We were delighted to win National Supreme Huacaya Fleece with Stoneleigh Valentino. His fleece was entered in the veteran class and the age of his fleece was 81 months old.
The fleece entry was the second largest at our National Show, with a total of 258 fleeces entered.
Huge thanks to Peter Kennedy our fleece judge. Also many thanks to our fleece convenor Ineke van Neuren and her team for their endless hours of work.
1st November 2017
An alpaca named Flamboyant has made a dashing entry in the show ring.The young Canterbury alpaca
with rich bloodlines,
confirmed its show winning pedigree by taking the top ribbon at a Waikato competition after collecting
the national supreme title in September.
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We were humbled by our results and honored to be awarded 2016 New Zealand Supreme Huacaya with Stoneleigh Odysseus. Odysseus won this title as a senior male. (right)
Also at the same show Stoneleigh Valentino won 2016 National Supreme Huacaya Fleece. Valentino achieved this result with his four year old fleece.
A huge thank you to our judges Natasha Clark (breed) and Kate Mander who judged the (fleece).
The entry numbers in breed and fleece were large, both judges were thorough and the exhibitors were impressed!
14 October 2016
Stoneleigh Valentino has a long list of national titles.
Canterbury breeders Chris and Liz Strack were bracing themselves for a quiet year until their prized alpaca sire Stoneleigh Valentino won the supreme champion national fleece award at the Alpaca Association National Show in Christchurch.
This is on top of Valentino’s unrivalled fourth national supreme champion title for its breed last year, a feat which the couple believe is unmatched in the world.Valentino is a six-year-old white male huacaya alpaca and its fleece beat the field at the show last weekend. The male has now won national supreme champion titles five times in total, four times for the huacaya breed and once for its fleece.
The Stracks, who bred and own Valentino, had planned to leave it at home this year, however, a new veteran class for the breed at the show encouraged them to enter the alpaca.Valentino had previously won its age group championship for its breed every year at the national show; as a junior in 2010, intermediate in 2011, adult and senior in 2013 and 2014 and as the mature champion last year.
They felt it would be a shame if Valentino didn’t have the opportunity to compete in the new veteran class.That was rewarded by Valentino winning the champion veteran male in addition to the supreme fleece title.“We won both the supreme fleece and supreme animal which we were rather chuffed about as we thought we would have a quite year,” said Chris Strack.
After winning the veteran class Valentino lined up against the other champions for the national supreme championship and among them was its half brother, Stoneleigh Odysseus, the show’s senior male champion, and other alpacas one third of its age.Australian judge Natasha Clark of Australia ended up singling out Valentino and Odysseus before finally choosing Odysseus as the national supreme champion for the huacaya breed. Strack said they were thrilled that Odysseus, an animal of their breeding, had finally wrestled the national supreme champion title in breed from Valentino this year.
Valentino’s daughter, two-year-old Florabella, also won the intermediate female champion title.The Stracks’ Stoneleigh Alpaca Stud has 12 top class breeding females among a herd of about 70 alpacas. Valentino’s dam had previously won national senior champion female and mature champion female titles and its sire Bellisimo was an Australian supreme champion. – Stuff
Original Article on the Stuff website.
Canterbury breeders Chris and Liz Strack believe the feat of their prized alpaca sire Stoneleigh Valentino to win a fourth national supreme title is unmatched around the world.
The white male huacaya bred and owned by the Stracks was the last alpaca standing when the ribbons went out for the supreme champion title at the final of the third day of the Alpaca Association New Zealand’s national show last weekend at Hamilton.
With nothing left to prove the Stracks, from Ohoka, north of Christchurch, are putting the nearly six-year-old Valentino not quite out to pasture, but assigning him to breeding duties.
Chris Strack said the reason they were so thrilled by Valentino’s victory was that they understood that the winning of four supreme championships at a national level was a world first.“As far as we can ascertain Valentino is the only alpaca to have won four national supreme championships in the breed/halter [classes] in the world. We are also unaware of any other alpaca in the world that has won its age group championship in every age group at a national level.”
Valentino continues to grow a top quality, fine fleece at its age which strongly influenced judges as show results are mainly based on fleece quality with the animal’s body structure another important criteria.As well as winning the supreme
title the male has won its age group championship at every national show entered – as a junior in 2010, intermediate in 2011, adult and senior in both 2013 and 2014 and finally as the mature champion this year.“We never thought he
would get another supreme ribbon,” said Strack. “We had hoped that he might be able to win his age group championship as a mature alpaca which would mean he had won every age group championship and we are unaware of any alpaca in New Zealand
or Australia which has done that at a national level.”
The Stracks had more to celebrate after international judges Peter Kennedy and Lyn Dickson rewarded Valentino’s progeny.Among other titles collected by the small Stoneleigh stud, four of its junior males won first, second and third in the junior male white class and collected first in the junior male light fawn class, champion and reserve champion junior male and champion light fawn.Valentino and its son Stoneleigh Icon, seven months old, were brought forward from the line up of champions with another two alpacas for the final consideration of the supreme champion award.Strack said the performance of Valentino’s sons in the competitive white and fawn classes had made his year and showed their breeding programme was on track.
“Now we are confident his progeny can take up the mantle and continue his good work … In a few year’s time if something else comes up on the horizon that is cleaning up the shows then we might bring Val out and put him to the test, but in the meantime we will put him out to stud duties.”
The stud has about 12 top class breeding females among a herd of about 70 alpacas.Valentino’s dam had previously won national senior champion female and mature champion female titles and its sire Bellisimo was an Australian supreme champion.
written by Tim Cronshaw The Press
Stoneleigh Valentino led the field yet again to win NATIONAL SUPREME CHAMPION FOR 2014 under highly respected Judge Amanda VandenBosch.
Valentino also won SUPREME at NATIONAL SHOW in 2013 and 2011. This remarkable male has won all his age group champions from junior level up at National level.
Valentino is the ONLY alpaca to win THREE NATIONAL SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NATIONAL LEVEL in AUSTRALISA.
Stoneleigh Valentino led the field in front of a record 471 alpaca entries to win NATIONAL SUPREME CHAMPION FOR 2013.
Valentino also won SUPREME at the second largest NATIONAL SHOW in 2011. This remarkable male has won all his age group champions from junior level up at National level.
Valentino is the second male to win TWO NATIONAL SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NATIONAL LEVEL in AUSTRALASIA.
Father and daughter battling it out for the Supreme Title
Stoneleigh Valentino wins Supreme with judge Paul Garland
Amanda Van den Bosch USA Judge loves Flambella.
Stoneleigh Flambella was awarded the OVERALL SUPREME EXHIBIT AT THE 150TH CANTERBURY SHOW (HUACAYA SUPREME JUDGED AGAINST THE SURI SUPREME). Flambella was awarded this as a mature pregnant female, she has also won OVERALL CHAMPION FEMALE at this show for the last three years. Stoneleigh Valentino won OVERALL CHAMPION MALE at the 150th Canterbury Show.
Valentino does it again at the Ashburton Show.
Stoneleigh Valentino Supreme Champion with Judge Kevin Burgess.
Stoneleigh Valentino wins SUPREME WHITE at the COLOURBRATION SHOW 2012. Judges on the day were Peter Kennedy Australian A grade judge and Julie Mansell New Zealand.
Stoneleigh Valentino wins CHAMPION WHITE HUACAYA of the National Show 2012, Valentino also won CHAMPION ADULT MALE. His shows results have been excellent at National level since he was a junior. In 2010 he won NATIONAL
CHAMPION JUNIOR MALE and in 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION INTERMEDIATE MALE & NATIONAL SUPREME CHAMPION. Wonderful results over three years.
Stoneleigh Valentino wins SUPREME at the Auckland Royale Easter Show
We have had a very exciting and rewarding show season winning Supreme at the three largest alpaca shows in New Zealand. National New Zealand Show 2011, NZ Royal Waikato 2011 and Canterbury 2011.
We would like to thank the Judges and all our friends for their support. We would also like to thank once again Anne Rogers for all her expertise with skirting our fleeces.
Stoneleigh Flambella wins Supreme Champion at the NZ Royal Show at Waikato (2nd largest alpaca show in New Zealand)We took a small team to this show, as once again this show is up in the North Island of New Zealand.
Stoneleigh Flambella is a 4 year old female who just consistently produces a stunning fleece every year.
The Judges awarded Flambella the Supreme after looking right down through her legs to see her carrying highly aligned bundles well down through these areas.
We also won at this show in breed:- Champion Junior Female, Reserve Champion Junior Male, Champion Senior Female, Champion Senior Male (a half owner) and Champion White of Show.
In fleeces we won: 2 Reserves Championships.
PHOTO: Stoneleigh Flambella (four years of age at time of show).
Val Fullerlove from the UK judges Canterbury 2011 and awards Silver-Stone Ice Master ET (half owner) Overall Supreme Champion of Show (huacaya supreme judged against suri supreme).
Silver-Stone Ice Master ET won the same award in 2010 with Natasha Clark A grade Judge from Australia. Also at Canterbury Stoneleigh Flambella was awarded Overall Champion Female, she also won this award in 2010.
We also won in breed:- Champion Junior Female, Champion Junior Male, Reserve Champion Adult Female, Champion Senior Female, Champion Senior Male, Champion White/Light Fawn, Overall Champion Female, Overall Champion Male, Best Breeders Team of Show and Supreme Champion.Fleeces:- 2 Reserves Champions and a Championship
Val also mentioned while judging for the Supreme how much she loved our Champion Junior Female (Stoneleigh Flambelli) and our Champion Junior Male (Stoneleigh Discovery). She said that both there juniors will have their day in the future.
PHOTO: Val Fullerlove standing between the two Supreme Alpacas.
Stoneleigh Alpaca Stud traveled for two days to get to the largest National in the history of New Zealand.
Sixteen breeders from the South Island drove or sent up by truck animals to exhibit at this exciting event in the North Island of New Zealand.
The record numbers for breed were 467 alpacas and fleeces 181.
We exhibited over three days and came away with in breed:-Supreme Champion, Reserve Champion Junior Female, Champion Junior Male, Champion Intermediate Male, Champion Adult Male, Champion Senior Female & Champion White Huacaya.
Fleeces:- Champion Huacaya Fleece 12-24 months, Champion Huacaya Fleece 24-36 months, Reserve Champion Huacaya Fleece 24-36 months & Champion Huacaya Fleece 36-60 months. Read more …