|I first became
fascinated with Burmese cats in the early
1990s after seeing a picture of a stunning
blue female on the front cover Cats Annual.
Since 1981 I had bred and shown dogs very
successfully, making up several champions in
the UK . The lovely blue girl who had caught
my eye was Supreme Grand Champion Bambino
Bluebelle, owned and bred by Barbara Boizard-Neil
of the world famous Bambino
Burmese. I made up my mind that I
had to own one of these beautiful cats.
Barbara, asking to go on a waiting list for
one of her kittens. Eventually, in
1993, Bambino Cristabella and Bambino
Bluribbons came to live with me – life has
never been the same since!
Both girls were shown
successfully, eventually becoming champions.
Unfortunately Cristabella never produced any
kittens but Bluribbons more than made up for
that. In her first litter (sired by
her half brother Ch Bambino Brittania Rules)
she gave me Ch Riordan Angelic Upstart my
first home bred champion. In turn Angel went
on to give me Grand Champion Riordan Angel
Dust – my first lilac.
For her second litter
Bluribbons went to a cream boy (Gr Ch &
Gr Pr Poyru Crème Brulee). There was only
one girl in the litter, a blue tortie, who I
kept. She was shown very successfully
becoming Grand Champion Riordan Wild Colours
my first home bred Grand Champion. For her
third litter Bluribbons was mated to Grand
Champion Mainman Master Craftsmen which gave
me the stunning UK Grand Champion Riordan
her on the Our Girls page). From her I
bred Champion Riordan Pure Shores and
Champion Riordan Steel Magnolia.
From my good friend
Sue Neate I purchased a red girl, Anokhi
Testarossa. Although Sierra never became a
champion herself she had some stunning
babies including Champion Riordan Bright
Spark, Champion Riordan Modern Millie (both
reds) and Champion Riordan Material Girl, a
chocolate tortie. It was also from Sue that
I got my first stud boy Grand Champion
Anokhi Flashback in 1998. Charlie has given
me some lovely babies including the
Champions Pure Shores, Steel Magnolia and
Later on I was also
lucky enough to own UK Grand Champion
Bambino Rainmaker a super cream boy who came
to live with me as a 14 week old kitten.
Woody sired some beautiful babies both for
me and other breeders despite being used
very little at stud.
In 2006 I moved with
my cats from the UK to Perth in Western
Australia, where I had grown up.
We have now settled
close to the city centre in Bayswater, a
stone’s throw from the beautiful Swan
I am a registered
breeder with CatsWA and show at most of the shows here in
Perth – which are held during the cooler
months from March to October.
A picture of a
beautiful blue Burmese, all those years ago,
truly changed my life and brought me some
wonderful friends from all over the world. I
look forward to the next chapter……………