CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS

 

From 1 June 2001 all three patterns of Ragdolls have been eligible to be shown at Championship status. At the start of the Show Year - 1 June 2003 - all colours and patterns of Ragdolls bred in accordance with the Ragdoll Registration Policy have been eligible to take part in GCCF Shows at Championship status.

Ragdolls compete against each other in the Open Classes for a Challenge Certificate (CC) and Best of Breed (BOB). There are two classes available in each section; one for Bicolours and the other for Colourpointed/Mitted; if numbers permit, classes are split male/female. The same applies in the Adult Neuter Open Classes. Kitten classes do not qualify for a certificate, but can compete for Best of Breed and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. Each cat on gaining 3 Challenge Certificates from 3 different judges becomes a Champion.

Champions can then go on to compete for 3 Grand Challenge Certificates, again from 3 different judges, to become a Grand Champion. At this stage cats have to compete in the Champion of Champion classes against other Semi Longhair breeds. It is therefore much harder to achieve a Grand Challenge Certificate and only the “creme de la creme” of the breed will ever achieve this award.

Grand Champions are eligible for the final accolade at the Supreme Show - a UK Grand Challenge Certificate; two UK Grand Challenge Certificates are required before a cat is titled UK Grand Champion.



Miscellaneous & Club Classes

Since 1 June 1992 Ragdolls have been eligible to compete in Miscellaneous and Club Classes along with other semi longhair breeds, eg Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, Birmans, Turkish Vans, etc.


GCCF BREED NUMBERS FOR RAGDOLLS
Colour
Colourpointed
Mitted
Bicolour

Seal Point

66
66w
66 31

Blue Point

66a
66aw
66 31a

Chocolate Point

66b
66bw
66 31b

Lilac Point

66c
66cw
66 31c

Red Point

66d
66dw
66 31d

Seal Tortie Point

66e
66ew
66 31e

Cream Point

66f
66fw
66 31f

Blue Tortie Point

66g
66gw
66 31g

Chocolate Tortie Point

66h
66hw
66 31h

Lilac Tortie Point

66j
66jw
66 31j

Seal Tabby Point

66t
66tw
66 31t

BlueTabby Point

66at
66atw
66 31at

ChocolateTabby Point

66bt
66btw
66 31bt

Lilac Tabby Point

66ct
66ctw
66 31ct

Red Tabby Point

66dt
66dtw
66 31dt

Cream Tabby Point

66ft
66ftw
66 31ft

Seal Tortie Tabby Point

66et
66etw
66 31et

Blue Tortie Tabby Point

66gt
66gtw
66 31gt

Chocolate Tortie Tabby Point

66ht
66htw
66 31ht

Lilac Tortie Tabby Point

66jt
66jtw
66 31jt

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR SHOWS
To obtain a copy of the full Show List which gives details of all GCCF Shows held from June to May, including Show Managers' names and addresses to send for schedules, please send a £6.00 cheque or postal order to the GCCF Office :

 

GCCF
5 Kings Castle Business Park
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 4AG

 

Having decided that you want to enter a show, you should write to the Show Manager requesting a show schedule. You will need to enclose a stamped, addressed C5 envelope. Detailed information on showing is available on the GCCF web site.

 

A word of warning - many of the Championship Shows get booked up very quickly, so it is wise to send for your schedule, complete your entry form and send it back a couple of months in advance.

All Show Reports are published approximately 6-8 weeks after the show on the GCCF website, which can be viewed online at http://www.gccfcats.org/.

 

HOW TO FILL IN THE ENTRY FORM
Before you begin to fill in your entry form, you will need to check that you have all the relevant documentation. You will need:

 

• Your cat’s pink transfer of ownership documentation – please ensure that your cat is transferred into your name at least 3 weeks prior to the show. If you are applying a long time in advance and you haven’t sorted out your transfers, write TAF (transfer applied for) in the relevant box

 

• The GCCF registration number for your cat and the full names of its parents. If your cat is not registered, you should write RAF (Registration applied for) in the box provided for registration number.

 

• The GCCF breed number for your cat.

 

• Your cat's date of birth.

 

If you don’t have any of this information, check with your breeder; it may be that they are waiting for registration documents to come back from the GCCF - summer is a particularly slow time for this.

 

WHICH CLASSES DO I ENTER?

Now comes the confusing bit…. the classes you should enter. Follow these steps and you may find life a little easier:

 

• Go to the Semi Longhair Section in the Show Schedule.

 

• Look under the section headed Champion Adults – Kittens – Neuters. Go to the section which applies to your cat or kitten.

 

You should find a listing which reads something like this:

 

160 Bicolour Ragdoll …............................................Mrs Double-Barrell
162 Colourpointed/Mitted Ragdoll…........................ Mrs Double-Barrell

The number is what you should enter on your form where it reads “Open Class”.

 

MISCELLANEOUS & CLASSES
There are a number of miscellaneous classes in which you can enter your Ragdoll and have it compete against other Rags and other breeds in the Semi Longhair Section. There is often a minimum number of classes you need to enter (usually the Open + 3 side classes) and a maximum allowed (often between 6 and 8). Details are printed in individual show schedules.

 

• Go to the Semi Longhair Miscellaneous Section of the schedule, where you will find, as in the Open Classes, that the sections are split into Adult, Kitten and Neuters. Select the section that applies to your cat and then read the following summary of what the classifications mean.

 

Adults: Not less than 9 calendar months on the day of the show.
Kittens: Not less than 14 calendar weeks and under 9 calendar months on the day of the show. (including Neutered Kittens) .
Neuter Adults: Neuter adults may only enter Neuter Classes and may not compete with entire cats or kittens, except in Club Classes which are scheduled to include Neuters.
Breeders: Exhibits bred by the exhibitor(s).
Novice: Exhibit that has not won a 1st prize in any class at a Show held under GCCF rules.
Maiden: Exhibit that has not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in any class at a Show held under GCCF rules.
Limit: Exhibit that has not won more than four 1st prizes in any class at a Show held under GCCF rules.
Debutante: Exhibit that has not been shown at a Show held under GCCF rules.
Adolescent: Cats over 9 calendar months of age and up to 15 calendar months on the day of the Show.
Junior: Cats over 9 calendar months of age and under 2 years on the day of the Show.
Senior: Cats 2 years old and over on the day of the Show.

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
AV
Any Variety
A
Entire Adult
AC
Any Colour
K
Entire Kitten
AOC
Any Other Colour
N
Neutered Adult
M
Male
F
Female

 

 

Select the section (Adult, Kitten or Neuter) that is specific to your cat and then you can choose the classes in which you wish to enter your cat. For instance, if you have a female kitten aged 5 months which hasn’t been shown before, you could enter it for any of the following miscellaneous classes:

AV Kitten AV Non Breeders
AV Novice AV Maiden
AV Limit AV Debutante

Make a note of the numbers alongside the listings for the classes you wish to enter and then write them down in the Miscellaneous Classes box on your entry form.

 

Fill in the “breeders” box with the full name of your cat’s breeder, or if you bred the cat, write “Exhibitor”.

 

Check your form thoroughly for spelling errors, or wrong information as you can be disqualified for not providing the correct details. It is always wise to copy the cat’s details from your transfer certificate.

 

Sign the form in the relevant spaces. Remember if your cat is jointly owned both must sign. Write a cheque for the correct amount and send the form back to the Show Manager. It is wise sending a stamped addressed postcard/envelope with your entry so that you have an acknowledgment of your entry, and you should keep a photocopy of your entry for your own records.


CLUB CLASSES
You are also entitled to enter your cat in “Club Classes” for Cat Clubs that you are a fully paid up member of. To enter these, go to the section in your schedule titled “Club Classes” and follow the same procedure as before. Remember to check the schedule for The British Ragdoll Cat Club Class and do enter this class if available.


WHAT CAN MY CAT(S) WIN?
At Championship status, your cat will be judged against other Ragdolls of a similar pattern and if in the judge’s opinion the cats are worthy of a Challenge Certificate (CC) or Premier Certificate (PC), this will be awarded + a rosette to the male and/or female cat judged to be the best exhibit in their respective classes. The judge may then choose between the two CC/PC winners which cat merits the Best of Breed award.

 

In Miscellaneous and Club Classes where your Ragdoll will be judged alongside other Semi Longhair breeds, placings are normally given from 1st - 6th or from 1st - 4th and if your cat has been placed, an appropriate card will be put on the pen at some stage in the afternoon. Take the card to the Show Table to obtain your rosette. Rosettes are usually only awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placings.


THE BRITISH RAGDOLL CAT CLUB TROPHIES & AWARDS
All members’ Ragdolls who are shown at GCCF shows are eligible to win a lovely array of trophies and cups which members of the Club have kindly donated. To qualify, after each show please record your cat(s) results for all the classes entered at shows on the Club Show Results Form and send the form(s) to the Show Support Secretary.

 

All Trophy Points Forms must be returned to the Show Support Secretary by the 31 January each year so that the trophies can be presented at the AGM, which is usually held in March.

 

SHOW EQUIPMENT

A carrying box - preferably not wicker and definitely not cardboard.

A standard show kit is available by mail order or purchase the necessary items at the show:

Plain white blanket or vet bedding with plain edging, no distinguishing marks or colours are allowed, neither is the cellular type.

Plain white litter tray.

White feeding bowl (must be removed before judging).

White water dish (do not remove during the show).

Cat litter + scoop and toilet/kitchen roll.

Cage wipes or a suitable mild disinfectant for cleaning the inside of the pen (aerosols and sprays are forbidden). Grooming kit - brush and comb. You are not allowed powder in the show hall.

Thin white ribbon for the tally (your cat’s number for the show). In the show schedule it advises you to put the tally round the cat’s neck, but this can be quite dangerous if the cat is distressed and most exhibitors tie it onto the front of the pen instead.

Food and water for the day.

 

PREPARATION OF YOUR CAT

If you decide your cat really does need a bath, make sure this takes place at least a week before the show, otherwise the coat will not lie properly. Alternatively, a couple of days before the show you could apply a little talcum powder (preferably non-scented) but you must make sure that no trace of the powder is left in the coat before you leave for the show as your cat could be disqualified.

Ears. Be very careful to remove all signs of wax from the ears as this is a favourite reason for rejection at vetting in.

Check that the eyes are bright and clear.

NEVER take a cat to a show with the smallest skin lesion as this will almost certainly be considered as indicative of ringworm. You will be rejected at vetting in and you and all cats resident with you will be barred from shows and showing until clearance is obtained.

NEVER take a cat that is slightly 'off colour' to a show. Your cat should be in ‘tip top’ condition

 

THE BIG DAY

Make sure you leave home in plenty of time. Do not feed your cat before leaving as this can cause travel sickness. Check that you have your bag with all your show kit, food and water for the day and, of course, your cat. Remember to take your vaccination certificate as you may be asked for it at vetting in.

When you arrive at the show hall you will be given an envelope containing your vetting-in slip, tally and admission sticker.

Vetting-in. This usually takes place between 07.30am and 09.30am - check your schedule. There is always a queue.

A vet and his/her steward will carefully examine your cat’s ears, eyes, coat, feet and under its tail. It is possible to ask the vet to allow you to open your cat’s mouth in order that it may also be examined. Provided everything is okay, your vetting-in slip will be signed and you will move into the Show Hall. Don’t lose your vetting-in slip - it is irreplaceable and may be needed to claim those cherished rosettes.

If you are unfortunate enough to be rejected (heaven forbid) you will be given a form by the Show Manager stating the reason for rejection and telling you what you need to do to obtain clearance.

When you have found your pen, check it for security; for example, door not shutting properly. If you have any problems with your pen contact the Show Manager at once. When you are satisfied that your pen is secure, wipe it down carefully with disinfectant. Place your food and water bowls in the rear right hand corner of the pen and your litter tray between them and the front of the pen. Now introduce your cat to its home for the day and let it have some breakfast. Keep fussing him/her to help them settle. When your cat is finished eating, remove the food dish and lightly groom him/her whilst in the pen, give him a final groom and cuddle, check that you have removed the food dish and that you have a clean litter tray. Where is puss’s tally? Most shows allow it to be secured to the front of the pen with white ribbon or elastic; some shows, the Supreme in particular, require it to be hung round the cat’s neck on white ribbon or piece of thin elastic.

Judging starts about 10.00am and it is then necessary for all exhibitors to leave the hall for that well-earned cuppa, a gossip and to purchase the show catalogue. You should check you entries in the show catalogue and if you find an error immediately go and rectify it with the Show Manager. You will be allowed back into the hall once the Open Class judging is completed - check time in the schedule - usually 1pm. Judging of the Miscellaneous Classes continues well into the afternoon - be sure that you stay away from your pen if you see a judge or steward handling your cat.

Results Board - By 12 noon the Open Class results may be up on the board and it is worth having a look to see how your cat has got on. The results are listed by class number and then you check down the list for your pen number to see whether your cat has been placed.

 

ABBREVIATIONS
CC
Challenge Certificate
PC
Premier Certificate
GCC
Grand Challenge Certificate
GPC
Grand Premier Certificate
BOB
Best of Breed
CNH
Could Not Handle
W/H
Withheld
Disq
Disqualified
A
Absent

 

 

Collecting your rosettes. Your Open and Best of Breed rosettes should automatically be placed on your pen by an official of the Show. Towards the end of the show, your Challenge Certificate or Grand Challenge Certificate, which is a card bearing your cat’s name and signed by the judge will also be placed on your pen

 

If you have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in either Miscellaneous or Club Classes you are entitled to a rosette. A card will have been put on your pen with your placing and there is usually a tear-off part on the card which you have to sign and take to the Rosette Table to claim your prize, although at some shows all rosettes are placed on the pens by show officials.

 

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY, BUT REMEMBER, WINNING, THOUGH GREAT, ISN’T EVERYTHING, BE A GENEROUS LOSER, THERE’S ALWAYS ANOTHER SHOW AND ANOTHER JUDGE.

 

 

 
 
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