Originally Posted by missymotus
We have the plain white rule in at least 1 state, in my state we are allowed coloured curtains but nothing to identify the cat as yours (visible cattery name etc) and you cannot approach your cage and touch the cat once benched until after judging has finished. You cannot bring your own cage.
Open judging is somewhat new too, and several shows are still closed judging.
In the GCCF, exhibitors are not even in the hall when judging for the open classes is taking place. You vet in and settle your cat in its cage, then have to leave the hall for at least 2 hours. Once the open judging is finished at lunchtime, exhibitors are allowed back in to attend to and feed their cats, and the show opens to the public. Then any miscellaneous classes are judged during the afternoon.
Cats are benched according to section, breed, and colour, so if you're showing a Siamese and a Maine Coone, they will be at opposite ends of the hall. The judges go from cage to cage with a trolley, steward, and clipboard- the steward removes the cat from his cage, places him on the trolley, and assists in handling. The judge writes comments in a judging book, and a tear off slip is pinned to a large board so that when judging is over the exhibitor can pick up the comments for his/her cats, and then rosettes and challenge certificates can be collected and attached to the cage. If there are miscellaneous classes being judged while the hall is open, no-one may approach the judges as they go from cage to cage. The only time the cats are removed from their cage to another pen is for best in show judging. Spectators and exhibitors do not really get to see or hear any judging taking place.
It's quite sterile and dry really, apparently TICA shows are a much more relaxed atmosphere.