CCNF Majesty United: Judges’ Choice Huacaya Female at the NEAOBA Fall Alpaca Show.
How do we, knocking on the door of our 20th year in the alpaca world, measure success in the show ring? And, I guess it’s fair to ask as well: are shows and the results they spit out a true measure . . . → Read More: CCNF at the 2016 Showtacular: The Kids Are (Still) Alright
Sweeping the Judges’ Choice awards at Empire. Left to right: Jennifer with CCNF Legionnaire, Judges Kevin O’Leary and Arturo Peña, and yours truly with my favorite new show pony, CCNF Prima Majesty.
Well that was interesting to say the least. We honestly didn’t head to the Empire show in Syracuse, NY last Friday thinking . . . → Read More: 2013 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza: the show seasons ends with a bang!
What a week it’s been here! On Monday we blitzed through a full blown version of herd health day (read: with toe nail trimming) in just 5 and a half hours. Even by our standards, that was pretty quick for 250 animals. Though as my better half pointed out, the due girls were all kind . . . → Read More: Rotation
This could get ugly before we're through. Three fawn females from Tripping Gnome Farm, including the eventual Champion, with three handlers from CCNF. Sam Lutz quietly schools his parents (again). Photograph courtesy of Doug Herrmann.
I really do enjoy being at alpaca shows once we’re there at a given event, all setup and . . . → Read More: Empire state of mind
Well, that was fun! We got home last night after a weekend away at the Green Mountain show in Essex Jct., just a short hour and forty minute drive north of us. Though we obviously take pride in our show results (2 Champions, 3 Reserves) what was even more gratifying than winning colored nylon was . . . → Read More: All In
Oh man, I’m almost giddy: I just looked at the calendar and saw that there are really only 2.5 weeks left in our kids soccer season! Does that mean I’m not a true soccer dad? So be it. Much as I love watching them play it is safe to say that the 5 day a . . . → Read More: Gearing up the whole team
Random thoughts that percolated while driving home last night from the Empire Extravaganza…
1. Many thanks to all the amazing folks who made this past weekend possible. Empire Board members, volunteer gate keepers and ring stewards, and of course one super efficient (and yes, justifiably testy) show super: Melissa Young-Crozet. We worship the ground she . . . → Read More: We’re Done Walking In Circles (and not because we had Listeria)!
Just back from Syracuse and amongst other things really, really happy not to be creating any more blog posts on my laptop from a Hampton Inn with no mouse. Bratty, I know but there you have it.
While I can’t complain about our results over the past week (4 Champs, 4 Reserves) at all, it’s . . . → Read More: Home Sweet Home (for a little bit anyway).
I would like to observe that even the best hotel beds in the world fail to live up to that which I find at home. Add in lumpy pillows and noisy air conditioning and you’ve got a winning combination. That is one of the major factors (along with missing my family, obviously) that motivated me . . . → Read More: Just back from one road trip, getting ready for another (and another).