AlpacaGram 11.02 | 2024 Show Updates

AlpacaGram 11.02
AlpacaGram 11.02January 8, 2024

Happy New Year! It is time to kick off the 2024 AOA Show Season!

The AOA Show System office is looking forward to the 2024 show season and excited about the positive response to show registrations nationwide. Alpacas are special, and shows offer a great platform to compete and share this animal with the world around us. Participating in shows is an excellent opportunity for learning, volunteering, networking, and building friendships.

To ensure a successful show experience, train your alpacas to be "Show Ring Ready" and adopt "Show Ring Professionalism" in handling, sportsmanship, and attire (white top and dark skirt or pants). Remember, you represent your farm, alpacas, the show, and the alpaca industry.

Keep reading for some exciting announcements in the show system.

New AOA Certified Judges

We would like to welcome several new judges to the show system. Congratulations to returning AOA Certified Judge Cathy Merkley (halter and fleece). Also, congratulations to Madeleine Fortmann, Jacob Hart, and Karolyn Knoll for obtaining AOA Judge Fleece Certification.

AOA National High Point Program

Information on current placings in the Point Program will be available by January 31. Final results will be announced at the AOA National Education and Fiber Conference in July of 2024.

2024 AOA Show System Handbook

The 2024 AOA Show System Handbook is now available and contains a lot of new information! Exhibitors should review the rules governing the competitions they enter. Some key updates are:

  • All alpacas at the venue must be at least six months old.
  • Alpacas identified as Non-breeders on their AOA Registry Certificate are ineligible for entry in halter classes.
  • Conflict of Interest (Chapter 14) has undergone significant changes related to time limitations and auctions.
  • The Halter Show Color Rule (Chapter 16) now includes the Roan Color Group. Notably, in the color combining section, Roan and Grey will be merged for a championship if numbers are met. Judges will conduct Judge Verification for all Grey and Roan alpacas in the 2024 show season.

Other updates are present, and exhibitors should explore this new edition. All updates are in bold text.

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