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Walking Fleece

What is a Walking Fleece Competition?  The AOA description below:


The Walking Fleece competition is an opportunity for the exhibitor to enter a fleece competition where the prime fleece is evaluated while still on the alpaca. Conformation is not assessed. An AOA Walking Fleece Scorecard will be completed for each alpaca in the course of this evaluation/judging process. Placements are made on a highest point basis once all evaluations are completed and tabulated. Rules shall follow the rules for Fleece Shows according to breed, age divisions, Color Groups and class size. Color Championships and Special awards shall not be offered. Oral comments by the Judge may be given during the hands-on evaluation. Judging by an AOA Certified Fleece Judge is required.

 Walking Fleece Judging Criteria: The following are the judging criteria and maximum points that may be awarded. The points are recorded in ink on a Walking Fleece Show Scorecard and in pencil on the Judge’s Worksheet for both Huacaya and Suri.

 Huacaya points:

Fineness and Handle (20)

Uniformity of: Micron (8), Length (7) and Color (5)

Style: Character (Crimp) (10) and Staple Type/Density (5)

Brightness (10)

Absence of guard hair (10)

Absence of impurities/stains/fleece damage (5)

MAXIMUM POINT TOTAL FOR HUACAYAS: 80 points

 Suri points:

Fineness and Handle (20)

Uniformity of: Micron (8), Length (7) and Color (5).

Style: Lock Structure (10) and Density (5)

Luster (20)

Absence of guard hair (5)

Absence of impurities/stains/fleece damage (5)

MAXIMUM POINT TOTAL FOR SURIS: 85 points

 For Huacayas, the minimum walking fleece score to award a blue ribbon is 48. For Suris, the minimum walking fleece score to award a blue ribbon is 51. If none of the total points in a class achieve 48 points or above for Huacayas and 51 points or above for Suris, then the Judge shall start placements with a red ribbon in that class.

 Grey fleeces are eligible to receive full points out of 5 for uniformity of color. Multicolor designations and Indefinite color fleeces receive 0 points for uniformity of color and have a total possible point value of 75 for Huacayas and 80 for Suris. In these classes, the minimum fleece score required to award a blue ribbon is 45 for Huacayas and 48 for Suris.

 Tiebreakers are the same as in the Fleece Show rules.

 

So how will it work in reality at our show?

- We are accepting a limited number of entries to ensure one judge can complete all evaluations

- There will be a separate ring for this activity

- Animals will be judged by color class

- The color classes will not be in the same order as halter, but will be in a different order so as to not have animals needing to be in two places at once.  For example, while the grays are showing in halter, we may start with browns in walking fleece.  Show class order will be  posted before the show begins.  

- Halter classes take precedence.  If you need to be in the ring, you will be able to wait to get your animal into the Walking Fleece.  We should have FFA students available to hold your animals in line at the Walking Fleece.