At the Middletown Grange Fair on Aug. 17, 4-H club Pronking Pacas, from Harley Hill Farm, participated in competitions in showmanship and obstacles.
Alpaca showmanship classes are like other animal shows in that the handler is scored on how well he/she knew and showed their animal.
The obstacle event demonstrates the alpaca’s ability and willingness to accept training and to work with its handler through a variety of obstacles that they will use in most everyday life. The obstacle course had participants leading their alpacas through a set of challenges, including a jump, a see-saw, running to a stop, a safety knot to a fence, a tunnel and cones just to name a few.
The club brought home an impressive amount of ribbons in the Intermediate and Junior age divisions. Pronking Pacas also had members in the Juniors division had the highest and second highest score of all age groups that competed in showmanship. The members were awarded a grand reserve champion ribbon with plaque, and a grand champion ribbon with plaque.