The TICA Great Lakes region includes:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Manitoba Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nunavut Canada, Ohio, Saskatchewan Canada, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Messages From Our Regional Director
Great Lakes Judge Of The Year 2018-19
Dr. Nikki Crandall-Seibert
Nikki (with her then future husband, Cory) started showing Japanese Bobtails in 1989, although in a different cat association. Japanese Bobtails are very addictive and so soon they found themselves breeding cats. Their first litter was born on June 12, 1991 and Rockinashi Japanese Bobtails was established. Based on a love of “silver” Japanese Bobtails, they later partnered with Jennifer Reding (California) and established Ginchika Japanese Bobtails. Although very successful in the other association, in 2006 Nikki & Cory began showing in TICA. Nikki immediately immersed herself in TICA, first by ring clerking and then master clerking. With her background of coordinating cat shows, she quickly found herself embraced by TICA clubs and helping with shows.
Nikki and Cory continued to produce beautiful cats and yearly Regional Wins were the norm for them. But they also were interested in other breeds and so, in addition to Japanese Bobtails, they have shown Somalis, Birmans, Himalayans, Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, Siberians, Oriental Shorthairs, Household Pets, and Khaomanee. However, Japanese Bobtails continue to be their heart breed.
While their Regional Wins are too numerous to mention, here are a few of their other accomplishments:
IW Ginchika Yoshiwara Gin Tora (2010)
IW Forestkatz Shrpdrstmn of Rockinashi – NFC – (2011)
IW Hojpoj Rocky Road of Rockinashi – ORSH (2011)
IW Ginchika Yoshiwara Gin Tora (2012)
IW Mysticmelody Lombardi of Rockinashi – Siberian (2013)
IW Ginchika Bidi Bidi Pom Pom (2019)
OD Ginchika Okonomiyaki (2013)
OD Ginchika Goody Two Shoes (2016)
OD YukiUsgi Nasuno of Rockinashi (2016)
In 1995 Nikki graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin (Madison) with her DVM degree. Again due to her love of cats, over the years she frequently “specialized” in feline care. With her love of knowledge, Nikki also learned acupuncture (for animals) and continues to learn more about “natural” ways of healing.
What has remained constant is her love for cats, her love of showing cats, her knowledge of cats, and her ability to handle cats, so it was no surprise when Nikki applied to TICA’s judging program. Nikki was accepted into TICA’s judging program on 8/20/14, and her first judging assignment was in Waukesha, WI on 9/6/14. She was then advanced to All Breed in January of 2018. If you ever watch Nikki as she judges, it soon becomes evident that this is where she belongs … she loves the cats, she loves handling the cats, she loves being a cat judge.
In 2019, Nikki was voted by GL members to be our Judge Of The Year:
Reasons for this honor include:
– Handling – She is very patient with the cats and can bring out the playful side in almost any cat. She doesn’t rush; every cat is judged
– Knowledge about cats in general, but also about the breeds she handles
– Love of cats; love of judging
– Willing to help exhibitors expand their knowledge of cats and/or grooming
– Takes time to explain to gate/visitors highlights of the breeds in her finals
– Has fun – not only does she enjoy what she does, she tries to engage the exhibitors to ensure everyone who comes to her ring, 2 and 4 legged, has a good time
– Honest and Ethical – She isn’t swayed by the opinion of others; if she puts up a cat, it’s because she believes it to be deserving.
Great Lakes Member Of The Year 2018-19
This year’s TICA Great Lakes member of the year is Chris Unangst. Chris has been TICA member for many, many years (over two-thirds of her life). Over those years, she has been a member of four different TICA regions. She has bred different breeds, rescued cats in need, and shown in our five main competitive classes achieving international wins in all of them.
Chris works tirelessly both publicly and behind the scenes. She has helped numerous clubs host successful shows. She has worked diligently as clerk, master clerk, entry clerk, and show manager. And yes, she also serves as one of our esteemed Allbreed judges. If that wasn’t enough, she (and Vanadis Crawford) work to create the beautiful PowerPoint presentation of winners at the awards banquets (both Regionally or Internationally). Chris is our talented TICA Yearbook editor. She also worked round the clock this summer to secure sponsorships for ALL of the Great Lakes awards (rosettes, plaques and trophies). This is no small task, but as you can see, Chris dedicates herself to our amazing region and TICA as a whole.
It’s was my sincere pleasure to present this year’s award of TICA Great Lakes member of the year to Chris Unangst.
2022 TICA Annual – Showcats in Chicago!
Mark your calendars for the following shows:
Glass CiTICAts, February 7 – 9, 2020 in Maumee, OH
Showcats Columbus, March 13 – 15, 2020 in Columbus, OH
Great Lakes Friends of Felines, March 20 22, 2020 in Arlington Heights, IL
Wisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers, April 25 – 26, 2020 in Racine, WI
You can join by creating an account on groups.io and then sending emails to: TICAGreatLakesfirstname.lastname@example.org