SHARON LONER: MIAF 2019 HALTER AND PERFORMANCE JUDGE
Halter Judge Trainer
Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance
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.
SONIA PERRON: MIAF 2019 WALKING FLEECE JUDGE
Fleece, Walking Fleece
Sonia Perron lives in Mansonville, Quebec Canada, she fluently speaks French and English. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sherbrooke, she has more than twenty years of experience in the field of sales, the last twelve years connected with the pharmaceutical industry.
Sonia and her husband Mario, established Finesse Alpaca Ranch in 2008 and currently have a herd of 40 alpacas. In 2012, she began the AOA judging program which she finished as a certified AOA judge for fleece in 2016. She gives frequent seminars about alpacas and translates oral reasons for the halter shows in Quebec.