Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking my very first Color Compliance Class.
Every year the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies (ABR) hosts this class. It is taught by a Certified AOBA Judge with classroom, test and practical portions.
We reviewed the many colors, solids, patterns vs pintos, fancy vs. appaloosa and greys. We also reviewed all of the data to be verified at Color Check during a show and the process for escalating disagreements between the Color Checker and Owner.
All color checkers for the local shows are required to have passed this class each year.
The Great Western Alpaca Show (GWAS) will be held in Denver on April 29 through May 1st and has been the largest alpaca show in the US for the last couple of years. This will be my first time attending and my second time helping out with a fiber show.
The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association's (AOBA) National Show is also in Denver this year on May 19 - 22nd. This will be my first opportunity to attend Nationals. I've heard this is a great event.
ABR also hosts the Fall Festival and Harvest Fleece Show every year in Loveland, Colorado. This year it will be held on November 5th and 6th.