GC, NW Briar-Mar Ready Aim Fire!
Published May 2018

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A stunning red classic tabby male Manx named GC, NW Briar-Mar Ready Aim Fire! is CFA’s Best Kitten for the 2017/2018 show season. "Freddie" is co-bred and co-owned with Gay Van Weelden, Gary Veach and Omar Gonzalez.

This is Freddie's story . . .

GC, NW Briar-Mar Ready Aim Fire!
CFA's Kitten Of The Year 2017-2018

Photo by Chanan

“Freddie”, as he is known to his friends, was one of two kittens born to GC, NW Briar-Mar’s Absolutely Fabulous who was CFA's Best Kitten in 2017. Freddie’s father is GC, BW, RW Sileau Simon Sayz of Briar-Mar who also sired CFA’s 2015-2016 Cat of the Year GC, BW, NW Briar-Mar’s Good To Be Me

His grandfather on his mother’s side is GC, BW, NW Mistysprings Chicago Fire who was 4th Best Cat and highest scoring shorthair for 2013-14 show season.

“Freddie’s” tortie sister went to live as a pet in Michigan while “Freddie” himself had a big future ahead of him.

GC, NW Briar-Mar's Absolutely Fabulous
CFA's Kitten of the Year 2017

Photo by Chanan

Sire: GC, BW, RW Slieau’s Simon Sayz of Briar-Mar

Photo by Chanan

GC, BW, NW Briar-Mar's Good To Be Me
CFA's Cat of the Year 2016

Photo by Chanan

GC, BW, NW Mistysprings Chicago Fire
CFA's 4th Best Cat and highest scoring shorthair for 2013-14

Photo by Chanan


We actually started the show season with a kitten named Briar-Mar’s Believe it or Not. We had high hopes for "Ripley". He did quite well at his first show including earning his first Best Kitten rosette. It was the huge Garden State campaign show. There was a large crowd of spectators and the show hall seemed extra loud. It was Ripley's first show and in Russell Webb's final as he was making him Best Kitten, we could see Ripley was frightened by all the clapping and cheers. We went from that ring directly to the next ring's class judging and Ripley was still scared. The judge tried to comfort Ripley but it just made him worse. After that ring, he was frightened and leery of strangers.

He never really recovered from the experience, so we made the decision to place him as a pet where he would live a happy life in a loving family. After all, not every beautiful kitty is meant to be a star. Although disappointed, we refuse to force a kitten to do something it didn't enjoy — and we knew that “Freddie” was at home just waiting for his turn in the show ring.

Freddie's Turn

“Freddie’s” first show was another big campaign show — Hidden Peak.

Although still just a baby, he was Second Highest Scoring Kitten the first day and then Highest Scoring Kitten on Sunday.  We were thrilled. Little did we know that from that point on, Freddie would be either Highest Scoring or Second Highest Scoring Kitten at every show he entered!

Amongst his many impressive wins were Highest Scoring Kitten at National Capital and Highest Scoring Kitten at the prestigious CFA International Show.  

Photo by Chanan

Our Beautiful Red-Head

Show career aside, Freddie is quite the Manx; beautiful proportions, short backed, beautiful head and expression.  Yet his outward beauty pales by comparison to his loving nature and spirit.

Nothing bothered this little guy. He traveled well, showed beautifully and was never a problem.

He was always ready to put on a show for the judges. When being carried to a ring, Freddie developed a unusual habit of putting his front paws together and moving them up and down as if he was praying. Freddie continued to do this even in the judging ring. At the Houston show, judge Don Williams put Freddie on the table and he immediately dropped to his side and started "praying" with his paws much to the delight of the crowd. We even caught it on video.   

It's All In The Family

With his mother a Kitten of the Year, and his father a national Best of Breed  who has sired Cat of the Year,“Freddie” had some big shoes to fill — and fill them he did. By the end of the season, GC, NW Briar-Mar Ready Aim Fire! was CFA's Kitten Of The Year 2017-2018.

GC, NW Briar-Mar Ready Aim Fire!
CFA's Kitten Of The Year 2017-2018

Photo by Chanan


“Freddie” is now enjoying his time off at home with the rest of our fur-family, especially our Poodles. Freddie loves the dogs. You can usually find him in bed piled on top of any dog willing to become his pillow.

We are now looking forward to seeing what he will contribute to the future of our breeding program.

Gay Van Weelden

As we have said before, Briar-Mar Manx would not exist if it was not for the selfless generosity of Gay Van Weelden. Gay has opened her cattery to us and has helped us with advice and guidance. We can all learn from people like Gay who are so willing to share her cats and knowledge to allow a breed to truly shine. Thank you, Gay, and now let’s see what the future will bring us next, so to be continued . . .


More photos from the show career of

GC, NW Briar-Mar’s Ready Aim Fire!

Red Classic Tabby Male Manx

CFA Kitten of The Year 2017-2018

Born 4/10/2017

Sire: GC, BW, RW Slieau’s Simon Sayz of Briar-Mar
Dam: GC, NW Briar-Mar’s Absolutely Fabulous.
Breeders/Owners: Gay Van Weelden, Gary Veach and Omar Gonzalez.

Photo by Chanan

Photo by Chanan

Photo by Chanan

Freddie with CFA Judge Pam Bassett

Freddie & Gary

Freddie & Gary

Freddie on the judging table . . .

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