At birth, we knew he was something special. It was birthing season and there were a lot of cria on the ground...
When we saw him our first reaction was ... oh no... because we were breeding for dark colors and Blizzard is obviously white as in WHITE not off white or cream (much less beige) but amazing bright WHITE!
None of our whites have ever been this brite WHITE! Even our white herdsire (Ike) or irridescent boy (Persey is more creamy) haven't been this White!
Our 4-H kids named him Blizzard and that was an apt name... his fleece had a very fluffy "all over the place" quality to it. But at the same time it was very dense, fine and (most notable) uniform (see first year histogram). It's also very bright! As he matured he's developed an incredible lock structure and handle. At 4 years old it still has a buttery soft feel! This is the fleece everyone wants!
If I was breeding white I would want this boy... check out his genetics.
On the sire's side you have Skywalker's Justice... a multiple champion winner in light brown.
His dam is no slouch either... having won a first place at AOBA in beige 2001.
My personal assessment is this... I don't like/want white but I love this fleece!
At the 2014 Gold Country Gathering Judge Kathy Klay said "He's the total package!" when awarding him first place (no championship)!
She noted his nice soft crimp style & density, and at a little over a year he's well grown with a good solid frame.
Most recently, his 3rd fleece spin-off entry won Judges Choice!
And his 4th fleece spin-off entry won 1st Place in the adult (D) class (of 8) at the 2017 AOA nationals, this in spite of being very dirty/muddy thanks to our very wet/muddy winter.
Check out his picture, there's obviously style there as well. The pix don't tell you but he's also got fleece coverage to the nose and ground, a good indicator of density! And if that's not enough, he sheared almost 10 pounds in his third year!
Blizzard is growing up nicely! He's settled his first girls with several pregnancies confirmed and two cria on the ground. We can't wait to see how his cria grow and what else he produces. Until then his breedings are available at an introductory rate. But we're sure that will rise when we see what he's produced!