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Jill MacLeod - Sr. Judge, Huacaya and Suri Male Alpacas

Jill MacLeod lives in High River, Alberta, Canada, where she has been involved in the Alpaca industry since 1991, with the start of her breeding operation, Aztec Alpacas. Jill has served as a past director of the Canadian Alpaca Association, numerous association committees, and is currently an active member of the Canadian show committee. She is also an advisor to the Quechua Benefit a charitable organization focused on assisting the people of the Peruvian highlands. She spends much of her time traveling as an alpaca halter and fleece judge and holds international training credentials and is also a senior judge and judge trainer for AOA. Jill has been fortunate to judge across North America as well as Europe, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Jill has had a lifelong interest in textiles and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Textiles in 1987 from the University of Alberta. As a certified Camelid Fibre Classer, she spent a number of years assisting the Canadian fibre cooperative in developing its quality control systems and product development.




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Helen Testa Huacaya and Suri Female Alpacas, Youth Performance

Helen established Silvercloud Farm in 2001 and managed a large herd of huacayas. Helen has been very active within the alpaca community. She served as the President of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (PAOBA), managed the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, served on the Mid- Atlantic Alpaca Association Board of Directors, served on several Alpaca Owners Association Sub-Committees, and was founder partner in Silver Penn Sales. Helen recently joined the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) and plans to remain active and supportive of the alpaca community.

Helen has been a certified Halter and Fleece Judge since 2007 and enjoys traveling throughout the country evaluating alpacas, offering educational seminars, herd evaluations, and sale consultations. Helen has now retired from Silvercloud Farm and she and her two children Mia and Raymond reside in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.




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Wini Labrecque, Walking Fleece

Wini Labrecque has made fiber her profession, studying, training and evaluating its properties from both a scientific and hands on approach since 1988. As a textile artist, she has developed a solid background and interest in a wide variety of techniques for utilization of fiber from raw state to finished product. She was introduced to alpacas in 2000 at a local alpaca show and became hooked. Her focus on alpaca fiber led her to complete the AOBA Fleece Judging apprentice program and become a Certified Fleece Judge in 2009. Wini has volunteered at numerous alpaca fleece shows in many positions from Superintendent to scribe and is currently PAOBA's Fiber Chairperson. She is a Fiber Arts judge as well as a judge for spin offs, hand spun and mill spun skein competitions, and completed training as a camelid fiber grader/sorter through Olds College. She lectures on all aspects of alpaca fiber as well as gives classes in beginning spinning, felting, dying and/or weaving to individuals or small groups. Wini, along with her husband John own Star Weaver Farm and share their land with their 5 alpaca geldings in Cabot, PA.






 
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