MAPACA Show Results

We just received the results from the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association (MAPACA) Jubilee Spin-Off competition, and we are very proud of our alpacas. Everyone did well and brought home some impressive ribbons from our oldest to our youngest.

Powergrid was the oldest alpaca we entered in the show and he once again brought home a First Place for his 2011 fleece (age 6 years). Bonnie Alice won a First Place at MAPACA for the second year in a row.

Lord Tennyson won a Second Place in his white class as did both Henrietta Ruth (Ruthie) and her daughter June Delight in their respective brown classes.

Peaceful Heart's Hyppogryff

We are most proud of our youngest entry: beautiful gray, junior herdsire, Hyppogryff. Hyppo has an incredible lovely medium silver gray fleece. He won not only First Place in his age group, but also the highest score in the gray color group. His first shearing in 2011, which is what was judged here, tested at an incredibly fine 16.9 microns. The judge commented on how easy it was to prepare and spin and the beautiful yarn that resulted. She also congratulated Hyppogryff on being the highest scoring entry of the entire show.

For those not familiar with alpaca shows, there are three main types of shows: Halter, Fleece, and Spin-Off. The Spin-Off, which is what our alpacas were participating in here, consists of sending in a 2 ounce sample of each alpaca’s prime blanket fiber. It is handspun and evaluated by the spin-off judge. Each sample is judged on fiber criteria focusing on uniformity and cleanliness/preparation; spinning criteria focusing on ease of carding and spinning; and the finished product. Entries receive a numerical score out of a possible 100 and are ranked within color and age groups.

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