The Alpaca section was again a lively place with lots of public interaction with exhibitors throughout the day. A total of 47 animals were entered for the halter classes, with animals from as far afield as the Tamar Valley as well as a number of local exhibitors.
The Supreme Suri was won by Pandda Lodge Nefertiti, a junior brown female owned by Tamar Valley breeders Pandda Lodge Alpacas. Crabtree breeders, Jerula Park were awarded Champion Senior Male for their brown suri Tularosa Frederico and Champion Junior Male for their black suri Jerula Park Ollivander.
The results for the Huacaya alpacas were varied with ribbons picked up by a number of studs:
Junior Female Champion – Toffeemont Roses; Res Champ Beauchamp Delila.
Junior Male Champion – Toffeemont Marrabou; Res Champ Beauchamp Isaac.
Adult Female Champion – Leanna Maretta; Res Champ Beauchamp Ana.
Adult Male Champion – Streaky Bay Glenn; Res Champ Streaky Bay Tarcon.
Senior Female Champion – Toffeemont Honeycomb; Res Champ Beauchamp Daphne.
Senior Male Champion – Toffeemont Lindt; Res Champ Yenaminut Tavaro.
Mature Female Champion – Mossvale Ondine;.
Mature Male Champion – Ambersun Reputation; Res Champ Softfoot Mavek.
The Supreme Champion Huacaya was awarded to Ambersun Reputation who judge said was holding his fineness and handle well into his older age. He is owned by Geeveston alpaca stud Mossvale Alpacas run by Helen and Mark Jessop.
In the fleece section the Supreme Huacaya was awarded to Leanna LV King Louis, from a Junior Grey alpaca. The Supreme Suri fleece was awarded to Pandda Lodge Minerva, a junior white entry.
Amber O’Niel from NSW judged both fleece and halter classes. Amber is the youngest Australian alpaca judge and is a 3rd year Vet Science student. She said, not having judged in Tasmania she was uncertain of what to expect but found the quality of animals to be very strong and she enjoyed her day at the 72nd Huon Show.