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Rocky Mountain Highlight, MPL

 

ILR # 265277

male  b. 9-28-2005

Rocky Mountain High Spirits x Rocky Mountain Puzzle

Highlight is 42” at the withers and his “fighting weight” has stabilized in the 260-275 lb range, although he will quickly drift above 300lbs if his feed intake isn't regulated. He has all the necessary conformational attributes for a working llama as verified by his easy ability to keep up with longer-legged handlers. Highlight is an outstanding “idiot detector” — he invariably “outs” the clueless types who are brainlessly hung up on size, size, and more size ... as if looks cancel out function somehow!?!?!

Gwen was originally intending to play with Highlight, but Highlight had already bonded with and chosen Jim during a Get Connected! clinic at Bobra Goldsmith’s farm, and they solidified that relationship while travelling here from Colorado. Oh, well.

Highlight is the only offspring of High Spirits, and also the only male offspring of Puzzle (also dam of our Dazzle). Although we had wanted to lease High Spirits for breeding to some of our females, the distance between here and Colorado coupled with High Spirits’ frequent use for packing, public relations outings and showing made for endless scheduling impossibilities. Our initial disappointment at not being able to lease his sire has been forgotten, thanks to the privilege of having Highlight here for the rest of his life.

We appreciate Highlight’s many superior qualities, not the least of which is that he is one of the easiest animals to manage on our farm. Highlight is now third-party trail-proven, having already met the qualifications for his PLTA Master Pack Llama certification with (as per our own requirement for stud prospects) no special conditioning or preparation. Highlight’s superb disposition and innate intelligence are no surprise to us (both run deep in his ancestry), and they definitely make him a real treat to work and play with. Highlight’s excellent muscling, superior bone, tight and properly-proportioned structure (no trendy, unbalancing over-long neck here), lightness on his feet and above-average gaits all combine to create a stout, athletic, superior physical working package.

Highlight's coat is his one negative trait. We didn't like the long guard hair, but upon Highlight's arrival, Jim completely and easily combed out Highlight's undercoat and we were ecstatic. But that was the only time — we were fooled by a wool break — Highlight is actually a curaca llama, not a classic. However,his coat does have the highly desirable (and rare) sparseness of undercoat that is important for health and grooming ease, and he does pass that on. We are pairing Highlight very, VERY carefully with our standard (short) coat Classic females on a limited basis — because his other working genetic traits are just too awesome to discard.

Highlight's offspring have all inherited his total athletic package and stellar disposition, and we are very pleased with them. We plan to keep them all for our own breeding program.

Sorry, Highlight is NOT available for outside stud services.

Highlight was probably named to reflect his sire (High Spirits) and perhaps it was also an intentional oblique reference to his maternal half-sister (Dazzle). Regardless, Highlight certainly is one of the highlights around here!

Highlight earned his PLTA Master Pack Llama certification in Oct 2010

Meet Highlight's offspring: