National Fleece Show

The National Fleece show will be run under the rules and regulations of AANZ.

Judge:  Sarah Busby (Suri) & Paul Garland (Huacaya)

Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby and her husband Peter run Gilt Edge Alpacas in Hawkes Bay where they specialise in white huacaya alpacas. Sarah has a background in research science and has always had a hands-on approach to all the facets of her life.  Sarah_Busby.jpg
Sarah enjoys the objectivity of fleece judging and also enjoys the experience of marrying the touch of a fleece with its visual characteristics. She set out to become a specialist fleece-only judge when she entered the apprentice judge scheme in 2007 as she realised that fleece judging would be her passion. She trained alongside Australian and New Zealand Judges and has continued to up-skill by visiting Huacaya and Suri Breeders both in NZ and Australia too.
Sarah is keen to encourage anyone to put their fleeces into shows as the experience can offer members a learning opportunity. When you get your fleece back from the show, lay it out and go through the scorecard, try to see why the Judge has marked it the way they did, be objective and really see and touch the fleece all over. Even if you do not score very highly, you can still love your alpaca and learn from the results. It cannot fail to help you make more informed breeding decisions.

Paul Garland

Paul has over 30 years experience in the husbandry and breeding of alpacas and llamas (plus Vicuna and Guanaco), through his extensive professional career in zoos and the international conservation field. He was the Director of Orana Park Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch, New Zealand for 21 years, heading a programme that established many endangered species breeding projects. In 1995 he 2010_0814BaliVisitJuly20100130.JPGreceived the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for his work in support of conservation.

He was a founding member of the Alpaca and Llama Association of New Zealand (ALANZ which was established in 1989), serving in several official positions over the years. He is an active member of the New Zealand Alpaca Association (AANZ), currently serving on the association’s show and judging subcommittee. Paul was made a Life Member of the AANZ in 2009 and continues to actively contribute to the New Zealand alpaca industry.

Paul has been a qualified New Zealand alpaca judge since 1999 and a llama judge since 1993. He has trained alongside some of the world’s best alpaca judges and has attended alpaca and llama shows in USA, Canada, Australia, England, Germany, Peru and many other countries. He has visited South America on a number of occasions to select alpacas for export, and in 2006 had the honour of being the first outside alpaca and llama judge to judge at a major Agricultural & Pastoral Show in Peru. He has judged at National Alpaca Shows in both New Zealand and Australia.

Paul has a great passion for the future of alpaca breeding and is always keen to share this enthusiasm with others.


Fleece Show Entry Fees

Fleece entries $20.00 + gst | Sponsors $15.00 +gst