Natasha Clark Judge Trainer
Natasha has had extensive experience with Suri and Huacaya running a herd of over 450 huacaya and suri alpacas of all colours under the stud names of Kurrawa Alpacas and K.A.Silknsuri with her parents Robert and Ann Clark in Bellbrae Victoria.
Natasha has been a full time alpaca breeder since 1991 when Kurrawa was formed. With her knowledge of both suri and huacaya she has developed Kurrawa into one of the major studs winning Champions and Supremes at National and Royal Shows.
Natasha qualified as a AAA judge in 2000 she has continued to develop her skills to become a Level 1 AAA Judge and a AAA Judges Trainer. In 2004 Natasha successfully qualified as an International Judge at the IAJS School in Peru and has judged in New Zealand, UK, Europe and all over Australia including the 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2019 Australian Alpaca Association National Show. In 2015 judged the British National Show, 2016 judged the New Zealand National Show, The Alpaca Association Benelux Harpet Show and in 2019 judged Bayreuth Germany Show, Boekel Netherland Show, Norwegian National Show, Swedish National Show, Finish National Show.
Between 2008 and 2018 Natasha was an active member on the AAA Showing and Judging committee. Natasha gives her time to give seminars, mentor and train breeders, aspiring judges and qualified judges.
Natasha was also a competitive horse show rider and an active Welsh Pony & cob society judge.
Having given away the horse riding at a high competitive level Natasha is heavily involved in showing pointer dogs.
Molly Gardner Judge Trainer
Molly lives at Le Bons Bay on Banks Peninsula, in the South Island of NZ. She runs Angus lowlines and Suri alpaca on her 60 hectare farm. Together with her sister Phillipa and mother Steph they have run Thistledown Suri Stud since 2002. Thistledown’s focus is on producing the highest quality fleece in black and coloured suri. Their breeding programme is designed to encourage the positive fleece traits required for high end product made from suri.
Molly is passionate about alpaca fibre and the luxurious product that can be made from it. She has been involved in numerous fibre projects and continues to champion suri fleece around the world. She has been a key note speaker at many events in America and Europe, running hands on workshops at home and around the world too.
Molly is a AAA judge and an accredited Level 1 judge in Australia and NZ. She has been judging since 2009 in NZ, Australia and Europe and is currently one of the judge trainers in Australia, a role she finds rewarding.
Peter Kennedy-Gane Judge Trainer
Peter successfully attended the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) in the Peruvian altiplano in 2004 and subsequently certified as a judge in the following jurisdictions; Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He has since qualified as a senior judge in Australia for the AAA (Australian Alpaca Association) judge and in New Zealand for AANZ (Alpaca Association of New Zealand). He is also qualified in the USA for AOA (Alpaca Owners Association), where he is also certified as a Judge Trainer. Peter has designed and presented training clinics for judges in New Zealand and Australia. He has presented training clinics for breeders in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Europe.
Since qualifying as a judge, Peter has judged shows internationally in Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and throughout Australia. Highlights have been judging the National shows in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the USA, as well as the American, British and Canadian Futurity Shows.
Peter has been involved in alpacas since 1998 and a full-time alpaca breeder since 2003.
Angela Preuss Judge Trainer
Angela Preuss and her husband Ian run Surilana, Australia’s largest suri herd situated in north east Victoria, comprising over 600 suris, as well as a substantial huacaya herd. Farming alpacas has been a full-time passion for Angela for over 20 years.
Angela has many years of experience judging large and small shows all over Australia. She has also judged in New Zealand, Germany, England and Canada. Some highlights were judging the Australian and New Zealand National Shows. Angela enjoys the experience of judging, as it allows her to see a vast range of alpacas and fleeces and to be able to meet alpaca breeders world- wide. Angela enjoys sharing her passion with alpacas and has given seminars on breeding suris throughout Australia, Germany and New Zealand.
Wendy Billington Accredited Judge
Wendy has involved in the alpaca industry since 1989, establishing Cedar House Alpacas soon after. She has traveled overseas to Peru and USA on the quest for highest quality genetics. Several visits to the altiplano, Peru, in the early 90s gave her insight into what could be achieved with selective and conscientious breeding. Wendy’s passion for quality, commercially viable alpacas was truly born in Peru.
Over the years Wendy’s business has emphasised an uncompromising attention to fibre qualities on older males leading the way toward finer and heavier fleeces. Wendy actively participates as an exhibitor with excellent success. She has been judging for 20 years. including Germany, Belgium, Holland and NZ. Wendy has judged at all major shows in Australia. She considers it a privilege to be asked to assess, critique, and give valuable input into judging so the breeder leaves the show with knowledge. Comparative it is, nonetheless informative, and always driving our industry towards higher breeding standards.
Shane Carey Accredited Judge
Shane owns and manages a herd of over 450 huacaya and suri alpacas of all colours under the stud name of Malakai Alpaca Stud in Miners Rest (Ballarat). Shane has been breeding alpacas since 1996 and has had a keen interest in showing since the onset and the quality of the Malakai herd is regularly recognised in the show ring, both at state and National level.
Since 2004, the utilisation of embryo transfer has been used within the herd and now have had over 400 Embryo transfer cria born on the farm.
Shane qualified as a AAA judge in 2011 and has since judged in all states of Australia and thoroughly enjoys the privilege of judging both fleece and animals and seeing the advancement of the National Alpaca herd.
Adrienne Clarke Accredited Judge
Adrienne Clarke began breeding alpacas in 1992. She is tertiary educated, but attributes much of her alpaca knowledge and expertise to her 25 years of hands-on involvement with the alpacas. With her husband and family, she runs Ambersun Alpacas in Mount Compass, South Australia, with one of the largest herds in Australia, of around 1,200 alpacas.
Adrienne enjoys the challenge of herd improvement, based upon trait quantification and her background in statistics. She also has a particular passion for breeding alpacas with the appaloosa coat colour, and has studied the genetics behind its inheritance to improve predictability.
Adrienne is a dedicated member of the SA Region. She takes a keen interest in education, and both nationally and internationally, has conducted training programs to assist breeders with alpaca birthing complications. She is a recipient of the Alpaca Association’s Certificate of Appreciation for service to the alpaca industry.
Outside her alpaca interests, Adrienne is employed as a Station Officer with the Metropolitan Fire Service, and was South Australia’s first female professional firefighter. In this capacity, Adrienne received a national award for service to the community.
Lyn Dickson Accredited Judge
Lyn Dickson has been breeding and showing alpacas for more than 26 years. Together with husband Graeme, she established Warralinga Alpaca Stud in 1992, located in the Hawkesbury Valley northwest of Sydney. Accredited as an Australian Alpaca Association judge in 1995, an international judge in Peru in 2000 and a qualified wool classer, Lyn is passionate about all things alpaca.
Over the years Lyn’s major judging invitations have included; AAA Nationals, NZ Nationals, British Nationals, Canadian Futurities, International Fleece Shows in the USA and NZ, as well as all of Australia’s major Royal Shows and several VIC Colourbrations.
Lyn has enjoyed being able to mentor newer and younger judges coming up through the ranks in Australia and New Zealand and has been involved with judge training and development in both countries. She was also invited to sit on an international panel to assist with the re-certification of British alpaca judges.
Lyn was made a AAA Life member in 2017 for industry service in the area of showing and judging.
Dean Ford Accredited Judge
Dean, former owner operator at Vista Del Sud (sood) alpaca stud in North East Victoria now lives in Karaka on the north island in New Zealand. At Waters Edge alpacas he assists in operations and management with his partner Lisa and the Charteris family. They are focused on breeding elite grey Huacaya stud stock for the local and European market with a herd of approximately 150 alpaca.
Dean is committed to the alpaca industry, having undertaken various volunteer leadership roles for the AAA including past President of Victorian Central Region (VCR) and convenor of Colourbration in Bendigo.
Dean completed his AAA judging apprenticeship in early 2015 and loves being able to contribute to the future of our stud stock industry. Dean possesses a passion for fibre handling and classing wool, having successfully completed his professional Wool Classer certificate in 2012 to become a registered wool classer with AWEX. From time to time he helps out classing at some local Merino studs.
In 2013 Dean assisted pilot the alpaca fibre classing within the TAFE system and successfully completed the national curriculum for classing of alpaca fibre.
Jillian Holmes Accredited Judge
Jillian has run Jigaru Alpaca Stud with husband Russell since 1998 and has been successfully been showing and breeding a herd of approximately 100 suri and huacaya alpacas of all colours
In addition to her alpaca passion and judging, Jillian has two teenage sons to help keep her busy with their motorbike racing, soccer and air force cadet commitments. She also breeds and shows British bulldogs and Bengal cats.
Jillian is a qualified dog and cat groomer and runs her own grooming salon and shop in Kyneton Victoria.
Jillian commenced alpaca judging in 2012. She attained her level 2 status in 214. She has judged many shows across Australia and is a keen advocate that showing is to be fun and educational for both exhibitors and spectators.
Diane Marks Accredited Judge
Diane Marks has been involved with all facets of alpaca breeding since Graham and Di established Sierra Vista Alpacas in 2000. They have a herd in NZ that is around 120 which is situated in the Oxford foothills where we breed both suri and huacaya.
To increase industry knowledge Di has traveled to Australia, Peru, Canada, Germany, Austria, Sweden and studs throughout NZ. She has endeavored to attend most National shows both in NZ and Australia also conferences and in recent times have held both Suri and Huacaya fleece workshops in Sweden and Germany.
For a period of time, Di served on the NZ SJSC as a Judge Representative and later as the chair person resigning in 2015.
Diane has been an AANZ accredited Level 1 New Zealand judge since 2006 and has judged extensively throughout NZ. She has completed the AAA Judging program and is now an accredited Australian Judge.
Marc Mullette Accredited Judge
Marc began his alpaca adventure in 2007 and has since run Shahrizai Alpacas, which, until 2017 was based in Queensland. At its peak, Shahrizai was home to nearly 300 alpacas. The move to South Australia in 2017 was primarily a move to fully engage in the alpaca world. Together, with his wife Marina and two young sons, they specialise in white and light fawn suris, though they dabble in, and love dearly, their huacayas.
Before alpacas, Marc led a very suburban and urban life, having spent several years teaching high school and studying advanced degrees. Not long before moving to Australia, he completed his Juris Doctorate in sunny California. But he left all of that behind to come to the southern hemisphere, where he has gradually moved toward full-time alpaca farming.
Having completed the judges’ intake in 2013, his apprenticeship took him all over the country. In addition to seeing the best animals from all over Australia and being able to stay up-to-date with developments and trends, the most rewarding part of judging has been the interaction with exhibitors and the platform it provides to help breeders make good decisions and understand their own animals. He is a firm believer that shows should be both educational and entertaining, and that the judge should be open, accessible, and engaging.
When life allows and alpacas aren’t ever-dominant, Marc enjoys golf and basketball, as well as spending time with his wonderful family.
Andrew Munn Accredited Judge
After almost 20 years in the Australian Army, Andrew Munn with his wife Bronwyn established Alpha Centauri Alpacas in 2002. Since then Andrew has held positions of committee member and President at AAA Regional level and was a member and Chair of the AAA Fibre Market Development Reference Panel.
Andrew is one of only a handful of qualified Professional Alpaca Wool Classers and he is very actively involved in the collection and classing of alpaca fibre for both Australian and international clients. Andrew is lucky enough to have his hand on over 10,000kg of both Huacaya and Suri fibre annually
Andrew and Bronwyn have managed their alpacas on properties in NSW and reside on their farm at Warrenbayne in Victoria. They currently manage a breeding herd of over 300 alpacas consisting of both Huacaya and Suri. The stud is consistently rewarded for their efforts at both regional, Royal and National Shows for animals and fleeces. Employed full-time off farm, he spends the rest of his time with the alpacas which is challenging and very rewarding.
Andrew has been a judge since 2013 and has been fortunate to have judged many of our top shows in every state in Australia. Andrew feels extremely privileged every time he has the opportunity to judge both animals and fleece and is excited by the continued advancements in the quality of both.
Chris Williams Accredited Judge
Chris Williams diverted his professional attention to alpacas in 1992, excited by the opportunities and business potential of the industry. With an interest in the vertical integration of his alpaca business, the desire to expand his alpaca expertise and participate in the development of the Australian and International Alpaca Industry, Chris has developed his diverse alpaca portfolio for more than 20 years.
He is a passionate and highly successful breeder of white and coloured alpacas, owning around 1200 alpacas within his herd Ambersun Alpacas, based in Mount Compass in South Australia. Chris has also exported over 400 alpacas to China and about 200 to Europe, and owns herds in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy.
His commitment to the alpaca industry has also included the manufacture and retail of alpaca clothing, the manufacture and export of alpaca quilts and blankets, the promotion and sales of alpaca meat through Fleurieu Prime Alpaca, and the international export of both alpacas and alpaca fleece. Chris also shears around 3,500 alpacas each year in Australia and 14 other countries.
Bronwyn Munn Associate Judge
Bronwyn, along with her husband Andrew established their stud Alpha Centauri Alpacas in 2003. They own and manage a herd of over 300 huacaya and suri alpacas on their property at Warrenbayne in north east Victoria. Both Bronwyn and Andrew are actively involved in showing their alpacas, their stud Alpha Centauri Alpacas has successfully competed at a number of regional shows on the east coast and has regularly been rewarded at Royal Show and National Show level.
During her early working career Bronwyn spent 10 years in the Australian Regular Army where she met her husband Andrew. Whilst Bronwyn is employed full-time off farm, she spends her spare time working with the alpacas, accessing the herd against the breed standard and is dedicated to refining and improving their breeding objectives. In 2016 Bronwyn was trained as an Alpaca ET Technician.
Bronwyn has a passion for all things alpaca and she enjoys photography, drawing, art and working with the exquisite qualities of the alpaca fibre. Bronwyn appreciates the camaraderie of fellow alpaca breeders and feels extremely privileged every time she has the opportunity to judge both animals and fleece in the show ring.
Amber O'Neill Associate Judge
Amber qualified as an alpaca judge in 2018 where she has had the privilege to work alongside senior judges and deepen her knowledge within the industry. Amber is passionate about alpaca education and is the current secretary of the Alpaca Youth Education committee, where she is able to play a role in the exciting future of alpacas.
Amber, with her partner John owns Kingston Alpaca Stud near Wagga Wagga, NSW. She has been breeding alpacas since 2012 and finds it very rewarding to be involved in advancing and improving the quality of the Australian herd.
Her passion and commitment for the industry extends past the show ring, currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University with the aim to be a specialized Camelid veterinarian in the future.