Show sits high in saddle
By MARY MANN
EQUINE influenza concerns ensured there were no horses at the Nimbin Annual Country Show on Saturday, but Jordy Stanton and his mates thought the alpacas were an exciting alternative.
Jordy and his 12-year-old Nimbin friends Chinta King, Awhi Kahui, Malissa McKittrick and Jordan Jackson, all spent some time with their newfound fleecy friends at the 87th anniversary show.
"The alpacas are cool," Jordy said. "We like horses too and usually watch them when we come to the show. But right now the alpacas are just as good."
Chinta described the alpacas, which belonged to Lillian Rock residents Barbara Ransby and Bruce Porter, of Mangowood Farm Alpacas, as 'cute'.
"They'd be good as a pet, as long as they didn't spit at you," she said. "The Nimbin show is a great event, and although it's not that big you get to catch up with all your friends."
Alpaca breeder Ms Ransby said it was the first time she and Mr Porter had brought their alpacas to a show.
They have 16 of them, which they breed for their fleece. Ms Ransby has made clothing out of the fleece and is learning to felt with it.
"They're beautiful animals," she said.
Nimbin A&I Society secretary Natalie Maxwell said the show had been another outstanding success, despite the absence of horses because of the imposed flu restrictions.
"Chook and cattle entries were up and we had novelty horse events which were quite amusing," she said.
The show also included craft, agricultural displays and gumboot throwing.