Guest Speakers 2016

Introducing our guest speakers for 2016…..

Sarah Riley, Inspire Courses and Inspired Camping


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Sarah Riley is a consultant, trainer and independent Glamping industry expert. She is also the founder of the internationally acclaimed ‘Ultimate Glamping Business Guide’, helping new businesses launch their ideas quickly and jump ahead of the competition. In partnership with Inspired Camping it has been developed as an online course with explanation videos and detailed information to support learners through every step of the process, releasing some very profitable trade secrets while helping new businesses to thrive. If you would like to schedule a time to speak to Sarah during the Classic please email


Move your business forward through better photography.
About Harvey Brown:
Harvey has worked for over 15 years as a highly regarded freelance photographer, working for businesses big and small as well as some of the most well established fashion brands, top high street names and a plethora of quality magazines and books, including Marks & Spencers, Next, Vidal Sassoon, Schwarzkopf, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, GQ and BHS.
The importance quality photography can play in the image, sales and ultimate success of a business in this digital age is often underestimated and Harvey will combine his vast experience in the industry with 6 years as an alpaca owner and breeder to demonstrate not only different photographic techniques but also the impact and effectiveness of the right photo for your alpaca enterprise.
“Move your business forward through better photography.”
Poor photography is a major reason for any business’ marketing efforts to fail to deliver a return.  Harvey will show and discuss the issues behind effective business photography and look at examples of images that work and analyse those that don’t.
The talk will discuss why photography is relevant to sales, how to identify the photographic needs of your business and planning a shoot, as well as practical demonstrations to improve your understanding of photography, technique and top professional tips.
Harvey’s talk is designed for all alpaca owners, breeders and producers of alpaca products, and is aimed to suit any level.


Brett Kaysen has been an influence in the Alpaca Community on many levels since 2001.  He has travelled coast to coast in North America as well as internationally teaching seminars on alpacas consisting of classroom presentations and hands on workshops.  Brett has a passion for educating, especially in the area of Animal Science.  Brett was raised east of Brighton, Colorado where he was always involved with every aspect of raising livestock.

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Nick has participated in an extended training programme so that he could gain a better  understanding of alpaca breeding.  This has lead to him becoming a qualified British Alpaca Society Judge and Trainer, as well as an AOA(American) Judge! He has travelled the world judging and selecting alpacas, and is to be frequently found teaching courses for the BAS when not doing so at home.


Mary-Jo Smith grew up in a farming community in Northern Alberta, where she acquired plenty of experience in many aspects of agriculture. Upon graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada she came to join Bozedown in 2000.
Over the years Mary-Jo has developed a passion in breeding and identifying quality traits in Alpacas, which is evident in her breeding programme. Mary-Jo and her family farm 750 alpacas on the family farm in South Oxfordshire. Bozedown genetics are highly sought after in both the UK and Europe, they pride themselves on their after care service and work closely with their clients to develop their knowledge about alpacas. Mary-Jo is a qualified BAS Judge and is involved in organising shows and alpaca events in the UK.

Mary Jo

Claire E Whitehead BVM&S MS FHEA MRCVS

Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Camelid Health & Production


Claire graduated as a vet from Edinburgh in 1999. She completed a Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University in July 2005. After a further year at Ohio State as a clinical instructor in Camelid Medicine and Reproduction, she returned to the UK in 2007 where she established the first referral service catering specifically for Camelids alongside other farm animals at The Royal Veterinary College. In May 2011, she set up in private practice running a camelid-only referral and consultancy practice and runs courses for vets and owners/breeders on Camelid Health and Reproduction. She opened a new camelid-focussed facility in April 2016. She is the current President of the British Veterinary Camelid Society and was recognized as the first and only RCVS Specialist in Camelid Health & Production in February 2016.

Claire Whitehead