Certifications: AOA Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter
Heart of VA Show Judge: Halter (all) and Production
Kevin and his partner Deborah Shields, along with her folks, established RiverView Alpacas in 1997. RiverView is now home to 50 alpacas.
Committed to the alpaca industry, Kevin has served on various AOBA committees including the Affiliate, the Nominating and the National Conference Planning. He is currently serving on the Judge Advisory Committee.
Kevin is one of the founding members and President of N. E. Alpaca Tours, a non-profit corporation that organizes the North American Alpaca Show. To date, N.E.A.T. has donated over a quarter of a million dollars to alpaca research and education.
Having successfully completed the AOBA Judge Training Program in 2004, Kevin received certification in halter, fleece and performance judging for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.
Kevin is currently judging alpaca shows throughout the country and is involved in speaking, consulting and in the organization of alpaca shows and auctions.
Certifications: AOA Fleece, Walking Fleece
Heart of VA Show Judge: Walking Fleece (all)
The president of Slow & Easy Alpaca Farm, Judy began their business in 1996 with the purchase of 3 alpacas. As the industry evolved, her business branched into fiber related interests to help promote alpaca fiber. At that time, she decided to retire from nursing and devote all of her time to this fine industry.
She began spinning shortly after their 2nd shearing in 1998. At the same time, she became actively involved in Lorain County Spinners & Weavers Guild. Our services include teaching, demonstrating and education re: various fiber arts at community events and schools. Since that time, she has become a member of Ohio Natural Fiber Network and continues to promote all aspects of natural fiber. Volunteering at fleece shows had become a part of her schedule, beginning in 2002 for OABA & AOBA. There is no better place to learn all about the super characteristics of alpaca fleece.
Her personal service includes instruction in fleece preparation for show/spin-off, spinning, and beginning crochet. Judy was approved as a spin-off judge in 2006 and has judged competitions for many of the national and local shows. She has since been accredited as a spin-off judge under a new AOA accreditation program that began in Aug.2016. In August 2012 she became an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge after apprenticing numerous shows throughout the United States. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to continue evaluating North American alpaca fleece on various levels.