TOFT Hosts the British Alpaca Society Judge Training Level 1
We had the pleasure this week of hosting the British Alpaca Society Level 1 Judge training at TOFT. This is quite a feat as we have to spend a day with the tutors offereing them enough groups of alpacas from whcih to selcet the classes for the course adn then its two days full onwith the delegates arriving around 8am each morning Friday and Saturday and the judges not really koccking off unitl about 6-7pm on the Saturday.
The course tutors were British Alpaca Society judges Liz Barlow and Jay Holland who had a full on three days turoieing 9 prospective judges. Fortunately the weeather was kind to us and we managed to get away with only one class of wet alpacas and had we knows that class was part of the event we would not have had any. A great credit to Freya Shuttleworth and Linda Newport our heredswomen for keeping the alpacas rolling into the ring on schedule and dry enough to judge.
A massive TOFT thanks must also go to the handlers, some of which are our agistees but others had come from far and wide to participate and support this important work. I hope you all learnt something along the way and I thank you sincerely for your patience adn good humour throughout. We could not have done it without you.
We wish the delegates the very best as they pursue the rest of their qualification to become British Alpaca Society Judges. It may feel at times feel like a long haul and it is certainly one hell of a learning curve but it is so important for our emerging industry and we appreaciate your committment and wish to see you all strutting your stuff in the showring at some future date.