Monday, May 4, 2009

Grand Champions Chinella and Beth

I've had a little blog neglect going on here. Last week was spent getting ready for our alpaca show in Davisburg, Michigan. Both Chinella ↑ and Oppie ↓ loaded and traveled well in my van. The woman at McDonald's window did a double take at what was with us. Buddy Beth (critter lover in my comments) took both girls through the ring.
Chinella was our star! She won her class of black yearling girls on Saturday, and Beth took her back to win the ♫ Grand Champion ♫ of all the black girls at the show. You can only imagine how excited we were. We are a small farm and have never even won a blue before.
As soon as folks arrive at a show, a team of "checker inners" reads the alpaca's microchip, examines the health papers, and does a color check in the bright light before they are allowed to be stalled. Oppie's color has changed from light fawn to beige and she competed in a class called Light Colored Yearlings.
I'm very pleased that she took a second. For the folks who have followed my blog, Oppie (Golden Opportunity) is the really athletic little girl who has a mind of her own, so just getting her through the class was a super big achievement. Many thanks, Beth.
We spent time on the way home trying to decide on our breedings. Both these girls will be 2 next fall and we think that Tribute might be a good match.

This is the first that I have been away overnight in over a year and was able to do it because daughter Terre and her Golden Izzie came and stayed to do chores and care for the barn critters.....and can you believe, she even vacuumed the house. Thanks, Terre.

14 comments:

trh said...

Congrats all around! They are both beautiful girls. I love that picture of Chinella, she looks so perfect and beautiful.

Michele / akkasha said...

I am so thrilled for you. They are such beautiful animals. It is great that they have been recognized as such by people who know the breed so well!

Great work!

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

HURRAY for everyone!!! And congratulations, we're so happy for you ;) Beth looks much happier than Chinella in the photo, though ;D

My vote is for your Tribute as the prospective daddy, too (though you know I know nothing about alpaca breeding, just love the looks of Tribute!)

Can Terre come to my house, too??? Oh wait, I would probably have to actually clean the house in order for her to vacumn ;D Big hugs all around...

Debbie said...

Well done girls and ladies!

We have our first show of the year next weekend and it's the Nationals so a biggy. We've never shown there before so we are a little nervous.

critter Lover said...

YEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!! What a weekend!!!! Still grinnin' !!!!

Beth

Kathy Kukla said...

Congrats!! What a wonderful weekend for you and Beth. Chinnella and Oppy are very lucky to have you as their moms.

Perry Wheeler said...

well done, what a special weekend you have had.

Linda B said...

Way to go, Maple! You must still be bustin' at the seams. I remember the first time the judge put me in line, I asked the person next to me if I was in 1st place of 5th. She about died laughing. It is such a thrill, and I'm really excited for you!

Margaret said...

Wow! And heartfelt congratulations to you all! You make a wonderful team of peeps and alpacas. :D Beautiful black, Terre!

Jody said...

Congratulations on your wins Maple. You deserve it :)

Cher said...

Wow! Congrats! What wonderful news!

Robin said...

Congrats on your win!! She is a beauty.

The Cosmic Pepperini said...

Congratulations!! Lovely creatures!

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