Yeah, he's good, but what about his offspring?

We knew Golden Thunder was a fabulous male as soon as we saw him at the Nationals auction in 2011. This handsome 13X Champion and Judges Choice winner has very dense, luxurious dark-fawn fiber that is consistent in fineness and character throughout his fleece. All on a strong, balanced frame that shows off his masculine good looks.

But can he pass those traits on to his offspring?  The jury is in, and the verdict is a thunderous YES!

The Thunder kids have been in the ribbons from the beginning, and now they're taking home the banners, too. We're pleased to present champions Thunder Bay, Elysia, Aramis, Glamorous Glennis and a few of Thunder's other award-winning offspring who stood still long enough to have their photos made: 

Snow Diamond THUNDER BAY

DOB: 05/31/12

Thunder-Bay-Feb-2014-WEB.jpgSnow Diamond THUNDER BAY is a dark brown, and his fleece has developed a beautiful crimp style that starts at the skin and continues to the tips. His color is consistent throughout his body and is accented by black points on his ears, muzzle and feet. 

Thunder Bay took 2nd Place in a class of seven at the 2013 TxOLAN, and Judge Tim Lavan commented on his fineness, his density and his balanced frame. Two months later, the little guy marches into The Futurity and takes 5th Place behind two Snowmass animals, one CCNF boy and one from Red Granite. We would have preferred higher placement, but considering the competition, this is respectable. At the 2013 GWAS, (a Level V show), he took 1st Place, and at the 2014 Southwest Regional, he took his first Color Championship. Thunder Bay just took 1st and Color at the 2014 Northwest Alpaca Showcas Fleece Show in Pasco, WA. 

Thunder Bay's EPDs place him in the Top 2% for SDAFD, Top 5% for SF, Top 6% for AFD and the Top 10% for %>30.

Ambrielle's ELYSIA

DOB:  06/16/12

"This is what we'vThunder-daughter-johnsons-2.jpge been waiting for," says Jeri Johnson of Sand Creek Criations of their Golden Thunder daughter out of Ambrielle. "Just what we ordered when we bred our best female Ambrielle to Golden Thunder."

Elysia's list of awards keeps getting longer, and leading the list are two Color Championships at both the 2013 and 2014 GWAS shows!

Elysia is sweet, cooperative and affectionate -- a trait that is common to most of Thunder's offspring. Maybe Thunder has a "sweet gene" that he's passing on to his progeny!

Wild Hair ARAMIS

We don't have a photo yet, but this beautiful young male just won his first Color Championship at the 2014 Fall Festival Fleece Show! Along the way, he won first in the fawn group out of a class of 17. This male's fleece is truly stunning, and he does his daddy proud.

NeverSummer's THUNDER BIRD

DOB: 06/10/12

Neversummer_Thunder_Baby_Be.jpg"We really like this boy," Carol Collins says about her Golden Thunder son out of NeverSummer's Casablanca. "His fiber is WOW! Tiny corkscrews. It looks like the photo of Verticase's baby fleece that we've all seen."

Now almost a year later, Carol says, "We were certainly excited when Thunderbird arrived last summer! He's one of those crias that are practically ready to walk into the ring the day they are born. Heavy boned and typey with a beautiful, masculine head, wonderful presence and masses of dense, curly locks.

"We believe that 'T-Bird' would be an excellent choice to put over grey females as he is beige with markings that look like a possibly very diluted tuxedo pattern. We recently sold our entire herd of females but before then we had this handsome male penciled in to put over some of our own girls." 

Mile High Ruby Dee's Garnet

DOB: 07/30/12

RubyDeeCriaGarnet-2-web.jpgThis little doll is out of Mile High Ruby Dee, a TB dam. Mile High Alpacas recently sold Ruby Dee and her cria Garnet to Glenn and Lisa Billings of Warrior Spirit Alpacas. Shrewd purchase, Glenn and Lisa .... Congratulations! 

Garnet showed in Medium Brown and took 2nd Place out of 5 for her first show at MOPACA. Jude Anderson said it was a very tight top pair. With that momentum, she took another 2nd Place at the Breeders Challenge! Said Sharon Loner about Garnet, "Her fineness is very impressive, and you can quote me on that." We just did, Sharon, and thank you!


DOB: 07/19/12

Thunder Road Th-Road-Feb-14-WEB.jpgjust keeps getting better and better, looking more like the son of two multiple champions every day. His mom is Silhouette, an 8X Champion and producer of champions (namely Sgt Pepper, who was recentlly sold to breeders in Austria).

Thunder Road's ultra-fine fleece is just 14.9 microns, and it is uniform, dense and beautiful. He has a well proportioned and balanced frame with a beautiful head and short muzzle. Thunder Road took 3rd Place at the 2013 TxOLAN, and 6th in a class of 15 at GWAS.

Thunder Road ranks in the Top 5% for AFD, Top 9% for SDAFD, Top 5% for SF and Top 8% for %>30.


DOB:  05/09/12

 Rolling-Thunder_1_web.jpg“We have a lovely Golden Thunder boy," announces Anne Phillips of Prairie Moon Alpacas. "He is dark fawn and covered with fiber from head to toe. Crinkles all around. His fiber is the nicest of any on our farm . . . If he continues to look this good he will breed to everything on our farm!"

Now, that's a testimonial!

“Rolling Thunder continues to look better and better," she adds. "He is a silky with a dense fleece and long staple length.”

Rolling High Thunder arrived at GWAS with felted fleece, but still managed to walk away with 5th Place in a class of 10. In oral reasons, the judge said, "he was felted and it was really hard to see his fiber” but he saw enough to know that this boy has fineness, density and consistent crimp throughout his fleece.


DOB:  8/20/13

We don't even have a photo of Glennis yet, but she is a stunning pure white girl out of our gorgeous Snowmass Matrix Grace. Glennis has beautiful fleece, and both of her parents can take credit for that. We include her here, because she's a great example of how Golden Thunder can produce beautiful white as well as color. More on this little girl when we can get some photos made. UPDATE:  Glennis has been sold to Fosters Trail Alpacas, and she has begun to collect awards, including a championship, for her new owners!

Hollywick Farms Golden Fortune

DOB: 9/10/12


Fortune "is absolutely beautiful!" says Kathy Herman of Hollywick Farms. "Not only is she very feminine, her fleece is beautiful and crimpy." Fortune, is shown here with her dam, Faith Jouney's Royal Faith. 

Golden Thunder's Lulu

DOB:  9/3/12

Lulu is the newest Golden Thunder offspring, and her owner, Barb Netherland, couldn't be happier. "She is just beautiful," Barb says. "She is a lovely fawn color, and she is extremely dense. She iGTs-Lulu-2-web.jpgs also a sweetheart."

Lulu is out of FRA Spirit's Lolita, a medium silver grey formerly owned by Charles and Lucy Farrar. Barb bought Lolita with cria at side and bred to Golden Thunder.