Wednesday, May 07, 2008

going away....

A smiling suri alpaca from last year's conference

An adorable huacaya alpaca weanling last year.

Last year it was to Louisville Kentucky, same thing in 2006.
This year it is to Sandy Utah, for the AOBA National Conference. Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association that is.

Every year I am in charge of the Super Stud Raffle for a national non profit organization called- The Alpaca Research Foundation. You can see it here:

I am the Super Stud Raffle coordinator, and it is my job to gather the studs up, get all their info and get it all in for press time, coordinate email blasts, develop all the promotional material completed and in general, run the raffle. We sell tickets in advance, and at the event. I also am on the development committee and participate in other areas of the organization. It's lots of work, but I truly believe ARF is the best volunteer run organization for alpacas out there. We provide invaluable information for veterinarians, owners and breeders.

We find two of the best studs in the country, one suri, one huacaya, and their owners donate a breeding to them and we raffle off tickets for $50 a piece. It's a great way to raise money for the organization -which provides research data on a large variety of health topics, all camelid related- and lets even small ranches have a chance at some of the top studs out there, for only a small amount of bank.

We start this in about September, and the drawing is in May, and then we do it all over again!
So, I will be only here sporadically until after the 25th of May. Things get really crazy here at home while mom prepares to be gone for a week. The ranch, the kids, and the hubby all need to be battened down and prepared before I go! This year my daughter will be going with me again. I look forward to this time alone with my kids. My son was supposed to go this year since sister went last, but he is still recovering and is supposed to go to a concert at that time too.

So, I'll see you guys on the fly! Love you all!


quilly said...

Have fun! The huacaya alpaca weanling from last year is so cute he almost doesn'[t look real.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hav fun an get lots ov paccary cuddols!!!! Lookin forwerd to seein lots ov furry fotoes!


Catmoves said...

Hi Rachelle. Oh boy, you're in charge of the Studs? The Super Studs? Wow. Words fail me.
Just kidding. Enjoy yourself Rachelle and bring back lots of pictures for us.
One more thing -- enjoy.

silfiriel said...

Have a nice trip, and good luck with the fund raising!

Sandy Kessler said...

ok Super Stud- Good luck

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

(That brown wun is kwite teddy-beary!)

Helena said...

I agree, that last one is VERY bearish!

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