Obstacle/Performance Explanations and Expectations

The obstacle/performance classes can be seen as an extension of showmanship class. Not only is the
alpaca/handler team completing the obstacles, but also showing what they have accomplished on a
trust level. The alpaca has to show that they trust the handler and will follow on a slack lead, stand when
asked, and follow simple commands.

The obstacles are all designed to mimic what the alpaca will
possibly see in their travels to and from farms as well as on the individual farms. The handler is to guide
their alpaca through the course in the direct path that is set out. Deviation from the course will result in
penalties and lower ranking. The judging sheet from the course 2013 is attached.



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judging-score-sheet-for-ao-obstacle-2012.pdf
Teeter-totter

Alpaca and handler are to walk over the
teeter-totter, with alpaca not balking or jumping off the
sides, pausing at the top while the boards tip, and walking
calmly down. The purpose is to be able to load alpacas into
vehicles or trailers, when conventional ways are not available and the surface they are walking on may
move underneath them. The safety of alpaca and handler are key to the completion of this obstacle as
well as in real life when the alpacas are being moved around.


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CLASSES

The Tight Squeeze *New
Hind-Quarter Turn *New
Circle Stand *New
Clutter Walk *New
The Circled Cone *New
Blind Corner
Ramp
Step Over
Tarp/Unfamiliar Surface
Doorway
Teeter-totter
Stop and Start
Weave
Steps/Stairs
Gate
Catch and Release
Tie
Mirror
Back-up
Tires
Hoop
Water-walk through
Hats
Winner’s Blanket
Overall