On Tuesday I received the results of our entries into the Hope Fleece Show. As I said on the last blog, the impetus for entering some fleeces was to have them judged by senior BAS Judge; Liz Barlow. Not only do I value her opinion highly, but I also wanted to test my own assessment skills against the marks given. With this in mind, I hadn't given a great deal of though as to which classes to enter, and ended up competing against ourselves in a couple of them;
We entered six white fleeces (bearing in mind that classes are not split male and female)
Junior White Huacaya fleece (3 entries);
1st Beck Brow Magellan
2nd Beck Brow Rumour Has It
4th Beck Brow Crystal Maze
Intermediate White Huacaya fleece (1 entry)
1st Beck Brow Fine Romance
Adult White Huacaya fleece (2 entries)
1st Beck Brow Explorer
3rd Blueberry Alonso Renatta (owned by Beck Brow)
Best White Huacaya fleece
Beck Brow Explorer
Best in Show 2012
It really doesn't seem very long ago; that I thought white classes were of such a high standard, that we would never be able to compete!!
All of our fleeces were placed. 1st - EP Cambridge Lady Gaga (beige ), 2nd - Beck Brow Synergy (beige) and 4th - Beck Brow Boots (fawn) as anticipated her fleece had no weight to it due to a poor start.
After all that excitement; we also had a birth. Silver Stream Hoity Toity, who was well over due, had decided to pass on the sunny days over the weekend, and opted for a period of torrential rain. Typical Hoity Toity!
She did come in to the barn of her own accord and her waters broke as she was munching on hay, which seem to come as a bit of a surprise to her. She then decided to stand on the weighing scales and start to push. Then she chose an area more commonly used as a toilet facility. So, in order to tempt her into the birthing area, and thus on to a straw bed...I put out a bowl of feed...with the cria's head and legs out...Hoity leisurely munched away on her food for 20 minutes (she is a very slow eater)...seemingly oblivious to being in labour! She was obviously waiting for a bigger audience, as half an hour later and just as Amanda arrived, she decided that she would resume with trying to birth. With success. She then continued eating!
We have yet another male, but first impressions are good. Hoity is a Silverstream Czar daughter, with Jolimont Conquistador on her dam's side. The cria's sire is our Waradene St Patrick of EPC, so he has the credentials to be something special. I am pretty sure he is beige (but hey I said that about Advantage!!). The photos taken of him today, are at less than 24-hours old. Weighing in at 9.5kgs he is a chunky monkey. I have decided he shall be called Testimony...it just seems to suit him!