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Hilary Shenton has developed a thriving business from an initial fascination with alpacas, which has now become her passion. She is a qualified Judge for the British Alpaca Society and can often be seen judging at county shows.
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About Hilary

Hilary Shenton has developed a thriving business from an initial fascination with alpacas, which has now become her passion.

Her interest in alpacas began in 1997, when a friend introduced her to these endearing creatures. It was an opportune introduction, as Hilary was looking for a complete lifestyle change. She had been running her own highly successful recruitment company in London for 25 years, but the countryside beckoned and she fell in love with alpacas. But it is typical of Hilary's approach to life that it was over a year later before she bought her first alpacas. During that year she did as much research as possible, learning about alpacas, their welfare and care as well as the more practical aspects of whether she could create a viable business.

 

A brief history - Her career spans 16 years and includes:

1999
 

Set up Zarza Alpacas in Oxfordshire, England

 
 
2003
 

Qualified as a British Alpaca Society Judge

 
 
2004
 

Won 'Best Small Exporter'Award in the Midlands UK Trade and Investment Awards for Export

Accredited breeder with the Alpaca Breeders Fibre School in Peru - one of only three British breeders

Launched Zarza's alpaca products

 
 
2005
 

Featured in Country Living magazine 'Playing the Stock Market'

Featured on BBC TV Herefordshire in a programme which followed Zarza through the seasons as part of the focus on farming businesses

 
 
2006
 

Set up Zarza Italia now in Umbria and specializing in suris.

 
 
2009
 

Retired from Judging in UK

 
 
2011
 

Set up Zarza Alpaca Group in Italy leading a group of breeders in Tuscany, Umbria, Marché, San Marino and Basilicata See Zarza Alpaca Group

 
 
 
Hilary with baby alpaca
 
 
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