The background of the formation of The Traditional Cat
Association, Inc. and my recognition and subsequent naming and
defining of the three different types of “Siamese” in the world
is often equated only with the beginnings of TCA, INC. But the depth
of my knowledge of animal breeding and husbandry is much more
extensive. I grew up on our Wisconsin Dairy Farm, where breeding and
keeping registry and performance records on our herd of Holsteins
was a way of life and the source of our means of support.
Our Farm had the top herd in our County for 22 years
straight, based upon monthly, Wisconsin State tests on each
individual cow in our herd and on our facilities.
Horses became my passion very early in life, beginning with our
work horse team, who I road often even before I could walk. By age 5
I had my own pony and by age 8 I had my own palomino horse. Ginger was bred to an Arabian Stallion, so thus began my
career in Arabian horses. My
subsequent purchases of Arabians lead to a dedicated calling to the
Arabian Show circuit. If
I wasn’t working, as a Service Representative for the telephone
company, I was on the road with my Arabians.
Training, management, breeding and showing were all up to me
alone. I even drove the
truck and horse trailer to and from show arenas.
My years resulted in several Show Championships in both Halter
and performance. On my
roster of top awards is. Lady Gay Sun, the 1970 U.S. Reserve
National Champion Part-Arabian Mare.
I bred, trained and showed the Sire of Zarr-Hassan (Gazarr X
Belleza) who won the titles of Canadian National Champion Stallion
and U.S. Reserve National Champion Stallion in the same year.
His sire, Gazarr + (Gazon X Starr-Fire), the stallion I
raised, went on to sire over 80 Show Champions. By age 10 Gazarr
have won multiple Halter Championships. English Pleasure
Championships, was top 5 Stallion in Regions 1, 2 and 7, was Top 20
Halter Stallion, and Top 20 English Pleasure Champion at the
Canadian National Championships, was Top 20 Halter Stallion at the
U.S. National Championships, and received his Legion of Merit Award
by 1975. I raised
6 full brothers from Gazarr’s mother, Starr-Fire, who was a full
sister to a U.S. National Champion Mare. The third generation of my
breeding still romps around our pastures today, adding beauty, their
sense of humor, and fun to our lives.
Over those years I bred Traditional Siamese and sold the
kittens. They were prevalent then, and easily found. After John and I were married, which involved a move to a
different State, we began looking for a Traditional Siamese of our
own. During 1985 and 1986 we searched.
Hoping the end of our quest could be found at a cat show, we
attended one. It was at
that cat show where I came face to face with the Extreme Wedge
Siamese. The sign on the cage read “Siamese”, but what I saw was
an absolute, indescribable shock. .In my mind, what ever that thing
was, it surely wasn’t a Siamese Cat!
It was emaciated looking, long and thin with a head weirdly
shaped like a piece of pie with large ears and slitty eyes. I called
it the Extreme Wedge Siamese. When
I inquired about the Traditional Siamese Cat I knew in my youth, I
was insulted and rebuked. That sharp criticism set me on a
determined coarse to find out what had happen to “MY Siamese”.
In two years we still hadn’t found a Traditional Siamese
kitten for ourselves, so I wrote a letter to CATS Magazine, which
was published. Only 19
breeders responded from all across the U.S. and Canada.
We purchased “Serenity” as a kitten from Laura Kelly in
Florida. We were and still are very happy with “Serenity”. With
such a small number of breeders responding I knew the Siamese breed
I knew was in trouble. The
bloodline base was scattered and obviously small. I typed all 19
breeders addresses on one sheet of paper, sent it to all of them and
asked them to get together and share bloodlines. I thought that was
that. Such was not the case. Their responding letters and those from
people asking for help finding the “Old Style” Siamese turned
into a flood of correspondence. I like helping people, so the Good
Samaritan in me started sending out my “Breeders List” to all
who asked for it. John began wondering if I was spending too much of
our personal money, so I began accounts.
The letters back and forth turned into our Newsletter, and my
accounts became our Treasurer’s Report.
To provide distinction, and respect, I created the breed names,
Traditional Siamese and Classic Siamese and wrote Breed Standards
for both. This took
considerable research to accomplish.
The importance of what a Breed Standard is and how it is
used, demanded that I be accurate, clear, and thorough.
Currently TCA, INC. is the leading force behind the push to
bring back the “original” Traditional Siamese and Classic
Siamese. Over the years we have accepted other breeds that have the
same difference in body type as the Traditional Siamese and Classic
Siamese from the Extreme Wedge Siamese. Included are the
“Traditional Balinese”, “Classic Balinese”, “Traditional
Burmese”, “Classic Burmese” and more.
Once again I created these breed names and wrote their
supporting Breed Standards. All
together I’ve written over 30 Breed Standards and am still working
It took a great deal of time and effort for me to create and
publish the TCA, INC., Registry,
all of the forms, documents,and
“Constitution and By-Laws, Registry and Show Rules”
that formed this Association and are for the exclusive use of
TCA, INC. members only. For instance, our “Constitution” took m
e four and one half months to write!
There are so many breeds that have been harmed by the constant
revisions of their Breed Standards by the other cat associations,
and other negative actions. I had to take a stand against this
onslaught. That is one of the main reasons we are here, and are so
willing to work with others who support the same goals.
We have our own Registry, hold our own shows, have major
advertising both on the web and in Magazines and have a highly
sought Breeders List available to prospective customers.
Our web site www.traditionalcats.com receives over
I am proud of my record of standing up for the democratic
process, the will of the majority and maintaining the high integrity
that is the hallmark of TCA, INC. Through honesty, integrity, high
ethics and dedication to the Traditional Cats and their breeders.
Staying united and always growing has made our efforts an ever
stronger voice on behalf of the Traditional and Classic Siamese.
Their Royal history, personality and glorious coloration deserve
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