A banner day

By jilladmin • April 26th, 2010

Fox and I are finally home from MAPACA (it was an interesting ride, since my glasses got smooshed on the way down – Fox was joking that he was my seeing eye dog in the car once it got dark).  There were about 300 suris at the show, and some excellent farms.   The overall quality of animals was very high, and classes were large.  And if it takes driving over my glasses to have the kind of weekend we did, I’m going to start buying them by the gross.

We’ll start with the most exciting news – Bag End brought home its first banner!  Shavano’s Annasinyë took first place in her class of eight true black juvenile females, and then won the reserve champion banner.  The judges noted that her conformation is excellent, and her density and fineness are superior.  She also has excellent luster under all the straw she likes to wear.

Anna is the product of Brad and Jandy Sprouse’s breeding program, and Shavano babies are apparently taking the shows by storm this spring.  Anna will be heading to Nationals, which is the first time we’ll have ever entered an animal.  While I may not have had a hand in her breeding, I am so thankful I was at least smart enough to buy her dam at the Great Lakes auction last year.

Our next animal to show (and act awful in the ring, I must add – sigh…) was BESAME Sirius’ Tingilindë.  She is a daughter of Empressa, the first alpaca we bought, and she is the first cria where I made the breeding decisions.  I was absolutely thrilled that Lindy took second place in a strong class of five fawn yearling females.  Her luster again placed her over slightly denser females, and the judges praised her growth (she was youngest, but the largest, animal in the class).  Lindy has now placed well in three shows, and has the Buckeye ahead of her this weekend.  I’m already looking ahead to breeding her, though!

We made a last minute decision to bring our little male Telwa along.  We apparently grow our crias big here (see Lindy above), because while I thought he was teeny tiny for ten months, he was of roughly comparable size to most of the males his age in the class.  He ended up doing better than I would have ever dreamed, taking a fifth place out of 11 on the strength of his luster, conformation and overall suri phenotype.

So we had a wonderful show despite the glasses incident.  We brought an alpaca for a new farm that also did well (and behaved better for her owners than mine, too!), and got her home safe and sound last night.  We also transported a new herdsire for another Maine farm, and they were excited to see their boy even though he arrived after dark.  Fox is going to be a grumpy boy when he gets home from school, but I get to take a nap.  Then it’s about a million things to do before leaving for the Buckeye Thursday evening, with new glasses first on the list.  Wish us luck!

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