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New changes to the ALSA handbook.  New rules and decisions by
 ALSA committees and/or the Board of Directors.

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Workings of our Committees

Issues for Discussion

Next Scheduled Board Meeting:  March 14, 2007
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 Scheduled
See Details here

Beginner & Advanced Llama Judging Clinic Scheduled
See Details here
Attention All Artists!
Logo Contest for Grand National Show's 10th Anniversary
Details here

President's Bulletin posted 1-11-07         
New Forms & Format for Filing A Protest
See New Protest Information here.

All Communications from the Membership

1.  Member concerns & suggestions should be sent to the BOD, not to the ALSA        office.
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 BOD.  

New Animal Recording Fees to Benefit ALSA Members
See details here.
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."
(minutes of November, 2006)

Recording Fees for Animals - Revision

Part G, Section 6 (Handbook, p. 41)
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 season.
(minutes of November, 2006)

Special Needs Classes

The 2007 Special Needs Classes at the Grand Nationals and Regionals will have Class Ribbons, Premiums paid, and no entry fees.
(minutes 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 Chair,
David Armer.  Also see special new Showring ad rates!!

Highlights from the Livestock Identification Committee report to the
 recent USAHA annual meeting in Minneapolis.
November, 2006

A gentle reminder that each of you is responsible for
 reading and understanding:

Page 136, Section 5. of the ALSA Handbook
 “Conflict of Interest”
 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.  
(BOD approved 10-30-06)
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
at the
FFA Convention to be held in Indianapolis, IN this fall.
(9-6-06 minutes)

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 change:

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 point revision:

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 No points  

 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 Shows.

New Regions and Regional Boundaries Formed: See Regions for Details

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 be 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
    2. 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
    3. Rules
b. Fleeces Shall:
            (7)Be displayed in clear plastic bags. The bags may also be displayed in appropriate size white
        d. Desired Staple Length
(1)Llamas under 24 months
                 ii. No maximum length limit
24 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
in the following prioritized order …
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 Score Card
        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 points
        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
   2. Classes
        a. Hand spinner’s Choice
             (7) Suggested classes – sheared or brushed, divided by
age (under 24 months; 24 months and
         b. Garment or Finished Product
             (1) Item must be made of at least
60% llama or alpaca.
                   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”
             – 78” x 20”- 22” in 4hours. Measurements do
not include fringe.

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 than 7”.

Length 8ft, stair risers shall be a maximum of 9 inches, depth of stairs a minimum of
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”.
Minimum Depth 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 height.
  Jumps minimum 16 inches and maximum 20 inches
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"
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.
Change “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.
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 any surface, bridge or platform higher than 16”. Substitute: Jump down no more than 12”.
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 this section)"
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.
D. Equipment for Llamas and Alpacas same as C.1 through c.4.
Change to D
Change to E
P. 85 G. Mandatory Obstacles
2. Step over or 16’ maximum jump maneuver when carry 40 pounds
Change to 12
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
. 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 classes.
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 are
considered tack for the driving class. (Eliminate the word optional.)

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 jump)

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
Phone:  412-761-0211
Fax:  412-761-0212
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