2018 Judges

For the 2018 Carolina Alpaca Celebration we are very fortunate to have two exceptional judges in the halter rings: Amanda Vandenbosch and Diana Timmerman. Diana Timmerman will judge Huacaya and Suri females while Amanda Vandenbosch will judge Huacaya and Suri males.  Together Diana and Amanda will co-judge Huacaya Production and Judges Choice.

The 2018 Southern Alpaca Celebration will feature a terrific Fleece Show which will be judged by Wini Lebrecque and Diane Timmerman. Plan on getting your fleeces together for the first event of the 2018 season.  This will be a large fleece show so plan ahead.

There will be Walking Fleece classes to be judged by Judy Keske and Amanda Vandenbosch. Look at those animals that have that beautiful fleece that you aren’t showing in the halter classes. And you can even show the halter ones in the Walking Fleece competition.

Our judge for the Spin-off  Competition is TBD.

A Fiber Arts Competition will once again be highlighted this year for the 2018 Southern Alpaca Celebration and will be judged by Ruth Hutton.

Amanda Vandenbosch

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Biography

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.

Diana Timmerman

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Biography

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.

Judy Keske

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Biography

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/spinoff, spinning and beginning crochet.

She was approved as a spin off judge in 2006 and has judged competitions for many of the national and local shows.

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.

Wini Labrecque

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Biography

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.

 Ruth Hutton

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Biography

I am a New Jersey native but a long time North Carolina resident.  I received a BS in Textile Design from The Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now known as Philadelphia University).  After graduation I moved to NC in 1981 for a career in Textile Design.  I worked in Spindale NC for 19 years employed by Mastercraft Fabrics.  I designed Jacquard fabrics for the Home use, such as for couches and chairs.   My family and I moved to State Road in 2000, to work for Chatham Fabrics, designing fabrics for the contract market ( high traffic public areas such as hotels, offices and restaurants).  While designing fabrics for industry use I continued expanding my knowledge in the Hand Fiber Arts, taking classes and attending conferences. My Fiber art experience is in weaving, spinning, fiber preparation, dyeing, knitting, felting, and Kumihimo Braiding. I enjoy judging Fiberarts and have judged at Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) and have assisted with judging at Maryland Sheep and Wool.

Because of my interest in the Hand Fiber Arts, when an opportunity to buy Circle of Friends Yarn Shop was offered, I did just that and changed the name to Circle of Friends Yarn Shop and FiberArt Studio.  On April 15, 2007 I took ownership and as of October 1, 2015 I closed the store and now practice my craft at home.