BAS National Show 2013

27 February 2002

Photo: Harvey Brown

“This National will be a combination of serious alpaca competition together with fun for all the family”.  Bring your caravan or stay in a local hotel.  Just do not miss out - join us. 

Following the immensely successful World Alpaca Conference held at Keble College, Oxford in April this year, the BAS have decided to invest in a National Show in 2013 that will be unlike any other held in the past. 

In 2012, the BAS membership was asked to complete a questionnaire compiled by the Show Committee.  The BAS Board have listened – the four criteria that stood out were:

1. The National Show should be held in the centre of Britain
2.  It should be a show that would attract the general public
3.  It should be a two day show
4. The majority wished to see other alpaca related events in addition to showing classes with opportunities for learning

This will be a show not only for the breeders of show animals but also for those that have alpacas as pets and owners that otherwise have no interest in showing.  We will be offering gymkhana-type events for all the family and their alpacas.  Forget the silence and calm of the show ring - shout, laugh and cheer in the alpaca gymkhana arena.

After an extensive property search, a fantastic venue has been found in north Buckinghamshire – Bury Farm Equestrian Centre (see  The facilities are excellent for both alpacas and owners alike, from generous, secure stabling to four vast indoor arenas and a warm, comfortable café selling delicious homemade cooking.  Bury Farm have gained a very good record of attracting the general public to their events (usually approx 1,000 people per day) and they have kindly offered to concentrate on the promotion and marketing of the National in 2013 on our behalf.  Admission to the showground is free.

For further details contact:
                         Duffy Osborn-Jones – 01491 573208
                         Caroline Roberts – 07817651664
                         Caroline Trotter –   07798 904500 carolinetrots@hotmail

The three judges have generously confirmed their participation. Val Fullerlove and Liz Barlow will judge the Halter Classes for Huacaya and Suri on both Saturday and Sunday and Nick Harrington-Smith has agreed to judge the Fleece Show.  So don’t send your fleeces for processing yet, save them for May.

The organising committee of Duffy Osborn-Jones, Caroline Roberts and Caroline Trotter together with a sub-committee of willing and able volunteers are focusing on ways to encourage the public to attend. To this end, we have focused on running a country fair alongside the National Show, all of which will take place in the vast outdoor arena and will include terrier racing, ferret racing, parade of Farmers Bloodhound pack, a companion dog show, dog agility, and gundog training with Ricky Moloney.  There will be an indoor shopping village with a variety of stalls from craft to those selling alpaca-related products and a famers’ market. Due to the extensive area that this site provides, there will be ample space for members to display and sell to the public.

For the past few weeks there has been a photographic competition running, “Spirit of the Alpaca – connecting the Alpaca with its South American Roots”, the results of which will be on display in the galleries. Alpaca Magazine, Parkers Photographic Ltd and Mr & Mrs Miller of Foxhole Farm have all kindly agreed to sponsor this competition

The Board are supporting a design competition to find the BAS Young Knitwear Designer of 2013.  Unlike the WAC Fashion Show where finished garments were required, this time, the thirty finalist designers are in the process of preparing an A3 mood board of their design together with sample swatches.  At the beginning of March, our judge, Victoria Shelsher, MA (Rca) will select the winner.  The winning entry will be notified in mid March and will be presented with a cheque for £500 at the Gala Evening on Saturday 11th May.  The Natural Fibre Company (  has generously offered to sponsor the prize.

The National Fibre Committee is focusing on a Fibre Zone, where there will be regular workshops demonstrating felting, hand spinning, tapestry and weaving etc.  There will also be a inter region competition for hand spinners – The Great Scarf Race Generously sponsored by The Border Mill ( where a bag of fleece, sheared at the show that morning will be transformed into a knitted scarf.  In this zone you will also be able to enjoy a cream tea or a piece of homemade cake. Please click here to view the full programme for the Fibre Zone


In one of the four arenas, Julie Taylor-Browne and Victoria Barrett have kindly agreed to offer alpaca training and handling advice, interspersed with alpaca gymkhana-type events for all the family and their pet alpacas

The Live Zone in Arena 3 will provide the general public with an opportunity to ‘get up close and personal’ with alpacas in the hope that some may become smitten by the charms of our adorable friends.  Thrift Farm, a county council backed rural training centre for adults with learning difficulties, have generously offered to bring their petting farm to include donkeys, rabbits, chickens etc to be part of the Live Zone.
We take bio-security very seriously; all provisions will be made to ensure that this is not compromised.

When the alpacas are away, the dogs will play – we will be running a dog agility competition at regular intervals during Saturday.

In response to the poor turnout at recent AGMs it has been decided that the National will give the Society the opportunity of engaging with the membership at the 2013 AGM on the Friday evening (May 10th).  It is envisaged that all those bringing animals to the National will have settled them into their stables/pens from 3pm that day and can then meet in the bar in the early evening before the AGM commences.  All BAS members are encouraged to attend whether or not you will be bringing alpacas to the show.

Saturday evening is when the additional fun really starts!  Bury Farm have offered to sponsor the entertainment as they are experienced in running Gala Nights for the equestrian world.  These have been highly successful and usually attract over 700 members of the public.  The BAS membership is to be given the chance not only of attending a Gala Evening on Saturday 11th May but also of participating in the entertainment.  It will be a night of razzamatazz, lights, music and action.  Some of the acts suggested so far are:

Camelids Vs Horses
Parade of Camelids
Camels on Parade
Double Harness Scurry
Final of the Dog Agility Competition
Live music

As the main arena entertainment finishes, the disco lights come on for all those prepared to put on their dancing shoes.

We have tried to make the Gala Evening affordable to all.

1. Black Tie VIP ticket @£55 per ticket (tables of 10 although individual seating can be booked) to include a Champagne Reception and three course dinner with the perfect ringside view (limited to 20 tables). To book VIP tickets please call 01525 222114

2. Grandstand seating ticket @ max £12 per ticket with supper available in the café at your own expense. Tickets will be available soon on Bury Farm website click here to view

During the evening the trade stands and the farmers’ market will remain open for the benefit of the hundreds of guests that are expected to attend the Gala Evening.

Throughout the weekend we will be raising funds for Amantani UK, ( the chosen charity of the BAS.  Amantani have worked tirelessly for the education of children in the mountains of Southern Peru and amongst the many accolades they have been awarded since their inception three years ago, is Latin American Human Rights Organisation of the Year 2013.

This National Show is evolving as we write but we expect this to be a great opportunity to have fun. To keep up to date with all that is going on, please visit the National Show webpage on the BAS website or

How can you possibly miss this fantastic weekend – so make a note in your diary now Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2013.

With more than 2000 visitors expected, the BAS National Show promises to be the premier alpaca event of the year.

There's still time to take advantage of a range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities which offer innovative ways to promote your herd or business. Even if you are unable to attend on 11/12 May, you can have a presence and show your support.

By sponsoring a class, advertising in the show programme (2000 copies are being produced) or displaying your banner, you can help the Society in its work promoting alpacas and the joys of ownership to potential breeders and the wider public.

And with prices starting from as little as £100, there is an opportunity for every budget. Don't delay, book today! To find out more please contact Sue Welch 02476 304400 or email

If you are interested in taking part in the show and having your own trade stand in the penned arena then please contact Sue Welch 02476 304400 or email click here to download the booking form 

If you are interested in a trade stand in the shopping village please contact Laura at Bury Farm on 01525 222114. Click here to download the booking form
Accommodation details:

Electrical hook up facilities are available – book directly with New Bury Farm, Mill Road, Slapton, Nr Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire LU7 9BT – 01525 222114

Pendley Manor – – 01442 891891
The Swan Hotel, Leighton Buzzard – 01525 380170
Travel Lodge – Hockcliffe Nr Leighton Buzzard – 0871 984 6027
Travel Lodge – Luton - 0871 984 6355

Penned Arena Trade Stand Booking Form Shopping Village Trade Stand Booking Form
Scarf Race Individual Entry Form Scarf Race Group Entry Form
Agility Competition Entry Form Yarn Competition Entry Form
Hat Competition Fibre Zone Programme
Advertising Booking Form Sponsorship Opportunities








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