Monday, October 27, 2008

Macho Monday- THE Maverick!

I've decided to feature one of our herdsires on occasional Mondays, so it seems appropriate with the election and all to start with my favorite boy... 419 Peruvian Accoyo Maverick (ARI #829623). We have owned Maverick since he was about 2-3 months old, having purchased him at his dam's side (he's now 8). We bought him at auction, and I had no intention of purchasing any whites or males at that particular time, but when I put my hands on his 16.9 micron fleece and that of his dam (carrying another Royal Fawn offspring), I knew I absolutely HAD to have him! That decision was pivotal for our breeding program... selection of breeding stock is the most important decision you can make when breeding for the future.
Maverick had a wonderful show career for us, both in fleece and halter (fleece and awards shown above), and helped "put us on the map" as only a great male can do. I very nearly sold him as a juvenile, but it was providential that it didn't work out! Highlights include 1st place at the 2002 AOBA Nationals and Champion at the Kentucky Classic. and his offspring are now winning quite a lot themselves (earning him several Get of Sire blue ribbons)! From what I can tell, at least 16 offspring have been champions or blue-ribbon winners, many multiple times. We were approached by our friends Jennifer and Sean Orr at Copper Ridge Alpacas about selling them half-interest, and made the decision to partner with them. This move helped their breeding program as well! (See us above winning Get of Sire at the 2007 Kentucky Classic). Due to a change in family circumstances, the Orrs recently sold their half-interest to our friends Stuart and Michele Ray at Catalpa Creek Alpacas in Louisville- this makes him a part of our co-owned stable of Thoroughly Bred Herdsires. He continues to reside full-time at Seldom Scene Farm. Maverick's fleece is incredible, and at 7 years it tested at an amazing 20.8 microns! It is most noteworthy VERY bright, with deep, bold crimp and great density that keeps it sparkling all of the time. He has a gorgeous head that he often passes on to his crias, as well as wonderful coverage. He can be led around without a halter, and although he is extremely gentle and jumps easily into my Suburban, he "rules the roost" and the other males don't mess with him! His calm demeanor seems to be passed on to many of his offspring. Maverick has an endearing habit of jumping up on the fence to get a better view or appear taller when there are females around! There are currently Maverick offspring in Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and of course, Kentucky. Most noteworthy are: SSF Peruvian Pablo (brown), owned by Marcee Stephens of the Criation Station, SSF Per. Silver and Gold (silver grey), owned by Nancy Wright of Always Accoyo, Clayfarm Contessa (white), owned by Cas-Cad-Nac Farm, Destiny's Accoyo Carissa (white), owned by Destiny Alpacas, SSF Peruvian Smoke 'n Mirrors (silver grey) owned by Evergreen Elegant Alpacas, Copper Ridge's Alysheba (brown), owned by Mistletoe Alpacas, and SSF Peruvian Sheena (fawn), owned by Seldom Scene Farm. There are some other excellent Maverick offspring coming up- watch for SSF Runalong to make her debut at the OABA AlpacaFest! A Maverick cria will be sold at the side of his or her dam, SSF Eyecatcher, at the 2008 BelleauWood Auction in December.

Maverick's breeding fee is a bargain at $3,500, which includes 60 days of free board and confirmation of pregnancy. Please inquire for details! We hope you enjoy some additional photos of Maverick's beautiful offspring, the future of huacaya alpacas!

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