Our proven herdsires are all Champions and/or producers of color Champions!

Located in central Virginia, just 20 miles west of historic Richmond, our family farm is home to an award-winning herd of consistently high quality huacaya alpacas. Here you will discover quality, colorful, friendly alpacas, raised with individual care and attention in an atmosphere of trust by full-time breeders. Ten of the 25 show-age alpacas in our foundation herd are Champion/Reserve Champions and 24 are blue ribbon winners! You can meet our award-winning herdsires and our beautiful dams and cria here on our web site. Then come on over, handfeed carrots to our herd and discover why alpacas are so much more than a valuable investment - every home should have some! You will find outstanding alpacas at reasonable prices, with favorable payment terms and the support of caring mentors, celebrating 13 years as full-time alpaca breeders in 2013. Come and see for yourself - we look forward to welcoming you to our farm.

Check out the new additions to our Sales list!

Click here to meet our beautiful, good-natured new crias. Thanks to Gail Faulkner for this lovely photo of Malc with Tiny2!

Show Calendar and Events, 2012

Thistledown Heather Nikos

Fall 2013 Event Calendar:

Announcing our 7th Annual Fall "Thistledown Alpacas Champion Production Sale", where every alpaca offered is a Champion, the offspring of a Champion, or a Champion producer. Don't miss this opportunity to add quality colored genetics to your herd at a fair price!

Check out the fabulous alpaca pet/fiber boys in our "Male Sale", at the lowest prices of the year! These sons of Champion males and blue ribbon-winning females are offered at 2 for only $600, or 3 for $750 (w/o their ARI papers). We have six beautiful colored males to choose from, so act fast to get your first choice. ARI papers available for purchase separately, if desired.

Also offering two friendly, ARI-registered, proven, blue ribbon-winning foundation females, (Iris and Kerensa) bred to our Champion grey male, MacDhui for their Fall 2013 crias, with a FREE re-breeding to any of our award-winning males. Both girls available with their Fall 2013 crias, plus a free rebreeding, offering you 6 quality, colored, ARI-registerable alpacas within a year, for only for $5,750. And for a limited time only, we are offering 12 months interest-free credit on this package. Now that's a bargain!

Plus we are offering 2 breeding age, ARI-registerable females, one a rare rose grey, one white, both with Champion parents, for only $2,500 for the pair; these friends grew up together, so we are offering them as a package deal :) Check out our Sales List and the links to their individual alpaca pages for more information.

Thanks so much to all our customers - we truly appreciate your confidence in our breeding program for the past 13 years and remain committed to breeding quality, colored alpacas for the future, with a focus on our favorites, the greys. 

Costume class at the Virginia State Fair in 2006!

Gilmanor Fall Swap, Glen Allen, VA. Saturday 22 September, 2013 - 8.00 a.m. start. 
We enjoy this event and will be promoting our Fall Special "Male Sale" by bringing some of our available boys this year. We also plan to bring adult Muscovey ducks for sale (grey, chocolate, white), plus ducklings, gorgeous alpaca yarn, machine-washable alpaca socks (GREAT for hunters!), nuno-felting and needle-felting kits for crafters and more. For information and directions, visit http://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Gilmanor_Swap_Sale.html

Field Day of the Past, Rockville, VA. Sunday 23, September, 2013 - 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
Very excited to be invited to help with the 4-H alpaca exhibit at the Field Day of the Past this year, which is located about 5 minutes drive away from our farm! Thistledown will be helping to educate folks about alpacas and their wonderful fiber all day Sunday and look forward to meeting our friends and neighbors at the Fair!. For information and directions, visit http://www.fielddayofthepast.net/id2.html

National Alpaca Farm Day at the State Fair of Virginia: 
Sunday 29th September, 2013 - 10.00 a.m until 9.00 p.m. 
Come and visit us for National Alpaca Farm Day at the State Fair this year! We have actively supported the State Fair since 2006 and look forward to spending the whole day Sunday in Young MacDonald's Barn with our alpacas!  Experience the luxury of natural alpaca fiber and purchase craft kits, socks, yarn and rovings, all made from natural fiber grown and processed right here in the U.S. 

Thistledown Meriadoc Tundra - Reserve Champion VAOBA 2009 at only 11 months old. 

26th Annual Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia, Montpelier, VA. October 5-6, 2013 - Saturday 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., Sunday 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. 
Hoping for another great weekend at the Virginia Fiber Festival this year. We look forward to seeing many of you again and plan to bring along some beautiful young male alpacas for sale, plus maybe some French Angora rabbits, from award-winning lines, together with a selection of our natural fiber products, all grown and processed entirely here in the U.S. For directions, times and more information about this event, please visit www.fallfiberfestival.org

Goochland County Fall Festival, Goochland Sports Complex
Saturday 26th October, 2013 - 12.00 until 4.00 p.m.
Come join the fun at this FREE Fall event for Goochland families. Ever seen an alpaca in a Halloween costume? Well, this might be your lucky day! This wonderful event includes a free concert with Michelle Nixon and Drive, plus a petting zoo, bounce rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting and other "make and take" activities, a scavenger hunt, the Little Screamers haunted hayride and a costume contest. So grab your Halloween costume and come and join in the fun!


Thistledown Fall Open House & Sale

7th Annual Thistledown Alpacas Open House & Sale, Manakin Sabot, VA:
Saturday 9 November, 2013 - 12.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 10, November, 2013  - 12.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.

Rain Date: Saturday 16-Sunday 17 November, 2013 (same times)

Come visit our 7th Annual Open House to get "up close and personal" with our beautiful, friendly alpacas here on the farm and maybe meet some of our brand new Fall crias! Take advantage of this great opportunity to make an early start on your Christmas shopping - we offer craft kits, socks, yarn and roving made from our own alpacas, which make unique and environmentally- friendly gifts, many for under $20! We will have a selection of young males available for sale as fiber animals or pets, without their ARI registration papers, plus we offer show-quality colored alpacas for your breeding herd. As always, you are welcome to call and arrange a personal farm visit at any time to learn more about alpacas. NO DOGS PLEASE. they scare the alpacas, plus we have working Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs, who live with and protect our alpacas 24X7 and do NOT welcome other dogs! 

8th Annual VAOBA Expo, Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA - November 23-24, 2013
For more information about the largest alpaca show in Virginia, please visit www.vaobaexpo.com.




Pirates at the Virginia Renaissance Faire


Spring 2013 Event Highlights: 

April Shearing Tour in Virginia:  April 1 - April 21, 2013. This year we organized shearing for around 1400 alpacas at about 40 farms in Virginia. This is the twelfth year we have scheduled the shearing route in this area for our friends at Alleypac shearing. If you need help with shearing in 2014, please email us ASAP at info@thistledownalpacas.com, preferably before Thanksgiving 2013. Thanks!

1st Annual Powhatan Fiber Festival, Powhatan VA. April 27, 2013
Really enjoyed this first year fiber festival in Powhatan, VA. We brought french angora rabbits and all manner of fiber products and had a great show! Learn more about this event at  http://www.powhatansfestivaloffiber.com/

17th Annual MAPACA Jubilee, Harrisburg, PA - April  26-28, 2013. For more information about this huge alpaca event, visit www.mapaca.org and don't forget to check out those cute little girls in hula skirts on the "Past Results" Show page!

PAOBA Breeders Showcase , York, PA. May 10-12, 2013. For more information, visit www.paoba.org/breeders-showcase

40th Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, West Friendship, MD - May 4-5, 2013. 
We enjoy exhibiting at the Maryland fiber festival every year, offering our colored french angora rabbits for sale, and selling natural fiber yarns, rovings and craft kits made from our own fiber animals. For more information about the largest fiber festival in the U.S., please visit www.sheepandwool.org 

Virginia Renaissance Faire, Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA - May 25-26, 2013. The RenFaire takes place over 5 themed weekends during May and early June. We brought three of our alpacas along over the Memorial Day "pirate" weekend, plus alpaca yarn, socks, roving and craft kits for sale. Our "long-necked sheep that fell off the back of a Spanish galleon" are a very popular attraction, and we enjoy meeting all the patrons at the Faire. Come and meet the dedicated cast and crew at this wonderful family event - learn to dance around the maypole, make Elizabethan rag dolls, stamp leather bookmarks and bracelets, try your hand at archery, enjoy wandering minstrels, acrobats, magicians, theatre productions and the progress of the queen and her court, dressed in magnificent period costumes. Visit http://www.varf.org to learn more about this unique Virginia event.

Visit our News page to read about events in previous years!