Shauna Brummet and Jeffrey Skinner, owners at Hobby Horse Farm Alpacas
Shauna R. Brummet, Ph.D. and Jeffrey A. Skinner have been involved with showing and breeding outstanding animals for almost 25 years. We believe that the consistent production of high quality alpacas is an ART and a SCIENCE and we bring both to the game. A deep understanding of genetics, of conformation, and type as well as husbandry, training and showing skills are found at our farm.
Shauna has served 3 terms on the ARI Board. Prior to her first term, she was a consultant with ARI, and held the position of Chief Scientist during her tenure, including a year between her 2nd and 3rd term on the board. She is a also a board member of ARF - the Alpaca Research Foundation.
Jeff served on the AOBA (now AOA) Board of Directors from 2004 – 2007, and stepped in from November 2008 thru May 2009 to fill a vacancy.
Our mission as alpaca breeders is to produce healthy, sound, elite-fibered alpacas with show ring presence, winning ability and production excellence. Our vision is a cooperative effort of small farms. We are pioneers in the alpaca industry in the use of quantitative genetic testing tools (EPDs) to improve our breeding stock, as well as using skin biopsy analysis and fleece statistics (histograms)
If you’re an animal lover and have discovered the delight of alpacas, then you also have no doubt dreamed of being able to make a living or supplement your current income by putting that passion to work for you! Your growing alpaca business is supported by our 22+ years of success and desire to share what we have learned, growing not just a business, but also a network of friends along the way. Join our ever-widening circle of friends. Learn how to work a job you love and live the life you seek – our walk to the office is short and sweet! Buy with confidence How can you build the kind of herd that you desire? Since each breeding takes almost a year before you see fruits of your planning and expectations, make sure that your money and time are wisely spent. Build on our proven genetics, and enjoy knowing that you will be producing highly desired fiber characteristics – fineness and density on sound and healthy animals that you will be eager to show and proud to sell. The experience of showing, winning, and seeing your carefully bred young animals go on to new homes is fulfilling, profitable and a lot of fun!
Full industry commitment
We encourage you to get involved in the alpaca community as much as your schedule will permit. You will not only have fun, you will learn from a wide variety of people, and make friends that will last a lifetime! We volunteer in the National organizations, and are in the business to stay. We can help you be too!
Full 24/7 support – Call us with any problems or questions. You may need help at a show, or want sound, qualified advice to help you decide on the best animals to suit your goals and your budget. Sometimes even a listening ear is helpful! Experience and Education Equals Knowledge Do you want a deeper understanding of genetics, EPDs and more? How about tips on how to handle your animals in the show ring? We’re eager to share what we’ve learned.Our formal education and careers in the life sciences and engineering provide a sound foundation for breeding healthy, quality animals and to developing sound husbandry and infrastructure practices. Come to our farm, meet us, and see our alpacas, pastures and facilities. It’s time to start living your dream!