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Yorkshire County Cat Club
24th October 2009

Mrs S Thorpe

Many thanks to Lynda and the committee for allowing me to have a break from section managing to give me the opportunity to see what it’s like to be judge. I had a lovely day judging such wonderful cats; I enjoyed all the cuddles! My best friend, Denise Gillaspy, was my steward and she handled all the cats with love and care. Thank you Denise.

AC NON PEDIGREE GRAND MASTER (IMPERIAL) MALE
IGMC - Mrs Kidd’s GMC Alfred. MN 11yrs: What a way to start the day!  I was very pleased to award  this friendly boy an Imperial GM Certificate. He came out of his pen like the old pro that he is, standing proudly to attention with his tail held high giving a master-class in ‘how to do shows’ to the kitten watching opposite; I didn‘t even have to hold him, he just stood there! His coat, which was groomed to perfection, was gleaming showing off his nice tabby and white markings. Alfred certainly doesn’t look his age; he has kept his physique in good trim and his huge eyes were bright and shiny. He purred a lot and was clearly enjoying himself.  A true star.

AC NON PEDIGREE GRAND MASTER (IMPERIAL) FEMALE
This was probably the most difficult task of the day. All 3 girls were equally matched and of exceptional quality, and each deserved an IGMC. However, I had to make a decision and I felt I had to introduce an additional criterion to enable me to do so, which was boldness.
IGMC -  Miss Creaton & Miss Walker’s GMC Rainbow Dreamcatcher. FN 4yr 6mth:  A neat little short-haired calico tortie & white girl with a Cindy Crawford-style beauty spot that enhanced her appealing expression. Beautifully groomed and shown in lovely condition her body was very strong and so was her tail! This girl was very confident and loving; all she wanted to do was sit on my shoulder and snuggle up. When Denise tried to put her back in her pen she was determined to climb onto Denise’s shoulder to stay and chat to us! A well-earned Imperial GM certificate today in the face of incredibly strong competition.
Reserve - Mrs Hutchinson’s GMC Rosina. FN 2yrs 6mth: Another beauty with style. This semi-longhaired, gentle lady has the most gorgeous, dense, well-prepared coat, which was solid warm tortie with colours well-distributed throughout. She has an unusual warm orange marking above her eye; her ears have modest lynx tips adding to her almost wild look. She has a lovely personality but was a fraction less bold than Dreamcatcher today. A credit to her owner.
Also considered
Miss Webb’s - GMC Alys: FN 2yrs: Lovely brown tabby and white Alys could have stepped out of a Lesley Anne Ivory painting. A robust and compact girl with the most beautiful eyes she was shown in lovely condition. Her full winter, semi-longhaired coat had an excellent texture due to good grooming. With  very neat white paws, she sat there looking very endearing.  She was a little shy , but very sweet.  
NP TABBY CAT OF ANY PATTERN WITH/WITHOUT WHITE MALE
MC & BoC -  Hutchinson’s MC Amadeus. MN 10yrs 3mth:  A very wild looking 10 year old boy with a well prepared, dense, semi-longhaired, brown tabby coat in lovely condition. This fellow had the look of a true hunter, but looks sometimes deceive - he came out his pen desperate to knead my hand, which he couldn’t stop doing, the big softy! Amadeus could easily pass for a Maine Coon - he has that glare - and his cracking chin further added to the Coonie appearance. Blessed with an out-going personality, he nearly went home with my steward who really fell for him. I thought he was lovely too.

NP TABBY CAT OF ANY PATTERN WITH/WITHOUT WHITE FEMALE
MC - Miss  Webb’s GMC Alys.     

NP AC SELF (SINGLE COLOUR) CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE MALE
BoC - Mrs Christian’s MC Teddy Boy: MN 5yrs 5mth: This boy just oozes quality and charisma. He is very handsome indeed, and knows it. From a photographic point of view he doesn’t have a bad side!  Very masculine with a strong, long, well muscled body, he sat very tall in his pen. As he has the most laid back personality he handled like a dream; my steward balanced him on outstretched arms and he just hung there looking incredibly regal, and I stood back in awe. He has a wonderful slate-blue coat and was shown in tip-top condition. He was my choice as BIS Non-pedigree and he thoroughly deserved the accolade. Congratulations to his owner, who must be very, very proud of him
1st & MC - Mrs Humble’s MC Dunkan. MN 6yrs: A block & tackle job! A rather large black & white good-looking boy with a beautiful quality coat: the black gleaming and the white sparkling -very well groomed. I loved the black splodge on his nose and his stunning eyes. Dunkan pretended to be shy but couldn’t keep it up and I wasn‘t fooled anyway. He enjoyed having a cuddle and being fussed over but he wouldn’t (or couldn’t) stand up on the table! A smashing lad who deserved his certificate.
2nd   Mrs Nolan’s Perseus White Knight. MN 1yr 7mth: A well-grown white lad of just over 18months, he was too busy on undercover  manoeuvres in his pen to pay much attention to us. When we finally got to see his lovely large eyes in his cheeky face he looked a bit anxious, probably because he had far too much surveillance to carry out and just wanted to get on with the job . His winter-white, short-haired coat was in good condition and was nicely groomed .

NP AC SELF (SINGLE COLOUR) CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE FEMALE
1st & MC - Mrs Kidd’s MC Daisy. FN 3yrs:  A black & white poppet, quite kittenish in her looks, with very alert expression due to her lovely yellow eyes. She invited us to take her out of her pen  and hold her; we obliged and she enjoyed the attention very much.. Nice contrasts to her coat that was well-prepared and in good condition. A lovely, bright, happy girl.
2nd Miss Hurn’s Ebony. FN 14yrs 6mth: I couldn’t believe that this girl was 14 and a half yrs old! Her stunning, thick, well groomed  black coat was in excellent condition, it was deepest jet with no tarnishing at all. Possessing a very strong body and legs with a little rudder of a tail she has admirably kept her figure. Nice personality, but a bit hesitant. I tried to get her attention but she wouldn’t look up, staring into space, which was a shame as she was within a whisker of winning today.

AV PEDIGREE PET MASTER CAT (GRAND) MALE
GMC - Miss Newstead’s MC Bramble. MN 2ys 2 mth:  I really liked this chocolate & white short-haired whopper of just over 2yrs old. Bramble has the most beautiful round eyes in a most appealing yellow. He has a fabulous thick chocolate tail attached to a very substantial body. Even though he has prop-forward proportions he is not fat, just massively solid with a wonderful plush coat that was very well-prepared and groomed. A lovely cuddly lad with a super temperament, he took all the fussing in his stride, knowing he was well worth his certificate today.
Reserve - Mr & Mrs Wareing’s MC Leo. MN 1yr 4mth: Leo is one of the handsomest cats I have ever seen. He looks what he is, a true Siberian, and you could picture him prowling around in the snow. Blessed with a rugged, rich, brown mackerel tabby, semi-longhair coat in super condition he paced up and down in his pen wanting us to stop and admire him. In this manner he showed off his large body and gorgeous ringed-tail. I think he had decided that he was ‘too cool for school’ as he was  a bit tense when he came out onto my trolley and wanted to get back to his den to show-off some more. He has a nice out-going personality, but his tenseness gave Bramble the edge today.
Also considered:
Mrs Buck’s MC Khan. MN 7yrs: I was looking forward to handling this blue & white Sphynx gent, but regal Khan just didn’t fancy going naked in Doncaster today, much preferring to stay wrapped up in his warm blanket, and who would argue with him? I did manage to stroke his very warm body, which felt weighty and well-muscled, and I observed the wrinkles on his shoulders and chest. I liked his characterful face with its lemon-shaped eyes and wrinkly brow.  Perhaps one day I might get to meet him properly.

AV PEDIGREE PET MASTER CAT (GRAND) FEMALE
GMC - Mrs Hutchinson’s MC Lillybeth. FN 4yrs 6mth: A very spirited Bengal lady who tried to give us short shrift. She has the most stunning eyes of fruitgum green and she is immensely beautiful. She possesses a lithe body covered by a gloriously spotted coat with a rich, warm, golden-brown background  that looked glittery. In wonderful condition, she was groomed to perfection. This lady was happiest in her pen talking. Even though she was a little feisty I decided that she still merited a certificate.

PP SELF (SINGLE COLOUR) CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE
MC & BoC - Master Cowlayshaw’s Smokey Joe. MN 11mths:  This handsome Persian chap - who has an endearing  Fu Man Chu expression - was enormous for his age. I couldn’t quite believe he was only 11 months old! The other thing that struck me was how big his paws were; they were huge with bountiful tufts coming out at all angles! His beautiful blue coat was in tip-top condition and no doubt his owner had spent many hours grooming him, and it showed. I loved his huge orange eyes just imploring me to pick him up. He was a pleasure to hold and judge due to his laid-back temperament. A super, cuddly boy with star quality.

PP  AOC OR PATTERN CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE
BoC - Miss Newstead’s MC Bramble

PP GINGER OR AC TORTIE CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE
MC & BoC Miss Robinson’s Dolly Daydream. FN 5yrs: A really pretty Exotic girl  who was a sweetheart to handle. She has a cobby body covered with a very appealing and well-prepared coat of dilute tortie and white, muted slatey blue and dark cream. She was shown in sparkling condition and is a credit to her young owner. Very friendly and  laidback, she seemed to enjoy the cuddles. I think this girl is a little star and I look forward to seeing her again sometime.

PP AOC OR PATTERN CAT WITH/WITHOUT WHITE
MC & BoC - Miss Newcombe’s Gilbert Grape. MN 1yr: A junior tank! A wonderful masculine-looking boy with a big, boxy muzzle, who sat upright in his pen just wanting to get down to business.  He has a stunning colour point & white coat, which was very well-prepared, he was very striking indeed. A strong lad, his cobby body was well-muscled. He was very friendly and handled well and I really enjoyed cuddling him. Congratulations to his owner, as he was Yorkshire’s BIS Pet Pedigree Adult.

PP AC LH OR SLH KITTEN MALE
1st  Mrs Morley’s George. MN 6mths: A stunning lilac-point Birman lad who looked as though butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!  His beautifully soft, sparkly coat was very well-groomed. Large for his age, he was quite weighty and strong. I loved his gorgeous blue eyes and  sweet expression. George had probably just learned his first swear words, which he tried out on us, but I’ve heard worse.  However, he did kiss the judge, so will go far.
 
PP AC LH OR SLH KITTEN FEMALE
1st & BoC Ms Newall’s Midnite. F 5mths: This young silver tortie tabby Maine Coon princess really took my breath away. She was very well grown for her age with a long weighty body, full flowing long tail and good winter coat with excellent tabby markings. She was shown in super condition and was nicely groomed. She has a very wild expression, very alert with her tall, nicely furnished ears held high, but she is unmistakably female. A very loving girl, she enjoyed the cuddles and was super-confident. She was my choice as BIS Pedigree Pet. Congratulations to her  owner.
2nd Mrs Bryant’s Tripod. F 3mths: Unlucky to meet the winner today little 3 months old Tripod was just a baby, but a baby with a sense of humour! She couldn’t wait to come out of her pen and hurled herself onto the tickler in my top pocket. She decided she was going to stay there, so I had to wear a red tabby kitten brooch. She has typical Maine Coon hunter-looks with well-set ears and a good glare. Her profuse coat was a very deep rich red with distinctive tabby markings with long guard-hairs giving her the familiar plugged- into-the-socket look of young kittens. Little Miss Personality has a lot of potential.

AC LH ADULT UNDER 3 YEARS OLD
1st Mr &Mrs Wareing’s MC LEO
2nd Mrs Hutchinson’s GMC Rosina

AC SH ADULT UNDER 3 YEARS OLD
1st Mrs Christian’s Autumn Gold. 1yr 1mth: This tortie tabby young lady has the most unusual markings I think I’ve ever seen. Her tabby is very distinctive, but the oysters and side markings look to have been coloured-in with a true red. Her name aptly describes her colours and her coat was sparkling and well-groomed. She has very beautiful eyes, setting off her alert expression. A dainty girl with a sweet nature.
2nd Miss Humble’s Pip. FN 2yrs 6mths: This little tabby & white lady has a beautiful coat of good texture that looked almost ticked. The very distinctive tabby marking on her head helped set off her gorgeous eyes in her pretty little face. A sweet natured girl she enjoyed being fussed over, but she needed a little bit of a manicure.
3rd Miss Holland’s Maximus Meridius. MN 1yr 5mths: This industrial-sized lad possessed the most distinctive tabby markings, very stripy with nice white paws. The quirky mark on his nose gave him a rather quizzical expression. Maximus is a very strong lad,  which convinced me not to argue with him when he told me that he didn’t really want to be out his pen for very long thank you very much! A very alert boy, he showed himself off best in his pen.
4th Mrs Nolan’s Perseus White Knight. 

AC VETERAN LH ADULT OVER 7 YEARS OLD
1st Mrs Hutchinson‘s MC Amadeus

AC VETERAN SH ADULT OVER 7 YEARS
1st Miss Hurn’s Ebony
2nd Mrs Kidd’s Garfield. MN 11yrs: This massive ginger knee-buckler has a fabulous rich coat with a good texture that was very well-prepared and in excellent condition. He has a huge head with nice bright eyes. He handled well, but I reckon he didn’t want to go back in his pen because when Denise put him back he gave her a sharp reprimand! A character.
3rd Miss Hurn’s Smoky: This large superior tabby gentleman was a bit of a curmudgeon. There was  no way he was coming out to see us, so we had to admire him in his pen.  Very strong with a long  body, his tabby markings were very clear and his tail was wonderfully ringed.. He was shown in lovely condition.
4th Mrs Buck’s MC Khan

AC KITTEN NEVER BEEN SHOWN BEFORE
1st Mrs Swingler’s Mr Jinks. M 14weeks: What a babe! This short-haired young chap has the ‘wow factor‘; we all fell in love with him! He should have had a tag round his neck saying ‘take me home’, and I reckon there would have been a long queue forming to do so. Too cute for his own good his rich ginger coat has sparkling white contrasts. He has a very bold personality, so held his own during BIS judging in front of everyone and deserved to be BIS non- pedigree kitten. A young man to watch  out for.

AC SH ADULT NEVER WON A FIRST PRIZE
1st  Miss Robinson’s Dolly Daydream

AC LH ADULT WITH LUXURIOUS COAT
1st Mrs Brett’s Prince Daydream. MN 3yrs 3mths: This young Persian gentleman did have the most luxurious blue tabby coat. It felt wonderful to the touch and was obviously well prepared with love and care. This lad had the most heart-melting golden-orange eyes giving him a very gentle expression. Very well grown with a large strong body and legs, he is definitely in his prime. A handsome boy and a bit of a sweetheart.

AC LH ADULT WITH NICEST TEMPERAMENT
Difficult to choose between them as they were both lovely
1st Master Cowlayshaw’s Smokey Joe
2nd  Miss Webb’s GMC Alys

AC PEDIGREE PET KITTEN
1st Ms Newall’s Midnite
2nd Mrs Morley’s George

CAROL BARNES MEMORIAL CLASS FOR AC ADULT OR KITTEN
1st Miss Hurn’s Smoky

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