Alpacas make return to Agribition show ring

The Western Producer
By: Karen Briere

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Exhibitors from across Western Canada brought about 55 animals to the major livestock show in Regina

Mary-Jo Smith knew little about alpacas when she left Canada and moved to the United Kingdom 18 years ago.

But joining her aunt at Bozedown Alpacas in Reading, Berkshire, led her to becoming one of Britain’s premier breeders.

It is fitting then that the Albertan returned to Canada last month to judge the Premier Alpaca event at Canadian Western Agribition, held Nov. 19-24 in Regina. Alpacas haven’t shown at the annual event since 2001.

“This is my first time other than watching Canada from afar to actually get my hands on some alpacas,” she said during a break in the show. “The brown champion male and reserve champion that just came through were really nice. Some good bone, some good density and fineness so it’s good to see.”

Exhibitors from the four western provinces brought about 55 alpacas to Regina. Barn boss and exhibitor Carol Poole from Tiger Lily Ranch at Edam, Sask., said she’s had alpacas for 22 years and is happy with the opportunity to return to the Agribition show ring.

Winners in the colour classes were: grand champion black, Tiger Park Osuna, reserve, Tiger Park Lu Senza, both from Tiger Park Alpacas at Foam Lake, Sask.; grand champion brown, Dreamin Conopa’s Rambo from Dreamin Alpacas, reserve Caley’s Warrior, Caley’s Alpacas, Camrose, Alta., reserve fawn, Tiger Lily Shaka’s Mercedes from Tiger Park; grand champion white, Tiger Lily Conopa’s Maroon from Tiger Park at Edam and Sunnyhills Alpacas, reserve, Birchleaf Complete from Mainstream Alpacas in Camrose.

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