October 2018

Stoneleigh Valentino Wins 9th Supreme Champion Title
at the New Zealand National Show

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.

2016

A Humbling Year

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!

2015

World Beating Victory

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

2014

STONELEIGH VALENTINO THE STAR OF THE AUSTRALASIA ALPACA INDUSTRY

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.

2013

TWICE AT THE TOP OF THE PEDSTAL

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.

2013

RANGIORA SHOW

Father and daughter battling it out for the Supreme Title

Stoneleigh Valentino wins Supreme with judge Paul Garland 

2012

150th Canterbury Show

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.

Ashburton Show 

2012

Valentino does it again at the Ashburton Show.

Stoneleigh Valentino Supreme Champion with Judge Kevin Burgess.

2012

Colourbration Show 

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.