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Southern Canterbury A&P

Southern Canterbury A&P

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When:

  • Sat 19 Nov ’11, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where:

Kitchener Park, Gorge Rd, Waimate, Canterbury

Restrictions:

All Ages

The new Southern Canterbury A&P Assn, a combination of the Timaru A&P and Waimate A&P, will have their first show on the 19th November 2011 in Waimate.

And for the first time we have a judged alpaca show in Waimate.

The alpacas are led into the show ring by the exhibitor and are judged on conformation as well as the fleece. There are classes for the 2 different types of alpaca, the Suri (the dread lock looking fleece) and the Huacaya (the woolly cuddly looking fleece). Both will have classes for males and females with different ages and different colours. We also have a performance class. Exhibitors are judged on their performance as they lead their alpaca over an obstacle course.

This is always a crowd pleaser.

Looking at the entries the show will be a great success. We will have some of the best alpacas in the country here in Waimate.

I am looking forward to see a great line-up of alpacas in the grand parade.

Because Waimate is the birthplace of the alpaca industry, The Alpaca Association of New Zealand has donated 2 trophies.

The first is the Murray Bruce Perpetual Trophy for Supreme Champion Huacaya. Murray Bruce started the paperwork for the import of alpacas from Chile to New Zealand in 1984. Eventually in 1989 he imported 271 alpacas and many of the animals we now have come from these genetics.

The second is the Erik van Schreven memorial Trophy for Supreme Champion Suri. Erik was the vet in charge of the alpacas from the day they were imported. Not much was known about alpacas, and Erik did all the research and learned on the job. He set the standards.

Most of the veterinary knowledge on alpacas we now have in New Zealand is based on Erik's work. Erik's untimely death at the start of this year was a real shock to the alpaca industry.

We hope to have the presentation during the Grand Parade.

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