Meet David, Malinda and Mac Norman of Gin Creek Ranch. Their ranch is located about 130 miles east of Dallas, Texas, in the little community of Goodsprings. Get ready to kick back and enjoy the serene setting of the East Texas Piney Woods. There's no hustle and bustle there - just a warm, inviting place with a long history. Forget about needing to take a trip to see grandma and grandpa. Mac who is 15, has the good fortune and privilege to live beside them on the ranch. He's the fourth generation of the family to live on the ranch.
4th Generation Texas Ranch!
Given the history of the land and family, it seems natural that David and Malinda would have chosen to raise llamas, whose history dates back thousands of years. They appreciate the history of the llamas and are always on the lookout for historical information about them. Malinda and David's herd has grown to over 60 since 1999. All it took was one look into a llama's eyes, and Malinda was hooked. David's first purchase was a Mother's Day present for Malinda
The holidays kept coming and so did the llamas!
George & Marty
David and Malinda own a communications business in nearby Henderson. David is also the family chef and can serve up some of the best cuisine to be found anywhere. David loves spending time on his "Old Hot Rods". Currently he is restoring his 1978 Pontiac Trans Am---all original. He also cares for a mint condition 2006 Pontiac Solstice!
The Normans restore historical buildings and do much of the work themselves. Malinda is an artist, creating beautiful faux finishes and unique furniture and accessories. She is active in the preservation of nearby downtown Henderson and serves on several committees, having served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of her Lions Club and Board Member of Henderson Economic Development Board.
Everyone has a job on the Ranch . . . even the llamas!
Each of the crias born on Gin Creek Ranch are trained according to their temperament and disposition. The Normans teach each of the baby llamas the basics. The young llamas learn to walk on a lead rope with a halter on, stand still for grooming and health care, and to travel to shows and public places. Just like people, different llamas enjoy different things. Some Llamas love to go to shows, some don't like it at all. Some Llamas are more timid than others. Then, there are the natural public relations llamas. You will know them, because they will be right beside you, curious about what you are doing. The Normans enjoy finding each personality then taking the training "up a notch! " (Thanks, Emeril!).
Whether it be a hunting companion, guard animal, hiking partner, pasture poodle, fiber source or lawn mower, llamas are fun!
One Look into These Eyes!
Tara and Melissa with New Crias
The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas!
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Charlene Laughing, Navajo Weaver Using Our Llama Fiber from Gin Creek Ranch