River Rock's Romeo

Romeo is downright gorgeous - he is the rare color of maroon with black points, has excellent conformation, beautiful crimp, great staple length and a handle to die for! His coverage is fantastic, his bloodlines are extremely rare, particularly on the east coast and he has a beautiful head. Romeo inherited his magnificent maroon coloring and presence from his dam, a Chilean import, and fine, soft fiber with intense sheen from his sire, Acero Marka's Evarado, a black Bolivian import whose offspring are consistent show winners. At 8 years of age his sire’s fiber analysis was 26.4/4.9/18.4/17.4, which is amazing for a black herdsire, and Romeo is one of only a handful of his sons. Romeo has remarkably soft fiber for a dark colored animal, and his temperament is absolutely delightful. He started his breeding career at only 20 months of age and his three offspring who are old enough to be shown are all award-winners! 

Awards: Maggie Krieger placed Romeo's fleece second in the 6-12 month dark category at the highly competitive EVAA show in 2001. He was awarded a second place ribbon out of all the shorn males at the 2002 MaPaca Jubilee by Carolyn Blalock, with over 1100 entries in the show. His black son, Logan, won two blue ribbons in two show appearances in 2004 - one at MaPaca, the largest show in the US, and one at the VA State Fair. 

ARI# 824003 Color: Dark Brown (Maroon) DOB: September 6, 2000 Proven 

Sire, Evarado
Romeo's sire, Acero Marka's Evarado, is a deep true black Bolivian import who has stayed incredibly fine and full of luster. He has offspring with ribbons in every color category except white (he has no white offspring)!  

Lantara, Romeo's dam, is a rich maroon colored Chilean import, with strong presence and a nice compact body type. We are hoping that Romeo has inherited rose grey genetics from his dam - he has a silver grey full sister and Whitney, his maternal half sister, is maroon with grey spots in her blanket. Whitney has produced silver grey when bred to grey and solid maroon when bred to black. 

Dam, Lantara and maternal sister Whitney

Romeo at MaPaca, April 2002
Romeo is a very good natured male with excellent testicular development, a great bite and fantastic conformation with very heavy bone. His fiber is a magnificent and extremely rare maroon color (Anthony Stachowski commented on it at the VA Classic in 2002), and he has black points on his face, ears and lower legs. Romeo's handle and staple length are outstanding - in 2002 he sheared fiber with a 6 inch staple length after 12 months growth, which would be good for a light colored alpaca, but is outstanding in a dark colored animal.

It can be difficult to photograph a dark colored alpaca at the best of times, but to do justice to Romeo's amazing coloration is almost impossible. He is not a brown alpaca, he clearly carries the red color gene and he actually looks purple in the afternoon light. 

Romeo's son Logan, MaPaca 2004

Romeo in full fleece, early April 2002
There was never any question about Romeo's herdsire potential from the day he was born. He settled his first female when he was only 20 months of age, and would have started earlier if we had given him half a chance!

His first cria is a solid maroon out of a pinto dam and his second cria is a true black out of a dark brown dam. Romeo is currently bred with Jewel (white) and Clara (pinto), both due in the Fall of 2004. 


Donovan, Romeo's first cria

 Romeo Offspring 

Thistledown's Donovan of Claravale  

Thistledown's Logan of Lochwood

Thistledown's Serena of Shinness

Thistledown's Callum of Rosemist