Monday, 18 March 2013

The extra's!!

After last nights blog I thought I'd better fill you in with the very exciting extra rosettes I spoke about.

Many people know I have a love of greys and following the fantastic acquisition of Sunburst from Anzac Alpacas I was so excited when I saw Elysian in the Select Auction at the Futurity.  Those nearest and dearest will know how I have been working on Paul. 

A number of years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Alpaca Stud Nyetimbers fleece at the Scottish National Fleece show where it took champion grey and I have wanted to get my hands on some of his genetics ever since.  This was only strengthened when I saw his fleece at the World Alpaca Conference Fleece Show last year where once again it took Champion grey.  This desire was only strengthened when Sunburst arrived!

Luckily for me Paul loves the alpacas just as much as me and realised that this was an opportunity we didn't want to miss, so imagine my disappointment when I arrived at the Futurity to be told Elysian had been pulled from the auction.

Elysian was shown twice as a junior and not only came first both times she won Champion Grey too.  This was her at the Futurity last year. 
And this is her now.
Elysian had been replaced in the auction by another Nyetimber cria, Strawberry Hill, now she is a real cutie and had a stunning fleece.  Here she is being judged on Friday.
She came 3rd to 2 other Nyetimber juniors.

I now had a dilemma, I couldn't get hold of Paul as he was busy working in London (to pay for alpacas!) and I wanted them both, but I knew that would blow the budget we'd spoken about - notice I didn't say agreed!!  Plus I had to get Nick Harrington-Smith to agree to sell Elysian.

With a deal negotiated with Nick and a little encouragement (thanks Stuart) I managed to secure both girls, all without the knowledge of the other half........

Thankfully when he got to meet the girls on Saturday morning he was very pleased and I'm still here to tell you about them.

We now just have to finish another isolation paddock for the girls, it's a good job we have 220 acres isn't it!!


FourHappyBunnies said...

Gosh, how exciting! I hope you are both well - life with the alpacas sound idyllic. Take care xx

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Wow, I didn't realise you'd bought Elysian too! Very exciting, well done.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Congratulations .. sounds like you had an excellent spending spree .. when Paul was away working !! and why not after all that hard work running your 200 acres !! Jayne

Karen Oglesby - Meon Valley Alpacas said...

Well done Debbie! Promise to let me know about Elysian's cria when it arrives - should be a cracker! I will be putting Ardingly or his son The Sorcerer over our Nyetimber grey and black girls who came 2nd and 4th, but I have to wait a year or more to see those results!