Thistledown's Elin of Cairngorm
The half-Peruvian daughter of our Champion medium silver grey herdsire, Ben MacDhui, Elin is a rich red-brown with black points and inherits 4 generations of award-winning grey and black heritage from her sire. Her dam, Rhiannon, is a granddaughter of Pperuvian Guellermo and daughter of the multiple ribbon-winning solid rose grey male, Royal Peruvian Challenger, so Elin has grey on both sides of her pedigree. The name Rhiannon is welsh for "nymph/Goddess" and Elin means "nymph/angel", so she is actually named in the same spirit as her mother! Elin's two full brothers, Kinross and Skye, are both grey, both blue ribbon-winners and both sold quickly as herdsire prospects. Elin has very nice, straight conformation, good bone, and even as a young cria seems to have inherited her sire's exceptional density, coverage and presence, with tiny ringlets throughout her blanket. 

Awards:  Elin placed second in a class of five juvenile brown females at the 2006 Virginia State Fair Alpaca Show. In 2007, she placed first in the yearling dark composite class at MAPACA, with Kevin O'Leary judging her conformation in the showring, and Wade Gease judging her fleece.  

ARI# 1329797 Color: Dark Brown DOB: October 27, 2005 Proven

Sire, Ben MacDhui
Elin's multiple award-winning sire, Ben MacDhui is descended from a long and impressive line of greys and blacks. His sire, Request the Best, is one of the most spectacular grey herdsires in the country, a multiple blue ribbon winner who placed first at the AOBA Nationals for three successive years. From his black dam, MacDhui has inherited wonderful conformation and a grey and black pedigree going back four generations, including SA Silverado and The Silversmith. MacDhui has incredibly dense, fine, medium silver grey fiber and AOBA winning genetics to go with his gentle disposition.

MacDhui's awards: Reserve Champion and a blue ribbon at the Virginia Classic 2002, judged by Anthony Stachowski; second place in adult male halter at the 2002 MaPaca Jubilee, judged by Mike Safley (over 1100 entries) and second place fleece awarded by Nard Mullen at the same show ; first at the 2001 MaPaca Jubilee in full fleece yearling halter, judged by Julio Sumar and Susan Tellez (over 900 alpacas); second at the 2001 Triple Crown in Dayton Ohio, (over 250 alpacas); third at the 2000 Keystone Klassic in the Juvenile Grey class.

Dam, Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a daughter of the dark rose grey macho, Royal Peruvian Challenger, who has show presence, beautiful conformation, and remarkable fiber qualities. In 1999 his conformation made him the National winner of the shorn class out of 23 alpacas. His fiber took second nationally in 1999 and tied for first in the 2000 National Handcrafters’ SpinOff competition. Rhiannon also inherited excellent heavy-boned conformation, a silky handle and good density from her full Peruvian beige dam, SiSi, who has produced only award-winning offspring. 
Elin in costume!