We only went to 3 big shows in 2011 – Canberra Royal, Colourbration and the National – as we were awaiting our new cria from the US boys to reach showing age. We decided to finish off the year with Alexandra Show as it is relatively small, close by and always a great day out – well organised and in a lovely setting (albeit usually hot).
We then went and spoiled a lovely relaxing day out by entering 13 animals – 11 of them juniors! Some had been to the National, but a lot had to be halter trained before the show. Unfortunately one broke his leg the day before the show – I don’t know how, but I suspect something chased and/or spooked them and he ran into the fence or the feeder/water trough. He is strapped up hoping that the break will heal, but I doubt his fleece will survive for him to be shown again. Such a pity as he is quite magnificent – a medium fawn, very dense, lustrous and locky boy from Ultimate Black. So then there were 12. One of the greys has developed a tender fleece, which I just spotted on Friday – but the judges certainly saw it in the ring. Another fawn boy decided to hide one of his testicles – was there at the National, but the judges could find it, so he was relegated as well. Not looking good… Then our LF Durango boy, Roam was turfed out of his class – from White into Fawn. Not looking or feeling very good…but we picked up from there!
The juniors, and the big boys, performed very well, with firsts to:
- Baarrooka Durango’s Acclaim (LF female)
- Baarrooka Durango’s Roam (LF male)
- Baarrooka Walking on Sunshine (MB male)
- Baarrooka Vagabond (LF male) and
- Baarrooka Wild Card (MB male)
- Baarrooka Durango’s Magic (MB female)
- Baarrooka Durango’s Rosalie (DF female)
- Baarrooka’s Durango’s True Colours (DF male)
- Baarrooka Poltergeist (DG male)
- Baarrooka Secret Spirit (DG female) (tender)
Further results included:
- Reserve Champion Junior Female to Acclaim
- Champion Junior Male to Roam
- Adult Champion Male was awarded Vagabond
- Reserve Champion Adult Male to Wild Card
- Durango received first and second in the Sire’s Progeny – with Roam and Acclaim (LF) and Rosalie and True Colours (DF)
Vagabond then went on to win Supreme Champion Suri – third time in a row for us.
We also were awarded the Supreme Champion Suri Fleece with a scrumptious 16.8 micron fleece from White Out (SW) with a point score of 81.
Team Baarrooka (Russell, Julie, Brioude and Jayson who all lead animals in the ring) were very happy! We would like to thank Helen and David who helped lead animals and Karen and John for helping us pack up – even though Karen was suffering mightily with a lurgi. Thanks guys!