Judge of the Year

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.

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 Great Lakes members to be our Judge Of The Year: 
Reasons for this honor include:

  • Professionalism
  • 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.