2017 Judges

Our Halter Show Superintendent will be Sue Ives, show.super.ives@gmail.com
This show will be judged using the 60/40 comparative judging basis. Classes will include, Full Fleece, Bred and Owned, Shorn, Championships and Judges' Choice (if minimums met).
Group Classes will be, Get of Sire, Produce of Dam, and Breeders Best Group of Three

Our Judges for the Empire Show are:
Amanda VandenBosch - Female Huacaya and Suri; Production and Judges’ Choice
Peter Kennedy – Male Huacaya and Suri; Production and Judges’ Choice

Our Judges for the NEAOBA Show are:
Jude Anderson – Female Huacaya and Suri; Production and Judges’ Choice
Jill MacLeod – Male Huacaya and Suri; Production and Judges’ Choice

Our Fleece Show Superintendent will be Cheri Seiler, show.super.seiler@gmail.com
Fleece Classes are, Regular, Best Prepared Fleece, Championships (minimums met)
Special Awards: Judges' Choice, Best Hand, Best Brightness-Huacaya, Best Luster-Suri,
Best Crimp-Huacaya, Best Lock Formation-Suri and Spirit of the Fiber Industry.
Cottage Fleece Classes are, Regular and Color Championships. Special Awards: Judges' Choice, Best Hand, Best Brightness-Huacaya, Best Luster-Suri

Our Fleece Show Judges are: Diana Timmerman and Stephanie Glyptis

Our Walking Fleece Show Judges are: Glen Finbow and Sonia Perron

Jude Anderson

Jude Anderson, along with her husband, Alan Cousill, has been breeding alpacas since 1991, in both Australia and the US. Currently, they own and breed alpacas in the US, a herd of quality suris and huacayas at Pucara International, a beautiful 105-acre farm at McMinnville, Oregon.

In 1994 Jude left school teaching to concentrate fully on the breeding and animal care of alpacas at Pucara Alpaca Stud in Australia.

An AAA judge since 1998, Jude gained AOA certification in 2002 and senior judge and judge trainer/instructor status in 2005. She also certified at the IAJS judging school in Peru in 2000. Since 1998 Jude has judged in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, and Norway. She is involved in the development and teaching at both halter and fleece judging clinics and works with apprentices to develop their skills. She has also trained British Alpaca Society judges in the UK.

Currently, Jude is Chair of the AOA Judges Advisory Committee and a halter liaison to the AOA Show Rules Committee.

Alongside Cheryl Gehly, Mike Safley, and Amanda VandenBosch, Jude authored The Art and Science of Alpaca Judging, a comprehensive judge training text also used extensively by alpaca breeders worldwide. Jude has also conducted seminars and spoken in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, and Germany on topics including breeding, reproduction and alpaca husbandry, alpaca fiber, conformation, selection, genetics, and nutrition.

Amanda VandenBosch

Amanda VandenBosch is a Senior AOA Halter and Fleece Judge and an Alpaca Judge Trainer and Instructor in the United States. Amanda qualified as an International Alpaca Judge trained in Peru at the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) in 2000. She has judged shows in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Peru gaining an international perspective and true love for the art and science of alpaca judging.

Amanda travels worldwide judging alpacas, instructing, presenting seminars and workshops to breeders and judges. Her “hands on” approach is greatly sought after. Amanda worked with the British Alpaca Society (BAS) for 7 years to help develop the Judge Training Program, and with the New Zealand Judges for continuous training. She has been honored with regular appointments as an AOA Senior Instructor and Judge Trainer in both Fleece and Halter in the USA.

Amanda has spent many hours volunteering over the years at AOBA National Conferences and regional events. She has participated on numerous committees. She is past president of CALPACA a Regional Affiliate and past co-chair of the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC). Currently she acts as a liaison for the Judge Training & Certification Committee. Amanda has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading experts in the study of alpacas.

Amanda is a native of the United Kingdom. She traveled and worked for The National Stud (UK) Lindsay Park Stud (Australia) and Lanes End Farm (Kentucky, USA) the premier thoroughbred breeding operations worldwide. In 1991, she settled in the USA. For the last 23 years, Amanda has been involved with alpacas in all aspects.

Amanda is also a co-author of the book “The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging” published by AOBA and used as a training tool. With her husband, Vince, and two sons, Cody and Hunter, they operate Flying Dutchman Alpacas, in Bend, Oregon, successfully raising both huacayas and suris. Along with raising high quality breeding stock, they also own a partnership in Spring Harvest Mill, completing the circle of taking fleece to processing and end use, with these fine products being offered for sale at their local business Tumalo Coffee House.

Jill MacLeod

Jill MacLeod lives in High River, Alberta, Canada, where she has been involved in the Alpaca industry since 1991, with the start of her breeding operation, Aztec Alpacas. Jill has served as a past director of the Canadian Alpaca Association, numerous association committees, and is currently an active member of the Canadian show committee. She is also an advisor to the Quechua Benefit — a charitable organization focused on assisting the people of the Peruvian highlands. She spends much of her time traveling as an alpaca halter and fleece judge and holds international training credentials and is also a senior judge and judge trainer for AOA. Jill has been fortunate to judge across North America as well as Europe, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Jill has had a lifelong interest in textiles and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Textiles in 1987 from the University of Alberta. As a certified Camelid Fibre Classer, she spent a number of years assisting the Canadian fibre cooperative in developing its quality control systems and product development.

Peter Kennedy

Peter and his partner established Canchones Alpacas in 1998. Starting on ten acres with two females, the herd has grown to some 350 black alpacas (250 huacaya and 100 suri). In 2003, the alpaca stud was relocated to a 400-acre property in North East Victoria, Australia.
In 2004, Peter spent three months in Peru selecting black alpacas to be added to the Canchones breeding program. In all thirty huacaya and five suri, were selected by Peter and imported into Australia.
Peter has been a full time alpaca breeder for the last five years. He manages the breeding program of the Canchones herd, on a daily basis, using the latest techniques including ET (Embryo Transfer) and the SRS system.
Peter successfully attended the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) in the Peruvian altiplano in 2004. He has also been certified as both an AOBA (Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association) and AAA (Australian Alpaca Association) judge.
Since qualifying as a judge in Australia and the United States, Peter has judged shows throughout Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA.

Dianna Timmerman

Diana is an AOA Halter and Senior Fleece Judge and an Alpaca Judge Trainer and Instructor currently in the United States. Diana received her Certification as an International Alpaca Judge trained in Peru at the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS ) in 2004. She has actively judged in Canada and the United States since 2001.

Diana has over 21 years of experience breeding and showing alpacas and their fleece, along with over 30 years of experience raising other breeds of livestock. Her love for alpacas and her commitment to fleece education was the inspiration that led to the purchase of The Alpaca Breeders Fiber School, LLC. Diana is also an alpaca industry consultant, educator, Fiber Sorter and Grader and working on her Wool Classer status.

Diana currently serves on the AOA Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) , AOA Judge Training and Certification Committee (JTCC) as Liaison and has served on the Advisory Board for the Mid-America Alpaca Foundation, the Board of Directors of The Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, is a faculty member and owner of the Alpaca Breeders Fiber School, LLC, and past leader of the Leading Llamas and Alpacas 4-H Club.

Diana was born in Germany where she lived until she was eight years of age. At that time she came to Colorado with her parents and brother and has remained there. She was employed as a paralegal in private practice and the District Attorney’s Office prior to acquiring alpacas. She has one son, Jeff and his wife Jenessa and a wonderful grandson, Alden Ray.

Along with her husband, Tim, they operate Aussie Acres Alpacas, LCC , successfully producing many of the world’s sought after grey and fawn Huacaya breeding stock. They have been honored to have exported their genetics worldwide.

Stephanie Glyptis

After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in animal science, Stephanie Glyptis jumped into alpacas in 2000 as the herd manager for Heart's Desire Farm, the largest huacaya herd in West Virginia. This herd of nearly 300 kept her very busy halter training, delivering crias and managing the daily needs of the alpacas. A very active participant in the show ring, she was finally able to merge her background in dairy cattle judging with alpacas in 2006 when she became an AOA certified judge. Since then, she has judged all over the United States and Canada. Being certified in all aspects of judging, fleece, halter and performance, has become the perfect fit for many shows that only need one judge.

Stephanie, her husband Phillip and their children Teddy and Abigail live in Weirton, West Virginia just outside Pittsburgh, PA. Stephanie runs Solimente Alpaca Consulting and in addition to judging also does education and herd evaluations for alpaca herds.

Glen Finbow

After forty-four years in the construction industry in Southern Ontario, Glen sold the assets of Economy Paving Company [St. Catharines] Limited to direct his time and energies toward new business ventures. In July of 2014, Glen incorporated Economy Auction Services and Equipment Sales (Ontario) Limited, specializing in construction equipment, automobiles, livestock, real estate, guns, and charity auctions and sales. The business is located at 570 Industrial Drive, Fort Erie, Ontario.

Glen is a member of OACCET carrying the designation of C.E.T. He became a Professional Auction Ringman at the PRI School in Springfield, Missouri in 2013. To complete his education, Glen is now a Professional Auctioneer having recently graduated (2015) from the Kentucky Auction Academy held at Kentucky Western University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. To further educate himself in the auction industry, Glen intends to hone his skills by attending NAA Training Seminars held throughout the U.S.A. Additionally, Glen completed his 4-year alpaca judging apprenticeship in 2014 and is now an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge.

Glen wrote his first book in 2012 called The Alpaca Breeder's Terminology Sourcebook. He volunteers his time as a board member on the C.L.A.A. Board, Alberta, chairs the Canadian Chapter of Quechua Benefit, Canada and recently completed his second term on the Alpaca Ontario Board of Directors. Glen enjoys auto racing, golfing, antique collecting, and farming.

Sonia Perron

Sonia Perron lives in Mansonville, Quebec Canada, she fluently speaks French and English. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sherbrooke, she has more than twenty years of experience in the field of sales, the last twelve years connected with the pharmaceutical industry.

Sonia and her husband Mario, established Finesse Alpaga Ranch in 2008 and currently have a herd of 40 alpacas. In 2012, she began the AOA judging program which she finished as a certified AOA judge for fleece in 2016. She gives frequent seminars about alpacas and translates oral reasons for the halter shows in Quebec.

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