As a young person, I have always had cats around. In 1972 I purchase my first pedigree Cat (a Siamese) and started breeding and showing under my Prefix, Jailing.
I started my breeding programme with Siamese then progressed to the Burmese, British shorthairs and Abyssinians. I have been owned by a Japanese bobtail and at present a Selkirk Rex and a Household pet, who has very much a mind of her own. Apart from Breeding and showing cats I was involved in the NZ Kennel Club and bred Griffon Bruxellios Dogs for a number of years.
I have Bred and shown cats to the title of Gold Double Grand Champion.
Being involved with cats has been an enjoyable passion. I was, for many years, President, Secretary or Delegate of The Southland Cat Fanciers Club and became a Life Member in 2007.
I am currently a member of The Geyserland Cat Club based the Bay of Plenty. I joined The Geyserland Cat Club in 2016
I have been Judging cats for 26 years now and am qualified as a Pedigree Shorthair Judge.
I have Judged in New Zealand numerous times and have often judged in Australia.
My enjoyment of judging has enabled me to come in contact with numerous shorthair breeds and has also enabled me to meet lots of interesting people on this journey.
I am now retired from the workforce and two years ago moved to the Bay of Plenty to live. Being retired has enabled me to travel more often. I have been part of the NZ Cat Fancy for 45 years now, and during that time served a one year term on the NZ Cat Fancy Executive Council.