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About TxOLAN

The TxOLAN Alpaca Association is a regional affiliate of the national Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). TxOLAN is comprised of alpaca owners and other interested individuals from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

Upcoming Events

Feb
9

2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular

The 2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular will include competition, education, vendors, silent and live... Details >

2017 Judges

Judges for the 2017 Sweetheart Spectacular have been contracted!

Amanda VandenBosch will be handling Halter (Males) plus Fleece and Roo Kline is rejoining us as our spinner for the Spin-Off!  Kathy Clay will be handling Halter (Female).

 

Amanda VandenBosch - Halter and Fleece

SENIOR JUDGE AND JUDGE TRAINER FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

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.

 

Kathy Clay - Halter


CERTIFICATIONS

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance


Kathy began her alpaca adventure in 2000 with what was thought as an innocent little comment from her husband regarding an article he was reading on what his college's past president was doing during retirement. From there, the internet was all it took for the fun to begin. Growing up on a farm and being actively involved in 4-H raising cattle & showing horses, it was easy to see the potential of this fiber animal and to embrace raising alpacas.

She has spent hours volunteering at fleece and halter shows and enjoyed scribing during numerous annual AOBA National Conference Fleece shows. She started the first alpaca 4-H club in Franklin County and has donated her time to coach various 4-H clubs around the state as well as judge 4-H alpaca events. She has held clinics and presented seminars on varied alpaca topics. She's currently the membership chairperson of OABA and an active member of AOA, CABO, and the Suri Network.

Kathy left her financial planning and investment management job in 2007 to concentrate full-time on completing the AOBA Judge Apprenticeship program and is now certified to judge suri/huacaya halter, performance & fleece. She enjoys delivering her orals reasons in a way that each participant gets meaningful information as to why their alpacas placed as they did reflecting her desire to enhance the exhibitor's show experience.

Kathy, her husband Earl and their herd of suri and huacaya alpacas, reside at Jefferson Laurel Farm which is located minutes from Columbus, Ohio.

Andrea Nissen - Fiber arts judge

We are pleased to introduce this newly certified fiber judge. Andrea Nissen is an award winning fiber artist based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She started her fiber arts career learning to sew when she was 4 years old. A coworker suggested she visit their farm to learn more about alpaca fiber. She fell in love with alpacas, which means her sewing machine often sits idle while she spins, knits and felts. Her passion is finding ways to merge alpaca fiber with sewing. She is the owner of Iona Rose Studio LLC, a mobile sewing and fiber arts studio which offers courses for after school programs, family farm events and community programs. Visit her online at www.ionarosestudio.com.

  

Roo Kline - Spin-off spinning and judge

Technically not an official AOA judge, her experience is beyond renown on a national basis.  According to AOA rules, she is still allowed to be our judge this year.  This also seemed like a great place to acknowledge her special talent.  We are pleased to have Roo Kline back again this year working on our Spin-Off competition.  She is nationally acclaimed in this area and did a great job for us last year.