Monday, November 4, 2013

New Jersey Alpaca Classic

This past Saturday Grace, Aiden and Naomi competed in the New Jersey Alpaca Classic with their 4-H club.  This was the biggest show we had been to yet and it was a great experience for us all.  We planned on only staying for half the day, but were having such fun that we decided to stay for the whole day.

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.


(the event was inside, hence the blurry pictures because of poor lighting, but this one was too cute not to include)





They took 2nd (Naomi), 3rd (Grace) and 4th (Aiden) places in the agility course in the morning.  Poor Aiden was "slightly" disappointed that the 4th place ribbon had to be pink.  They were all pretty ecstatic though that they received such huge ribbons compared to the other competitions in which they competed in the past.


Aiden should have gotten bonus points for the fact that his alpaca gave the judge a kiss.

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....

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Congratulations to all. 2nd, 3rd and 4th!!
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    I forget. Do you still have goats and if so, sell goat milk? Someone was asking me..

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    1. We do have goats, but they aren't milking yet. It will probably be another year before we have milk again. :(

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  2. I agree. Aiden should have gotten extra points for his alpaca kissing the judge. That was a darling picture!! Also congratulations to the 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners.

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