A rather long time between news items from Surico......we will just blame Covid.
So in 2022 we actually went to three shows. Rotorua in January which gave us a new star - Surico Trailblazer - he was awarded Supreme in both breed and fleece. The other two shows were the National in Feilding and and the Waikato A&P. Trailblazer continued to shine with Supreme Fleece at the National Show and a championship in the breed. At Waikakato he was Supreme Suri in the Breed. It was a pleasure to see so many suri being exhibited at all three shows.
Some of our other high achievers were Surico Olivette with her fleece entry winning championship status at Rotorua and the National and Supreme at Waikato.
Our other adult boys [who had to be halter trained as adults entering their first shows] were Ravel, Victory and Trooper, earning championships in breed and fleece. Our intermediate females Pixie and her paddock mate Trendy, and intermediate boys Macca and TeRehutai were all in the running for broad ribbons as well. Carlisle and Mr In Between as seniors also had successful fleece entries. The juniors were all too young until Waikato, where Rosebud was "darling" of the show, winning Champion Junior Female Suri.
Two of our grandkids made their debut as handlers in the ring this year. Haniki and Kane both did a great job and grew in confidence. Their gentle handling skills were greatly appreciated and in demand by the end of the season. We also had Hermione back in the ring to show us how......
Emerging males as sires, all making an impression are Tasman, Pizazz and Checkmate, all with cria on the ground. We look forward to progeny from 11 different males in the 2023 season. Many for their first cria. Progeny from males to look out for in 2023 are Trailblazer, of course, Carlisle, Mr In Between, these 3 are sired by Surilana Silvertail. Also Surico Etoile, his sire [Vivo] now in Germany- Surico Ravel, his sire now in UK. More from Tasman, Pizazz, Picardy, Walkinshaw, Checkmate and Onedin of course.
Coming on stream we will have another batch to be certified which will represent more combinations of our unique genetics. Surico Trooper and his super fine fleece, his dam Trendsetter [same as Trailblazer] and his sire is Walkinshaw. Surico Victory, both his sire, [Bolero] and dam [Anna Pavlova] now in UK and Germany respectively, will be a valuable stud to retain those genetics. Surico Christiano [who's sire we lost, Ranaldo] with his fawn dam Alouette will complete our quota to certify.
A big congratulaions to our friends and fellow suri breeders, Molly, Phillipa and Steph Gardner at Thistledown for being awarded Supreme Suri at the AANZ National in the breed with their beautiful black suri, Thistledown Skyfall. It is indeed a fantastic achievement and a tribute in recognition of a truely superb breeding programme.
We look forward to an invigorated 2023 with new cria, more shows and alpaca events on the calendar.
It has been a while since we updated our news.
The last year has been quite uneventful, no shows for Surico and the visit to Germany and UK cancelled earlier in the year.
However things still happen on the farm regardless of world events. In keeping with our down scaling of suri numbers we had just 10 births for the year. They have all been weaned and are in the process of halter training. Maybe we will attend a couple of shows in 2021, it is always good to catch up with fellow breeders and swap stories of favourite cria and introducing new studs to the breeding programme.
2020 saw us introduce several new boys to our stable of stud males and we are expecting cria from them in the early part of the year.
Surico Tasman is a favourite with his friendly nature. His sire is Mr B and dam is Surico Venus.
Surico Atlas is another Mr B son out of Suric Magritte, his fleece is superb.
Surico Dalton also joined the stud boys, he has a smaller frame but exquisit fleece, his sire Surico Burton now residing in Australia and his dam, Surico Trinkett one of the best fleeces Surico ever produced.
Surico Pizazz, made it to stud status at the age of just 2 years so we are expecting good things from him too wth his sire Surico Tangier and dam Surico Rosse a winning combination of genetics.
We farewelled Surico Bolero and Surico Lorient to the UK to join Darksky Alpacas, Bolero left us 3 fantastic male cria to carry his legacy forward . Unfortunately Lorient was too young to leave us any progeny before he left, but we are sure he will do a good job in the UK.
Our 2 females destined for Germany missed the plane, Surico Pascale who was 2018 National Supreme was too far on, in her pregnancy to safely travel. She will soon have her cria and be mated again with Surico Twinkles who will join her to travel to Germany later in 2021.
Late March and Early April has Sue traveling in the UK to visit the BAS National Show and breeders in that part of the world.
At the BAS National Show she had the pleasure of watching Hought Hall Hot Toddy (Pictured below) win the Supreme Suri award. Congratulations to Houghton Hall!
Hot Toddy is sired by Surico Trovatore.