ILR # 118507
Rocky Mountain Harlequin
x Rocky Mountain Arikaree
Kiowah is a sturdy and outrageously curious creature who stands
46" at the withers and since her spay, she has had less
trouble staying a trim 335 pounds.
Kiowah attended two shows, and we were very much encouraged
by her perfomance class potential despite no prior background
and very little training. We have also been very much impressed
with Kiowah's physical attributes, magnetic personality, and
naturally unflappable disposition.
In December of 1997, Kiowah unfortunately produced a cria
with choanal atresia
(sired by Hidden Valley Silverhawk) and so she was spayed in
October of 1998 after she finished packing for the year.
We did not originally anticipate Kiowah ever leaving our llama
family, but it became painfully clear that she deserves a home
where she will have more opportunities to pack and do other interesting
Kiowah likes running and bucking games, and new stuff to investigate.
ILR # 134513
female b 6-26-94
Snake River Bandit x Snake River Willow
Molly is 46" at the withers and averages
around 320 pounds.
Prior to her arrival in the spring of 1996,
Molly was handled only for treatment of a severe leg wound, so
her training focused entirely on the basics for some time after
we got her. She likes trails, but is apprehensive of dogs and
human structures, probably a reflection of the events surrounding
her injury. She is a strong packer, but her "self-preservation
meter" is set too high for her to comfortably handle the
deliberate scare tactics that are now part of every llama performance
class at shows; again, her accident likely plays a significant
role in that perception. Largely due to trailer space limitations,
we never showed Molly at halter, although we suspect she would
have (and still would) place very well.
Molly's paternal half-sister, Snake
River Dallys, showed extensively and did quite well ... and
was also a highly-valued, well-trained pack llama.
Molly wants to be a teacher, whatever that
means. She does have a particular affinity for young llamas.
She also shows a great deal of patience (and persistence) when
trying to get something across to us dummy humans.
Molly likes running full blast, pirouetting,
inspecting cats, and being in what she considers safe places.
She does not like dogs or confinement at all. She also sincerely
appreciates that one house call from Dusty's chiropractor!
Molly is a real "find" for anyone
serious about breeding good pack llamas. She is strong, quick,
athletic, willing, and most important of all, she maintains herself
at a trim weight. She has impeccable maternal qualities as well,
and of course has no reproductive or genetic problems. She is
also a complete outcross to common domestic bloodlines, and has
no woolly ancestry at all. We certainly
don't come across llamas of Molly's caliber very often, and because
of that, although we listed Molly for sale three times ... and
changed our mind twice. For Susan Baldwin of Sunora Farms, the
third time was a charm, and Molly now has a perfect new home
where she can pack, be appreciated, and produce a few more fine
Meet Molly's offspring to date:
1999 gelding -- Lost
Creek Ranger Owyhee
2001 female -- Lost
Creek Ranger Cricket
2002 male -- Lost
Creek Ranger Taos
2009 female -- Sunora's
Spokane River Kokanee
ILR # 110470
Hidden Valley Silverhawk x Princess Colleen
Kokanee believes she is very special, and
we agree. She is 44.25" at the withers, and should weigh
about 300 pounds, although her intake has to be well-managed
to keep it there.
Kokanee initially did well for herself
in the showring with a Grand and many Reserve Grand awards at
halter and some excellent placings in performance classes. However,
Kok tired of courses that were either too easy or -- as is increasingly
more common -- are supposed to make her frightened, so we agreed
she could retire from showing.
When Kokanee's sire produced a cria with
we made the decision to stop breeding Kokanee (after her 1998
offspring, then unborn) until a test for CA carrier status could
be developed. However, Kokanee also did not produce milk to our
standards, and so she was spayed. We have also finally concluded
that Kokanee is marginally heat-intolerant -- a trait she has
passed on to Apikuni
-- and that, too, is sufficient cause for removal from the performance
llama gene pool.
Kokanee likes eating, and enjoys attention
in almost any form, although she isn't the type to shadow strangers
anymore -- Kok prefers to place her trust in humans she knows.
She enjoyed raising her baby, but she enjoys being a spay even
more -- she can eat more and gain less weight (although weight
is still an issue for her).
We placed Kokanee in a retirement home
where she will get shade, exercise, and more attention.
Meet Kokanee's offspring:
1998 gelding -- Lost
Creek Ranger Apikuni