We had a lot of fun this weekend at the Buckeye Alpaca Show in Columbus, Ohio. It was a good-sized show with a lot of very nice quality suri alpacas from farms across the country. We had a rainy drive out there Friday, but enjoyed some nice weather when we arrived.
Sir Nigel Takes Reserve Champion
On Saturday morning we were happy to get a good start to the Buckeye Alpaca Show when Sir Nigel took first place in his class. It was nice to see him earn a blue ribbon two weeks in a row from different judges. Sir Nigel then went on to take the Reserve Color Champion banner as well.
Sir Nigel is the third male in a row produced by his dam that has earned at least one championship banner. He was preceded by his siblings, Bad Bad Leroy Brown and Napoleon Dynamite by Platinum. He will go on to show in the fall after being shorn, and should be ready to breed soon too. We think he will be as much of a consistent breeding male as his dam has been for our program.
Portia Takes First Place
Sunday, we got off to another good start with Portia taking a blue ribbon in her class. Portia had already earned a Reserve Color Champion placing at the Illinois Alpaca Show last fall, so we were not too disappointed that there were not enough fawn females suri alpacas to hold a championship class.
Portia is our first cria out of our PIVAL Blazen Son daughter, Andean Vista’s Posh Spice, and Portia’s sire MacGyver’s Armed & Dangerous. Posh Spice has already proven that she has what it takes to produce top quality cria. Portia has an incredible pedigree and it translates into very dense, high quality fiber.
Portia will be retiring from the shows this spring. We’re really looking forward to seeing what she can do when bred to some of the countries top producing males. Keep an eye out for her first cria to hit the ground next year.
Shoshanna Takes Color Champion
The highlight of the weekend belonged to Andean Vista’s Shoshanna. Following Portia, Shoshanna went in and dominated her class and was awarded the blue ribbon. The judge even called her a “clear class winner.” Shoshanna then had to compete against the beige female alpacas in a tough championship class. We had felt very strongly that Shoshanna was the best female suri alpaca produced by our farm last year, so we felt pretty good that she could hold her own against the best suri alpacas out there.
Shoshanna is out of our Reserve Champion Belmonte daughter, Faith, and Montoyo’s Antonio. We tried out Antonio last year and he gave us Shoshanna. Boy, we were impressed with her. Shoshanna proved our opinion of her to be right by going on to taking the Color Champion banner this weekend.
Faith Gives Us A Bonus
The weekend her daughter took a Color Championship, Faith delivered a full sister to Shoshanna back at the farm, this time a beautiful white and brown multi with the same dense, shiny and organized fiber that makes Shoshanna so special. We will be sure to keep you updated and you can expect to see more of these genetics in our 2014 show string.
We are done for the spring and back home expecting the arrival of four more cria in the coming month, including the first cria from our National Champion, GLR Blackout. It was a successful spring and is going to be an exciting summer for sure.
|Great Midwest Alpaca Fest: Day Two||2016 Nationals|
|Great Midwest Alpaca Fest: Day Two|