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, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Peru gaining an international perspective and true love for the art and science of alpaca judging. She travels worldwide judging alpacas, instructing, presenting seminars and workshops to breeders and judges, her “hands on” approach is greatly sought after. 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 has spent many hours volunteering over the years and is honored to be the Chairman and work alongside the dedicated team at Quechua Benefit, a nonprofit helping women and children in the Highlands of Peru. As a native of the United Kingdom, coming from an extensive study of work with thoroughbred horses finally settling in the USA and for the last 25 years. In 2015 she acquired Stanford Livestock International, an import/export/quarantine logistics company from the UK which carries out the detailed work in the movement of livestock worldwide.
Amanda is a co-author of the book “The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging” published by AOBA and used as a training tool worldwide. With her husband, Vince and two sons, Cody and Hunter and Xeina from Peru, they operate Flying Dutchman Alpacas, LLC in Bend OR, successfully raising both huacayas and suris, along with raising high quality breeding stock, they also own a partnership in Spring Harvest Mill, completing the circle, taking fleece from raw, processed and to end use.