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Reserve Champion - multi Males - 2014 Futurity

2015 GWAS Reserve Champion at 2 yrs old.

Feb 2015 -- 2015 TxOLAN

April 2013... "so shiny it looked wet"

Futurity & GWAS Champion

AutumnSun's Major General

ARI# 32585933   D.O.B. 6/6/2012  (8 yrs)

Huacaya, Male, Proven | Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Rose Grey

Full Chilean
Sire: Patagonia's Ernesto    
Dam: Patagonia's La Traviesa | ARI# 31691598  | Medium Fawn 

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We think this boy is the darkest 'silky' type we have seen! His fiber is slick and shiny that it looks and almost feels wet! Even judge Tim Lavan commented that his fiber looked almost like it was wet!

He has LOTS of fiber on him, and with a really long staple so that it droops somewhat when he is at his peak length. But don't be fooled by this and think that he is not dense... he has a lot of fiber packed on him!

He has white fibers in his blanket but not consistently enough to classify him as a grey in the shows. This was his initial 'hiccup' in the show ring, when they placed him in the brown classes so that he had to endure the disapproval of the judges. We attempted to show him in Bred and Owned but did not find the consistent competition at that time that we desired for him. But, we luckily become more observant of Major's several, easily discernible light spots in his blanket that classifies him as an appaloosa pattern. Shown in the right class and Major ROCKS! His fiber was finally evaluated purely on its exceptional qualities rather than on how it did not fit in the class.

From the beginning in the show ring, he was hard to categorized but well appreciated. At his first show, while he was reprehended for his white fibers in brown class, he also caught the judge's eye as "so shiny he looked wet". And, at the 2014 Futurity, while showing in the combined multi class, he was brought forth to the Reserve Champion position, behind the Snowmass Color Champion and before the other exemplary alpaca from farms such as Crescent Moon and Marquam Hill. With the caliber of competition of this show we were proudly aware of Major's proper placing at the head of the pack -- clearly herdsire material manifested!

We absolutely love Major for his easy personality, great looks and fantastic fiber. Being a small farm with very limited breedings each year, Major has had to elbow his way into the breeding program. When bred to a classic silver grey dam Major produced classic rose grey male with outstanding fiber! His son has extremely fine, high frequency and high amplitude crimp along a long staple in a dense fleece.


Reserve Champion - 2015 Great Western Alpaca Show, Multi - Cathy Merkley
1st - 2015 Great Western Alpaca Show, 2-yr old multi - Cathy Merkley
1st - 2015 TxOLAN - 2-yr-old mixed multi - Amanda VandenBosch
1st - 2014 ABR Fall Festival - 2-yr-old mixed multi - Kristin Buhrman
4th - 2014 GWAS yearling mixed multi - Peter Kennedy
Not sure what happened here since two weeks ago when he won Reserve Champion at the Futurity , Major beat the alpaca that got 1st/CC at this show and was commented then to be finer which was noted as the delineating factor here. ... Anyways, this boy had a crowd of admirers that wanted to touch him from the moment we arrived. We have no shortage of interest in him on and off our farm, so we don't mind a little 'off' placing now and then. We know we have a 'keeper'. :)
Reserve Champion -- 2014 Futurity -- Amanda VandenBosch
2nd 2014 Futurity
We were definitely impressed at the caliber of animals brought to this competition. Therefore, we were extremely proud to stand among the champions, beating out some very nice animals.
1st - 2014 TxOLAN Yearling mixed muliti (he's an Appaloosa) - Cathy Merkley
Major has 8-9 spots and is an Appy! We will be including him in our appy breeding program as a paired herdsire to Jacob in addition to our grey program. Comments: "very stylish and showy male", boxy frame / nice proportion. Good fineness, brightness, density and organization. Very soft hand.
5th - 2014 NWSS Grey Yearling - SaraJane MacClennan
We had registered Major as indefinite and were initially excited that they asked to put Major in the grey class to meet championship numbers.... until he showed amongst the classic rose and silver grey males, sticking out like a sore thumb. He and the modern rose grey male placed at the bottom of their class below the classic greys.
Best Bred & Owned, ABR Fall Festival, Julio Sumar -- "very nice boy"
1st - Dark Bred & Owned, ABR Fall Festival, Julio Sumar
4th - MOPACA, brown juvenile - Wade Gease.
Major was checked into MB. Then the judge, clearly not in favor of non-solid unless they are more classically mixed, reamed him for his white fibers. The 3rd placed animal was similarly treated. He made it clear in his oral reasonings that we were being 'made an example' (his words) of what not to breed for or show with any higher expectations than this placing of Major at the bottom because he had the most white fibers. He did not give any assessment or comments of any other notable fiber qualities. Ouch; it's a good thing we are not new to the industry and easily dissuaded in what we know about quality fiber and animals!
3rd - 2013 TxOLAN, dark brown juvenile - Tim Lavan
Favorable comments about his conformation, density and fineness and "so shiny he looks wet" but dinged for having other colors/white fibers.


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ARI# 35160380   D.O.B. 8/3/2016 (4 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Dark Brown, Proven
Sire: AutumnSun's Major General
Dam: AutumnSun's Summer Solstice
Service Sire: closed - Estates Stradivarius
Carmine has developed well into a strong, nicely conformed dam with lovely richly colored fiber that feels great to the touch. Her first cria was...

Autumn Sun Acres: Alpacas and Sheep - Calhan, CO

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