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New changes to
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Workings of our Committees
Issues for Discussion
Next Scheduled Board
All issues and concerns that members wish to have addressed
at the next BOD
meeting must be presented by email/letter to the Board no less than 7 days prior
to the next scheduled Board Meeting. If they are not received by 7 days
prior to the
scheduled meeting, they will be added to the Agenda of the following meeting.
Alpaca Fleece Clinic
See Details here
Beginner & Advanced Llama
See Details here
Attention All Artists!
Logo Contest for Grand National Show's 10th Anniversary
New Forms & Format for Filing A
See New Protest Information here.
All Communications from
1. Member concerns
& suggestions should be sent to the BOD, not to the ALSA
2. Letters received 7 days prior to the next BOD meeting will be put on
the agenda for that meeting.
3. The BOD will send issues to the proper committee for discussion asking
for a response before the next BOD meeting.
4. The office manager, Cheryl, is there to answer and help with questions
and issues concerning shows, show records, and animal records. She is also
our bookkeeper and not to be treated as an intermediary between members and the
New Animal Recording Fees to Benefit ALSA Members
ALSA Sponsors Llamas In the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade!
See details & photos here.
New Changes for Performance Classes
Section M, Section
4, D: Change to: “In Obstacle classes, the handler may choose NOT to negotiate an obstacle
him/herself without penalty.”
Section Part M, Section 15, D.5. Petting:
"1 or 2 adults stroke the llama on the neck in a subdued manner. The petting process must be performed identically on each
animal in the class. Only adult exhibitors or adult ALSA members may be used as petters."
Word change for Part M, Section 14, F.2. Stepover:"Stepover of 12 inches maximum height."
of November, 2006)
Recording Fees for Animals - Revision
Part G, Section 6 (Handbook,
1) Change to: The one time recording fee per animal is $20.00.
During the year that the recording fee is paid, a person may request the ALSA
Office to research all show results for the current calendar year and accumulate
points for that animal.
2) Change to read:
There will be a $25.00 per animal per year fee for accumulating points on the
animal in any year or years prior to the year the recording fee was paid.
This is possible starting with the 2002 show season. There will be a
$25.00 per animal per show fee to research show results prior to the 2002 show
of November, 2006)
The 2007 Special Needs
Classes at the Grand Nationals and Regionals will have Class Ribbons, Premiums
paid, and no entry fees.
of November, 2006)
Searching for Articles
The Publications Committee is
looking for articles pertaining to Performance,
Driving, Youth, and preparing fleece for Fiber Shows. Please contact
David Armer. Also see special
new Showring ad rates!!
Highlights from the
Livestock Identification Committee
report to the
recent USAHA annual meeting in Minneapolis.
ATTENTION ALSA MEMBERS:
gentle reminder that each of you is responsible
reading and understanding:
Page 136, Section 5. of the ALSA Handbook
Please read carefully Section 5,A. through G.
Section 5. G.:The
burden of responsibility is with the owner, exhibitor, or trainer to recognize a
conflict of interest. When the
exhibitor enters a show, it is done so with full knowledge of who will be
judging. The Judge, on the other
hand, accepts the job
without knowing who will be exhibiting at the show.
Performance Classes -
Obstacle design option for remaining 2006 ALSA Shows,
Regional and Grand National Shows
"A number of Show Management concerns have been expressed over logistical
arrangements and ability to perform new construction for obstacle designs
amended for 2006. As a result, the ALSA Board of Directors has approved an
obstacle variance to allow show superintendents at remaining 2006 ALSA
Shows, Regional and Grand National shows the option of using obstacle
designs from either those depicted in ALSA Handbook 14th Edition or 2006
Performance Classes rule amendment."
ALSA will have
two display spaces, adjacent to the LANA display
to be held in Indianapolis, IN this fall.
Walking Fleece & Shorn Fleece Shows - Fees
per letter from ALSA office 8-21-06
The ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece Show must be
sanctioned as a separate show - as a Fleece Show. There is a $25.00
Sanctioning Fee for a Fleece Show which includes Walking or Shorn or both
together. A qualified ALSA Fleece Judge is required to
judge fleece classes. There is also a $3.00 fee per fleece or walking
fleece which must be sent to ALSA along with the results of the show.
However ......... if the ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece Show class are
held in conjunction with an ALSA Halter, Performance, and/or Youth Show and the
animals is also enrolled in that particular show, the $3.00 fee will be waived
in lieu of the $5.00 per animal recording fee.
If the ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece Show animal is not entered in the
accompanying show, then that particular animal must pay the $3.00 per animal fee
for the Fleece Show.
2007 & 2008 Grand National Show Dates
The BOD voted to accept the Steering Group's recommendations for the 2007 and
the 2008 Grand National Show. The show is to be held at the Lancaster
Event Center in Lincoln, NE on the last weekend in October. (8-15-06
minutes) Dates of Oct. 24-28, 2007 have been penciled in.
Handbook Changes made for 2006
(from the minutes of 4-10-06)
The rule change that became effective January 1, 2006, regarding
exhibitors 8 years through 12 years of age not being allowed the option of
showing intact males has been amended and will become effective immediately. The
Board generally believed that this rule should allow show management at each
ALSA show the option of implementing the rule as appropriate.
Amend Part I, Section 5, K as follows:
“It is recommended that exhibitors 8 years through 12 years of age not show
intact males over 24 months of age, with the choice of acceptance or decline
lying with show management and stated in their premium show booklet.”
Clarification of the ROM
The ROM point system would work in two parts: (1)
Actual placing within a specific class
and (2) Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion placing within a division.
All placings other than Grand Champion or Reserve Grand
Champion will be awarded points based on placing
in respective class. Grand Champion and
Reserve Grand Champion winners will earn points based on the overall
competition relative to number in the entire division. The Reserve Grand Champion
winner will earn one less point than Grand Champion winner based on respective
number in division. These points are not in addition to class points but instead
of. In a Division with less than 8 entries, the “show
named” Grand Champion and Reserve Grand
Champion will earn points toward a ROM award based on division size; however,
the Grand or Reserve Grand will not apply towards an ALSA Champion Award (refer
Section 4.B.1). This rule will be retroactive from January 1, 2006.
The following is an example of approved ROM
|24-31 entries in a division
||Grand = 7 points
||Reserve Grand = 6 points
|16-23 entries in a division
||Grand = 6 points
||Reserve Grand = 5 points
|8 -15 entries in a division
||Grand = 5 points
||Reserve Grand = 4 points
|7 entries in a division
||Grand = 4 points
||Reserve Grand = 3 points
|6 entries in a division
||Grand = 3 points
||Reserve Grand = 2 points
|5 entries in a division
||Grand = 2 points
||Reserve Grand = 1 points
|3-4 entries in a division
||Grand = 1 points
||Reserve Grand = 0 points
|1-2 entries in a division
In a Division with less than 8 entries,
the “Show Named” Grand Champion and Reserve
Grand Champion will earn points toward a ROM. The
ROM point revision amendment will be effective immediately.
A new "Manual For Designing Obstacles for Performance Classes"
is now available.
(from the minutes of 3-1-06)
A $3:00 fee per Llama or Alpaca fleece
exhibited will be charged.
January 1, 2006
is the effective date
for ALSA Recognition of Merit amendment referencing
Grand Champion and Reserve
Grand Champion point awards.
(from the minutes of 2-21-06)
The yearling class will be split into two age groups at the 2006 Grand National Show. The two age groups will be 12 mo. to 18 mo. and 18 mo. to 24 mo.
(from the minutes of 2-21-06)
(from the minutes of 11-10-05)
New Youth Handler Ages for 2006:
Youth Juniors - Handler age 8 through 11
Youth Intermediates - Handler age 12 through 14
Youth Seniors - Handler age 15 through 18
Age is as of January 1st of 2006.
Juniors may start on
the date of their 8th birthday.
Youth who turn 19 after January 1 but before the Grand
National Show of their final showing year, may
complete the year as a Youth in the Senior division.
Exhibitors 8 yrs. through 12 yrs. of age shall not be permitted to show
intact males over 24 months of age.
Juvenile animals do not have
to qualify for the National or Regional Shows.
Grand National - Part F, Section 2, D-3
to reflect: All Get of Sire and Produce of Dam must be
a Champion or 1st in a class of
minimum of 3 shown at an ALSA show during the current ALSA year. Any other
offspring of the same sire or dam may be shown provided the offspring has been
shown at an ALSA Show during the current ALSA year.
Regional Shows - Part E, Section 2, E-5 to reflect: All Get of Sire and
Produce of Dam award winners must show using Get and Produce that have been part
of a Get of Sire or Produce of Dam entry at an ALSA show. Any other
offspring of the same sire or dam may be shown provided the offspring has been
shown at an ALSA show during the current ALSA year. These offspring must
be recorded with ALSA.
Performance Classes - Animals may be entered in youth or non-youth
classes, but not both.
Obstacle Driving Class will be added to the National & Regional
New Regions and Regional Boundaries Formed: See Regions
Exhibitors will have the option of what regional
show to attend and there is no restriction on the number of Regional Shows an
exhibitor may attend.
Walking Llama Fleece Classes will
a sanctioned ALSA class
and animals will get points.
A $3 per animal
ALSA fee will now be required of all shorn fleece and walking fleece
entries. This is in addition to the $5 per animal ALSA fee already
required for halter or performance classes.
The following Walking Fleece
Class and Optional Fiber Classes rule revisions were approved. Also
submitted for review was a proposed Walking Fleece Score Card.
Part O. Llama Fleece
Section I. Llama Fleece
Llama fiber shows may offer full blanket / barrel fleece classes and/or the
Optional Fiber classes.
Required paperwork for fleece classes and optional fiber
classes can be found on the ALSA website, under Llama Fleece Show Packet.
A. Shorn Llama Fleece Class
Age Divisions for Llama at time of shearing
a. Under 24
months, full blanket / barrel fleece
b. 24 months and older,
full blanket / barrel fleece
displayed in clear plastic bags. The bags may also be displayed in appropriate
d. Desired Staple Length
No maximum length limit
months and older
e. It is the responsibility of the owner to apply the fleece division
descriptions in Section I,
A,1. However, the fleece judge will also determine if the fleeces have
been entered in the
appropriate division and, if not,
move them to the appropriate division.
g. Additional division of classes: At the Judge’s discretion, classes may be
further divided or
combined in the following prioritized
B. Walking Fleece Class
This class provides an opportunity for llama owners to learn about fleece
characteristics and management while receiving
a professional evaluation.
It is recommended the judging take place
prior to halter classes in an attempt to limit the use of grooming aids.
1. The judge is required to be a certified ALSA Llama Fleece Judge.
5. Fleece Judging Criteria: 100 points possible. The following are
the judging criteria used and
recorded on the ALSA Walking Llama Fleece
e.Cleanliness: 10 points
f. Fineness and Hand: 20 points
g.Guard Hair – Fineness and
percentage of: 10 points
h.Style/Architecture – crimp and
lock structure: 15 points
i.Luster: 10 points
j.Overall Impression: 10 points
k.Tensile Strength and Condition: 15
l.Density: 10 points
6. After judging is completed, the entire class is brought into the
show arena for presentation of
7. ALSA points are awarded for this class.
C. Optional Fiber Classes
a. Hand spinner’s Choice
Suggested classes – sheared or brushed, divided by age
months; 24 months and
b. Garment or Finished Product
Item must be made of at least 60% llama
The remaining 40% may be any other natural fiber produced
in the U.S.A.
c. Lama to Luxury – a timed
team event in which lama fiber is spun and woven into a shawl of 76”
x 20”- 22” in 4hours. Measurements do not
P.74 section 3 A. 4.
Llamas who have changed their novice division status by placement in
a show must be changed to the advanced division in all future shows.
P. 74 section 4 E.
In all Pack classes the handler and the animal must negotiate the obstacles,
including loading in vehicles. Exception is an obstacle wherein a separate
handler route has been defined or provided.
P. 75 section 6 G. Kushing
is not to be used in any performance class.
Changes to Obstacle Specifications:
P 76.section 7 A. Bridges,
Ramps and Stairs1.Minimum width 23” for Open and Novice divisions. Minimum
width 30 inches Open and Novice
2. Minimum width 15” for Advanced divisions. Minimum
width 24 inches Advanced
3. The recommended length of a bridge is approximately 8’ and risers no more
Length 8ft, stair risers shall be a maximum of 9 inches, depth of stairs a
minimum of 10inches
4. All surfaces must be treated or toughened to avoid slippery surfaces.
Recommend carpet or commercial safety treads
6. Maximum height for Novice divisions is 24” without rails. Maximum
height for any bridge is 24 inches.
10. Stairs shall have treads of no less than 8” and risers not more than 7”.
of stairs 10 inches, with risers a maximum of 9 inches.
P. 76. Section 7B. Jumps or Barriers
1. Jumps or barriers may range from a minimum of 16” to a maximum of 24” in
minimum 16 inches and maximum 20 inches
2. The width of the obstacle should be
a minimum of 3” change to
minimum of 4 feet
4. Poles (cross bars) must be a minimum of 3” in diameter. The maximum depth
for a solid jump or barrier
shall be nor more than 30” at the base. Maximum
thickness at base of a solid jump shall be no more than 12” in height and no
more than 20” side to side and width a minimum of 4’.
P. 77 J. Crawling and Ducking eliminate
the word "Crawling"
1. This obstacle may be
used in Open or Advanced Pack where the age and size of the llamas is more
predictable but should be constructed so as to accommodate the tallest animal
with its packs on to prevent hooking of packs on the obstacle.
“In any obstacle class (not just open or advanced pack)”
P. 78. L. Loading in Vehicles
1. A pickup with a stock rack or equivalent, a full size van or a trailer
(minimum 10’ by 5’)
may be used. The height of the floor of the vehicle may not be more than 30”
from the ground. Eliminate
"pickups" and begin "A full size van or a trailer (minimum
10' by 5') may be used. The height of the floor of the vehicle may not be more
than 30" from the ground."
4. A pickup must have a stock rack or equivalent. Eliminate
P 78. M. Platform Obstacle
1. The platform should not be raised off the ground more than 18” if a
turnaround is required. Substitute
Platform not more than 10”3. When
carrying a 40-pound pack, an animal should not be required to jump down from
surface, bridge or platform higher than 16”. Substitute:
Jump down no more than
P. 79 section 9. G. Show Management
1. Times Courses: Use of timed courses for the performance classes allowing
exhibitors a time limits within which to complete the course etc. Eliminate
paragraph " no timed
P. 80 2. Preliminary
Courses: Decrease exhibitor numbers through use of Preliminary courses. The
number of animals required for final courses shall by 10-15 llamas. (See E. in
this section.) Eliminate
the wording "(see E in this section)"
P. 81 D 3. Major Faults, including but not limited to:
i. Major safety hazard (i.e., standing in the space where the llama would
jump as it
is coming out of the trailer or wrapping lead rope around hand) add
verbiage“or having a hand on the clip where the lead and halter are attached.
P. 84 A. Age Requirements
1. 5 to 36 months; (no weight – see B.1 this section.) 5
to 36 months, llamas and
Alpacas carry no weight. Eliminate wording "(See B.1 this section.)"
2. 36 months and over (carry weight – see B/2 this section) 36
months and over,
Llamas carry 40 lbs. and alpacas carry 10 lbs. Eliminate wording "(See B.2
P. 84 B. Requirements for Pack:
2. Llamas age 36 months and over must carry a pack system with two cinches with
a minimum of 40 lbs. The system is required to have removable panniers. Alpacas
36 months and over must carry a pack
system with a total of 10 lbs. The packs must be proper
scale for the animal’s size.
(Bolded wording is to match the wording about the
weight llamas carry).
P. 84C. Equipment for Pack Llamas and Alpacas 36 months of age and over
4. Pack systems as described in B2. Eliminate
D. Equipment for Llamas and Alpacas same as C.1 through c.4. eliminate
E. Change to D
F. Change to E
P. 85 G. Mandatory Obstacles
2. Step over or 16’ maximum jump maneuver when carry 40 pounds Change
inches (any additional height causes a llama to have to jump- at least with the
back legs. If the
object is to step over- then it needs to be the height for a step over.)
P. 85 section 15 Public Relations Class
B.Conduct of the class: Same as for the Obstacle class. The
word SAME should begin
with a small letter.
D. Mandatory Obstacles
5. Petting: One standing adult strokes llama on the neck in a subdued
manner. May have 1 or 2 petters.
P. 87 section 17 Driving Class The
following rules and guidelines apply to a driving
10. Llamas may be driven in any comfortable, bite less head stall that affords
the driver a full range of control over
direction and speed. To be worded: "
Llamas may be driven in
any comfortable driving halter that does not have a bit and affords
the driver a full range of control over direction and speed."
11. B.3. Whips are considered optional tack for the driving class. Whips
tack for the driving class. (Eliminate
the word optional.)
PART N. ALPACA PERFORMANCE:
Page 94 section 1 B, 2f (7) Jumps: To be negotiated over heights from 16”-
24” maximum depending upon
class level ability and safety. Jumps to be
negotiated over heights
from 16” to 20” maximum depending upon class level ability and safety.
P. 96 section 1 D, 7b Step over of 16” maximum jump maneuver when carrying 10
pounds. Step over
of 16” maximum when carrying 10 pounds. (eliminate
The current ROM point
system relative to class size will be applied to the entire number entries in a
division when awarding Grand and Reserve Grand winner ROM points. All other
class placements will receive ROM points based on placement in respective class.
Where Division size is extremely small, no points will be awarded based on the
minimum ROM number requirement for class. Effective Jan. 1, 2006
The Alpaca Championship
show has been cancelled for this year due to the ALSA Alpaca
Show Superintendent experiencing a scheduling conflict at the time of the
show. Rescheduling of the show and finding another facility was not
possible for this year.
Alpaca Llama Show Association
Cheryl Ryberg, Secretary
607 California Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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