The Bucks County 4-H club Pronking Pacas, of Harley Hill Farm in Quakertown, recently competed at the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Participating in showmanship and obstacles competitions, the club brought home an impressive amount of ribbons for both events, ranging from second to sixth place in their designated age groups.
One member received a reserve champion ribbon for her Intermediate age group. The ribbon was given for having the second-highest points in her age group for Obstacles. Three members are 4-H Ambassadors for Bucks County 4-H, and one member is a member of Upper Bucks FFA (Upper Bucks Technical School Farmers of America).
Alpaca showmanship classes are like other animal shows: The handler is scored on how well he/she knew and showed the 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. The obstacle course had participants leading their alpacas through a set of challenges, including a jump, a seesaw, running to a stop, and weaving through cones just to name a few.