Youth In The Spotlight
At the 2009 ALSA Grand National Show,
a Versatility Champion was awarded for each youth age
division for the first time. Points were awarded according to placings
for all five of the youth classes offered:
Showmanship, Obstacle, Public Relations, Pack, and
Youth Judging. In order to be eligible for the
Versatility Champion award, the youth must have shown
in all youth classes.
Each of these youth received an
embroidered Versatility Champion jacket. The ALSA
Youth Committee sincerely thanks every individual,
farm, and organization who has generously donated to the ALSA Youth for the Grand National
Congratulations go out to
all the Grand National Versatility Champions:
2012 ALSA Scholarship Winners ............ coming ...................
2011 ALSA Scholarship Winners
My Name is Anna Reese and I was one of the lucky
seniors to be chosen to win the 2011 ALSA Youth
Scholarship. My life with llamas started when I
was 7 years old and we bought our first farm.
We lived in East Canton, Ohio and we purchased
our first 2 llamas from Lynn and Dave Schaeffer,
also from East Canton, back in 2000. I started
showing with the Schaefferís in their 4H club at
our annual Stark County fair llama show. I
attended a couple open shows in Ohio over the
next few years like the Daffodil Classic. I
also competed in the LANA art, essay, community
service, and LANAíS outstanding youth
competitions by mail.
moved to Texas with my step dadís job transfer.
I learned very quickly that Texas was a very
competitive state to show llamas in. My first
year in Texas was horrible. I decided if I
wanted to compete in Texas then I needed to work
harder. So I started training the babies we
were having here on our ranch in Texas, one was
a 3 week premature little male that we werenít
sure if he was even going to live. When he
finally started to walk, he ran, and we named
him Forest. Forest and I have been working
very hard together over the last 4 years. We
have won high point youth in the ALSA grand
nationals in 2009, Res. Female Versatility at
Grand Nationals with my girl Naomi, in 2010, and
the ALSA Senior Youth Performance Championship
with Forest, in 2011.
I have achieved
Youth Award with Forest as well. Forest
and I do everything together. We pick up road
side trash with my 4H club, we do llamas in
pajamas at the preschools, and we visit nursing
homes. I have been training other crias for
performance llamas as well like my Jake, who is
always a hit with the kids at parades and
festivals. Now that I am graduated, I plan to
still continue showing llamas with my mother,
and helping her with our local 4H llama club
that we formed 2 years ago, while completing my
college courses to obtain my Veterinary
Technology degree. After I get my degree, I
want to then attend a school that offers me the
opportunity to learn about large animal
chiropractic care. That has always been one
field I have been most intrigued with, and feel
there are a lot of animals out there that I
could help. I canít thank ALSA, my parents, and
all my llama friends for everything I have been
able to do and to learn over the past 12 years.
My family and I have been raising alpacas since 1996
when I was just three years old. When I was
eight years old, I joined the Llama Llovers
4-H group and was a member for 6 years showing
both llamas and alpacas. In 2007, my mother
and I decided to form our own 4-H group at our
alpaca farm and I am the co-founder and
assistant leader. I have worked on our farm
for many years where I am responsible for
cleaning, feeding, assisting with herd health
management, and breedings. I halter train the
weanlings and am the primary person who shows
them at halter shows.
My future goal is to achieve a Doctorate in
Pharmacy and work in Pharmacogenomic research.
Thank you again for awarding me this
Jesse Huth - 2008 ALSA Scholarship
ALSA Members and BOD,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you
all for making the ALSA scholarships available to
the Youth of ALSA. I would especially like to say
thank you for deeming me worthy of being a recipient
this year. Much to my disappointment I will not be
able to attend Nationals this year and accept in person.
Sometimes life is that way and this year it is that
way for us!
I plan on attending Texas A&M University next
year and without financial support it would be impossible.
I have worked hard and played hard with my llamas
over these past nine years and loved every minute
of it. For ALSA to reward that is great! There have
been many people in my "llama world" who were always
there to teach, help and encourage me when I needed
it. They have kept this whole venture fun and exciting.
Llamas are an important part of my life, but llama
"people" have made that possible.
So thank you to all who have entered my "llama life"
and enriched it and I wish much fun and success to
all other Youth who are just getting started! Work
hard and have fun!
With much appreciation,
Alpaca Llama Show Association
Robin Turell, Secretary
17102 Mueschke Rd.
Cypress, TX 77433
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