Wade Gease will judge the MOPACA Invitational Show.
Wade Gease is an AOA certified senior alpaca judge, judge training instructor, presenter, designer and consultant/mediator for the worldwide alpaca industry. He was the previous co-owner of LondonDairy Alpacas for 18 years. He now unveils his own wholesale/retail product line as The Alpaca Guy.
Wade has been honored to be involved with so many different activities in the alpaca world: presenting his personal educational seminars at pen sales, consulting, commentating, coordinating for auctions, and evaluating for private alpaca breeders. A favored activity has been leading yearly educational trips throughout Peru. In 2021 he will host aFiesta Alpaca trip in April because of a scheduled alpaca show in Cusco. Contact him to be put on his notification list.
Wade was the first to produce a N.A. made alpaca bamboo fabric. Thereafter, he created an upscale clothing line highlighting alpaca fabric, Alpaca Couture. The company’s vision was to gain greater attention from a discriminating consumer and help the industry gain greater recognition as an attractive fiber for fashion. Fashion shows were presented in Las Vegas, Orange County, and San Diego. The business transitioned into the accessory lines of The Alpaca Guy. Wade helps with Fashion Show/ Auction coordinations at different venues and shows like AOA.
Mr. Gease also forged ahead in making alpaca materials, designing alpaca products and has created a wet felting machine for home/farm use to empower ranches to make on the farm products, The Wet Felting Wizard. It has had over 25,000 views on YouTube and has sold as far as the Netherlands, France & South Africa.
Wade earned an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, and a Masters Degree in Biochemistry. He is also a Camelid Fibre Sorter certified from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre, Canada. His past has given him experience in construction, was a certified flight instructor, chemistry instructor, co-owner of a gift and floral store, and a professional sales representative for multiple pharmaceutical companies. He enjoys scuba diving, home improvement projects, and anything related to alpaca fiber!
Beverly Brehm will judge the Mid America Alpaca Challenge.
Beverly and her husband Jason, along with their 2 children, Christian and Julia, reside in the beautiful Southern Oregon Rogue Valley.
She has been an airport concessionaire since 2005 and currently owns and operates Sky House Bar & Grill inside the Medford Airport. This business experience has helped develop and create her desire to become an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge and to develop a herd with advanced suri fleece traits.
Beverly and her family started their alpaca adventure in 2009, with 12 suri alpacas. Their herd has since grown to more than 50 suri alpacas, and Beverly’s daughter, Julia, has her own small herd of 3 huacaya alpacas. Their journey began out of necessity, as Beverly’s son, Christian, was limited to excessive activities like sports because of a health condition. So their interest in livestock was a natural choice as both Beverly and her husband Jason were 4H participants as young adults.
Since 2009, Beverly and Jason have built a Nationally recognized quality suri herd, Rogue Suri Alpacas. Beverly enjoys all the wonderful things that the alpaca fiber allows her to create, from spinning to roving, yarn to crochet. She has also volunteered for various show positions such as Show Management, Herdsire auction coordinator, Gatekeeper, Ring Steward, Scribe and Fleece Room volunteer.
Helen Testa will judge the MOPACA Invitational Show's Walking Fleece Show.
Helen established Silvercloud Farm in 2001 and managed a large herd of huacayas. Helen has been very active within the alpaca community. She served as the President of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (PAOBA), managed the PAOBA Breeders Showcase, served on the Mid- Atlantic Alpaca Association Board of Directors, served on several Alpaca Owners Association Sub-Committees, and was founder partner in Silver Penn Sales. Helen recently joined the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC) and plans to remain active and supportive of the alpaca community.
Helen has been a AOA Certified Judge since 2007 and enjoys traveling throughout the country evaluating alpacas, offering educational seminars, herd evaluations, and sale consultations. Helen has now retired from Silvercloud Farm and she and her two children Mia and Raymond reside in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.