We typically start the fall show season with the Indiana show in Indianapolis in late September. As the show date was approaching, we got registered but were more than a bit concerned that none of our animals would make the minimum 2” fleece length for the full fleece show and would end up on shorn classes which are 100% body composition. Unfortunately, due to the economy and low registrations, the Indiana association had to cancel their show this year. We hear they’re making plans again for 2012 and we will be sure to return then. I like the show…. even though it is held in the same building where a sat for 2 ½ grueling days taking the CPA exam just a “few” years ago.
That meant our first show of the fall was the 10th Annual Northern Illinois Alpaca Extravaganza in Lake County. We’ve exhibited or attended 9 of those years so it kinda feels like home. This show was Championship number 9 for Right of Way. We also got several other blue ribbons so it was a good show for us.
Next we headed to a “new to us” show which happens to be one of the oldest shows around – the Michigan International Alpacafest held in Grand Rapids. It was in a great venue with sod for all of the pen areas. Yes, that is expensive, but it was SOOO nice to leave on Sunday without folding up poopy mats!!! At this show Right of Way got his 10th (and likely final) banner. He’s been busy breeding all fall so the testosterone may have an effect on him. His fiber at age three was a mean of 18.3 microns – quite impressive for any adult, let alone a brown!! Several of our juveniles did well at the show. With a little reluctance, we sold TFA Darnell and TFA Sassafrass right out of their pen at the show. We know they are going to a good home and wish their new owners lots of luck.
To end the show season we went to the sister show of our Interstate 80 Alpacafest – the Springfield Riverside Alpacafest held at the beautiful exhibition hall of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It was great to be among good friends in a small relaxed environment seeing some outstanding animals. While we didn’t have any old enough yet, this show was the debut of the first Knight Rider kids. Irish Meadows got a first and a second with juvenile Black boys and Rock Creek got a first with a Black juvenile girl – we think Knight Rider kids will tear up the show rings in 2012 – even if he is competing against himself a bit!