Ohio | Capezios Gift Ranch

Contact Information

Melissa Snyder

12197 Township Rd 166
Roseville, OH 43777


Email Capezios Gift Ranch


Services Offered

  • One-on-one mentorship
  • An opportunity to show at the local county or state fair
  • An opportunity for a 4-H or FFA club to meet at my farm
  • An opportunity to show an alpaca at an AOA show or participate in the Youth Judging program


I have been working with youth since I graduated High School in 2009. I went to Lake Erie College and got a degree in Therapeutic Horsemanship and have been working with children with disabilities ever since. Ten years ago we started the alpaca 4-H program at our local fair and have been working with youth ever since. We attend ALSA, ILR, and AOA shows. We have attended the National Alpaca Show three times and won Championships each time. I often also sell trained performance animals for youth.


I try to make sure no kid is excluded from showing because of financials. I provide the animals, the equipment, and the cost to show. If we got to a big show such as the National Alpaca Show where hotel stays and large travel costs could be accrued we often work together to do a fundraiser, find sponsors, or pitch in where possible. One person may help with gas, another family packs the snacks, etc. We work as a team to try and give the youth as many experiences as we can. I do require a certain number of practices with an animal before attending the higher level shows. I will not pay for your child to go to an upper-level show if they are not bonded and ready with their animal.

Transportation Provided to Alpaca Shows


Mentor Farms for Youth


Please be advised that Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) does not assume any risk of, and will not be liable for, any injury, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you or your guests may experience or incur in connection with your participation in the mentor program.