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Fleece/Cottage Fleece

Judge ~Judy Keske
Superintendent ~ Cheri Seiler

Fleece Show RULES ~ Shipping Information

In accordance to the AOA Rules, the entry requirements are as follows:
•    All Fleeces being shown at VAOBA 2019 must have been shorn AFTER November 20, 2018
•    Juvenile Fleeces must be 183 Days or 6 months of growth to be eligible. To calculate this, use your alpaca’s birth date and then their shearing date. Their fleece must have grown 183 days on the alpaca before being shorn off. They also must have been born on or before 15 May 2019 to show at VAOBA 2019.
•    When registering a Juvenile fleece, if the fleece being presented before the judge was the FIRST shearing and the cria was not shorn after being born, then the previous shear date is the cria’s birthdate.

Registration Instructions:

- Go to the VAOBA EXPO Fleece Show and Halter Registration site at www.alpacareg.com and either create an account or sign in if you already have an account.

- After registering your selected alpacas, print off a copy of each fleece tag and place them with your fleece CUT SIDE OUT in a clear plastic bag of 1 mil thickness or less, approximately 30 gallons. Exhibitors who bring their fleece in a bag which does not comply with this AOA rule will be asked to change their bag(s) during check in. Refer to Part VI, Chapter 22, Section 1 which is located on the AOA website. This is very helpful information on how to prepare your fleece properly for show !

Upload or email a copy of all the following items to MY ADDRESS.  Email is Show.Super.seiler@gmail.com 
Mail address is:  Cheri Seiler 
                           3354 N River Rd 
                           Augusta, WV  26704 

Please send:
-    Your completed registration
-    AOA registry certificate for each fleece entered. If your name does not appear on the certificate, please include an Owner of Record Show Entry Form. Please ensure the copy of the AOA certificate is of the original and not a Certificate Copy downloaded from the AOA site.
-    Signed Fleece Show Exhibitor Disclosure Form for Judge Judy Keske. If your alpaca is co-owned and you would like both owners listed in the final results, be sure to include signed disclosures for all owners. Please read the disclosure carefully and check the two appropriate boxes, as the disclosure has changed from previous years.

Two options for fleece check in:
•    Upon arriving at the show facility bring your fleeces to the Fleece Show Check In.
Or mail your fleece in along with your fleece paperwork to:
Cheri Seiler
VAOBA Fleece Show
3354 N River Rd
Augusta, WV  26704

UPS and FED EX and USPS are all acceptable. Buyer Beware: The UPS STORE is NOT UPS. They charge HUGE fees to use their services! Unless you have a prepaid label from UPS or Fed EX, all fleeces will be mailed back using the USPS.
Choose “Fleece Mail Back” on the registration site if you would like to pay upfront to have your fleeces mailed back to you after VAOBA 2019 for $15.00 per fleece.  Actual cost to mail a fleece is between $8 and $14 each. It would probably be cheaper in the long run to use UPS or FedEx with the instructions below.

To provide a prepaid label when you ship your fleeces out, bring your fleece to UPS or FED EX with the box UNSEALED so that you can slip your label in the box before shipping.
•    Create an account at Fed Ex or UPS
•    Print out a shipping label with your address on it
•    After the show I will put this label on your box along with any ribbons or special awards and ship it back to you. When it gets scanned, your account/credit card gets charged.

Cheri Seiler, VAOBA Fleece Show Superintendent; Cottage Fleece 

304-496-9946 (Phone)
703-932-5562 (Cell)
703-491-5635 (FAX)

Entry Deadline:  November 1st
Entry Deadline: All Mail -in entries must arrive by 11 NOVEMBER 2019

For a complete set of rules, please refer to the AOA Show System Handbook PART II Chapter 5 HELPFUL TIPS - GETTING FLEECES READY FOR THE FLEECE SHOW, and PART IV Chapter 22 -FLEECE COMPETITIONS. The Handbook is  located on the AOA Website, https://www.alpacainfo.com/show/show-forms, first on the list on the right!


Don’t miss out on participating in the Cottage Fleece competition this year at VAOBA 2019! The Cottage Fleece Competition is a way to promote your farm and breeding program as a producer of an excellent product. By combining the score of a spun sample of your alpaca’s fiber with an evaluation of the rest of the alpaca’s fleece by an AOA Certified Judge, the emphasis will be on the quality of what your alpaca can produce, not the quantity.   The total score does not rely heavily on the weight of the fleece, as only (5) possible points can be gained in that section, but on the overall quality and usability of your fleece in the cottage industry.
•    After registering for the Spin Off, prepare (skirt) the rest of the same fleece.  Get it ready to either mail in or to drop off during Fleece check-in. If opting to mail in your cottage fleece send to: Cheri Seiler, 3354 N River Rd, Augusta, WV  26704 (see above)
•    When your spin off sample is complete, we will use your total score on the Cottage Fleece Scorecard. The rest of your fleece will then be evaluated and Judged by a Certified AOA Judge for Fineness, handle, absence of guard hair, uniformity of micron, length and style.
•    Scoring will be as follows:
Huacaya points
2    Spinning score (25)
3    Fineness and Handle (20)
4    Absence of guard hair (10)
5    Brightness (10)
6    Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)
7    Secondary/Primary (S/P) micron range (5)
8    Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)
9    Uniformity of crimp expression with its style (5)
10  Annualized fleece weight (5)
Suri points
•    Spinning score (25)
•    Fineness and Handle (20)
•    Absence of guard hair (5)
•    Luster (20)
•    Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)
•    Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)
•    Uniformity of lock expression with its style (5)
•    Annualized fleece weight (5)
ANY spin off entry can be eligible for the Cottage Fleece show by providing the remainder of your alpaca’s skirted fleece for the competition.
Please refer to the current  AOA Show System Handbook,  Section VI of the Fleece Section, pages 59-80 of the for a complete set of rules.