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A wonderful opportunity for collaboration, learning, and socializing with folks that share a passion for Suris is on the calendar! 
Come and enjoy the company of fellow Suri enthusiasts.

The Suri Symposium is not limited to Suri Network members. We encourage and welcome Huacaya breeders, as well as people who have not yet purchased their first alpacas. It's a great learning opportunity for everyone, whether experienced or not.

Dates:  Feb 23-24, 2023 (day and a half)

Location: Vee Quiva Resort and Casino, 6443 North Komatke Lane, Laveen, AZ 85339 (Phoenix area) When reserving your room, please mention the Amber Auction to take advantage of reduced rates. Do not wait too long to ensure your space at the hotel!

Speakers: We are excited to have AOA Senior Judge Amanda VandenBosch, AOA Judge Beverly Brehm, and Ruthanne McCaslin DVM as our speakers for this symposium. You can view their biographies below.

Bonus: You are invited to bring one shorn fleece (skirted blanket only) to the Symposium to participate in the IFA fleece evaluation portion of Amanda’s session.  

Schedule: Event schedule

Registration: The Suri Network is offering an early registration discount of 10%. Members and couples registering also receive discounts.

Registration after December 1st
Suri Network member- $300
Suri Network couple- $540
Non-member- $400
Non-member couple-  $640

Early Bird Registration available before December 1st, 2022
Early Bird Suri Network members- $270
Early Bird Suri Network Couples- $486
Early Bird Non-member- $360
Early Bird Non-member couple- $576

Registration Form


The Gold Sponsorship provides: Two Symposium registrations, one full page ad in PurelySuri Magazine, one promotional item on the farm tables both days, recognition during the Symposium and on the Suri Network website with clickable link, your banner or pop up displayed in the main conference room.

The Silver Sponsorship provides: One Symposium Registration, one half-page ad in PurelySuri magazine, one promotional item on tables one day, and recognition during the Symposium and on the Suri Network website with clickable link, your banner or pop up displayed in main conference room.

The Meal  Sponsorship provides: Name and logo on website, recognition on tables, one promotional item on Farm Table at Symposium.

The Beverage Table Sponsorship provides: Recognition on beverage table, one promotional item on Farm Table at Symposium


Become a sponsor using this form or contact Cindy at the office, (970) 586-5876, and she will be happy to get you signed up! Thank you for supporting the Suri Network and the Symposium.



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, Switzerland, Sweden, and Peru gaining an international perspective and true love for the art and science of alpaca judging.

Amanda 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. She has been honored with regular appointments as an AOA Senior Instructor and Judge Trainer in both Fleece and Halter in the USA.

Amanda has spent many hours volunteering over the years at AOBA National Conferences and regional events. She has participated on numerous committees. She is past president of CALPACA a Regional Affiliate and past co-chair of the Judges Advisory Committee (JAC). Currently she acts as a liaison for the Judge Training & Certification Committee. Amanda has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading experts in the study of alpacas.

Amanda is a native of the United Kingdom. She traveled and worked for The National Stud (UK) Lindsay Park Stud (Australia) and Lanes End Farm (Kentucky, USA) the premier thoroughbred breeding operations worldwide. In 1991 she settled in the USA. For the last 23 years, Amanda has been involved with alpacas in all aspects.

Amanda is also a co-author of the book “The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging” published by AOBA and used as a training tool. With her husband, Vince, and two sons, Cody and Hunter, they operate Flying Dutchman Alpacas, in Bend, Oregon, 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 of taking fleece to processing and end use, with these fine products being offered for sale at their local business Tumalo Coffee House.

Beverly Brehm and her husband Jason, along with their 2 children, Christian and Julia, reside in the beautiful Southern Oregon Rogue Valley.

She has been an airport concessionaire since 2005 and currently owns and operates Sky House Bar & Grill inside the Medford Airport. This business experience has helped develop and create her desire to become an AOA Certified Alpaca Judge and to develop a herd with advanced suri fleece traits.

Beverly and her family started their alpaca adventure in 2009, with 12 suri alpacas. Their herd has since grown to more than 50 suri alpacas, and Beverly’s daughter, Julia, has her own small herd of 3 huacaya alpacas. Their journey began out of necessity, as Beverly’s son, Christian, was limited to excessive activities like sports because of a health condition. So their interest in livestock was a natural choice as both Beverly and her husband Jason were 4H participants as young adults.

Since 2009, Beverly and Jason have built a Nationally recognized quality suri herd, Rogue Suri Alpacas. Beverly enjoys all the wonderful things that the alpaca fiber allows her to create, from spinning to roving, yarn to crochet. She has also volunteered for various show positions such as Show Management, Herdsire auction coordinator, Gatekeeper, Ring Steward, Scribe and Fleece Room volunteer.

Dr. Ruthanne McCaslin, affectionately known as “Dr. Ruthanne,” grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended veterinary school at Michigan State University, graduating in 1971.
At the time of her graduation, she was the youngest veterinarian in the
United States.

She and her husband, “Dr. Ed” own the Lakeshore Animal Hospital in Mentor, Ohio since 1972. They also own Promised Land Farm Alpacas in Chardon, Ohio where they have been raising alpacas (and Dr. Ed’s pet chickens) since 1995.

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