Alpacas tight contest

Kate MatthewsCountryman

It was an action packed three days at the alpaca judging at last week's Albany Agricultural Show.

Judge Angela Preuss started on Thursday to judge more than 70 fleeces.

The supreme Suri fleece was awarded to Eversprings Alpacas and was shorn from Eversprings Saluki with a score of 72.5 out of 100.

The supreme Huacaya fleece, exhibited by Amphora Park, from Amphora Park Shimmering Opal scored 70 out of 100.

In the Suri judging, the supreme champion went to Lawithick Lady Tito Rose which rose up the ranks after being sashed champion adult female.

Lawithick stud principals Kevin and Wendy Lawn, of Busselton, specialise in Suri and have been competing in Albany for 15 years.

Mrs Lawn said it was their first supreme at Albany and the second supreme for Lady Tito Rose, after winning the accolade at Perth Royal Show.

In the Huacaya classes, the supreme champion was awarded to The Gorge Donovan which was also sashed champion mature male.

The Huacaya is owned by a syndicate of four alpaca studs - Ellen Vale in the Swan Valley, Ribblesdale in Pingrup, Jenanda in Youngs Siding and Roseland in Parkerville.

Ron Raynor, of Ellen Vale, said the syndicate bought the male three years ago from New South Wales to use over progeny from a stud male purchased from the same stud four years previously.

"He's been successful since we brought him over winning championships and this is his first supreme," Mr Raynor said.

Four months ago, the Huacaya was moved from Ellen Vale to Jenanda.

"He's shown the benefit of living on thriving kike and plenty of showers from the rain have been great for his fleece," Mr Raynor said.

"It just shows how well alpacas can get down in Albany - it brings the best out of them living in those conditions."

Alpaca champions

SURI

Supreme champion Suri and champion adult female: Lawithick Lady Tito Rose

Champion senior male: Surilana Tito Man

Champion senior female: Everspring Sumatra

Champion adult male: Karri Heights Ceasar CT

Champion intermediate male: Pitwillow Ajali

Champion intermediate female: Lawithick Madam Butterfle

Champion junior male: Bedrock Corona

Champion junior female: Margaman Mona Lisa

HUACAYA

Supreme champion Huacaya and champion mature male: The Gorge Donovan

Champion mature female: Swan Valley Temptation

Champion senior male: Swan Valley Stanzout

Champion senior female: Swan Valley Star Magic

Champion adult male: Futura Humdinger

Champion adult female: Swan Valley Silken Delight

Champion intermediate male: Kallarroo Park Warrell ET

Champion intermediate female: Goldleaf Vintage Showpiece ET

Champion junior male: Futura Intimidator

Champion junior female: Futura Calamity Jane

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