The Young Paraders Competition (YPC) is an event in the show case of alpaca activities, designed specifically and exclusively for young people between seven and 22 years of age.
- Offer inexperienced youth the opportunity to compete in an alpaca-related event.
- Offer experienced youth the opportunity to showcase their expertise and knowledge in handling alpacas in a public arena.
- Engage the interested public in a way which will both entertain and educate them about the Australian Alpaca Industry.
- Provide a platform on which young people can enter and then progress within the industry.
- Promote integrity between competitors, handlers and their animals
YPC is a program set up for young people to learn about and enjoy alpacas and to transition interested youth through various stages of learning. Specifically, it is not an obstacle course for performing animals; it is a competition designed to demonstrate the bond that develops between alpacas and their handlers, and the skills required for their management.
The YPC incorporates two distinct areas, with three levels of experience, and provides for several age groups. The two elements/sections of the competition are showmanship and stockmanship.
For our preliminary youth, showmanship is based around basic husbandry and fleece knowledge and alpaca handling.
For our Open competitors, showmanship is based on a mock showring set up.
Our competitors are required to lead their nominated alpaca through a serious of challenges across a course. They must show safe handling skills and a good relationship with their alpaca.
Within the open section of paraders there are awards given to competitors who choose to train their own alpacas from the beginning. Competitors in Master trainer are to be the only ones that handle that nominated alpaca for the series of the year.
MT animals are able to be used by Preliminary and Introductory competitors after the Open classes have been completed
The two top competitors from the active states are selected for this our national competitions and one of those will be awarded their States Master Trainer Award.