2019 Futurity Judges

2019 Futurity Judges 2018-11-30T01:54:54+00:00

Huacaya & Suri Females

Nick Harrington-Smith

Born and bred on a livestock farm, Nick has devoted the whole of his adult life to farming livestock.  In 1998, he was appointed as manager of Europe’s largest alpaca business with some 900 alpacas, a role he continued in until February 2005 when the business was sold.  2005 saw Nick and a business partner establish The Alpaca Stud, which owned a herd more than 700 alpacas, both Suri and Huacaya.  In 2017 he developed Alpaca Evolution with Shirley.  For Nick it really was an Evolution of all his years in Alpaca breeding.  Nick was the first judge to qualify under the British Alpaca Society training scheme, then going on to be the first European to have gained qualification as an AoA(American) Halter Judge , as well as for Fleece Judging and Performance classes.  Nick is also a BAS approved judge trainer.  Nick has been involved in the selection and purchase of breeding stock in both North and South America and Australia, and has assessed many thousands of alpacas in the process.  Bringing close to two decades of experience in Alpaca breeding there are few breeders in the UK who can rival him in his depth of knowledge both Alpaca itself and the industry that surrounds it.

Huacaya & Suri Males

Helen Testa

Helen established Silvercloud Farm in 2001 and managed a large herd of huacayas. Helen has been very active within the alpaca community. She served as the President of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (PAOBA), managed the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, served on the Mid- Atlantic Alpaca Association Board of Directors, served on several Alpaca Owners Association Sub-Committees, and was founder partner in Silver Penn Sales. Helen recently joined the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) and plans to remain active and supportive of the alpaca community.

Helen has been a certified Halter and Fleece Judge since 2007 and enjoys traveling throughout the country evaluating alpacas, offering educational seminars, herd evaluations, and sale consultations. Helen has now retired from Silvercloud Farm and she and her two children Mia and Raymond reside in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

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