In 2006, Linda Schultz moved to Kentucky. She purchased a 29-acre farm with two barns and an indoor arena. One barn is used for horses and the other is for alpacas owned by her sponsor Likada Farm Alpacas. The farm boasts big, grassy pastures for daily turnout, complete with automatic heated waterers and four-board wood fencing.
“It’s been a challenge owning my own farm because it’s hard to do everything at the same time, but it’s also easier because I don’t have to go anywhere to ride my horses,” Linda says.
While she doesn’t take in boarders, Linda has a steady stream of horses coming in for training and sales – the core of her business. This spring, she welcomes two new arrivals – a Lipizzaner stallion from Arizona and a consignment sale horse from Pennsylvania. She also has a regular clientele that trailers in for lessons. “I always keep two stalls open for students,” Linda notes.
The alpacas that live on Linda’s farm have not only been an important part of her sponsorship arrangement with Larry Johnson and his Likada Farm Alpacas, but also an important piece of her education as well. “Working with high-end alpacas is really no different from working with high-end dressage horses and so has helped increase my breeding and sales knowledge for both species,” she explains.
Larry brought 11 males to Kantelaufer Farm in 2004 so Linda could get acquainted with alpacas, and then he brought 15 females in the spring. “I started birthing out females,” Linda reports. “the birth and gestation is identical to horses.” Linda says some horses will react a bit at first to alpacas, but quickly become accustomed to them. Now she finds there are benefits to keeping horses and alpacas on the same farm. “We put them together in the field sometimes because they cross-graze nicely – they will eat around each other’s manure,” Linda notes. “And alpaca ‘poo’ is high in nitrogen, so it’s good fertilizer to spread on horse pastures.”