Robert Gleason from the Canadian Cat Association to Judge at NEMO Sturbridge Event on August 25th

This year’s guest judge, Bob Gleason from the Canadian Cat Association, has had cats all his life. He grew up on a dairy farm with working farm cats and a few special house cats (Siamese) but fell in love with the Burmese breed when he attended his first cat show in 1973. He acquired his first Burmese six months later and exhibited at his first show in 1974. His love affair with the breed continued with the establishment of Hullabaloo cattery in 1981 – a collaboration with his wife Elaine, who was our guest judge in 2017. Together they have produced over 40 CCA grands, including three CCA Kittens of the Year and one Alter of the Year. They also occasionally exhibit in CFA and have produced three CFA grand champions.

He is a founding and still active member of two CCA clubs and a veteran of many years on the CCA Board of Directors, serving as President for eight terms. He is currently the treasurer, legislative committee chair, and Benefit Show Chair (which entails organizing six annual fund-raising shows each year). He received his judging license in 2003, and in addition to judging throughout Canada, he has guest judged in France, Germany, South Africa, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and the United States. He was also involved in the recent documentary film, “Catwalk”, about the battle for Alter of the Year in CCA in the 2016-17 show season, and appears throughout the film. When not involved with cat shows, Bob can often be found at vintage car shows and loves to talk cars with other enthusiasts.

Bob says his experiences in other organizations have taught him “that we have a very special hobby and that by working in cooperation with each other the fancy will survive long after we are gone.” He is looking forward to judging the N.E.M.O. show “because it has such a good reputation of being a fun, well run show.” We thank Bob for his kind words and are looking forward to his participation in this year’s show!