Ken Hibbits and his wife, Victoria, own and operate Alpacas By
The Sea, Inc. in Montara, California. They have both
worked in the alpaca industry for over 16 years.
Alpacas By The Sea has been raising alpacas since
1992. They managed a herd of up 100 alpacas and have
presented educational seminars for their clients
that provide an excellent informational foundation
for success in the alpaca business.
Ken is an AOA
Halter Judge. Victoria Hibbits was an ARI Phenotypic
screener. They have traveled together in Peru
learning advanced husbandry directly from breeders
on the altiplano. They have also studied and shared
breeding techniques and alpaca screening criteria
with some of the worlds leading experts. They have
enjoyed raising alpacas in Northern California and
take great pleasure in sharing the rewards of
alpacas with others. Alpacas By the Sea is located
just 25 minutes south of San Francisco on scenic
Highway 1 along the Pacific Ocean.
Arturo Pena is from Arequipa, Peru. He has an educational background in animal science and management. In 2003, he moved to the United States, since then he has been working as a herd manager for large alpaca farms operation. His fascination for alpacas and its luxury product "The Fleece" motivated him to get into the AOBA Judging Apprentice Program. He completed his training and become an AOBA Certified Halter, Performance and Fleece Judge for both Huacayas and Suris. Arturo, his wife Kat and son Nicholas recently moved to the East Coast area.
Arturo believes that education and mentoring are the keys to promote and develop a strong Alpaca industry.
Amanda VandenBosch is a Senior AOA Halter and Fleece
Judge and an Alpaca Judge Trainer and Instructor in
the United States. Amanda qualified as an
International Alpaca Judge trained in Peru at the
International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS ) in 2000.
She has judged shows in the United States, Canada,
United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Germany,
Switzerland, Sweden, and Peru gaining an
international perspective and true love for the art
and science of alpaca judging.|
Amanda travels worldwide judging alpacas,
instructing, presenting seminars and workshops to
breeders and judges. Amanda worked with the British
Alpaca Society (BAS) for 7 years to help develop the
Judge Training Program, and with the New Zealand
Judges for continuous training.
Amanda is past president of CALPACA a Regional
Affiliate and past co-chair of the Judges Advisory
Committee (JAC). Currently she acts as a liaison for
the Judge Training & Certification Committee. Amanda
has had the opportunity to work with some of the
world’s leading experts in the study of alpacas.
Amanda is a co-author of the book “The Art &
Science of Alpaca Judging” published by AOBA and
used as a training tool. With her husband, Vince,
and two sons, Cody and Hunter, they operate Flying
Dutchman Alpacas, in Bend, Oregon, successfully
raising both huacayas and suris.
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 has his
own wholesale/retail product line.|
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.
Wade was the first to produce a N.A.
made alpaca bamboo fabric.
Thereafter, he created an upscale
clothing line highlighting alpaca
fabric. 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
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. He enjoys scuba diving,
home improvement projects, and
anything related to alpaca fiber!
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