Proven Appaloosa & Harlequin Producer
Highly Expressive Harlequin Appaloosa!!
Vintage Cashmere U-Taupe-ia
Huacaya, Male, Proven | Dark Fawn, Light Rose Grey, Medium Rose Grey
ARI# 32132649, D.O.B. 8/28/2011 (6 yrs), 5/8 Peruvian, 3/8 Chilean
Rockford's Vintage Cashmere
| ARI# 31010504 | Light Silver Grey
My Vintage Alyssa Renee
| ARI# 30556101 | Light Rose Grey
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UPDATE: Taupie has been selected as the first donor male for the Rare Gem Embryo Transfer Program. He will be performing his donor "duties" February through the end of May in California. He currently has requests for his services this summer in the Denver, Colorado area. Please contact Rare Gem Alpacas if interested in getting on the Taupie schedule.
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And Taupie's biopsy (September, 2016) results are in! Density: 53.6 mm; Secondary: Primary fiber ratio: 9.7:1; In-skin mean primary fiber diameter: 25.3 microns / SD 4 microns; In-skin mean secondary fiber diameter: 21.1 microns SD 3.8. Bioposy sample was extracted by Ian Watt personally. He has a super long staple length (in the top 6% EPD 2016), with high frequency, medium amplitude crimp.
Taupie is a striking appaloosa harlequin male that is on a roll for throwing spotted and harlequin offspring. He now has 17 offspring on the ground and 13 are either appaloosa or harlequin! An additional one of the 17 could go either way-- harlequin or "just a fawn-grey"! So, as of February 2018, Taupie has thrown 76% appaloosa - harlequins... and quite possibly 82% should the other fawn-grey "grey out" as is characteristic of the harlequin gene. While dam selection has a significant influence on such outcomes, it should be noted that of the 17 breedings, only 3 dams had known appaloosa genetics in their lineage. So for those that don't have existing foundation girls with appy / harlequin lineage-- Taupie has proven to be capable of passing along his appy genetics and produce desired results.
So how does this happen? Only part of that story is known, but what we DO know is that certain lines of known appy gene carriers are much more "expressive" than others. Taupie just happens to be one of those. His heritage boasts appaloosa genetics on both sides of his lineage with Aussie Rockford out of Hannahruh on his sire's side and Chiquita Import on his dam's side.
In April 2016, Taupie's progeny debuted in the show ring taking a blue in walking fleece and the blue in halter at the California Classic. This first boy was then followed by another appaloosa female and then another appy male-- both very similar to the first. The fourth cria, however, is something extra special! This little girl has expressed every color on the chart, not one pattern-- just speckles and spots from nose to toes-- Rare Gem U-Taupe-ia's Appletini! The unique coloring of this cria looks as though the color from Taupie's Grand Dam, Chiquita Import, is coming through and producing the rarest of rare gems-- her beautiful color seems to morph before your eyes!
As much fun as it is to talk about Taupie's progeny... more about him! Taupie has a spotted face, spotted belly, spotted legs, and a beautiful solid platinum-taupe blanket. His top line is a nice medium silver grey, then blending into light silver grey down the sides.
Exquisite Appaloosa Harlequin
ARI# 35166429 D.O.B. 9/23/2016 (1 yr)
Huacaya, Female| White, Beige, Light Fawn, Medium Fawn, Dark Fawn, Medium Brown, Light Silver Grey, Unproven
Appletini is exactly what we have been breeding for here at Rare Gem Alpacas. Not only is she stunning to look at with her calico looking face, but pu...
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