Arturo PenaCONTACT ARTURO Judge Trainer Halter, FleeceCertificationsHuacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance Arturo Pena is from Arequipa, Peru. He has an educational background in animal science and management. In 2003, he moved to the United States, since then he has been working as a herd manager for large alpaca farms operation. His fascination for alpacas and its luxury product "The Fleece" motivated him to get into the AOBA Judging Apprentice Program. He completed his training and become an AOBA Certified Halter, Performance and Fleece Judge for both Huacayas and Suris. Arturo, his wife Kat and son Nicholas recently moved to the East Coast area. Arturo believes that education and mentoring are the keys to promote and develop a strong Alpaca industry.
Senior Judge and Judge Trainer for all CertificationsCertificationsHuacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece 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.
RobertJ.Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD
Professor of Veterinary Science
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