Louisville, Ky. A Cinderella Story unfolds at this years Alpaca National Conference.
The 2006 Alpaca Owners and Breeders National Conference and Show has just completed and by all reports the most successful yet. Attended by over 1000 owners and over 2000 animals made it the largest show ever! The five day long event was capped off by a weekend of tough competition as large and small breeders from all over the country brought what they believed to be their best animals to compete for the coveted national attention that a championship would bring. Many animals had been shown successfully earlier this spring at smaller local and regional shows giving their owners hopes and dreams of glory. But only a few return home with the prize. Two small farms from Wisconsin did just that.
For Jean and Glenn Whitehouse of Cedar Haven Alpacas this was their show. No longer considered newcomers to the industry of alpaca farming, they were becoming disillusioned. They had been raising what they believed to be beautiful animals that were worthy of top honors at any show. What they found was inconsistent results. Some wins and some unexplainable losses. What they wanted was confirmation that their breeding program was working and they needed that one break that would put them on the map in an ever enlarging and competitive industry.
Jean and Glenn werent the only farm from Wisconsin taking the eight-hour drive with a trailer full of hopes. Kathleen and Roger Daley of Daleys Pleasant Hill Farm had loaded up their 4 children and a handful of animals to see how they would fair up against national competition.
During all the excitement and competition a Cinderella story was unfolding. Jean and Glenn had come to the show banking their hopes and possibly their future in the alpaca business on a young male named Luxor. They believed that he was special, a one of a kind. But he was one in a class of 87 animals. Would he stand out, would the judge sort through this class of outstanding animals and pick him? He had won before, but had been beaten as well.
Interest as always in the white suri male class was high. Luxor was part of arguably the most competitive class at the show. Many were watching for the outcome. A tense 10 minutes and Luxor was selected Grand Champion Suri White Male.
The Whitehouses have arrived and have a special animal with a promising future. The Daleys got the herd sire that they were looking for. They also got an opportunity to share in the future success of Luxor. For two small farms in Wisconsin that is what this Cinderella story is all about.
Luxor is now being offered for stud service. For more information you can contact Cedar Haven Alpacas at (715) 758-6997; www.cedarhavenalpacas.com, or Daleys Pleasant Hill Farm at (262) 628-2603; www.daleysfarm.com.