After setting up the stand for the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia, Tracy headed back to Cambridge to reload Bessie (our van) and set off to the NEC for the British Alpaca Futurity Show.
As well as having a condensed version of the Purl Alpaca stand, Tracy was showing six of her alpacas. This number was quickly reduced to five when Happy decided that walking on a lead rein was far to boring and misbehaving was much more fun! She then stayed at home.
George and Hero shared one pen, whilst Havana, Helene and little Inca shared another. Tracy was busy showing people how to prepare a fleece ready for processing at a mill when one of the stewards rushed over and said that she should be in the ring showing her first alpaca… Pandemonium – George was first in the catalogue so Tracy rushed him to the ringside before being told she should be showing Havana. The gate closed and that was that, Havana didn’t get to be shown.
The judge as very complementary about Helene and Inca but chose the bigger alpacas as her favourites. Hero too did well but wasn’t in the final line up; George however came fifth. Tracy was delighted, to get any rosette at the Futurity is an achievement particularly for a small breeder as this is a prestigious event where the top breeders show their best animals. (Tracy now calls herself a collector rather than a breeder as she hasn’t sold any of her alpacas yet!)
A lot of people don’t show their animals, but do send in their fleeces to compete against each other for the coveted first prize… George’s fleece from last year came 4th – yippee!!!