April 1- April 2, 2022

Eastern States Exposition Center
Springfield, Massachusetts

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Robin Nasemann
(Alpaca judge for NAAS)

Biography

Robin Nasemann was born in Germany. He attended school in England and has a masters degree in economics from the University of Lugano, Switzerland. His family started breeding alpacas in 2003 and now has a herd of 70 alpacas in the west of Germany. Since 2006, Robin is a certified Screener for the AZVD (Alpaca Breeders Association of Germany) and has screened alpacas all over Europe and South America. For several years he was a member of the board in the biggest alpaca association in mainland Europe. In 2010, he began the AOBA judging training program which he finished as certified AOA Judge for Halter and Performance in 2013. He has judged alpaca shows in France and Canada, and gives frequent seminars about alpacas across Europe.


Arturo Pena
(Alpaca judge for NEAE)

Biography

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.