BAS judge Roger Clarke and his wife Elaine established Amberly Alpacas in 2006, at their home in Northern Ireland’s picturesque Clogher Valley. One of the very first breeders in Ireland, the couple have worked tirelessly to continually develop and improve their herd and now pride themselves on being one of the most successful, experienced and influential herds on the island of Ireland. With an emphasis on ‘Quality over Quantity’, Amberly Alpacas has become the leading name for ‘All Things Alpaca’.
What started as a hobby very quickly became a passion, one that has seen the couple achieve many ‘firsts’ for the country’s developing alpaca industry. The Clarke’s were one of the founder herds of the Northern Ireland Alpaca Group back in 2013 and served as committee members respectively.
Members of the British Alpaca Society and the Alpaca Association of Ireland the couple have also worked through various stages of alpaca-related training to become Ireland’s first BAS affiliate training couple. In 2019, they established the Alpaca Education Centre of Ireland from which they deliver and host a wide range of training and educational events.
Roger’s particular interest in genetic advancement culminated in 2019 when he became the first person on the island of Ireland to qualify as a BAS certified alpaca judge for both halter and fleece.
Roger and Elaine Clarke winning Supreme Champion Huacaya at the BAS National Show with Popham Gabine of Amberly