Kevin and and his wife Lesley have owned and operated Starlight Alpacas since 1998, based at Swannanoa in North Canterbury, New Zealand. Starlight Alpacas specialise in white, fawn and brown Huacaya alpacas. Both Kevin and Lesley have been active members of the Alpaca Association New Zealand (AANZ) for some 15 years, including being on sub-committees and stewarding at A&P Shows throughout NZ.
Kevin has been chair of the AANZ Show Sub-Committee and chair of the AANZ Judges Group. He was an active member of the working group which organised and ran the three National Alpaca Expos in 2004, 2006 and 2008. His skills as a judge were used to help shortlist and select those alpacas offered for the Inaugural AANZ Alpaca National Auction in 2006 and again for the Expo in 2010. Currently registered with the British Alpaca Society (BAS) as a New Zealand screener for alpaca exports to Britain.
Kevin and Lesley love alpaca breeding as a lifestyle choice and are dedicated to improving the quality of the New Zealand Alpaca through selective breeding and sound farm management practice. Kevin enjoys witnessing the continual improvement in fleece and breed quality at various shows he attends. This makes his judging that more challenging each time he enters the show ring. Another pleasure when judging around New Zealand is the privilege of meeting fellow alpaca breeders after a day’s judging, or especially if billeted on farm for a night. It is always interesting to see what other breeders are doing, what techniques they have adopted to solve similar issues to the ones you are experiencing.