First, we had Apple Vale Florina in the Junior brown female class, and she was placed 3rd from five, quite satisfying.
Then we had Apple Vale Flamenco, and she managed a 3rd from four. I was in the junior fawn male class (Fiesta was unplaced), when a mobile 'phone rang, and I'm glad to say it wasn't mine (set to 'silent') - I wouldn't say whose it was, but if I can find Andy's phone number, I might ring it on friday at the Bath & West, to try and get the ice cream forfeit that is levied against such 'mis-demeanours'!
On friday, we had 'lights' and 'whites'. Apple Vale Fortune found himself in the first group in a split class, against formidable competition, and we were quite satisfied when he was put into fourth from his group of five,
|Apple Vale Fortune enters the ring, watched by judge Mary-Jo Smith and apprentice Viv.|
|Steve Powell (Ashwood Alpacas) shows the 'bite' of Imperial Force for the judge to examine.|
|Mary-Jo examining the fleece.|
|The judge gives her oral reasoning behind the placings, while 1st and 2nd take a rest.|
This week, I am helping erect two marquees for the Royal Bath and West Show on tuesday (heave ho), Joy will be demonstrating felting, compered by Val Fullerlove, on wednesday, and on friday and saturday I will be in the show ring again. Come and say, 'hello', if you read this - oh, the 'missing ball' quoted in the title of this blog refers to one poor breeder, whose male alpaca was elliminated due to the judge only being able to find one testicle - at three previous shows this year, the said testicle had made an appearance....so... if you have seen it.....