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A Look at Proven Dams: First Issue- Lionheart's Fawn

July 14, 2009
Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

To me it’s simple- in breeding, the female contributes just as much genetic input as the male. Clearly, there are some herdsires who are very pre-potent, and these names end up overshadowing that of the female. Often times when someone sees a beautiful fleece on an animal they will ask, “who is the sire?”. But my first question is always, “where’s the Dam?”.

This post will be a series of features written on the most pre-potent Dams in the United States. They are in no particular order, so don’t analyze it too much. Hopefully the information will be useful when breeders are making sales/breeding decisions.

Lionheart’s Fawn is certainly one worthy of being on the list of premier Dams. Her sire is ‘Accoyo Starr Kahn’, one of two Shere Khan sons to be imported in the U.S. Her dam, ‘Derwydd Peruvian Coya’ is a Hemingway daughter. Both of Fawn’s parents are white, while she is light fawn. Full Peruvian 1/2 Accoyo heritage. Below is of Lionheart Fawn’s ARI registered offspring:

Fawn offspring

A quick look at this data, and you might assume that the frequent service sire, MFI Brock is to credit. In my mind, he’s certainly a nice male, but his best offspring seem to have always come from Lionheart Fawn.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Tessora, has one of the most successful fleece show records of all-time in the industry.

She was eventually sold after much persistence to Ian and Jennifer Lutz of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm in Vermont. In fact, the Lutz’s are featuring Tessora’s 4x Champion son, CCNF Talon at this year’s National Elite Auction. You also might recognize Talon, from the banner ad Cas-Cad-Nac has been running on the front page of AlpacaNation.

Son, Sunny Mesa’s Tuscan Gold, is a male who has gained a significant amount of attention over the past two years. A Champion himself, Tuscan’s fleece is uniquely fine and silky with elite brightness. A small crop of his offspring began showing this year, winning Tuscan his first Get-of-Sire win.

Son, Sunny’s Mesa’s Royal Troon, is yet another Champion. Also it should be noted that he won the Judge’s Award for Best Hand award in an AOBA National fleece show.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Trista was shown three times, and won three Championships.

Lionheart’s Fawn is currently owned by Lynn Denning-Costner and Tom Costner of Sunny Mesa Alpacas, LLC in Colorado. The following is an excerpt from their write-up on their proven dam:

“Fawn, a foundation female, was purchased at 6 months of age. To date, she is the Dam of 12 Color Championships, three Judge’s Choice Awards, National Best Hand Award, Best Crimp and 2 Best Brightness. She won first place ribbons for Produce of Dam and Produced blue ribbon winners for Bred and Owned”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2009 4:57


    Thanks for nice coverage on our Tuscan Gold and his dam. We are thrilled to own him and have had great pleasure in growing him up after purchasing him at about a year of age from Sunny Mesa and showing him off at the shows. Now we are at the ultimate pinnacle of owning such an elite herdsire by getting his first crop of crias on the ground last year, and now awaiting their maturity and the arrival of the second crop of crias to be born this year. One has arrived so far, a stunning white female; the rest are due in late August to October at Bella Vita. I’ll stay tuned to The Alpaca Guy!

    Deb Powers


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