Bucks who are destined to move their breed forward do so, often, on the basis of random circumstances:
(Other bucks easily slip into obscurity since they are sireing mediocre offspring at best, although some, on the basis of pedigree, may be used extensively early on, and a few of these may become memorable for one or two superior daughters.)
The question becomes - can the positive sires be sorted out for purposes of historical reference? And most imortantly, can the breeding schemes that created them be analyzed given the 45+ years of recorded breed perspective?
Among the approximately 200 animals inspected and registered by ADGA as foundation La Manchas 30 were bucks and most were born during the 1950's. Of these 30 about 10 sired progeny which were to define the breed through their offspring for the next two decades.
The name of the very first LaMancha to be registered in 1958 - Fay's Ernie L-1p (polled) - appears, at least, five times in the pedigrees of the two most influential bucks of the 1970's - Longden Acres Casperson (L-933) and Brookside Edie (L-1076.) Ernie, whose parents are listed as unknown, resembled neither descendant - he looked like a Saanen with short ears. (Mrs Frey, as she noted in her bylined articles, crossbred during the 1940's and early 1950's with what she considered to be "top" bucks of the other diary breeds, including the red Murciana.)
Casperson and Edie, mentioned in an earlier section, are given a second look here due to their dominant effect on the development of the breed. The production and type data for these two early bucks is fragmentary, therefore is it seems more useful to rely on informants' opinions to judge their specific contributions.
LONGDEN ACRES CASPERSON L-933
Photos show Casperson to have been a compact black buck of medium size with a rather strong, possibly convex, facial profile, high withers, a long rump and sound feet and legs. Born in 1969, he died seven years later. His semen was collected and subsequently used. He sired over 100 registered/ recorded progeny, including several notable sons.
His pedigree reveals that he was very inbred - possible over 19%. His Southern California breeder, Nancy Lake, stated that she planned in advance to keep a son from his sire - Nixon's Casper (L-512.) As frequently happens there was only one candidate. In this case - the son of a first freshening cream color Casper daughter: Longden Acres Lela L-622. To make it more interesting Lela's dam was a 3/4 sister to Casper. The kid was aptly named "Casperson."
As Casperson's daughters began to freshen it became apparent to Nancy that this was an "udder" buck. Their high, round mammaries and attractive general appearance garnered attention. She milk tested them and they didn't fail on that score either. Soon she was selling Casperson sons from her best does which were of Fay/ Nixon extraction.
One of his most prolific sons Longden Acres Cavalier (L-1111 - 1970-78) worked in southern Oregon herds: first - Long Gone and later - Starsong. Pictures show him to be a cream color buck with an attractive, typey head.
Another Casperson son of similar type - K-Lou Bellringer L-1566 - sired both the dam and sire of K-Lou Golduster L-2294, who left many memorable daughters and, famously, was the brother of K-Lou Sparkledust L-2256, who died young without progeny, but left behind an image of the perfect udder in the minds of many, including the author. In the next decade several successful Redwood Hills bucks were produced by linebreeding on Golduster. Bellringer also left his mark in Pacific Northwest herds.
Longden Acres Marksman L-1396 sired kids in the Midwestern herd of Semper Fidelis and Longden Acres Job of Idelmar L-1482, another alpine marked Casperson son, strongly influenced Paul Ashbrook's dairy herd in Wisconsin. Longden Acres Misty (K-Lou Nightraider X Nixon's Mary Lou) was the dam of both.
There is hardly a notable LaMancha - up to the present- who does not owe something genetically to Casperson, whose young breeder had the savvy early on to recognize his quality and promote it.BROOKSIDE EDIE L-1076
The other half of this bookend, Brookside Edie, was born in the Maryland herd of young Patrick Rooney in 1970. Edie's red dam Diamond Stevie's Evelyn L-822,was bred to her cream color son, Brookside Anejo's Eugene L-822. Edie (pronounced "Eddie" probably after his grandam - Fay's Edie L-152) was the result, a deep red kid with an irregular white belt and socks. He also is at least 19% inbred.
Even though he was to die at four years of age in late 1974, Edie also left over 100 registered/recorded progeny and a legend to match Casperson's. He was considered to be an "improver" who advanced the breed on the east coast in udder shape/attachments and overall appearance. His daughters tended to be tight ribbed and were not dairier or more productive than their dams, but they were consistently more attractive.
In 1972 Edie - and later Evelyn - were sold to the affluent (and influential) Stoneback family (Amyr) of Pennslyvania who recognizing Edie's potential exploited it successfully. A daughter, Amyr Edie's Dixie Lass L-3492 with a mammary as remarkable as Sparkledust's became a fixture at ADGA National shows.
The Griner's used Edie in their Little Orchard herd producing four offspring: Sparkle, Sprite, Fiesta and the buck, Festival, who traveled to the west coast to sire Edie grandchildren.
An Edie daughter, Selena, produced a son, Amyr W.R. Sampler L-2103, by K-Lou Western Raider L-1091. Sampler sons, many out of Edie daughters, were eventually used extensively from coast to coast further concentrating the genes of Edie. The Sprite sons: LO S Spellbinder and LO S Sea Skipper are among the best known. Spellbinder became the preminent sire in the Oregon Nolee's herd (George and Nora Morey.) The foundation dam in the Washington Lucky*Star herd (Judi and Don Hoy) was an A/I Sea Skipper daughter.
CASPERSON + EDIE
The competitive chasm between the east coast and the west coast conclusively sealed over with the importation of Catoctin's Happy New Year AL001602 by Nancy Lake. This Edie daughter, who became a National Champion in 1978 also had Edie's sire Eugene as her dam's sire.
New Year produced twins by a grandson of Casperson - Happy-Go-Lucky (National Best Udder) and Happy Hustler (1976 Spotlight Sale kid) - concentrating the genes of the bi-coastal bucks - Casperson and Edie. Hustler through his Barranca sons played a role both in the Redwood Hills and Me's Ranch herds in later years.
The influence of Casperson + Edie was to extend well into the 1980's in the Rocking-M herd ( Hardy Morris) for a short while the successor to Laurelwood Acres as the premier goat diary in California. Longden Acres Midler's Pete-Oh L-328915 was used for linebreeding to build their LaMancha division. This black with white paint buck was a grandson of Edie on his sire's side and a grandson of Casperson on his dam's side. Eventually Rocking-M was to have a considerable influence on the development of Haute Caprine and Little Bic's and less directly on Coastside and Winterwood.
Another Spotlight Sale kid - Longden Acres Lucky Bid L-489080 became the buck most used for linebreeding in the development of the Aspen Hill's Herd in Virginia. Bid was a Casperson son and most of the foundation Broaddus does had Edie in their background.
Antares Voyager L-475748 out of Washington state also combined Casperson and Edie. He was bred to many Rocking-M does garnering fame and fortune for the Haute Caprine herd as we shall see.
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