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 Post subject: South West Shows - TICA
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:21 pm 
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Hello Everyone,

I am looking for anyone who is interested in attending a show somewhere in the South West - I am thinking Taunton/Bridgwater (or anywhere accessible to the M5).

Our closest TICA shows are Berkshire which is over an hour away and it is even further if you live in Wales!!

I am quite concerned about comments from fellow breeders coming back from shows, saying that because the breed standard bases itself on Male Bengals, the judges are placing quite beautiful girlies second to boys. It's ok if your boys like showing but if not, you only have the girls to show and if they aren't being placed as a general rule, is it worth spending £43x2 + fuel???

If the SW show goes ahead, could there be 3 classes? Best of Breed, male and female as well as the standard colour and pattern which leaves 5 chances of getting a placing. Obviously the show will be open to all breeds and HHP (yay GRM meggie), kittens and pedigree Alters.

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If it was £30 per cat, how many cats would you bring?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:46 pm 
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I'm up for it. I'm only up the road from you nr Minehead. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:56 pm 
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That's great, the more the better..... breeders and pet owners alike.

Will be good to raise our profiles. About to move closer to you as we are headed to Cannington in the next few weeks to our permanent home....


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:06 am 
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Decorus wrote:
That's great, the more the better..... breeders and pet owners alike.

Will be good to raise our profiles. About to move closer to you as we are headed to Cannington in the next few weeks to our permanent home....


excellent. I'm hoping to have some kittens ready to show for the Taunton show if it happens this year. Tempted to venture up to the WSMare show later in the summer. Will have to see how my litter turns out at the end of the month. I'm hoping for some lovely silvers. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:04 am 
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Decorus wrote:
Hello Everyone,

I am looking for anyone who is interested in attending a show somewhere in the South West - I am thinking Taunton/Bridgwater (or anywhere accessible to the M5).

Our closest TICA shows are Berkshire which is over an hour away and it is even further if you live in Wales!!

I am quite concerned about comments from fellow breeders coming back from shows, saying that because the breed standard bases itself on Male Bengals, the judges are placing quite beautiful girlies second to boys. It's ok if your boys like showing but if not, you only have the girls to show and if they aren't being placed as a general rule, is it worth spending £43x2 + fuel???

If the SW show goes ahead, could there be 3 classes? Best of Breed, male and female as well as the standard colour and pattern which leaves 5 chances of getting a placing. Obviously the show will be open to all breeds and HHP (yay GRM meggie), kittens and pedigree Alters.

Also.....
If it was £30 per cat, how many cats would you bring?




People will travel all through the night to get to a Tica show; I’ve done it many times. Berkshire/Bracknell for me is nearly 5 hours away…and that’s at full speed all the way down! :wink:


Tica Judges do make the distinction between male and female, usually making the point of mentioning it to the viewing public, I've seen them do this many times in the past; this is especially so with Bengal’s as the males always tend to have the larger character of the two. Females do hang back trying not to draw any attention whereas the big stud boys crave for it. The Judges also aim to vary the finals on the following day if the same cats are present, obviously provided that quality of the top cats presented is of a similar standard.

I have a QGC girl fast asleep right next to me here on the sofa…she’s testament to the fact that females do get the chance of higher titles.

But saying that, it has always been the way that stud cats usually outnumber the queens on the day...

To be honest I'd prefer to show alters anyways, showing entire cats can get too catty sometimes.....showing alters has none of the complications and is much more about fun IMO.



As for how many cats I'd show @ £30 entry - Well, I've done three before on many occasions, anymore than three would be chaos so I guess that'd be the edge of my comfort zone.

Tica shows cost a vast amount of money to host and £30 per entry wouldn't come anywhere close to cover the final amount. On top of that, Judges can only handle up to 250 cats per day (unless a split show), but in any case, a cat count of that number would feel almost like a cat conveyer belt…possibly spoiling the feel of the show; Judges wouldn’t have time to show off their people skills and talk about the cats.

Are you thinking of planning a future show for the Southwest?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:35 pm 
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Taunton!!

Oh yes please it took us 7 1/2 hour to get to Brigg!! So 20 minutes to Taunton would be great.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:57 pm 
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Hi Jen

As you know we would be more than happy if there was a South West Show that was easy to get to. For us, the closest show is Newbury or Bracknell and thats 2 1/2 hours away!!

Im sure several pet owners who we have sold to will be interested in showing their alters.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:44 pm 
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Hi,
A show down here in the south west would be wonderful!!!
It's three and a half hours for me to get to Newbury so I always have to book a Travelodge for two days for a Tica show and one day for a GCCF show. Now that Travelodge are charging £20 per cat it's becoming more and more expensive. So yes please - get a show down here for a change!! :D
Annie
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:21 pm 
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Hi Everyone, Thank you for your support, developments have taken place I am glad to say in a progressive way.

I have an unconfirmed venue at Bridgwater College. I work there so I know a few people with 'inside information' lol......

The price per cat may have to go up a little but the exact amount is unknown. I will know more once costs are confirmed.

Let me know if Bridgwater (junction 23, M4) is easy for most. Any other suggestions would be good too.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:02 pm 
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Excellent for me! What date/dates are you looking at?
Annie
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:18 am 
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We have no fixed dates as yet, however I am hoping by the end of the year.

It looks like I may have to see if I can rally up to 5 people to join me in setting up a TICA afilliated club to run the show but this is still a thought.

Lots to do.......


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:50 pm 
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Hello Ladies, Gents and kits,

Developments on setting up a show in the south west:

We currently have a name for the club but with only 4 members, we are unable to go forward until we have 5!! Just one person needs to put themselves forward for a show to go ahead in this area.

...so if you could put the word about with pet owners and breeders of other breeds on your contact lists then that would be great. We need to meet 4 times a year, maybe at a pub for a meal (working lunch or dinner) and decide what we are going to do for the following year.

We have 2 venues in mind and the costings have been done already with suppliers.

Lets see if we can get the TICA show scene going again in 2010!!

Jen


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