Ursula Munro, together with her husband Ryen, owns and operates Tripping Gnome Farm Alpacas in Freeport Maine. Ursula has been an alpaca owner since 1998, having started out with a small herd of fiber boys. After moving to Maine in 2002, she entered into the breeding world, and the herd has grown to 100 huacayas. Her interest in judging alpaca fleeces is an extension of a lifelong interest in fiber, handwork, textiles, and animal husbandry.
Prior to obtaining her AOBA Judge certification in 2010, Ursula spent many hours volunteering at fleece shows and taking advantage of many fiber education opportunities across the U.S. and in Canada. She offers educational seminars covering fleece skirting, show prep, sorting, and grading.
Ursula is also a registered nurse and serves on the Board of Directors of the Quechua Benefit, a non-profit organization serving the people of the Peruvian Highlands. Ursula and Ryen have two daughters who love the alpacas and who truly make the farm a family enterprise.