Eszencia Abyssinians, a memorial to Hinka Chapman and the beautiful cats she raised and loved.


We are devastated to announce the sudden passing of Hinka (de Gier) Chapman.

An amazing mother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing her. A bright and wonderful spirit, a kind soul, one that often put other’s needs selflessly in front of her own. She was a true example of beauty emanating from within. Her love, compassion, guidance and generosity are irreplaceable to those whose lives she touched. A source of thoughtful advice, from heartfelt conversations to simple discussions, she was always there when you needed her. She was an unrelenting source of inspiration, to do more, to be more. She will be forever missed.

Hinka absolutely loved her Abyssinian cats and was well known and respected in the world of showing and breeding these beautiful cats for over 20 years. She and her husband Rick owned Eszencia Abyssinians and enjoyed traveling to shows in Ontario and Eastern Canada and US.

Her website has been recreated as a memorial to her and the beautiful cats she raised.

We would love feature photos of the Abyssinians people have gotten from Hinka over the years. If you would like to submit  photo and short write up about your fur baby please email it to:

Please visit our Memorial page to see some of the many wonderful Abys that came from Eszencia over the years.

If you are looking for an Abyssinian in Atlantic Canada, please see Theodora Abyssinians.

Two ruddy abyssinisn females.

Hinka Chapman holding one of her ruddy Abyssinina males.