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Patterson Ranch in late 90'sPatterson Ranch : gracious people, majestic scenery, phenomenal llamas, and yes, you can even find an occasional push-me pull-you llama.

Patterson Ranch

    Richard and Linda Patterson own the famous Patterson Ranch in Sisters, OR. The Ranch is blessed with a panoramic view of the majestic Cascade Mountain Range. The Pattersons* moved their herd to Oregon in 1973. Prior to this, Richard Patterson had been breeding camelids since 1958 in Ohio. Along with the move, Richard  had a vision for llamas as a profitable and fun business. Together with Kay Patterson Sharpneck (now of Hinterland, also in Sisters, OR) Richard Patterson built a herd and a legacy. In 1973 they had about 30 llamas in their herd.  Since then thousands of llamas have passed through the Patterson Ranch fields. To view  a list of llama purchases from Patterson Ranch is to view a who's who list of llama breeders.

    Using their experience as premier breeders of Polish Arabian horses, Richard & Kay carefully bred and grew a llama herd who at its peak consisted of over 500 llamas in the pastures. Their meticulous record keeping became a  base for the current ILR (International Llama Registry) as it was put together. Llamas as an industry owe much to the Pattersons and their many years of working. They have been involved in breeding, registry development, governmental relations, medical advancements, and show aspects of llamas since the beginning. In the Patterson's own words, their goal was "to produce strong, healthy, beautiful animals that have excellent dispositions, are good mothers, good wool producers, and conform to true llama type (i.e. uncrossed with related camelid species). To accomplish this, we attempt to outcross and line-breed. We do not believe in inbreeding." (Patterson Llama facts brochure)  The result of their hard work has created a timeless legacy of classic llama bloodlines that can be relied upon to breed true to the Patterson goal. 

    We didn't begin our llama quest at Patterson Ranch, but it didn't take us long to end up there. Richard was kind enough to mentor us in all our questions and learning through the tears and the triumphs as we began. Image of Patterson Ranch young male llamas We first visited Patterson Ranch in 1997 and we were impressed at the continuity of the Patterson herd. It was as if someone had cookie cut llamas and placed them in the pastures. There was an obvious consistency that hadn't been matched at any other llama breeder's operation that we had visited from coast to coast. Couple that with Richard's willingness to cruise the pastures and teach us about llama breeding and you have a priceless education. One of our favorite past times was to visit Patterson Ranch and go through the herd with Richard.

    In 2003 Richard and Linda Patterson decided to retire from actively breeding llamas as a business. They sold most of their herd, keeping a few special companions to watch and enjoy in the lush Patterson Ranch fields. They leave behind them 45 years of breeding history and a legacy that the llama industry today can be truly thankful for. We feel privileged to know Richard and Linda and can't thank them enough for their part in helping us in our quest to breed llamas as successfully as they have. With gratitude and love, we honor their legacy and seek to carry it on, breeding beautiful llamas that produce true to type.

*The Pattersons:In 1989 Richard and Kay split the Patterson Ranch Herd. Richard kept his half of the herd at Patterson Ranch and later he married Linda. Kay used her half of the herd to establish Hinterland Ranch. Today she is married to Eric Sharpneck. Kay Patterson Sharpneck is still actively  breeding llamas today at Hinterland, which is also found in Sisters, Oregon. Kay is known for her wonderful no boarders no boundaries breeding program.   

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