The weekend of 15th through June 17th, started early Friday with a wonderful morning of education. Wisdom Health’s Veterinary Geneticist, Dr. Angela Hughes, spoke first on using DNA panel testing to increase genetic fitness in cats. Next, Dr. Rick Kessler presented an excellent lecture on neonatology, focusing on the needs of newborn kittens and what breeders can do to optimize their health and survival. Last but not least, TICA judge and long time Maine Coon breeder Lynn Scherer reviewed the history of Maine Coons, finishing her talk with a section specifically on polydactyls. The quality of the Speakers was fabulous, all were interesting and very informative.
Friday afternoon began with a Parade of Maine Coons and the chance for people to see each of the entrants up close. Exhibitors voted on a number of individual features such as “Best Ears” as well as best overall contender, the cat in their eyes that came closest to Maine Coon Purrfection. Then Judges Lynn Scherer, Barbara Ray and Vickie Fisher offered their opinions in Congresses for Champions, Kittens and Alters. The day concluded with a poolside barbeque and plenty of time to socialize.
Saturday and Sunday continued the fun with All Breed judging during the day. On Saturday, judging was followed by an evening Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Carol Margolis. Dr. Margolis spoke about gene banking and the use of genetics to identify and prevent disease in our breeding cats. Saturday concluded with the award of beautifully designed rosettes to the Best Maine Coons and Maine Coon Polydactyls in each category.
By standards of size, the 2018 Maine CoonVention show was rather small, but quite rewarding for the polys who attended. Dawntreader Chrissie Hynde was the best Maine Coon Polydactyl in show and also became the newest TICA Grand Champion in the United States. Mishikoonz Destiny of Dawntreader and Mishikoonz Treasure of Dawntreader tied for best and second best Maine Coon Polydactyl Kittens. On Sunday, both moved out of kitten class and on their first day as adults, achieved their Championships.