October 5th 2009 8:29 pm
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I went to my first TICA show this weekend! My brother Blaze came too. I've been to one show before, it was not with a cat organization but was an all household pet show held at a big pet expo last March. Blaze has never been to a show before at all.
I think I did great! I got finals in 8 out of the 10 rings (4 out of 5 rings both days.) There were 19 total household pets entered in the show so they only gave finals for the top 5 cats.
You can see a video of me at the show on my page!
Here's my scores:
Ring 1. Best of Division; Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
Ring 2. Best of Division; Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
Ring 3. 3rd of Division
Ring 4. Best of Division; 3rd Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
Ring 5. 2nd of Division; 4th Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
Ring 1. 3rd of Division
Ring 2. Best of Division; 2nd Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
Ring . Best of Division; 4th Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
Ring 4. Best of Division; 2nd Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
Ring 5. Best of Division; Best Allbreed HHP Adult final!
I earned enough points and finals to qualify for the "Master" title (the household pet equivalent to "Champion") on Saturday and enough at the end of Sunday to qualify for Grand Master title.
Blaze was scared and kinda hid at the back of the cages so he did not do that well in the competition. He did get one final, 3rd Best Allbreed today and he got enough points to get the "Master" title. He didn't hiss or anything, he just had his tail between his legs... I just wanted all the judges to play with me but Blaze didn't get it.
If you don't know how it works in TICA household pet competition, they have a number of judges and rings in each show. The show this weekend had five rings on Sat. and five on Sun. Each judge first awards the cats for Best of Color. Then the cats of each type compete for Best of Division, in my case both of my cats are considered Tabby and White so that is the division they compete in.
Each judge awards for their top 3 best in Division. After that they award finals. How many depends on the number of cats there are, if there are under 20 they award their top 5 cats. There were 19 total adult household pets in the show, so the only awarded the top 5. A Specialty ring means the judge awards finals for the top 5 longhairs and then the top 5 shorthairs separately. An Allbreed ring means the judge awards their top 5 cats out of all the longhair and shorthair adults. So for example at this show there were 12 shorthair household pet adults and 7 longhair the first day, so if a household pet got 1st place (Best) in a Specialty SH ring it means they were the judge's favorite out of the 12 shorthairs in the show. If a household pet got 1st place in an Allbreed ring it means they were the judge's favorite out of all 19 household pets in the show. So it is harder to get a final for an Allbreed ring because you have more competition. On Sunday all five rings were Allbreed.
In TICA to get a "Master" title a household pet has to get 300 points and one final. For "Grand Master" they need 1000 points and 6 finals under 4 different judges.
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