23 May 2012
Another export group away today. It's always a relief to hear when they have arrived safely.

 

May 2012 - There are some days when you wish you could have just stayed in bed. Tragically we lost CH Spirit Legend today due to intussusception. 
This gentle young male was an absolute stunner with one of the best fleeces I have seen. His first fleece won Supreme Champion at 2011 Whangarei Show.

May 2012 - The splint is now off Seraphina's leg, but it seems she may be left with a limp. Seraphina is the 1st Bound for Glory cria out of our wonderful Sarita. 

She got a hair line fracture in one of her hind legs after she flicked her leg through a gate. Not a good place for a cast so the vet used a splint. Unfortunately the way she used her leg while the splint was on has weakened the supporting ligaments or tendons and she now has a marked limp.

The vet  put another support on for 2 weeks and it improved but we just have to wait (and hope) now.

I am really disappointed. She has an excellent fleece and we were looking forward to having her on our show team later in 2012. At least the bone has healed well and she is a very healthy girl, and will no doubt breed fantastic cria one day, even if she cannot go to any shows.

 

                        

 2011 Kumeu Show

This is our local show and it has been growing in Breed Entires each year so for the first time the entries were split  with Huacayas on Saturday and Suris on Sunday.  The weather was great and the alpacas were as usual very popular with the crowds. A popular new event on Saturday was a chance for the public to lead an alpaca during the lunch break and on Sunday this was moved to the Shearing Competition area for the whole day.

Exhibitors were not only kept busy in the showring,  back at the pens the public were enthusiastic and had lots of questions.  Lots of farm visits were arranged for those wanting to know more.

This year Kumeu was run as a colour show. We had the same show team as Morrinsville show and were very pleased with our results and the excellent comments our animals had from judge, Julie Mansell:

2nd - Thorburn West Wind  - Senior Male - White/Light Fawn

1st - Simply Serkan - Intermediate Male - Mid/Dark fawn & RESERVE CHAMPION FAWN
2nd - Simply Golden Storm - in the same class as Serkan

1st - Cedar House Banjo - Senior Male Grey & CHAMPION GREY
  Comments were that he was "a clear winner" in both his class and the Grey Championship

We were thrilled with Serkan's win and Stormy's 2nd in a big class of excellent mid/dark fawn Intermediate males. 

Thank you  Diane Bulpit of Silcron Alpacas who has helped at both shows by exhibiting Golden Storm so well for me.  Diane and Lyndsay also had an excellent day with lots of 1st places and Champion Brown with their male, Ronroco.

 

 2011 Morrinsville Show

A big thank you to the convenor, Julie Mansell, and her team for all their hard work. After such a great run of fine weather the show day was very wet and quite a lot colder but we alpaca breeders are a keen lot and most were able to come along.

We were fortunate that the Highland Dancing Competition was moved indoors so we had their large marquees to cover the show ring and stewards table and there was even good seating for spectators. Some gazebos were erected and a few pens squeezed undercover but not enough room for all so most of us kept our alpacas in our floats or trailers.

My alpacas were dry but keeping them in the van does not help the fleeces to look their best, so I was very happy with the results for my small team of 4 males:

Simply Serkan - 1st Intermediate Male - MF/DF and Champion Intermediate Huacaya
Simply Golden Storm - 3rd in the same class as Serkan

This was a thrilling big win for me with Serkan and we are very excited at the potential of both these young males for our herd breeding program.

Thorburn West Wind - 2nd Senior Male - W/LF

Cedar House Banjo - 1st Senior Male - Grey - an excellent result for this young male at his first show and with only a little over a months fleece growth.

West Wind, aka Westie, belongs to Jenny Durno of Thorburn Alpacas in Ngatea. His sire is Cedar House Zephyr. He has had excellent placings in previous shows including Champion Junior Huacaya at Warkworth, 1st at Hawkes Bay and 2nd in a huge class of Intermediate Males at the 2010 National Show - the 1st place went on to be the National Supreme Champion. Today unfortunately his fleece had suffered the most in the humidity of the van and lost much of it's character but Judge, Diane Marks and apprentice judge, Sarah Busby, loved the "to die for" soft handle. He had also not been keen to jump into the van earlier in the day and may have been a bit sore from the scraping he got to his back legs but is okay now.

These four will also be at Kumeu Show, Saturday 12 March so please come along to our pens and have a look at their fleeces.

                                                                               

2009 KUMEU SHOW

After the recent unsettled weather Kumeu Show Sunday was fine and not too hot. 

The judge was Kevin Burgess from Christchurch, assisted by apprentice judge, Lloyd Johnson, also from Christchurch. There are no fleeces shown at Kumeu but there were over 100 alpaca breed entries and breeders came from as far away as New Plymouth and Whangarei.

Most of our own "Simply Alpacas" are either too recently shorn or too pregnant to be shown but we did enter a wonderful selection of the Cedar House alpacas that are based with us here in Auckland.

All 7 of the Cedar House entries won ribbons and the full results can be seen on our Show Results page.

Those ribbons included:
 Champion Junior Suri Female for Cedar House Nellie Melba, daughter of the multi Supreme Champion female, Surico Yulia and also full sister to the Multi Supreme Champion male, Cedar House Pavorotti
Reserve Champion Senior Female Suri for Cedar House Silk Sensation - Sensation's sire is Cedar House Liberache and she has double Peruvian Senator in her pedigree. 
Champion Senior Female Huacaya for Cedar House Golden Dawn - Dawn has only been shown twice. Last year also at Kumeu she was Reserve Champion Intermediate Female placing second to the Champion, the incomparable female, Cedar House Marilyn Munro (now exported to the UK). Both Marilyn Munro and Golden Dawn were sired by the Arequipa (Peru) Champion, the superb Cedar House Tijera Hugo.
Champion Junior Female Huacaya AND Champion Med/Dark Fawn Huacaya for Cedar House Kahlua - Kahlua is only 7 months old but well grown with good conformation. She has a beautiful fleece with low micron, a high frequency crimp, excellent brightness (lustre), very good density and super soft handle. The quality carries throughout the entire fleece into the neck, belly and legs. Kahlua has been a pleasure to halter train as she always tries to please and has inherited her calm, gentle temperament from both her sire, Cedar House Zephyr and her dam, Jentez Park Mocca, a quality daughter of Cedar House Peru Accoyo Jacomo. At the final lineup the judge said it was a very close decision between Kahlua, the Junior Male Champion and the Senior Male that was eventually awarded the Supreme. I was very proud of the way Kahlua showed herself off at the show - she's a natural!

The highlight of the day was winning the Supreme Champion Suri with a 49 month old female, Cedar House Silk Pride. The line up of Suri Champions was impressive and several had already won Supremes at shows earlier in the year so our two entries, Nellie Melba and Silk Pride faced some tough competition.

Silk Pride has been shorn 3 times and had 13 months fleece on her. She's had two cria, both females, with the latest just two months old. Her outstanding pedigree contains all USA bloodlines. Her sire is Cedar House Silk Prince, a Peruvian Senator son and her dam is Cedar House Showpiece sired by ILR Peruvian Amador out of a Peruvian Senator female.

Silk Pride has only been shown twice. The first time was also in New Zealand at the 2007 National Expo where she was Reserve Champion Senior Female in a class described by USA judge Jude Anderson as the best Senior Female class she had seen anywhere in the world. The winner and Champion from that class, Surico Ballerina went on to be the Supreme Champion Suri later in the show. 
 


                                                               

CEDAR HOUSE OTTOMAN

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the first cria sired by Cedar House Ottoman on 28 December 2008.
The dam is Bova Whoopi, a solid dark brown, almost black, female.

The fleece on this cria looked and felt very special even before he was properly dry. It is really packed on and feels solid with tight crimp right from the skin to the tips, is highly lustrous and forming small bundles. It will be exciting to see how this fleece develops and we are keenly awaiting the next Ottoman cria also due end of December.  UPDATE December 2010 - this young male, Otto, went to the UK where he did well at shows and was sold for stud to Europe.

Cedar House Alpacas in UK Shows

Cedar House bred Alpacas and their progeny have received excellent placings in the UK Shows in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The names of exported alpacas are sometimes changed so we have included the original prefix in brackets eg Rock Star of Houghton was originally Cedar House Rock Star when bred in Australia.

WESTMORELAND SHOW, September 2008
An awesome day out for Houghton Hall Alpacas and Cedar House bloodlines
2nd    Houghton Tansy - sire Cedar House Snow King of Houghton
1st     Houghton Anglica - sire Cedar House Zephyr - dam (Cedar House) Heavenly of Houghton
1st     Houghton Misty  sire Cedar House Tijera Hugo - dam (Cedar House) Snow Peach of Houghton
1st     Houghton Matador - sire Cedar House Zephyr - dam (Cedar House) Prima Vera of Houghton
1st     (Cedar House) Rock Star of Houghton - sire Cedar House Brave Heart
1st     (Cedar House) Neptune of Houghton - sire Cedar House Brave Heart - dam CH Miss Bonney
Best White - Houghton Matador
Best Brown - Houghton Misty
Best Fawn & Champion Huacaya for the Show - (Cedar House) Neptune of Houghton

EAST OF ENGLAND SHOW, June 2008
2nd  Herts Alpacas Churchill - sire Cedar House Snow King of Houghton
1st   Houghton Misty - sire Cedar House Tijera Hugo - dam (Cedar House) Snow Peach of Houghton
1st   (Cedar House) Sun Kissed of Houghton sire Cedar House Brave Heart - dam Cedar House Coppelia    
1st   (Cedar House) Neptune of Houghton 
1st   Cedar House Sun Gold - sire ILR Snowmass Golden Sun - dam Jentez park Honeycomb
Best Fawn  - Houghton Misty
1st   Houghton Ricardo -
sire ILR Snowmass Grey Legend - owned by Cedar House, Australia
1st   (Cedar House) Amethyst of Houghton
- dam Cedar House Blue Belle
1st   Inca Anais
- sire Cedar House Amar - now owned by Sherlin Alpacas in New Zealand
1st   (Cedar House) Dreamweaver of Houghton - 
suri male from Cedar House, Australia

BATH AND WEST SHOW, May 2008
1st   Cedar House Silvafyre - sire ILR Snowmass Grey Legend owned by Cedar House - 
                                                             dam Suricaya Quenoa
Reserve Champion Senior Male - Cedar House Silvafyre
 
SOUTHWEST ALPACA GROUP SPRING SHOW, March 2008
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre - Grey

ROYAL SHOW, July 2007
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre 
1st      Cedar House Sun Gold

ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW, June 2007
2nd     (Cedar House) Magic of Houghton
1st     
(Cedar House) Sun Kissed of Houghton
2nd    
(Cedar House) Rufus of Houghton
1st      (Cedar House) Amethyst of Houghton
2nd     (Cedar House) Blue Circus of Houghton 

EAST OF ENGLAND SHOW, June 2007
1st      (Cedar House)Magic of Houghton         +   ADULT FEMALE RESERVE CHAMPION
1st     
(Cedar House) Rock Star of Houghton   +   ADULT FEMALE CHAMPION 
                                                                       +   CHAMPION FAWN HUACAYA   
3rd     (Cedar House) Sun Kissed of Houghton
2nd   
(Cedar House) Amethyst of Houghton
2nd    (Cedar House) Rufus of Houghton 
2nd    (Cedar House) Blue Circus of Houghton 
 

THREE COUNTIES SHOW, June 2007
1st     
Cedar House Silvafyre
1st      Cedar House Sun Gold

KENILWORTH SHOW, June 2007
1st       (Cedar House) Magic of Houghton        +  ADULT FEMALE RESERVE CHAMPION
1st       (Cedar House) Rock Star of Houghton  +  ADULT FEMALE CHAMPION
2nd    
(Cedar House) Sun Kissed of Houghton
1st      
(Cedar House) Amethyst of Houghton
3rd     
(Cedar House) Snow King of Houghton
1st      
(Cedar House) Rufus of Houghton 
1st       (Cedar House) Blue Circus of Houghton 

BATH AND WEST SHOW, May- June 2007
1st       Cedar House Silvafyre

DEVON COUNTY SHOW, May 2007
1st       Cedar House Silvafyre     +    BEST GREY MALE

BAS NATIONAL SHOW, MAY 2007
2nd      1st       (Cedar House) Amethyst of Houghton  + ADULT FEMALE RES CHAMPION 
                                                                                  +  BEST COLOUR GREY
2nd    
(Cedar House) Sophia Rose of Houghton
4th     
(Cedar House) Snow King of Houghton
3rd     
(Cedar House) Rufus of Houghton 
1st      
(Cedar House) Blue Circus of Houghton 
2nd     
Cedar House Silvafyre
1st       Cedar House Sun Gold

SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW, May 2007
1st     Cedar House Silvafyre   +   CHAMPION GREY MALE

BRITISH ALPACA SPRING SHOW, March 2007
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre
CHAMPION GREY MALE   =   CEDAR HOUSE SILVAFYRE

            (Cedar House) Midsummer Dream of Houghton
5th      
(Cedar House) Magic of Houghton
1st       
(Cedar House) Sun Kissed of Houghton + ADULT FEMALE CHAMPION
3rd      
(Cedar House) Rock Star of Houghton 

NORTH DEVON AGRICULTURAL SHOW, AUGUST 2006
COLOUR CHAMPION GREY   =   CEDAR HOUSE SILVAFYRE

BAS CHAMPIONSHIP & ROYAL FLEECE SHOW, ROYAL SHOW, JULY 06
1st      Cedar House Becky
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre     +   BEST COLOUR GREY   

ROYAL NORFOLK SHOW, 2006
2nd     (Cedar House) Snow King of Houghton                   

EAST OF ENGLAND SHOW, JUNE 2006
1st      Cedar House Becky
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre

THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND, MALVERN, JUNE 2006
1st      Cedar House Becky
1st      Cedar House Silvafyre   +   BEST GREY