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Judge's Biography

Sharon Loner

Halter Judge Trainer

Certifications

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Performance

Sharon Loner is the Judge for the Illinois Alpaca and Fiber Fest.

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.

Peter Kennedy

CERTIFICATIONS

Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Peter Kennedy is the Judge for the Railsplitter Alpaca Show​​​​​​​

Peter and his partner established Canchones Alpacas in 1998. Peter has been a full time alpaca breeder for the last five years. He manages the breeding program of the Canchones herd, on a daily basis, using the latest techniques including ET (Embryo Transfer) and the SRS system.

Peter successfully attended the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) in the Peruvian altiplano in 2004. He has also been certified as both an AOBA (Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association) and AAA (Australian Alpaca Association) judge.

Since qualifying as a judge in Australia and the United States, Peter has judged shows throughout Australia, Canada , New Zealand, and the USA.

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