Burns Llama Trailblazers Spring Pack Trial Results

Lisa Wolf, PLTA Certifier

5/15/2019

Trial Summary

Sanctioning

Burns Llama Trailblazers are sanctioned for the full 2019 year to host and administer multiple events. This event was originally planned for Friday 3, May through Sunday May 5. Requests from members for more trials than originally planned expanded the event to four days from Thursday May 2, through Sunday May 5th, 2019 with permission from Tom Seifert PLTA secretary.

Conditions

The weather was perfect with warm sunny days and light winds. No injuries were reported.

Participation

Twelve llamas and nineteen people participated.  One llama was newly registered with the PLTA. Eleven people signed up as associate members.  Two PLTA past members renewed their memberships. Not including the sanctioning fee, the event earned $185 dollars for the organization.

Trials

Nine individual trials were conducted:  2 basic, 4 advanced, and 3 masters level.  Male and female llamas were separated at the basic and advanced levels. Only males qualified to participate in the master trials so only one set of master trials were run per day. Courses were designed as loops and run both directions to give the llamas greater variety. In total, 156 miles were covered.

Courses

The trials were held on the sagebrush/juniper steppe outside Burns, Oregon. This is a country of ancient lava flows shaped into high tables cut by narrow, steep-walled canyons and draws. It is rocky and rugged. To avoid excessively rugged terrain, courses were designed to meet PLTA standards for effort rather than standard mileage and elevation gain. All courses qualified in this regard.

Because of the lack of official trails and rough conditions in the area, a special effort was made to keep the basic and advanced courses on well-established cow paths. Cross-country travel was included in the master course, but kept to the minimum distance necessary. The ten percent reduction in distance/elevation gain granted by the Board to Burns Llama Trailblazers to compensate for rough country was not used for these courses.

Basic and advanced field tests were conducted using the roving steward method. The master field tests used the certifier escort method. The master course was scouted for route and obstacles ahead of time for which there were minor daily changes.

Certifications

Eleven llamas earned PLTA certificates. Of these 2 are at the basic level, 8 are advanced and 1 is a master level certificate.

Administration

Becky Cunningham served as trial chairperson and secretary. Lisa Wolf certified the event on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Anne Sheeter certified the event on Friday. All procedures and safety requirements met PLTA standards. 

Results

Certificates Earned

Basic Certificates

PLTA #

Llama

Date

1464

BLT Fleetfoot McFly

05/04/2019

1465

BLT Harmony Chrome

05/03/2019

Advanced Certificates

PLTA #

Llama

Date

1426

BLT Chert

05/03/2019

1407

BLT Tobias Sandpiper

05/04/2019

1424

BLT Wahoo's Eagle Bear

05/03/2019

1463

BLT Wahoo's Sparrow

05/05/2019

1429

CJ Bar Eagle's Boof

05/05/2019

1488

King Ashers Legado

05/03/2019

1489

Prince Robin Williams

05/05/2019

1428

Sunora's Grace

05/05/2019

Master Certificates

PLTA #

Llama

Date

1404

BLT Wahoo's Kestrell

05/05/2019

 
Trials Completed

Date

  Level

Certifier

PLTA #

Llama

Success

05/02/2019

  Master

Lisa Wolf

 
 

1404

BLT Wahoo's Kestrell

Qualified

05/03/2019

  Basic

Anne Sheeter

 
 

1465

BLT Harmony Chrome

Qualified

1486

BLT Patron's Manzanita

Qualified

1385

HOLR Tomahawk

Qualified

9992

HOLR Jackson

Did Not Qualify

05/03/2019

  Advanced

Anne Sheeter

 
 

1429

CJ Bar Eagle's Boof

Qualified

1428

Sunora's Grace

Qualified

1463

BLT Wahoo's Sparrow

Qualified

1407

BLT Tobias Sandpiper

Qualified

05/03/2019

  Advanced  

Anne Sheeter

 
 

1488

King Ashers Legado

Qualified

1489

Prince Robin Williams

Qualified

1426

BLT Chert

Qualified

1424

BLT Wahoo's Eagle Bear

Qualified

05/04/2019

  Master

Lisa Wolf

 
 

1404

BLT Wahoo's Kestrell

Qualified

1424

BLT Wahoo's Eagle Bear

Qualified

1488

King Ashers Legado

Qualified

05/04/2019

  Advanced

Lisa Wolf

 
 

1429

CJ Bar Eagle's Boof

Qualified

1463

BLT Wahoo's Sparrow

Qualified

1407

BLT Tobias Sandpiper

Qualified

1428

Sunora's Grace

Qualified

1489

Prince Robin Williams

Qualified

05/04/2019

  Basic

Lisa Wolf

     
 

1464

BLT Fleetfoot McFly

Qualified

05/05/2019

  Master

Lisa Wolf

     
     

1488

King Ashers Legado

Qualified

     

1404

BLT Wahoo's Kestrell

Qualified

     

1426

BLT Chert

Qualified

05/05/2019

  Advanced

Lisa Wolf

     
     

1429

CJ Bar Eagle's Boof

Qualified

     

1463

BLT Wahoo's Sparrow

Qualified

     

1428

Sunora's Grace

Qualified

     

1489

Prince Robin Williams

Qualified

Request for Changes and Improvements

1)  Concerns were voiced by the secretary about redundancy in data required for the paperwork. She especially questioned the need for the Results form. When I explained that it was critical for data entry, she recanted, but advised that on the list of forms provided as part of the Pack Trial Handbook, it should be listed first. Filling it out as people submit their entry forms would greatly expedite matters. She looked to me to make this change. I explained that there has been no resolution from the Board as to who is responsible for updating forms and the Handbook since I retired. This situation needs to be resolved.

2) The issue of the amount of effort it takes to schedule and run a big event was discussed at length. The tendency is to want to reduce the number of trials required for certification. This goes against the original intent of the trials to demonstrate that the llamas can perform in a variety of circumstances over time and waters down the value of the certification. That is not desirable.

Instead, to accommodate the fact that a number of people who wanted to participate couldn’t because of scheduling difficulties, it was proposed that members such as the Burns Llama Trailblazers, who have long experience administering trials, and who have courses that have been certified many times over, be allowed to hold trials at the request of individual members, such that someone wanting to certify their llama could arrange individual trials scheduled to meet their needs.  The secretary conceded that it is not really the paperwork that is a problem, it is the scheduling and the effort it takes to run a multi-day event. It is not that we need to make trials easier on the llamas, rather, we need to make them easier on the people. The idea was discussed with PLTA secretary Tom Seifert who felt it had merit. Burns Llama Trailblazers requests that the Board considers this as a formal proposal.