Teddy's Peruvian Valentino
Valentino was a special boy for us. He was the first male alpaca born at the Mount Airy Alpaca Company. He was beautiful and strong right from the start. He turned into a champion herdsire but he had, and continues to have, a very sweet personality. He produced many wonderful cria for us and for our customers including many alpaca show winners!
Valentino is now owned by Judy Simpson, Endless Mountains Alpacas (click on her farm name to go to her web site.) I was so happy when Judy bought Val because she is an experienced breeder and cares deeply about her alpacas.
Our children showed Val in quite a few alpaca shows when he was younger, and he was very patient and willing for them. He later knocked me on my rear end in the alpaca showring in Maryland - in front of a huge crowd - but I quickly forgave him. He was 6 years old at the time and felt a little too excited about being in a show ring with GIRLS! We don't want males who don't have a strong desire to DO THE JOB. Here he is below, being sweet as can be with my daughter:
Here he is, nice and fluffy, doing a photo shoot at our farm:
Valentino, a huacaya male, is one of the cutest and curliest alpacas we've ever seen. His chocolate colored fleece is so twirly and thick that he looks like a little teddy bear. Maybe that's why his sire was named Lanark's Peruvian "Teddy" (Knoblocks Prairie Ranch). His dam is Lanark's Primrose , herself a blue ribbon winner in fleece, and his grandsire is the legendary Drambuie , now in Australia. The owner of Drambuie confided to me that an Australian breeder told her, "We think that was the Yank's biggest mistake - letting him leave the USA! He's a national treasure down under!"
Valentino has bred many females. He won a 1st place at the Great Frederick Fair 2003 in his halter class and a 1st for his crimpy fleece in the fleece show. He placed in a large class at the Eastern Alpaca Jubilee also, despite being one of only two younger males in the ring. On his most recent AOBA fleece show entry the judge wrote, "Very nice lock formation and crimp!" and "Lovely Uniformity of color."
Val's bite is still perfect! His bones are dense and his conformation is very correct as well. He has put the crimp on for all of his offspring, even when the dams have had little or no crimp. He has also acted as a darkening influence, producing many dark brown cria with black faces and legs - even out of a snow white dam. This guy is the whole package. Many other farms have paid to breed to this excellent herdsire! A few of his many offspring are shown below:
Below: Val's 1 day old son, Solstice, out of AF Morgan in 2004 Check on the crimp on this baby!
Val's several week old cria, "Bruno" out of a light fawn dam. Bruno is now an alpaca herdsire in his own right. Thanks to Wildwood Alpacas for the photo below:
Below: Val's week old cria, "Jerry Garcia", out of Jackie's Jaymee (a black dam.) Thanks to Brad and Terry Pitt for this photo.
Below, Val's daughter Reinette, out of Mount Airy Cassandra, a white dam.
Below: Val's cria, "The Dark Prince" out of Princess (a white dam) thanks to Endless Mountains Alpacas for this photo!
Below: Val's cria out of Georgia (a black dam) Thanks to Alpacas of Manor Hill for this photo
More cria photos below...
Val's cria out of Arwen
Val's daughter out of Cocoa (Red Barn Alpacas)
Val's cria out of Sable (Red Barn Alpacas)
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