Sopris Unlimited
Recognition and Awards

Bobra Goldsmith Award RMLA's Bobra Goldsmith Memorial Award, 2011
The Bobra Goldsmith Memorial Award will be presented to an RMLA person or persons who have demonstrated a passion and a love for educating the community about llamas and alpacas through a variety of activities, which may include writing articles, hosting workshops, speaking at conferences, and participating in organized llama/alpaca events.
Jerry Dunn, of RMLA, presented Charlie Hackbrarth with the inaugural award at the National Western Stock Show on January 8, 2011.


LANA's Humdinger Award, 2008
LANA Humdinger Award "Charlie Hackbarth continues to be one of the premier teaching icons to Pack Llama enthusiasts. Like so many of our pioneers in the llama industry, he possesses a significant background in teaching--and Charlie is a great teacher. When most of us think about learning to pack with llamas we think of Charlie Hackbarth. But he is so much more than that. Charlie's wisdom, incredible educator skills, articles, training clinics and humane and safe pack saddles and gear have continued to expand abilities and educate llama owners throughout the nation. He is the type of person who always gives back so much to our great Lama Community. Charlie is truly deserving of the “2008 LANA Humdinger Award” because he is a true asset to llamas and to the promotion of llamas as the ultimate pack animal. Thank You, Charlie, for all of your positive contributions and support of the pack llama and our entire lama community."

ILA Pushmi-Pullyu AwardILA’s Pushmi-Pullyu Award, 1988
"The Pushmi-Pullyu Award [was] designed to identify and recognize those who have made a significant contribution to lamas and the goals of the International Llama Association as reflected in the ILA Mission Statement. The award also [served] to showcase special ideas and accomplishments, enabling others to learn form them and assimulate successful ideas, projects and methods into their own programs." Awarded to Charlie and Sandy Hackbarth