Hello my friends, Spot here!
I’m of course here to tell you all about our day yesterday at the cat show Yes, I was dragged away from my comfy bed at an unearthly hour, and taken miles away to the show… but it was OK as I was still able to chill and get lots of catnaps in during the day So worry not, my friends!
When I say ‘chill’ I must be forgiven for tittering a little to myself as the show hall was very hot and all the hoomins were sweating! But both myself and Annie, and in fact almost every cat there, had lovely cooling fans on our pens, so we kept lovely and cool! But there were lots of red-faced hoomins moaning about how hot it was
This was a big double show – the Lincolnshire and the Humberside. There were just under 300 cats there, but the hall is very large so there was plenty of room for everyone.
Annie was entered into both shows, but I was only entered into one – mummy said that’s just how she does it now and again (for reasons I fear only she knows about! )
For the benefit of any new readers, I’m shown in the ‘Foreign’ section which is the Pedigree category for Bengals; Annie is shown as a Pedigree Pet in the Household Pet section as she has a slightly overshot jaw which would be classed as a withholding fault in the Pedigree section.
This was my first show for a while, but I soon remembered the ropes and quickly settled in my double pen
In fact, I was so settled that daddy took another couple of pics of me to prove it
So there. That’s that settled then
Annie was equally at home in her pen
So that was enough of the settling in pics… pretty soon, morning judging started and the hoomins waited anxiously for the results to come in
I was in the Imperial Grand Premier Class, I already have one Imperial certificate, but I need 5 to earn the title.
But it was a tough class with 9 wonderful cats of lots of different ‘Foreign’ breeds, and it wasn’t to be… I wasn’t awarded the certificate, though I did win Best of Breed for the Bengals! Yay!
Here’s a pic to show my rosettes
Annie is much more advanced than me with her titles, she is in the top tier now – the Olympian classes! She already has Olympian Bronze and needed one more certificate to earn the Silver title.
There were 4 cats in total going for the Olympian in both shows, so it wasn’t going to be easy, but then it never is, especially at that level.
The first result came in for the Humberside show… and Annie didn’t get the certificate, though she was awarded the Reserve Olympian which in effect means she was placed 2nd.
This was quite different for Annie as, in all her previous Olympian classes, she has either won it or not been placed at all – one thing or another. This was the first time she had earned an Olympian Reserve which is still an achievement though not of course enough for her to earn the title.
Then the results for the Lincolnshire show came in … and she wasn’t placed at all in that one! So she must try again at another show to get that final certificate she needs for silver! Mind you, she is still very young! She is almost always the youngest in the Olympian classes, being just over 2 years old – the next youngest yesterday was 6 years old So there is absolutely plenty of time.
Despite not winning the Olympian, Annie did very well in all her other classes!
She won Best of Colour in both shows (the Pet equivalent of Best of Breed), and in her side classes, she came first in three and second in the other.
One of her side classes was the Derek Rawnsley Memorial Class. This is a special class for the Humberside show and there were 9 cats in it! And our little Annie was the winner! She not only won a fabulous rosette, but also a special prize too which was gift wrapped
Whatever could it be?
My mummy opened it and it was a lovely candle Glowdome that has Cats and butterflies etched on to it – very pretty!
So, apart from not winning the Olympian, Annie had a great day, and here she is with all her ribbons/rosettes to prove it!
She is in there somewhere
Then, it was time to go home, back in the lovely air-conditioned cars where I had some more catnaps and Annie kept standing on me in the carrier as she wanted to look out of the window… *sigh*
Annie’s having a break for the next show in a few weeks time, so it will be time for the boys – Spike and me – to put our best paw forward!
Take care my friends!