To win the coveted the Distinguished Merit title, a female must have five offspring earn the title Grand Champion or Grand Premier or the title DM. A male must sire fifteen offspring earn the title Grand Champion or Grand Premier or the title DM. The title Distinguished Merit Award and Title was first recognized in 1981, but can be gained retroactively via petition to CFA, identifying the qualifying offspring.
Linechaser Barbara Brush is credited for finding and petitioning for Tina Marie of Cashmere, DM's Distinguished Merit award. Before submitting the information to CFA Barbara Brush researched old CFA yearbooks and forwarded the information to Shirley Michaud-Dent in CFA. Shirley researched CFA records and comfirmed the award effective September 8, 2010. A new CFA registration number was issued to process the award. Barbara Brush paid for the Award Certificate, which was mailed to Agnes Mahoney of Cashmere's 81 year old daughter Sheridan Cornett who currently lives in Kentucky and breeds and exhibits Silver Tabby American Shorthairs! Barbara called Agnes after another linechaser found her name. The daughter was thrilled to hear the news and remembered Tina well but had no idea Tina's produced five Grand Champions. In those days there was no internet, so it was hard to keep track of the kittens sold to new owner and what happened to them. Tina Marie of Cashmere, DM is the oldest known Persian Distinguished Merit winner. Thank you Barbara Brush!
Janice Reichle is credited for petitioning for GC Gray Ivy Winsome's Distinguished Merit award and Persian Linechasers discovered and petitioned for GC Gipanglin Tiffany's Distinguished Merit award.
Please click on the names of the Distinguished Merit winners to learn more about each one.
GC GIPANGLIN TIFFANY, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 8/5/1977, Sire: Bean Ridge Brio, Dam: Gipanglin Celena Spring Wood Breeder: Yasuo-Michiko Takano, Owner: Mrs Teruko Arai, Region 8, Season 1982
GC GRAY-IVY WINSOME OF CARDELL, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 8/23/1961, Sire: Ch Gray-Ivy Aladdin, Dam: Ch Wee-Heather Hollyann of Gray-Ivy Breeder/Owner: Grace Over, Region 5, Season 1988
GC JOYVYN CANDY KISSES, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 10/28/1983, Sire: GC Joyvyn Purrfect Sirprize, DM, Dam: CH Exton's Candy Lady of Joyvyn Breeder: Joyce A. Pollina, Owner: Joyce Douglas Cook, Region 2, Season 1988
GC JOYVYN PURRFECT SIRPRIZE, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, M, Born: 8/17/1982, Sire: CH Oakview Voyager of Psilocybin, Dam: GC Exton's All American Girl of Joyvyn Breeder: Dr and Mrs H. E. Jones-Joyce Pollina, Owner: Joyce A. Douglas, Region 2, Season 1989
CH, PR SANSKRIT CURTSY OF ROYALREBEL, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 4/27/1978, Sire: CH Escapade of Fayron, Dam: CH Sanskrit Kizzy Breeder: Joyce Hill, Owner: Anne Malone, Region 3, Season 1991
CH JENWILLI BLANCHE OF DIADEM, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 5/4/1983, Sire: CH Adcock Praise of Jenwilli, Dam: Adcock's Rejoice of Jenwilli Breeder: Jane Howard, Owner: Janice G. Reichle, Region 1, Season 1992
GC DIADEM PERSONALITY PLUS, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, M, Born: 2/3/1981, Sire: GC Wokanda's Dirory of Diadem, Dam: GC Diadem Knick Knack, Breeder/Owner: Mrs Walter T. Reichle, Region 1, Season 1995
GC DIADEM SO SWEET, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 9/30/1984, Sire: GC Diadem Personality Plus, DM, Dam: CH Hershie Hollie of Wyngate Breeder/Owner: Janice G. Reichle, Region 1, Season 1996
COUNTRYLOVE'S SUNFLOWER, DM
Shaded Silver Persian. F, Born: 3/18/1986, Sire: CH Hershie's Hansel of Countrylove, Dam: CH Bricbrac's Celebrity of Countrylove Breeder/Owner: Shirley Michaud-Dent-Tom Dent, Region 1, Season 1998
GC DANPEG'S SONY OF SILVERESTATE, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 5/21/1992, Sire: CH Danpeg's Family Tradition, Dam: CH Royalrebel's Sah'sha of Ultamint Breeder: Peggy Thompson, Owner: Kathy Zennaiter, Region 2, Season 2001
GC BERUJU AICHAN OF ME HOME, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 9/22/1994, Sire: CH, GP, RW Ayano Moonlight of Me Home, Dam: Coujee Monica Breeder/Owner: Mihoko Yabumoto, Region 8, Season 2001
CEDARSWAMP SINFULY YOURS OF LABRESE, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 7/14/1997, Sire: GC Cedarswamp's Frag'l'rock, Dam: CH Miss Sweet Sinny Del Sommacco, Breeder: Wilma Lagerwerf, Owner: Dorie Lapoma and Joe Calabrese, Region 7, Season 2006
GC KARONA DIAMONDS FR EVER, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 2/17/1996, Sire: Farizade's On Parade, Dam: Karona Sweet Promise Breeder: C. M. Boyko, Owner: Natalie Playdon, Region 5, Season 2007
CH, GP WYNDCRESTE BELOVED, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 1/30/1997, Sire: GC Shadedknoll Sterling, Dam: CH Wyndcreste Liberty Breeder/Owner: Karol E. Cummins, Region 2, Season 2007.
TINA MARIE OF CASHMERE, DM
Chinchilla Silver Persian, F, Born: 6/25/1957, Sire: My-Beau Dam: Brigita (aka Sylvastone Brigita) Breeder/Owner: Agnes Mahoney, Region 6, Season 2010.
CH NAKELI SILVR SLIPPER, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 8/30/2001, Sire: Purest Heart and Soul (Black) Dam: GC, PR Nakeli Tesora Del Corazon Breeder/Owner: Natalie Playdon, Region 5, Season 2010.
CH SOOTYPAWS CINDY CLAWFURD OF LADYDI, DM
Shaded Silver Persian, F, Born: 8/14/2007, Sire: CH Sootypaws Perfect Image Dam: CH, PR Kittikamir Katrina Breeder: Arlene Gehl, Owner: Diana Bowles, Region 4, Season 2012.
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