2017 All-Suri Fleece Show

August 3-5, 2017

Loveland, Colorado


The Suri Network's All-Suri Fleece Show is the largest Suri fleece show in North America!


A ribbon from the Suri Network's Fleece Show is one of the highest forms of recognition for Suri alpaca breeders. From the judges to the competition, the All-Suri Fleece Show always provides the best!



We invite you to participate in the Suri Network's 2017 All-Suri Fleece Show. The show will be held in conjunction with the annual Suri Symposium, August 3-5, 2017, at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, Colorado.


The All-Suri Fleece Show is open to any Suri owner, not just members of the Suri Network! You do not need to be a member of the Suri Network in order to participate in the fleece Show or to attend the Suri Symposium!


Fleece Show Sponsors

Judges

Fleece Judges

Amanda VandenBosch

Amanda VandenBosch is a Senior AOA Halter and Fleece Judge and an Alpaca Judge Trainer and Instructor in the United States. Amanda qualified as an International Alpaca Judge trained in Peru at the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS ) in 2000. She has judged shows in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Peru gaining an international perspective and true love for the art and science of alpaca judging.


Amanda is also a co-author of the book “The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging” published by AOBA and used as a training tool.


Jude Anderson

An AAA judge since 1998, Jude gained AOA certification in 2002 and senior judge and judge trainer/instructor status in 2005. She also certified at the IAJS judging school in Peru in 2000. Since 1998 Jude, has judged in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, and Norway. She is involved in the development and teaching at both halter and fleece judging clinics and works with apprentices to develop their skills. She has also trained British Alpaca Society judges in the UK.


Currently, Jude is Chair of the AOA Judges Advisory Committee and a halter liaison to the AOA Show Rules Committee.


Alongside Cheryl Gehly, Mike Safley, and Amanda VandenBosch, Jude authored The Art and Science of Alpaca Judging, a comprehensive judge training text also used extensively by alpaca breeders worldwide. 


Spin-Off Judge

Stacy Heydt

Stacy Heydt is the author of The Fiber Factor — A Simplified Guide to Alpaca Fiber; a judge for spin-off, fiber arts, and skein competitions; the chair of AOA’s Fiber and Fiber Products Committee; and the co-chair of the Camelid Community’s Fiber Committee. She is also a fiber artist who enjoys spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet, and designing products for her workshops and for sale as DIY kits. Stacy offers fiber and fiber art workshops on her farm, at fiber events, and at farms around the country. She and her husband have been raising, breeding, and showing alpacas since 2001.


Fiber Arts and Skeins Judge

Wini Labrecque

Wini is a textile artist with an interest in a wide variety of techniques. She has a very strong passion for fiber. Since the 1980s, Wini has been spinning, weaving, knitting and felting raw fibers from raw form to finished product. Once exposed to alpacas and their wonderful fiber, she began utilizing and promoting the fiber to everyone who would listen. 


Wini is an AOA Certified Alpaca Fleece Judge for the alpaca industry. She is also a Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada.  Wini is trained in the grading/sorting of cashmere fiber and judging of cashmere fiber.  She has helped developed a fiber evaluation protocol for the International Yak Association (IYAK) and is a fiber judge for fiber on the yak.

 

Wini has presented at many shows and events on topics relating to fleece and fiber. Her passion for alpaca fiber has led her to a project to develop a wash and wear alpaca fabric. She partnered with a few select area alpaca farms to develop an alpaca textile company - American Alpaca Textiles (americanalpacatextiles.com,) focused on utilizing USA alpaca fiber in textiles for the home d├ęcor market. 


Fleece Show Fees

  • Fleece show entries per fleece: $36
  • Production Classes: $36
  • Non-AOA member fee per farm: $80
  • Mail-In Fleece return shipping fee: $10.00 for the first fleece, and $6.00 for each additional fleece. 
  • Cancellation Policy: The online fleece show registration will be open through midnight July 25, 2017. Any changes after that will incur a $10 fee for each change made. No refunds after July 25, 2017.

Deadlines and Registration Information

   Spin-off registrations
    (Note that you must enter the Spin-Off competition in order to enter Cottage Fleece.  This year, you may enter your 2016 fleeces in the 2017 Cottage Fleece show!)

Spinoff registration closes June 5, 2017


     Spinoff entries must be received by: June 10, 2017


   Fleece, Cottage Fleece, Fiber Arts and Skeins 

Fleece show registration closes July 28, 2017



     Mail in fleece must be received by: July 28, 2017
     Mail in Fiber Arts and Skeins must be received by: 
July 28, 2017

Save money! Drop off your fleece and fiber arts and skeins at the Symposium on August 2, 2017. So, if you are coming to the Symposium, register your entries online by July 28, 2017 and bring your fleeces and entries with you!  Fleeces must arrive at the Symposium by 5pm, August 2, 2017.


Mail-in entries via the US Postal Service must be sent to the following address and received no later than July 28, 2017:


Suri Network

PO Box 1984

Estes Park, CO   80517


To be sure your fleeces arrive in time, consider sending via UPS or FedEx to:


Suri Network
790 Castle Mountain Rd

Estes Park, CO  80517

If you are entering fleece in the AOA National Fleece Show, your fleece can be transported from there directly to the Suri Network All-Suri Fleece Show. Simply check the appropriate box when you are registering.


Any questions, please contact Fleece Show Superintendent Judy Schroeder, by e-mail at show.super.schroeder@gmail.com or by phone at 540-797-1985.


The online registration system is available for all fleece entries, fiber arts and skeins, and spin-off entries. If you do not have an online registration account, you may contact Judy Schroeder, Show Superintendent and she will happily guide you through the process.


Or, you may complete the paper entry form for Fiber Arts and Skeins and submit it to the address above.

Forms and More Info

Forms


Mandatory Disclosure Form - All Fleece Competitions


Fiber Arts and Skeins Onsite Entry Form - You may use this if you choose to bring your item/s to the Symposium and Fleece Show OR you may register your items online.

Color Classes and Awards

Fleece Show Awards
  • 1st to 6th place ribbons awarded for each color group
  • Color and Reserve Color Champion will be awarded in classes with 8 or more entries

Special Fleece Show Awards

  • Best Hand
  • Best Prepared
  • Judges Choice
  • Best Lock
  • Best Luster
  • Spirit of the Fiber Industry
  • Bred and Owned in each color group *

*In an effort to highlight excellence in production from on-going breeding programs, the Suri Network will offer Highest Scoring Bred & Owned award in each color group. The Fleece Show Superintendent, via the ARI Certificate, will verify eligibility. Giving preference to the entry from the oldest age division will break tie scores within a color group. If the top-scoring fleece in any color group fails to meet the current requirement of 60/57 points for a first place ribbon, no Bred & Owned award will be given.

Rules and More Info

Show Rules Summary

  • Online registration must be completed. Registration must include a copy of your signed AOA Mandatory Disclosure Form and a copy of the ARI Certificate for each fleece entered. Also, please include the appropriate fleece tag in each bag of fleece entered in the show.
  • Entry limit of three fleeces per age division, per color designation, per owner. Please be aware that if color groups are combined, you will not be allowed to have over the 3-fleece limit competing in any group.
  • Fleeces must be entered in the name of the alpaca and the current owner, ads matched by the ARI Registration Certificate. Include the Owner of Record Form if applicable. 
  • Fleeces may not be shown that were shorn before Monday, July 18, 2016.
  • Entries must be at least 6 months of age at the time of shearing (born on or before Tuesday, January 31, 2017).
  • Each fleece will consist of the skirted prime fiber only and must be displayed intact in a clear unmarked plastic bag provided by the exhibitor.
  • Minimum length of the entire prime fleece is 3" with no maximum under second birthday, with a maximum of 9" for second birthday and older.
  • Fleeces are divided by age (at the time of shearing) and color divisions.
  • Farms entering fleeces must be members of the AOA Show Division or pay the non-member fee of $80.00.
  • A Fleece Show Entry Tag must be completed for each fleece and presented at check-in with the fleece. The online registration system will automatically generate the fleece tags for you to print out.
  • If this is the first shearing, use  the birth date as prior shearing date.
  • No entries or substitutions will be accepted at the door. You may hand-deliver your entry at the Symposium on August 2, but you must register online by July 28, 2017.
  • Minimum fleece score to award a blue ribbon is 60. If none of the fleeces in a class achieve 60 points or above (57 or above for Grey fleeces), the Judge shall start placements with a red ribbon in that class.
  • Color groups will be determined by the current ARI Color Chart. Color groups and combining rules will follow AOA guidelines.
  • A Level III show with entries between 175 and 349 is anticipated.
  • Management reserves the right to place entries in appropriate color classes.

More info about fleece competitions


The 2017 AOA Show System Handbook details the requirements for each kind of competition in the AOA Show System. The entire book is downloadable as a PDF here


Specific sections apply to various fleece competitions, and you may wish to pay close attention to the following:


Getting the Fleece Ready for the Fleece Show

      Chapter 5 (p. 6)


Fleece Competitions....Chapter 22 (p. 62)

  •    Fleece Show Rules... p. 64
  •    Handrafter's Spin-Off... p. 67
  •    Cottage Fleece... p. 69

Auxiliary Fleece Competitions.... Chapter 24 (p. 75)

  •    Hand Spun Skein... p. 75
  •    Mill Spun Skein... p. 76
  •    Fiber Arts... p. 78

NEW FOR 2017…FLEECES MAY BE NOODLED, BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES IN THE SHOW RULES BOOK. 

Please refer to Chapter 5, Helpful Tips: Getting your Fleece Ready for a Fleece Show. Please read the rules carefully and completely if you plan on sending a noodled fleece. 


The allowable bags for all fleece competitions are listed below:


COSTCO — .9 MIL POLY BAGS 
32 1/2 x 37 1/2 — 1.3 oz

U-LINE — 1 MIL POLY BAGS SKU S-10920 — 36 x 42 — 1.5 oz


You might also be interested in the article "What Can One Learn by Entering a Spin-Off?", by Donna Rudd, Certified Master Spinner.

  


  Suri Network
P.O. Box 1984
Estes Park, Colorado   80517
Phone: (970) 586-5876
Fax: (970) 591-0007

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