SACC supports the following resolution taken at the World Cat Congress Annual Meeting in 2015 “WCC neither promotes nor approves the presence of wild feline species in connection with a cat show.”
I qualified as an All Breeds Judge in 2003. I have judged extensively locally, nationally and internationally (
I am also a Founder member of the Burmese Interest Group and Club.
Currently, I am secretary for the
I have been breeding quality Burmese for more than 20 years.
I have been an All Breeds Judge since 1985, judging both nationally and several times in
I was President of SACC in 1999 and 2000 and have been the
I bred Persians and Abyssinians for 22 years.
On a personal level, I am a retired high school teacher. I am married with 3 children and 2 grandsons. Apart from cats I enjoy gardening and reading.
I got my first Colourpoint, a blue point female on 6 June 1980 This was the start of my love affair with the Colourpoint Persian. Because I lived in Port Elizabeth, I had access to only one show (in those days!) per year. For any other how I had to travel to Cape Town or another centre. Because I was so isolated, I joined every Colourpoint/ Himalayan breeders ' group in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe ( if I was able to read the language I joined!) I could find!
Nine years later I moved to live in Benoni, where I was able to show cats several times a year without making a big expedition out of the weekend. I stewarded at every show, and eventually started acting as Head Steward more and more often. It was inevitable that I would start working on my training towards a future cat judge.
I became a member of the Cat Fanciers ' Club of SA in 1980 and a committee member in 1988 and filled several portfolios over the years. I was Editor for the Cat Fancier 's Club magazine for several years and helped with shows until I found myself acting as show manager for the CFC shows in the mid nineties. I have represented the CFC as their Delegate at times and have been SACC Breed Council Secretary since 1996.
Like so many of my SACC fellow judges, I have been privileged to judge in other countries. I have judged in several cities in Australia, in New Zealand and in Paris, France. My most recent trip was to Namibia where I met my fellow African Exhibitors.
These travels have made me realize what a high standard is maintained by our local breeders, sometimes in the face of great difficulty. I have great admiration for my fellow South African breeders who dedicate themselves to the betterment (on all levels) of their respective breeds. Keep up the fight! It is worth it!
Today I am still dedicated to the improvement of my chosen breed, The Colourpoint Persian I act as Show Manager for CFC at least one show per year and get the opportunity to handle the beautiful breeds out there when I assess them as an All Breeds judge.
I completed my training as a Registered Nurse in 1976 at Bulawayo Central Hospital in what is now Zimbabwe
Immigrated to South Africa in 1983
I was married for 26 years and am now divorced I have two daughters aged 25 & 22, my eldest daughter, Megan, was instrumental in getting me involved in the Burmese breed and again for getting the breeding process started!!
Mela Cattery was registered in 1998 with SACC and I became a member of the Persian Cat Society in 1999, breeding my first Supreme Champion in 2000
Alison Renwick and I imported a female lilac tortie & a male cream Burmese in 2003, he has been an excellent foundation to both our catteries and the cattery we registered for our co-owned cats – Onaoan
I have been working as a Medical Rep in the industry for 18 years and with my present company, Bayer Schering Pharma for the past 15 years, specializing in cardio-vascular, anti-infective & endocrine drugs
I started the judges course in late 2005 and have just completed the Siamese/Oriental course & am finally the judge of one breed!!!
My interests include theatre, movies, reading, scrap-booking and of course my cats
Member of the CJI panel in Gauteng. Started showing Abyssinians and Orientals in 1985 and stewarding at all cat shows. Soon added Turkish Vans and Somalis to my breeding program. Scottish Folds, Munchkins, LaPerms joined this list later.
Bred and owned several top cats in COTY over the years, including the 2001 winner, a Turkish Van, Karnaki Kemal. I also own Cymrics, American Curls, Birmans and one delightful Skookum.