2016 Judges

Wade Gease - Fleece, Female Halter, Production
Gease

Wade Gease

311 S Main Street
Mishicot, WI 54228

phone (920) 539-3231

Email

Senior Halter Judge and Judge Trainer for all Certifications

Certifications

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

Wade Gease has been an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge for the past eleven years and has judged shows throughout the United States and Canada. He is one of the few alpaca judge trainers in both halter and fleece. Wade received his Camelid Fibre Sorter Certification from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre. Presently he serves as President for the Great Lakes Alpaca Association. He is co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas which is home to over 80 huacaya and suri alpacas. Wade has been very active in the alpaca world which includes speaking for educational events, consulting for auctions, evaluating for private alpacas breeders, and organizing private trips to Peru.

Wade has worked to produce one of the nations' first blends of Alpaca and Bamboo fabrics. This has led to developments into the fashion industry with producing finished garments.

In his past he has been a certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a retail gift store ,and has worked for pharmaceutical companies. Wade has earned an Associate's Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, and a Masterís Degree in Biochemistry.

Wade likes to bring a personal teaching perspective to his judging because of his past passion of showing and professional educating. As a judge, Wade enjoys giving breeders informative feedback through his halter class oral reasons.

Arturo Pena - Male Halter, Production
Pena

Arturo Pena

364 Hardscrabble Rd
North Salem, NY 10560

phone (503) 200-0643

Email

Certifications

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

Arturo Pena is from Arequipa, Peru. He has an educational background in animal science and management.  In 2003, he moved to the United States, since then he has been working as a herd manager for large alpaca farms operation.  His fascination for alpacas and its luxury product "The Fleece" motivated him to get into the AOBA Judging Apprentice Program.  He completed his training and become an AOBA Certified Halter, Performance and Fleece Judge for both Huacayas and Suris. Arturo, his wife Kat and son Nicholas recently moved to the East Coast area.

Arturo believes that education and mentoring are the keys to promote and develop a strong Alpaca industry.