Fine felines

4-H Cat Show two- and four-legged competitors shine
by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


MOTHER AND DAUGHTER Becky Lukens and April Harju, of the Oostburg Trail Blazers show off their cats Lil Blu and Yeti at the 24th annual Sheboygan County 4-H Cat Project Open Household Pet Cat Show held recently at the Blue Line Ice Center in Sheboygan. — Falls News photo by Verla Peichl MOTHER AND DAUGHTER Becky Lukens and April Harju, of the Oostburg Trail Blazers show off their cats Lil Blu and Yeti at the 24th annual Sheboygan County 4-H Cat Project Open Household Pet Cat Show held recently at the Blue Line Ice Center in Sheboygan. — Falls News photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County 4-H Cat Project recently held its 24th annual Open Household Pet Cat Show at Blue Line Ice Center in Sheboygan.

The show, which featured 75 entries, is a fun event for anyone who owns a cat. The purpose of the show is to get cat owners more aware of their pets needs and help them learn proper care.

The cats are judged on their health, cleanliness, appearance and personality. Breed and background have little importance when being judged in a show such as this.

To show or not to show is a major question. Some cats love the attention, others tolerate it and some hate the entire experience.

Therefore, it is up to the owner to decide if their pet is a good choice for the show ring.

The show had three judging rings.

Don Finger served as the judged in the Ring 1 All Breed Ring.

Finger has been a state and county 4-H judge since 1984. He then became a licensed judge with the American Cat Fanciers Association in 1994 and is currently an All Breed teaching judge officiating all over the U.S., Canada and has also judged in Australian and New Zealand.

The judge in the Ring 2 Specialty Ring was Tina Straws.

“I’m so excited to be part of the show today,” Straws said. “This project is near and dear to my heart because for the first three years I showed my cats under the ‘Self-Determined’ category in 4-H. I’ve been a judge since 1985 and have been showing cats since 1972. I look forward to judging this wonderful group of kitties.”

Straws’ daughter Rebecca Straws served as the judge in the Ring 3 Specialty Ring.

“I’ve been a licensed cat judge for three years after shadowing my mom for two years,” Rebecca Straws said. “I’m excited to work with each of the exhibitors today.”

The results as furnished by Sarah Shallue are as follows.

Ring I All-Breed (Judge Don Finger)

1st - Kat Braatz, “Curtis”

2nd - Megan Magnus “Cierra”

3rd - Sarah Samse “Alphonse”

Judge’s Choice Award - Kay Magnus “Sienna”

Ring 2 Specialty (Judge Tina Straws)

1st - Josie Church, “Paris”

2nd - Lily Block “Savior”

3rd - Alyssa Mathes “Tinker”

Ring 2 Longhair (Judge Tina Straws)

1st - Susie Beaupre, “Dually”

2nd - Angela Krueger, “Maggie”

3rd - Megan Magnus “Cierra”

Ring 2 Shorthair (Judge Tina Straws)

1st - Kat Braatz, “Curtis”

2nd - Sophie Myszewski, “Elton”

3rd - Maddie Radtke, “Chloe”

Judge’s Choice Award - Meg Buechel, “Ellie” and Theresa Theobald, “Mini”

Honorable Mention - Joni Schloseky, “Maserati”

Ring 3 Speciality (Judge Rebekah Straws)

1st - Josie Church, “Paris”

2nd - Sofia Peters, “Figaro”

3rd - Josephine Hoopman, “Hankette”

Ring 3 Longhair (Judge Rebekah Straws)

1st - Susie Beaupre, “Dually”

2nd - Angela Krueger, “Maggie”

3rd - Meg Buechel, “Ellie”

Ring 3 Shorthair (Judge Rebekah Straws)

1st - Sarah Shallue, “Allie Cat”

2nd - Sarah Samse, “Alphonse”

3rd - Lorelai Haase, “Xena”

Judge’s Choice Award - Angela Krueger, “Bosco” and April Harju, “Black Jack”

Honorable Mention - Alyssa Mathes, “Tinker”

Costume Contest

Jill Hockerman

Angela Krueger & Family

Holly Neils

Tina Lynn Heinecke & Family

Jordin Fuentes de Rehm

Decorated Cage Contest

April Harju

Sophie Myszewski

Bennet Stemper

Angela Krueger

Tristin Potter

Sarah Samse

Lily Block

Brianna Breunig

Spectator’s Choice

Susie Beaupre, “Dually”


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