Jude Anderson, along with her husband Alan Cousill, has been breeding alpacas since 1991,
at Pucara Alpaca Stud, Australia. They also co-own Purrumbete Alpaca Stud, a separate
herd of approximately 120 cross bred and pure suri females. Both herds are managed by
their partners in Australia. In the US, they are building a herd of quality suris and
huacayas at Pucara International, a beautiful 105 acre farm at McMinnville, Oregon.
In 1994 Jude left school teaching to concentrate fully on the breeding and animal care of
alpacas at Pucara Alpaca Stud.
An AAA judge since 1998, Jude gained AOBA certification in 2002 and Senior Judge and
judge trainer/instructor status in 2005. She also certified at the IAJS school in Peru
in 2000. Since 1998 Jude has judged in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
Jude has also conducted seminars and spoken in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK
and Germany on topics including breeding, reproduction and alpaca husbandry, alpaca
fiber, selection, genetics, and nutrition.
Diana was born in Germany and moved to Colorado when she was eight years of age and has
remained in Colorado. After training and working as a Paralegal in both Corporate and
Criminal law Diana and her husband, Tim, started Aussie Acres Alpacas in 1994. Alpacas
became Diana's full-time business and she has never looked back at the corporate world.
At the present time Diana and her husband Tim, maintain a small herd of Huacaya alpacas,
specializing in exceptional gentics and seedstock.
In 2001, Diana received her certification as an AOBA Certified Halter, Performance
and Fleece Judge for Huacayas and Suris. In 2004, she traveled to Peru to further her
education by training with the International Alpaca Judging School and received her
IAJS Judging Certification. Diana has over 14 years experience breeding and showing
alpacas, along with over 25 years experience raising other breeds of livestock. Her
love for alpacas and her commitment to fleece education was the inspiration that led
to the purchase of The Alpaca Breeders Fiber School, LLC (ABFS). Diana does find time
to spend with her husband Tim, her son Jeff and his finance Jenessa. Diana served on
the Advisory Board for the Mid-America Alpaca Foundation, on The Board of Directors
of The Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, is a faculty member and owner of the Alpaca
Breeders Fiber School, LLC and past leader of the Leading Llamas and Alpacas 4-H Club.
She is a member of AOBA, ABR, IAJS Advisory Council and the Suri Network.
Cheryl Gehly, Fleece Judge
Huacaya & Suri white and lights
Cheryl Gehly came to the alpaca world with a background of 25 years in education. Her
subsequent immersion and fascination with alpaca fleece arose from an innocent decision
to volunteer with shearing back in 1998. Once hooked, she pursued a desire to learn
more and ultimately became an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge in 2002. In addition to
judging fleece shows, Cheryl has shared her knowledge with judges and apprentices as
an AOBA Certified Instructor at JTCC sponsored Judge Training Clinics, as well as being
an AOBA Certified Fleece Judge Trainer. She has volunteered as a fleece show superintendent
on several occasions and became a familiar face to many as she helped at numerous annual
AOBA National Conference Fleece Shows.
Cheryl has subsequently been hired as the Fleece Show Superintendent for several
fleece shows. Cheryl has also volunteered her time with AOBA by being a member and
chairperson of the Judge Training and Certification Committee. Cheryl was subsequently
appointed as a member and chairperson of the AOBA Judge Advisory Committee. She has
also been the fleece judge liaison to the Show Rules Committee and the Judge Training
and Certification Committee. Cheryl teaches at breeder seminars around the country as
well as judging multiple AOBA Certified Fleece Shows annually.
Ursula Munro, Fleece Judge
Huacaya & Suri all color groups, except whites and lights
Ursula Munro, together with her husband Ryen, owns and operates Tripping Gnome Farm
Alpacas in Freeport Maine. Ursula has been an alpaca owner since 1998, having started
out with a small herd of fiber boys. After moving to Maine in 2002, she entered into
the breeding world, and the herd has grown to 100 huacayas. Her interest in judging
alpaca fleeces is an extension of a lifelong interest in fiber, handwork, textiles, and
Prior to obtaining her AOBA Judge certification in 2010, Ursula spent many hours
volunteering at fleece shows and taking advantage of many fiber education opportunities
across the U.S. and in Canada. She offers educational seminars covering fleece skirting,
show prep, sorting, and grading.
Ursula is also a registered nurse and serves on the Board of Directors of the Quechua
Benefit, a non-profit organization serving the people of the Peruvian Highlands. Ursula
and Ryen have two daughters who love the alpacas and who truly make the farm a family