Important Information on Showing
with TICA – please read
Welcome to showing
with TICA. We hope you have an enjoyable
day here at the show.
Please take the
time to read this leaflet – as it describes how a TICA show is run – and this
is very different from
the GCCF or FIFe show formats that you may be used to.
- After vetting-in, please take your
cat(s) to their assigned pens in the benching area.
- Your name or number will be on the front of the
pens and there will be a plan of the hall as well to help you.
- Cats from the same owner are benched
together rather than by class as is more usual at GCCF shows.
- Pens can be decorated (as at the
Supreme or at FIFe shows).
Or you can use your own portable pens
- Please make sure that your cats have
access to water and a litter tray.
Food and toys can be left in
- the pens at any time.
- The cats are only handled by the
exhibitor or the judge, so unlike GCCF or TICA shows, cats are not
- required to have tags round their neck
- At TICA shows, the cats, kittens,
alters (which is how TICA describes neuters) and household pets
- are divided into
- Long-Hair and Short-Hair categories
and then into breeds.
- LH Kittens are numbered from 1 to 50,
SH Kittens 51 to 100
- LH Cats are numbered from 101 to 200,
SH Cats from 201 to 300
- LH Alters use numbers from 301 to 350,
SH Alters from 351 to 399
- LH HHPs are
numbered from 401 and SH HHPs are numbered from
- Please check your catalogue for any
errors such as the cat's breed, colour, sex, or age - you must see
- the entry clerk to get any corrections
made before judging starts.
- Other errors (such as spelling
mistakes) can be notified to the Master Clerk during the day.
When to take your cat to a Ring
- Judging takes place in the judging
area, each ring is presided over by
a judge, who has a Ring Clerk
- and perhaps a steward to help him.
- The Ring Clerk ensures that the right
exhibits are called up to the ring at the right time, and also records
- the judge’s decisions.
- The steward is responsible for keeping
the holding pens clean and, unlike GCCF or FIFe shows, stewards
- will not handle
any cats or transfer cats to/from the benching area.
- There will be a judging schedule
printed on the back of the catalogue, to give you some idea of when
- your cat will be judged in each ring.
- Each Ring Clerk will also make a
series of announcements – for example “This is Ring 1, can we have
- SH cats 251 to 256 to Ring 1 please”
- It is your job as the exhibitor to
ensure that your cat goes to the relevant ring, and is put into the
- pen with its number
- It is important that you listen out
for your cat’s number and get to the ring promptly.
- If the judge is transferring a cat
to/from a holding pen, then please wait until the cat is either on the
- table or back in
- Unlike FIFe shows, you may not sit holding your
cat unless you have explicit permission from the judge.
- If your cat is already in another ring
(e.g. for judging or Finals) then please let the Ring Clerk know
- and they will
guide you on what to do if this happens.
- Ring Clerks will make up to 3 calls
for a cat – if it is not in the ring, it will then be marked as absent
from that ring.
- Individual cat numbers are not
normally announced for “Finals” – when the ring clerk announces that (for
- “numbers are posted for kitten finals in
Ring 3” – you will need to check if your cat’s number is on a pen in the
- judging ring.
- In judging, kittens, cats and alters
are judged separately. All that the
Judge knows about the cat is the breed,
- colour, sex and
- Although the speed of judging may be
faster than you have experienced before, the judges have been trained
- to properly evaluate your cat. Generally, TICA judges handle a cat for
as long as a FIFe judge does – but because
- there is no written report it seems
so much faster !
- The judge takes the cat from the
holding pen, places it on the judging table, evaluates the cat against
- knowledge of the
written standard, returns the cat to the pen and continues on.
- Do not speak to the judge unless you
are specifically addressed by the judge.
- Should you need to relay any
information to the judge, speak first to the ring clerk and they in turn
will notify the judge
Taking your cat out of the Ring
- Once the judge or the ring clerk has
turned the number card on the pen face down, this is a signal for you to
- your cat from
the holding pen.
- Please remember to mark your catalogue
with your cats placings as you will need the results to calculate your scores
- any title awards.
- During Finals, once the judge has
announced the Best Cat/Kitten/Alter, then you can take your cat out of the
- along with your
- There is a pyramid of evaluation –
first all cats of the same breed and colour are judged against the TICA
- for that breed.
- Up to 5 cats are selected as the
best-five representatives of their breed in that colour, and the judge
will place different
- coloured ribbons
on the pens to show the placings.
- Blue is Best of Colour, red is 2nd
Best of Colour, yellow is 3rd Best of Colour, green is 4th Best of Colour
and white is
- 5th Best of Colour.
- After judging each colour class within
a Division, the judge will then award Division placings
- Best of Division
ribbon), 2nd Best of Division (purple ribbon) and 3rd Best of Division (orange
ribbon). Awards are again
- shown by placing the ribbons on the pens.
- If a judge chooses to announce their
Best of Breed, 2nd Best of Breed and 3rd Best of Breed, unlike GCCF BoBs,
- these don’t count towards any awards.
- After the judge has seen all kittens,
cats or alters, he/she decides on their best exhibits across all the ones
that they have judged.
- A Speciality (SP) Final will be the
best exhibits from either the Longhair or Shorthair category.
- An All Breed (AB) Final will be the
best exhibits drawn from both Longhair and Shorthair categories.
- Speciality Judges can only hold
- “Finals” are effectively a “Best in
Show” for that ring.
- The Ring Clerk only announces that
Finals numbers have been posted – it is your responsibility to check if
- cat is needed and take your cat to the
- As a general rule, a cat or alter that
has not already won either a Best or 2nd Best of Division is unlikely to
- The judge will explain his placings – either the top 5 or the top 10 (depending
on how many cats are competing).
- The judge usually explains what they
liked about each cat and their ranking before placing a Finals rosette on
- As an exhibitor, it is good etiquette
to thank the judge on leaving the ring if your cat has been Finalled.
You can always tell when finals are
happening because of the cheering and applause that greets each
- Titles are earned by a combination of
numerical scores and getting one or more Finals places.
- Titles must be claimed in writing from
the TICA Executive Office A copy of the form and scoring explanation is in
- A cat needs 150 points and one Final
to earn Champion status
- 500 points and 3 Finals are needed to
earn Grand Champion status
- Further Grand titles require either
500 or 1,000 extra points and at least one Final earned at the previous
- Alters and Household Pets have
- Best of Colour is worth 25 points down
to 5 points for 5th Best of Colour
- Best of Division is worth 25 points
down to 15 points for 3rd Best of Division
- Finals placings
are worth between 200 and 110 points (AB Finals) or 150 and 60 points (SP
- Points scores are cumulative – excess
points at one level count towards the next level
We hope this has
explained how showing and judging works in TICA. If you have any other queries then don’t
hesitate to ask
one of the organisers.
If they don’t know the answer themselves, they will know “someone who
Most importantly enjoy
your day at the show
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