Amendment 12

– 12 – 44 Gatti, Felinus International, Feline Fanciers of Benelux, Universal Cats Club

RESOLVED: Amend Show Rules 2.20.a., 6.16, 7.07, 27.01 to add a new title of “Kitten Winner (KW)” for the Kitten Class, as follows:

2.20

NON-CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES

a. The KITTEN CLASS is for any kitten, male or female, altered or unaltered, not less than 4 months but under 8 calendar months old on the opening day of the show, which, if an adult, would be eligible to compete in a Championship/Premiership Class. Any kitten that achieves 10 or more top 10/top 15 finals allbreed/specialty is eligible for the title of Kitten Winner (KW). At least 8 of these finals must be in Allbreed rings. There is no limit to the number of shows where the kitten can earn the 10 or more finals. Only shows with at least 20 kittens allbreed present (or 20 kittens longhair/shorthair present for specialty ring) will be considered for a final to count towards this award. This title will not appear in the show catalog and in the judge’s book. Kitten Winner is listed in show catalog and in the judge’s book as kitten. Kitten Winner competes in kitten class and counts as a kitten.

6.16The temporary registration number (TRN) is obtained for the exhibitor from the CFA Central Office via the Entry Clerk. Temporary Registration numbers will be issued by the entry clerk upon receipt of the appropriate TRN fee (which is in addition to the club’s entry fee), application form, and a four generation pedigree (or whatever is required for registration of that breed if fewer than four generations are required, or a five generation pedigree if the cat/kitten is a Bengal) issued either by CFA or a cat registering body recognized by CFA, with all cats on the pedigree being acceptable for that breed per current registration requirements. This would include longhair Exotics shown as Persians (see rule 6.08). If both parents of the entry are registered with CFA, the CFA registration numbers of the parents are acceptable in place of a pedigree. The fee, application form, and pedigree (or CFA registration numbers, if applicable) must be provided to the entry clerk no later than the close of check-in for the show and these will be provided to Central Office in the show package. The Entry Clerk will not issue a TRN until they are in receipt of the application, fee, AND pedigree (or CFA registration numbers, if applicable). Upon review, which is done prior to the show being scored, the registration number will either remain valid for 60 days from the first day of the show, or be voided if CFA registration requirements are not met for the breed being registered. In cases where the TRN is voided, those cats will not be included in the Official Count for the associated category (C/P). Central Office will notify any exhibitor whose temporary registration number is voided with the basis for such decision. In the case of a Bengal pedigree deemed invalid because it contains an Asian Leopard Cat, the application will be forwarded to the Board for disciplinary action against the exhibitor for violating show rule 10.10 by bringing a non-domestic feline into the show hall. Note: wins will also be voided if a cat/kitten competes in a competitive category not otherwise eligible based on its permanent registration, e.g., offspring of a “not for-breeding” cat competing in Championship. Temporary registration numbers will be printed in the catalog as if they were permanent. Cats/kittens may compete and continue to earn points for 60 days from the first day of the first show where they have obtained a TRN. That number should be used on all subsequent entries after the first show for the 60-day period or until the cat obtains a permanent registration number within that 60-day period. At the end of this 60-day period, the cat/kitten may not be shown without a permanent registration number. For cats/kittens to receive credit for Kitten Winner, Regional, Divisional or National points earned during a specific show season with a TRN, the exhibitor must supply the associated permanent registration number to Central Office by the Monday following the completion of that show season.
7.07An official CFA championship claim form/kitten winner claim form and application to obtain a Household Pet Recording Number, or facsimiles thereof must be printed or inserted in the show catalog.

[Insert New Article XXVII and renumber subsequent articles and sections]

Article XXVII
OBTAINING TITLES – KITTEN WINNER

27.01Any kitten that achieves 10 or more top 10/top 15 finals allbreed/specialty is eligible for the “Kitten Winner ” title (abbreviated KW). All these finals must be in Kitten class. At least 8 of these finals must be in Allbreed rings. Only shows with at least 20 kittens allbreed present (or 20 kittens longhair/shorthair present for specialty ring) will be considered for a final to count towards this award. The title of Kitten Winner will not appear in the show catalog and in the judge’s book. Kitten Winner is listed in show catalog and in the judge’s book as kitten. This award may be claimed by filing the appropriate form with the Central Office, and paying a fee. There is no time limit to claim the Kitten Winner title. This title will be automatically added to a cat’s record once the requirements have been met, and is placed after the cat’s name.

RATIONALE: The title of Kitten Winner (KW) is awarded to any kitten that achieves 10 or more top 10/top 15 finals allbreed/specialty. At least 8 of these finals must be in Allbreed rings. There is no limit to the number of shows where the kitten can earn the 10 or more finals. Only shows with at least 20 kittens allbreed present (or 20 kittens longhair/shorthair present for specialty ring) will be considered for a final to count towards this award. This title will not appear in the show catalog and in the judge’s book, and only one competitive class for kittens will remain (kitten class, divided between Longhair and Shorthair). The title of Kitten Winner is placed after the cat’s name and will not be confirmed to the cat’s record (pedigree, Herman online, …) until the Central Office has received a Kitten Winner claim form and appropriate fees. Kittens shown with a temporary registration number will have the title confirmed subject to a permanent registration number (they could either obtain KW title in one weekend with two one day 6 rings shows, as well as throughout the whole TNR timeframe).

To achieve the title of Regional Winner in kitten class is needed to join 6/7 shows on average. In some Regions, this can mean an economic burden that not all exhibitors are willing to undergo. Showing a kitten with the awareness of not achieving any title could give small scope for exhibitors only joining local shows. Actually there are many high quality cats only shown once or twice as kittens: although joining all or almost all finals in a small number of shows, they achieve no title for these results. The prospect of achieving a title for high quality kittens could lure in more local exhibitors at CFA shows, widening the potential number of exhibitors. Kitten Winner title proposed here sets a new reachable goal, which records the kittens’ value and encourages exhibitors who only join local shows, and are not campaigning throughout the show season in their Region, to show their kittens, too, and only cats in championship/premiership class, where they are being rewarded with at least a title. The solution proposed here is the introduction of the Kitten Winner title (KW). The Kitten Winner title aims at certifying a kitten merit, an award to assign to all kittens that achieve at least 10 or more top 10/top 15 finals allbreed/specialty. At least 8 of these finals must be in Allbreed rings. The title of Kitten Winner doesn’t appear in the catalog. In the catalog, kittens will always be in one competition class, the KITTEN class, with no one distinction. With the introduction of this title also exhibitors who are not planning to run for a regional/national title can however show their kittens with the aim of obtaining a title. Obtaining the title of Kitten Winner requires at least 10 finals. Generally, this target could be met in 2 or 3 shows (of course during the 4 month of a kitten age as set by show rules). This achievement is affordable also for occasional exhibitors who usually show in other associations. The introduction of this title could bring new exhibitors at CFA shows all around the world, especially in areas where other associations are widespread and already offer titles for kittens.

CENTRAL OFFICE NOTE: the minimum estimated cost to implement the KW title is $10,000-$13,000 U.S. Although there is no significant programming to the scoring software needed, since a claim form must be filed, all other programs will need to be modified to add the title to registrations, pedigrees, reports, etc. since there are no provisions to handle multiple titles at the end of a cat’s name.

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