Sunset Hills GOLDEN THUNDER
Color: Dark Fawn
13X Champion, Judges Choice and Get of Sire Winner
Lot #16 in the Snow Diamond Select
Golden Thunder is a multiple champion who produces champions. He also still produces royal-grade fleece at eight years of age!
Golden Thunder has rich, dense, abundant fleece on a solid and balanced frame, stately bearing and air of confidence. His beautiful, well nourished fiber has an incredibly soft hand and well defined crimp that is consistent throughout the staple and from head to toe. His fleece has changed very little over the years and still exhibits fineness, uniformity and good architecture.
Thunder's sire is Sunset Hills Farm Andean Gold, who -- at almost 9 years of age -- took not only a Color Champion banner (his 9th), but also the prestigious Judges' Choice award at the 2011 Buckeye Show. Andean Gold's offspring have had fine, crimpy and dense fleece that shows its best as the years progress, never losing their fineness.
Golden Thunder himself has collected 11 Color Championships, two Reserve Color Championships, a Judge's Choice Award and First Place in Get of Sire. Several of these awards were collected after Thunder's third birthday.
A donated breeding to Thunder received the highest bid of the seven breedings offered at the 2012 live auction at TxOLAN.
More importantly, Thunder's offspring are winning banners and ribbons galore, and their owners are thrilled! "This is what we've been waiting for," said Jeri Johnson of Sand Creek Criations. The Johnsons' Elysia, Barb and Peter Ziek's Aramis, and Snow Diamond Thunder Bay are among the Golden Thunder offspring who have taken purple in spring shows. Check out some of Thunder's offspring for yourself.
Golden Thunder is one of 50 great lots that will be available at the Snow Diamond Select. Join us in at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Central Oregon on October 8, 2016!
Sire: Sunset Hills Andean Gold
ARI #: 31017435
Golden Thunder's Progeny In Our Herd
05/28/2015 - Thunder Rose
05/26/2014 - ESSENCE OF THUNDER
08/03/2012 - Evening Thunder
05/31/2012 - Thunder Bay
Out of Herd Progeny
No out of herd progeny on file
Definitions for Units of Measure in Fiber Stats Chart
Mean Fiber Diameter - This number, expressed in microns (µ), is the average diameter of fibers in the sample. One micron is equal to 1/1,000th of a millimeter. The smaller the micron count, the finer the fiber. MFD and AFD (average fiber diameter) are two terms that describe the same measurement.
Standard Deviation - SD represents an average of individual deviations (plus or minus micron values) from the mean or AFD. The smaller the Standard Deviation, the more uniform the population of fibers measured. It is the most stable of variability measures and is used in the computation of other fiber statistics such as the Coefficient of Variation (CV).
Coefficient of Variation of Fiber Diameter - CV (or CVD) is the Standard Deviation divided by the Average Fiber Diameter multipled by 100 and reported as a percentage. The CV is used in the statistical analysis of different populations of fiber (different animals).
Fibers > 30 Microns - This number is the percentage of fibers in the sample that measure more than 30 microns in diameter. When this number is subtracted from 100, the remainder is known as the "comfort factor." For example, five percent of fibers over 30 microns corresponds to a comfort factor of 95 percent.
Spin Fineness - This number, expressed in microns (µ), provides an estimate of the performance of the sample when it is spun into yarn. It is derived through a formula that combines the measured mean fiber diameter (MFD) with the measured coefficient of variation of fiber diameter (CVD). For a given MFD, a lower CVD will result in a lower spin fineness number, indicating an improvement in processing (spinning) performance. A 5 percent decrease in CVD is equivalent to a one micron decrease in MFD in its effect on spinning.
Mean Curvature - Fiber curvature is related to crimp. Mean Curvature is determined by the measurement of two millimeter (2mm) snippets in degrees per millimeter (deg/mm). The greater the number of degrees per millimeter, the tighter the crimp.
SD Curvature - Standard Deviation of Curvature means that 34 percent of the fibers measured are xx.xx degrees per millimeter (deg/mm) higher than the mean curvature and 34 percent are lower than the mean. Sixty-either percent of the measurement in a normal distribution lies within the first standard deviation. The lower the SD, the more consistent the sample is.
Comfort Factor - When the percentage of fibers in the sample that measure more than 30 microns in diameter is subtracted from 100, the remainder is known as the comfort factor. The higher the comfort factor of a given fiber sample, the fewer coarse fibers are present in that sample and the more comfortable that sample would feel against skin.
- 1st Place - Get of Sire, 2014 GWAS
- 1st Place, 2013 National Western Stock Show, Fleece
- 1st Place, 2012 A-OK Blastoff Fleece Show
- Judge's Choice Award - Fall Festival Fleece Show
- Color Champion - 2011 Fall Festival Fleece Show
- Reserve Color Champion - 2011 Mid America Fleece Show
- Color Champion - 2011 Mid America Show
- Color Champion - 2009 Buckeye Alpaca Show
- Color Champion - 2010 Sunshine State Alpaca Expo
- Color Champion - 2010 Southeastern PA Alpaca Show & Sale
- Color Champion - 2010 Buckeye Alpaca Show
- Color Champion - 2010 AFCNA Continental Fleece Show
- Reserve Color Champion - 2011 Sunshine State Alpaca Expo
- Color Champion -- 2011 Sunset Hills Cruise Fleece Show
- Color Champion - 2011 Indiana Alpaca Invitational
- Color Champion -- 2011 Best of the US Alpaca Show
- Color Champion - 2011 Buckeye Alpaca Show