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The goals for our breeding program are to produce animals with great conformation, outstanding dispositions and extremely fine, usable fiber.  We think we have done a good job on these, but we compete in halter classes, performance classes and fiber competitions to get an "outsiders" evaluation of our progress.

Halter Classes.  Halter class animals are judged with other animals that have similar amounts of wool, that are of similar ages and are the same gender.  Judges are looking for good proportions (neck to back, and neck to leg length), straight legs when viewed from the front, back and side, good tracking and smooth movement when the animal is walking.  Animals in halter classes are evaluated individually with exception of the Produce of Dam and Get of Sire classes.  Two offspring of the same dam are evaluated as a pair for Produce of Dam and three offspring from the same stud are evaluated as a group for the Get of Sire class.  Highlights of our halter classes from 2004, 2005, and 2006 are available.

Performance Classes.  There are three performance classes that are part of most llama shows: obstacle, pack, and public relations.  In obstacle the llama and handler must negotiate obstacles such as jumps, ducking under poles, and weaving between markers.  In the pack class the llama and handler negotiate obstacles that they might encounter on a pack trip.  Typically obstacles include a bridge (see picture to the right), water, a dead-fall (jumble of branches).  In the public relations class the obstacle are to simulate things that a llama would encounter in a public setting; bicycles, balloons, baby carriages, steps, ramps, showing your llama's feet or teeth to a bystander or letting a member of the public pet your animal. 

An additional performance class that usually has fewer entrants are driving classes with the llama pulling a cart and driver.

Fiber Competitions.  Fleeces from our herd have competed very well at shows in Oregon and Washington and we also have ribbons from the Grand National Fiber show.  Here are the first results from 2006 for fiber.

Come visit us and choose a winner. Your next Grand Champion may be standing in our pasture at this moment, waiting for you.

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