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Rare Gem Alpacas

Breeding Harlequin, Appaloosa and Unique Colors!

Darcy Phillips
Riverside County
Hemet, CA 92543
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2017 California Classic 1st B&O

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Fiber/Scientific Data

2017AFD 18.3, SD 3.4, CV 18.4, >30=0.6

Exquisite Appaloosa Harlequin

Rare Gem U-Taupe-ia's Appletini

Huacaya, Female, Unproven | White, Beige, Light Fawn, Medium Fawn, Dark Fawn, Medium Brown, Light Silver Grey

ARI# 35166429, D.O.B. 9/23/2016 (1 yr)

Vintage Cashmere U-Taupe-ia 

Highly Expressive Harlequin Appaloosa!!

Vintage Cashmere U-Taupe-ia

Huacaya, Male, Proven, Dark Fawn, Light Rose Grey, Medium Rose Grey, 5/8 Peruvian, 3/8 Chilean
ARI# 32132649 | DOB: 8/28/2011
UPDATE: Taupie has been selected as the first donor male for the Rare Gem Embryo Transfer Program. He will be performing his donor "duties" February through the end of May in California. He currently has requests for his services this summer in the Denver, Colorado area. Please contact Rare Gem Alpacas if interested in getting on the Taupie schedule.

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And Taupie's biopsy (September, 2016) results are in! Density: ...
| ARI# 32132649  | Dark Fawn, Light Rose Grey, Medium Rose Grey 

AAV Flash's Faith 

Proven 2X Appaloosa Producer!

AAV Flash's Faith

Huacaya, Female, Proven, Light Brown
ARI# 32644388 | DOB: 5/6/2013
Faith is a super sweet girl. She has some nice genetics in her lineage—Quijote, Danko and Lanark’s Silver Charm. She also is carrying some grey genetics and is a grey breeding and/or appy program candidate.

On 9/25/16, Faith delivered her first cria-- a beautiful uniquely colored harlequin - appaloosa girl sired by Vintage Cashmere U-Taupe-ia. The result of this pairing is a true Rare Gem named Appletini! I loved the result of this pairing so much, that on 10/31/16, I repeated the breedin...
| ARI# 32644388  | Light Brown 

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Appletini is exactly what we have been breeding for here at Rare Gem Alpacas. Not only is she stunning to look at with her calico looking face, but pull apart her fleece and you find oodles of bundles of crimpy, shiny, bright-fine fleece. This little girl has expressed every color on the chart, not one pattern-- just speckles and spots from nose to toes! The unique coloring of this cria looks as though the color from her sire's Grand Dam, Chiquita Import, is coming through and producing the rarest of rare gems-- her beautiful colors seems to morph before your eyes!

Appletini is sired by Vintage Cashmere U-Taupe-ia. Taupie's heritage boasts appaloosa genetics on both sides of his lineage with Aussie Rockford out of Hannahruh on his sire's side and Chiquita Import on his dam's side.

Appletini's dam is "Faith", a non-appy lineage vicuna pattern girl known for her dense, but fine fleece with substantial character and nice handle. This pairing has been repeated for a Fall 2017 cria!

2017 Show Update: We just returned from California Classic and are very proud of the Rare Gem herd results. Appletini was part of the show crew along with her brother, Johnny Appy-Seed.

This was Appletini's first show and she was just 6 months (minimum age) to the day at check in. Appletini was entered in two classes and received two ribbons-- a 1st and a 6th. The first place was in Bred and Owned (Dark) in which the rules are pretty straight forward and can include all colors dark including appaloosa. The class was judged 60% fleece and 40% confirmation. Appletini's second class-- Walking Fleece was not as straight forward. This class is judged 100% on fleece. Appletini was originally registered in the class as "Appaloosa", but by AOA rules, she must have 6 distinct spots in her blanket. By color-check day, her blanket was such that distinct spots where only obvious on her face, legs and belly and the color of her blanket was off-the-chart... literally. The decision was made to move her to the "grey" class as there was no obvious alignment for her on the color chart. Upon entering the ring the next day, the judge said... "this alpaca isn't grey"... which resulted in the color chart being retrieved and comparisons again being made. Again, without a match, but with a new determination. Move her to the "Fawn" class. Now, that is all fine and dandy... but that means that now Appletini is competing and being judged for "Uniformity of Color" as well as all the other categories. "Uniformity of Color" in an appaloosa? Well, the end result of all this was that Appletini placed 6 out of 11 fawns with high scores in all categories except... I bet you guessed it, "Uniformity of Color". :-)


First Place, California Classic 2017 B&O Production Class
Sixth Place, California Classic 2017 Walking Fleece - Fawn Class of 11.

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Updated 10/3/2017