4-H Llama shows normally include Showmanship, Field Obstacle, PR Obstacle, Packing, Costume classes, and Team
Judging. After the county fairs, some clubs go to the Indiana State Fair or to other llama shows where they compete in large classes with other youth from around the state or even surrounding states. They have had the opportunity to work with many other young llama enthusiasts, accept many responsibilities, and make many new friendships from various areas. The wide variety of ages of the boys and girls has provided them with a unique opportunity to work together, respect each other, and to learn from each other as they each develop their own leadership skills.
More importantly than placing in the show ring, the 4-H'ers are learning to build a trusting relationship with their animal and accepting the responsibility of caring for its needs.
They learn the routine management of llamas such as vaccinations, de-worming, shearing, toenail trimming, proper nutrition, and preventing heat stress. Training emphasizes patience, focusing on the positives, communication, and reading the llama's reactions.
Many of the youth participate in the two national show
associations, ALSA (Alpaca Llama Show Association) and the ILR
Show Assoc. These Youth Programs give them the opportunity to earn many levels of achievement throughout their years of showing llamas. Many youth now not only show in their 4-H program and local shows, but go on to take part in their own Regional Shows and the annual ALSA Grand National Championship Show.
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