Sharon Loner and her husband, Frank, purchased their first alpacas in 1993 and are the owners of Mile High Alpacas located in Parker, Colorado. Sharon soon learned that raising these beautiful animals was her calling and within three years she left her professional career as a property and casualty insurance broker to become an alpaca rancher full time.
Sharon is both AOBA and Internationally Certified to judge fleece, halter and performance alpaca shows. In 2004 she completed her international judging training through the International Alpaca Judging School (IAJS) located in Peru by Maggie Krieger and Dr. Julio Sumar and that same year became AOBA certified. Sharon remains an active farm member with the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA), her local affiliate, the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, (ABR) and has served as a director for the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA).
Sharon graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Textiles. Sharon and Frank have two daughters. Carly graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, she now attends medical school at the University of WI, Madison, in the MD-PHD program. Jaclyn graduated from CU Boulder in 2011 with a major in Integrated Physiology. She is currently working full time as a medical assistant for a dermatologist. Sharon's husband Frank recently retired after 33 years of operating a Chick-Fil-A quick service restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. Frank is now full time alpaca ranch hand, maintenance, and "honey doer".
Sharon's goal while in the show ring is to see that every exhibitor and their alpaca are comfortable, relaxed, while at the same time having an enjoyable experience. She makes sure each and every alpaca is evaluated consistently and fairly on a comparative basis within their individual classes.