The integrity of Sydney Royal competitions rests in the hands of accomplished, knowledgeable and, most importantly, independent judges.
The 2020 Sydney Royal Alpaca and Fleece Show Judges can be found 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.
Natasha has had extensive experience with Suri and Huacaya running a herd
of over 450 huacaya and suri alpacas of all colours under the stud names of Kurrawa Alpacas and K.A.Silknsuri with her parents Robert & Ann Clark in Victoria, Australia on the beautiful Surfcoast in Bellbrae.
In 1991 Kurrawa was formed and since that time Natasha has been a full time alpaca breeder. With her knowledge of both suri and huacaya Natasha has developed Kurrawa into one of the major studs winning Champions and Supremes at National & Royal Shows.
A qualified AAA (Australian Alpaca Association) judge in 2000 she has continued to develop her skills to become a senior Level 1 AAA Judge and a AAA Judges Trainer. In 2004 Natasha successfully qualified as an International Judge at the IAJS School in Peru and has judged in New Zealand, UK, Europe and all over Australia including all of our major shows. In 2008, 2012 , 2014 & 2019 she had the privilege of judging The
Australian Alpaca Association National Show. In 2015 & 2020 judged the British National Show, 2016 judged the New Zealand National Show, The Alpaca Association Benelux Harpet Show. In 2019 judged Bayreuth Germany Show, Boekel Netherland Show, Norwegian National Show, Swedish National Show and The Finish National Show.
Since 2008 up until 2018 Natasha has been an active member on the AAA Showing and Judging reference panel. Natasha continually gives her time to give seminars, mentor and train breeders, aspiring judges and qualified judges.
Natasha was also a competitive horse show rider and an active Welsh Pony & cob society judge. Having given away the horse riding at a high competitive level Natasha is heavily involved in showing pointer dogs.
Awards and prizes
Within the Alpaca Section, three Perpetual Trophies are awarded. These are the Harriet Davison Trophy (Most Successful Huacaya Exhibitor in Show, first awarded in 2011), the Sherryl Riley Memorial Perpetual Trophy (Senior Champion Male Huacaya Alpaca, first awarded in 2004), and the Coolaroo Perpetual Trophy (Supreme Champion Huacaya Alpaca, first awarded in 1999).