Hannah and Macy Jones have been showing their llamas at the Clackamas County and Oregon State Fairs for the past three years. The 13-year old fraternal twins started showing rabbits five years ago for 4H and once they became old enough started showing their llamas.
The two girls, who turned 13 on July 22, have been showing their llamas for three years and love to train and show them. Both have a significant number of ribbons to show how well they care for, show and take them through obstacle courses.
Meeting them at the Clackamas County Fair and seeing two such alike and different girls at that same time was kind of exciting.
Hannah's llama is named Snickers, yes, just like the candy bar and no he doesn't really like the candy; he likes grain. Macy's llama is named Winnstarr and he too doesn't like to eat anything but grain. He also doesn't like to run. But he likes to go through hula hoops.
Snickers also loves to follow Hannah in the pasture without a lead when Hannah sort of tempts him with a handful of grain.
"He feels free and he follows me. At times, I'll turn around and let him have some of the grain in my hand," Hannah said.
Snickers, however is more stubborn than Winnstarr and during one obstacle course first got down on his knees in front of the hula hoop, but finally he stood up and went through it. Both girls noted that their llamas have no problems walking through a minivan.
At the State Fair, Macy received a Showmanship Champion ribbon with Winnstarr, while Hannah took second place. Hannah did the same in 2017. It almost seems as they trade the first place back and forth.
The two plainly love their animals because they smile broadly when they talk about them.
"Llamas are unique and different from other animals," said Macy decrying the adage that they spit. "They only spot on other llamas," she added, "It's a dominance thing."
Next year the two plan each to take on and train a second llama. Hannah plans to lease hers from her 4H leader, while the Jones family has another llama in the barn that Macy will work with, his name is Bently. This project will work out well when they are in high school and join the Future Farmers of America.
They don't find taking care of their animals a chore, instead they appear to see it as a time for fun.
"At home it's a break just to be with the llamas," said Macy. "We try to train them as much as possible. They like to roll in the dirt. We brush them out so they aren't so dirty."
Apparently they don't mind the training or the feeding, in the winter they train them in their garage because the llamas don't like the cold.
Hannah responded to a question about ribbons, noting she has a drawer full of them. Macy noted that sometimes the animals act up and don't do things you ask them to and other times they get grumpy.
"Snickers wasn't as happy before he was gelded and wasn't as motivated to do things as he is now. Now he's happy and motivated most of the time.
Their Molalla River Middle School art teacher, Chrissy Dean, when she bumped into the group at the school only had good and positive things to say about them. How they love the llamas and do art projects about them.
"They are genuine and honest. Hannah is more outgoing than Macy, but both are kind of modest and shy. Most unique is that they are mindful of building other people up and helping them," Dean added.
The two are kind of shy, they answer questions but first they look at each other and then one of them reacts. It's also like they are communicating silently through their look as well as determining who will answer the question.
They like the same sports too. Both girls play softball and basketball. Their team last year made it to state for basketball but a bad snowstorm was predicted for Bend. The day they were supposed to play, it snowed heavily but was all gone that night.
Both like their English classes, Macy likes to write; Hannah not so much. And both noted that if they had to go to different high schools they would miss each other and wouldn't be able to help each other. They did note that if they were identical, they would love to go to each other's classes and pretend to be the other. But since one is taller with brown hair and the other is blond, it would be pretty hard to do.
Both like to "hang out" and both say they talk a lot. They aren't into boys yet, but they do like different kinds of clothes.
Hannah did note that having a twin is very helpful, especially if you get sick because then they could share notes and find out what they had missed as well as getting their homework.
While they are quite alike, they still are different too. Over the summer they watched movies at home and swam on nice days. But asking where they want to go to college and do for a career when they grow up their answers are different. Hannah wants to be a veterinarian or an agriculture teacher and go to Oregon State, which has a great vet program.
Macy isn't too sure. But she knows if she has any other animal it would be a miniature cow she said as her face lit up. Hannah "would love to have a horse."
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