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Meet our 2020 Exhibitor Showcase judges
Sandra Fiona Mangan – NSW CFA
.Animals have always been important in my life. After growing up with the company of whippets, greyhounds and a succession of cats of varying descriptions, I became interested in cats in a serious way after forming a liaison with my first Abyssinians, a tawny and a silver, in 1989. Initially, it was just an involvement in showing cats. Breeding them soon followed, specialising in Silver Abyssinians under the Nivalis prefix. Today, we have a multi-cat household, each of them allotted time according to their need to love and be loved. All cats are special and each is unique, regardless of their ancestry.
I am a member of several cat clubs and have, for many years, been actively involved with the Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia serving in roles including President, Secretary, Treasurer and Show Manager. Since 1998 I have been active as a steward, enjoying assignments in all groups. In 2003, I qualified as a Companion Exhibit Judge.
My pedigreed judging experience began with Group 3 (full licence 2010), followed by Group 2 in 2013, attaining my Shorthaired Judge’s licence. I completed my Longhaired licence (Group 1) and was granted full licence as an All Breeds Judge, in November 2016.
Currently residing in the Hunter Valley Wine Country region of NSW, I enjoy observing and learning about our local wildlife. Apart from my strong interest in all things feline, other interests include zoology, reading, embroidery, quilting and music.
RING 3 - Longhair
Christine Tomlinson – NSW CFA
I have always had a love affair with cats for as long as I can remember and would always befriend any cat I came across. I got my first pedigree cat in 1977 and started to show in 1978. He was a red point Siamese and this was the beginning of my involvement in the cat world.
Together with my husband Ray, an All Breeds Judge, we breed and show both Siamese and British shorthair under the Tomadah Prefix. We specialise in red, cream and tortie point Siamese which have taken out many Best In Show and Group 2 Cat of the Year Awards. We live in Griffith in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and in 1982, with the help of others, were instrumental in the founding of the MIA Cat Club. For various periods over the years since then I have held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Publicity Officer of the Club.
I am an experienced Steward and completed the Companion Cat Judges Training Course in 1997 and since then have judged at many shows. I successfully completed the Group 2 Judges Training Course in 2001, obtaining my full Group 2 Licence on 1 July 2003.
Jenny Weekes – Cats NSW
I have owned cats my entire life, starting with farm cats as a child. I purchased my first pet Birman in 1990 and my first breeding Birman in 1994. With my husband Greg we have bred Birmans in Canberra, Townsville, Wellington (NZ) on the Gold Coast and now at Murrumbateman.
My first prefix – Kachin was granted in Canberra in 1994 and my current prefix – Sunsoar was granted in 1997. We have achieved many major awards at specialist and All Breed shows including Birman Cat Fanciers Qld. Best Female Kitten 2008 and 2010 and Supreme Exhibit 2010 and 2012.
On the Gold Coast in 2006 I was able to commence training to become a judge and gained my Companion Cat licence in 2007 with QFA, followed by a Group 1 (Longhair) licence in 2009.
I became an All Breeds Judge in 2014.
While living in New Zealand I developed the quarterly magazine, Flash Cats which I continued to edit for several years after returning to Australia.
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Prior to moving to Murrumbateman, I held various positions including the Secretary of QFA Inc., Secretary of the Birman Cat Fanciers of Qld Club and President of the Gold Coast Cat Club. Greg and I are enjoying our life in Murrumbateman and share our home with our Birmans and our new pets, two Alpacas Cherokee and Warlock. Aside from my cat related activities I enjoy patchwork quilting, web site development, travelling and spending time with the grandchildren.
RING 3 - Shorthair and Companions
Nikki James – NSW CFA
I come from a family of cat lovers and therefore have always had a cat to curl up on my lap since my childhood. I developed a love for the elegant and talkative Siamese as a teenager, and when I was 15 acquired my first Red Point male, Conan in 1990. I showed him as a member of the RAS Cat Control for 2 years and he sired a few litters with my mother’s Seal Point female under her prefix ’Eronel’. I returned to the cat fancy in 2005 showing a beautiful Blue Point female as a member of the NSW CFA. I started my breeding journey with her in late 2005 when she had a wonderful litter of 6 kittens from an Oriental stud under my prefix ’Zoel’. I still have a neuter boy, Zeus from that first litter who enjoyed many years on the show bench. My late mother also enjoyed participating in the cat fancy as a member of the NSW CFA and accompanied me to most shows, initially showing a black Oriental neuter Romeo; he was also born in my first litter, and later exhibiting some other beautiful show neuters she spoilt over the years. I am proud to have achieved many Top 5 cat of the year awards and have had the honour of breeding a Supreme Exhibit.
I continue to breed Siamese and Orientals and remain active in the cat fancy as an exhibitor and worker. I qualified as a steward in 2007. I have a small cattery and breed my kittens for health, temperament and show quality. Currently my cat family consists of 5 felines.
I have been a member of the Oriental Cat Club of NSW for many years, previously assisting as show manager and serving on the board as club treasurer, a position I still hold.
I attained my probationary shorthaired Judge’s license in 2015. I consider myself privileged to admire, handle and judge the show exhibits and I have developed an appreciation of the diversity of exhibits in Group 3.
In my normal life I am a mother to 5 children, with 3 boys still living at home ranging in ages from 17 to 5 years who keep me busy and our cats entertained. I am halfway through studying for a Bachelor degree in Midwifery at UTS. Living and growing up on the Northern Beaches I usually spend most of the summer as a beach bum, reading a good book, when not attending cat shows!