BAS Show Reflections by Steve Heatherington

I had the chance to make it to the British Alpaca Society Annual Alpaca Show this year. It is a while since I have been and I was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and making some new aquaintances.

It was a three hour journey each way to get to the Telford International Centre but it was worth it. The satnav took me the scenic route – though it insisted it was shorter. I came back via the motorway for the more direct and slightly less stressful route.

Once I arrived, I was delighted to find there were 600 alpacas on show; about 30 trade stands; and a great display of what can be achieved with alpaca fleece in the Fibre Zone. The slide show below captures something of the flavour.

The thing you can’t capture quiet so easily in a photo is the sounds and smells of an alpaca show. Intoxicating for those of us who have the “alpaca gene”.

The judging was filmed and streamed (still available here on YouTube) which meant people watching could see the quality of the fleece and conformation. You don’t have to watch it all but it is worth a look.

So this was my eclectic and personal take on the show. I hope you found something to interest you. You may also remember that Jeremiah Owen from Los Angeles was planning to go to a show near him (a relative term) for the first time. I caught up with him and share his perspectives as a new owner too.


The British Alpaca Society National Show

Show Catalogue

BAS Show Trade Stands

Alpacapa by Lucian
AlpacaSeller UK
The Alpaca Shop UK
Alpacapella Jewellery
Armitage Livestock Insurance Agency Ltd
British Alpaca Society
Camelid Veterinary Services
Coco Alpacas
Emerald Green Feeds
East Anglia Alpaca Mill
Fresh Group
GWF Nutrition
JG Animal Health
Marshwood Alpacas Ltd
Mary Roach Harness
Ocloo Penrose Products
Peruvian threads
Simply Alpaca
Sandhills Alpacas
Softly Softly
Synergy Farm Health
Ted and Bessie
Two Rivers Mill
Wildwood Animal Health
United Ideas

Judging in the show rings – YouTube video

Calpaca – California Classic Roundup alpaca show

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