Thistledown Meriadoc Tundra
Meriadoc, arrived on November 5, 2008 - nicknamed Butterfinger at birth, as he has the colors of a caramel and chocolate bar mixed throughout his blanket! Meri is the full Peruvian son of Blush, a blue ribbon-winning true maroon dam and Tundra, a multiple award-winning white son of Peruvian Presidio. His sire, Tundra, covers black, and Meri has dark grey gums and a maroon dam, so has strong potential to produce colored offspring. Meri's fiber is just awesome - extremely dense, uniform, soft-handled, long-stapled and crimpy. He has the fiber character and quality of a white, and won a blue ribbon and Reserve Championship in full fleece halter at his first show, the 2009 Level IV VAOBA Expo, when he was only 11 months old. He  has been shown in performance and costume classes by a 7 year old child, and is remarkably good-natured and easy to handle. If you are looking for a wonderful Champion male with the potential to upgrade the fiber of your colored dams, then this is your boy. He has some of the best fiber we have produced in our 9 years of breeding alpacas!

Awards: In his showring debut at only 11 months of age, Meri was awarded a blue ribbon and Reserve Champion of all the mixed males at VAOBA 2009, a Level IV Show.  At the 2010 Virginia Classic he placed first in his class, and second of all the bred and owned males in show, beaten only by the white Champion (who went on to win Judges Choice at MAPACA 2010)! The judge raved about Meri's density, uniformity, staple, hand and conformation. Meri went on to win a second place in the 2010 MAPACA fleece show, a second place fleece at PAOBA 2010 and first in a large mixed composite class at the 2010 Blue Ridge Classic. At MAPACA 2012, Meri's 41 month fleece won a second place in the pattern class, earning 18.5 out of 20 points for fineness and hand and the comment "exceptional fineness and uniformity".

ARI#  Color: Fawn/White DOB: November 5, 2008 Unproven

Spring Blush
Meri's dam, Spring Blush, is the full Peruvian maroon daughter of two maroon parents, with fine, soft-handled crimpy fiber. Blush is a daughter of the maroon Champion King Crimson, who has won numerous halter and fleece awards at regional and national level, including Best Hand, Best Luster and Best Brightness awards for his magnificent fiber. 

Blush's awards: In her first show, Blush placed third in a large, competitive juvenile brown halter class at the 2004 North American Alpaca Show in Kentucky. Blush's yearling fleece was awarded a third place ribbon by Kristin Buhrmann at MaPaca 2005, a second place in the HandCrafters' SpinOff at the 2005 Blue Ridge Classic Alpaca Show, with a score of 91.5/100, and a blue ribbon in the Handcrafters' SpinOff at the Level 4 OABA 2005 Fleece Show, with a score of 92/100. Blush won another blue ribbon in the 2006 Southern Select SpinOff competition, with a score of 91.5/100, and a blue ribbon in the 2006 MOPACA SpinOff with a score of 95/100.


Meri's award-winning maroon half sister, Brigit, sired by grey Champion KPR Legends Challenger.

Meri is sired by our award-winning full Peruvian white herdsire, Tundra, who has great conformation and coverage, plus beautiful fleece. His fiber has extreme character, luster, tremendous bundling and wonderful density. Produced from the ideal match, breeding the dam of "Show Me The Money" and "Silver Dollar", to Presidio, an outstanding Caligula son - his parents have already produced some of the best colored alpacas in the nation. 

Tundra's awards: He placed second in halter classes of 12 and 13 white males at the 2004 MOPACA show, the 2004 Ft. Worth show and the 2003 Great Western Alpaca Show. He was also part of Presidio's blue ribbon-winning "Get of Sire" class at the 2004 MOPACA show. In the SpinOffs he has entered, his fiber has won three blue ribbons, plus a second place at the 2005 AOBA Nationals.

Meri, November, 2008