Blaze won First Place at the Big E Fleece Show and at the Southern Select Alpaca Show Spin-Off in 2015! He also won First Place at the New England Hands on Alpaca Fleece Show in 2014.
Blaze is eye-catching with amazing and optimal crimp-style; incredibly tight crimp that goes to the tip. His fleece has great density and fineness and is bright. He's got a great phenotype! With a nicely grown top-knot, he's thick-boned, and he has great conformation with a strong frame and perfect bite.
Blaze is a very gentle boy who is quite easy to handle. He is well halter trained and is curious of new things.
His sire is CT Estrada who has won multiple champions and blues. When our shearer got a closer look at Blaze she was very impressed. Blaze was the first Billie Jean (from the Legacy line) and Estrada cria and we were so impressed that we repeated this breeding.
2016 Big E Alpaca Fleece Show judge Arturo Pena commented: "Good uniformity of micron across the blanket."
Fleece Score Highlights: 1st Impression, 4 out of 5. Absence of Guard Hair, 4 out of 5. Uniformity of Length. 4 out of 5. Usability, 6 out of 7. Handle, 5 out of 6 possible points.
2016 TXOLAN Spin-Off judge Roo Kline commented: "Fiber has a slight pink hue - lovely :) Great handle. Carded beautifully. Pretty much drafted and spun itself. A pleasure to work with! What an amazing versatile yarn! Squishy, soft, super strong."
Fiber Criteria Highlights: Absence of Guard Hair, 4 out of 5. Uniformity of Length, 5 out of 5 possible points.
Spinning Criteria Highlights: Ease of Carding, 4 out of 5. Ease of Drafting, 7 out 8. Ease of Spinning, 10 out of 10 possible points.
Yarn Criteria Highlights: First Impression, 6 out of 6. Usability, 7 out of 7. Handle, 6 out of 6 possible points.
Blaze scored a 82/100 with his fleece! Wondeful!
2015 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza Fleece Show - Judge Cheryl Gehly commented: "Very fine fleece - quite uniform for micron!"
Fleece Score Highlights: Fineness/Handle, 18.5 out of 20. Length, 6.5 out of 7. Color, 4 out of 5. Absence of Guard Hair, 8 out of 10 possible points.
2015 Big E Alpaca Fleece Show - Judge Stephaine Glyptis commented: "Well developed and highly aligned crimp."
Fleece Score Highlights: Fineness/Handle, 18.5 out of 20. Micron, 7 out of 8. Length, 6.5 out of 7. Color, 4.5 out of 5. Character (Crimp), 8.5 out of 10. Absence of Guard Hair, 8 out of 10 possible points.
2015 Southern Select Alpaca Show Spin-Off judge Judy Maxwell commented: "A pleasure to spin. Nice bounce and body. Pretty color. Nice crimp, pretty color. Easy to draft. A joy to spin. Beautiful, nice color. Very soft, no fuzz."
Fiber Criteria Highlights: 1st Impression, 5 out of 5. Absence of Guard Hair, 5 out of 5. Uniformity of Length, 5 out of 5. Uniformity of Micron, 5 out 5 possible point.
Spinning Criteria Highlights: Ease of Carding, 5 out of 5. Ease of Drafting, 8 out 8. Ease of Spinning, 10 out of 10 possible points.
Yarn Criteria Highlights: First Impression, 6 out of 6. Usability, 7 out of 7. Brightness/Luster, 5 out of 6. Handle, 6 out of 6 possible points.
Blaze scored a 98/100 with his fleece! Unbelievable!
2014 VAOBA Alpaca Expo - Judge Ursula Munro commented: "Excellent fineness and soft handle; Very uniform throughout."
Fleece Score Highlights: Length, 6.5 out of 7. Color, 4.5 out of 5. Brightness, 8 out of 10 possible points.
2014 Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular Show - Judge Cheryl Gehly commented: "Very fine, soft fleece!"
Fleece Score Highlights: Fineness/Handle, 19 out of 20. Length 6 out of 7. Color, 4 out of 5. Brightness, 8 out of 10. Absence of Guard Hair, 8 out of 10 possible points.
Jean was up nursing when she was discovered and then she was quickly
named in honor of the late Michael Jackson, as she was born on the day
of his passing... and she does love to “dance” in the paddock!
Jean has some notables in her heritage (including Snowmass Legacy Gold
and The Silversmith), and we expect great things from this beauty. Her
fiber is luxuriously soft, and with two extremely dense parents, she
should have an abundance of it.
Billie Jean’s mother and
grandmother have both produced plenty of milk, and exhibited strong
maternal instincts and it's no surprise that Billie Jean is the same.
She will be a sound addition to any herd.
Jean is a very loving and caring alpaca, with her personality and with
her mother skills. When she gave birth to her first cria in 2012, Blaze,
she did an amazing job! She had no difficulties and it was a smooth and
quick birth. As soon as we dried Blaze off she was instantly humming to
him and nibbling gently at his face. Blaze has amazing tight crimp that
goes to the tip and great density.
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.
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