When Stan was born, we could not have been more pleased.
In fact, I had "pep-talks" with his dam, Nellie, about how nice it would be if she would give us a slightly darker male version of the sire when the time came -- and Nellie delivered, in spades.
However, credit where credit is due:
I bought Stan's dam bred to Snowmass Legacy Gold, so the breeding is the brainchild of Ian and Jen Lutz of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm.
Thanks, guys, as the pairing truly was inspired!
Stan's cria starting hitting the ground last fall, and they all carry his desirable phenotype.
We have not coaxed a lot of color out of Stan thus far, and a true black dam produced a medium fawn female here.
Spun Gold is the darkest cria produced thus far.
However, we know that Legacy Gold himself has produced some of the best elite white offspring in the nation, so we are not surprised to see elite whites and fawns from his son.
As almost any breeder will attest, color comes in waves and seasons and, with a medium brown dam and true black granddam, Stan should produce darker color at some point.
Our friends, Pat Delaney and Rick Patnode, at Whispering Winds Alpaca Farm have co-owned Stan with us since he was about a year of age and took that chance before he had ever showed, and we are honored and blessed to have such wonderful partners.
Stan travels back and forth as needed between our farms, so feel free to call either farm to inquire about him.