By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun
After a triple tabulation of the final points in each category, a double tie for first place and a double tie for third and fourth was broken by the results of the obstacle course.
Grand Champion in the Senior division was won by Katie York and her llama Troubadour, followed in a hot second place by Reserve Champion Cody Carroll and Whitey Locks. York is a member of Corsicana 4-H, and Carroll is Blooming Grove FFA.
Also tied in this competition were Rose Craig of Frost 4-H and Andy, and Jonathon Williams of Rice 4-H and Candy Man.
Junior High Point winner and Grand Champion was Gracie Ayers of Navarro County 4-H.
Cole Anderson of Kerens FFA showed a llama in the obstacle course as the lone competitor in the special needs category.
York not only won a belt buckle, but a $500 scholarship.
Attendance in the llama show was down this year due to other activities conflicting with show time.
Exhibitors compete in the areas of showmanship, obstacle course, Public Relations class, then Senior competitors also completed a written quiz and an oral interview by Judge Bill Feick.
“The Public Relations class is because llamas are used at schools and nursing homes as therapy animals, so these courses incorporate everyday items,” said Kathy McCracken, assistant. “The kids are judged on how the animal handles the situation.”
For the PR Course, the llama is led over a landscape timber it must straddle, then around several chairs in an intricate pattern. Next it had to ascend a ramp, cross a bridge and go down three steps. The llama must go through a curtain of hanging flowers, then over some hurdles, across a teeter-totter, stop to be petted by a “petter,” then walk through some hay bales, have a hula hoop passed from nose to tail, run around a barn and two tractors, then return to the starting point.