Get to know our wonderful Region#1 Judges.
When I went to my first cat show at the tender age of 9 years old in 1983 I was hooked from the start. I watched attentively as the judges would pull out the cats, handle them and describe each breed. I said to myself “that would be so cool to be a judge!”, I told my mother that I wanted to be a judge and worked hard in the beginning but as life has its twist and turns I was unable to apply or work on things towards the judging program right away. My mom has always been the best support for me. She was just the guardian signer, chauffeur and financial supporter that’s it, I made the breeding decisions, grooming, picking shows, learning vet cat care, etc.
I started off in HHPs in the beginning and but got my first CFA registered persian in 1986 and start having litters in 1988 breeding whites, brown tabbies, creams and then later silvers. Yet through the early years of teenage life, college and work I had to stop from time to time but once I brought my first home 1995 I got back on track and focus on my requirements. In 2000 I was introduce to the world of Turkish Angoras and the joke was “TAs are like a bag of potato chips, you just can’t have one”. Boy were they right!! They are so rewarding and funny little characters!
I feel a CFA judge is the highest achievement in the cat fancy and a person who encourages growth in the cat fancy by encouraging, help teach and give advice to new exhibitors/breeders about the breeds they are working on. They should also entertain the spectators at the shows and gives those extra special touches towards encouraging young exhibitors to show, since they are the future of the fancy and to continue to maintain our organization. As the newest kid on the block I will set myself to these goals in mind and will continue to put my time, energy and heart into the judging program to achieve my goals as an allbreed CFA judge.