|Calzada's Manchu's Olivier Takes 1st Place at AOBA Nationals!|
|HSH Jujube takes 2nd place at AlpacaPalooza.|
The second show we attended was CABA in Portland, Oregon. Again, the competition is so amazingly tough. We had a great time and Calvin and Olivier came home with 2nd places and Charango came home with a 3rd place. But the most exciting show for us was Nationals. I sent Olivier to see how he would do against that level of competition. I was unable to attend myself, but sent him with another farm, Wings and A Prayer Alpacas. I sat on pins and needles when I received the text that Olivier was in the ring. I had to read my text twice when I saw that he took 1st place! My boy Olivier brought it home! The judge just loved his strong conformation and consistent, fine and dense fleece.
The show kids are all home again and we are all happy to have them home. Now, we are anxiously awaiting our first cria from Olivier to see how well he passes on his amazing qualities. There are two babies due this fall and we have dates lining up for him after his exceptional wins this spring. It is a long road to get these alpacas to shows. Breeders spend many hours researching genetics and the Alpaca Registry to choose what male or female they want to breed to. Then, we have to wait about 11 1/2 months for the baby to be born and at least 6 months before they are old enough to send to alpaca shows. This spring was Alpacas at Hum Sweet Hum's best show season to date. Now, the fun begins again with new babies and then their show time!