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Congratulations to NH Flight of the Eagle on her 2011 "ILR Gathering of Friends" 1st place Adult Showmanship, Pleasure Driving, Public Relations, Obstacle and Pack win. 2011 ILR Gathering of Friends Advanced Performance Champion. Photo courtesy of Debbie Shellabarger
Master Packer & Delta Society Therapy
Welcome! We are Niki and Jeff Kuklenski and we own JNK Llamas in Bellingham, Washington. Niki has been showing llamas since the mid-80's. She also has experience with showing pigs, sheep, horses and draft horses. She was one of the first llama 4-H and FFA youth in Washington State. The most unique part of the whole experience was that she did not even own her own llama until 1997. Niki had always shown and trained llamas for other farms. Jeff grew up as a city kid who always wanted a horse and to live in the country. In the Spring of 1997 Niki purchased half interest in a young male llama she had been showing. Isle Eagle was such a willing and beautiful animal she had to have him.
After marrying in 1998, we made arrangements to own 100% of Eagle. Our herd of 20 currently has several ALSA Halter & Performance Champions and many ILR Halter & Performance Champions. Eagle was our main herdsire who is still the most winning llama in the nation and one of only two Breeder Elite's in the show system. Dazador our gelding is a Non-Breeder Elite of which there are only a handful in the country. We also have two certified PLTA Master Packers and six Delta Society (aka Pet Partners) registered therapy llamas. All were trained, owned and handled by US but one! The girls we use have all produced champions or are maiden girls being shown. Our herd is very diverse and we do everything with them!
In 1998 we started our own business of showing, grooming, consulting, clinics, brokering, sales, lessons and very select breeding services. We are active volunteers and have had our own 4-H group in the past (now we just assist). JNK Llamas belongs to ALSA (Alpaca Llama Show Association), Llama Information Day Group, ILR (International Lama Registry) Show Division & Southwest Washington Llama Association. Niki was a part of the "Classic Llama" Focus group for the ILR. She writes for various association newsletters and American Livestock Magazine. Niki is an ILR & ALSA Halter, Performance and Fleece Judge and ILR Advanced Teaching Judge. In the real world, she is a substitute school teacher by choice. Jeff works in sales and loves his job. We are are the ONLY people in the llama industry that actually do show, pack, drive, therapy work, 4-H, spinning (fiber related work), breeding, training and rescue. This has allowed us to evaluate our herd from a very critical user's eye and has helped us to build the current herd we have. We believe even "Pet Quality" llamas need to be trained and have proper nutrition to insure lifelong health.
We are both very dedicated to doing what is right for our llamas and new owners. Having a good fit for a new owner helps to insure that a llama has a lifelong home. As we have done llama rescue from less than ideal situations, we understand the problems that come about when a new owner is sold a llama that they are not totally educated about. Select breeding is important to ensure the best genetic and conformationally sound crosses possible. We breed for "All Around" llamas. Llamas that excel in not only halter, but performance, packing and public relations settings. We are breeding just a few girls a year as that is what we can efficiently train and work with. Instead of breeding for numbers, we breed for quality. By only having a few cria a year, we are able to focus our energy into those animals to make sure they are well trained and socialized. All of our crias shown by us placed Grand or Reserve Champion Novice Performance in large classes at their very first ALSA/ILR shows. Please contact us with any questions about llamas or our program.
*NOTE- Because we do have livestock guardian dogs, we ask that you leave your dogs at home when you come to visit our farm.
32 1st place Wins
25 Grand Champion Wins
8 Reserve Grand Champion Wins
4 Best of Show Wins
Bros Normandie using JNK Marisco's Venicia & JNK Huaycool's Rosabella
Undefeated with 6 wins
JNK Huaycool's Rosabella- 4
Serenity Park's Ramazon (by Marisco)- 1
(only showed at 3 shows)
13 1st place Wins
6 Grand Champion Wins
JNK Llama Farm attended 5 shows in 2012
and most of the time we showed 5 animals at a show.
Our 2012 show stats are:
27 1st place Wins
24 Grand Champion Wins
12 Reserve Grand Champion Wins
6 Best of Show Wins
16 1st place Wins
4 Grand Champion Wins
5 Reserve Grand Champion Wins
JNK Llama Farm attended six shows (3 were single point shows) in 2011
and most of the time we showed 4-5 animals at a show.
Our 2011 show stats are:
33 1st place Wins
19 Grand Champion Wins
13 Reserve Grand Champion Wins
1 1st place National Win
1 Reserve Grand Champion National Win
3 Best of Show Wins
40 1st place Wins
11 Grand Champion Wins
5 Reserve Grand Champion Wins
5 1st place National Wins
1 Grand Champion National Win
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as of March 4, 2014
**Make sure you check out the article on our therapy work in COLORS Magazine, there is a video link too!**
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Llamas For Sale
JNK's 2013 BABIES
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