Kathy Calhoun, SP & HHP
Kathy Calhoun founded her cattery, 5800 Dreams, in 1991 along with her son. Her primary focus has always been Maine Coons, but she has also bred American Shorthairs, American Wirehairs and more recently, Lykoi. She has achieved CFA National Wins with both her Maine Coons and Wirehairs. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Kathy followed another dream and became a CFA judge in 2007. She remains active as a member and secretary for several show-producing clubs, serves as Treasurer for the Maine Coon Breed Council, the CFA Foundation and the CFA organization itself.
Lyn Knight, SP and HHP
Lyn has been active in CFA for over 25 years as a breeder and exhibitor. She started breeding Persians and Himalayans and more recently American Shorthairs. Her catteries have accumulated many National, Regional and Distinguished Merit titles. She became a CFA Judge in 2018 , realizing a long term goal. Lyn says “what better way to spend a weekend than with all these cats and fellow fanciers”. Prior to becoming a judge, Lyn has been involved in all aspects of show production and an active CFA contributor. In addition to her Himalayan and American Shorthairs, she has worked with Birmans, Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, Ragdolls, Egyptian Maus, Colorpoint Shorthairs, Oriental Shorthairs, and Scottish Folds. Lyn is also still active in the Department of Defense Intelligence Community, helping to protect our country.
Hope Gonano, AB & HHP
“My most memorable moment as a judge was doing Best of they Best at the 2015 CFA International Show,” said Hope Gonano, CFA All- Breed judge from Wilber-By-the-Sea, Florida. Gonano began judging 14 years ago, after exhibiting for 20 years. “I wanted to be a judge, as it looked like so much fun,” Gonano said. “ I love handling and playing with the cats.” Gonano began breeding Himalayan Persians 30 years ago. When her daughter, Lauren, was eight years old, she wanted an Exotic. “ It was at that point I decided to give it a try,” said Gonano. “I thought it was best to use an Exotic with my already established lines and make pointed Exotics.” Consequently, Gonano achieved great success, with many Grand Chamipons, two National Winners and the only two, pointed Exotic Distinguished Merit cats in CFA. She named her cattery Laurenden, after her two children, Lauren and Eden. Gonano currently breeds Exotics exclusively.
Jennifer Reding, AB & HHP
In the late 1980’s, Jennifer Reding purchased a show-quality Birman kitten, when she started her show career in earnest. In 1990, she acquired a Japanese Bobtail “just for fun!” And so began her 30 year love affair with the breed. Initially, Jennifer’s cattery name was Janipurr, but following her acquisition of a black-smoke Japanese Bobtail in 1996, she changed the cattery name to Ginchika. At this point, Jennifer began focusing on silver and smoke Bobtails. She has also bred Birman and Oriental Shorthairs, and has shown numerous other breeds. Hailing from Fontana, Ca., Jennifer has achieved numerous Regional and Breed wins, and “even a few National Wins.”