The reason for the early rise?...the Softfoot on-line Alpaca Auction which was finishing at 2pm Adelaide time. I had two females in mind; EP Cambridge Girls Aloud and Cambridge Stargazer. I had been deliberating all week about which I preferred and had even considered bidding for them both. This was before I heard that they had been awarded 2nd and 3rd places at the Australian National Show and in a hugh class. Maybe buying both was going to exceed my budget!
So I decided Cambridge Stargazer it was going to be...I watched the clock tick down and Girls Aloud was knocked down for AUD 12,500. At this point I had the top bid of AUD 13,000 on Stargazer, but it was one of those auctions when someone places a bid in the last 5 minutes the time is extended by another 5 minutes; 31 seconds left and someone placed a bid...I placed a higher one...the clock began to tick down again... 21 seconds left and they placed a bid again...my adrenaline was high...another bid and finally that was it. I was so excited I couldn't go back to bed!
For those of you who are interested Cambridge Stargazer's details are still on the Softfoot auction site and a video of her is on You Tube. Her impressive pedigree includes: Windsong Valley Firedragon (purchased for AUD 165,000 by Matt and Cathy Lloyd of EP Cambridge Alpaca Stud); Jolimont Conquisador; Jolimont Warrior; Purrumete Highlander; Jolimont Commisario; EP Cambridge Spartacus. Her full AAA pedigree can be seen here.
I expect it will be along time before I actually see her in the flesh as after quarantine she will go to EP Cambridge Alpaca Stud in Wiltshire to be mated with one of their elite stud males. This is another female that we are hoping could produce a future herd sire for Beck Brow. She will of course be mated with Beck Brow Explorer the following year. He is one lucky boy!