Karen Caldwell and her husband have recently moved south to a small property in Avenel Victoria, Australia. Previous to this, they have been involved in both cereal farming and breeding up to 13,000 Med/fine wool Merino Sheep for many years.

Karen has completed her British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor (dressage) course and competed in Aust. Dressage competitions on horses she still breeds today.

In her younger days, Karen qualified at Beef Cattle Judging, attended Roseworthy Agricultural College, Agric. Science Degree course, (SA). She has also been a Gymnasium proprietor & a qualified Fitness Instructor for a period of 10 years.

Wyona Alpaca Stud was the first established alpaca stud in NSW, established in 1989 and 2nd alpaca stud in Australia. Karen, Andrew her husband and her parents were 4 of the original 16 foundation members of the Australian Alpaca Association. Since then Wyona Alpaca Stud has bred exclusively coloured alpacas.

Karen was co-author of the first AAA Judging & Stewarding Handbook with Mr. Bill Plunkett & worked for 5 years as a National Committee Member of the Australian Alpaca Assoc.

Upon completing her AAA Judging course in 2000 & became an accredited International Alpaca Judge through the International Alpaca Judging School in Peru in 2003.

Wyona Alpaca Stud has competed successfully at Australia’s largest alpaca shows since 1992.  Brisbane RAS, Sydney RAS, Canberra RAS, Melbourne RAS, Adelaide RAS and Perth RAS as well as many large Agricultural shows, many on an annual basis. Karen has had numerous overseas judging appointments to date.

Karen has both judged and given numerous workshops, in the areas of alpaca husbandry, breeding and management and show-ring etiquette in Australia and overseas.

She is currently strenuously involved with the Australian Alpaca Association, Alpaca Junior Judging Program roll out Australia wide as a member of the AAA Junior Judging working group. Very recently Karen was appointed to the AAA Judging & Showing Committee and as an AAA Judge Trainer.