Blaine alpaca takes national win at auction

By Kathy McCarthy Presque Isle Star-Herald, Special to the BDN
Posted Dec. 31, 2010, at 12:23 a.m.

BLAINE, Maine — Spudland Alpacas has garnered national recognition after taking top honors at the National Elite Alpaca Auction in November in Oklahoma City.

Richard Porter and his wife, Pauline, owners of Spudland Alpacas, made the trip not expecting a win, given the fact that there were dozens of others from all over the U.S. bringing alpacas to the show.

“There were 70 animals in the sale, including entries from Maine, Washington, Texas, Indiana and Florida. The auction was held Saturday, and the show was on Sunday,” said Richard Porter.

Porter said the event is age-specific. “It’s for what’s considered a yearling — anything up to 2 years old. I took down two: a brown one named Laila Ali and a fawn-colored one named Nutmeg. There were different categories for showing the animals, based on their characteristics,” he said.

Laila took third place in her class, while Nutmeg took first in hers, according to Porter.

“Nutmeg’s class had two divisions, and she took first place in her class,” noted Porter.

Porter said animals placing first and second in their categories moved on to another round of the competition.

“Nutmeg went back and took the championship in her color,” Porter said. “We didn’t expect to place, let alone win. It was a nice surprise.”

This was the Porters’ first trip to the National Elite event. To help pay for the venture, they provided delivery service for a breeder in Vermont who wanted animals transported to the auction.

Of the 70 entries, Porter said he was the only breeder from Maine to attend.

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