At the Supreme Show each cat can only enter one class, but these are classes which are not held at any other GCCF Shows.
They are the start of a “knock-out” competition to select the Supreme Exhibit.
UK Imperial Grand Champions compete for Best of Breed only.
Imperial Grand Champions compete in the Imperial Grand Champion class for UK Grand Challenge Certificates unique to the “Supreme”
Grand Champions compete in the Grand Champion class for Imperial Grand Challenge Certificates
Champions compete in the Champion class for their breed and sex, for Grand Challenge Certificates. Untitled cats compete in the Pre-Champion class for their breed and sex for Challenge Certificates
Adults of Provisional status breeds compete against other adults of their breed and sex for Intermediate Certificates
Kittens compete against other kittens of their breed and sex
UK Imperial Grand Premiers compete for Best of Breed only.
Imperial Grand Premiers compete in the Imperial Grand Premier class for UK Grand Premier Certificates unique to the “Supreme”
Grand Premiers compete in the Grand Premier class for Imperial Grand Premier Certificates
Premiers compete in the Premier class for their breed and sex, for Grand Premier Certificates. Untitled neuters compete in the Pre-Premier class for their breed and sex for Premier Certificates
Neuters of Provisional status breeds compete against other neueters of their breed and sex for Intermediate Certificates
NB: Cats that already hold the title UK Gr Ch/Pr that are not Imperial should enter the Imperial class. Cats that have already won a UK certificate that do not hold the Imperial title can enter either the UK or the Imperial class, but NOT both.
Judges then select the Best Adult, Kitten and Neuter of each breed.
BOB winners get rosettes but no certificates
Best of Breed winners compete for Best of Variety Adult, Kitten & Neuter in each section:
Persian, Semi-Longhair, British, Foreign, Burmese, Oriental, Siamese/Balinese the winners get Supreme Best of Variety Certificates.
The seven Best of Variety Adults compete for Supreme Adult
The seven Best of Variety Kittens compete for Supreme Kitten
The seven Best of Variety Neuters compete for Supreme Neuter and “Supreme” Certificates and trophies
Finally, the Supreme Adult, Supreme Kitten and Supreme Neuter are judged against each other for Supreme Exhibit.
There is no extra title – just the honour, a very large rosette, a silver trophy to hold for a year and the privilege of being the cover cat for the next year’s catalogue.
The Certificates awarded at the Supreme Show, like those won at other shows, count towards the titles of Champion, Grand Champion or Imperial Grand Champion. Premier, Grand Premier or Imperial Grand Premier.
Best of Variety Certificates also count towards these titles, their “value” depending on what certificates the cat has already won.
There are also further titles which can only be won at the Supreme Show:
UK Grand Certificates are unique to the Supreme Show and two from different judges will make the cat a UK Imperial Grand Champion or UK Imperial Grand Premier.
Even a UK Imperial Grand Champion starts afresh when he is neutered, hoping eventually to gain the coveted double title of UK Imperial Grand Champion & UK Imperial Grand Premier.
Being judged Supreme Adult or Supreme Neuter gives a cat the title of “Supreme” in addition to any other title he or she may hold. The Kitten judged Supreme Kitten get the title ‘Supreme Kitten’ to be used before the name.
The value of the Supreme Certificate depends on the Certificates the cat has already won.
Breeds with Preliminary status, the first stage of recognition, are judged in Assessment classes, with Merit Certificates on offer.