SGCH CRF Castle Rock Penny Wise, GCH CRF Castle Rock Roxanne, and GCH Castle Rock Irish Cream as first fresheners

Castle Rock Mahindra Reva Halo
DOB 4/23/14

Sire: SG Castle Rock Cleveland Sage +*B *S
(Castle Rock Tanzanite +*B*S x SGCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Alum Root 1*M 3*D VEEE 91)
Dam: GCH CRF Castle Rock Tesla 2*M 5*D VVEE 89
(Woodhaven Farms Latigo x SG-ARMCH Lost Valley TB Infinity 4*D)

Nice, smoothly blended doe with good brisket extension, depth of body, and a wide rump with well placed thurls. She has a well attached mammary system, with excellent texture and plumb, easy to milk teats. Just like her older sister Volt, Mahindra is very likely to be right behind or next to me any time I am in the same pasture she is, and is our self-assigned barnyard-project manager.

Castle Rock Sweet Clover
DOB 02/12/15
height 20" at two years
2017 LA: ++V+ 83

Sire: CRF Castle Rock Harvest Moon ++B *S
(Rosasharn TL Sitka Spruce ++B *S x MCH-SGCH Castle Rock Once Ina Blue Moon 2*D )
Dam: SGCH Castle Rock Owl's Clover VEEE 90
(Castle Rock Tanzanite +*B*S x SGCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Alum Root 1*M 3*D VEEE 91)

Owl's Clover has been a bit stingy with her doe kids, and when she does make them, they come out really, really tiny. Sweet Clover stayed very small during her first pregnancy, but managed to deliver the dreaded single buck kid with no problems. Because she was still so small, I knew she would not be competitive in the show ring this year, so we dried her off right after our Linear Appraisal. I believe as long as she catches up to her herdmates, she'll mature very nicely. Her udder was small, but nicely put together- nice MSL, excellent texture, large, easy to milk teats- it was proportional for her size, and with her background, I believe she should be more impressive next year. She's deep and wide, with good dairyness, and a proportionally wide rump.

Castle Rock Aphrodite
DOB 2/17/15 polled
1xJr.GCH

Sire: Castle Rock Chicago Peace
(Copper Penny ROF Calico Jack x GCH-ARMCH CRF Castle Rock Tuscan Sun 1*M *D VEEE 90)

Dam: GCH Castle Rock Helen of Troy 4*M
(Castle Rock Harvest Moon +B *Sx GCH CRF Castle Rock Siren Song 3*M 3*D VEEE 90)

I love the long bone pattern on this doe. She is a bit less mature as a two year old than I was expecting (pretty sure I could sneak her into a yearling class and no one would question her belonging there), but I am still extremely happy with what I am seeing so far. She's stretchy and dairy, with good general appearance, and her udder is attached everywhere with really good capacity for a first freshening daughter of Chico- we can definitely thank Helen for that! She's another aggressively friendly doe- there is no place I go that she isn't behind me like a shadow. Now if we could just get her to stand still in the show ring...like even a little bit...

Castle Rock Sugar Snow
DOB 3/11/15
height: 21 1/2" at two years
3xRGCH Jr.

Sire: Castle Rock Moonraker
(SG Castle Rock Cleveland Sage +*B x CH CRF Castle Rock Moon River)
Dam: SGCH CRF Castle Rock Blizzard 1*M 3*D VEEE 91
(Lost Valley KW Stetson +B +*S x Castle Rock Snowfluryceanothus 2*D)

All of the pictures from our photo shoots with Sugar look like she is regretting her life choices while also judging your life choices to be ones she would not have made, which is so odd for a doe who has such a friendly, happy, in-your-face personality. And I realize that the wood in our barn is the same color as her, but this is the least angry looking picture, so we'll go with it for now. Sugar freshened with a single tiny, tiny buck, and ended up with a small lopsided udder because we were too busy to get her onto the milk stand until about a week into her freshening. She did well on linear appraisal, but I knew there was no point taking her into the show ring this year with such a lopsided udder. I do really like many things about this doe- her front end, brisket extension, depth of body, rump angle, and she has one of the wider rumps in our herd. I dried her off shortly after our LA session and will look forward to seeing her next freshening.

Castle Rock Easter Bonnet
DOB 03/13/15
height: 21" at two years

2017 LA: VEEV 88

Sire: Castle Rock Triumph *B
(SG Fairlea Barnaby Rudge +*B x GCH AGS CRF Castle Rock Tesla 2*M)
Dam: Castle Rock Fedora
(Castle Rock Graupel x CH Castle Rock Raspberry Beret VEVE 91)

Bonnie was not a doe I was planning on keeping when she hit the ground as I had restricted myself to keeping "just" ten doe kids in 2015. However, when people came to pick out kids and would ask if she was available, I kept finding myself saying "I don't think so". And now that she's freshened, I have to say I think that worked out well. She has the highest rear udder in the herd (scored a 43 on LA), with excellent texture, a strong medial, and very strong foreudder attachement. I really like how level and balanced this doe is and look forward to seeing how she continues to mature. She's a lovely addition to the herd with a quiet, sweet disposition that reminds me very much of her grandmother Tesla.

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