Fleece Show Rules

FLEECE SHOW - COTTAGE RULES

JUDGING
  • 1 judge panel
  • Judge can be accredited in a nationally recognized judging system
  • OR a recognized expert in the Alpaca Textile Industry
  • And chosen for the best judging skills and highest ethical standards
FIBER SCORING

The fiber scorecard is as follows:
Note: A 1 oz portion of the fleece will be spun beforehand and scored for the spin-off portion of the scoring.

Huacaya:
Uniformity/Consistency of micron 15
Fineness 15
Uniformity/Consistency of staple length 10
Primary to Secondary Ratio (no halo) 15
Brightness (Huacaya) 10
Fleece weight 5
Uniform crimp expression within its style 5
*Spinning Score 25
Huacaya Spinning Score Card:
  • Ease of Preparation (5)
    • Cleanliness
    • Lack of second cuts
    • Lack of guard hair
  • Ease of Spinning (10)
    • Fineness
    • Handle
    • Uniformity of staple length
  • Hand feel, softness & appearance of resulting yarn (10)
    • Handle
    • Brightness
    • Uniformity/Consistency of micron

Suri:
Luster (suri) 20
Uniformity/Consistency of micron 15
Uniformity of staple length 10
Fineness 10
Primary to Secondary Ratio 10
Uniform lock expression within its style 5
Fleece Weight 5
*Spinning Score 25


Suri Spinning Score Card:
  • Ease of Preparation (5)
    • Cleanliness
    • Lack of second cuts
    • Lack of guard hair
  • Ease of Spinning (10)
    • Fineness
    • Handle
    • Uniformity of staple length
  • Hand feel, softness & appearance of resulting yarn (10)
    • Handle
    • Brightness
    • Uniformity/Consistency of micron

FLEECE CLASS FORMATION

All classes shall be organized by Color Groups, Breed and then Age.
** Gender is not considered in the fleece classes.

Color Groupings
  • Light – hue of the overall blanket fleece is light colored, or white based
    (based on a mid-side fleece view where the sample is beige or lighter on the ARI color chart)
  • Medium – hue of the overall blanket fleece is medium colored or fawn based
    (based on a mid-side fleece view where the sample is light brown or lighter, light fawn or darker on the ARI color chart)
  • Dark – hue of the overall blanket fleece is dark colored or brown/black based
    (based on a mid-side fleece view where the sample is black or lighter, medium brown or darker on the ARI color chart)
  • Grey/Variegated – hue of the overall blanket is grey (matches any of the ARI color chart grey colors) – or a mix of colors that does not match a single color on the ARI color chart.
Breed groupings
  • Huacaya
  • Suri
Gender groupings
  • All compete together regardless of gender
Age groupings
  • Weanling: Age 6 mo to 12 mo
  • Yearling: Age 12.1 mo to 24 mo
  • Prime: Age 24.1 mo to 36 mo
  • Adult: Age 36.1 mo +
FLEECE CLASS RULES

General Rules:
  • Fleeces with less than 2.5 inches staple length shall be disqualified. (2.5 is the minimum spinning length)
  • Fleeces older than 24 months since shorn shall be disqualified.
  • Maximum fleece length: - No Maximum
    • Suri only: Yearling, Prime & Mature only: Previously shorn suris shall show in a suri cottage processing length class – alpaca must have been shorn within 380 days of first day of show. Never shorn or shorn more than 380 days of the first day of the show suris shall show in a long style class.
  • Class sizes will be a maximum of 10; when class size exceeds the maximum 10 it shall be split equally by birth-date – oldest to youngest.
  • In order for a fleece to achieve a first place award in a class the judge must award a MINIMUM score of 60 points. If no fleece in a class accumulates the minimum of 60 points, the class shall begin with a second place award.
  • Ribbons shall be awarded to 6th place.
COLOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • No minimum to award color championships.
  • One championship class per Breed, Color Group.
  • Color champion minimum score 65
  • All first and second place alpacas in their respective breed and color group shall compete for the championship – highest score wins.
Championship awards shall state Cottage Fleece Color Champion and Cottage Fleece Reserve Color Champion.

LONGEVITY OF FINENESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • One Champion and one Reserve Champion per Breed
  • All 1st and 2nd placing fleeces in the 60+ month age category will compete. Highest fineness score wins Champion, next highest is Reserve Champion. Award will state Cottage Longevity of Fineness Champion and Cottage Longevity of Fineness Reserve Champion. Ties will be broken by age, oldest entry will win.
FLEECE - SPINNERS DREAM BREED
  • All entries that place Color Champion and the longevity of Fineness Champion shall be eligible for the Cottage Fleece - Spinners Dream Breed award. One award per Breed. These fleeces will have to have achieved the minimum score of 70 to compete. Judge may choose from among all the champions in breed.
SPIN OFF COMPETITION SPINNERS