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Quixote LaManchas

the next wave

On May 8, 1961 over three years after the initial group of 28 Fay LaManchas were inspected and registered as "Basic LaManchas" another group of approximately 23 was presented for inspection that was to have an equal (or greater) impact on the future of the breed.

Midolane Little Francis
with inspection team.
Nubian breeder Dolores Dunlap and her family had acquired a dairy in Stockton along with some - in residence - LaMancha type goats. She gave these animals her prefix - Midolane - and sold them after they had been certified as "Basics." Apparently she had little - or nothing - to do with their breeding. A little sleuthing reveals that they were apparently the descendants of the Schmidt LaManchas as we had noted in an earlier section.

To recapitulate: the Brashear stock which originated from the Wilhelm stock and which, Tom Draper had acquired eight years earlier from the Goodridges had - in part - been given to Mrs Schmidt ("Ma Schmidt") a Saanen breeder, who in turn sold the herd to the Stockton (Fawnhoff?) dairy whose new owners were the Dunlaps. In all probability these animals had some of the same ancestors - many generations back - as the doe, "Nesta" which Mrs Frey had acquired from the Goodridges.

It is worth remembering, however, that both crossbreeding and LaMancha to LaMancha breeding had been practiced by all of these successive breeders and each in some - now unknowable - way had stamped their own preferences on these animals.

A few other herdnames show up in this inspection - notably "Red Gables" (Mr/Mrs Clair Taylor - Manteca CA.) There is little indication that these animals represent new strains.

The Erbe family (K-Lou) and Larry and Hazel Tate (Law-Zel) snapped up the Midolane offerings apparently at the time of inspection. Since they were both experienced dairy people and established breeders these animals were in trustworthy hands.

The polled white buck - Midolane Prince II L204p - was the sire or paternal brother of most of these LaManchas. His sire was Midolane's Old Prince (unregistered) and his dam was Tom's Frenchy (unregistered.) That name being yet another indication of the origin of these animals.

The first Law-Zel herdsire: Midolane Prince Charming L212 was sired by Prince II and his dam was Midolane Frances I L197 who was black with white spots. Her sire was identified as " Tom Draper's buck" and her dam was "Mama's Girl."

The first K-Lou herdsire: Midolane Country Gentleman L217 was a "snow-white" kid with elf ears. He also was sired by Prince II and his dam was Midolane Francine L201p who was sired by (guess who!) Prince II. Francine's dam was Little Francis who, as we shall see, was probably the most important individual in this part of the story.

Midolane Little Francis L198 was the daughter of Old Prince and Frances I. K-Lou became the owner of Little Francis and her daughters: Francine and Starr. Law-Zel became the owners of her daughters: Fandango and Flirt. These four does were all sired by Prince II. Little Francis' paternal brother. It is now apparent that the lineage of this group of animals is as intertwined as the ancient Egyptian royals. The Erbe's and the Tates' were dividing up a very tight gene pool. As Mrs. Erbe said, "we culled alot, especially in the beginning."

(We will take up the legacy of the Law-Zel LaManchas later but suffice to say their approach was more insular than that of the Erbe's.)

Little Francis (sometimes spelled Frances) was a black doe with cream trim in the typical sundgau, or black and tan, pattern. She had an impressive cream muzzle, cream face striping widening above the eyes and cream elf ears. Her head is striking: resembling the "monkey or "mona" look associated with the Spanish does imported into France at the beginning of the century.

Needless to say these markings are not exclusive to the LaMancha, her ancestors or her descendants. However, the modification of the prick/lop ears to elf/gopher ears has the effect of placing more emphasis on the large eye and broad domed forehead which are also associated with the LaMancha breed and when combined with the "Little Francis Pattern" can create a different and distinct look which some affectionately call the "monkey face.".

Midolane Little Francis
In 1962 - only one year after she had officially become a "Basic LaMancha" Little Francis defeated 30 (!) other LaManchas to become - at the age of five years - the first LaMancha National Champion. The show was held in Pomona CA and was judged by the Texas nubian breeder, George Proctor (Cadillac Farms.) Her well proportioned body, femininity, and shapely udder lead to a repeat of her triumphs the next year under judge Andrew Stewart. She never achieved permanent champion status, possibly because of the dearth of officially sanctioned shows. She did acquire the *M tag, although I have been unable to discover whether it is awarded on the basis of her own milk records or her progenys' records.

It is clear that her real gifts to the breed were her offspring: five daughters and one grandson. To reiterate - her first daughter - Francine - was the dam of Country Gentleman. Her second daughter - Starr - was bred to a Country Gentleman son - Night Raider - producing K-Lou Longden Acres Night Starr, whose notable daughters' story belongs in the Nancy Lake (Longden Acres) section. Arguably her most important daughter was K-Lou Velvet L257, whose sire was Country Gentleman. This truly linebred Little Francis daughter was described by Louise as "long bodied and real dairy." She was bred to Nixon's Casper L512 (2nd generation Nixon buck from pure Fay ancestors) producing Velveteen who became a National Champion at the age of two years in 1970 defeating 114 other does. Her name is sprinkled throughout succeeding K-Lou pedigrees.

K-Lou N. Velvet Star, the dam of one of the most dominant bucks in the breed - Antares M. Voyager - comes down from Velveteen on all four branches of her family and - in fact - her dam's dam was Velveteen in person. Voyager's sire's line was mostly derived from Fay stock, however, it's a good bet Little Francis' offspring would eventually show up there too in the early K-Lou outcrosses if one did a pedigree search.

At least three other Midolane does left permanent tracks in later K-Lou pedigrees. Lucy L196 was described by Louise as "heavier boned, shorter legged and with a high, round udder." She had gopher ears and was marked like Little Francis, her paternal sister. Her dam's name was "DirtyFace"!. Bred to the short lived Leprachaun, a Little Francis/Night Raider son she produced Rumpelstilskn L673 whose sons became premier sires in these herds: Diamond & Semper Fidelis (K-Lou Diablo), Laurelwood (K-Lou Flasher), Goat City & Clovertop (K-Lou Macho.) She was also the dam of K-Lou Springtime L258 who was the first LaMancha permanent champion and the fourth National Champion in 1965.

Midolane Dominette, a black/white spotted doe became the dam of K-Lou Nightraider L259, first important homebred Erbe buck, and the double granddam of K-Lou Twinkle L521, the sixth LaMancha National Champion. Midolane Minette L213, Dominette's daughter by her sire - Prince II - became the dam of K-Lou Tootsieroll L384, the fifth LaMancha National Champion.

A dark brown/white doe of unknown parentage - Erbe's Betty L193 - was the only "Basic" registered by the Erbe's. This doe appears to be the beginning of a strong female line as her progeny and grand progeny appear many times in the early K-Lou pedigrees.

K-Lou LaManchas dominated the show scene throughout the sixties and provided seed stock for those who admired their animals and the work they had done culling and consolidating the gene pool they had inherited from their predecessors. Their story is a continuing one and will be taken up later.

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