WE'VE MOVED! What's Changed? What's in a Name?
Our farms, formerly known as Aulds' Lluminous Llamas and Aspen Rayne Ranch, independently,
have now combined as Aspen Rayne Ranch.
Named for our daughter, Aspen, Aspen Rayne Ranch had
started as her own FFA herd project in high school. Now that she has moved on to college, the need to
separate and duplicate everything for the sake of FFA record keeping is no longer required.
Therefore, we are all one big happy herd under the moniker Aspen Rayne Ranch. Same great llamas.
Same great service.
We are the Aulds. We have owned our own llamas since 2006
but have been around llamas since 1987 when Steve's uncle, Charles "Buzz" Kraft, started his herd in
Steve and Sandy have been married since May of 1987 and have two wonderful children. Our son Talon was born in 1993 and Aspen in 1996.
Both children are active in the operation of the farm. Talon loves working with the llamas, but does not care for the spotlight of the show
ring. He has become our farm sitter when we go to shows and that keeps our mind at ease when we are away. Aspen is our herd manager and main
show handler. Aspen is also working her way to become a large animal veterinarian but has yet to decide if she wants to specialize in camelids (the llama family) or equines (horses).
We hope you enjoy your visit to our farm, and if you’re in the llama business, we can't wait to make
your acquaintance and swap some stories.
How We Started
Our first llamas came home to Aulds' Lluminous Llamas on August 12th, 2006,
only 5 months after moving into our new country home. We had planned on waiting
a full year after moving in to bring home our first llama, but after 8 years of
being away from them and finally having the space to handle them, we just couldn't
wait when the right opportunity came along.
Around the first of August we heard about an ad in the local classifieds selling
llamas for a VERY good price. We called the number and made arrangements to
go meet the llamas. Near the conclusion of our 3 hour meeting, the previous
owner, so enamored by our llama knowledge and passion about the animals begged us
to take all the llamas she was selling as she knew they would be going to a great
home. After politely explaining we were just not equipped to take on that
large of a herd to start, she relented and instead made us such a good deal, she
practically gave them away. Long story short, or maybe not, 2 weeks later
we brought home "our first herd".
We have since made several sales and acquisitions to build a herd to match our personalities.
Come on inside and meet them.