We set off for Syracuse late Wednesday morning, and then the fun began. The NY State Fair is one of the most disorganized fairs I've ever been to! We had to drive all over the fairgrounds (right between the "carnie" stuff to get to the barn. Luckily it is a tiny show, so there weren't a ton of people waiting to unload like in Indiana. We quickly unloaded the animals and supplies, and went to park the trailer. We drove around the fairgrounds a few more times trying to figure out where to park the truck, but we eventually found the right place.
I was lazy before the fair and didn't wash the lamas, so once we were parked and unpacked I washed everyone in turn. Surprisingly Kara was the best...T did not want a bath!
|Wet Ralph and Kara.|
Thursday was the first day of the show, and I was in the first class with T...adult showmanship. We were very much out of practice, and T didn't want to behave, but we still got 3rd. I was pretty happy. A little while later T and I went back in for adult non-breeder halter, and he won! And then got Grand Champion! I was thrilled! I'm 90% sure that this finishes his ALSA Halter Champion, which means he has every halter award he can get with ALSA or ILR. Now to start on the performance awards!
|T and his winnings.|
|Such a handsome boy!|
Once T was done it was Kara's turn. We went in for her halter class (medium wool 2-yr-old female), and she was an angel. Looked gorgeous too of course. And the judge agreed...she got 1st! Going back in for grand and reserve I wasn't real positive, but Kara pulled off a Reserve Champion! I'm so proud of my girl! We also went in for bred and owned female, and got 3rd behind 2 other females who won Grand Champion in their halter classes. So not bad!
|Kara didn't want to pose with her winnings.|
|So I had to force her.|
Of course, the weekend went down from there. I've been working with the lamas a lot over the summer, but I have fairly basic obstacles so we weren't quite prepared for the creative performance courses. Plus it doesn't help with the competition is outrageous (over 35 animals in each novice performance class)! Ralph managed a 9th place in novice obstacle, but didn't place in the rest. Neither did either of the llamas. But the important part is that they improved with each class. T decided to attempt the very steep and narrow stairs during novice public relations and Kara did the "tunnel" in novice public relations.
|T doing the stairs.|
|Kara under the "tunnel".|
|Kara wearing the scarf.|
Overall it was a great weekend. Kara loves the public (she was born to be a PR llama!), so it was a lot of fun taking her around. Even T was pretty good with all the attention. Ralph thinks it is beneath him. T also spent the weekend trying to eat lots of things. Some I let him, others I didn't!
|T munching on an apple core.|
|T trying to eat ice cream.|
Can't wait for the Big E in a couple of weeks!
|Cute little Ralphie.|