Official website of the Victorian Eastern Region of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.

The Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.


Victorian Eastern Region of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.


Click here for a direct link:- VER Website

For all VER News, Events and Members Portal information, please go to https://ver.alpaca.asn.au/ or click on the above direct link or from the AAA website top left under Regions.


This website will be available to our members who wish to access historical content but no further updates will be made from 1st February 2020


The new website uses a more modern platform so you may wish to provide yourself with a little time to familiarise yourselves with the layout. We have aimed to include all current information on the new website. ENJOY the new website and feel free to contact me with any feedback. My details are on the new website under ABOUT/CONTACT US - Lynda Holdsworth

Upcoming Events

Berwick Show - Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Red Hill Show - Saturday 7th March, 2020

Farm World - Thursday 26th - Sunday29th March, 2019

Alpaca Workshop - Sunday 26th April, 2020

Click Here for further details on all upcoming events.

Victorian Eastern Region

The Victorian Eastern Region covers a geographically diverse area. Members farm alpacas across many aspects of the Australian terrain - from the vineyards of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, to the rich soil farming districts of Gippsland, the coastal extension from Port Phillip to Mallacoota and the grandeur of the Great Dividing Range.

Within the Victorian Eastern Region there are around 130 registered alpaca breeders, several with larger studs in excess of 100 alpacas to others with only a few. Many members also promote and sell alpaca products.

Updates to VER Committee

President - Nicholas Holdsworth

Vice President - Chris Pendlebury

Treasurer - Vivian Blacker

Secretary - Wendy Talbot

General Committee:

Lezley Golding

Lynda Holdsworth

Russell Pendlebury

Joy Skinner


A message from the outgoing President - Maddy Bissels

To VER Members,

As many of you would know I have been actively involved in the Victorian Eastern Region since I started my own herd in 2015. I have held various roles in the VER from President to convenor. The knowledge and life experience I have gained in this time has been instrumental in my personal development and I know I will continue to use these experiences in future, but it is now time to embark on my next adventure. 

I would like to thank everyone who has mentored me over the years and to those who have helped build my knowledge base. It’s rapport like this between members that makes being a member of the AAA such a rewarding experience. I would also like to thank all convenors past and present and previous committees for their time and effort with everything You have contributed over the years. 

Thank you to the two committees that I held the presidential position with. It has been great working with all of you, planning for the future of the Victorian Eastern Region. I have no doubt all of you will take the region to new heights. 

To the members, thank you for your ongoing support of our committees and your willingness to participate. 

I leave the region in the capable hands of your new committee.

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History of VER Pepetual Trophies

Supreme Champions - Chakana Blue Chemistry and Merungle BH Triumph
Supreme Champions - Chakana Blue Chemistry and Merungle BH Triumph

Sale Show - October 12-13th, 2019

A successful alpaca show was held on Sunday October 14th 2019 at the Sale Showgrounds convened by Jen McDavitt and Jenny Miles. The judge for the day was Angela Preuss who enjoyed a change in scenery and long drive to and from home to the show.

There were 81 halter entries and 30 fleece entries so many prizes received on the day plus a goodie bag for each Champion winner comprising of some Maffra Cheese and a 300ml sample Agspand Feedchar . The Supreme awards were generously donated by Australian Alpaca Wear & Moresby Farm Alpacas.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the show sponsors Maffra Cheese Company, Brownwigg – Maffra & Sale, Elders Maffra, Murray Golbourn Maffra, Thomson Timber, Saddlery & Grain, Agspand’s Feedchar , Australian Alpaca Wear, Joma Alpacas, Serenity Alpacas, Merungle Alpacas, Annkea Alpacas, Almora Alpacas, Milestead Alpacas and Moresby Farm Alpacas, Nekeeya Alpacas, Westwind Alpacas, Chiverton Alpacas & Aldurvale Alpacas.

A big thank you also for the helpers generously giving their time to set up the shed prior Joanne Lincoln, Mike Leggett, John & Jenny Miles and Jen McDavitt. For those on the day we would like to thank Heather & Paul Gardiner who had the fleece entries under control (both Saturday & Sunday ) , Russell & Chris Pendlebury for stewarding in between showing and for assisting with the animal inspections along with Greg Bradshaw and Jack Boer both who offered their services on the day .

Supreme Huacaya was awarded to Merungle BH Triumph exhibited by Jen & Peter McDavitt and Supreme Suri was awarded to Chakana Blue Chemistry exhibited by Julie Blake.

Lardner Supreme winners - Ashbourne The Hipster and Barrooka WC Van Gogh ET
Lardner Supreme winners - Ashbourne The Hipster and Barrooka WC Van Gogh ET

Lardner Alpaca Show

Supreme Suri - Barrooka WC Van Gogh ET

Supreme Huacaya - Ashbourne The Hipster (co-owned with Malakai Alpacas

Champion Fleece - Kellbury Park Khan

Full show results now available on eAlpaca.

Victorian Eastern Region representation at this years National Alpaca Show
Victorian Eastern Region representation at this years National Alpaca Show

National Alpaca Show 2019

Held in Canberra this year it was a decent hike for Victorian Easterrn Region members to attend.

The show was held at the EPIC Center providing great facilities and Canberra certainly turned on the sunshine. The best of our industry was showcased from halter and fleeces classes, meat and hides, youth alpaca and junior judging, arts and crafts, yarns, garments, fashion show and other alpaca products.

Over 3000 general public attended and there was a great buzz in the halls especially on the Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in anything to do with alpacas then you would have had a wonderful time at this years show.  It will be on again in Canberra at a similar time next year.

Supreme Champion - Malakai Ashbourne Sinful. Champion Fleece - Auravale Paris
Supreme Champion - Malakai Ashbourne Sinful. Champion Fleece - Auravale Paris

Alexandra Alpaca Show

It was a healthy turnout of Huacayas at Alexandra Show on Saturday 3rd August, sadly not enough Suris to hold a competition.  The weather certainly kept us on our toes, very cool but thankfully no rain.

The judges Peter Kennedy-Gane and Marc Mullette were kept busy all day with some large classes of lovely alpacas. Their comments were appreciated by all who attended  A big thank-you to the convenor-Maddy Bissels and her team of helpers and to everyone who pitched in to put away the pen panels at the end of the day. We were lucky to have the expert stewards overseeing proceeding - Heather and Paul Gardner on fleeces and Robert Kennedy-Gane as ring steward.

Congratulations to Ashbourne and Malakai Alpacas for their Supreme Halter win with Malakai Ashbourne Sinful and to Auravale Alpacas for the Champion Fleece with Auravale Paris.

Halter Workshop

It was terrific to see some new faces at the VER Halter Workshop and ORM today. We hope those that attended enjoyed the informal setting and learnt some new tricks. Thanks to Joy Skinner for hosting this event and Lezley Golding and Jean and David Daddo for inspiring and organising the Halter Training session.

John Price- Alpacas on the Hill, Lynda Holdsworth - Auravale Alpacas, Julie Blake - Chakana Blue Alpacas , Maddy Bissels - Moresby Farm Alpacas
John Price- Alpacas on the Hill, Lynda Holdsworth - Auravale Alpacas, Julie Blake - Chakana Blue Alpacas , Maddy Bissels - Moresby Farm Alpacas

VER Spectacular Award Presentations

CONGRATULATIONS to the following VER members:

Keith Turner Perpetual Memorial Trophy  -  Suri Alpaca of the Year

Chakana Blue Time Machine

Lyla Fisher Perpetual Memorial Trophy - Huacaya Alpaca of the Year

A draw this year, awarded to

- Auravale Lucian

- Grand Flowerdale Ivy League (Moresby Farm)

Dianne Condon Memorial Trophy - Best New Breeder

John Price, Alpacas on the Hill

Keith and Bridgette Kat- Alternative View Alpacas and Romanie Blacker -Arachello Suris
Keith and Bridgette Kat- Alternative View Alpacas and Romanie Blacker -Arachello Suris

VER Spectacular Annual Fleece Show

Congratulations to

Bill Plunkett Memorial Trophy - Champion Huacaya Fleece awarded to

Alternative View Silk 'N' Fire

V.E.R. Perpetual Trophy - Champion Suri Fleece awarded to

Arachello Argyle Diamond

Judge:-  Marc Mullette

Stewards:- Heather and Paul Gardner

Huacaya Results

Best White   Auravale Nasir
Best Light Fawn Kellbury Park Barros
Best Brown Kelowna Dusty
Best Roan Grey Gum Bandido
Best Grey Malakai Jakoba (Almora)
Best Black Pitchingga Ridge Macarthur

Suri Results

Best White Chakana Blue Total Obsession
Best Brown Stevley Park Orlando
Best Roan Stevley Park Odin
Best Grey Boolaroo Mercury
Best Black Boolaroo Ziggy

Special thanks to the fabulous Heather and Paul Gardner as Fleece Stewards, Joy Skinner as Show Convenor, Maddy Bissels for the catalogue and our Show Judge Marc Mullette - it was a big day and a fabulous night! Finally thank-you to the alpaca breeders for supporting this show and contributing over 60 fleeces to be judged. Full results are up on eAlpaca.


Farm World 11-14th April
Farm World 11-14th April

 Farm World

Above are some photos from another successful year at Farm World.

VYTEC at Farm World

Click here to read all their news, including competition results.

Red Hill Young Paraders Competition

The first Victorian Alpaca Youth Paraders' Competition for 2019 was held at the Red Hill Show on Sat 9th March.

Congratlutions to all participants. Results are as follows:-


Senior Champion- Leah Burnett

Intermediate Champion- Taleisha Yelland

Intermediate Reserve Champion- Tamaryn Kimber



Preliminary Senior Champion- Sayge Carpmael

Intermediate Champion- Hannah Moon

Intermediate Reserve Champion- Archer Carmael

Junior Champion- Dirk Varmeulen


Open Supreme- Leah Burnett

Preliminary Supreme- Hannah Moon

Trainers Award- Leah Burnett

For a full report on the day please click here

Chakana Blue Time Machine and Ashbourne The Hipster
Chakana Blue Time Machine and Ashbourne The Hipster

Red Hill Show 2019

Supreme Suri - Chakana Blue Time Machine

Supreme Huacaya -  Ashbourne The Hipster (jointly owned by Ashbourne and Malakai Alpacas.)

The Red Hill Show convenors would like to sincerely thank their sponsors and those who have donated to their Silent Auction:-

Main Ridge Veterinary Clinic
Australian Alpaca Fleece Ltd
Alternative View Alpacas
Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas.

Surilana Mascusani Ma Beth and Whispering Gums Polar Express
Surilana Mascusani Ma Beth and Whispering Gums Polar Express

Berwick Show

With perfect weather and over 100 entries in the halter section and 78 fleeces the Berwick Alpaca show got off to a great start.

The show had a great atmosphere with plenty of public through the sheds over the day.

Chris Williams our fleece judge, judged the fleeces infront of the public and engaged with those interested to learn more. It was the first time we had done this and by all accounts it was very successful.  Thanks to Chris and his fabulous stewards Heather and Paul Gardner and Elissa Glasson for taking the extra time to include the public whist completing the busy task of judging 78 fleeces in the time frame provided. 

Andrew Munn our halter judge was expertly supported by Chief Steward Louise Lazarus and Ring Stewards Trevor Parry and Bill Burnett. Andrew provided informative feedback to all entrants explaining his decisions along the way.

Thank-you to both our judges for their expertise and support of the Berwick Show.

We had VER new members Colin Taylor on the iPad as Results Steward and Kylie Taylor as Ribbon Steward- both did a truly amazing job and I am very much appreciative of their help and support for the show.  Both enjoyed being part of their first show and I am sure you will see them as participants at future shows.

Thanks also to our Inspection Stewards - Rachel Burnet, Louise Lazarus, Nicole Harman, Julie Blake; our photographers Will Burnett and Indigo Anderson and Ann Parry who stepped into help wherever needed.

Thanks to all entrants of the show for their support and helping to pack up at the end of the day - as the saying goes "many hands make light work" We hope you all enjoyed the show and will come back next year.

A special thank-you must go to the Burnett family - Bill, Rachel, Leah and Will. All helped whereever they were needed during the day and they were the last to leave, working so hard to help pack everything up.  You guys are STARS your help and support is very much appreciated.

Supreme Broad Ribbons went to the following:-

Halter Classes

Surilana Macusani Ma Beth - Supreme Suri

Whispering Gums Polar Express - Supreme Huacaya

Fleece Classes

Auravale Paris - Supreme Hucaya White Fleece

Moresby Farm Alannah - Supreme Huacaya Light Fawn Fleece

Moresby Farm Harmony - Supreme Huacaya Med/Dark Fawn Fleece

Grey Gum Bandido(Moresby Farm) - Supreme Huacaya Roan Fleece

Baarrooka Orange 15 - Supreme Suri White Fleece

Baarrooka White 16 - Supreme Suri Light Fawn Fleece

Bolaroo Perseus - Supreme Brown Suri Fleece

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:_

Major Sponsor - WFI Insurance Ltd

Trophies - Design Awards
Suri Supreme Champion - Chakana Blue Suri Alpacas
Huacaya Supreme Champion - Chakana Gold Huacaya Alpacas
Veterinary Services - Avonsleigh Veterinary Clinic
Feed and Hay Supplies - Discount Animal Supplies Lysterfield
Farm Gates, Feeder & more - Norton Livestock Handling Solutions
Fleece Buyer - Scotch Group Alpaca Fiber
Fleece Processing - Fibre Naturally
Stud Services - Auravale Alpacas
Shearing Services - Mike Snow "Snowy" Shearing Services

Fleece Awards - Propharma Australia


The Victorian Eastern Region Alpaca Q & A booklet is available for free. Click here for more information.

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