RAS Golden Fleece Show

RAS Golden Fleece Competition - CANCELLED

The New Zealand Royal Agriculture Society (RAS) are running the prestigious Golden Fleececompetition in 2020 and all Alpaca Fleeces are invited to enter.

Alpaca fleeces have been shown at the RAS Golden Fleece competition for the past 2 years. These fleeces have created strong interest from the public as well as sheep & angora breeders.

We have opened the competition to all fleeces grown here in NZ, as previous years it was only Supreme winning fleeces that were eligible. The Golden Fleece show is a prestigious show with exciting opportunities to showcase the beauty of alpaca. The show will be run under the current criteria used for AANZ level 1 shows.  A 1st place ribbon will be awarded only if the fleece concerned scores 60 points or more. Championships will be awarded for colours that have more than five in that colour.  This criteria helps to safeguard the prestigious nature of this show.

The Huacaya & Suri Golden Fleeces will each receive a Triple Sash from the RAS along with $500-00 in prize money.

Pacific Alpacas are sponsoring the Colour Championships: These will be awarded in each of the following colours: White, Light Fawn, Mid/Dark Fawn,Brown, Grey, Roan, Fancy & Black.

A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to Pacific Alpacas for sponsoring the Colour Championships

Each Colour Champion will receive a Rosette along with $100-00 in prize money.

The fleeces will be micron tested and judged in their age & colour classes. Points will be allocated for micron and weight according to the age of the fleece, and then as per the NZ normal fleece judging.The highest winning fleece over all colours in Huacaya & Suri become the 2 Golden Fleeces.

The highest winning Fleece in each colour will become the Colour Champion in Huacaya & Suri.

The fleeces will be on display at the Rangiora Showgrounds Saturday 9th May 2020. The event is open to the public, so come along to see the fabulous alpaca fleece display and the numerous tradesites selling their products.

Entry Fee is $20-00 per fleece. If you are posting your fleece, please include a return postal bag and postage sticker and inform by email to the convenors that you are wanting your fleece posted back. People attending the event can remove their fleece/s at the end of the show when the RAS close the show.

This is a wonderful public relations opportunity for all alpaca breeders to be able to showcase your natural coloured fleeces along with other natural fibre producers. We look forward to receiving your fleece/s for this wonderful event and the great opportunity it gives us in showcasing alpaca fleeces to the greater public.  Please see the below for closing dates, entry forms & fleece delivery address.

Entry Form 
Fleece Delivery Note

Bio of Dean Ford:

Dean, former owner and operator at Vista Del Sud (sood) alpaca stud in North East Victoria, Australia now lives in Karaka on the north island in New Zealand. 

Coupled with working fulltime in Biosecurity, Dean assists operate the farm at Waters Edge alpacas with Toni, Greg and his Fiancé Lisa Charteris. We are focused on breeding elite grey Huacaya stud stock for the local and European market with a herd of approx. 150 Huacaya.


Dean is committed to the alpaca industry, having undertaken various volunteer leadership roles for the AAA including past President of Victorian Central Region (VCR) and convenor of Colourbration in Bendigo Australia’s largest alpaca show.

In early 2015 Dean completed his AAA judging apprenticeship and loves being able to contribute to the future of our stud stock industry.

Dean has a passion for fibre handling and classing wool, having successfully completed his professional Wool Classer certificate in 2012 to become a registered wool classer with AWEX. From time to time he helps classing at some local Merino studs. In 2013 Dean assisted pilot the alpaca fibre classing within the TAFE system and successfully completed the national curriculum for classing of alpaca fibre.



Convenors: Ineke van Neuren & Shirley Grant