|The 8.12 bell tolls -|
It's a chance for alpacas to show those skills not judged in the show ring, but practiced every week in their home paddocks - so far the programme is:
High jump - leap out of a pen made u psuccessively from 3foot, 4 foot and 6 foot hurdles;
Long jump - leap over a disinfectant mat;
Cria jumping (over adult alpacas!)
Cria synchronised pronking;
Water trough cramming (most alpacas in the trough) in the Aquatic Centre;
Rolling pit - most 180degree turns in 1 minute;
For owners, The Faecal Sprint - to retrieve a poo sample from a specific animal from 50m away (requires good eye and speed before you lose it);
Feed bucket hurling;
Herd round-up (one man without his dog);
There's still space in the programme for a few more events, if anyone has other suggestions...
Meanwhile we watch Autumn Gold (third from left) who reaches 11months pregnant tomorrow - she is a lovely-natured alpaca, though comes across as slightly 'dippy', and we wonder whether she'll have any idea what's going on, but hope she's been watching the others!