Thistledown's Kerensa Compadre
With four black grandparents and a very strong heritage of top quality color, Kerensa is a beautiful black girl with excellent conformation and fiber character - her blanket is just a mass of tight, shiny curls! Her dam, Demelza is our MaPaca ribbon-winning 3/4 Peruvian "black in brown clothing", who exhibits excellent conformation and stature, dense fleece with outstanding crimp, plus coverage from tip to toe. Kerensa is a Cornish name, meaning love and affection, and she is, if anything, even sweeter than her dam in temperament, so the name suits her very well! Kerensa is sired by Patagonia's Compadre, a "double black" son of Caballero Andante from Alpacas de la Patagonia. At 2 years of age, Compadre had a fiber analysis of 20.6 AFD, 3.4 SD, 16.5 CV and 1.2% > 30 microns, with an 8lb shearing weight - these are phenomenal numbers for a true black out of two blacks. Kerensa was bred with our award-winning Peruvian Presidio son, Tundra, in Fall 2007.

Awards: In her first showring appearance at 8 months of age, Kerensa placed 5th in a halter class of 12 juvenile black females at the 2006 Virginia Classic. Judge, Shannon McConnell, commented that she had not yet developed the fullness of body of the other females in the class. In a juvenile black halter class of 15 at MaPaca 2006, Kerensa won a 6th place ribbon, with the judge commenting that the girls placing 4th-6th had very similar fleece and conformation, and that head-type was the deciding factor. At the 2006 VAOBA Alpaca Expo, a Level III AOBA-Certified Show, Kerensa's fiber won a blue ribbon in the SpinOff where the judge, Cathy Songer, commented that she had, "beautiful fiber" and awarded her 93 points out of 100. Kerensa also won a blue ribbon out of 11 juvenile black entries at National level in the 2006 Fiber to Fashion SpinOff, placed first out of 9 with a score of 94/100 in the big OABA 2006 SpinOff, and won another blue ribbon out of 6 entries in the 2007 Virginia Classic SpinOff competition.

ARI# 1251395 Color: True Black DOB: July 1, 2005 Proven

Sire, Patagonia's Compadre
Sired by Patagonia's Compadre, one of the most highly regarded black herdsires in the US today, Kerensa already exhibits excellent fiber character, with a handle like velvet. Her conformation is straight and well-balanced, and she will definitely be in our 2006 show string!

Compadre is a son of one of Patagonia's best black herdsires, Cabellero Andante, and one of their best true black production females, The Queen of Spades. Cabellero Andante's crias have won numerous awards, including 1st place and Champion AOBA 2003 - black yearling females, 1st place and Reserve Champion MAPACA 2003 - black yearling females, 1st place AOBA 2003 - black juvenile males, 2nd place MAPACA 2003 - black juvenile males, 1st place and Reserve Champion CABA 2002 - black yearling females and 1st place and Champion AOBA 2002 - black yearling females.

Dam, Thistledown's Demelza

Grandsire, Black Jack Jax
Compadre is very consistent in the production of colored offspring who inherit his positive fiber and conformational traits. In addition to fineness and density with a strong black color heritage, Compadre, has a beautiful head, strong bone, solid conformation, luster, crimp and lock definition. 

Kerensa's dam, Demelza is the gorgeous 3/4 Peruvian daughter of two true black parents. She is also the granddaughter of two incredible black Peruvian herdsires - Lanark's Obsession (deceased) and 4Peruvian Black Magic. Her sire, Black Jack Jax, won 14 awards between 1999 and 2000 in halter, shorn and fleece competition, including 7 first place positions, ribbons at both the AOBA National shows and first place fleece at MaPaca 2000. Her dam, Miss Wise Obsession, has the look of a true thoroughbred, with a proud presence and dense, crimpy black fiber.

Granddam, Miss Wise Obsession

Kerensa, November 2005
Demelza has inherited exceptional conformation, crimp, coverage and black genetics from both parents and her rare bloodline makes her a genetic treasure. She is a very pretty red/brown with rose grey and white facial markings, wonderful density and crimp from skin to tip.   

Awards: Demelza placed second in the yearling composite class at MaPaca 2004, described as "the largest alpaca event on the planet, ever!", with over 1600 entries. The judge commented on her excellent topline and conformation in the showring and her fleece was judged by Mike Safley and Jude Anderson.

Kerensa, July 2005