GALA 2013 Conference

On behalf of the 2013 GALA Board of Directors, we offer Congratulations and a huge Thank You to the 2013 ‘Lamas on Parade’ Chair, Katrina Capasso, her two Co-Chairs Charlotte Sankey and Deb Marcou and their Conference Committee Members, each of whom contributed vital  expertise, energy, and creativity to make the 2013 Conference a “Hats-Off” event.

Also, the many sponsors of the 2013 Conference need to be recognized again and thanked for your generosity.  It is your commitment and generosity that makes it possible for GALA to hold these “world class” conferences.

Another great Conference Notebook was produced this year.   As so often happens, there is little time to read and contemplate the value of the Conference Notebook while at the Conference.  Please spend some quiet time with it.  It will be time well spent.

Please review the listing of the Conference Committee Members and  the Conference Sponsors and when you can please give a thank you to all who made this year’s Conference a great event.

Perhaps, it was best said by Lars Garrison when he took the mike on the last day of the Conference to announce:  “I have attended all 26 GALA Conferences.  This is the best ever.”

Jane Hamilton-Merritt, President

Download the Registration Form

Download the Conference Booklet

Local newspaper story of the event 

Short video on the GALA YouTube Channel 


The 2013 conference will be held at the beautiful, historic CENTURY HOUSE (www.thecenturyhouse.comlocated in Latham (Albany), New York.

Still rooms available at the Century House.

GALA has contracted more rooms at the beautiful COMFORT iNN, located next door to The Century House.

(For Comfort Inn reservations, call 518-785-0000.)

The GALA rate at The Comfort Inn will be $92.00 per night. Members of GALA receive the discounted rate for the annual conference, click here to learn about joining GALA or download the membership form.

As part of the Comfort Suites offering – breakfast is included.

Free WiFi in the Guest rooms and in the Lobby.

The Comfort Inn is a very short and easy walk through the joined parking lots.

The hiking trail, which may be used for the planned packing class, is located behind both hotels.

We Gratefully Thank Our 2013 Conference Sponsors

Pine Hill Llamas, RJ Stangherlin

Buck Hollow Llamas, Carol Reigh
Cargill Animal Nutrition
finca anita, Anita Collins
Kent Nutrition Group
Poverty Hollow Llamas, Jane Hamilton-Merritt

Agway of Ballston Spa, New York
Elk Mountain Llamas, Paul & Darlene Dorang
Hidden Acres Llamas, Philippa & Terry Beal
Leisure Acres Llamas, Chuck & Sonja Leach
Misty Meadows Farm, Carol Millard
Morris Animal Foundation
The Century House

Caleb Ridge Farm, Deb Marcou
Proper Nutrition

AAA Farm Supply
Breezy Meadows, Kathleen Cooley
Dakota Ridge Farm, Katrina & Gary Capasso
The Factory Eatery & Spirits, Mary & Jerry DeFilippo
Hilltop Llamas, Betsy Booth
Philip Baker Insurance Services, Inc.
Pinewoods Farms, Cynthia Barkman & Ron Caruso
Associate of Scattered Oaks, Kay Schiotta
Spruce Lane Llamas, Bob & Carol Wolfe
Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary MedicineWellscroft Fence

Aids Orphan Education
Faddegons Nursery, Inc.
Heiniger Shearing Equipment, Inc.
Mountain Jam Llamas, Tracey Gaul
Friend of Wunsapana Farm, Andrea Small
Andrea Small & Victoria
Snowy Oaks Llamas, Karen Taylor
Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe

Country Quilt Llama Farm, Deb & Pat Elias
Friend of Dakota Ridge Farm, Maureen Darr
Llazy Llama Ranch, Kelly Ralph
Radoski Family
Second Wind Farm, Ed & Bev Vienckowski

Sputtermill Ranch, Marc & Sandy Page

We could not have our yearly conference without our supporters. Do you know someone who might want to sponsor GALA, advertise in our notebook, or donate something for our auction? Contact Teri Conroy at or call 518.861.6612 for more information. Thank you!

This Year’s Speakers

Dan and Dale Goodyear – We are excited to have Dan and Dale at our conference! They spent many years sharing their love of llamas…and fortunately for us, continue to do so! Until fairly recently, Dan and Dale Goodyear, Berry Acres Llamas in PA, were among the largest llama breeders in the U.S. For nearly 20 years, Dan and Dale bred some of the finest animals in the country. They produced Llamallennium and Berry Picking, two production sales held at their farm designed to celebrate the joys of llama ownership and to share the results of their breeding program. They’re retired now but they still love talking about llamas, sharing all that they learned, and encouraging others.

John Mallon – John will change your life and your relationship with your animals. The Mallon Method employs common sense and logic to build trust between owner and llama or alpaca. We are so excited to have him!

Tami Lash – Tami is certified llama and alpaca judge and fleece judge. She also judges local 4-H llama shows, and helps with clinic instruction. We are thrilled to have Tami share her expertise with judging, performance classes, and more!

Kristy Brown, DVM – Renowned camelid vet, Kristy will come to us from Brownderosa Llamas in Wisconsin, also home to Leon Valley Veterinary Services, a large animal clinic specializing in camelid medicine, surgery, and reproduction services. We are privileged to have her share her expertise with us!

Judy Ross – Judy is an ALSA and ILR-SD Fleece Judge. Her experience with everything fiber – from beginning to end – will be an inspiration to all of us who want to better understand, and work with, our camelid fiber!

Photo Contest

This is YOUR opportunity to SHINE! We all love taking photos of our llamas and alpacas, and this is a wonderful way to share our lives with camelids with each other! It’s also an easy and fun way to support the conference. Enter the 2013 Photo Contest by sending in your photos by October 25, 2013. Get the details here.


Chair: Katrina Capasso –

Co-Chairs: Charlotte Sankey –, Deb Marcou –

Fiber Room Coordinator: Teri Conroy –