Walking Fleece Show

What is Walking Fleece?

Although it has been a competition in previous years done by waiver or as an exhibition, in 2017 AOA added the Walking Fleece competition to their Show Rules book. A full explanation can be found on page 68.
The AOA show rules book describes the format as “an opportunity for the exhibitor to enter a fleece competition where the prime fleece is evaluated while still on the alpaca”.

Just like a fleece show, walking fleece is divided by breed type, Color Group, Age division and lastly by single color designation if there are enough (4 or more of a single color designation) to divide out.
Current rules do not allow Walking Fleece to be divided by gender. So male and female alpacas will show in the same class in the same way they do in level I , II and III fleece shows.
Conformation is not assessed in this competition.
A score card will be used, just as in a fleece show, and a judge will evaluate your alpaca’s fleece verbally giving scores to a scribe, which will later be tabulated once all the alpacas in the class have been before the judge. The judge may give other oral comments during the hands on evaluation. Once the scores are tabulated, they will be placed 1st – 6th in each class. Once the entire color group has been before the judge, then the highest score will be the Color Champion and the second highest score will be the Reserve Champion.

What to expect:

Your class will be announced over the sound system. Generally, a walking fleece show taking place at the same time as a halter show will start at a different color group than where the halter show is starting on that day. This is done so that the same alpaca is not due in the halter show ring at the same time as it is due in the Walking Fleece ring.
When your class is called, you are required to bring your haltered alpaca to the walking fleece ring and check in with the gate keeper.
Depending on how many alpacas are in your class, and how many arrive before you, will depend on when you go before the judge. Unlike halter, you do not need to line up by birthdate. It takes between 4 and 6 minutes on average for a judge to evaluate each alpaca. If you are due in the halter ring with another alpaca, it is important to check in with the walking fleece gate and let them know that you will come as soon as you are finished in the halter ring or may need to go 1st in line for judging in the Walking Fleece.  Communication is the key. It is important for you to show in your assigned class. The score sheet will need to be tabulated and then transcribed for each individual participant.

Just as in a halter or fleece show, ribbons are awarded for 1st – 6th place. A score card will be provided for ALL participants, regardless of whether a ribbon awarded.

When will you get your results?

As stated before, scores will need to be tabulated and transcribed, added up a second time and checked for accuracy by two different people. Once the entire show has been judged and deemed over by the judge, at that time the score sheets and ribbons may be distributed. Just like a fleece show, alpacas may be moved from one color group to another by the judge. If an alpaca is showing in the wrong class, they will either be asked to return to the correct class if it has not been held yet, or it will be added to the score sheet for a class which has already been judged. It is because of this possibility that the score cards and ribbons are not distributed until the end of the show.,

How many alpacas need to be in a color group to hold a championship? 

It is the same as the fleece show or the halter show. 10 for huacayas, 8 for Suri.

Are there any special awards in the Walking Fleece competition?

Currently in the 2017 show rules book there are no special awards allowed to be offered for a walking fleece competition.

What is the Walking Fleece Judging criteria and points?

Huacaya points:

Fineness and Handle (20)

Uniformity of: Micron (10) and Color (5)

Style: Character (Crimp) (10) and Staple Type/Density (5)

Brightness (10)

Absence of guard hair (10)
Absence of impurities/stains fleece damage (5)

Maximum Point Total For Huacayas: 75 points

Suri points:

Fineness and Handle (20)

Uniformity of: Micron (10) and Color (5).

Style: Lock Structure (10) and Density (5)

Luster (20)

Absence of guard hair (5)

Absence of impurities/stains fleece damage (5)

Maximum Point Total For Suris: 80 points


What is expected of me when I go before the judge?

Stay calm. Breathe. Relax and listen! Walk your haltered alpaca up before the judge and hold the alpaca firmly while the judge does the evaluation. How the alpaca enters the ring, whether it cushed down during the evaluation or stands like a model, makes no difference to the judge’s scores.  If your alpaca has 3 legs, a profound birth defect or bad teeth, it will not make a difference to the judge. They will be only looking at the fleece characteristics.  All AOA registered alpacas are eligible to show in the walking fleece competition, including geldings and non-breeders.

Can my spouse/partner/mother come in the Walking Fleece ring with me during the evaluation?

Usually. Please ask before entering the ring, as it is entirely up to the judge.

May I record the process with my camera / phone or recording device?

You must ask before recording the judging process. The Judge will let you know if permissible.

May I ask questions during the judging process?

Please respect the judging ring by not asking questions or trying to engage the judge in conversation.

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