Canchones Alpacas of Taggerty, North East Victoria, have taken home Best in Show at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show for their exhibit Canchones Gold Catch Me (ET), after also being awarded Supreme Champion Huacaya.
Canchones has been dedicated to the improvement of Huacaya since its establishment in 1998 and this commitment has been recognised, with stud owners Peter Kennedy and Robert Gane also presented Most Successful Huacaya Exhibitor.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the judging of the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show took place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017 at Melbourne Showgrounds, with the competition judged in colour sections for the first time in 2017.
The Bill Plunkett Perpetual Trophy for Supreme Champion Suri was presented to Trevor Parry of Tickenhall Alpacas for Surilana Maximilian, a medium fawn Suri.
Mr Parry was also awarded Most Successful Suri Exhibitor, after taking home Grand Champion Medium, Dark Fawn, Grand Champion Brown and Grand Champion White.
“RASV congratulates the Supreme Champion and Best in Show winners from 2017’s Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show,” said RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.
“With 214 entries in 2017, the competition continues to make its mark as one of Victoria’s premier alpaca competitions and to evolve based on exhibitor feedback and industry trends.”
The 2017 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show was presided over by highly recognised and respected judges Natasha Clark of Bellbrae, Victoria and Chris Williams of Mt Compass, South Australia.
Conducted annually by RASV, The Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show showcases some of the best alpacas from around Australia and provides an opportunity for exhibitors to promote and benchmark their stud.
Now in its fifth year as a stand-alone event, the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show provides exhibitors with an enhanced experience, including better access, a dedicated event space and valuable networking opportunities.