Thistledown's Octavius Knightrider
Octavius arrived on New Year's Day, 2008, hence the name, which is Latin for "eighth". This maroon, recessive black, 15/16 Peruvian male is the genetically blessed son of two colored, Champion parents. Weighing nearly 23lbs at birth, and standing as tall as our month old crias on the day he arrived, this youngster was racing neck and neck with the rest of the gang at only one week of age. His maroon fiber is so glossy it looks and feels wet - wonderful handle, uniformity and crimp already, and he is exhibiting the same excellent density of both of his parents, together with their outstanding conformation, carriage and coverage. 

Awards: Too young to show until Fall 2008. 

ARI# 31144377 Color: Maroon DOB: January 1, 2008 Unproven

Dam, Nola
Nola is the Champion 7/8 Peruvian daughter of a Champion sire and a MaPaca blue ribbon-winning dam. She is also half-sister to our Champion maroon female, Myfanwy and has two full Peruvian black grandparents (Peruvian Matador and Black Jack Jax, sired by 4Peruvian Black Magic). 

Nola's awards: she has twice placed second in mixed multi halter classes at Level III shows, against fawn and light-colored alpacas. Her fiber has won multiple ribbons, including first in the 2006 PAOBA fleece show, first in the 2006 VAOBA Expo SpinOff, where the experienced fiber judge described Nola's fiber as "one of the nicest fibers I've ever spun", first in the 2007 Virginia Classic SpinOff and second out of 15 entries in the 2006 National Fiber to Fashion SpinOff. Her 22 month shearing won a fleece Championship at MAPACA 2007 and she also won a first place in the 2007 AOBA National SpinOff competition! 

Sire, Peruvian Knightrider

Maroon maternal Aunt, Myfanwy
The son of two true black Peruvian imports, 5Peruvian Black Ice and 6Peruvian Anastasia, Octavius' full Peruvian black sire offers rare black West Coast genetics in a magnificent package!  Knightrider has excellent conformation and beautiful dense, crimpy fiber with great staple length and handle, particularly for a mature black breeding male. 

Knightrider's awards: He is a multiple ribbon-winner, placing second in full fleece halter at the 2002 AOBA National Conference, second at the 2002 Eastern Alpaca Jubilee, second at the 2002 PAOBA Breeders Showcase and first at the 2002 MI Int. Alpacafest (shorn). The following year he placed first at the 2003 PAOBA Breeders Showcase, third at the 2003 AOBA National Conference, first at the 2003 SE PA Alpaca Show (shorn), and first at the 2003 NY Empire Extravaganza (shorn). In 2004 he rounded off his showring career by winning a blue ribbon and Reserve Color Championship at the Virginia Classic!

Octavius makes his debut, on New Years Day 2008!