His name is almost decided on, the front runner being Samson, although George Alexander Fry is also a contender!
Now that's out of the way onto what I wanted to write about.
Every now and again I have to let off steam.
I am pretty calm, in a very juvenile way, for the most part but all the time the internal pressure is building and building. So that I don't go completely bonkers this pressure must be released. Sometimes I just shout for a bit. This I find can be done most effectively whilst I am in the Patouwagon driving along when nobody is watching or more importantly, listening.
Sometimes, embarrassingly, I explode at home. There is usually some shouting, some kicking of inanimate objects and a bit of storming around. It's all over in a flash, pressure released, job done. I know it's not nice, I know it's not clever and I'm not proud of myself but it seems that it has to happen, bottling it up is not good.
Anyway, today is time for releasing some internal pressure about alpaca showing. I have been thinking about the subject for a while and want to get it off my chest once and for all.
I ranted about it in a previous blog when someone wrote in the SWAG (South West Alpaca Group) newsletter about the fact that it wasn't fair that the big alpaca breeders were allowed to take their alpacas to shows and win all the rosettes. That small breeders had no chance and something should be done about it. There was a suggestion that there should be shows just for 'small' breeders or that the big breeders should be restricted as to how many alpacas they could enter. What a load of drivel, it had me fuming.
Recently I heard that there had been a discussion about holding separate classes at shows for 'small' breeders with the first and second placings being allowed to enter into the main show with the big breeders. In other words a 'qualifying round'.
I'm afraid I couldn't be more against this if I tried, I think it stinks. Not only do I find it belittling and patronising but I really believe that it is totally wrong.
What is the point of taking your alpacas to a show if you are not prepared to have your animals judged against the best animals at the show? No point as far as I am concerned. To have to enter into a 'qualifying round' because you only have 10 females is insulting.
The big breeders have the best chance of breeding the best show animals for sure. They have more chances to get it right, they have the experience, the know how and the resources but that doesn't mean they always win, no siree mister not at all. I want to take them on, I don't care if I win or not. I have always been of the opinion that it is not the winning that counts it's the taking part. I just want to be given the opportunity.
If I am required to qualify to get the chance to stand amongst the big breeders you can shove it. Patou Alpacas will not be there.
Right, rant over, I feel much better now.