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  • 2014

  • Profile 2014

  • 2014

  • Profile, 2013

  • Body Fleece, 2013

  • 3 months old

  • 2012

  • With mother, Midnight Gold nursing!

  • 2012

  • 2012

  • 2012

  • 2012

  • 2012

  • 2012

  • Thunder Gold on his Birthday!

  • Thunder Gold on his Birthday!

  • Thunder Gold on his Birthday!

Thunder Gold (Estrada's Thunder Gold of Island Alpaca)

Thunder Gold is the quintessential alpaca with fabulous conformation with fleece that has a very bold crimp that is very fine and bright.

Blue Ribbon winning fleece at the MAPACA Jubilee 2017.  "Very Bright!"

He was also awarded a Blue Ribbon for his fleece in the 2015 A-OK Alpaca Blast Off Show. 

He has amazing genetics with his dam being Snowmass Midnight's Gold. Midnight has produced show-stoppers for us. (Her first offspring, Andean Midnight was the highest paid maiden female alpaca in the world at the time, selling for $100,000 at auction).

His sire is CT Estrada who has won multiple champions and blues! He is the Grandson of Snowmass Peruvian Avalanche.


Judge Comments:

2016 MAPACA Jubilee Spin-Off judge Diana Timmerman commented: "Great lustre. An absolute dream to card! Locks open without resistance and lifted VERY cleanly off the carder. Gosh, that lustre is even more pronounced now that it's clean. This one stood out from the others like a shining light! Great all purpose yarn." 

Fiber Criteria Highlights: Absence of Guard Hair, 5 out of 5. Uniformity of Length, 5 out of 5. Uniformity of Micron, 4 out of 5 possible points. 

Spinning Criteria Highlights: Ease of Carding, 5 out of 5. Ease of Spinning, 9 out of 10 possible points.     

Finished Product Criteria Highlights: 1st Impression, 6 out of 6. Usability, 7 out of 7. Brightness/Luster, 6 out of 6. Handle, 5 out of 6 possible points.  

2016 Southern Select Spin-Off judge Judy Keske commented: "Soft - nice crimp and staple definition - adequate length. Light guard hair :) When carding, minimal effort to align - flicks freely :) Nice loft. Nice glow under lamp. "

Fleece Score Highlights: Absence of Guard Hair, 4 out of 5. Ease of Carding, 4 out of 5 possible points.

2016 TXOLAN Spin-Off judge Roo Kline commented: "Nice bold crimp and lovely lustre. Debris drops VERY EASILY(!) from locks when teased open. Very easily carded. I've never spun anything like this. It drafted effortlessly and very smoothly by itself with very little guidance. It did depend to be spun thin, but did so beautifully and easily. Wow."

Fiber Criteria Highlights: Uniformity of Length, 4 out of 5 possible points.

Spinning Criteria Highlights: Ease of Carding, 4 out of 5. Ease of Drafting, 8 out 8. Ease of Spinning, 10 out of 10 possible points.

Yarn Criteria Highlights: First Impression, 5 out of 6. Brightness/Luster, 5 out of 6 possible points.

2015 A-OK Blast Off Fleece Show - Judge Sara Jane Maclennan commented: "Lovely fleece! Bright, soft, minimal guard hair. Congrats!" 

Fleece Score Highlights: Fineness/Handle, 19 out of 20. Micron, 7 out of 8. Length, 7 out of 7. Color, 5 out of 5. Character (Crimp), 8 out of 10. Brightness, 8 out of 10. Absence of Guard Hair, 8 out of 10 possible points.  Total Score: 81.5 points!!

2015 Big E Alpaca Fleece Show judge Stephanie Glyptis commented: "Very consistent in style and micron."

Fleece Highlights: Micron, 7 out of 8. Length, 6.5 out of 7. Color, 4.5 out of 5. Character (Crimp), 8 out of 10. Absence of Guard Hair, 8 out of 10 possible points.


For more information or photos please email us at info@islandalpaca.com.

Type: Hu
Gender: Male - Jr. Herdsires
Status: Unproven
Birthdate: June 25, 2012
Heritage: 1/2 Chilean. 1/2 Peruvian
Registration: ARI
ARI#: 32755817
Color: Light Fawn
Price: $4,500
Download PDF Certificate: Certificate-Thunder_Gold-2012.pdf
Lineage: For lineage records, please click here.
Fiber Analysis:


Awards:
2017 MAPACA Jubilee Spin-Off: First Place

2016 MAPACA Jubilee Spin-Off: First Place

2016 Southern Select Spin-Off: First Place

2015 A-OK Blast Off Fleece Show: First Place

Breeding History:


Histogram:(click for larger view)
LINEAGE RECORDS:
Dam:

Snowmass Midnight's Gold

ARI#: 831282

Heritage: Peruvian and Chilean

Color: Dark Fawn

Midnight is one of Island Alpaca first purchases.  

Snowmass Midnight's Gold has also produced show-stoppers for us. (Her first offspring, Andean Midnight was the highest paid maiden female alpaca in the world at the time, selling for $100,000 at auction). 

She is an astounding foundation female, and has produced nothing but the best for Island Alpaca Farm. We can only expect that her future will be bright. 

Three P's!! All around the perfect alpaca, with perfect disposition, and the perfect, nurturing mother!

Sire:

CT Estrada

ARI#: 30522619

Heritage: Full Peruvian

Color: Medium Fawn

Estrada is a well-balanced male from two top parents. His Sire, Evander does it again with this amazingly dense, fine fleece male with a great handle and luster, extensive coverage and a great body. With his 2012 shearing, Estrada had over 12.6 pounds of fleece sheared off. Amazing!!

Alpaca judge, Wade Gease has said about Estrada, "He is the "complete package". Very nice fleece style and crimp formation throughout. He has kept his fineness/softness." Also, Judge David Barboza has said about Estrada: "His architecture and density is incredible! Spot on!" And Alpaca Fleece Judge, Cheryl Gehly has written: "Wow! Fine with great character! Quite uniform for micron.""Beautiful Fleece: fine, bright, well organized!". Awarding him first place in the competition, and again, after the fleeces third showing at the 2009 Empire Symposium and Fleece Event, she commented again;"Beautiful Fleece: fine, bright, well organized!". Most recent fleece circuit, Estrada's fleece (its fourth showing) took yet another blue at PAOBA show, May, 2009.

To date, Estrada has eight multiple Champ/Reserve Championships, and 27 first-place, blue-ribbon awards. See the details of his show record below, most in very competitive classes!

In 2009, Estrada's Fleece won the reserve Championship, and took first place in his class over another amazing alpaca who won the 2008 Futurity Championship that had 54 entries in the class! 

Both dam and sire have produced Championship winners so his future is extremely promising indeed.

Phone: 508-693-5554
Location: 1 Head of the Pond Road, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Mailing address: PO Box 1515, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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