Ex-breeder/shower. I first started showing with HHP's and then within 5 yrs decided to go into purebred showing/breeding. My first purebred was a nice Russian Blue (as my HHP was blue tabby with big green eyes - wanted something like him) Kisa (which means "pussycat" in Russian) didn't like showing and only wanted me to handle her. So her show career was short lived (tho she did champion in CFA) - I spayed her later and showed her in ACFA to Grand Ch with little problems.
I bred her one time before spaying and got a fantastic male who easily Granded in ACFA in the alter class - he LOVED showing and was a clown. He got an eye injury as a kitten (brother played too rough) and so was never shown in CFA, but ACFA accepted it as it was not a birth thing.
During my first marriage, my ex-husband wanted a different cat and came back with a cornish rex. At the time, I thought "of all the cats you could pick, why pick an ugly one!". The rexes back then were poor in coat and 1/2 bald. But we located a breeder with a 7 month old male who was shown in the alter class and granded in CFA, ACFA and also in one show took Regional Best Kitten!
I fell in love with the rex personality and like popcorn got into breeding them. Every rex I kept granded in ACFA either as a whole cat or an alter. Our 14 yr old retired rex is the only one we still have. He made Regional/National wins several years in a row (10th best alter in the country one year).
If I go back to showing now, I have a 5 month old HHP to show (who will be spayed soon).