When a 2 month old Golden Sovereign hopped off the trailer from Idaho with his dam in the fall of 2003 we knew almost instantly he was something very special. The truly great ones just exude it from the very beginning.
In the ensuing years Sovereign has matured into a stunning Herdsire with a firm grip on a slot in the CCNF Stud Barn along with his sire Snowmass Legacy Gold and his paternal brother Archangel. Though he is a virtual brown replica of his sire, one must also give great credit to his world famous white dam, PPPeruvian Jesusa. Jesusa, who after giving us this guy, then threw another absolute ace in the form of a little girl, CCNF Magdalena (Sovereign's full-blooded sibling), who started her show career by winning the Fawn Female Championship at the 2005 North American Alpaca Show and would go on amongst many other things to win her color championship the following year at The Futurity. That consistency has proven to be a heritable trait in her brother as well and So
Take a good look. Here's a girl with genetics coming out of the Snowmass/Cas-Cad-Nac breeding programs that caught our eye at the National Elite Alpaca Sale in 2009, and we just had to have her.
Secoya is a gentle beauty. Her conformation is spot on, her bite is good and she is a joy to handle. But what really captured our attention was her fleece: It is fine, fine, fine and she continued to hold that fineness as she aged. Her fiber tests showed 18.5 microns in 2011 and she is in the top 1% of alpacas for fineness and uniformity of fineness, based on AOA EPD results.
Secoya has had three crias for us: Two females and a male. Bred to black she produced a medium fawn girl, Macarena, who is in the top 1% of alpacas for curvature (a measure of crimp in the fiber). Bred to white she produced white Arabesque, with 15 micron fiber, and also the white male Salsa, also in the top 1 % for curvature.
We sure wish we had a reason to keep Secoya and keep breeding her to top studs, but it is time to let her go. At age 12, she has several more good breeding years ahead of her, and will be a huge benefit to someone's breeding program. Let our loss be your gain!