New changes to the ALSA handbook. New rules and decisions by
ALSA committees and/or the Board of Directors.
Also see Workings of our Committees and Issues for Discussion
and concerns that members wish to have addressed at the next
meeting must be presented by email/letter to the Board no less
than 7 days prior
to the next scheduled Board Meeting. If they are not received
by 7 days prior to the
scheduled meeting, they will be added to the Agenda of the following
President's Bulletin posted 1-11-07 New Forms & Format for
Filing A Protest
See Protest Information Here. All Communications from the Membership
1. Member concerns & suggestions should be sent to the BOD,
not to the ALSA office.
2. Letters received 7 days prior to the next BOD meeting will
be put on the agenda for that meeting.
3. The BOD will send issues to the proper committee for discussion
asking for a response before the next BOD meeting.
4. The office manager, Cheryl, is there to answer and help with
questions and issues concerning shows, show records, and animal
records. She is also our bookkeeper and not to be treated as
an intermediary between members and the BOD.
New Animal Recording Fees to Benefit ALSA Members
See details here. ALSA Sponsors Llamas In the 2007 Rose Bowl
See details & photos here. New Changes for Performance Classes
Section M, Section 4, D: Change to: “In Obstacle classes, the
handler may choose NOT to negotiate an obstacle him/herself
Section Part M, Section 15, D.5. Petting:
"1 or 2 adults stroke the llama on the neck in a subdued manner.
The petting process must be performed identically on each animal
in the class. Only adult exhibitors or adult ALSA members may
be used as petters."
Word change for Part M, Section 14, F.2. Stepover:"Stepover
of 12 inches maximum height."
(minutes of November, 2006)
Fees for Animals - Revision
Part G, Section 6 (Handbook, p. 41)
1) Change to: The one time recording fee per animal is $20.00.
During the year that the recording fee is paid, a person may
request the ALSA Office to research all show results for the
current calendar year and accumulate points for that animal.
2) Change to read: There will be a $25.00 per animal per year
fee for accumulating points on the animal in any year or years
prior to the year the recording fee was paid. This is possible
starting with the 2002 show season. There will be a $25.00 per
animal per show fee to research show results prior to the 2002
(minutes of November, 2006)
Special Needs Classes
The 2007 Special Needs Classes at the Grand Nationals and Regionals
will have Class Ribbons, Premiums paid, and no entry fees.
(minutes of November, 2006)
Searching for Articles
The Publications Committee is looking for articles pertaining
Driving, Youth, and preparing fleece for Fiber Shows. Please
David Armer. Also see special new Showring ad rates!!
Highlights from the Livestock Identification Committee report
recent USAHA annual meeting in Minneapolis.
November, 2006 ATTENTION ALSA MEMBERS:
A gentle reminder that each of you is responsible for
reading and understanding:
Page 136, Section 5. of the ALSA Handbook
“Conflict of Interest”
Please read carefully Section 5,A. through G.
Section 5. G.:The burden of responsibility is with the owner,
exhibitor, or trainer to recognize a conflict of interest. When
the exhibitor enters a show, it is done so with full knowledge
of who will be judging. The Judge, on the other hand, accepts
the job without knowing who will be exhibiting at the show.
(BOD approved 10-30-06) Performance Classes -
Obstacle design option for remaining 2006 ALSA Shows,
Regional and Grand National Shows
"A number of Show Management concerns have been expressed over
arrangements and ability to perform new construction for obstacle
amended for 2006. As a result, the ALSA Board of Directors has
obstacle variance to allow show superintendents at remaining
Shows, Regional and Grand National shows the option of using
designs from either those depicted in ALSA Handbook 14th Edition
Performance Classes rule amendment."
ALSA will have two display spaces, adjacent to the LANA display
at the FFA Convention to be held in Indianapolis, IN this fall.
Walking Fleece & Shorn Fleece Shows - Fees
per letter from ALSA office 8-21-06
The ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece Show must be sanctioned
as a separate show - as a Fleece Show. There is a $25.00 Sanctioning
Fee for a Fleece Show which includes Walking or Shorn or both
together. A qualified ALSA Fleece Judge is required to judge
fleece classes. There is also a $3.00 fee per fleece or walking
fleece which must be sent to ALSA along with the results of
However ......... if the ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece
Show class are held in conjunction with an ALSA Halter, Performance,
and/or Youth Show and the animals is also enrolled in that particular
show, the $3.00 fee will be waived in lieu of the $5.00 per
animal recording fee.
If the ALSA Walking Fleece and/or Shorn Fleece Show animal is
not entered in the accompanying show, then that particular animal
must pay the $3.00 per animal fee for the Fleece Show. 2007
& 2008 Grand National Show Dates
The BOD voted to accept the Steering Group's recommendations
for the 2007 and the 2008 Grand National Show. The show is to
be held at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, NE on the
last weekend in October. (8-15-06 minutes) Dates of Oct. 24-28,
2007 have been penciled in. Handbook Changes made for 2006 (from
the minutes of 4-10-06)
The rule change that became effective January 1, 2006, regarding
exhibitors 8 years through 12 years of age not being allowed
the option of showing intact males has been amended and will
become effective immediately. The Board generally believed that
this rule should allow show management at each ALSA show the
option of implementing the rule as appropriate.
Amend Part I, Section 5, K as follows:
“It is recommended that exhibitors 8 years through 12 years
of age not show intact males over 24 months of age, with the
choice of acceptance or decline lying with show management and
stated in their premium show booklet.”
Clarification of the ROM change:
The ROM point system would work in two parts: (1) Actual placing
within a specific class and (2) Grand Champion and Reserve Grand
Champion placing within a division. All placings other than
Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion will be awarded points
based on placing in respective class. Grand Champion and Reserve
Grand Champion winners will earn points based on the overall
competition relative to number in the entire division. The Reserve
Grand Champion winner will earn one less point than Grand Champion
winner based on respective number in division. These points
are not in addition to class points but instead of. In a Division
with less than 8 entries, the “show named” Grand Champion and
Reserve Grand Champion will earn points toward a ROM award based
on division size; however, the Grand or Reserve Grand will not
apply towards an ALSA Champion Award (refer Section 4.B.1).
This rule will be retroactive from January 1, 2006.
The following is an example of approved ROM point revision:
24-31 entries in a division Grand = 7 points Reserve Grand =
16-23 entries in a division Grand = 6 points Reserve Grand =
8 -15 entries in a division Grand = 5 points Reserve Grand =
7 entries in a division Grand = 4 points Reserve Grand = 3 points
6 entries in a division Grand = 3 points Reserve Grand = 2 points
5 entries in a division Grand = 2 points Reserve Grand = 1 points
3-4 entries in a division Grand = 1 points Reserve Grand = 0
1-2 entries in a division No points
In a Division with less than 8 entries, the “Show Named” Grand
Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will earn points toward
a ROM. The ROM point revision amendment will be effective immediately.
A new "Manual For Designing Obstacles for Performance Classes"
is now available.
(from the minutes of 3-1-06)
A $3:00 fee per Llama or Alpaca fleece exhibited will be charged.
January 1, 2006 is the effective date for ALSA Recognition of
Merit amendment referencing Grand Champion and Reserve Grand
Champion point awards.
(from the minutes of 2-21-06)
The yearling class will be split into two age groups at the
2006 Grand National Show. The two age groups will be 12 mo.
to 18 mo. and 18 mo. to 24 mo. (from the minutes of 2-21-06)
(from the minutes of 11-10-05)
New Youth Handler Ages for 2006:
Youth Juniors - Handler age 8 through 11
Youth Intermediates - Handler age 12 through 14
Youth Seniors - Handler age 15 through 18
Age is as of January 1st of 2006.
Juniors may start on the date of their 8th birthday.
Youth who turn 19 after January 1 but before the Grand
National Show of their final showing year, may
complete the year as a Youth in the Senior division.
Exhibitors 8 yrs. through 12 yrs. of age shall not be permitted
to show intact males over 24 months of age.
Juvenile animals do not have to qualify for the National or
Grand National - Part F, Section 2, D-3 to reflect: All Get
of Sire and Produce of Dam must be a Champion or 1st in a class
of minimum of 3 shown at an ALSA show during the current ALSA
year. Any other offspring of the same sire or dam may be shown
provided the offspring has been shown at an ALSA Show during
the current ALSA year.
Regional Shows - Part E, Section 2, E-5 to reflect: All Get
of Sire and Produce of Dam award winners must show using Get
and Produce that have been part of a Get of Sire or Produce
of Dam entry at an ALSA show. Any other offspring of the same
sire or dam may be shown provided the offspring has been shown
at an ALSA show during the current ALSA year. These offspring
must be recorded with ALSA.
Performance Classes - Animals may be entered in youth or non-youth
classes, but not both.
Obstacle Driving Class will be added to the National & Regional
New Regions and Regional Boundaries Formed: See Regions for
Exhibitors will have the option of what regional show to attend
and there is no restriction on the number of Regional Shows
an exhibitor may attend.
Walking Llama Fleece Classes will be a sanctioned ALSA class
and animals will get points. A $3 per animal ALSA fee will now
be required of all shorn fleece and walking fleece entries.
This is in addition to the $5 per animal ALSA fee already required
for halter or performance classes.
The following Walking Fleece Class and Optional Fiber Classes
rule revisions were approved. Also submitted for review was
a proposed Walking Fleece Score Card.
Part O. Llama Fleece
Section I. Llama Fleece
Llama fiber shows may offer full blanket / barrel fleece classes
and/or the Optional Fiber classes. Required paperwork for fleece
classes and optional fiber classes can be found on the ALSA
website, under Llama Fleece Show Packet.
A. Shorn Llama Fleece Class
2. Age Divisions for Llama at time of shearing
a. Under 24 months, full blanket / barrel fleece
b. 24 months and older, full blanket / barrel fleece
b. Fleeces Shall:
(7)Be displayed in clear plastic bags. The bags may also be
displayed in appropriate size white
d. Desired Staple Length
(1)Llamas under 24 months
ii. No maximum length limit
(2)Llamas 24 months and older
e. It is the responsibility of the owner to apply the fleece
division descriptions in Section I,
A,1. However, the fleece judge will also determine if the fleeces
have been entered in the
appropriate division and, if not, move them to the appropriate
g. Additional division of classes: At the Judge’s discretion,
classes may be further divided or
combined in the following prioritized order …
B. Walking Fleece Class
This class provides an opportunity for llama owners to learn
about fleece characteristics and management while receiving
a professional evaluation. It is recommended the judging take
place prior to halter classes in an attempt to limit the use
of grooming aids.
1. The judge is required to be a certified ALSA Llama Fleece
5. Fleece Judging Criteria: 100 points possible. The following
are the judging criteria used and
recorded on the ALSA Walking Llama Fleece Score Card:
e.Cleanliness: 10 points
f. Fineness and Hand: 20 points
g.Guard Hair – Fineness and percentage of: 10 points
h.Style/Architecture – crimp and lock structure: 15 points
i.Luster: 10 points
j.Overall Impression: 10 points
k.Tensile Strength and Condition: 15 points
l.Density: 10 points
6. After judging is completed, the entire class is brought into
the show arena for presentation of
7. ALSA points are awarded for this class.
C. Optional Fiber Classes
a. Hand spinner’s Choice
(7) Suggested classes – sheared or brushed, divided by age (under
24 months; 24 months and
b. Garment or Finished Product
(1) Item must be made of at least 60% llama or alpaca.
The remaining 40% may be any other natural fiber produced in
c. Lama to Luxury – a timed team event in which lama fiber is
spun and woven into a shawl of 76”
– 78” x 20”- 22” in 4hours. Measurements do not include fringe.
P.74 section 3 A. 4. Llamas who have changed their novice division
status by placement in a show must be changed to the advanced
division in all future shows.
P. 74 section 4 E. In all Pack classes the handler and the animal
must negotiate the obstacles, including loading in vehicles.
Exception is an obstacle wherein a separate handler route has
been defined or provided.
P. 75 section 6 G. Kushing is not to be used in any performance
Changes to Obstacle Specifications:
P 76.section 7 A. Bridges, Ramps and Stairs1.Minimum width 23”
for Open and Novice divisions. Minimum width 30 inches Open
2. Minimum width 15” for Advanced divisions. Minimum width 24
3. The recommended length of a bridge is approximately 8’ and
risers no more than 7”.
Length 8ft, stair risers shall be a maximum of 9 inches, depth
of stairs a minimum of 10inches
4. All surfaces must be treated or toughened to avoid slippery
surfaces. Recommend carpet or commercial safety treads
6. Maximum height for Novice divisions is 24” without rails.
Maximum height for any bridge is 24 inches.
10. Stairs shall have treads of no less than 8” and risers not
more than 7”. Minimum Depth of stairs 10 inches, with risers
a maximum of 9 inches.
P. 76. Section 7B. Jumps or Barriers
1. Jumps or barriers may range from a minimum of 16” to a maximum
of 24” in height. Jumps minimum 16 inches and maximum 20 inches
2. The width of the obstacle should be a minimum of 3” change
to minimum of 4 feet
4. Poles (cross bars) must be a minimum of 3” in diameter. The
maximum depth for a solid jump or barrier shall be nor more
than 30” at the base. Maximum thickness at base of a solid jump
shall be no more than 12” in height and no more than 20” side
to side and width a minimum of 4’.
P. 77 J. Crawling and Ducking eliminate the word "Crawling"
1. This obstacle may be used in Open or Advanced Pack where
the age and size of the llamas is more predictable but should
be constructed so as to accommodate the tallest animal with
its packs on to prevent hooking of packs on the obstacle. Change
“In any obstacle class (not just open or advanced pack)”
P. 78. L. Loading in Vehicles
1. A pickup with a stock rack or equivalent, a full size van
or a trailer (minimum 10’ by 5’) may be used. The height of
the floor of the vehicle may not be more than 30” from the ground.
Eliminate "pickups" and begin "A full size van or a trailer
(minimum 10' by 5') may be used. The height of the floor of
the vehicle may not be more than 30" from the ground."
4. A pickup must have a stock rack or equivalent. Eliminate
P 78. M. Platform Obstacle
1. The platform should not be raised off the ground more than
18” if a turnaround is required. Substitute Platform not more
than 10”3. When carrying a 40-pound pack, an animal should not
be required to jump down from any surface, bridge or platform
higher than 16”. Substitute: Jump down no more than 12”.
P. 79 section 9. G. Show Management
1. Times Courses: Use of timed courses for the performance classes
allowing exhibitors a time limits within which to complete the
course etc. Eliminate paragraph " no timed courses"
P. 80 2. Preliminary Courses: Decrease exhibitor numbers through
use of Preliminary courses. The number of animals required for
final courses shall by 10-15 llamas. (See E. in this section.)
Eliminate the wording "(see E in this section)"
P. 81 D 3. Major Faults, including but not limited to:
i. Major safety hazard (i.e., standing in the space where the
llama would jump as it is coming out of the trailer or wrapping
lead rope around hand) add verbiage“or having a hand on the
clip where the lead and halter are attached.
P. 84 A. Age Requirements
1. 5 to 36 months; (no weight – see B.1 this section.) 5 to
36 months, llamas and Alpacas carry no weight. Eliminate wording
"(See B.1 this section.)"
2. 36 months and over (carry weight – see B/2 this section)
36 months and over, Llamas carry 40 lbs. and alpacas carry 10
lbs. Eliminate wording "(See B.2 this section)"
P. 84 B. Requirements for Pack:
2. Llamas age 36 months and over must carry a pack system with
two cinches with a minimum of 40 lbs. The system is required
to have removable panniers. Alpacas 36 months and over must
carry a pack system with a total of 10 lbs. The packs must be
proper scale for the animal’s size. (Bolded wording is to match
the wording about the weight llamas carry).
P. 84C. Equipment for Pack Llamas and Alpacas 36 months of age
4. Pack systems as described in B2. Eliminate
D. Equipment for Llamas and Alpacas same as C.1 through c.4.
E. Change to D
F. Change to E
P. 85 G. Mandatory Obstacles
2. Step over or 16’ maximum jump maneuver when carry 40 pounds
Change to 12
inches (any additional height causes a llama to have to jump-
at least with the back legs. If the object is to step over-
then it needs to be the height for a step over.)
P. 85 section 15 Public Relations Class
B.Conduct of the class: Same as for the Obstacle class. The
word SAME should begin with a small letter.
D. Mandatory Obstacles
5. Petting: One standing adult strokes llama on the neck in
a subdued manner. May have 1 or 2 petters.
P. 87 section 17 Driving Class The following rules and guidelines
apply to a driving classes.
10. Llamas may be driven in any comfortable, bite less head
stall that affords the driver a full range of control over direction
and speed. To be worded: " Llamas may be driven in any comfortable
driving halter that does not have a bit and affords the driver
a full range of control over direction and speed."
11. B.3. Whips are considered optional tack for the driving
class. Whips are considered tack for the driving class. (Eliminate
the word optional.)
PART N. ALPACA PERFORMANCE:
Page 94 section 1 B, 2f (7) Jumps: To be negotiated over heights
from 16”- 24” maximum depending upon class level ability and
safety. Jumps to be negotiated over heights from 16” to 20”
maximum depending upon class level ability and safety.
P. 96 section 1 D, 7b Step over of 16” maximum jump maneuver
when carrying 10 pounds. Step over of 16” maximum when carrying
10 pounds. (eliminate jump)
The current ROM point system relative to class size will be
applied to the entire number entries in a division when awarding
Grand and Reserve Grand winner ROM points. All other class placements
will receive ROM points based on placement in respective class.
Where Division size is extremely small, no points will be awarded
based on the minimum ROM number requirement for class. Effective
Jan. 1, 2006
The Alpaca Championship show has been cancelled for this year
due to the ALSA Alpaca Show Superintendent experiencing a scheduling
conflict at the time of the show. Rescheduling of the show and
finding another facility was not possible for this year.