The day started early for some at Tatum Hills to make sure there were safe pens ready for the vistors (the llama ones!) and our resident llamas were all fed and out of the way for the day.
After the theory, it was time to try the real thing and saddle up one of the visiting llamas. The first 'volunteer' was a wonderful 10 year old llama called Archer. He is quite a small chap and travelled from Newcastle in his family's large car, sharing the back seat with young Emma. Archer was the star of the day, taking to all packing-related activities like a pro. While chatting with his owners, we discovered he is one of our old girl Beeghum's crias and half brother to our Bakr and Valentine.
Mark tells us that in a llama packing trial level one, the llamas have to demonstrate they have some of the basic skills required for packing. Walking on a lead, taking a saddle, clearing obstacles and spending 5 minutes on a teather are all part of it. So our visiting boys had a go.
Walking through the wombat hole, without jumping, proved a bit scary for some, but everyone had a go nonetheless
The day was a success, all humans and llamas had a great time and they are already plotting the next packing event!