Wade Gease is our 2108 Halter and Showmanship Judge
Senior Halter Judge and Judge Trainer for all Certifications
Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance
Wade Gease has been an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge for the past eleven years and has judged shows throughout the United States and Canada. He is one of the few alpaca judge trainers in both halter and fleece. Wade received his Camelid Fibre Sorter Certification from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre. Presently he serves as President for the Great Lakes Alpaca Association. He is co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas which is home to over 80 huacaya and suri alpacas. Wade has been very active in the alpaca world which includes speaking for educational events, consulting for auctions, evaluating for private alpacas breeders, and organizing private trips to Peru.
Wade has worked to produce one of the nations’ first blends of Alpaca and Bamboo fabrics. This has led to developments into the fashion industry with producing finished garments.
In his past he has been a certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a retail gift store, and has worked for pharmaceutical companies. Wade has earned an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry.
Wade likes to bring a personal teaching perspective to his judging because of his past passion of showing and professional educating. As a judge, Wade enjoys giving breeders informative feedback through his halter class oral reasons.
Judy Keske is our 2018 Walking Fleece Judge
Certifications: Fleece, Walking Fleece
Accredited Spin-Off Judge
As 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 August 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.