The Ohio River Valley Llama Association


From Char Arendas, DVM - ORVLA Board President 2018

​Welcome Llama Lovers!

We are ORVLA – The Ohio River Valley Llama Association – we are owners, breeders, FFA and 4-H groups, and camelid enthusiasts.  While most of us have llamas and alpacas at home on our farms, some of us are retired from the camelid community, but some of us don’t even have camelids at all – we just love them and the people that care for them!  Most of our members live in Ohio or surrounding states, but that is certainly not a requirement.  As an organization, we try to offer beneficial information and events to our members. 

Topline – our quarterly publication – contains a wealth of knowledge!  If your 4-H club or farm has news to share, if you have new cria pictures, or even if you have an interesting story or helpful llama hints – PLEASE submit these via email to our editor Shani, or to any board member. Board member emails are listed on this website.  We are always looking for fresh material to publish.

Our annual llama show will be held at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds on Saturday May 12th.  Entry information will be available in Topline and on this website, with the postmark deadline for entries being May 5th.  Cathie Kindler will be our halter judge and our performance judge is Deb Yeagle.  Added this year to the fun classes will be a “PBL” class – for Plain Brown Llamas!  Now there’s a special fun class to show off those brown beauties!

Deb Arendas and Linda Newton will once again be organizing the summer fiber sort. Although this is not an official ORVLA-sponsored event, you will find many of our ORVLA members there! This year’s sort is June 9th at Rushar Meadows in Beloit, Ohio.  Watch topline for updates on this event.

The annual Christmas party is tentatively scheduled for December 8th at Union Hill Methodist Church in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  If you have ideas for a speaker or program for this event, we’d love to hear your suggestions.

Keep in mind that this organization exists for you – llama lovers. We would like to help increase attendance at events and also make these events relevant to your needs.  Please – if there is something you’d like to see us do – contact us!

Have a great 2018!

President Char Arendas, DVM​

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