The Lucky Longneck Llama
4-H Club meets
in Corvallis, Oregon and the club competes at the Benton County
Fair. Most of our members live in Benton County, but we also
have members from Linn County. The club focuses on learning
about llama care and health, how to show our animal to the judge
(showmanship) and training our animals for performance classes (see
the description below).
The 2005 Benton County Fair llama show (August 2nd) will include showmanship,
obstacle, public relations, and pack classes. For more
information about the club, please e-mail Julie at
The 4-H Llama Show at the
2005 Benton County Fair
took place in early August and the 4-H members did an impressive
job with their animals - WAY TO GO 4-Hers! We will be
putting some pictures here in the next few weeks, but in the short
term we want to give a BIG THANK YOU!!!
to our parent volunteers who helped with odd jobs/errands (and
food!) before the fair and then during the day of the show put in
more than an 8-hour day to keep things running. Thanks
also to Debra Slocum who drove over from Sisters to judge our show -
we appreciate your dedication during a long "afternoon."
We also want to recognize our GENEROUS SPONSORS for the Lucky
Longneck Llama 4-H Club this year. In no particular order, our
2005 Sponsors are:
- Denson's Feed and Seed, Corvallis OR
- East Gate Veterinary Clinic and Dr.
- Phelan Storage and Transport
- Heresco Chiropractic Clinic and Dr.
- Quality Llama Products
- Dell Computer, and
- Koenig's Wool-N-Fir Farm
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 and the llama is wearing pack bags (shown in the picture
to the right). 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, and ramps.
Walk for a Cure. This year the Koenigs and some club members
groomed five animals then walked in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk on
April 16th in Salem, Oregon. The walk went very smoothly, and
five llamas on the sidewalks of downtown Salem caused many drivers
to do take a second look! Fortunately, in spite of all the
"rubber-necking," there were no accidents! After the walk we
hung out in Riverfront park and visited with other participants.
Here are some pictures of the event.
Pet Day. The Koenigs had help from the club in
preparing and sharing their animals with the public at the OSU
Veterinary Medicine Pet Day. Members of the club groomed some
of the eight animals that went to Pet Day and helped the public pet
some of our friends. Here are some pictures from Pet Day.
For more information about the Club or Club
activities, please call Julie at 541-752-5434 (Pacific time zone) or e-mail Hal at Hal.Koenig@KoenigLlamas.com.