2018 Adult Follow Me

Maureen Macedo

Maureen has been a long-time supporter of LANA and the camelid community.  She serves on boards and committees, both llama and alpaca, for different organizations. Maureen, along with her husband Larry, host performance shows on their ranch and will be hosting the 2019 LANA Kids & Camelids Show in April. She has helped at previous Kids & Camelids show as a fleece evaluator, giving the youth exhibitors a critique of their animals’ fleece.  LANA members have benefited from Maureen’s fleece expertise.  She instructed at a fleece clinic on sorting llama and alpaca fleece, and preparing it for show.  She also taught a wet felting clinic on how to make a felted bowl.  

She is an ALSA fiber judge and is currently work on her ALSA certification for halter and performance (both llama and alpaca) and an AOA accredited spin-off judge.  

When asked how they got started in alpacas, Maureen’s reply was “it was twofold:  one was that our girls had graduated from 4H and FFA but Larry & I wanted livestock of some kind.  I enjoy spinning wool and other fibers, but grew up with sheep and goats and wanted to try something different.  Our youngest daughter was working in a yarn store and came home extolling the virtues of alpaca yarn.  Her words were : Alpaca yarn is so soft and nice, but it’s expensive.  We’ve got to find a way to get it cheaper.”  

Maureen and Larry have been raising alpacas and llamas for twelve years. Their ranch, Macedo’s Mini Acre, is located in Turlock, California, with a current herd of 80 alpacas and 5 llamas. They have been and continue to be mentors to many grateful alpaca owners.

2018 Youth Follow Me

Not Awarded

2018 HummDinger

Not Awarded

2018 Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Rob Pollard & Suzi Pollard

Dr. Rob Pollard, DVM, earned his veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis in 1970.  As a student making the rounds with Dr. Murray Fowler for the first time, Rob realized that he would be well served to continue making the rounds with the man who would become his mentor.  He credits Dr. Fowler with teaching him how to be creative and resourceful when solving health issues for animals.

Also as a student at Davis, he visited a help station on the coast where met Suzi.  He found Suzi working with marine wildlife and so their lifelong fascination with and service to exotic mammals began. Upon Rob’s graduation, he and his new wife relocated to Sonora, CA, and began to rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife.  Suzi’s dedication flowed from her great empathy for all living things.  And so their practice took roots.

Neighbors to the Pollards acquired llamas, and the new pasture inhabitants just a fence over became the new fascination for the wildlife rescuers.  Once again, Dr. Pollard turned back to his UC Davis mentor, Dr. Fowler, and Rob intensified his study of camelids.  Eventually, Rob was sent to Bolivia to screen importations.  They trekked all over the countryside and learned a great deal about reproduction and llama medicine from local long-time llama owners.

Over time, Dr. Pollard gained a national reputation regarding his llama niche, and Suzi became known as a premier savior of at-risk cria and expert on assisting babies with latching onto their mothers in order to nurse.  High dollar alpacas were temporarily placed at the Pollards to ensure a healthy birth and a good start with lactation.  Suzi had endless energy and was generous with her time.  She established routines with Rob that included 30 minute checks on llamas through the night to increase the odds of survival.  And the two maintained a strong partnership for many years.  Their own herd grew to over 60 animals at one point.

Dr.Pollard was a frequent speaker on veterinary panels during the years when LANA held Expo’s and Cal-ILA held annual meetings at the Davis Veterinary School.  He became well known for his focus on homeopathic remedies and herbals.




2018 - Maureen Macedo

2017 - Lisa Labendeira

2016 - Chene Mogler

2015 - Sherri Tallman
2014 - Not Awarded

2013 - Jerry Kimbro
2012 - Sue Rich
2011 - Joy Pedroni
2010 - Amy Simons
2009 - Margaret Drew
2008 - Sharon Weisenberger & Robin Bohac
2007 - Kathy Nichols
2006 - Nina Pederson & Kate Roach
2005 - Tammie Munson
2004 - Deborah Slocum & Bandit
2003 - Bob & Jeannie Vaum
2002 - Donna McMann & Linda Augustin
2001 - Dolly Peters
2000 - Nancy Redden
1999 - Jim & Sally Otto
1998 - Dick Denning



2018 - Not Awarded

2017 - Christopher Varga

2016 - Trinity Harry

2015 - Kayla Rogers

2014 - Pamela Mogler

2013 - Colleen Kutzler
2012 - Not awarded in 2012
2011 - Not awarded in 2011
2010 - Hector Mejia 
2009 - Caitlin Colburn
2008 - Heather Koenig
2006 - Sarah Aly
2005 - Rebecca Andrew
2004 - AndraKay Hoisington, Corin &

          Tara Munson
2003 - Kenny Peterson
2002 - Justin Timm
2001 - Colin Hodge
2000 - Ashley Fike
1999 - Lydia Redden
1998 - Amanda Wright




2018 - Not awarded

2017 - Eileen Ditsler

2016 - Rick & Mary Adams

2015 - Dolly Peters
2014 - Margaret Drew

2013 - Tom Hansen
2012 - Sharon Carrier
2011 - Not awarded in 2011
2010 - Greg & EstherSue Sykes
2009 - Tammie Munson
2008 - Charlie Hackbarth
2007 - Wally & Maryan Baker
2006 - Linda Heune-Solomon
2005 - Nelson Leonard
2004 - Cris Jennings
2003 - Pat McCarthy & Gerry Sammon
2002 - Dick & Linda Reichle
2001 - Rob & Susie Pollard
2000 - Jim & Amy Logan
1999 - Dan & Marilyn Milton
1998 - Bobra Goldsmith
1997 - Virginia & Dick Christensen
1996 - Francie Grath-Peto




2018 - Rob & Suzy Pollard
2017 - George Caldwell

2016 - Dr. Patrick Long

2015 - Chela Grey
2014 - Not Awarded

2013 - Cris Jennings
2012 - Judy Johnson
2011 - Gary Kaufman
2010 - Rudy Stauffer
2008 - Cathy Spalding
2007 - Kay Sharpnack
2005 - Paul & Sally Taylor
2004 - Karen Conyngham
2003 - Dan & Marilyn Milton
2002 - Kathi McKinney
2001 - Jack & Donna Moore
2000 - Lora Crawford
1999 - Paul & Betty Barkman
1998 - Murray Fowler