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Judges


2017 Halter Judges
 


David Barboza - Small Breeders Jubilee, Females

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

David Barboza, while volunteering as a ring steward, recognized the process and challenges that livestock judging presented and decided to attend the International Alpaca Judging School in 2001. After returning from Peru he began the AOA judges training program and completed his certification in both IAJS and AOA as a halter, fleece, and performance judge. He judged his first show in 2006 and has judged over 45 shows both in the US and Canada.

David served a 3 year term on the AOBA board serving as Secretary and President. Promoting youth involvement in alpacas he has been instrumental in developing alpaca youth judging contests throughout the US. To expand his knowledge of livestock, David is currently enrolled in Graduate Studies at Colorado State University. After serving 29 years in the fire service David continues to serve as a soldier in the California State Military Reserve and Mission Pilot in the Civil Air Patrol. He works in the alpaca industry dividing his time between his ranch, judging, and teaching seminars. In 2006, together with his wife Brenda, they started ACE, Alpaca Continuing Education, which provides cutting edge training and education for the alpaca breeder. Today David and Brenda run their ranch, RanchoNC Alpacas, in the foothills of Northern California and devote their attention to the alpaca industry.


Wade Gease

Wade Gease - Performance

SENIOR HALTER JUDGE AND JUDGE TRAINER FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

Wade Gease has been an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge for the past eleven years and has judged shows throughout the United States and Canada. He is one of the few alpaca judge trainers in both halter and fleece. Wade received his Camelid Fibre Sorter Certification from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre. Presently he serves as President for the Great Lakes Alpaca Association. He is co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas which is home to over 80 huacaya and suri alpacas. Wade has been very active in the alpaca world which includes speaking for educational events, consulting for auctions, evaluating for private alpacas breeders, and organizing private trips to Peru.

Wade has worked to produce one of the nations' first blends of Alpaca and Bamboo fabrics. This has led to developments into the fashion industry with producing finished garments.

In his past he has been a certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a retail gift store ,and has worked for pharmaceutical companies. Wade has earned an Associate's Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry.

Wade likes to bring a personal teaching perspective to his judging because of his past passion of showing and professional educating. As a judge, Wade enjoys giving breeders informative feedback through his halter class oral reasons.


Stephanie Glyptis

Stephanie Glyptis - Small Breeders Jubilee, Males

JUDGE TRAINER PERFORMANCE

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

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.

 


Nick Harrington-Smith, Huacaya Females

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Married now for 36 years to Terry, Nick has spent his entire life working with and managing farming businesses in the UK. In 1998, he entered into the alpaca industry when appointed as UK Manager for an Australian business owning some 800 alpacas in the UK. Nick found his previous livestock experience invaluable, and was able to introduce sound commercial husbandry techniques into a business that was lacking focus and perspective. In 2005, Nick sold the company for his Australian owners, only to face redundancy! This setback was to provide the opportunity to set up his own business with a new business partner John Potts, and The Alpaca Stud was established which now comprises of some 450 Huacaya and 150 Suri.

Nick has selected and imported numerous alpacas from Peru, Canada, Australia and the United States and in doing so has had to select from many thousands of alpacas. In part, these opportunities encouraged Nick to enter the first British Judge training scheme and becoming the first graduate of the scheme in 2003 and he is now a certified judge trainer for the British Alpaca Society. In 2005, Nick qualified as an AOBA judge. He believes it is the discipline and knowledge gained during this training that has led to a much better understanding of fleece and fleece technology. Nick has judged shows across the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA and considers each show judged a great privilege bestowed upon him by the exhibitors. Nick considers that showing must be educational through informed and accurate oral reasons. He is a very strong believer in the show ring as a promotional vehicle for alpacas, but also has a real awareness of the need to keep in perspective its importance in respect of breeding decisions. Nicks primary objective when judging is to ensure that all exhibitors experience an enjoyable and informative event.


Sharon Loner, Huacaya Males

HALTER JUDGE TRAINER

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Sharon Loner and her husband, Frank, purchased their first alpacas in 1993 and are the owners of Mile High Alpacas located in Parker, Colorado. Sharon soon learned that raising these beautiful animals was her calling and within three years she left her professional career as a property and casualty insurance broker to become an alpaca rancher full time.

Sharon is both AOA and Internationally Certified to judge fleece, halter, and performance alpaca shows. In 2004 she completed her international judging training through the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) located in Peru by Maggie Krieger and Dr. Julio Sumar and that same year became AOBA certified. Sharon remains an active member with Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA); serving previously as Vice President and currently as Secretary of her local affiliate, the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, (ABR); and has been a director for the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA).

Sharon graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Textiles. Sharon and Frank have two daughters. Carly who has earned her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Emergency Medicine from University of Wisconsin is currently working in Rochester, New York. Jaclyn, is in her 2nd year of Physician Assistant (PA) school in Denver, Colorado. Sharon’s husband, Frank, retired in 2012 after 33 years of operating a Chick-Fil-A quick service restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. Frank is now a full time ranch hand, maintenance, and “honey doer”.

In addition to judging, Sharon obtained her real estate license and joined RE/MAX, Inc specializing in farm and ranch properties and downsizing while serving the discerned population of “baby boomers.”

Sharon’s goal while in the show ring is to see that every exhibitor and their alpaca are comfortable, relaxed, while at the same time having an enjoyable experience. She makes sure each and every alpaca is evaluated consistently and fairly on a comparative basis within their individual classes. In the fleece show, she treats each fleece with respect and judges on an absolute basis as specified by the AOA show division rules.

to share her knowledge with others to help enhance their own livestock programs.


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.

Diana Timmerman, Suri Males & Females

SENIOR FLEECE JUDGE AND JUDGE TRAINER FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

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. He 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.

 

2017 Fleece Judges


Kathy Klay, Fleece

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Kathy began her alpaca adventure in 2000 with what was thought as an innocent little comment from her husband regarding an article he was reading on what his college's past president was doing during retirement. From there, the internet was all it took for the fun to begin. Growing up on a farm and being actively involved in 4-H raising cattle & showing horses, it was easy to see the potential of this fiber animal and to embrace raising alpacas.

She has spent hours volunteering at fleece and halter shows and enjoyed scribing during numerous annual AOBA National Conference Fleece shows. She started the first alpaca 4-H club in Franklin County and has donated her time to coach various 4-H clubs around the state as well as judge 4-H alpaca events. She has held clinics and presented seminars on varied alpaca topics. She's currently the membership chairperson of OABA and an active member of AOA, CABO, and the Suri Network.

Kathy left her financial planning and investment management job in 2007 to concentrate full-time on completing the AOBA Judge Apprenticeship program and is now certified to judge suri/huacaya halter, performance & fleece. She enjoys delivering her orals reasons in a way that each participant gets meaningful information as to why their alpacas placed as they did reflecting her desire to enhance the exhibitor's show experience.

Kathy, her husband Earl and their herd of suri and huacaya alpacas, reside at Jefferson Laurel Farm which is located minutes from Columbus, Ohio.


Wini Labrecque - Walking Fleece, Fleece to Shawl

CERTIFICATIONS: Fleece, Walking Fleece

Wini Labrecque has been involved in the fiber industry since the late 1980s. With a focus on natural fibers, she has developed an extensive background in utilization and promotion of all types of fibers for practical and commercial use. Wini is a weaver, hand spinner, felter, knitter, crocheter and dyer.

She is an AOA Certified Alpaca Fleece Judge, Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada, Trained Grader/Sorter of cashmere fiber as well as trained in judging cashmere. Wini is working with a company to help develop better cashmere production, collection and marketing with nomad people of Kyrgyzstan. Working with IYAK (Int’l Yak Association) she has been instrumental in developing criteria and judging protocol for yak fiber both on and off the animal. Wini is a past founding partner in a company dedicated to utilization of all grades of alpaca fiber into woven fabric for home décor use.

A retired Veterinary Assistant, Wini and her husband John have raised alpacas, cashmere producing goats, angora goats, sheep and angora rabbits over the years. They currently have 5 alpacas including 1 suri that are utilized for fiber production. Wini’s background gives her the unique opportunity to share her knowledge with others to help enhance their own livestock programs.


Judy Keske - Walking Fleece

CERTIFICATIONS: Fleece, Walking Fleece

As president of Slow & Easy Alpaca Farm, Judy began their business in 1996 with the purchase of 3 alpacas.

As the industry evolved, her business branched into fiber related interests to help promote alpaca fiber. At that time, she decided to retire from nursing and devote all of her time to this fine industry. She began spinning shortly after their 2nd shearing in 1998. At the same time, she became actively involved in Lorain County Spinners & Weavers Guild.

Our services include teaching, demonstrating and education re: various fiber arts at community events and schools. Since that time, she has become a member of Ohio Natural Fiber Network and continues to promote all aspects of natural fiber.

Volunteering at fleece shows had become a part of her schedule, beginning in 2002 for OABA & AOBA. There is no better place to learn all about the super characteristics of alpaca fleece. Her personal service includes instruction in fleece preparation for show/spin-off, spinning, and beginning crochet.

Judy was approved as a spin-off judge in 2006 and has judged competitions for many of the national and local shows. She has since been accredited as a spin-off judge under a new AOA accreditation program that began in August 2016. In August 2012 she became an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge after apprenticing numerous shows throughout the United States.

She feels privileged to have the opportunity to continue evaluating North American alpaca fleece on various levels.

 


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.

Diana Timmerman, Fleece

SENIOR FLEECE JUDGE AND JUDGE TRAINER FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

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. He 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.