Canchones Alpacas of Taggerty (93km east of Broadford) has taken home Best in Show at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show for its exhibit Canchones Gold Catch Me (ET), after also being awarded Supreme Champion Huacaya.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the judging of the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show took place on July 8 and 9 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, with the competition judged in colour sections for the first time.
Canchones has been dedicated to the improvement of huacaya since its establishment in 1998 and this commitment has been recognised, with stud owners Peter Kennedy and Robert Gane also presented Most Successful Huacaya Exhibitor.
‘‘With 214 entries in 2017, the competition continues to make its mark as one of Victoria’s premier alpaca competitions and to evolve based on exhibitor feedback and industry trends,’’ RASV chief executive officer Mark O’Sullivan said.
The Bill Plunkett Perpetual Trophy for Supreme Champion Suri was presented to Trevor Parry of Tickenhall Alpacas for Surilana Maximilian, a medium fawn suri, while Mr Parry was also awarded Most Successful Suri Exhibitor after taking home Grand Champion Medium, Dark Fawn, Grand Champion Brown and Grand Champion White.
‘‘RASV congratulates the Supreme Champion and Best in Show winners from this year’s Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
The 2017 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show was presided over by highly recognised and respected judges; Natasha Clark, of Bellbrae (27km south of Geelong) and Chris Williams, of Mt Compass (74km south of Adelaide).
■For a full list of results visit http://www.rasv.com.au/