On April 14, 2009 our beloved Pedro was euthanized at Ohio State University. He succumbed to a massive lung infection likely triggered by a compromised immune system due to suspected lymphoma.
During his 6-1/2 years on this earth he proved himself to be at the pinnacle of the alpaca world in regards to his performance in the show ring, his genetic prepotency and his personality. In an era when high frequency crimp dominated at shows, Pedro was able to more than hold his own with his traditional broad, bold crimp style. But more than that, in every show, when on his exercise walks breeder after breeder wanted to find out who that magnificent male was. His presence was the true reflection to his championship quality.
Pedro's last show was the 2007 North American, also the first for many of his crias. Although other high profile males also debuted their offspring there, El Duro's 7 entries earned 5th, 3rd, 2nd, 2 firsts, a Reserve and a Color Championship.
Bella was born early morning before I was out for my morning check of the girls. Thus her name, Bella Mattina, or Beautiful Morning. She is sired by Legacy's El Duro, and granddaughter to one of the worlds most renowned sire, Peruvian Legacy. Bella's fleece handles soft as silk, is extremely fine, dense, bright and uniform and she also carries beautiful conformation. Born at 19.3 pounds and an IgG of 2939 mg/dl, Bella is strong and healthy. Her sire El Duro has consistently produced elite offspring such as 8X Champion Principio and Bella's full Reserve Champion sibling, Bel Canto's Tuscan Sun.
With the unfortunate loss of Bella's sire, El Duro, and grandsire, Legacy this year, Bella has become a very valuable asset and an outstanding representation of her lineage. She has helped Bel Canto farm earn a Blue and two Reds for Breeders Best Three, a Blue for Produce of Dam, and she earned a 3rd for Bred and Owned Yearling Female.
Bella had a great show career and produced a gorgeous Lancaster daughter, Sophia, last summer.
Awards Received 2010 * Fawn Color Champion Empire Fleece Event * 1st Place Empire Fleece Event
2009 * 1st NJAC - Breeders Best Three * 1st NJAC - Produce of Dam * 1st NE Expo (M. Saffley) * 2nd AOBA National Show (W. Gease) - her fleece placed 1st in her composite class. * 2nd Empire Extravaganza (behind Champion) * 2nd NE Expo - Breeders Best Three * 2nd MAPACA (J. Anderson) * 2nd MAPACA - Breeders Best Three * 3rd NJAC (K. O'leary)