Spectators at cat shows are often confused about the ribbons that are awarded by the judges. Here's a full explanation of how the ribbons are awarded in the Championship and Premiership classes. The procedure is the same for Kittens, except they are not awarded the Winners ribbon nor the Best Champion/Premier of Breed ribbon.
Once a kitten turns 8 months of age, it is considered to be an adult and begins its adult show career in the OPEN class in either the Championship or Premiership Classes. A judge will handle and evaluate all of the OPEN cats in a color grouping, first the males and then the females. He will award a First Place(Blue) ribbon in the Open class to one male and one female (also Second Place(Red) and Third Place(Yellow) ribbons depending upon the number of Open cats of that color). First place in the OPEN class is usually accompanied by a Winners Ribbon(Red/White/Blue).
Once a cat has collected six Winners Ribbons, it becomes a CHAMPION. If in the Premiership Class, it will become a PREMIER.
After the judge has handled the OPEN cats, he judges the CHAMPIONS in that particular color group, and awards first, second and third ribbons to the best three males and the best three females. He then moves on to the GRAND CHAMPIONS and repeats the process.
When all the cats in a color group have been appraised, the judge awards Best of Color Class(Black) and Second Best of Color Class(White).
2nd BEST OF
Once the judge has evaluated all of the cats in a breed or color division within a breed, he will award the BEST OF BREED OR DIVISION(Brown) and SECOND BEST OF BREED OR DIVISION(Orange).
BREED OR DIVISION
2nd BEST OF
BREED OR DIVISION
The judge will also choose the BEST CHAMPION OF BREED OR DIVISION(Purple) from all of the Champions competing in that breed or division. The cat receiving the Best Champion ribbon will receive one point toward its Grand Championship title for each Champion it defeated in that breed. Cats with the title of Premier in the Premiership Class also are awarded this ribbon and the recipient will receive one point toward its Grand Premiership title for each Premier it defeated in that breed.
OF BREED OR DIVISION
Upon completion of judging all of the cats in a class (i.e. Kittens, Championship or Premiership), the judge will hold a FINAL during which they will present rosettes to their choice for the Top Ten Cats or Kittens. Remember, tho, that each ring is basically an individual show so a cat that is chosen Best in Show by the judge in Ring 1, may not always be given the same award by the judge in Ring 2.
Household Pets are judged in one group without regard to sex, age, coat length or color. There is no written standard for Household Pets and they are judged for their uniqueness. Each Household Pet reflecting good health and vitality receives a MERIT AWARD(Red/White).