Scottish Alpaca Championships 2018 in Lanark

Carluke Gazette 
By: Julie Currie
Photo: Courtesy of Carluke Gazette

Photo Caption: Trekking business...chairwoman of the Scottish Alpaca Group, Marleen Miller also runs her own alpaca trekking tours from Netherfield Farm in Coalburn.
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Two local women who fell in love with alpacas and now base their businesses on the animals were also instrumental in founding the Scottish Alpaca Group.

And Marleen Miller and Pauline Robson, together with the group, then founded the Scottish Alpaca Championships which have been staged since 2016 at Lawrie and Symington’s Lanark Agricultural Centre.

On Saturday, April 28, the third championships were held with more than 130 animals from 28 exhibitors across Scotland and northern England being judged in the alpaca version of Crufts.

Each year, more and more people both exhibit and attend the event. And this year was no different, with hundreds of spectators descending to see these beautiful creatures in the flesh.

For Pauline and Marleen, working with alpacas is an everyday occurrence as they both now have farms which are home to the native South American animals.

Marleen, who is one of the show organisers and chairwoman of the Scottish Alpaca Group, decided not to show this year as two of her boys were unwell. However, she was still on hand to watch events unfold and was delighted with the turn out.

Read the rest of this story at Carluke Gazette.