Walking Fleece Show Rules

WALKING 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 ATTRIBUTES

The fiber attributes are ranked as follows:

Huacaya:
Uniformity/Consistency of micron 25
Fineness 20
Uniformity/Consistency of staple length 15
Lack of Guard Hair (no halo) 20
Brightness (Huacaya) 15
Uniform crimp expression within its style 5
Suri:
Luster 25
Uniformity/Consistency of micron 25
Uniformity/Consistency of staple length 15
Fineness 15
Lack of Guard Hair 15
Uniform lock expression within its style 5

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 +
WALKING FLEECE CLASS RULES

General Rules:
  • Fleeces with less than 2.5 inches staple length shall be disqualified. (minimum spinning length)
  • 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.
GRAND CHAMPION AWARD

HIGHEST SCORING FLEECE – WALKING FLEECE SHOW COTTAGE
The highest scoring fleece shall be recognized. This fleece will have to have achieved the minimum score of 70 to eligible. One Award per breed.