The integrity of Sydney Royal competitions rests in the hands of accomplished, knowledgeable and, most importantly, independent judges.
The 2019 Sydney Royal Alpaca and Fleece Show Judges are as per below:
Alpha Centauri Alpacas, VIC
After almost 20 years in the Australian Army, Andrew with his wife Bronwyn established Alpha Centauri Alpacas in 2002. Since then Andrew has held positions of Committee Member and President at AAA Regional level, and was a member and Chair of the AAA Fiber Market Development Reference Panel.
Andrew is one of only a handful of qualified Professional Alpaca Wool Classers and he is very actively involved in the collection and classing of alpaca fibre for both Australian and international clients. Andrew is lucky enough to have his hands on over 10,000kg of both Huacaya and Suri fibre annually.
Andrew and Bronwyn manage their alpacas on properties in NSW and reside on their 170 acre farm at Warrenbayne in Victoria. They currently manage a breeding herd of over 300 alpacas consisting of both Huacaya and Suri. The stud is consistently rewarded for their efforts at both Regional, Royal and National Shows for animals and fleeces.
Employed full-time off farm, he spends the rest of his time with the alpacas which he describes as challenging and very rewarding.
Andrew has been a judge since 2013 and has been fortunate to have judged many of AAA's top shows in every state in Australia. Andrew feels extremely privileged every time he has the opportunity to judge both animals and fleece, and is excited by the continued advancements in the quality of both.
Angela and her husband Ian run Surilana, Australia's largest Suri herd, situated in north-east Victoria. Surilana comprises over 600 Suris, as well as a substantial Huacaya herd.
Farming alpacas has been a full time passion for Angela and Ian for over 20 years.
Angela has many years of experience judging large and small shows all over Australia. She has also judged in New Zealand, Germany, England and Canada. Some highlights were judging the Australian and New Zealand National Shows. Angela enjoys the experience of judging, as it allows her to see a vast range of alpacas and fleeces and to be able to meet alpaca breeders world- wide.
Angela enjoys sharing her passion with alpacas and has given seminars on breeding Suris throughout Australia, Germany and New Zealand.
Amber O'Neill (Assistant)
Kingston Alpaca Stud, NSW
Amber qualified as an alpaca judge in 2018 where she has had the privilege to work alongside senior judges and deepen her knowledge within the industry. Amber is passionate about alpaca education and is the current secretary of the Alpaca
Youth Education committee, where she is able to play a role in the exciting future of alpacas.
Amber, with her partner John owns Kingston Alpaca Stud near Wagga Wagga, NSW. She has been breeding alpacas since 2012 and finds it very rewarding to be involved in advancing and improving the quality of the Australian herd.
Her passion and commitment for the industry extends past the show ring, currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University with the aim to be a specialised Camelid veterinarian in the future.