Alpacas of Tualatin Valley~ Read Our Opinion


Since the beginning of the AOBA Show System, I have advocated for not only consistency in judging but for consistency in the showing of animals. Over the years, I have seen exhibitors stripping locks and enhancing color brightness and/or luster among the various aspects of their Suri grooming practices giving them an unfair advantage over those who abide by the rules. Many of the top show winners were instrumental in initiating this inappropriate practice and it needs to stop. ATV pioneered the slogan; “groom your pastures, not your animals” and believe it is best for the health of both Suri and Huacaya.

The Show rules dictate that “…… Alpaca fleece should be shown in a naturally clean pasture condition with as little disruption to the fleece architecture as possible.” The judges must enforce prohibited grooming practices in all future events so that we may see and promote Natural Suri.

Lona Nelson Frank ~ Alpacas of Tualatin Valley