Both exhibitors and alpacas earn points on their placements at AOA Certified Fleece Shows using the same method. The AOA database is the official Book of Record for tracking points.
The show season is June 1 through May 31. Points reset on June 1 of each year.
The annual award ceremony will take place during the AOA National Fleece Show.
The Exhibitor is the individual who enters the alpaca fleece into a show. Competitions eligible for points include Walking Fleece, Fleece, and the Innovative Fleece Assessment (IFA).
Exhibitors are divided into small, medium, or large farm categories. The exhibitor's registered females 18 months or older and less than 15 years old determine the farm size.
For exhibitors that show both Suri and Huacaya alpacas, the points for their exhibitor designation will be determined based on the breed of the alpaca that won the points (e.g., points won for a huacaya entry will not be considered for a suri award).
Points are tallied by the exhibitor name in the AOA database.
Suri/Huacaya farms that have accrued the most points at the end of the show season will be eligible for the following awards
New Suri/Huacaya farms (5 years or less in the AOA database) that have accrued the most points at the end of the show season will be eligible for the following awards
The Suri/Huacaya alpaca with the most points at the end of the show season will be awarded the following
The exhibitor who enters the alpaca in the show earns the points on co-owned alpacas.
Points will be awarded based on the chart below (1st — 6th place).
Exhibitors showing at the National Fleece Show will accrue DOUBLE POINTS.
Exhibitors and alpacas must accrue at least ten points to place.
If a tie for First Place occurs, AOA shall review the placements from the shows for the Show Points period in question. Whoever has the most Judge’s Choice awards during the Show Points period in question wins the tie. If no Farm/Ranch has a Judge’s Choice, then AOA will see who has the most Color Championships. AOA will utilize the following order to break ties: Judge’s Choice, Color Champion, Reserve Champion, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Fourth Place, Fifth Place, Sixth Place.
If a tie for Second Place thru Tenth Place occurs, AOA will award multiple placements for that placement but will not award for the next placement position. For example: There are two Farm/Ranches that are tied for Second Place. AOA will award two Second Place awards but will not award a Third Place award. The next available award will be for Fourth Place.