Huacaya, Female (Bred), Proven | Medium Brown
| ARI# 30005230 | Dark Brown
| ARI# 846446 | Medium Rose Grey
When you hear someone say Mardi Gras, my guess is you think of great parades and celebration. That changed for me when I first heard about our soon to be dam, Mardi Gras. I happened to be scrolling through the alpaca listings one day, not looking for anything in particular when I fell across a picture of Edgewood’s Mardi Gras. What really caught my eye was her marvelous mahogany color! Not expecting to end up purchasing her, I clicked on her picture to get a better look and ending up reading her description. Wow! That was all I could say and I am sure that is what you will be saying too!
Mardi Gras is a magnificent alpaca. She was only brought to the show ring as a juvi and managed to take the blue ribbon along with a fourth place ribbon! We bought her when she had just turned six years old. Of course, the first thing we did was look at her fiber. It was one of the softest fibers I have felt. You can tell by touching it that she was super fine and knew immediately why she won those ribbons! As her fiber grows out this winter, i am realizing just how much fiber she actually has. From head to toes, she is covered in wonderful, luxurious fiber. Her father sheared a whopping 13 lbs of fiber and I won’t be surprised if she too sheared that much.
I have to tell you about her parents though! Let’s start with her dam. Rythem Nation D804 AOA, Mardi Gras’ dam, is a medium rose grey. It appears that Rythem is out of two imports, so we can only see that she has a LSG sire and a MB dam. Rythem makes it pretty clear though through her cria that she has some very strong dark and grey genetics. She’s thrown medium brown out of white and black out of light fawn before. Mardi Gras proved that she had that impressive dark gene, she threw a bay black cria out of a light fawn. It seems like she will be able to easily throw grey as well. She is starting to get patches of silver grey fiber grow in her new coat. Rythem Nation also has an impressive record fro throwing girls, so far it’s at 7 out of 8 are girls. Mardi Gras is off to a good start. Her first cria is a girl, we will see in June if the trend continues.
Onto Mardi Gras’ sire! This astonishing male stuns people with his amazing fiber. He has won 6 blue ribbons along with other ribbons and gives extraordinary amounts of fiber every year! He has had almost 60% of his cria place in shows, whether it is ribbons or champions. He currently has 24 cria and 14 of those have won. An impressive feat seeing as it seems that most alpacas have about 50% or less of their cria go to shows and place. Let’s hope Mardi Gras continues this gene, too!
Now on to lineage: I find lineage fascinating. I get very excited when I see certain names in the ARI charts. Knowing that such little things such as a name can be the difference between a cria going to the shows or not interested be greatly. You can imagine my elation when we got Mardi Gras. Her lineage has lots of the whos who in the alpaca world. This includes: PPer