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Raku - Front - Gorgeous head!
Raku Side - Bright, Mostly Solid Blanket

Raku

Dam & Futurity Grey Champion, Morning SKY's Paulina

Dam, Paulina, the country's first grey JC banner in halter!

Shorn fleece 4/29/2020

Beautiful bundling!

Sire & Judges' Choice, Man of Steel


Grandsire, Quixotic

Raku - Side

Raku - Day One - That fleece!

Meeting half sister, Possum

Fine, soft handling fleece!

Morning SKY's Paulina's Raku

ARI# 35567523   D.O.B. 9/19/2019 (3 yrs)

Huacaya, Jr. Herdsire (Male), Unproven | Medium Silver Grey

Full Peruvian
Sire: MAN of STEEL | ARI# 32257724  | Medium Silver Grey 
Dam: Morning SKY's Paulina | ARI# 32014013  | Medium Silver Grey 

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I've never tried the process of raku, but admire the unexpected possibilities and beauty of the resulting markings and colors.

This was one of those breeding outcomes where you rather hoped for a boy - with the same possibilities and beauty of desired color and markings, and we got one - a VERY NICE one in the color for which we'd also hoped - grey! And, the gorgeous fleece and conformation qualities of both sire and dam have combined beautifully.

Morning SKY's Paulina's Raku is the offspring of two of only five greys in the country to win a Judges' Choice banner in halter competition, and both are Futurity Color Champions, too.

Raku's dam, Morning SKY's Paulina is the first grey and still the only female in the US to be awarded a Judges' Choice banner in halter competition, way back in 2012 as well as a subsequent Judge's Choice banner for Best Hand at the MAPACA fleece show. She began her show career at 6 months of age with Color Champion banners that continued through the next year's show season as well.

Raku's sire, Quixotic's Man of Steel, is the third grey to win a Judge's Choice banner in halter.

At the 2020 Buckeye Fall Fest, Raku placed second in a yearling class. (Covid prevented him from showing as a juvenile.) Judge Laurel Shouvlin commented that Raku was well grown for his age, very well put together, demonstrated good proportion and had a fine, very soft handling fleece with a good degree of brightness.

Judge Amanda VandenBosch also spoke of his softness of hand at the 2020 Buckeye Alpaca Show.

At the 2022 MABA Alpaca Celebration, judge Robin Nasemann complimented his very fluid conformation and uniform staple from skin to tip as he awarded Raku a first place blue ribbon.

We look forward to the day when this young male begins to breed. Put him in your virtual pen as a herdsire reminder - and someday soon in your real pen with one of your girls! Send us an inquiry and we'll let you know when Raku begins his breeding career.

Awards

1st Place - 2022 PAOBA Breeders Showcase - Diana Timmerman
1st Place - 2022 MABA Alpaca Celebration - Robin Nasemann
2nd Place - 2020 Buckeye Alpaca Fall Fest - Laurel Shouvlin
4th Place - 2020 Buckeye Alpaca Show - Amanda Vandenbosch

Updated 4/16/2022