AlpacaGram 8.23 | Thank you!

Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.

AlpacaGram 8.23
AlpacaGram 8.23March 24, 2021

Dear AOA Members:

Thank you for changing course and joining us in Nebraska this past weekend!

I am grateful for all of you who traveled many miles to compete, network, and have some fun at the 2021 AOA National Alpaca Show sponsored by Alpacas of Moose Creek Ranch and Red Granite Ranch. While we covered our faces with protective masks, I could still see the smiles coming through!

Listening to the judges talk about the tough competition in each class, then call all eight Supreme Champions the total package proves how far our genetics have developed. Congratulations to all our exhibitors, championship winners, Supremes, and Breeder Cup winners!

I hope you enjoyed our team-focused pizza party at the Meet & Greet, complete with the Gold Medal and Team USA signature cocktails. Thank you, Amanda VandenBosch for presenting a bite-sized piece of Spotlight on the Show Ring, despite our talkative crowd. We’ll be sharing some photo booth pictures on Facebook to spark some fun memories.

For those who attended the Annual Fundraiser Banquet & Auction sponsored by The Futurity by Celebrity Sales, I don’t know if you laughed as hard as I did, but I can assure you my face hurt when I left, having watched you give your basket sales pitches, bid, clap, laugh and enjoy the evening. Who can forget Hilary Devin sharing some Rocky Mountain High, Bob Pulse coming to the mic and stating I’m looking for a partner (for the national show sponsorship, which he got with Flying Iron and Tierra Prometida despite Raynay and Heritage Farm giving them a run for their money…literally!). And Joe Miller better watch his back, as I’m confident Sharon Milligan is coming for his job after this weekend! There are so many more stories, but I will stop there. We met our auction goal thanks to you, and we are over the moon with thankfulness!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I cannot begin to appropriately thank everyone enough, who supported this event. Please look over the list below and know how appreciative we are to you all. We really do celebrate every dollar that comes in! If I missed anyone, I am so sorry. Again, thank you.

Here’s to you,

Robin Gifford
Executive Director


Presenting Sponsors

  • Alpacas of Moose Creek Ranch
  • Red Granite Ranch

Banquet & Live Auction Sponsor

  • The Futurity by Celebrity Sales

Meet & Greet Sponsor

  • Valentino’s Pizza

Diamond Sponsors

  • Eagle Eye Farm
  • Flying Iron Ranch
  • Mazuri Animal Nutrition
  • Memory M-Acres Farm
  • Stachowski Alpacas, LLC
  • The Alpacas of Spring Acres

Emerald Sponsors

  • Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas
  • Majestic Meadows Alpacas & Boutique
  • Odin Falls Alpacas
  • Raynay Alpaca Farm, LLC
  • Tierra Prometida Alpacas

VIP Lounge Sponsor

  • Sam’s Club, Grand Island

Vet Check Sponsor

  • Proteus

Selfie Booth Sponsor

  • DDC Veterinary

Welcome Bag Sponsor

  • Peruvian Link, Co.

Ruby Sponsors

  • Alpaca Country Estates
  • Amber Autumn Alpacas
  • Applewood Lane Alpacas, Inc
  • Hasselbring's Harmony Ranch
  • Heart & Soul Alpacas
  • Holdfast Farms
  • Little Creek Farm
  • Sugarland Alpaca Ranch
  • Sundancer Alpacas LLC
  • Suri & Company of Fern Creek Farm


  • Alpacas of Greater TN
  • Crossed Arrows Alpacas & Fiber Mill, LLC
  • Double K Diamond Llamas and Fiber
  • International Gift
  • Light Livestock Equipment & Supply
  • Mazuri Animal Nutrition
  • Red Hill Fiber Mill
  • Stevens Llama Tique & Suri Alpacas
  • Tahoma Vista Fiber Mill
  • The Shepherd's Mill, Inc

Silent & Live Auction Donors

  • Bari Rhys
  • Flying Dutchman Alpacas, LLC
  • Amber Autumn & The Alpaca Group
  • Majestic Meadows Alpacas & Boutique
  • Raynay Alpaca Farm, LLC
  • Crescent Moon Ranch
  • JP Acres
  • Liberty Alpacas
  • Alpaca Country Estates
  • The Futurity Show & Sale
  • Happy Tails Alpaca Farm
  • Grand A Alpacas
  • Alpacas of the Heartland
  • RedMaple Sportswear
  • Cindy Winterfeld
  • Anthony Stachowski
  • Classic Alpaca
  • EB Designs & Peru Gift Shop
  • Clayfarm Alpacas
  • Rogue Suri Alpacas
  • Shambalah Alpaca Ranch
  • Triple H Ranch
  • Ezid
  • Red Granite Ranch Ltd.
  • Oasis Acres Alpaca
  • Triple Diamonds Alpaca Ranch
  • Double S Alpaca Farm
  • Double K Diamond
  • International Gift
  • Light Livestock
  • Alpaca Life Collection
  • Heart & Soul Alpacas

Battle of the Baskets Teams

  • Team Colorado
  • Team Northeast
  • Team Northwest
  • Team Southeast
  • Team Texas

Contracted Staff

  • Lennie Foss, Barn Manager
  • Judy Schroeder & Team, Halter Show Superintendent
  • D.J. Riedel, Walking Fleece Show Superintendent
  • Charles Schroeder, Announcer
  • Anthony Stachowski, DVM; On-call Veterinarian
  • Matt Merkwan, DVM; Veterinarian
  • Brandan Frye and Joe Miller, Auctioneers
  • Wade Gease, Judge
  • Arturo Pena, Judge
  • Helen Testa, Judge
  • Diana Timmerman, Judge
  • Amanda VandenBosch, Judge
  • Glenn Kerns, Show Photographer
  • Cindy Morrow, Public Relations


  • JP Acres, Selfie Booth & Alpaca Yoga
  • Alpacas of the Heartland, Alpaca Yoga
  • Elizabeth Israel, Avani Yoga Studio; Yoga Instructor
  • Nebraska Llama & Alpaca Association
  • Grand Island Northwest FFA
  • Elizabeth Bernard
  • Beverly Brehm
  • SueLynne Childers
  • Sandy Clemons
  • Mary Curtis
  • Wendy Dittbrenner
  • Rachel Earich
  • Myndee Ebbers
  • Lauree Ebbers
  • Sue Foss
  • Jennifer Hack
  • Judy Hoepker
  • Shari Hollinger
  • Brian Houchin
  • Char Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • Yvonne Jones
  • Karolyn Knoll
  • Michael Morack
  • Jon Mortlock
  • Bill Power
  • Charlene Schmid
  • Beth Sheets
  • Laurel Shouvlin
  • Jack Shumaker
  • Darlyn Shumaker
  • David Smith
  • Sandi Spence
  • Morgan Stevenson
  • Jay Stewart, DVM

Media Links

Hastings Channel 4

The Grand Island Independent

Fremont Tribune

Omaha World Herald


Last but certainly not least, please thank our AOA staff; Jo Ashley, Margie Ault, Natalie Dettmer, Dan Huntley, De Monson, Marie Schlater, and Alyssa Winterfeld. Without them working tirelessly all year long, the show would not be able to happen.

Classic Alpaca
AOA Platinum Benefactors
Road Runner Rascals Alpaca Farm

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