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Judge's Biography

Wade Gease 

Senor Judge and Judge Trainer


Certifications: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece, Walking Fleece, Performance

Wade Gease is an AOA-certified senior alpaca judge, judge training instructor, presenter, designer, and consultant/mediator for the worldwide alpaca industry. He is a previous owner and manager of a sustainable alpaca ranch for eighteen years. He now unveils his own wholesale/retail product line and services as The Alpaca Guy.

Wade has been honored to be involved with many different activities in the alpaca world: presenting his personal educational seminars at industry gatherings, consulting, commentating, coordinating for auctions or fashion shows, and providing private evaluations for alpaca breeders. 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 business transitioned into his popular wholesale business, The Alpaca Guy.

Wade earned an associate degree in Aeronautical Science, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry & a master degree in Biochemistry. He is also a Camelid Fibre Sorter certified from Olds College Natural Fibre Centre, Canada.

Beverly Brehm


Certifications: Huacaya Halter, Suri Halter, Fleece 

Beverly Brehm, her husband Jason, and their two children, Christian and Julia, reside in the beautiful Southern Oregon Rogue Valley. Their alpaca journey began out of necessity as a health condition prevented Christian from participating in various other activities. Julia owns a small herd of three huacaya alpacas as well. Since 2009, Beverly and Jason have built Rogue Suri Alpacas, a nationally recognized quality suri herd of more than 50 alpacas. Additionally, Beverly 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. She has also volunteered for various show positions over the years. Beverly enjoys all the wonderful things that the alpaca fiber allows her to create, from spinning to roving, yarn to crochet.

Kevin O'leary

Committed to the alpaca industry, Kevin has served on various AOBA committees including the Affiliate, the Nominating, the National Conference Planning, and the Judge Advisory Committee.

Kevin is one of the founding members and President of N. E. Alpaca Tours, a non-profit corporation that organizes the North American Alpaca Show. To date, N.E.A.T. has donated over a quarter of a million dollars to alpaca research and education.

Having successfully completed the AOBA Judge Training Program in 2004, Kevin received certification in halter, fleece, and performance judging for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas.

Kevin is currently judging alpaca shows throughout the country and is involved in speaking, consulting, and in the organization of alpaca shows and auctions

Frauke Berman

Frauke resides with her husband and four children in Manhattan and South Salem, New York.

In design school she discovered alpaca fabrics and their unique qualities. Soon after, she visited several alpaca farms which consequently inspired her to acquire her first alpaca in 2014. Ever since, she passionately embraced learning about every facet of the industry.

In 2021, she was certified to be a fleece judge and in December 2022 she completed the AOA halter certification. She feels privileged to have had the opportunity to judge several fleece and halter shows.

Frauke is enthusiastic about helping the alpaca industry continue to reach its vast potential.

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