On behalf of the AOA Board of Directors, welcome to Grand Island and the AOA National Alpaca Show presented by Alpacas of Moose Creek Ranch and Red Granite Ranch! One year ago, many of you traveled to compete, network, and have fun with your fellow alpaca friends as we celebrated the National Show’s 30th anniversary. It was at that event everything changed in the world as we knew it. Despite closing to the public, you persevered, and no one came down with that very new virus, Covid-19. A year later, we’ve survived quarantine, shutdowns, and even the virus itself. And while we never thought we’d still be dealing with masks, social distancing, and CDC guidelines, here we are adjusting to a new way of life. After all, the show must go on! We are excited to offer a national event at which you can showcase your top animals. In addition, you’ll see familiar offerings to attract the public such as the vendor fair, selfie booth, and alpaca yoga. We’ve added some Olympic flair to the weekend with the Gold Medal Farm contest. Watch the Gold Medal Farm videos by the AOA booth during the weekend and then find out at the Saturday night Banquet who will take home the Gold! Please join us Saturday night at Boarders Inn and Suites for the Cocktail Reception and for the Annual Banquet and Auction sponsored by The Futurity by Celebrity Sales. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, stop by the AOA booth soon to check on availability. The banquet is more than a meal; it’s a time to socialize with fellow alpaca owners, get to know new members, support our organization, and have fun! We promise that watching our auction spotters is worth the price of admission! Thank you for joining us in Nebraska, home of the AOA National Office, and for your support of this show. We are so grateful for our exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers. Without you, along with the public who come to experience the animals we love, we wouldn’t have a show.
We hope your weekend will be successful in every way.
Here’s to going for gold!
Jennifer Hack President Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.
Robin Gifford Executive Director Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.
Host Hotel ––––––––––––––––––––– Boarders Inn and Suites 3333 Ramada Rd Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 (308) 384-5150 Five Points Bank Arena at Fonner Park ––––––––––––––––– 700 E Stolley Park Rd Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 On-Call Veterinarian –––––––––––– Anthony Stachowski, DVM (330)-697-3942
Barn Hours –––––––––––––––––––– Thursday–Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m . Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m . Barn Access & Security––––––––––– For after-hours access or in case of emergency, call Lennie Foss at (603)-765-4696. COVID Policy –––––––––––––––––– All exhibitors, vendors, staf f, and public will be required to wear a mask at all times while indoors at any Alpaca Owners Association event. Social distancing–maintaining at least 6 feet of distance–should be followed when possible. CDC guidelines will be followed.
Silent Auction –––––––––––––––––– Open at the AOA Booth Closes at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday Stop by the AOA Silent Auction to discover the variety of products and services offered this year. Check back often so you don’t get outbid! Thank you to all the donors who have offered their generous support to AOA.
Team Spirit Meet & Greet ––––––––– at Fonner Park in the Barn Bar Friday, March 19 • 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Wear your best team apparel and join us at Five Points Bank Arena for our Meet & Greet! Come for light food and great conversation, as well as a Spotlight on the Show Ring presentation by Amanda VandenBosch. Cash bar available .
Saturday Night ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Boarders Inn & Suites • Ticket Required • Purchase tickets at the AOA booth by Noon on Saturday Cocktail Reception
Banquet Dinner & Live Fundraiser Auction sponsored by The Futurity by Celebrity Sales Saturday, March 20 • 6:30 p.m. AOA’s fundraising auction will take place during the Banquet Dinner starting at approximately 7:00 p.m. Terms & Conditions can be found in the Live Auction catalog.
Saturday, March 20 • 5:30 p.m-6:30 p.m. Meet us at Boarders Inn & Suites for drinks, food, and fun starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Cocktail Reception. AOA Shining Star Award Presentation Saturday, March 20 • 6:30 p.m. Attend the banquet to find out who the 2021 Shining Star Award winner is!
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AOA CERTIFIED JUDGES
Wade Gease –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Huacaya Male & Production Wade Gease is an AOA certified Senior Alpaca Judge, judge training instructor, presenter, designer, and consultant/mediator for the worldwide alpaca industry. He was previous co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas for 18 years. He now unveils his own wholesale/retail product line as The Alpaca Guy (www.TheAlpacaGuy.com).
Wade has been honored to be involved with so many different activities in the alpaca world: presenting his personal educational seminars at pen sales, consulting, commentating, coordinating for auctions, and evaluating for private alpaca breeders. A favored activity has been leading yearly educational trips throughout Peru. Wade was the first to produce a North American-made alpaca bamboo fabric. Thereafter, he created an upscale clothing line highlighting alpaca fabric, Alpaca Couture. The company’s vision was to gain greater attention from a discriminating consumer and help the industry gain greater recognition as an attractive fiber for fashion. Fashion shows were presented in Las Vegas, Orange County, and San Diego. The business transitioned into accessory lines of The Alpaca Guy. Wade helps with fashion show/auction coordination at different venues. Mr. Gease also forged ahead in making alpaca materials and designing alpaca products, and has created a wet felting machine, The Wet Felting Wizard, for home/farm use to empower ranches to make on-the-farm products. It has had over 25,000 views on YouTube and has sold as far as the Netherlands, France, and South Africa. Wade earned an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Masters Degree in Biochemistry. He is also a Camelid Fibre Sorter, certified from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre, Canada. In his past he has worked in construction, and as a certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a gift and floral store, and a professional sales representative for multiple pharmaceutical companies. He enjoys scuba diving, home improvement projects, and anything related to alpaca fiber! Arturo Pena is from Arequipa, Peru. He has an educational background in animal science and management. In 2003, he moved to the United States, and since then he has been working as a herd manager for large alpaca farm operation. His fascination for alpacas, and its luxury product “The Fleece,” motivated him to get into the AOA Judging Apprentice Program. He completed his training and become an AOA 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. Arturo Pena ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Walking Fleece
AOA CERTIFIED JUDGES
Helen Testa ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Huacaya Female Halter & Production
Helen established Silvercloud Farm in 2001 and managed a large herd of huacayas. Helen has been very active within the alpaca community. She served as the President of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (PAOBA), managed the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, served on the Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association Board of Directors, served on several Alpaca Owners Association Sub- Committees, and was founding partner in Silver Penn Sales. Helen recently joined the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) and plans to remain active and supportive of the alpaca community. Helen has been a AOA Certified Judge since 2007 and enjoys traveling throughout the country evaluating alpacas and offering educational seminars, herd evaluations, and sale consultations. Helen has now retired from Silvercloud Farm and she and her two children, Mia and Raymond, reside in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Diana Timmerman ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Walking 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 from the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) in Peru 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 were 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 is working on her Wool Classer status. Diana currently serves on the AOA Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) and AOA Judge Training and Certification Committee (JTCC) as Liaison. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Mid- America Alpaca Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, and is a faculty member and owner of the Alpaca Breeders Fiber School, LLC. She is a 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, she operates 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.
AOA CERTIFIED JUDGES
Amanda VandenBosch –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Suri Halter & Production 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, and 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 AOA 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.
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Alpacas of Greater TN –––––––––– Bill Buchner • (423)-667-3374 www.AlpacaLifeCollection.com Wholesale alpaca clothing and toys. Crossed Arrows Alpacas & Fiber Mill, LLC –––––––––––––––––– Brenda D Wyler • (580)-444-3541 www.CrossedArrows-Alpacas.com Crossed Arrows Fiber Mill is dedicated to providing the best products your fiber can create. We produce yarn, rug yarn, felted rugs, knitted hats, crochet items, and felted products (all made in Oklahoma)! Double K Diamond Llamas and Fiber ––––––––––––––– Karen Kinyon • (970)-218-0409 www.KKDLlamas.com This booth features all the ways that I use alpaca and llama fiber so that I can support and care for 22 alpacas and llamas that I live with in northern Colorado. I have Colorado grown alpaca and llama yarns in natural and personally hand dyed colors. There is hand spinner’s roving, both huacaya and suri in natural colors. Hand-knit lace alpaca scarves and shawls are available. I have crochet and knit hats for all ages, made by me. There is a variety of handwoven llama and alpaca scarves in natural and hand dyed colors. Handwoven rugs and hand felted items are also available. I sell spinning wheels and looms made by the Schacht Spindle Company in Colorado and demonstrate the use of these items for classes that I teach. I hope you will stop in and enjoy the show!
International Gift ––––––––––––––– Luis Sanguineti • (210)-232-3402 email@example.com Alpaca and 100% cotton clothing for men, women and kids. Accessories (socks, scarfs, hats, purses, bags, shoes, slippers). Toys and stuffed animals. Light Livestock –––––––––––––––––– Jonathan Capen • (518)-569-2424 www.LightLivestockEquipment.com Health and Medical, Tack & Equipment Mazuri Animal Nutrition ––––––––– Liza Reid • (636)-742-6143 www.Mazuri.com The alpaca industry has advanced a lot in recent years, and Mazuri has evolved our feeds right along with it. Whether you raise alpacas for show, fiber production or companionship, there’s a Mazuri® feed for every focus. Red Hill Fiber Mill –––––––––––––– Lindsey Higgins • (812)-338-4356 www.RedHillFiber.com Red Hill Fiber Mill is passionate about alpaca fiber! We know how hard youâ€™ve worked for your harvest, and we are committed to provide you with the best possible finished product. We are able to create roving, batts, yarn, and dryer balls. For further processing, we work with a network of local artists to help add value to your farm store!
Tahoma Vista Fiber Mill ––––––––– Jean Van Ef fen • (360)-894-1273 www.TahomaVistaFiberMill.com Tahoma Vista Fiber Mill is a full service fiber processing mill, producing our signature rugs, dryer balls, household items and fine yarns. We will have limited quantities of wholesale products available for sale, and will take orders. We also carry a wide variety of alpaca products and alpaca-themed souvenirs.
Chris McCue • www.ClassicAlpaca.com
Julie Judge • www.RoadRunnerRascals.com
Ian & Jennifer Lutz www.CCNFAlpacas.com
Nancy Chapel-Izer & Art Izer www.AlpacaCountryEstates.com
Nancy Billington & Kimberly Les www.FunInTheCountryAlpacas.com
Lorrie & Jeff Williamson www.LibertyAlpacas.com
Christine Brown & Jim Head www.FlyingIronRanch.com
Rhonda & Kern Deschner www.AlpacaUSA.com
Mary Jaffe www.SkylineAlpacas.com
Sharon & Marc Milligan www.RedGraniteRanch.com
Hasselbring’s Harmony Ranch Britt & Patty Hasselbring www.HasselbringsHarmonyRanch.com Healing Springs Suris Leslie Rebtoy www.HealingSpringsSuris.com Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery Karen Ball & Russell Ratti www.HeartandSoulSpinnery.com Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm Julie & Mike Delaney www.IrishMeadowsAlpacas.com Kendall Creek Farms Alpacas Lori & Chris Works www.KCFAlpacas.com Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber Karl & Jan Heinrich www.LongHollowAlpacas.com Man in the Moon Farm, LLC Mark Edmonds & Brenda Landes www.MMFAlpacas.com Odin Falls Alpacas Allen Kallel www.OdinFallsAlpacas.com Rogue Suri Alpacas Beverly Brehm www.RogueSuriAlpacas.com Herzog Alpacas, LLC Leslie Herzog www.facebook.com/ HerzogAlpacas
Shalimar Alpacas Patricia & Olivier Gillotin www.ShalimarAlpacas.com Skyfiber Ranch, LLC Aimée Matheny & Mark Minorik www.SkyfiberRanch.com Spring Grove Alpaca Ranch Carl Troop, VMD www.Spring-Grove-Alpaca-Ranch.com Structured Chaos Farm Wendi & Todd Eccles www.StructuredChaosFarm.com Suri & Company of Fern Creek Farm Jackie King www.SuriAndCompany.com Two Hearts Alpaca Ranch Harriet & Chick Neubauer www.TwoHeartsAlpacaRanch.com Starshire Ranch June & Erik Aploks www.StarshireRanch.com
Amber Autumn Alpacas Shirley Krause www.AmberAutumnAlpacas.com Applewood Lane Alpacas Darlene & Justin Nueske www.ApplewoodLaneAlpacas.com Big Timber Alpacas, LLC Sue & Kevin King www.BigTimberAlpacas.com Buck Brook Alpacas Kara & Justin McElroy www.BuckBrookAlpacas.com
Windy Hill Farm NC Mary Bell www.HappyAlpacas.com Xanadu Farm Alpacas Pamela Ray www.XanaduAlpacas.com
Eagle Eye Farm Kerri Harting www.EagleEyeFarm.net
Fallengründ Alpacas Lynne & Michael Faller www.FallengrundAlpacas.com
Greenbriar Farm – MAM Consulting Associates Inc.
Michael & Margery Morack www.MAMGBAlpaca.com
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Lennie Foss Barn Manager Judy Schroeder Halter Show Superintendent DJ Riedel Walking Fleece Superintendent Wade Gease Arturo Pena Helen Testa Diana Timmerman Amanda VandenBosch AOA Certified Judges
Anthony Stachowski, DVM On-Call Veterinarian Anthony Stachowski, DVM Matt Merkwan, DVM Vet Check Elizabeth Israel, Avani Day Spa & Yoga Studio (Hastings) Yoga Instructor Joel Armstrong, JP Acres Yoga Alpacas Joel Armstrong, JP Acres Selfie Booth Alpacas Jennifer Hack, President Wendy Dittbrenner, Vice President
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Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. Board of Directors and staff would like to extend sincere gratitude to everyone listed and anyone who we may have missed who has helped make the 2021 AOA National Show a success!
Future AOA National Show Dates March 18 – 20, 2022 Fort Wayne, Indiana • War Memorial Coliseum March 17 – 19, 2023 Denver, Colorado • National Western Complex March 15 – 17, 2024 Fort Wayne, Indiana • War Memorial Coliseum
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