Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A Gold Rush and more Additions...

My blog writing is poor these days, and this is largely because every week in January so far has consisted of the same things...coping with the rain...and full on with the organising of the BAS National Show. We are doing better with the latter hopefully!

On Saturday the National Show Commmittee met at Telford Exhibition Centre in order to finalise the layout of trade stands etc. This was the first time that we have been at the centre when a big event was taking place...it really did create a great atmosphere and added to our anticipation of a great show. 

The show is shaping up very well thanks to the support of everyone involved; sponsors, volunteers, and those bidding on the stud services auction. The auction is really generating some excitement on a Sunday evening (yes so much so we did crash for 15 minutes this week,due to the amount of bidding!). A big thank you to C S Alpacas who donated £770 to the funds, by successfully bidding on Timbertop CT Goldmine ET of Beck Brow.

Below is a photo received today of Gilt Edge Gold Dust (sire Goldmine). Goldmine had his last three cria to be born in NZ born this month. If the curls are anything to go by...this one is going to be a stunner!


                                                        Gold Rush...look no mud in NZ

Halter training has continued today with the help of Amanda (Florens Alpacas), Carole (Prince Bishop Alpacas) and Sheila (Alpacaed out!)


                                                  Wet and muddy but training continues

We have a few logistical problems regarding getting our show team to the National Show, largely being that I will already be there, and Paul will have to load on his own. Thus we are taking an all junior show team (8) just to make his life easier (all from one paddock and mixed sex). We have just made a another purchase, adding a lovely brown female to our junior show team...


Who might this be...check her out at the National Show!

We have also secured the purchase of a beautiful fawn female, who is sired by the awesome Firedragon, and who will be travelling to the UK with Stargazer (another Firedragon daughter who is pregnant to EP Cambridge Peruvian Spartacus). 

I actually was away all weekend, as I had another BAS meeting on the Sunday. I came home late evening to be greeted by Paul looking very sheepish..."I have had a bit of a disaster" he tells me. This was a clever tactic, as of course by now I am fearing the worst. The disaster?...Epic is covered from head to toe in mud...not just a bit dirty...filthy...honestly I can't go anywhere...but it could have been worse!


  1. Wowzah to that brown fleece, I am looking forward to seeing her!

  2. Maybe no mud in NZ but not much grass either! You can't have everything and the mud will soon be history!

  3. You've some very clean alpacas there Barbara! Have they been out to play this year?

  4. Oohhhh, you will have to post more pics of your new additions (I can't get to your show!) Sending you thoughts of sunshine, drought/dry paddocks and dusty alpacas from way down here :) Lisa