color check” at the entrance check. The judge, together with the breed warden, will assign the colour of the animal to a ring.
Animals that are not solid (monochrome) will be judged in a multicolor and/or Appaloosa class. Assessment will be based on 50% body build, 20% fleece and 30% colouring.
Fibre length: Huacaya – min. 3 cm, max. 15 cm
Suri – min. 6 cm length. Unfortunately, animals with an insufficient fibre length cannot compete in this show, as there is no competition for “shorn animals”.
The following scale of values will be applied: 50% fleece, 50% physique
In the Huacayas, the 1st and 2nd placed animals in the colours white, fawn, brown, grey, black, Appaloosa and/or Multicolor are each awarded 1st place Colour Champion and 2nd place Colour Champion (Reserve Color Champion). These will be awarded separately for mares and stallions.
From the colour champions a grand- and a reserve champion will be chosen. These will also be awarded separately for mares and stallions.
From all Grand Champions a “Best of Show Huacaya” will be chosen.
In the Suris, one Best of Suri will be chosen directly from the 1st and 2nd placed animals per ring.
From 5 rings with more than 3 animals each, one Color Champion and one Reserve Color Champion will be awarded in the color groups. A Best of Show Suri will be chosen from all first placed Color Champions. Grand- and Reserve Grand Champion not applicable.
Both in Huacaya and Suri, the organizer reserves the right to judge different colors and/or different age groups together, depending on the number of animals.
Registration deadline for the fleece show: 19 January, 2020
Submission of the nonwovens: from 6 January, 2020 to 26 January, 2020.
Judge: Roger Clarke
Registration possible online only
Evaluation criteria Huacaya nonwovens (download file)
Evaluation criteria nonwovens Suri (download file)
International eligibility with the exception of English or England-based imported animals and their fleeces
Only fleeces from the 2019 shearing season may participate.
Fleece from female and male animals will be evaluated in the rings together
For both Huacaya and Suri, the organizer reserves the right to jointly judge/combine different colors and/or different age groups, depending on the number of fleeces.
Please send the fleeces in microfibre cloths or very thin garden fleeces so that they are returned to you in the best possible condition. (Extra service incl. correct repacking and return of the fleece)
Costs € 30,- per fleece + € 10,- return costs (or a stamped return receipt)
Shipping address for the nonwovens:
8010 Kainbach bei Graz
All animals in the offspring competition must present a DNA pedigree certificate at the request of the organiser. If this is requested and not provided, the organizer can prohibit participation.
Stallions may participate, of which at least three offspring of different mothers will be presented at the show. The stallions themselves do not have to participate in the show.
Mares with at least two offspring of different fathers may also be presented at the show. The mares themselves do not have to take part in the show.
Depending on the number of registered offspring groups, these will be divided into different groups (e.g. stallions white, stallions light, stallions dark, …).
Last update: 14.07.2019
Official veterinary health certificate Download (will be uploaded in advance of the Expo)
We want your animals to return home healthy! Here are some useful tips for you:
Only take animals to show that are completely healthy (not emaciated or showing other signs such as diarrhea).
Keep parasite infections of your animals as low as possible by deworming them regularly.
Coccidia in particular can cause diarrhea during stress. If necessary, treat your animals 10 days prior with medication (e.g. Baycox).
Make sure that your trailer is cleaned before departure.
The floor of your trailer should be well insulated and padded with bedding during a winter trip.
Bring your own food to the show so that your animals do not have to change their food. (We will also provide hay for your animals as usual).
Drinking water will be provided for you in a suitable, food safe container. You are also welcome to bring your own drinking water.
Sprinkle your animal box with straw or hay so that the animals have the option to lie dry and warm. Again, we will provide bedding.
Avoid contact of your animals with others.
When you return home, quarantine your animals for a certain period of time.
Our measures for a safe show:
Official veterinary health certificate
Disinfection mat at the entrance
Distance between the animal boxes of different breeders, so that no foreign contact exists.
Fresh drinking water
Prompt ring processes through specified ring times in order to minimize contact between animals.
Updated 24. 07. 2019