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

THE YES! PROGRAMME - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Once the Novice Level has been recognised, candidates may complete the application form for the Intermediate Level of the YES! Programme. At this level the Young Exhibitor may still work with a cat from their own household but will be expected to have a more thorough knowledge of its care and welfare. They need to know how to enter their cant into GCCF shows although if the cat is owned by them, the Show Entry Forms will require the countersignature of a parent or guardian. A minimum of SIX shows as an exhibitor are required at this stage. A diary, recording their cat’s entry, results in every class, certificates gained etc should be maintained as evidence of experience. Certificates for show work and second stewarding should also be collected and filed. A minimum of THREE table work certificates and THREE second stewarding certificates is expected at this stage.

At shows or at home, the intermediate candidate will complete a minimum of EIGHT worksheets provided for their Level. Work at this stage involves knowledge of the cats in different sections at shows; knowledge of the parts of the cat referred to in the Standard of Points and a more detailed knowledge of coat length, quality, colour and pattern. The latter includes Tabby and Tortoiseshell Patterns. To help candidates know about different breeds and the section they belong to, the worksheet "A list of cat breeds I found at this show" will enable them to explore cats across the show hall and become accustomed to finding the different breeds. They are encouraged to seek out Mentors to help them in their search and to sign the form as evidence of their achievement. A minimum of SIX of these worksheets is required.

Attendance at a Breed Seminar is a valuable means of increasing a candidate's knowledge of his/her chosen breed and there is a special evidence form to recognise this achievement.
Cat presentation will play a more important role at this level as the candidate's confidence and knowledge increases. The Intermediate Young Exhibitor should be capable of demonstrating during a presentation they have a good knowledge of show preparation, show entry and setting up a show pen on show day. The candidate should be responsible for all aspects of the cat he/she is showing including grooming, feeding, general care and welfare. They should have knowledge of the health requirements for Vetting-In etc and be able to answer questions on these areas from the participating judge. The Intermediate Young Exhibitor should demonstrate knowledge of the titles his/her cat can achieve at GCCF shows and how to qualify their cat for the GCCF Supreme Show. This information can be gained by asking their parents/guardians, mentors/judges and studying the GCCF page in show catalogues. Again, the Evidence sheet should be signed by Mentors/Advisers as each piece of work is completed. On completion of the tasks, the candidate may submit the Evidence Sheet to the relevant Administrator for their achievement to be recognised and a Certificate awarded.

CAT PRESENTATIONS AT INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

At Intermediate Level candidates will have gained experience in presentation and can answer more searching questions about their cat and its breed etc as well as presenting their cat with more poise and confidence. This level will be more formal and the candidate will be expected to discuss their cat and its attributes without the need for as much prompting from the judge. During the presentation the candidate should outline their cat's shape, size, coat quality, colour and pattern. They should know their cat's best features as well as being able to suggest which areas could be better or closer to the Standard for their breed. Intermediate candidates will be competing against their peers at Presentations with the Judge awarding First, Second and Third places although every candidate will receive a critique on their performance. If a candidate’s presentation is exceptional, the judge may make a Special Merit Award which will be indicated on the critique and claimed from the administrators. The candidate should participate in at least FOUR presentations at Intermediate Level, gaining critiques from four different judges.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES AT INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

  1. How many presentations have you given at Intermediate Level?
  2. What did the vet check when your cat was vetted in this morning?
  3. Can you name a disease that a cat MUST be vaccinated against if they are shown?
  4. At what age does a cat become an adult in GCCF?
  5. How does a cat achieve titles in GCCF?
  6. At which GCCF Show can a Grand Champion or Grand Premier win a UK title?
  7. How many different Tabby Patterns can you name?
  8. Can you name TWO breeds that can have a Tortoiseshell pattern?
  9. Why do you think every pen should have just white blankets and show equipment at a GCCF show?
  10. Which GCCF show allows exhibitors to drape and decorate their show pen?
  11. Can you name a breed of spotted cat that has GCCF recognition?
  12. What is important to remember about the pattern on a mackerel tabby?
  13. Why would a breeder not allow their cat out, free to roam in the neighbourhood?
  14. What is your favourite breed of pedigree cat?
  15. In which Section at a GCCF show does that belong?
  16. Which Section at a GCCF Show has the largest number of cat breeds?
  17. What are the two sections in Household Pets?
  18. What does a judge look for when they are judging Household Pets?
  19. Which Open Class is your cat entered in at a GCCF Show?
  20. What do you like best about showing your cat?

 

 

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