I just got home. I will upload the pictures in a separate thread.
Tobie did pretty well for a first-timer! In the first ring, he copped a bit of an attitude and got 9th Best HHP (out of 14, I think).
In the second ring, he did a little better playing with stuff and didn't hiss so much, so he got 3rd Best HHP.
In the next ring, the judge got a real kick out of him, and even though Tobie still wasn't thrilled about being handled (mostly squirmy), he got 2nd Best HHP.
Carol judged the fourth ring, and he got 3rd Best there. I am so proud of him!!!
There was this gorgeous, very laid-back orange tabby and white long-haired Selkirk Rex/American Shorthair mix (I think?) that won first in every round (I think... I wasn't too worried about writing everyone else's wins down in the catalogue).
He did really, really well while in a cage... alert, looking around, occasionally sticking his paw out at the judge, playing a bit... but once the judge would take him out, he would squirm and meow-complain. He would shake like a leaf if I walked around with him in the benching area for too long. Some of the other presenters said that's pretty normal, and I'll know more about his show attitude the next time I show him.
As for color... heh. I don't think anyone can come to a consensus (after the debate here, that doesn't surprise me!). The first three judges thought he should be a seal lynx mink. I couldn't find Carol before the show, and another presenter who seemed to be well-respected told me to change his color to just a seal lynx point (I knew it was wrong, but I went along with it
Carol, on the other hand, thought his eyecolor was too yellow to be a mink. She says she sees ticking on his back fur... so, she agrees with you, Goldenkitty, that he is probably a chocolate ticked tabby or a chocolate silver ticked tabby. She says she can't tell for sure because the eyes aren't green (seen with silvers) and the shading isn't dramatic enough to call him a silver. She took the time to look at my photo album and came to that conclusion after looking at the parents. She called him a mink at first, too.
Everyone was so very nice, and so many beautiful cats showed up! I felt like Tobie was really well-groomed compared to some of the other longhaired HHPs.
Duke has amazing blue eyes in person... much deeper than the photos show.
Duke wasn't alone in being grouchy, though (so don't feel bad, Tiff)... some people kept their HHPs who weren't so happy in the show. Some got really grouchy later, but weren't in the first ring. It seems rather unpredictable!
There wasn't much of a variety of breeds there, so that was a little disappointing.... a few Sekirks, Birmans, Abyssinians, a couple Ragamuffins and Ragdolls, a few Cornish Rex, lots of Maine Coon, some Siberians, some Norwegians, some Balinese, some Tonkinese, lots of British and American Short Hairs, and a few Persians and Exotics. There was one Bengal today. Looking through the catalogue, there will be more Bengals tomorrow and a few Burmese too (Delores Kennedy's, one of the judges).
It was a blast... I bought some kitty things from the vendors and had fun chatting with my neighbors. I am definitely going to another one, possibly the one in Portage, IN in February.
Pics coming a bit later!!
Thanks to all of you who encouraged us to show. I would have never thought to do it without you guys!