Next Shows we will be attending are:
NEW GRAND! Timmy did GREAT!!! at the CFA show at the end of January. He came in Best of Breed in 7 of the 10 rings and finaled in 3 of those. The Del Mar show is the 2nd largest show in the US each year with the International Show being the only larger show. Competition is really tough with breeders flying in from around the country for the large point count. Those 3 finals were enough to give him his new title of GRAND CHAMPION with room to spare..
Timmy is the red mack tabby on the left. He is a Grand Champion in CFA and a Double Grand Champion in TICA. Our next goal for Timmy is Supreme Grand Champion in TICA.
Timmy's unique feature is his tall open curled ears. Timmy's father is Supreme Grand Champion Sir Kingsley. Kinglsey is also a red, but Timmy really has a better coat and much better eyes.
Our Next Show
Timmy, Storm and Simba did really well at the TICA show on 2/17 & 2/18. Timmy finaled in 3 rings. Storm finaled in 6 rings. Simba finaled in 4 rings. So kudos to the kids, Our next show will be the CFA show in Palm Springs on March 24. The Palm Springs show will be at the Palm Springs Leisure Center, 401 S Pavilion, Palm Springs, CA. If you decide to attend this show, please be sure you stop by to say hi. Right now, we aren't sure who we will take... Timmy for sure, probably Storm and Simba... and maybe a new little girl calico kitten we have named Autumn. After the March CFA show, we plan to go to the TICA show in April at the Pet EXPO at the Orange County Fairgrounds on April 27-28. (We won't decide who to take until next month.)
Curl Essence Withstanding the Storm
I'm not sure why we keep taking Storm. He's already got all the points and titles he can get, but he thinks he's SUPPOSED to be included. After all, since he was born, he's gone to just about every show we've gone to and he loves it. I'm afraid if I start leaving him home, it will hurt his feelings. The cats really do notice who gets taken to shows and who doesn't. Going to a show with the humans is a very special thing to them. They absolutely HATE the grooming part, but the extra attention and time with the people doesn't go unnoticed.
Curl Essence Honey Bear... nicknamed "Simba"
Simba will be 8 months old at the March CFA show. In CFA, a cat needs to be seen by 6 judges who approve the cat as "show quality" before they are giving the title of either Champion or Premier. This is called "opening". Simba will be "opening" at the March CFA show. Simba is a red tabby boy. He's been neutered so he will be in the Premier (CFA) and Alter (TICA) class as an adult. We haven't taken professional pictures of him yet. We wanted him to mature more before we pay for professional photos. The only person we have take or photos is Chanan Photography. We'll get photos the next time Richard is at one of the shows we are attending. Simba is very, VERY pretty. The TICA shows cost about twice as much as the CFA shows so deciding which cats to take to a TICA show is a bigger decision for us. Also, American Curls are more "accepted" by judges in TICA than in CFA. It's harder to get recognized in CFA with a Curl. CFA leans towards the older, more established breeds. TICA embraces the newer breeds (or "minority breeds") like the American Curl. Plus, the standard for the Curls in CFA is slightly different than in TICA. The judges in these 2 associations are evaluating the breed a little differently. Since Mike has been Breed Council Secretary for CFA, the CFA Standard has been refined. The TICA Standard needs some tweaking. Linda was just elected to be on a 3 person Breed Committee in TICA this year for a 3 year term. This is equivalent to the being on the Breed Council in CFA. The breed committee in TICA and the breed council in CFA are the active breeders who can influence the written standards for each association and instruct judges how to interpret them. The TICA Breed Committee will be focusing on requesting refinements to the TICA Standard to bring it into closer alignment with the CFA Standard over the next few years, It's our belief that the breed should have one "look" no matter what association they are in.
If you have any interest in showing your kitten at a show, please let us know. We will make sure you have a kitten that will not only fit into your family like a well worn glove, but one that you can have fun showing with your family.
Showing cats at cat shows is a great way for the family to bond and a great hobby for the kids. Let us help you get started if you are interested in sticking y our toe in the water. Judges love to see newbies at the shows, and the especially love seeing Curls at the shows. We are always hearing from judges that they would like to see more Curls in the show halls.
Contact us by email at Psalm0512@yahoo.com or by phone at 951 240 5761