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Mar
5

AAWW Board Meeting

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7

AAWW General Meeting

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Mar
13

2020 National Alpaca Show

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Show Judges

Judges for Alpacapalooza 2020


David Barboza - Judging Huacaya

Certifications: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

David Barboza volunteering as a ring steward recognized the process and challenges that livestock judging presented and decided to attend the International Alpaca Judging School in 2001. After returning from Peru he began the AOA judges training program and completed his certification in both IAJS and AOA as a halter, fleece, and performance judge. He judged his first show in 2006 and has judged over 45 shows both in the US and Canada.

David served a 3 year term on the AOBA board serving as Secretary and President. Promoting youth involvement in alpacas he has been instrumental in developing alpaca youth judging contests throughout the US. To expand his knowledge of livestock, David is currently enrolled in Graduate Studies at Colorado State University. After serving 29 years in the fire service David continues to serve as a soldier in the California State Military Reserve and Mission Pilot in the Civil Air Patrol. He works in the alpaca industry dividing his time between his ranch, judging, and teaching seminars. In 2006, together with his wife Brenda, they started ACE, Alpaca Continuing Education, which provides cutting edge training and education for the alpaca breeder. Today David and Brenda run their ranch, RanchoNC Alpacas, in the foothills of Northern California and devote their attention to the alpaca industry.



Sharon Loner - Judging Suri and Huacaya

Certifications: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Sharon Loner and her husband, Frank, purchased their first alpacas in 1993 and are the owners of Mile High Alpacas located in Parker, Colorado. Sharon soon learned that raising these beautiful animals was her calling and within three years she left her professional career as a property and casualty insurance broker to become an alpaca rancher full time.

Sharon is both AOA and Internationally Certified to judge fleece, halter, and performance alpaca shows. In 2004 she completed her international judging training through the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) located in Peru by Maggie Krieger and Dr. Julio Sumar and that same year became AOBA certified. Sharon remains an active member with Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA); serving previously as Vice President and currently as Secretary of her local affiliate, the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, (ABR); and has been a director for the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA).

Sharon graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Textiles. Sharon and Frank have two daughters. Carly who has earned her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Emergency Medicine from University of Wisconsin is currently working in Rochester, New York. Jaclyn, is in her 2nd year of Physician Assistant (PA) school in Denver, Colorado. Sharon’s husband, Frank, retired in 2012 after 33 years of operating a Chick-Fil-A quick service restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. Frank is now a full time ranch hand, maintenance, and “honey doer”.

In addition to judging, Sharon obtained her real estate license and joined RE/MAX, Inc specializing in farm and ranch properties and downsizing while serving the discerned population of “baby boomers.”

Sharon’s goal while in the show ring is to see that every exhibitor and their alpaca are comfortable, relaxed, while at the same time having an enjoyable experience. She makes sure each and every alpaca is evaluated consistently and fairly on a comparative basis within their individual classes. In the fleece show, she treats each fleece with respect and judges on an absolute basis as specified by the AOA show division rules.