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New Members Success at Northumberland County Show

Best Northumbrian Alpaca Satara with Sandra, Val Fullerlove (right) and apprentice judge Julia Corrigan-Stuart

…or more accurately we persuaded Lesley and Sandra Oliver of Cherry Hope Alpacas to join NEBAG after their Suri, Cherry Hope Satara, won Best Northumbrian Alpaca. The brown junior male won high praise from the judge Val Fullerlove who was wowed by the lustre of his fleece.The day was a great success thanks to the help of many NEBAG member and in particular Mel and Mike Douglas and Paul and Rachel Vaclik.

It seemed appropriate to begin our new (and hopefully regular) feature of NEBAG herd profiles with Cherry Hope Alpacas. So here it is in their own words.

Best Northumbrian Alpaca Satara with Sandra, Val Fullerlove (right) and apprentice judge Julia Corrigan-Stuart

 

Cherry Hope Alpacas

Cherry Hope Alpacas is run by sisters, Lesley and Sandra Oliver. Sandra, a solicitor, leads the legal team of a global environmental consultancy, and Lesley combines self-employment as a Business Intelligence Consultant with a Reiki and Quantum Touch practice.

We both divide our time between our full time day jobs and our alpacas, not forgetting of course our horses – between us we have five horses as well so there is never a moment to spare and always a very long To Do list.

Sandra

Sandra with Gabriel and Savannah

When we discovered alpacas and decided to breed our own herd, it was a little while before we encountered a Suri on an alpaca handling course in Devon. Once seen however we were smitten and our journey with suris began! A trip to Bozedown Alpacas resulted in the purchase of two white and two black suris and since then we’ve added to the colour range so now have beige, fawn and brown suris, and this year are hope for our first grey suris.

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold
Satara

Satara- just arrived

Our aim is to breed a top quality mixed herd of huacaya and suris, whilst concentrating on suris, in order to bring these fabulous alpaca with their wonderful lustre, flowing locks and high spirits to the North East.

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