Performance Show

AOA Show Rules & Guidelines will be followed for the entire show.

The Performance Show has five parts

1) Showmanship which places emphasis on the handler’s show abilities. Only 1 alpaca can be shown for each exhibitor.

2) Obstacle which demonstrates the alpaca’s ability and willingness to accept training and to work with its handler through a variety of obstacles. Up to 2 animals can be shown for each exhibitor.

3) Public Relations which demonstrates the alpaca’s and handler’s ability and willingness to perform day to day obstacles that may be encountered when doing public relations events with your alpacas. Up to 2 animals can be shown for each exhibitor.

4) Advanced Showmanship Class – the top 3 exhibitors from each of the Intermediate, Senior and Adult Showmanship classes will automatically be entered in this class. These exhibitors will compete with each other for the Advanced Showmanship title at the 2018 GWAS show. This class involves a more challenging handling of alpacas and advanced questioning of participants.

5) Costume class

Show Fees

Performance entry fee $20.00
(one fee per exhibitor and that exhibitor can enter as many classes as they want for that fee)

Non-AOA member fee per farm $80.00
(One non-member fee covers entry into all events for adult entries only. Youth Performance fees are waived by AOA.)

Showmanship/Performance Awards

1st to 6th place ribbons awarded
Versatility Ribbons

Ranches have donated more than $500 for the premium pot!  Each Grand & Reserve Grand Champion winner for each age division will share in the premium pot.  However, only those classes with a minimum entry of 3 or more exhibitors qualify that age group for the Champion Title & premium pot.  Further, only exhibitors that compete (with the same animal) in Showmanship, Obstacle & Public Relations classes can be considered for the Grand or Reserve Grand Champion Title.

Show Rules

1. Online Registration must be completed.
2. Alpacas must be registered with ARI; NO Pending ARI Registration Papers will be accepted.
3. Entries must include a copy of ARI Certificate, Buyer’s Permission to Show if applicable, completed registration and full registration fees. Buyer’s Permission to Show form can be found at
4. Entries must be registered online by 4/19/18.
5. Veterinary documents required for non-breeder/gelding classes must be included with entries.
6. To be allowed entry to the show, the owner shall submit a copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate), which shall include the ARI number, alpaca name as on the ARI certificate, microchip #, and negative BVD results with testing method for each alpaca entering the show grounds, including companion or private treaty alpacas. The Show Superintendent will keep a copy of the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection as permanent records for the show.
7. All alpacas entering the show grounds must show proof of a negative PCR test or a negative VI (VI prior to 1/1/2010) test for BVD (NO other types of BVD testing will be accepted).
8. The Halter Show Class Divisions 501 to 510 (Get of Sire; Produce of Dam; Breeders Best Three; Bred & Owned Male; Bred & Owned Female, and Produce of Dam) are Optional Halter classes; entries in these groups REQUIRE that your alpaca ALSO be entered in the appropriate Age-Color-Gender-Breed Halter class. (See Optional Halter Classes, Part VIII, Section 6, AOA Show Division Handbook)
9. Exhibitor Rule Halter Show: The owner may enter only 3 alpacas per breed type, per gender, per age division, per color designation.
10. Classes may be divided or combined according to AOA show rules, depending on the number of entries.
11. The color designation refers to one of the colors shown in the current ARI Color Chart plus the multicolor types described in Part VII, Section 2, AOA Show Division Handbook. Please use the actual color of fiber at skin line, regardless of what your ARI certificate says. All colors will be verified at check-in according to the ARI Color Chart.

Mandatory Exhibitor Disclosure [PDF]

Under the 2018 Show Division Handbook Rules, certain alpacas are automatically disqualified from competition and certain Exhibitors & Handlers are prohibited from personally showing in front of a Judge when a business or financial relationship exists between an AOA Certified Judge and their customers.

Each year at contract renewal time, our Judges are required to disclose those alpacas, exhibitors, and handlers who cannot be shown in their show ring when judging at an AOA Certified show.

Beginning with the AOA 2007 National Conference (May 16-20, 2007), Exhibitors will also be required to disclose business and financial relationships with Judges and be required to acknowledge animals entered into the competitions that are not allowed to show in front of certain Judges at each show they attend. Beginning with the AOA National Conference, this disclosure will now be required from exhibitors during registration periods for all AOA Certified Shows. This is being done to make sure Exhibitors understand the written rules and to eliminate confusion for Exhibitors & Handlers about which alpacas, Exhibitors & Handlers cannot walk into a Judge’s show ring during competition.

Please take a moment to review the 2016 Show Division Handbook rules to familiarize yourself with the rules under which you or your alpaca would be disqualified from entering the show ring during AOA Certified Show competitions.

Using your 2018 AOA Show Division Handbook, please see Part 5. Rules & Ethics for All Show Participants; Section 2 S. An alpaca/fleece is disqualified from competition if….

Also, please review the following list of ABR Great Western Alpaca Show Judges and their assignments:

Halter Judges:
 Jude Anderson – Female Huacaya and Production
 Diana Timmerman – Male Huacaya and Production
 Amanda Vandenbosch – All Suris

Walking Fleece Judges:
 Cheryl Gehly – Huacaya
 Sara Jane Maclennan – Suri

Performance  & Youth Judge:
 Sara Jane Maclennan 

To help with your show entries, please refer to the AOA Show Division Handbook.