2020 Judges

Walking Fleece Judge

Judy Keske

Judy’s Bio:  A president of  Slow and 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 characteristic 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.

Kathy Klay, male and female halter, production and Youth performance Judge

Kathy’s Bio: Kathy began her alpaca adventure in 2000 with what was thought as a innocent little comment from her husband regarding an article he was reading on what his college’s past president was doing during retirement. From there, the internet was all it took for the fun to bein. Growing us on a farm and being actively involved in 4-H raising cattle and showing horses, it was easy to see the potential of this fiber animal and to embrace raising alpacas.

She has spent hours volunteering at fleece and halter shows and enjoyed scribing during numerous annual AOBA National Conference Fleece Shows. She started the first alpaca 4H club in Franklin County and has donated her time to coach various 4-H clubs around the state as will as judge 4-H alpaca events. She has held clinics and presented seminars on varied alpaca topics.   She’s currently the membership chairperson of OABA and as active member of AOA, CABO, and the Suri Network.

Kathy left her financial planning and investment management job in 2007 to concentrate full-time on completing the Judge AOBA judge Apprenticeship program and is now certified to judge suri/hyacaya halter, performance & fleece. She enjoys delivering her oral reasons in a way that each participant gets meaningful information as to why their alpacas placed as they did reflecting her desire to enhance the exhibitor’s show experience.

Kathy, her husband Earl and their herd of suri and huacaya alpacas, reside at Jefferson Laurel Farm.