The 2009 Alpaca FUTURITY is now over…WHEW!!! We pray everyone made it home safe and sound!!
This year was a great success and we thank everyone who helped put this event on, and all the dedicated volunteers!!, and to all those who pitched in to help us…THANK YOU THANKYOU!
So what is a Futurity many ask and why do you go to this show every year??? Why is a Futurity important to a livestock breeder?
Definition: Futurity programs differ between breed registries, but in general they are to encourage breeding for outstanding offspring.
1. The future.
2. The quality or condition of being in or of the future.
3. A future event or possibility.
4. Sports A futurity race.
Most Futurities are designed to represent the future generations of the genetic lines typically the stud lines of a breed. We happen to think that the Dams are equally important in genetic gain in any breeding program, but as in most things, the Studs get most of the attention. That’s ok with us as we all know the significance of a superior stud in our alpaca breeding programs and a Futurity is one the most important shows to prove their status in your breeding program.
This is the main reason this show is THE MOST IMPORTANT show for us to represent our breeding program, and not just to the judge, but more importantly to show our fellow alpaca breeders what we are trying to accomplish in our breeding programs. The strong players in a Futurity also know the importance of bringing as many of the best offspring from a stud to allow an accumulation of points so they have a better chance of winning the top place in the show which is HERD SIRE OF THE YEAR. This is always a hard decision for us as we use over 50 breeding studs in our program and want to represent them all. So we have elected to bring a broad base of our program verses bring more from any one specific stud as do not want breeders to think then that this one stud is the end all in our breeding program. We really want the breeding world to know that our breeding program is broad based genetically as well as excellent across the herd.
We have a large herd so 50 breeding studs is merited. We start as many as 25 young males a year. Many of them have similar lineages but individually unique.
This year we did very well and as we list the results (which we will soon as its official and on the Celebrity Futurity & Show website) you will see that many studs did well and there really was no clear winner in our eyes. Some are more versatile in color and white like Royal Challenger and Matrix which had more total entries being in both color categories… but all our Snowmass stud entries placed very well and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to show them off.
The one thing we would like to mention in any show ring judging situation, just because your alpaca did not place or place as well as you anticipated they should, does not discredit them.
We do not necessarily have the same eye and or opinion as the judges who are judging our alpacas. They can not see into the pedigree and or their statistical analysis to help them in their decisions. Your alpaca may not also show well be walking odd or standing funny been sweating too much and the fleece is not showing well...etc etc..
So there are many factors missing in the alpacas being judged and placed in a show that need to be considered in the analytical process of surveying prospective genetic qualities to add to your breeding program.
We had many of our considered BEST representatives not place well and go below others we had in the same class that we felt are not nearly as good. This happens at every show and it happens to all of us so REMEMBER…. Don’t judge an alpaca just on its show standings!!!! You must listen to the breeder’s opinions, look at the pedigrees, look at their health and statistical records. The judges also may be looking for something very different than your breeding for….like DENSITY over FINENESS… SIZE and frame type.
We often leave some of our considered BEST at home because they are too FINE to be appreciated. Fine fleeces don’t hold up as well in climatic changes, heat and humidity.
The REALITY is Fineness is not as important a factor in the show criteria as WE feel it should be. So our opinion in what makes an alpaca Elite and Superior is not the same to all judges. This does not make them poor judges it just makes their priorities different.
So when you go to shows look at all the alpacas you can and make sure you don’t just look at the winners, be sure to balance their standings with the rest of the information to be had about them.
These are listing of Snowmass Alpacas Stud names that actually had offspring entered in this years Futurity.
COLOR OFFSPRING of Snowmass Studs entered
Snowmass Royal Challenger – Co-owned with Ryen & Ursula Munro Tripping Gnome
Snowmass Quechua’s Rising Son – now residing in New Zealand
Snowmass Royal Bronze
Snowmass Conopa XXX
Snowmass Prince of Peace
SOLD COLOR Snowmass Studs entered
Snowmass XXXtreme- Thousand Oak Alpacas
Snowmass Porteus- Blue GateAlpacas Dusty Creek Alpacas & Reiling Ranch Alpacas
Snowmass Nova’s Private Reserve- Catalpa Creek Alpacas & Seldom Scene Farms
Snowmass Legacy Gold- Tripping Gnome & CCNF
Snowmass Casanova- Likada Alpacas
Snowmass Nova- Acorn Alpacas & Brookhollow farms
Snowmass Quechua’s Shatoosh- Aztec Alpacas
Snowmass Noble Legend-Forsythe Family Farms Alpacsa
Snowmass Drambuies Braveheart
Snowmass Andean Bronze- CCNF
Snowmass Royal Rose- CCNF
Snowmass Royal Flush- Reiling Ranch Alpacas
LIGHT & WHITE OFFSPRINNG of Snowmass Studs entered
Snowmass Best Man
Snowmass Sub-Zero- Co-owned with Tripping Gnome Farms
Snowmass Royal Accoyol- Co-owned with Tripping Gnome Farms
Snowmass Satin King
Snowmass Prince of Peace
Snowmass Supreme Impact
SOLD LIGHT & WHITE OFFSPRINNG of Snowmass Studs entered
Snowmass Star Quest -Pucara Alpaca stud
4Peruvian Legacy- Crescent Moon Ranch Virginia Alpaca Breeding co
6Peruvian Elite- Crescent Moon Alpacas
Snowmass Inca Accoyo Star- Tripping Gnome Farm
Snowmass Invincible- Double O Good Alpacas
2009 Futurity Official Rules
The Futurity will operate as an AOBA certified futurity show. The show will be governed by 2009 AOBA Show rules, however because not all 2009 rule changes have been announced, preliminary approval of Futurity forms and rules have been made according to 2007 show rules.
Only alpacas from 6 months to 24 months of age may enter the Futurity. All alpacas entered in the Futurity must be the offspring of a Futurity pledged/nominated herd sire, or must pay an additional $250 per entry through the *“self nomination” process.
A class will be offered for each of the AOBA color designations. AOBA rules will be followed in regard to the combining or splitting of classes. We will run four separate rings simultaneously. Alpacas will be evaluated by the judges on a 60/40 weighting of fleece and conformation. Judges will present their oral reasons at the conclusion of each class. AOBA Show division rules will be observed. Judging shall be based on current AOBA Show Rules used in all AOBA shows. (See the AOBA Show Division web site for more information.)
The Color Championship classes will be held immediately after the preliminary classes for each color group. AOBA Show division rules will be observed. Please see the AOBA Show Division web site for more information.
Prize Money will be paid out in the preliminaries through six places. We hope that this will enable more exhibitors to win both ribbons and cash prizes. We will have two “Small Breeder of the Year” awards, one for Suris and one for Huacayas, and two Runner-Ups also in Suris and Huacayas. There will also be a Sire of the Year Award for both Huacaya and Suri.
Other than those rules “Specific to Futurities” all other AOBA Show Division rules shall be enforced.
Rules specific to Futurities
· Class sizes may be smaller than halter shows at the option of show management.
· Color championships may be awarded without minimum entry requirements at the option of show management.
· Futurities may recognize “premium” awards. (For example, including but not limited to Herd Sire of the Year, or Small Breeder of the Year.)
· Judges judging at the futurity must provide to show management their AOBA disclosure form including the names and ARI numbers of all herd sires in which they have full or partial ownership.
· Herd sires fully or partially owned by Judges judging at the futurity may not be nominated for the futurity.
· Offspring sired by a herd sire owned fully or in part by a judge who is judging at the futurity may participate in the futurity only if show management allows *self nomination of entries, and if the entry is self nominated.
· Any *self-nominated offspring of herd sires owned fully or in part by a judge who is judging at the futurity are prohibited from being shown in front of that judge.
· The names and ARI numbers of the sires of *self-nominated entries may not be published in the show program or reported in futurity show results.
· Herd sires owned or co-owned by judges are not eligible for herd sire of the year awards.
· Futurity exhibitors are subject to the AOBA exhibitor disclosure requirements as set forth by AOBA show rules. Failure to comply may result in the expulsion and/or suspension from future futurities as seen fit by show management.
*Self-Nomination: The process of self nomination is available to the owners of offspring of herd sires which have not, or cannot be nominated by their owners for the Futurity. In order to self-nominate, the offspring owner must pay an additional fee of $250 per self-nominated entry, and indicate the entry is being self-nominated by checking the “self-nominated” box on the show entry form. The names and ARI numbers of the sires of *self-nominated entries may not be published in the show program or reported in futurity show results, and no herd sire winnings are paid on self-nominated entries.