ILR Show Division
HALTER COMMITTEE Minutes
January 29, 2009
Call to order: 7:07 EST All committee members
present, however Ryan was still at work and unable to take
minutes so Kristy filled in.
The committee would propose that oral reasons be
given at all shows for all classes. Oral reasons provide
education and information for participants as well as to
observers in the crowd. In double shows, etc. oral reasons must
be given by at least one judge. Judges and show management can
choose who give reasons.
The committee proposes that all showmanship classes be judged
on the basis of presentation and preparation for halter class.
The judge would use a pattern that will be the same as the
Adult showmanship classes would be divided as follows for 2009 –
Novice: 1-3yrs llama showing experience
Advanced: 4 or more years llama showing experience.
Youth showmanship classes would be divided based on the
recommendations of the Youth Committee that were approved on the
Jan. 29, 2009 Governing Board call.
For 2010 and beyond, a point value will be established for the
division between novice and advance. This value will be
determined based on evaluation of accumulated points for 2009
and a recommendation made later in the year.
Fleece Divisions for Breeding Stock:
The committee proposes that the following divisions be made
based on phenotype and fleece coverage/characteristics:
Light/medium – working on better wording
Medium/heavy – working on better wording
Extreme heavy –
The committee will
provide an attachment of photo files and descriptions for each
proposed fleece type and will work with the Fleece Committee to
The committee recognizes that llamas are fiber producing animals
and many breeders use fleece quality along with conformation in
their breeding stock selection. The committee proposes that
fleece evaluation be used for medium/heavy, silky, suri and
extreme heavy fiber types. Judges would consider luster and
handle only to compare the fleece on each animal. The judges
would place the animals in class based on 90% conformation and
10% fiber characteristics.
The committee recommends that Classic
and Light/Medium divisions be judged on 100% conformation and
not consider fiber in their evaluation.
Fleece Divisions for Geldings:
The committee recommends that non-breeders be divided into two
Working Geldings – Classic, Light/medium fleece on animals
with a phenotype suitable for athletic activities.
Fleece Geldings – Suri, Silky, Medium/heavy and Extreme heavy
fleece. Judges would consider 90% conformation and 10% fleece on
The committee discussed the recommendations of the
Governing Board and conversations that each of us has had with
exhibitors and breeders in our region. We understand that there
must be some flexibility this year to allow for dual sanctioned
shows. Birthing months vary across the country so there may be a
disproportionate amount of animals in one age group and not in
It is our recommendation that show management determine the age
divisions appropriate for their part of the country to provide
exhibitors with classes that will optimize the number in each
class to maximize points and competition. It is suggested that
animals 5-24 mths be divided into two to five age groups based
on show management choice.
– Juveniles – Class A – 5-8mths
Example 2 – Juveniles 5-12mths
Class B – 9-12mths
Yearlings – Class A – 13-16mths
Yearlings A – 13-18mths
Class B – 17-20mths
Yearlings B – 19-24mths
Class C – 21-24mths
The committee recommends animals 25mths and over would be
considered mature and shown in one to three groups based on show
management choice. All mature animals would show in the show
assigned class, but points would be awarded to producing mature
animals (animals with ILR registered offspring) and
non-producing mature animals (animals without ILR registered
The committee recommends that large shows and national events
consider dividing classes based on age of entrees, divided into
groups with an age range not to exceed four months and a maximum
class size of 15 animals. Entries deadlines would have to be
early enough to allow show management to determine class
divisions and notify exhibitors of the classes to allow them
ample time to find handlers.
The committee will
prepare a list of suggested age/fleece combinations to optimize
class sizes and maximum points.
Grand and Reserve Champions:
The committee recommends that all first and seconds in each
class return to be placed for Grand and Reserve Champions and
the entire champion class be placed by the judges and awarded
points, however, ribbons/awards need only be given to the Grand
The committee recommends that points awarded for the
championship group be based on the total number of animals in
the entire fleece and sex division, and these points be awarded
in addition to the class awarded points.
Best of Show:
The committee proposes that all shows have to offer Best of
The committee proposes that Best of Show be awarded for Male,
Female and Gelding. All Grand champions for each fleece
division would be shown for Best of Show. In the event that the
Grand animal leaves before this class, the Reserve animals would
take their place.
Breeders Best Production:
The committee proposes that Breeders Best would
combine Get of Sire and Produce of Dam. Breeders would enter a
pair of animals by the same sire or same dam and both animals
are required to have showed in their appropriate halter class.
There would be a maximum of two entries per sire or dam. In
large classes, show management would have the option to divide
into Breeders Best-Sire and Breeders Best-Dam. Points would be
awarded to the sire/dam based on total number of entries in the
Classes: The committee recommends will prepare a list of
optional, non-point classes for shows to offer. Some examples
Supreme Sire Award: A supreme sire award would be given to the
sire whose offspring achieves the maximum number of points for
the entire show. The sire need not be present and may be
Breeders Choice: A group of 3-5 animals representing their
farm. Animals need not be related. Awards would be given to
Small Breeders (less than 20 registered llamas) and Large
Breeders (21 or more animals).
Other suggestions to follow.
Face to Face: The committee discussed options
presented for a Face to Face meeting and recommends Thursday
evening, April 3, 2009 at the Celebration Event in Oklahoma
$500 for conference calls.
$5000 for production of a video/DVD on how to show llamas at
halter. This project could be combined with the judges committee
and in that case, the request would be less. The committee will
draft a proposed content for the video and is getting quotes on