April 5 - April 7, 2019

Eastern States Exposition Center
Springfield, Massachusetts

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Nick Harrington-Smith
(Alpaca judge for NAAS)

Biography

Married now for 36 years to Terry, Nick has spent his entire life working with and managing farming businesses in the UK. In 1998, he entered into the alpaca industry when appointed as UK Manager for an Australian business owning some 800 alpacas in the UK. Nick found his previous livestock experience invaluable, and was able to introduce sound commercial husbandry techniques into a business that was lacking focus and perspective. In 2005, Nick sold the company for his Australian owners, only to face redundancy! This setback was to provide the opportunity to set up his own business with a new business partner John Potts, and The Alpaca Stud was established which now comprises of some 450 Huacaya and 150 Suri. Nick has selected and imported numerous alpacas from Peru, Canada, Australia and the United States and in doing so has had to select from many thousands of alpacas. In part, these opportunities encouraged Nick to enter the first British Judge training scheme and becoming the first graduate of the scheme in 2003 and he is now a certified judge trainer for the British Alpaca Society. In 2005 Nick qualified as an AOBA judge. He believes it is the discipline and knowledge gained during this training that has led to a much better understanding of fleece and fleece technology. Nick has judged shows across the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA and considers each show judged a great privilege bestowed upon him by the exhibitors. Nick considers that showing must be educational through informed and accurate oral reasons. He is a very strong believer in the show ring as a promotional vehicle for alpacas, but also has a real awareness of the need to keep in perspective its importance in respect of breeding decisions. Nicks primary objective when judging is to ensure that all exhibitors experience an enjoyable and informative event.


Helen Testa
(Alpaca judge for NEAE)

Biography

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 certified Halter and Fleece 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.


Glen Finbow
(Alpaca judge for all Walking Fleece classes)

Biography

After forty-four years in the construction industry in Southern Ontario, Glen sold the assets of Economy Paving Company (St. Catharines) Limited to focus his time and energies toward new business endeavours. In July of 2014, Glen incorporated Economy Auction Services and Equipment Sales (Ontario) Limited which specializes in the sale of construction equipment, livestock, firearms, sporting equipment, real estate, antiques, and charity auctions. The business is currently located in the historic village of Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada.

Firstly, enamoured with alpacas after having started his own herd in 2004, Glen completed his AOA certifications for all show judging criteria in 2014 and is duly certified in all judging disciplines, including that of walking fleece earned in Boulder, Colorado, in 2016.

Additionally, Glen is a member of OACCET carrying the designation of C.E.T. He became a Professional Auction Ringman after studying at the P.R.I. School in Springfield, Missouri, in 2013. He obtained his professional auctioneer's training in January, 2015, graduating from the Kentucky Auction Academy conducted at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and in March of 2017, completed the Canadian Personal Property Appraiser training in Toronto, Ontario.

Glen completed the writing of a book in 2012 called "The Alpaca Breeder's Terminology Sourcebook." Currently, he volunteers his time with the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Show Steering Committee for the Alpaca Ontario Spring Show, and is serving his third Alpaca Ontario term as a member of its Board of Directors. Glen's current new adventure is in the sale of hunting, fishing, and archery equipment at his newly-formed company, The Big E Auction Group and Outfitters.

Hobbies include auto racing, truck/tractor pulling, antique collecting, farming and a variety of both indoor and outdoor sporting events.

Glen lives with his wife, Lynda, and 100 alpacas at Split Rock Farms, in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada.