GCCF Judge Critique - Anne-Marie Heath - Yorkshire County Cat Club Show 2011
Written by Neil
Thursday, 03 November 2011
My sincere thanks to Lynda and Elaine for the kind invitation to judge at the super Yorkshire County Cat Club Show, and also to the chef who produced the delicious and very welcome roast lunch. My friend Liz travelled from Shetland to steward for me and she was, as always, everything one could ask for: kind to the exhibits and helpful in every way to me. Thank you Liz, you are a friend in a million. I had a lovely entry of some really spectacular cats and I thank all their owners for making my day so fascinating and worthwhile.
Olympian Imperial Gr. Master Cat Male:
OLY: Imp.GMC Sanjay (PP)MN 1/4/07 Impressive lad of four years in superb condition. His eye catching marbled tabby patterned coat of rich gold and brown markings had a glossy sheen which positively glowed with health. Gorgeous spotted paws and tummy and endearing facial markings framing his huge expressive green eyes. Ultra friendly: he enjoyed all the attention and purred throughout. A really adorable fellow. I see he went on to win best pedigree pet in show: congratulations to both himself and his owner.
Res.Oly: Imp.GMC Alfred (NP) MN 20/10/98 Super tabby and white chap of thirteen years and looking half his age. Well rounded muscular body in excellent condition. White parts were sparkling: he obviously looks after himself well. Lovely big green eyes with a melting expression and super long profuse whiskers. A lesser chap may have been fazed by all the noise on the balcony just above his pen but this lad just purred and purred. He ran the winner very close and is a super boy.
3. Imp.GMC Bramble (PP) MN 7/8/07 Substantial compact lad in tip top condition. Fabulous thick crisp coat of white with dark chocolate patches and a solid chocolate tail. Huge expressive yellowy chartreuse eyes and lovely dark patchwork markings on his head. He was a little tense and preferred to be in his pen: I think he was somewhat agitated by the general busy buzz of the show. A lovely gentle fellow.
4. Imp.GMC Leo (PP) MN 5/6/08 Super very large fellow in excellent condition with a semi long brown tabby coat groomed to perfection. Very long whiskers and plenty of them: Lovely large yellowy-green eyes with what I can only describe as a melting,lion cub expression. He was a little grumpy and perhaps a little disturbed by a rather noisy neighbour. He was easy to handle but preferred to be in his pen. Fabulous chap.
Olympian Imperial Grand Master Cat Female:
OLY: Imp.GMC Rainbow Dreamcatcher (NP) FN 28/4/05 Beautifully marked calico tortie and white young lady of six and a half years in superb condition. Particularly vibrant red colouring which, together with the black patches showed off the sparkling white parts of her coat which was glossy and silky to the touch. Lustrous greeny yellow eyes with an inquisitive expression, and her dark pink nose completed her exquisite prettiness. She has a lovely bold temperament and was interested in just about everything in sight. What a lovely girl.
Res.Oly: Imp.GMC Hannah (NP) FN 20/4/00 Another adorable calico tortie and white lady of eleven years and certainly not showing any more than half of them. Lovely arrangement of red tones and black patched markings on a white ground. Particularly endearing are her facial markings and the delicate markings on her paws. Pretty feminine face with large eyes and a whimsical expression. She was a little shy out of the pen and perhaps it was due to a chap in one of the pens behind her giving full voice to his opinions. She was shown in excellent condition with a well groomed coat in the same glossy condition as her neighbour. Very similar in lots of ways and on another day they could easily change places. A delightful exhibit in every way.
Lh/Slh Self with/without white colour class:
MC: Silvertrace Kenzo (PP) MN 20/5/10 Beautifully presented young semi longhair lad in superb condition and with a glorious blue and white coat which was groomed to perfection. Huge expressive blue eyes, a rosy pink nose and lovely facial markings with super length whiskers must have increased the numbers in his fan club on the day. His white areas were like sparkling snow: a credit to his owner. He was a trifle apprehensive to begin with but soon settled and loved a good cuddle with my steward. A true matinee idol if ever I saw one.
BOC: GMC Sr. Joshua Purrkins (PP) MN 5/6/07 What a lovely surprise to see a curly exhibit in this section. Rich red super-curly fellow of four years in his prime and in tip top condition. Lovely weighty muscular body with strong limbs and large paws with plenty of long curls everywhere. Huge expressive golden eyes and a dark pink nose and plenty of brittle whiskers so typical of the curly cats. Lovely friendly temperament and very loud purr. A real living teddy bear and a pleasure to handle.
A/C S/H PP Kitten Male
1: Stuart Little (PP) MN 20/2/11 Gorgeous ultra friendly blue spotted tabby and white lad of eight months. A picture of elegance with a sleek glossy coat, fine bone structure and sparkling green eyes. Very easy going nature: he loved being handled. I imagine this lovely boy is on the brink of a bright future.
A/C S/H PP Kitten Female
1 & BOC Bizzie Hamster(PP) F 15/7/11 Dear little blue tortie and white baby of just over three months. Cuddly chunky body with a lovely kittenish coat of blue, cream and white beautifully mingled tortie markings. Large golden eyes, a pretty dove grey and pink nose and profuse long whiskers. A humungous purr which continued long after she returned to her pen. A little sweetheart who was a pleasure to meet.
2: Grace (PP) F 15/7/11 Another adorable baby girl of four months with a glossy, close fitting tawny ticked coat. Beautiful chartreuse eyes with an endearing inquisitive expression and very pretty delicate facial markings: her body already shows promise of great elegance when she is adult. Extremely friendly nature and therefore a dream to handle: she was interested in everything and everyone and purred loudly all the time. A dear little girl.
3: Anoushka (PP) F 15/6/11 Three month old chocolate box kitten with a very pretty tortie tabby coat of rich red, cream and black with a little white chin and bib. Huge green eyes and a sugar pink nose on her very prettily marked face. Composed and friendly she was very easy to handle and a real sweetie with her loud purr and chunky bread-making paws.
NB: All four kittens were really super and it was a very difficult task to place them. All are a credit to their lucky owners.
L/H or SLH Cat With Nicest Temperament.
1: Lexi (PP) FN 31/5/08 Eye catching brown tabby and white lady with a profuse, beautifully groomed coat in excellent condition. Too many ultra long whiskers to count and huge round expressive eyes. She has a fabulous personality and is a true people person: she simply adores being handled and spoken to. Gorgeous girl.
S/H Cat With Nicest Temperament.
1: Comet (NP) MN 20/10/10 Endearing red tabby and white lad of just one year and in superb condition. Presented to perfection by his lucky owner. His rich red markings stood out beautifully from the sparkling white. Massive yellow eyes and beautiful markings on his face particularly the small dots around his pink nose. Lovely long stripey tail completes this super boy. His temperament is second to none. I think one could describe him as “bomb proof” as nothing seemed to faze him and at the time there was what seemed to be a human army marching past his pen! An ultra friendly lad to meet and a pleasure to handle.
2: GMC Sundust Starr (PP) MN 8/8/09 Fabulous elegant well grown lad in a most attractive apricot pointed, close fitting satiny coat. Huge lustrous mid blue eyes with a melting expression and long elegant legs which he is only too happy to drape around one’s neck. He thoroughly enjoyed all the attention and is a true showman. Unfortunate to meet the lad above who was just a fraction bolder on the day.
3: Tamsin (NP) FN 20/4/00 Stunning well-grown jet black lady with huge sparkling green eyes and in wonderful condition. Her coat is so close and shiny it is virtually painted on her elegant form. She is the quintessential black cat of art and literature and just loves to have a conversation and demonstrate just how loud a purr can actually sound. Delightful lady in every way.
4: GMC Alexandra (NP) FN 20/10/98 Lovely tabby and white lady of thirteen years : although one only knows this from her date of birth: she looks far younger. Beautifully groomed and presented, she is most attractive especially her large expressive pale green eyes and prettily marked face and dainty paws. She is basically friendly but it was mid afternoon when we met and she was a little tense and probably dreaming of home. Easy to handle but I think she had purred enough for one day.
5: GMC Khufu (PP) MN 31/8/09 Lovely chunky lad of just over two years and coming up to his prime. With his super, dense crisp coat of the most beautiful shade of mid lilac he was presented in tip top condition. He has enormous golden eyes with a melting expression. He seemed very shy and somewhat tense: I think perhaps he was hoping for a bit of peace and quiet after lunch and possibly forty winks. He was easy enough to handle but preferred to be in his pen when we met. A most handsome boy.
Burmese Miscellaneous Classes
A/C Burmese Kitten Female:
Maharani Verity Browne (27) F 19/3/11 Absent
Aureus Pink Champagne (27c) F 13/2/11 Absent
A/C Burmese Veteran Neuter:
UK IMP Gr.CH. & Gr. Pr. Teapot Podlet (27a) MN 13/11/03 Magnificent substantial lad of almost eight years in superb condition and with such a happy temperament. Gently rounded top of head with well spaced neat ears of correct shape with rounded tips and broad base and, in profile, a distinct forward tilt. Short wide wedge tapering to a good blunt muzzle: well defined break with straight nose and level chin of very good depth. Bite is level. In profile he has excellent depth of skull and a rounded brow. His yellowy chartreuse eyes are widely spaced, large, lustrous and correctly shaped, with the upper lid slanting towards his nose and a well rounded lower lid giving him a typical Burmese expression. His body is muscular and weighty with a well rounded chest and straight back which he displayed to perfection when padding back and forth in his pen just prior to coming onto the table. He has strong elegant limbs finishing with neat oval paws and his well shaped tail with paintbrush tip is a little short to balance his large frame. His clear mid blue coat is short, very close lying and silky in texture and he has lovely silvering to his head and paws. He has a most endearing temperament and a loud purr which he used to full effect. My steward and I fell in love with him and told him so in no uncertain terms.
2: UK & Imp.Gr.Pr. Papagena Nadina (27h) FN 23/7/98 Fabulous chocolate tortie lady looking far younger than her thirteen years. Super muscle tone to her compact elegantly proportioned body. Medium size correctly shaped ears widely set across her gently rounded dome. In profile they display a slight forward tilt. She has a broad short wedge and excellent blunt muzzle. Well defined break to her straight nose which is on a plane with her deep chin. She has a level bite. Her profile shows a distinctly rounded brow and very good depth of skull. Her widely placed large lustrous eyes are chartreuse in colour: the upper eyelids have the correct slant to her nose and lower lids are well rounded affording her the unique Burmese expression. She has a straight back and good rounding to her chest and her limbs are elegant with spoon shaped neat paws. Her tail balances her body and has a rounded tip with paintbrush finish to the fur. Her short, close silky coat is free of any undesirable markings and is soft and fine to the touch and prettily mingled in shades of red and chocolate. Her nose is particularly pretty being mottled with pink and pale chocolate. She is happy friendly girl and it was a pleasure to handle and assess her.
3: Imp.Gr.Ch.& Pr. Karlac Jaylene (27b) FN 20/8/04 Impressive seven year old lady of good size and weight, in excellent condition and with super Burmese type. Correctly shaped ears set well apart across a gently rounded top of head. Her ears have rounded tips and broad base and an alert forward tilt when viewed in profile. Blunt wedge with virtually level plane between nose tip and chin, which has very good depth. Nose is a trifle longer than I would prefer and is practically straight. In profile her break is well defined, her bite virtually level and she has very good depth to her skull. Her brow is a little less rounded than perfection determines. Her beautifully shaped eyes are lustrous and yellowy chartreuse in colour. They are set well apart and have upper lids slanting correctly towards her nose and well rounded lower lids giving her the desired Burmese expression. Her body is weighty and muscular with a well rounded chest and straight back when standing. She has elegant feminine limbs finishing with neat oval paws. Her tail just balances and finishes with a paintbrush tip to the fur. Her chocolate coat is a shade darker than I would prefer but very even toned as a result and very silky to the touch. A fraction long on her back but so very close lying and with an excellent healthy gloss. She was a little shy at first but allowed herself to be handled and assessed easily enough. Overall she is a lovely example of a Burmese female and looking considerably younger than her seven years.
BCC Class: A/C Burmese Neuter:
1: Imp.Gr.Ch.& Gr.Pr.Chathera Precious Pearl (27h) FN 31/7/03 Delightfully playful chocolate tortie lady of eight years in tip top condition: beautifully firm, weighty and proportionate. Neat correctly shaped ears with wide base, rounded tips and a distinct forward tilt are set wide apart across a gently rounded dome. Her wedge is short and wide at the jaw hinge and she has an excellent blunt muzzle. In profile her break is very well defined and her skull has good depth. Her brow is correctly rounded and her straight nose is on a level plane with her deep firm chin. Her bite is level. She wonderful large lustrous yellowy chartreuse eyes with beautifully defined shape: the topline slanted towards her nose and the lower line very well rounded. Consequently her expression is pure Burmese. Her body is firm and muscular and very feminine with slim limbs finishing with spoon shaped neat paws. Her straight tail, which balances her body, is of medium thickness and tapers to a rounded tip finishing with a painbrush tip to the fur: Her short, close silky coat is free of any undesirable markings and is a mix of warm chocolate attractively mingled with shades of rich red. Her nose is also mottled with pink and chocolate and adds to her charm. She was extremely happy to meet us and was very easy to handle: she purred loudly all the time. She is a really beautiful example of a Burmese female.
2: UK & Imp.Gr.Pr. Papagena Nadina (27h) FN 23/7/98
BCS Class: A/C Burmese Neuter:
1: Imp.Gr.Ch.& Gr.Pr.Chathera Precious Pearl (27h) FN 31/7/03