Event Schedule & General Information

Welcome to the 2014 Great Western Alpaca Show!
May 1-5, 2014

Sponsored by the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, Inc.

Located at the National Western Complex, Denver, CO, near the intersection of Interstate Highways 25 and 70, with easy access for travelers.

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GWAS 2014

Join us for the largest AOBA-certified regional alpaca show west of the Mississippi, with an exciting array of events and seminars surrounding the shows to provide you with a fun and productive weekend. In 2012, alpaca breeders from 26 states brought their best alpacas for outstanding competition in 3 rings with over 220 farms and over 1000 alpacas in the barns.

For 2014, we are offering shorn and composite classes. We anticipate meeting and exceeding the number of alpacas that were registered for the show in 2013, limited only by the number of stalls available.

Alpacas are limited to three (3) alpacas per stall, including crias.


Early Bird $25 discount per stall: Stall orders & payment postmarked on or before February 28, 2014

Show registrations: Closes on April 18, 2014

Spin-Off: March 9, 2014

Cancellations: A processing fee of $50 will be retained for all farm cancellations. Changes or substitutions after April 18 will incur a $10 processing charge.  No changes or refunds after April 18, 2014.

Level V Halter Show
AOBA Certified (pending)

Judged by:
Jude Anderson, AOBA Senior Judge [Huacaya females - full fleece]
Peter Kennedy, AOBA Judge [Huacaya males - full fleece]
Amanda VandenBosch, Senior AOBA Judge [all Suri classes, all composite classes]

Fred McGill will be our Show Superintendent this year. Freda has been the Show Superintendent at the ABR Fall Festival for the past 3 years and has been the Fleece Show Superintendent at many alpaca shows in the past. We look forward to working with Freda this year.

Performance Show
Sharon Loner, AOBA Judge

Level II or III Fleece Show
AOBA Certified (pending)

Cheryl Gehly, AOBA Senior Fleece Judge

Photography & Alpaca Related Art Competition Show

Look through your photos and check your art work so you can get it entered. It's going to be a fun and exciting show this year. It's only $15 to enter per adult submission, and junior entries (18 and under) are FREE!

Fiber Arts

Judged by: Barb Dedecker


If you are an accomplished fiber artist or an aspiring fiber artist, this is an inexpensive venue to let the public know what kind of product you are producing.

There will again be a Judge’s Choice Ribbon awarded. There will also be a People’s Choice Award Ribbon awarded in the three following categories:  adult, youth and handspun skeins.

So if you have not begun your project yet, it’s not too late. It’s only $15 to enter and youth entries (18 and under) are FREE!

You can register with the forms below. Laura will also be accepting registrations at check-in on Thursday, May 1, 2014 between 1pm and 5pm and also by mail.

Fiber Arts Coordinator:
Tara Shinnick

Fiber Arts & Skein Competition Rules [PDF]
Fiber Arts & Skein Competition Entry Form [PDF]

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help with scoring the entries.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a world known fiber artist.  Judging is only on Friday beginning at 9:00 AM and will be completed by early afternoon.  If there are times when you are not showing, and can spare an hour or two, please consider volunteering an hour or two and come learn from a great fiber artist.

For more information about entering the Fiber Arts Competition or if you would be willing to volunteer an hour of your time, please call.

Handcrafter's Spin-Off

The Spin-Off deadline is March 9, 2014! An excellent opportunity to get feedback on your fiber; the $25 per entry fee includes the AOBA fee!

Sally Kuzior is the Coordinator of the 2014 Spin-Off.

Please mail your ARI Certificates, 4X6 picture of alpaca entered, 2 oz fleece sample with Spin-Off tag & Owner of Record for Show Entry Form (if applicable) for your Spin-Off entries (do not fold your ARI certificate or photo) to:

Great Western Alpaca Show
Sally Kuzior
886 Ponderosa Lane
Elizabeth, CO 80107

Other Information:

Friday Night Reception and Invitational Auction
Plan to enjoy an evening of great food, terrific company entertainment live auction and free prizes! There will be something for everyone!
When: Friday, May 2, 2014, Cash Bar and hors d'oeuvres at 4:30p.m., Auction begins at 5:30p.m.
Where: Auction Pit

Motor home parking/hookups
Motor home parking/hookups available. A limited number of RV hookups are available at $20 per night.


  • Free trailer parking and one(1) free vehicle pass per farm
  • Lots of vendors with alpaca clothing, accessories and equipment
  • Costume Classes on Friday afternoon and Performance Show on Friday and Saturday, providing entertainment for the public and exhibitors
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

For additional information/questions, contact:

Ann Danielson

Show Manager


Becky Zierer

Event Manager


Larry Zierer




Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Welcome to Denver!

10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Alpaca Check-in
(Vet, ARI cert, Compliance)

10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Vendor Check-in

2:00 to 5:00 pm

Fleece Check-in

2:00 to 5:00 pm

Fiber Arts Check-in

2:00 to 5:00 pm

Photography & Art Check-in

Friday, May 2, 2014

8:00 am

Opening Ceremony

8:30 am

Judges/Exhibitor Meeting

9:00 am

Color Verification immediately following Judges/Exhibitor Meeting

9:00 am

Halter Show Begins with production classes followed by halter classes

9:00 am

Closed Fleece Judging Begins

9:00 am

Closed Fiber Arts Judging & Photography & Alpaca art

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Open to public

10:00 am

Showmanship Classes begin in ring 4
Followed by Costume Competition

10:00 am

Silent Auction Opens

3:00 pm

Fiber Arts Judges Comments

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Fiber Arts on Display

4:30 pm

Friday Night Reception

5:30 pm

Live Auction Begins in the Auction Pit

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8:30 am

Halter Show Continues

8:30 am

Fleece Show Continues

9:00 am

Performance Show Continues

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Open to the Public

10:00 am

Silent Auction Opens

10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

Photography & art on display

3:00 pm

Fleeces Displayed (if judging completed)
Judges Comments (in arena, time TBD)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

9:00 am

Halter classes resume

9:00 am

Youth Judging

9:00 to 11:00 am

Fleeces continue on display

10:00 am

Silent Auction Closes

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Open to the Public

12:00 am to 1:00 pm

Fleece and Fiber Arts Pick-up
Photography and Art Pick-up

3:00 pm

Anticipated end of show




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