Show System Point Program

for Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Certified Shows

General Overview

The initial Point Program rollout is for Halter shows only. Fleece and Performance shows will be considered at a later date.

Both exhibitors and alpacas earn points on their placements at AOA Certified Shows using the same method. The AOA database is the official Book of Record for tracking points.

The show season is June 1 through May 31. Points reset on June 1 of each year.

The annual award ceremony will take place during the AOA Annual Meeting.

Exhibitor Overview

The Exhibitor is the individual who enters the alpaca into a show.

Exhibitors are divided into small, medium, or large farm categories. The number of females less than 15 years of age and registered as breeders in the AOA database to the exhibitor determines the farm size.

For exhibitors that show both Suri and Huacaya alpacas, the points for their exhibitor designation will be determined based on the breed of the alpaca that won the points (e.g., points won for a huacaya entry will not be considered for a suri award).

Points are tallied by the exhibitor name in the AOA database.

Farm Designations
Suri Farm Distribution
  • Small 1–15
  • Medium 16–29
  • Large 30+
Huacaya Farm Distribution
  • Small 1–20
  • Medium 21–37
  • Large 38+

Farm Awards

Suri/Huacaya that has accrued the most points at the end of the show season will be eligible for the following awards

  • AOA Small/Medium/Large Suri Breeder of the Year (3)
  • AOA Small/Medium/Large Huacaya Breeder of the Year (3)
  • Plaque
  • National recognition at the AOA National Fleece Show
  • National recognition in Alpacas Magazine
  • National recognition on the AOA website
  • Awards of Merit presented to the 2nd – 10th place farms at the National Fleece Show

Suri/Huacaya New Breeder of the Year (5 years or less in the AOA database) that has accrued the most points at the end of the show season will be eligible for the following awards

  • AOA Small/Medium/Large Suri New Breeder of the Year (3)
  • AOA Small/Medium/Large Huacaya New Breeder of the Year (3)
  • Plaque
  • National recognition at the AOA National Fleece Show
  • National recognition in Alpacas Magazine
  • National recognition on the AOA website
  • Awards of Merit presented to the 2nd through 10th place farms at the National Fleece Show
  • National recognition at the AOA National Fleece Show

Alpaca Awards

The Suri/Huacaya alpaca with the most points at the end of the show season will be awarded the following

  • AOA Male/Female Suri of the Year (2)
  • AOA Male/Female Huacaya of the Year (2)
  • Trophy
  • National recognition at the AOA National Fleece Show
  • National recognition in Alpacas Magazine
  • National recognition on the AOA website
  • Awards of Merit presented to the 2nd through 10th place alpaca at the National Fleece Show

The Point System — Accruing Points

The exhibitor who enters the alpaca in the show earns the points on co-owned alpacas.

The class size determines the number of points awarded. For example, if your alpaca wins in a class of seven, both the alpaca and the exhibitor earn six points. Second place earns five points and third place earns four points.

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  • Halter classes which include Bred & Owned accrue points for 1st through 3rd placements
  • Production classes accrue points for 1st through 3rd placements
    • Get of Sire — the sire and exhibitor receive the points
    • Produce of Dam — the dam and exhibitor receive the points
    • Breeders Best Three — the exhibitor receives the points (alpacas do not accrue points)
  • Champion and Best Bred & Owned placements accrue 10 additional points
  • Reserve Champion placements accrue 8 additional points
  • Judge's Choice placements accrue 12 additional points
National Show Points

Exhibitors showing at the National Halter Show will accrue DOUBLE POINTS.

National Supreme Champion placements accrue 12 additional points

Alpacas that are entered in the AOA National Show Invited Champion classes will accrue the following points regardless of class size.

  • 1st place — 6 points
  • 2nd place — 5 points
  • 3rd place — 4 points