Laurel Shouvlin and her husband Tim have been raising alpacas since 1997 on Bluebird Hills Farm in Springfield, Ohio. Laurel has been fascinated with the camel family since her childhood and has also enjoyed working with natural fibers, learning to weave, knit and spin while in high school.
All facets of the alpaca industry appeal to her including husbandry, veterinary medicine, the breeding and birthing, and the show ring. She first considered becoming a judge after volunteering as a ring steward at various shows, loving the opportunity to examine the fleeces of so many alpacas, and considers training to judge alpacas a natural extension of her education involving these animals. Laurel believes the show ring is one of the best tools available to breeders to continue to improve both the fiber and conformation of alpacas in North America. The show ring is also a great opportunity to help educate breeders about fleece and conformation.
Laurel has also served as editor and publisher of the Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association magazine, Ohio Alpaca Life, and as a director for the ARI. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to evaluate North American alpacas and their fleeces.