It was really good to get back to Shelbyville, TN this past weekend after missing the Southern Select last year, and as always our southern friends made us feel kindly welcome. The glorious weather was a big bonus, too!
We hadn't shown since last spring at Nationals, so I was looking forward to testing a mostly-new show string of young alpacas. My expectations were high, but even after over 15 years of showing, I still have to remind myself not to be "barn blind." Our animals didn't disappoint, and we had one of our very best showings EVER!
With 6 animals showing (plus production classes), we earned:
Fawn Male Color Champion- SSF Peruvian Jolly Mon (above, just sold to Craig and Michelle Embry of Rolling Ridge Alpacas, so glad Craig could be there to see Jolly's big win under judge Amanda VandenBosch)
Brown Female Color Champion- Xxxtremely Sweet- her 3rd championship!
Reserve Light Color Champion- SSF Serendipitous (above)- I have SUCH high hopes for this gorgeous male, and he's off to a super start!
1st Place Brown Female- SSF Rachel Alexandra (above, with our farm manager, Sue, who did an excellent job handling at her first show).
3rd Place Black Female- SSF Happy Hour (above)
3rd Place Beige Male- SSF Hopalong (placed behind the champion and reserve!)
And, the best part of all! We did great in the production/group classes, which are the true indication of the quality of a farm's breeding program:
1st Place Get of Sire- Accoyo America Sinbad (6 entries in class)
1st Place Produce of Dam- Snowmass Sweet Serenity
2nd Place Breeder's Best Group of 3- Jolly Mon, Serendipitous, Rachel Alexandra