Thistledown's Cameron Rush
Cameron Rush is a beautiful medium silver grey male with barely a spot on him anywhere. He weighed 21 lb 12 oz at birth, is healthy and full of energy, and has bone like an ox. At 10 months old he had over 5 inches of fiber growth, and he was shorn to the skin when he was a week old! Cameron has tremendous coverage, proud presence and is virtually spotless. His bloodlines combine the best of the east with the best of the west - Danko, Peruvian Luciano, Request the Best & Silverado. With his fine and very long-stapled, soft-handled, uniform grey fiber, excellent bone structure and coverage, perfect bite and remarkable presence, Cameron has "herdsire" stamped all over him! His sire, our Champion grey Ben MacDhui, is a consistent producer of quality, colored progeny - his offspring that have been shown have won first, second or third place ribbons at Level III AOBA-certified shows or above. Ishbel, Cameron's dam, has tremendous presence and the most beautiful fine, soft-handled dark silver grey fiber, with amazing staple length. This multiple award-winning female also boasts heavy bone, awesome coverage, compact, typey conformation and a perfect bite. Ish comes from many generations of fine blacks and greys on both sides of her pedigree. At her 5th shearing as a breeding dam, she produced over 5 inches of fine, soft-handled fiber, suitable for making into high quality yarn. This is one junior herdsire prospect you really should not pass up if you are interested in blacks and greys that produce quality fiber over the long term. Sold!

Awards: In his first show, Cameron placed second out of all the greys in the Walking Fleece Fiber Futurity at the 2008 Virginia Classic. This class focuses specifically on fiber genetics and is intended to predict the potential impact of alpacas on the next generation. Cameron's juvenile fleece placed second in the fleece show at MAPACA 2008, the largest alpaca show in the US, and first at the 2008 PAOBA Breeders Showcase. His fiber also placed second in the 2008 VAOBA SpinOff, second in the 2008 OABA SpinOff, first in the 2008 LA Deep South SpinOff competition and first in the 2009 Virginia Classic SpinOff, with a score of 93/100.

ARI# 1251432 Color: Medium Silver Grey DOB: May 1, 2007 Unproven

Dam, Ishbel
Cameron's dam, Ishbel, is a beautiful bay black / dark silver grey half-Peruvian Danko & Platinum granddaughter, with wonderful fineness and density, heavy bone and a confident, personable presence. She has inherited four generations of world class grey and black ancestry from her superfine black dam, while her sire is a blue ribbon-winning full Peruvian medium rose grey with an adult micron count of 19.3 and 2.3% of fibers over 30 at his 3rd shearing. 

Ishbel's awards: Ish has consistently won ribbons at major shows in bay black classes and her fiber placed first in the 2005 Virginia Classic Handcrafters' SpinOff, first out of 8 in the 2005 Mid-America Handcrafters' SpinOff, with a score of 94.5/100, second in the SpinOff at the Level 4 OABA fleece show in 2005 and second out of 7 grey entries in the MAPACA 2007 fleece show. 

Champion Sire, Ben MacDhui

Half-brother, Skye of Cairngorm, blue ribbon winner in yearling halter at the 2006 Level V Buckeye Show
Cameron is the image of his sire, Ben MacDhui, our silver grey Champion, who has exceptional density and lock structure to his award winning fleece, excellent conformation, an exquisite typey head, and a grey/black pedigree reaching back four generations. 

MacDhui's awards: Dhui has won numerous ribbons, including Reserve Champion and a blue ribbon at the 2002 Virginia Classic, a first at the 2001 MaPaca Jubilee in full fleece yearling halter, plus a second place in adult male halter and a second place fleece ribbon at the 2002 MaPaca Jubilee.

Cameron shorn, July 2007