Virtual Cat Show Northwest
 
 
 
 
 
OUR JUDGES
OUR ESTEEMED JUDGES
STANDARD CLASS JUDGES FUN CLASS JUDGES
Jane Allen (United Kingdom) Tammy Ardolf (TX)
Alex Chisholm (CA) Nicole Barratt (TX)
Jamie Christian (OH Maria Bunina (United Kingdom)
Kay Hanvey (WA) Shauntay Burris (CA)
Katharina Krenn (Austria) Judit Jozan (Hungary)
Sun Hee Lee (South Korea) Agata Kruszona-Zawadzka (Poland)
Carlos Lopez (Argentina) Jackie Rose (CO)
Kitti Ruttan (CA) Edith-Mary Smith (Manitoba)
Angela Sherzer (GA) Jenny Margrethe Vej (Denmark)
Edith-Mary Smith (Manitoba)  
Ana Maria Sosa (Mexico)  
ALL CLASSES BEST-IN-SHOW JUDGING
Connie Webb (PA)


ABOUT OUR JUDGES — STANDARD CLASSES

 Jane Allen — United Kingdom  

Jane Allen From Jane: I live in Rochford in Essex, UK, which is located just 45 minutes from London. I have been a judge with GCCF in the UK since 1992, and judge in most sections. I have judged with TICA since 2011 and am an approved allbreed judge, as well as a ring and school instructor. I have recently been voted chair of the Persian Breed Group. I am still breeding Persians and Exotic Shorthairs under the Zendique prefix, but have to say that I am a cat lover in the widest of senses and love all things feline!! Judging with TICA has given me the most amazing opportunities to travel extensively, and I have been as far as Australia and New Zealand, Russia, United States and Canada as well as many of the European countries. Through this love of all things feline and human, I have been fortunate to meet many lovely felines and people. Although this last year has been anything but normal, I send my very best wishes to you all for a speedy return to what we know as normal. In the meantime, keep healthy and well.


alexANDRA chisholm — California, USA

Alex Chishom Alexandra Chisholm is from Southern California, in the greater San Diego area known as Ramona. She lives on 6 acres and has been breeding cats and horses for 25 years. Being into horses since she was 15, she has an excellent understanding of form following function -- i.e., conformation and how it affects an animal's health and well-being. She became a TICA judge 16 years ago and has judged all over the world. 

Alex became a judge so she could handle and play with all the different breeds, as there are far too many to possibly own. Her philosophy in judging cats is to judge each cat as it presents itself at the time it is on her judging table; not what she thinks the cat will be or what was last week. She also believes in making showing as fun for the cat as possible.

 
JAMIE CHRISTIAN — OHIO, USA

From Jamie: I am from Toledo, Ohio USA. I am incredibly lucky that my hobby revolves around those felines that I love so much! I have been involved with TICA close to 20 years, as an Allbreed Judge, a three-time-elected Board member, and serving in the Clerking Program. I have bred Bengals, Havana Browns and Sphynx. Additionally, I have owned/exhibited Abyssinians, American Shorthairs, Balinese, Bombays, Burmese, Cornish Rex, Ragdolls, Siamese and Savannahs, as well as the occasional mixed breed love. I have been fortunate to earn many international wins on my cats over the years. I have also been fortunate to have been elected TICA Judge of the Year for 2017. It is a true honor! I also hold a full Allbreed license in WCF.

I hold two degrees in management from Sullivan University in Culinary Arts and Restaurant/Hotel Management. I was employed by Royal Canin for 5 ½ years as their National Feline Breed Manager, developing business by working directly with cat breeders and clubs from all 50 states. I have had the opportunity to train/lecture judges, exhibitors and spectators in cat fancy not only about breeds and breed origins, but also about the origin of all cats and how their development compares to dogs. Other topics include cattery and rescue management and mitigating risks of disease in the show ring (for judges and exhibitors). My passion resolves around the psychology of cats.


kay hanvey — Washington, USA  

Kay Hanvey Kay Hanvey is a second-generation Washingtonian, born, raised and educated in Seattle. She is a U.S Army Veteran and retired Washington State Employee. She has lived in Olympia for many years. This year marks her 51st year of involvement in the cat fancy. She bought her first show cat, Valentine's Felix, a seal point Siamese,  in 1969 while a student at the university of Washington; she showed in her first cat show in February 1970 put on by the new ACFA club Evergreen Cat Fanciers, of which she was a charter member. She would later go on to charter OlympiCat Fanciers (ACFA and TICA), Commencement Cat Club, and And A Mouse Cat Club (TICA and ACFA). Kay received her judging license in 1976 and has judged in ACFA and TICA since that time. She has owned, bred and shown many breeds to Regional, Inter-American and International awards under her cattery names of Chipmunk and Dreamtime, as well as agented, handled, and been closely involved with many more. She has owned, bred, and shown: Abyssinian, American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Australian Mist, Peterbald, Persian, Scottish Folds, Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs. She has owned or been closely involved with showing and breeding Burmese, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Japanese Bobtail, Longhair Scottish Fold, Himalayan, Maine Coon, Khaomanee, Somali, Singapura and Longhair Scottish Folds. She also helped Les Hight and Denny Dayton write the original TICA standard for the Ragdolls. Kay has produced many, many shows with her various clubs and served in all of the club roles. She has also served at the Regional level as a past Regional Director and at the national and international level on various committees and breed sections. She was a member of the Genetics Committee in both ACFA and TICA and served as chair in ACFA for many years. She is the current breed chair of the Australian Mist breed committee. Her other interests include camping in her travel trailer, travel, reading, and handcrafts.


katharina krenn — Austria    

Katharina Krenn From Katharina: My name is Katharina Krenn and I was born in Vienna, the most beautiful city in the world. As a child we had dogs and guinea pigs, but never cats. When I moved out from my parents' home, I bought myself a black Persian and one year later a Thai. Unfortunately, the Persian died at the age of 10 years from cancer. After that, I was looking for a new partner for my Thai. This is when I came to Maine Coons, which I have bred for 15 years. I started showing my first Maine Coon and had a lot of fun. We had a combined show with my former club and a TICA Club in Austria. After that weekend I decided that TICA is the association where I wanted to be. So, I became a TICA member and a club member of the Blue Danube Cat Club, of which I have been President now for over 10 years. I was showing my Maine Coons all round the world, and started to help my new club with organizing shows. While I was at shows, I ring clerked and master clerked. It was then I discovered that I was not only interested in Maine Coons. At this point I started my judging career; in 2011, I met all requirements and finally held a TICA judging license. During my career as a judge, I have conducted breed presentations, judging conferences, judging schools and educational stuff (related to cats). I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with interested people, so in 2017 I became a School and Ring instructor. Education is very important not only for trainees in a judging program - but it is also a benefit for breeders and all people interested in cats. Then in 2018 I as elected to the Judging Committee and began work for our Judges panel. I love judging and enjoy judging for different associations as a Guest Judge as I do believe that it is a benefit for me and my knowledge. Fabulous felines, fun and friendship!


sun hee lee — South Korea  

Sun Hee Lee

Sun Hee Lee is an Allbreed judge from South Korea. She worked for several companies as a producer and public relations specialist. Now she is a happy homemaker. In 2001, she established Korea Cat Club(KOCC). KOCC was the first TICA club in Korea and to hold the first TICA cat show in Korea. She has dedicated herself over the past 20 years to develop a cat fancy community In Korea. Her passion for cats and cat fanciers made her the first TICA judge in 2014 in Korea. Since then, she has judged in South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

"Fun and also educational" is Sun Hee's motto of Judging. She believes the show must be full of joy for everyone. Also, it must be a great chance to get information and build a social network.  Under this pandemic, all of us cat fanciers must endure harsh times. This pandemic makes us separate physically, but we can still feel each other through god sent messages on-line. I hope this virtual cat show will presents all of you a vivid joy and strength to get over the pandemic.


carlos lopez — Argentina   

Carlos Lopez Carlos is an Approved Allbreed Judge/Ring & School Instructor living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a high school Math teacher and also teaches Statistics at the Economic College, University of Buenos Aires. Carlos has been involved in the Cat Fancy for 28 years. The first pedigree cat he owned and showed was a black Persian male in 1993. In 1996, he began breeding British Shorthair cats under the cattery prefix of "Pampa". He has been breeding Abyssinians since 2003. Over the years he has bred/exhibited many regional/international winners. He has enjoyed showing different breeds including a Somali, Bengal, and an Exotic SH.  He has been involved with many TICA clubs in his SA region serving on various committees. He was a founding member of Tango Cat Lovers Club in 1998 and TICAdelPLATA Club in 2008. He served one term on the TICA Board as South America's Regional Director and the TICA Rules Committee between 2012-2018. He was elected as TICA Abyssinian Breed Committee member 2015-2017 and Co-Chair for 2018-2020 and re-elected recently for one more term as a committee member. Carlos entered the TICA Judging Program in 1997. He qualified as an International Allbreed judge in 2005 and has judged extensively internationally for TICA and as a Guest Judge for other associations.  During 2017 he developed and co-wrote the Judging Committee proposal, which was approved by the TICA Board of Directors at the 2018 Winter Meeting. Elected in 2018 as Judging Committee member representing South America and the International Region, he has been coordinating the Annual Refresher Test, Online Educational Activities and developing proposals regarding the Judging Program. Carlos has been recently appointed as the new TICA Judging Administrator.    Carlos had the honor of being invited to judge the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2019 and 2021 TICA Annual Shows and he is looking forward to judging the VirtualCatShowNW. 


kitti ruttan — California, USA    

Kitti Ruttan When Kitti Ruttan was 14 years old she spotted an ad in CATS magazine about a local show in Monterey, California. She asked her mother if they could go, and so they did. The rest, as they say, was history. Upon first coming to the cat fancy in September of 1975, Kitti has continued to be a part of TICA, both as an exhibitor and judge. Her first show cat was a brown tabby household pet named Technicolor. From there she focused on showing her first purebred, an American Shorthair. Over the course of 46 years, she has bred and shown, American Shorthairs, Maine Coons, and since 1996, top show Selkirk Rex.

When Kitti was 23 she entered the TICA judging program. She became a specialty judge at the age of 25, but at 30 her rise to Allbreed was put on hold, not only for showing, but for family. She continued showing for many years, bringing her daughter Sarah to any show she could. When both her children were old enough, she decided to continue her Allbreed test, and officially became an Allbreed Judge in early 2006. Since then, she has traveled Internationally to judge in Malaysia, China, England, Germany, Costa Rica, Chile, Columbia and Australia. Kitti Ruttan has been a cat show person since she was 14 and plans to continue to show and judge for years to come.


ANGELA SHERZER — GEORGIA, USA    

Angela Scherzer I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where I resided until twelve years ago, when we moved to beautiful St. Simons Island, GA. Other than my dear husband Mort, my three loves are cats, music, and aviation. I cannot think of a time that cats were not a part of my life. I got my first pedigreed cat, a seal point old-style Siamese, for my 13th birthday. Being an animal lover, over the course of time, I had many other pets including rabbits, chickens, ducks, birds, goldfish, turtles, several dogs, and cats. I was fortunate that my parents loved animals, too! My formal schooling was in Music Performance -- specifically, Flute. After receiving my master’s degree, I was fortunate to land the Principal Piccolo position in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that I acquired my second pedigreed cat, a Ragdoll. I played with the orchestra for six years, and then decided it was time to pursue a new challenge: flying airplanes. After getting most of the required licenses and certificates, I took a leave of absence from my orchestra job to fly for a small airline, ASA; after a year and a half there, I was hired by FedEx. I stayed at FedEx for 27 years until my retirement. I flew B727s, DC10s, and MD11s all over the world as a Captain, and got to see many interesting places. In 2003, my husband Mort and I acquired two Bengal kittens. This marked my first venture into the show halls and first contact with TICA. I attended my first show in Augusta, SC that year and showed my two Bengal kittens. Everyone was so nice and helpful; I knew I had found a new hobby. I bred Bengals for a short time and continued to attend shows. Very shortly after, I learned to ring clerk and master clerk. Having not settled on the breed that suited me best, I acquired and showed two Siberians (one to a RW SGCA). I also bred several litters of Siberians. Then I fell in love with Abyssinians. I had several RW and IW Abyssinians and decided this was the breed for me. I started my breeding program of Abyssinians in 2013. At about the same time, I decided to work toward entering the judging program. While completing my requirements for the judging program, I also showed an Exotic Shorthair, a Siamese, an Australian Mist, and a Selkirk Rex LH. I became a TICA Judge in 2017 and am currently a Provisional Allbreed judge. I have learned so much seeing and handling all of the cats at the shows; this is a hobby that brings me much joy. I hope I also bring joy to those whose cats I have the privilege of handling. In my spare time, I play flute and piccolo with the Coastal Symphony of GA, and occasionally with the Savannah Philharmonic and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. I remain an active member of the National Flute Association and the Atlanta Flute Club, and I also keep my Certified Flight Instructor Certificate current.


edith-mary smith — Manitoba, Canada    

Edith-Mary Edith-Mary Smith has been a member of The International Cat Association (TICA) since its formation in 1979. She has been an Allbreed Judge since 1988, and is a Ring and School Instructor. She has judged throughout Canada and the USA, and also in China, Mexico, South America, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. She judged the World Cat Congress show in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2005, and again in Miami, Florida, in 2014. She was a member of the TICA Board of Directors from 1994 to 2004. Edith-Mary judged the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show in Australia. In 2020, during the early days of COVID, Edith-Mary participated in the TICA Great Lakes virtual cat show. She attended her first cat show as a little girl of five, and raised British Shorthairs for many years under the cattery name Smith Avenue. She has shown British Shorthairs, Maine Coons and household pets throughout various regions in TICA. In 2015, she showed her Maine Coon kitten, Sebastien, at the TICA Annual show in Salzburg, Austria. Her special interests lie in educating the public in the care of household pets, and in promoting neutering and spaying. Her British blue tortie, Quintessa Bedmole, won three international awards, including Third Best International Alter in 2002. Edith-Mary and Barkus, a rescued brown tabby household pet, appeared on the television show "Cat Chat," which aired weekly for five years on Manitoba Access Television. Barkus died close to his 19th birthday. Edith-Mary lives in Brandon, Manitoba -- near the geographic centre of North America, and close to the border with the United States.

 
ana maria sosa — Mexico     

Ana Maria Sosa From Ana Maria: When I was child, we always had 1 or 2 cats at home, Mom is a pet lover. I started first by attending and helping in dog shows. One day one of the dog breeders suggested that I should bring together breeders and owners of cats to form a Club. I did it with the help of a journalist from a local publication. Many people called me, and so I formed the first feline club in our city. At one of our meetings a client brought a Cat Fancy magazine where TICA posted how a local club could become a recognized club. This is how my love for cats began and how we contacted TICA. The idea of being a judge was proposed to me by the lovely Georgia Morgan, who, along with Vicki Jo Harrison and more members of TICA, supported me in my preparation as an International TICA Judge. At the same time that the cat owners club was founded, I started a small shelter for unwanted kittens. 15 years later, the shelter has placed more than 3,000 spayed/neutered and dewormed kittens into their forever homes. I have been a veterinarian since 1982 and opened my own clinic in 1983. I continue to practice as a veterinarian in my city, Monterrey, Mexico, doing 90% of my practice in felines. My trials have led me to visit various places in the USA, Canada, Austria, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Columbia and China, and I have met extraordinary people. I have also tried in Mexico City and Puebla. During my preparation to become a TICA judge I bred Persians, Himalayas, Siamese and Orientals. Currently I am not a breeder, but I have 2 cats, a Sphynx and a household pet. Creo que es lo mas importante.
Saludos, Ana Maria Sosa


connie webb — Pennsylvania, USA  

Connie Webb Connie Webb is a TICA Approved Allbreed Judge, as well as a School and Ring Instructor, with 29 years of judging experience. She is also a TICA Distinguished Judge, and was TICA's 2011 TICA Judge of the Year. She served on the TICA Board of Directors for 6 years for the NE and MA Regions, and is currently serving as the Deputy Judging Administrator on the Judges Committee.

From Connie: My passion for cats began at the age of six (an exceptionally long time ago) when I was sick and confined to bed. My mother, being an incredibly wise woman, gave me a tiny stray rescue kitten to care for so I would stay in bed and have limited activity until the illness had improved. Guess what? It worked! This beautiful little ball of fluff was a semi-longhair torbie (which, of course, I didn't know at the time) but with her glorious colors and pattern, I decided to name her Paprika. The first purebred pedigreed cat to own me was a blue point Birman. I totally fell in love with their magnificent blue eyes, golden-hued coat, intelligence and sensitivity to human emotions. I knew this was the breed I wanted to work with and over the years was fortunate enough to be entrusted with 6 Birmans imported from the United Kingdom. One of these Birmans was a seal lynx point girl that I believe was the first of her pattern to come to the States. Some of the other breeds I have worked with are the Cornish Rex, Maine Coon and Longhair Scottish Fold. For many years I also did a lot of rescue work and rehoming of once feral kittens and cats. Sometimes handling a beautiful cat will give me goose bumps or make me shiver or else reach so deeply into my heart and soul that it brings tears to my eyes. They are such precious little creatures and I feel so honored and privileged to be able to handle them. For the brief time they are on my table, I think of each one of them as my own cat so deserving of love and respect. What an incredible experience that is. Traveling around the world, meeting people, and seeing all the different wonders is very special to me. It makes me feel like I have family no matter where I go. I love talking and teaching about cats and listening to the dreams and aspirations of our trainees and young people. TICA is my family and I feel very blessed to be able to combine the things I hold most dear to my heart - people, cats, teaching and helping others — it's my passion.


ABOUT OUR JUDGES —  FUN CLASSES

Tammy Ardolf — Texas, USA

Tammy Ardolf Tammy Ardolf grew up in rural Minnesota but has lived in Dallas, Texas, for the past 20 years. She is an attorney, who specializes in trial litigation and employment matters. She recently left a life of billable hours for the public sector and currently happily works as in-house counsel for a local school district. Tammy entered the judging program in 2020 as a Trainee after owning and showing a variety of breeds in TICA including the Sphynx, Devon Rex, Abyssinian, Cymric, Siberian, Selkirk Rex, and Maine Coon.  When asked about her favorite breed, she laughs and says "all of them." She is an active member of the SouthCentral Region and currently serves as the Chair of the SC Region Legislative Committee where she can combine her love of the law with service to the SC region. Tammy enjoys every aspect of training, from breed knowledge to handling and showmanship. She looks forward to contributing to the cat fancy and the growth of TICA by becoming a knowledgeable and well-rounded judge.


Nicole Barratt — Texas, USA

Nicole Barratt Nicole Barratt has been involved in the cat fancy since 2005, starting her breeding program in Durban, South Africa in 2006 with Orientals and Siamese; and has been involved with the development of the Peterbald since 2009. Nicole is an inactive specialty judge with the Cat Federation of Southern Africa and moved to Texas in 2019 with her small family (and subsequently registered her cattery with and became a member of TICA). She has been involved at Club and Breed Group level in South Africa for many years and helped pioneer one of the first versions of the on-line Cat Show in 2009 bringing her expertise to the 2020 TICA Virtual Cat Show team. Nicole owns Peterbald, Orientals and a Ragdoll but has an immense passion for all feline breeds. She has also owned Burmese as well as Siamese and other domestic varieties.

 
Maria Bunina — United Kingdom

Marina Maria Bunina is a Trainee in the TICA judging program from the Europe West Region. Born in St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) Russia, she has been residing in the UK for over 20 years. Having started with showing, training and breeding dogs back in Russia, she discovered the World of pedigree cats in the UK. Birmans were her first breed, followed by Siberians. Maria was involved in the introduction of Siberians to the UK in early 2000s. Over the years, she has successfully shown in GCCF, Fife, LOOF and TICA and bred Best of Breeds and IWs. She is currently halfway through her judging training, and is looking forward to being accepted as a probationary specialty judge once her training is completed.


Shauntay Burris — California, USA

Shauntay Burris Shauntay Burris is from Montreal, Canada, but calls sunny California home. She became involved in the cat fancy in 2002 when she became the proud new owner of a Sphynx cat. This breed quickly enamored her, and she has dedicated the last 18 years to the breed. She has served on the TICA Sphynx Breed Committee for two terms, and has achieved a lot of success in the show hall with consecutive international breed wins for the past four years, along with allbreed International Wins, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Outstanding Dam award and many Regional Wins. She has a great passion for TICA, and has been involved in the production of shows as Show Manager, Entry Clerk, Master Clerk, and Ring Clerk. Her recent projects in TICA included hosting Online Cat Shows, breed Webinars, and volunteering to judge "fun rings" in online shows. She also serves as the Mid-Pacific Show Reporter and the new Administrator of the TICA Mentorship Program. Her next endeavor is to join the Judging Program and continue her journey in TICA.


Judit Jozan — Hungary

Judit Jozan Judit Jozan is from Hungary and has been breeding ragdolls for ten years, but she has been surrounded by cats during all of her life. She works in public administration. Judit started showing her cats in 2012 and has since gotten more involved in the cat fancy. She has ring clerked and master clerked and was chosen the master clerk of the year in the Europe South (ES) Region in 2019. She is currently a Trainee in the TICA Judging Program. In 2019 she trained in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and California but unfortunately there are no shows held in Europe at the moment. She is happy to be a part of the Fun Rings in the VirtualCatShowNW.


Agata Kruszona-Zawadzka — Poland

Agata Agata Kruszona-Zawadzka was born, raised and is still living in Warsaw, Poland. In her non-cat life, she is a computer programmer, tester and solver of strange problems. Her cat life began 18 years ago with the arrival of 2 HHPs, Furia ("Fury") and Krecik ("Little Mole"). A random visit to a cat show started an amazing adventure, during which she started breeding Bengal cats, fell in love with cat shows in general, and TICA shows in particular, and went on to start the first TICA club in Poland. She is the pioneer of "All Things TICA" in Poland. She has the first cat with highest TICA titles in Poland (first RW, then IW and finally LA). She helped organize the first TICA show in Poland (and all the others since). She encourages more and more Polish breeders and cat enthusiasts to "try out TICA". Finally, she decided the last step in promoting TICA in the Polish cat fanciers community would be to become a TICA judge. She applied to the program in 2018 and eagerly started her training, with plans on finishing in early 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping her from accomplishing that goal, but she looks forward to the time when she can present her 4 solo rings and apply for acceptance as TICA Probationary Specialty Judge. She looks forward to meeting all her TICA friends in person again and she hopes the time will come soon, when she will be able to help out in the show halls again, either as a judge, as a clerk, or just another friendly exhibitor.


Jackie Rose — Colorado, USA     

Jackie Rose Jackie Rose is from Fort Collins, Colorado which is approximately an hour north of Denver. Although she has had cats since a child, her initiation into the cat fancy started after attending a 1987 Wyoming cat show one Sunday afternoon to "pass the time".Within months, a Himalayan kitten was purchased to show as an alter and the adventure began. Over the years, her participation increased within the fancy to include show management, breeding Persians and Himalayans, experienced exhibitor of over a dozen different breeds, founding member of several cat clubs, Board position on several different cat clubs throughout the states, a stint as a Regional Director, attendance at many Expos/Veterinary Conferences as part of TICA Marketing and much more. She has also judged 4H Cat Shows and represented TICA at pet rescue/humane society Caturday events. In 2019, Jackie was accepted into the Judging Program as a Trainee and will be completing the requirements by May 1st, 2021. She looks forward to producing more fun shows, handling wonderful felines as a TICA Judge and participating in events and conferences. 


edith-mary smith — Manitoba, Canada    

Edith-Mary Edith-Mary Smith has been a member of The International Cat Association (TICA) since its formation in 1979. She has been an Allbreed Judge since 1988, and is a Ring and School Instructor. She has judged throughout Canada and the USA, and also in China, Mexico, South America, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. She judged the World Cat Congress show in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2005, and again in Miami, Florida, in 2014. She was a member of the TICA Board of Directors from 1994 to 2004. Edith-Mary judged the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show in Australia. In 2020, during the early days of COVID, Edith-Mary participated in the TICA Great Lakes virtual cat show. She attended her first cat show as a little girl of five, and raised British Shorthairs for many years under the cattery name Smith Avenue. She has shown British Shorthairs, Maine Coons and household pets throughout various regions in TICA. In 2015, she showed her Maine Coon kitten, Sebastien, at the TICA Annual show in Salzburg, Austria. Her special interests lie in educating the public in the care of household pets, and in promoting neutering and spaying. Her British blue tortie, Quintessa Bedmole, won three international awards, including Third Best International Alter in 2002. Edith-Mary and Barkus, a rescued brown tabby household pet, appeared on the television show "Cat Chat," which aired weekly for five years on Manitoba Access Television. Barkus died close to his 19th birthday. Edith-Mary lives in Brandon, Manitoba -- near the geographic centre of North America, and close to the border with the United States.


Jenny Margrethe Vej — Denmark     

Jenny Vej Jenny is from the Copenhagen area in Denmark, and works as an IT Project/Program Manager in one of the biggest banks in Scandinavia. It was the Fun & Friendship in TICA that made Jenny fall in love with the cat fancy, and she has been showing in many parts of the world since her first show in 2011. Since that time, she has been showing Norwegian Forest Cats, Scottish Fold, Exotic Shorthair, Japanese Bobtails and Household Pets all across the United States and Canada, all of Europe and in England, resulting in many titles and wins -- among others, the first International Winner & Lifetime Achieving Alter in Denmark. Jenny has since 2012 been an active member of the TICA community in Denmark, serving on the board of the local Danish TICA Club from 2012 till 2020. She is now an active member in 3 other clubs in Europe and America and is still the only TICA-registered breeder of Japanese Bobtails in Denmark. Jenny looks forward to serving the cat fancy on both sides of the judging table. She believes that emphasis should be on Fun & Friendships together with education -- and that all cats deserve to be treated in a way that shows them off the best possible way.