Realizing that they were unknown within the industry, they knew they would need to be unique. They began by purchasing the new Chilean imports, three females and one special stud, knowing that bloodlines would be important. They started the first traveling stud service with Bogart who sired 83 offspring in two and a half years. The Miltons traveled over 300,000 miles with Bogart and other Highland Llama studs.
Dan and Marilyn also traveled to shows, sales, and conferences in an effort to educate themselves at every opportunity. They became Contributing Editors for Llamas Magazine, writing over 50 educational articles. They published an industry newsletter, Keeping Current, and presented numerous seminars and workshops on Marketing, Breeding Services and Breeding Techniques.
They played a large part in developing the llama industry. Marilyn served on the BOD for various organizations for 12 years, including LASC, WVLA and LANA. Dan served on the BOD of ILA, LANA, and ALSA. They were active members of many local and national organizations.
Marilyn superintended many shows, including the ALSA Regional Show for 8 years. She co-authored the judging criteria for the LFA and was one of its first judges. Dan announced many shows including ALSA Grand Nationals, The Celebrity World Futurity the Grand Slam Quad Show, all Llama Quest events and the Celebration Sale and shows.
After purchasing the Firecracker Sale in 2001, the Milton’s and several others turned it into a non-profit organization, Llama Quest. All profits were directed back into the llama community through scholarships, internships, youth programs and other worthwhile projects. They hosted two West Coast llama jackpot shows and sales and started the popular “Hobo Classic” show which ran for seven years. Llama Quest also put up major educational displays at the Estes Park Wool Market and the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.
After attending the Celebrity Sale since its inception, the Miltons were approached with an option to purchase it in 2008. They turned over the Hobo Show to the capable hands of LANA and dissolved Llama Quest to take on a new venture, The Celebration Sale and Shows, which they ran for 4 years before retiring in 2013.
Dan and Marilyn's service through education, charity, publications and shows has had a tremendous impact on the llama industry and has not gone unnoticed. They have also been the recipients of the following awards as well. LANA Humdinger Award, LANA Lifetime Achievement Award, ILA Push-Me-Pull-You Award and Linda Pierce Memorial Award. Dan also received the Craig & Chase Wilkins Memorial Award. Marilyn has received the Pat Copa Volunteer Award.
Thank you Dan and Marilyn for your service to the llama industry.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Texas A & M University and has completed graduate studies at the University of Washington and UCLA in Management and Computer Sciences. Marilyn was a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer involved in theater and other productions. Dan had been working in the computer industry for over twenty years when he and Marilyn decided to become involved in raising llamas. Neither of them had any livestock experience, but that didn't deter them from working to make a difference.
The 2020 Gathering was dedicated to...
Dan and Marilyn Milton.
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The 2020 Gathering Dedication
ILR-SD The Gathering of Friends & Champions have been dedicated to:
2011 - Kay Patterson
2012 - Bobra Goldsmith
2013 - Art Kennell, MD
2014 - Murray Fowler, DVM
2015 - LaRue Johnson, DVM
2016 - Norris and Kay Berg
2017 - Steve & Sue Rolfing
2018 - Linda Berry Walker
2019 - Darrell and Merlene Anderson
2020 - Dan and Marilyn Milton
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