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Alpaca show draws
By ALISTAIR LAWSON
ABOUT 700 animals from between 100 and 150
studs in every state except the Northern Territory
will descend on Adelaide later this year for the
2012 Alpaca National Show & Sale to see how
they rank on a national stage.
Following the show, 14 high-quality award-win-
ning animals are expected to go up for auction in
the sale, which has already attracted interest from
abroad, according to co-convenor Sarah Wheeler.
"We are getting interest from potential buyers
in the United Kingdom, Germany and Holland,"
The show will start on Thursday, October 25,
and finish at lunchtime on Sunday, October 28,
before the sale kicks off later that afternoon. In
the past, the sale has seen some pretty hefty
"In 2005, the top-priced alpaca, Banksia Khan,
went for $170,000," Ms Wheeler said.
"While that price has been lower for the last
few years, 2009 saw the top-price animal go for
The event started-out as an auction 19 years
ago before it became a yearly show. This year is
its second time in Adelaide -- no surprise given
that South Australia's industry has experienced
good growth in recent years. "Although the num-
ber of breeders is reducing, alpaca herd sizes are
growing," Ms Wheeler said.
"Out of the eight largest studs in Australia, SA
has three of them with 4000 alpacas at a stud in
Balhannah, 1000 at a stud in Mount Compass
and 800 at an Inman Valley stud."
Judging the show will be Victorians Peter
Kennedy and Natasha Clark, along with New
Zealander Paul Garland who will judge the
Adding to the SA alpaca industry's list of events
in the near future will be the national conference
in Adelaide, to be held at the Convention Centre in
May 2013. The national conference was last held
in Adelaide in 2006 while Sydney held the world
conference in 2008.
Organiser Susan Haese said a major turnover in
the alpaca industry since the last conference
made it all the more important to meet again.
The conference will have a three-stream focus
-- veterinary, fibre and industry.
"There are hundreds of years of research into
sheep, cattle and horse research, but only about
25 years of alpaca research, so new things are
being discovered all the time and it is important
that the industry stays informed," Ms Haese said.
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MAKING the switch from
breeding miniature ponies
to Clydesdales was not a
giant leap but rather a logical pro-
gression for Howard and Susan
Moss, Caversham, Highland Valley,
in the Adelaide Hills. The couple,
who met at a pony club, bought
their first Clydesdale about 10 years
ago -- Howard bought a mare as a
birthday present for Susan.
This year, they competed at the
Royal Adelaide Show for the first
time, placing third in the novice har-
ness horse, over 15 hands, and came
fourth in the pair of heavy harness
horses. Howard showed two four-
year-old Clydesdales -- Frank and
Delta -- bred and bought from
Victoria's Aarunga Clydesdale Stud.
There was a resurgence of interest
in the heavy harness classes at the
RAS, with several new competitors
Speaking in the lead-up to the
event, Howard said he just wanted
to enjoy the show.
While the RAS was a new experi-
ence for Howard, he has competed
at that level before, having driven at
the Royal Melbourne Show in his
first year of driving.
"I was thrown in the deep end
there," he said. "I've never been so
nervous in all my life."
Despite his nerves, he still came
home with a third-place and fourth-
The SA Commonwealth
Clydesdale Horse Society president
said there was renewed interest in
the heavy horse breed.
"We've had about four new mem-
bers join in my time as president,"
"It's been great to see."
The Mosses have bred Clydesdales
on their 56-hectare property for the
past four years, breeding about two
foals a year.
They have 11 Clydesdales and
several miniature ponies.
"We were going to sell the first
Clydesdale we bought, but then we
decided not to, and instead put her
in foal," Howard said.
"It's grown from there. It's been
quite an infectious hobby."
Howard learnt to drive with the
help of harness trainer and
Flemington Racecourse clerk of the
course, John Patterson, Flemington,
"The first time I drove was on
Ascot Terrace in Flemington," he
"It was pretty daunting to start
with." The Mosses visit John several
times a year, calling in if they are in
Melbourne for other work.
John has broken in several of
Howard's youngsters, including his
current show team Frank and Delta.
with MIRANDA KENNY
Royal Adelaide Show debut pays
Renewed interest in heavy horse
Experienced hands willing to help
Howard said many of the experi-
enced hands in the Clydesdale world
were willing to help those new to the
"John Patterson, Roy Hinkley and
Mike Keough have all been really
helpful," he said.
In preparation for the RAS, horses
were rugged and worked once to
several times a week, depending on
"It all depends on the horse and
how they are going," Howard said.
Howard works his show team on
roads at Highland Valley, and they
are trucked to Strathalbyn to work
on the roads throughout the town.
He said working in traffic helped
them get used to conditions they
would face at the show.
"We also truck them up to Kuitpo
Forest or work them in a friend's
vineyard so that they are used to
being worked in a variety of places,"
"Now that we are also breeding
our own horses, it gives us a chance
to show what our horses can do."
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