ILR Show Division Halter Committee Minutes - January 29, 2009
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ILR Show Division

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.


1.       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 halter pattern. 

a.       Adult showmanship classes would be divided as follows for 2009 –

Novice: 1-3yrs llama showing experience

Advanced: 4 or more years llama showing experience.

b.      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.

c.       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:

1.      The committee proposes that the following  divisions be made based on phenotype and fleece coverage/characteristics:

a.       Classic –

b.      Light/medium – working on better wording

c.       Medium/heavy – working on better wording

d.      Extreme  heavy –

e.       Silky –

f.        Suri –

The committee will provide an attachment of photo files and descriptions for each proposed fleece type and will work with the Fleece Committee to develop descriptions.

2.      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. 

3.      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:

1.       The committee recommends that non-breeders be divided into two fleece divisions:

a.       “Working Geldings” – Classic, Light/medium fleece on animals with a phenotype suitable for athletic activities.

b.      “Fleece Geldings” – Suri, Silky, Medium/heavy and Extreme heavy fleece. Judges would consider 90% conformation and 10% fleece on these animals.

Age Divisions: 

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 others. 

1.       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.    

Example 1 – 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

2.      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 offspring).

3.      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:

1.      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 and Reserve.

2.      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:

1.      The committee proposes that all shows have to offer Best of Show.

2.      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.

Breeder’s Best Production:

The committee proposes that Breeder’s 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 Breeder’s Best-Sire and Breeder’s Best-Dam. Points would be awarded to the sire/dam based on total number of entries in the class.

Non-Point Classes: The committee recommends will prepare a list of optional, non-point classes for shows to offer. Some examples would include:

1.      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 deceased. 

2.      Breeder’s 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).

3.      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 City. 

Budget Requests:

1.      $500 for conference calls.

2.      $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 production costs.