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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 >

2018 Judges

Judges for the 2018 Sweetheart Spectacular have been contracted!

Amanda VandenBosch will return after a very great job in 2017 and be handling Halter (Females).  Jude Anderson has agreed to join us this year and will handle Halter (Males) plus Fleece.  We welcome her return after a few year absence.

 

Amanda VandenBosch - Halter (Female)

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.

 

Jude Anderson - Halter (Male) and Fleece


SENIOR JUDGE AND JUDGE TRAINER FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CERTIFICATIONS

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking 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.

 

  

Karen Kinyon - Spin-off spinning and judge

Karen Kinyon has loved and owned alpacas and llamas for 28 years. She was fascinated by their fleece early on and began learning about all the wonderful ways it can be used. She teaches Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crocheting, Felting and Dyeing all with alpaca and llama fiber. Her on-the-ranch studio is home to many opportunities for other camelid owners to learn what to do with their valuable fleeces in order to bring them to a finished product for sale to help offset that hay bill. Karen works with all ages and especially enjoys helping young people share the fiber arts.