Once again, the Alpaca junior handlers competition proved popular with spectators as students wound their alpacas through hay bales, over a ramp and into a pen to demonstrate their handling abilities.
Returning judge Perry Wheeler, Prados Alpacas, Hindmarsh Valley, had the difficult task of picking a winner from a strong, and large field of competitors, with Zoe Altus, Tarlee, named champion.
He made the note that ‘this girl knows how to work with an Alpaca’ after her performance.
In a class with 17 competitors, Mr Wheeler said Zoe didn’t have the most behaved animal, but there was no doubt she was in charge.
At 12 years old, Zoe started working with Alpacas through Horizon Christian School, Balaklava, just this year and likes how cute and friendly the animals are.
Mr Wheeler said all the competitors performed really well with “an interesting mix of animals that presented some great challenges”.