Thursday, August 5, 2010

Alpacas being auctioned at Kentucky Horse Park!

This Saturday is the annual Hats off for Horses Day at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, but horses won't be the only ones shining! We'll be in attendance with two alpacas as part of the Silent Auction at the Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, to benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.
If you've never been to the Kentucky Horse Park, here's your one day of the year to go for FREE and experience all that our beautiful horse park has to offer. The Grand Prix jumping competition will be held starting at 7 PM in the new, air-conditioned Indoor Arena (same venue where next Spring's Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show will be held!), but there are fun happenings going on all day.

We really had a hard time trying to decide which animals to select for the honor of raising money for this cause. We decided to let the buyer decide, and we will be offering a selection of two from a group of 14 animals identified. These include pregnant production females, herdsire-quality males, show animals, and fiber/companion alpacas. In order to ensure that these animals go to a worthy home, these conditions apply:

The purchase price will include an educational visit to our farm in Woodford County, during which we will provide information on the care of alpacas, facility setup, scope of the industry, and introduction to alpaca fiber and its uses. The winning bidders may choose two from a pool of 14 alpacas, males and females, which have been pre-selected by us, and we will advise them on which animals will best fit their goals. There are no warranties expressed or implied, other than that the alpacas are healthy at the time of purchase. The two that we bring to the event will be part of the selection.

The sale is contingent on the buyers showing that they are able to provide an adequate facility for the animals which includes a fenced area with grass, shade, water, shelter, and protection from dogs and predators and that they will be committed to providing appropriate food, worming, and annual shearing of the alpacas. We will provide up to 21 days of free board for the alpacas. A boarding fee of $3.00 per day per alpaca will be charged if the animals are left over 21 days, and the buyer will be responsible for any veterinary bills after the time of purchase. Delivery to the buyer’s farm may be arranged with appropriate fees.

Here are some of the animals we have pre-selected for donation (click to biggify), but remember that the buyer may CHOOSE! Please feel free to call us with ANY questions you may have before the auction. We will be at the horse park in a shady outside area near the Indoor Arena's Exposition Hall starting at 4:00, with two alpacas to represent the donation. Hope to see you there!