15 photos of alpacas to make you feel better as first halter show comes to Essex

Essex Live
By: Alasdair Hooper
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Alpacas have fast become one of the most popular animals around right now and in Essex it is no different.

Thanks to their kind nature and charming good looks, the native South American animal can be taken out for walks and they are highly sociable with humans.

Yesterday (Saturday, October 20) Beechwood Equestrian Centre in Rettendon Common was taken over by up to 140 different alpacas.

The reason? Members of the Eastern Alpaca Group held their first halter show for alpacas and people who turned up to watch were left overjoyed.

Nick Harrington-Smith, a British Alpaca Society and International judge was on hand to assess all 140 of the competing alpacas from various parts of the UK in various colour classes and age groups throughout the day.

The Eastern Alpaca Group (EAG) was set up three years ago by owners and breeders within the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, who had an interest in the highly sociable animals.

Some members run businesses while others keep their animals as pets.

Read the rest of this story and view the photos at Essex Live.