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Epic Alpacas

Legendary Genetics and Modern Science Coming Together to Create Something Epic

Steve Aitchison
5273 Hornitos RoadCatheys Valley, CA 95306

Multi-Champion .38 Special Son!

NeverSummer's American Iron

Huacaya, Male, Proven | Medium Rose Grey

AOA# 31890007   D.O.B. 6/29/2010 (10 yrs)

Aussie .38 Special 

17x Champ, 15X Champion, 2X Judges' Choice

Aussie .38 Special

Huacaya, Male, Proven, Light Rose Grey
ARI# 1389081 | DOB: 7/30/2006
Proven genetics many times over. This male is simply a cut above the rest. He has 15 championship banners and 2 judges choice awards. He has won the AOBA Nationals in halter, composite, and fleece, has been Futurity Champion & Futurity Dark Herdsire of the Year, and has won the AOA Spirit of the industry award (with his 8th fleece)!

His offspring are equally impressive winning ribbons and banners in all color classes. .38 Special is passing on his fine traits to his offspring; brightness, fi...
| AOA# 1389081  | Light Rose Grey 


Champion Producer with Luxurious Fleece


Huacaya, Female, Proven, Medium Brown, 3/4 Peruvian, 1/4 Chilean
ARI# 1176612 | DOB: 7/28/2005
Congratulations and thank you to Dr. Kitt Hollister, of Howling Hill Farm, for her purchase of NeverSummer's Chenequa!

Chenequa is an exceptionally beautiful female whose very first cria, "NeverSummer's Chautauqua," was the high-selling alpaca at the 2011 Futurity auction!! She was also the 2011 Nationals Grey Color Champion and the 2010 Futurity Grey Color Champion in halter and the 2010 AOBA Nationals Fleece Show Color Champion!

Chenequa herself is an interesting "medium brown with bla...
| AOA# 1176612  | Medium Brown 

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American Iron is the type of male to compliment ANY quality grey breeding program. Such a stunning male - super heavy bone, outstanding presence, macho head ("Best Head" award winner at IAO 2011!) and a calm disposition. Get into his silky, fine, bright, LONG fiber and it melts away at the touch. It's one of those fleeces that just gets better with age. He's had a very successful career in the show ring including a sweep at IAO 2012 winning both the Grey Male Commercial Halter Championship and Reserve Grey Male Cottage Fleece Championship - a superior fleece in both divisions!!! The following year he won the Spinners Dream IAO 2013 - the top award in the Cottage Fleece division!

Yes, Iron has the requisite successful run in the show ring, but more importantly this male has the power in his pedigree that tips the scales in his favor for reproducing his awesome phenotype, desirable conformation and fleece characteristics. Iron is sired by the incomparable grey herdsire, Aussie .38 Special. As he ages, .38 Special just keeps getting better. He is a two-time Judges' Choice winner, including Judges' Choice Fleece at the 2010 AOBA Nationals (4th fleece!). Iron's pedigree is packed: Hemingway, Victor, Royal Fawn, 5Peruvian Royal Incan Legend, Lanark's Silver Charm, Peruvian Aladdin...and let's not forget Hannaruh. Experienced breeders know the value in stacking a pedigree with proven and repeatable genetics, and American Iron brings that to the breeding pen.

Iron's 3 year histogram shows a 22.3/ 4.4/ 19.6 with a spin fineness of 21.7. His 2015 Histogram as a five year old breeding male shows an AFD 24.7 SD 4.5 CV 18.1 CV 89.7 Curve 36.4! Iron's cria are now on the ground, and he is indeed passing along his superb conformation with superior fleece, long staple, silky fineness.


Best Head IAO 2011
Spinners Dream IAO Cottage Huacaya 2013
Color Champion IAO Cottage Grey 2013
Color Champion IAO Commercial Grey 2012
Color Champion AlpacaMania 2012
Reserve Color Champion AlpacaMania 2011
Reserve Color Champion SWRAS 2012
Reserve Color Champion IAO Cottage Fleece 2012
First Place Commercial Halter IAO 2012
First Place Cottage Fleece IAO 2012
First Place AlpacaMania 2012
First Place SWRAS 2012
First Place Gold Country Gathering 2012 (no Championship offered)
First Place AlpacaMania 2011
First Place Gold Country Gathering 2011 (no Championship offered)
First Place Fleece Gold Country Gathering 2011 (no Championship offered)
First Place TxOlan 2011
Second Place AIG 2012 (right behind Aquinas who was CC)
Second Place GWAS 2012 (right behind Aquinas who was CC)
Second Place Futurity 2012 (right behind Aquinas who was CC)
Third Place Futurity 2011
Third Place IAO Walking Fleece
AOK Alpaca Blast Off
Fourth Place Fleece AlpacaMania 2012
Fourth Place AOBA 2011
Fourth Place IAO 2011 Commercial


Aussie .38 Special genetics!!!
ARI# 32661804   D.O.B. 4/27/2014  (6 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Brown, Proven
Sire: NeverSummer's American Iron
Dam: El Dorado Zahara
Iron Maiden is a beauty!!! Her sire, American Iron, is an Aussie .38 Special son and a super award winner in his own right. Iron Maiden or Maidy as ...

Epic Alpacas - Catheys Valley, CA

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.38 Special Granddaughter!
ARI# 35271758   D.O.B. 8/11/2016  (4 yrs)
Huacaya, Female| Medium Rose Grey, Unproven
Sire: NeverSummer's American Iron
Dam: Ore Hill Espoir
Service Sire: Crescent Moon's Wilkinson

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Updated 4/4/2017