When the new board started planning the all new MiAF show we knew we wanted to commit to supporting the youth in our industry. We have many young families that are new alpaca owners, and we hope you will bring your children, for an exciting weekend of events.
The Youth costume class will be during the Saturday Lunch break. Check on Youtube for videos from other alpaca and llama shows for inspiration. It is good to work with your alpaca beforehand, so they can be used to being dressed up.
Saturday afternoon, probably about 3 pm , Audrey Parks will be giving a class for the kids on how to show your alpaca. She will go over how to make a great impression on the judge, and what you need to do and know to improve your chances of winning! Audrey was one of the top winning juniors right here in Michigan, back in the day.
The three main Youth classes will start Sunday morning and continue until done. Because these classes take quite a bit of time, we have had to limit the entries to 15 kids per class. So make sure to enter early. Also, be aware that other classes will be taking place at the same time in the main rings. So it is better to enter with an animal that will not be in the halter classes, or production classes to avoid ring conflicts. It would probably be safe to enter with your blacks, browns, or grays, since they should be done showing by Sunday am. If you want to bring an alpaca as a youth only alpaca, we will waive the $25 Companion animal fee.
All entries are made in the name of the Youth. Youth Age Divisions are Sub-Junior (under the age of 8), Junior (8-11 year olds), Intermediate (12-14 year olds) and Senior (15-17year olds). All ages are as of January 1. A youth who is 7 on January 1 but who becomes 8 during the year is eligible to show in junior youth classes as of the date of their birthday.
AOA has a new point system for youth classes. Here is general information:
More details are on Page 78 in the new show system booklet that is here:
To qualify for Champion Classes and Point system, the child must enter all 3 performance classes.
The showmanship class is judged solely on the handler's ability to prepare and present their alpaca at halter. The alpaca participates with the handler during the class to demonstrate the handler's preparation and style of presenting their alpaca to the judge for evaluation. The alpaca's quality is not part of the judging..
The obstacle class demonstrates a team effort between the handler and their alpaca through a variety of obstacles. The alpaca participates with the handler during the class to demonstrate its level of training and willingness to cooperate with the handler. The alpaca's quality is not part of the judging.
The PR class demonstrates a team effort between the handler and their alpaca through a variety of obstacles associated with public events, public appearances or parades. The alpaca participates with the handler during the class to demonstrate its level of training, poise and willingness to cooperate with its handler and is a partner in the handler’s score over the course. The alpaca's quality is not part of the judging.
Exhibitors must actively participate in the development of a costume for themselves and the alpaca that follows a theme. The class is judged on the originality and complexity of the costume. A short story to describe the characters (youth and alpaca) should be prepared. The alpaca's quality is not part of the judging.