Rocky Mountain Highlight
ILR # 265277
male b. 9-28-2005
Rocky Mountain High Spirits x Rocky Mountain Puzzle
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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 the easiest animal 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 long coat is his one negative trait. It does shed, but because of his very long guard hair, the undercoat does not groom out nearly as easily as the standard (short) Classic coat, especially in those years that we time his grooming all wrong. However, it does have the highly desirable (and rare) sparseness of undercoat that is important for health and grooming ease, especially in the long-coated Classic llamas. We are pairing Highlight very carefully with our standard (short) coat Classic females, and expect that Highlight will be the last long-coat Classic stud we will use for breeding at all.
Highlight's first offspring have obviously inherited his total athletic package and stellar disposition, and we are very pleased with them. Both have significantly shorter coats than Highlight's and (somewhat to our disappointment) are definitely taller as well.
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!