National show a glorious celebration of the UK industry

20 May 2013

The BAS national show was hailed a “triumph” by organisers and participants. Taking place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, the event attracted more than 3500 visitors and was a glorious celebration of the UK alpaca industry with halter and fleece shows, agility and fibre competitions, and a gala dinner with spectacular entertainment. 

“This is the first time we’ve put on something as big as this and it’s been a fantastic success,” said BAS Board member Rob Bettinson. “The two ring system worked really well for the halter show and the alpacas generated a lot of interest from the public.

“It’s an excellent showcase of the UK industry. We’ve seen some super quality animals and I’m amazed at what breeders have achieved over the last couple of years.

“There’s also been a lot of business going on – this is a networking opportunity like no other.”

Peter Roissetter, BAS chairman, agreed. “There was a huge amount of work by a lot of people to make this happen. A great informal atmosphere and everyone enjoying some healthy competition – it’s all been incredibly positive.”

 

Winning suri fleece “a delight” says judge

Supreme champion suri, sponsored by Armitage Insurance, was awarded to Whistling Miss Lily, owned by Leigh Woods of Whistling Alpacas. The fleece, which was awarded 19 points for fineness and handle, was described by judge Nick Harrington-Smith as “a delight.”

“A winning fleece of the type that you just don’t see enough,” he said.

Supreme champion huacaya, sponsored by Sue Hipkin, was awarded to Andante Balthazar, owned by Mark and Caroline Roberts of Andante Alpacas. The fleece achieved 18 points for fineness and handle and nine points for character and style.

“There was a good standard of entries overall and the top end was extremely good,” said Nick.

Photography competition winners unveiled

The winners of a national photography competition were awarded their prizes as part of a special event at the national show.

Sponsored by Alpaca magazine, the entries for the competition ‘The spirit of the alpaca – connecting the alpaca with its South American roots’, were unveiled by organiser Clare Miller.

Overall winner from the 14-18 years category was Imogen Davison who was awarded prize money of £200.

“Amazing standard,” say halter show judges

Val Fullerlove was judging the huacayas. “There’s been an amazing standard over the competition. I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years and every time I think, where do they come from? The quality is improving year on year. I’ve judged in the US, Canada, New Zealand and our best is as good as anywhere.”

Huacaya supreme champion was Peruvian Concepts Jack, Alpha and Summerhaze. Suri supreme champion was Houghton Ollie, Houghton Hall Alpacas.

Winner of the Best Junior Handler award was Will Roberts, Houghton Hall Alpacas and Bethany Gerrish, Hillyridge Alpacas

Young Knitwear Designer of the Year awarded £500 prize money

The winner of the Young Knitwear Designer of the Year competition was Samantha Pearce, a student at Nottingham Trent University.

Samantha was awarded £500 prize money by sponsor Sue Blacker from the Natural Fibre Company.

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The winning suri fleece was Whistling Miss Lily, owned by Leigh Woods of Whistling Alpacas.


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Samantha Pearce was awarded £500 prize money by Sue Blacker of the Natural Fibre Committee.


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Supreme champion huacaya was Peruvian
Concepts Jack, Alpha and Summerhaze.


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Halter show judges Liz Barlow and Val Fullerlove awarded supreme champion suri to Houghton Ollie, Houghton Hall Alpacas.


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Supreme champion huacaya fleece, sponsored by Sue Hipkin, was awarded to Andante Balthazar, owned by Mark and Caroline Roberts of Andante Alpacas.


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The winner of the national photography competition was Imogen Davison who was awarded prize money of £200.

   

 

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