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 with her parents Robert and Ann Clark in Bellbrae Victoria.
Natasha has been a full time alpaca breeder since 1991 and qualified as a AAA judge in 2000. Since that tine 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.
Natasha was 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. Her 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.
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 run a suri herd of over 600 suris and a substantial huacaya herd in north east Victoria. 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 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. 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 near Ballarat. Shane has been breeding alpacas since 1996 and has had a keen interest in showing since the onset and the quality of his 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 around 1,200 alpacas in Mount Compass, South Australia .
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.
Dean Ford Accredited Judge
Dean lives in Karaka on the north island in New Zealand where he assists with his partner Lisa and her family in operations and management of a grey Huacaya stud of approximately 150 alpaca.
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. In 2013 Dean assisted pilot the alpaca fibre classing within the TAFE system and successfully completed the national curriculum for classing of alpaca fibre.
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.
Jillian Holmes Accredited Judge
Jillian has run her 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 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.
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.
Diane Marks Accredited Judge
Diane Marks has been involved with all facets of alpaca breeding since Graham and Di established their stud in 2000. They have a herd of 120 suri and huacaya situated in the Oxford foothills of NZ.
Diane has been an AANZ accredited Level 1 New Zealand judge since 2006 and has judged extensively throughout NZ. 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 resigning in 2015.
Marc Mullette Accredited Judge
Marc began his alpaca adventure in 2007 and has since run his herd, which until 2017 was based in Queensland and at its peak was home to nearly 300 alpacas. A 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. Before moving to Australia, he completed his Juris Doctorate in California, but he left all of that behind to come to the southern hemisphere, where he has gradually moved toward full-time alpaca farming.
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 and his wife Bronwyn established their herd 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 currently AAA President.
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.
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 handle over 10,000kg of both Huacaya and Suri fibre annually
Andrew and Bronwyn reside on their farm at Warrenbayne in Victoria where they manage a breeding herd of over 300 huacaya and suri alpacas. 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.
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 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 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 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.
Amber, with her partner John own a 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.
Lisa Charteris Apprentice Judge
Lisa lives and works on her family’s alpaca stud in Karaka, South Auckland, New Zealand along with her fiance Dean and her two children. She maintains the day to day management of their herd of 150 alpaca along with running her own business. Their focus is on breeding elite grey huacaya for the local and international market.
Lisa is a qualified level 3 alpaca judge in New Zealand.
Her passion to judge has stemmed from not only her love of all things alpaca but also in her desire to help educate other breeders to grow this industry even further.
Taryan Mathews Apprentice Judge
Taryan, alongside her husband, Max and parents, Erika and Con, run a stud of 600 head alpacas in Baynton, Victoria culminating many years and two generations of alpaca breeding and experience.
Taryan has dedicated herself to the alpaca industry, working with members across the country to help ensure a robust and vibrant future for alpacas in Australia. She has a passion for breeding the highest quality fibre and strongly conformed alpacas in all colours, with a view to produce colours consistently as advanced in their fibre traits as their white counterparts.
She also has a love for medical and veterinary sciences and hopes to one day complete alpaca-specific research into health issues affecting Australian alpacas.
Ariana McCauley Apprentice Judge
Ariana has been involved with alpacas since 1997. Together with her parents, Helen and Wayne, they run their stud of 100 head on the NSW Central Coast.
With a focus on breeding coloured alpacas, Ariana enjoys the challenge and science of coloured genetics, and balancing this with advanced fibre characteristics.
Ariana is excited about the future of the alpaca industry and her enduring participation in the showing arena is a testament to her love for alpacas. She is passionate about continually educating the community, young and old, about all aspects of alpacas.
Outside of alpacas, Ariana is a pharmacist specialising in clinical research and enjoys painting, drawing and playing squash.
Kurtis Parker Apprentice Judge
Kurtis has been surrounded by alpacas from a very young age, rarely missing an opportunity to get hands on with the alpacas. He has recently acquired his own stud where he hopes to breed alpacas with high quality fleeces. Within the industry he has always looked to expand his knowledge about alpacas and fleece characteristics from various experts in the industry. As an interning judge Kurtis hopes to continue to build on his understanding of desirable animal and fleece qualities and characteristics as he progress towards becoming an alpaca judge.
James Wheeler Apprentice Judge
James first became involved in the alpaca industry in Australia in 2006, establishing his own stud in 2008. James has been a full and active member of the association ever since. In the spring of 2017, James left his job in information technology to farm alpacas full time and now manages / assists in the management of approximately 700 alpacas (90% huacaya, 10% suri) across two properties in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.
James believes passionately in the future of a sustainable alpaca industry within Australian and is involved in many facets of the industry. This includes the shearing of approximately 6000 head of alpaca annually throughout SA, VIC, QLD and NSW. He also classes, sells and ships large volumes of raw alpaca fleece across four continents.
Rubey Williams Apprentice Judge
Rubey has been around alpacas for her entire life. Based in the Southern Highlands of NSW, her family run a herd of over 1,000 alpacas. They breed both huacaya and suri in all colours, while focusing predominantly on white and light fawn. Rubey is honoured to be an AAA apprentice judge and is looking forward to taking the next step in her alpaca journey.
In 2006, Rubey was introduced to the show ring through Junior Handling. Since then she has been involved in both Young Paraders and Young Judges – as a competitor and a mentor. In 2019, she was awarded the inaugural Agricultural Shows Australia National Champion Young Alpaca Judge. She has a true love and passion for the show ring. Her family are active participants in the show circuit and their animals and fleeces have received impressive results at a state and a national level.
She is currently studying a Bachelor of Biological Science at the University of Wollongong. With plans to conduct research into the coloured genetics of alpacas.