Dog Judge – Jan Coppens – The Netherlands
WODAC welcomes Jan – his first visit to judge in our country.
Jan Coppens, born in 1953, is a co-ordinator integral safety/emergency response and crisis manager.
In 1983, Jan had his first Rhodesian Ridgeback, the well known Ch. Jock. In 1984 he started, together with his wife Carla, JOCKULAR kennels. Many champions came from this kennel.
Jan writes articles for various dog magazines with personal illustrations. Several books and learning resources published by the Dutch Kennel Club are illustrated by Jan.
Since 1985 member of kennel club De Kempen (board member for 17 years) and kennel club Waalwijk as Show organiser; since 2015 invited member of Royal Kennel Club Cynophilia; since 2018 vice chairman of VKK – judges association.
Dog trainer since 1989. Since 1993, lecturer and examiner cynological knowledge of the Dutch Kennel Club ‘Raad van Behaar’.
From 2009 to 2012 Jan was Chairman of the committee for the sighthound racing and coursing sport in the Netherlands. Active with innovations in the field of education and training and substantially for the orgnization of the European Championship Coursing 2011.
Jan has judged since 1991 and is qualified for the FCI groups 6 and 10 and most of FCI-group 5 breeds and Weimaraner Gr7. He is a FCI Best in Show judge and Junior Handling judge. He is a speaker at various shows. Jan is a Ridgeback breed specialist listed as an A1 judge.
Judged in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Findland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
It is an honour to have Jan officate at our 24th World of Dogs & Cats Exhibition and we welcome him on his first visit to South Africa.
Cat Judge – Kathy Calhoun – United States of America
Kathy Calhoun was born and raised in the Chicago area. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Biology, she moved to Battle Creek Michigan where she worked for the Kellogg Company and began to breed and show Tonkinese. Over the years, Kathy expanded her breeding program to include American Shorthairs, American Wirehairs and Maine Coons. Maine Coons remain her primary breed. Kathy has lived and exhibited in Michigan, Atlanta, Minnesota and Chicago. Her cattery 5800 Dreams was established in 1991 in Battle Creek.
Kathy has had numerous grand champions, grand premiers and regional wins. she has also had natinal winning Maine Coons and American Wirehairs. Kathy has been a CFA Judge since 2007. While going through the judging program, Kathy bred and exhibited Persians, Abyssinians, Oriental Shorthairs, chartreux, and Devon Rex cats. She has judge in Russia, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Indonesia, Maylasia, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Kuwait and of course the USA. Kathy is currently working with Lykoi cats and hopes to see them accepted in championship in CFA.
Kathy has also served the Cat Fanciers Association as a Regional Director for six years and the National Treasurer for 13 years. Kathy currently lives in Chicago, where she enjoys the fancy and spending time with her son Gregory and his wife Liz and their dog Lola.
We welcome Kathy on her first visit to South Africa.