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

THE YES! PROGRAMME - YES! PRESENTATIONS AT SHOWS

The YES! Presentations form the core of this programme. They require the support of show managers, judges, exhibitors, parents/guardians and of the candidates. It will be by capturing and engaging the interest and enthusiasm of young people for showing with GCCF that we can ensure a viable future for our hobby.

PROCEDURE AT CAT PRESENTATIONS

The scheme requires space at a participating show for a table where candidates may present their cat.

The judge assessing the candidate will sit close by; listening to, making notes and asking questions of the candidate 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. Each candidate will pay for their presentation as an “additional class” with their show entry. 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.

IT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT THE CAT HANDLED BY THE CANDIDATE IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE AGE AND ABILITY OF THE YOUNG EXHIBITOR MAKING THE PRESENTATION. 

YOUNG EXHIBITORS PRESENTING THEIR CATS

Young Exhibitors should be clean, neat and well-groomed as they present their cats. They should wear clothing that is comfortable and appropriate and that will not distract the cat nor hinder or limit the judge’s view of the presentation. The cat must have been entered in the show; it will have been vetted-in and therefore in excellent show condition.

The candidate will bring their own cat to the table in its carrier and present it to the judge (and the audience), 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!

JUDGING THE CANDIDATES

Judges will assess Young Exhibitors for their handling skills; their presentation of the cat as a whole; 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.

THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AT EACH LEVEL

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.

There is competition in the Young Exhibitor Presentations at Intermediate and Advanced levels. Through this competition young people can learn the life skills of dealing with success and failure. Winners are expected to be gracious and supportive of those placed lower in the competition; those that did not win at a particular show have the opportunity to learn how to improve their performance for another occasion and how to handle defeat in an objective and graceful manner.

POINTS 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. 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.

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

 

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