The kids competed in two competitions with their alpacas. The first was an agility course in which they needed to walk their alpaca through an obstacle course, demonstrating their ability to handle the alpaca gently yet with control. The second was a showmanship competition in which they needed to demonstrate their ability to present their animal to a judge and answer questions about their alpaca. This is what the adult owners were doing in the next ring over from us and was meant to train the kids now how to show an animal in the future. We had no idea what to expect for this and weren't quite as prepared as we could have been, but it was a great learning experience.
We just so love our 4-H club. I have heard that not all clubs are alike and ours seems much smaller, and more relaxed than some, which we really like. The kids are making friends, learning leadership skills, gaining responsibility and knowledge in the proper care of animals. And it's fun! They always look forward to the club meetings once a month and since the farm is less than 5 minutes away we can visit and work the animals whenever we want.
And even though Asher and Claire are not technically in the club they always go along too and are going to make great club members someday if we keep it up. Claire is hilarious and will walk right into the midst of a group of alpacas, completely unafraid and try to pet them all. She is not afraid one bit, but she sure makes the rest of us nervous!
I love this picture of Grace and Colby....