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Harley & Blaze's first TICA cat show results (plus photos)

post #1 of 14
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I wanted to share my cats' show results for their first TICA show this weekend. Sorry, this post turned out kinda long but if you just want to know how they did, you can scroll down and look for the stuff in bold.

First in case anyone is not familiar with TICA, (I just learned a lot of this myself) the household pets are give points for best of color, 1st-3rd of division, and then 5-10 are chosen for finals depending on how many are entered. There are 'Specialty' rings and 'Allbreed' rings. In the "Specialty" rings the judges award finals for longhairs and finals for shorthairs separately. In the "Allbreed" rings the shorthairs and longhairs are combined and each judge picks the top cats out of both shorthairs and longhairs into one final.
Blaze is a brown mackerel tabby/white and Harley is a brown ticked torbie and white so they are both in the tabby and white division. There were three cats in the tabby and white division at this show so it was Blaze, Harley, and one other cat in their division. In this show there were less than 20 household pet adults total, so each judge awarded finals for their top 5 cats. There were 12 shorthair HHPs the first day and 7 longhair (so 19 total for the All Breed rings). The second day all the rings were Allbreed and there were 16 HHPs for most of the rings. There were 5 rings each day.

Here are my cats' results-

Blaze (Sat.)

1. 3rd of Division
2. 3rd of Division
3. 2nd of Division
4. 3rd of Division
5. 3rd of Division; special award

In the last ring Blaze got the "James C. Becknell Memorial Award" which is awarded to a household pet with the best a "moustache" or "beard." Blaze was the closest to one at the show.
This was Blaze's first time going to a show and he was scared, so he didn't do very well. He did not hiss or even put his ears back at all, he just kept to the back of the judging cages and kept his tail between his legs. I was considering not bringing him the second day but I decided to go and see if he improved. I was hoping he'd be ok for showing because although he is a little more shy than some of my other cats, as soon as he sees a toy he usually perks up and he is my most playful cat. At home he will play with a string toy (like Da Bird) until he is panting and even then he doesn't want to stop! I'd hoped that when the judges got a toy out he would play but he was too scared to play at the show.

Blaze (Sun.)

1. Best of Division; 3rd Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
2. 3rd of Division
3. 3rd of Division
4. 3rd of Division
5. 2nd of Division

Today Blaze was still scared but he seemed to be a little bit more comfortable but was still scared. He got one final in the first ring of the day-- 3rd in an Allbreed ring (3rd out of 16 household pets) is pretty good! All together he added up 595 points and one final. They need 300 points and one final to get the title "Master" (HHP equivalent to Champion) so Blaze has enough for that title. I'm not sure yet if I am going to show him again. I will probably try taking him out some places and see if he gets a little less scared.

Harley (Sat.)

1. Best of Division; Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
2. Best of Division; Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
3. 3rd of Division
4. Best of Division; 3rd Best Specialty SH HHP Adult final
5. 2nd of Division; 4th Best Allbreed HHP Adult final

Harley did really great. I thought she would behave fine because she's been to one show before and did really well. It was a household pet show last March at the Chicagoland Pet Expo, it was only for household pets. She actually got Best in Show at that one. This weekend was her first TICA show though. Harley was at the front of the cage for most of the rings and trying to get the judge's attention ("Hey, play with me!") I also think her ticked torbie coloring helped her to stand out, and her petite size.
Harley got enough points/finals just on Saturday to earn the title "Master" which requires 300 points and one final.

Harley (Sun.)

1. 3rd of Division
2. Best of Division; 2nd Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
3. Best of Division; 4th Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
4. Best of Division; 2nd Best Allbreed HHP Adult final
5. Best of Division; Best Allbreed HHP Adult final!

I was very happy/surprised when she got a 1st place Allbreed for the last ring of the day! Harley finaled in 8 out of 10 rings for the weekend and she got 1825 points total. This is enough for the title "Grand Master" which requires 1000 points with 6 finals under 4 different judges. She only needs 175 more points to get the next title, Double Grand Master but she also needs to get one final as a "Grand Master" for that one so I have to send in her title confirmation form now.
We had a fun show, I was kinda nervous the first day since I had not been to a show since March and I'd only been to one TICA show before with my other cats Church and Harley and they did not do very well.. All the exhibitors were really nice and several helped me with figuring out points and things. I got to meet a forum member too, darlili! I also met some breeders whose websites I'd seen online, got an invitation to come play with some Japanese Bobtails at a cattery I'd been looking into previously, petted a Savannah for the first time and got to hold a lovely (available) snow Bengal kitten. The breeder was showing her to me and had to go get another cat from a ring so she asked me to hold her...the kitten started purring immediately. Oh yeah, I also got to feel a Japanese's Bobtail's tail. I asked an owner what their tails are actually like (can't really tell by looking due to the fur) and he said to go ahead and feel his cat's tail.

I took a video of Harley getting her Best Allbreed and of Blaze in a judging ring on Sunday (to see his behavior), but I can't get them to upload to Youtube so I'm trying Catster...
Here's the link to the videos if/when they upload:
Harley's: http://www.catster.com/video/book?i=815676
Blaze's: http://www.catster.com/video/book?i=1001353

Here are some photos I took at the show:

Harley in a ring-

Savannah kitten (we were benched across the row from her)

A judging ring

Harley and Blaze's benching cage at the end of today (Harley is staring because I was waving a toy). If you look closely you can see Blaze hiding behind the litterbox on the left side of the cage.

Bengal male (had a really nice coat, but I didn't get a good pic)

snow Bengal kitten (the one I held)

Harley showing off her awards
post #2 of 14
Your cats are beautiful! Congratulations! I would love to enter my kitties! But they are all so skittish around strangers!
post #3 of 14
Well done And excellent photos

Master is a cute title, our companion cats are gem stones Ruby, Emerald etc. with Diamond being the highest title.

Originally Posted by Nekochan View Post

ETA: Actually it looks like the Youtube uploading might be working after all for the videos.
They're still loading though so these links might not work right away.

Blaze: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9Ep7GeYI8

Harley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpsXUNc19RA
Links didn't work for me, just went to You Tube main page.
post #4 of 14
Congratulations and thank you for the photos!

Any LH's at the show?
post #5 of 14
How awesome!!! Congratulations!!!
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats View Post
Congratulations and thank you for the photos!

Any LH's at the show?

Yeah there were LHs. I tried to get a photo of a really handsome Maine Coon but his owner was busy and I wasn't able to ask permission. There were also two pretty solid black Siberian kittens for sale and I wanted to get a photo of them but the breeder was never by the cage when I checked to ask (they were exhibit only.)
post #7 of 14
Congrats on the show results.
I learned alot more about TICA also.
post #8 of 14
Congrats to everyone - looks like we all walked home with ribbons and finals
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok I finally got the videos I took at the cat show to upload!

Here are the links--


post #10 of 14
Great Pics and videos.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
If anyone is interested, they just put up the show report for the show online:

post #12 of 14
BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!
post #13 of 14
I looked at the show report.
There were no sphynx there.
post #14 of 14
Congrats! What a cutie!
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