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The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy’s Young Exhibitors’ Scheme

THE YES! PROGRAMME PRESENTATIONS - JUDGES AND PROCEDURE

A list of those willing to act as Judges in the YES! Programme will be posted on this website page and updated regularly. This will ensure Show Managers are aware of which Judges are willing to assess candidates at YES! Presentations. The YES! Programme has judges from across the British Isles to ensure candidates are not disadvantaged by their locality. A list will also be posted on the GCCF website on the JUDGES/STEWARDS page for reference. If you are a Full Judge for the GCCF and would like to participate in the programme please contact one of the administrators for YES!

PROCEDURE AT YES! PRESENTATIONS

The scheme requires space for a table where candidates may present their cat but it has been perfectly satisfactory a candidate to present the cat on a judge trolley and the judge to sit on a chair using a clip board for completing the Assessment Form if space is difficult to find.

The judge assessing the candidate will sit in front of the candidate, listening to, making notes and asking questions during the presentation. The judge will write a report for each candidate which will be handed out on the day in a similar manner to critiques at the Supreme Show. Show Managers will need to provide a “Young Exhibitors’ Class” in the Schedule and allocate one of the listed judges to the YES! Class. There could also be some chairs for those watching the proceedings (rather like the Breed Club presentations at the GCCF Supreme Show) if space permits. The candidate will be advised when to come to the Presentation Table and should not approach until that time. (There are further details on the Presentation at Shows page on this website)

THE CANDIDATE

The candidate will bring their own cat to the table in its carrier and present it to the judge, describing its features and the areas covered at the relevant level. No mention should be made of the name of the cat, nor any titles etc. it may have. It is an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate their skill at handling; their love for and care of their cat; their knowledge of the requirements for a winning cat of their breed; their cat’s strengths and weaknesses and the priorities relating to their cat’s health and welfare. Young Exhibitors would be expected to present their cat to advantage; display good sportsmanship and conduct; to have the required knowledge for their level and to speak clearly and confidently. Candidates should NOT groom their cats on the table before beginning their presentation to gain attention!

JUDGES

Judges will assess Young Exhibitors for their handling skills; their presentation of and rapport with their cat; their response to questions from the Judge and the Judge’s Overall Impression of the Candidate and his/her Presentation. A list of sample questions is available for judges and candidates, covering the areas required at the appropriate level. It is not expected that every candidate will be asked every question; they provide an opportunity for the judge give a fair critique on the candidate's performance in each section of the Assessment Form.

EXPECTATIONS

The expectations at each level will be higher as the candidate’s knowledge and experience grows. At Novice Level, the candidates will not compete against their peers; they will be given a report from the judge identifying their strengths and outlining the areas where progress could be made. Each candidate at Novice Level will receive a rosette in recognition of their participation. At Intermediate and Advanced Levels, the first three candidates will be placed and all candidates will receive a critique of their presentation. If a candidate’s presentation, at any level, is exceptional, the judge may make a Special Merit Award which will be indicated on the critique and claimed from the administrators.

IMPORTANT POINTS FOR JUDGES AND CANDIDATES TO REMEMBER

It should be remembered by the judge, the young exhibitor and their parents/guardian it is the CANDIDATE that is being judged rather than the cat. Parents and Guardians should also give the candidate space so they can talk to the judge without feeling any pressure.  The focus is upon the manner in which the candidate presents their cat to the audience and their attitude to and knowledge of the cat they are presenting. Candidates will be aware from joining each level of the type of questions they will be asked, giving them the opportunity to present their cat and speak about it with poise and confidence. Each presentation should be with a different judge if at all possible. As the scheme progresses it would be ideal for those candidates at Intermediate and Advanced Levels who have won a Special Merit Award or a First Prize at a Presentation to participate in a “final” at the GCCF Supreme Show with a special award offered.

THE ROLE OF A JUDGE IN THE YES! PROGRAMME

The Role of judges in the YES! Presentations would include:



  1. Supporting candidates at Presentations by making them feel this is a positive experience for him/her and their cat.
  2. Being prepared to give time and commitment to the YES! Programme.
  3. Assessing each candidate's confidence with handling, attitude towards and knowledge of their cat appropriate to their level in the YES! Programme.
  4. Using a selection of the sample questions for each level to gain a fair overall impression of the candidate.
  5. Being a role model, to show and lead by example.

YES PRESENTATIONS AT NOVICE LEVEL
YES PRESENTATIONS AT INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
YES PRESENTATIONS AT ADVANCED LEVEL

 

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