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 Post subject: Showing for a newbie?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:56 am 
Bengal Cat

Joined: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:20 am
Posts: 37
Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
I know absolutely nothing about showing (only showing horses!) and really nothing about bengals (having got my first last weekend).

How do you know if your cat is good enough?
Where are these shows (any in Scotland, specifically Aberdeenshire)?
What are the sort of classes?
Do you have to join a club / society to show?

Thanks all :D

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:03 pm 
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:44 pm
Posts: 360
Location: Devon countryside
Here is the information you need to decide on show venues, show dates and classes to enter. The following information relates to GCCF shows only, of which I think have more shows nearer to you than either Tica or Fife.

No, you don’t need to be a member of a club to enter a GCCF show but your cat MUST be GCCF registered.

As to whether your cat is of show quality, well, the best person to answer that question would be the breeder of said kitty.

You should also look at the SOP (Standard of Points) which are the criteria by which cats are judged at GCCF shows. You will find these on the Bengal Cat Clubs website:
On the Breed Records page

To get hold of a show schedule you would have to contact the show manager sending an SAE, or nowadays these and accompanying entry forms are available online from the club links on these links:
Shows to the end of May 2010
Shows from June 2010 – May 2011

Entries must be in by the closing date on the front of the show schedule, which is usually around 5-6 weeks before show. If you need any help with filling in a GCCF show entry form you are quite welcome to PM me and I will be only to happy to help.

If your kittie is only registered with Tica, it is possible for you to register with GCCF after filling in the appropriate form and supplying the necessary documents for which there is a charge. If the sire and dam are registered with Tica then it is far more complicated, time consuming and expensive!
I hope this has been of some help.
Best wishes,

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:47 pm 
Asian Leopard Cat

Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 8421
Location: south east england
Excellent advice Annie, may I just add...if your cat is Tica registered but you want to show with GCCF, you need to register with GCCF as Annie said but you must make sure that the registration application has been received by the GCCF office at least 21 days prior to the show. You don't need to have received the paperwork back yourself, just as long as it has been posted to the office.
On your form where it asks for registration number, if you haven't had it back yet you just put R.A.F which stands for "registration applied for".

There are lists of show dates at the top of this section of the forum & also lots of advice about how to prepare & what to expect when you get there, if you just have a read through some of the posts.
I found it better to go along to a show without a cat first of all so I had an idea of what it was like.

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