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GCCFSA Points - for a guide to End-of-Year points for Best of Breed, Best of Group and more click here
1.1 All pedigreed cats or kittens, used for breeding and/or exhibiting, born after 30th June 1962 and domiciled in South Australia must be registered with GCCFSA or FASA.
1.1.1 All pedigreed exhibits five (5) months of age and over, on the day of the show and domiciled in SA for any three (3) months must be individually registered with GCCFSA or FASA.
1.1.2 All pedigreed exhibits under five (5) months of age on the day of the show must be litter registered. Show Managers must check kitten registrations with appropriate Registrar. (Amended Jan 2019)
1.1.3 All experimental and registered experimental desexed exhibits six (6) months of age and over, on the day of the show, must be litter registered.
1.1.4 All non-pedigreed exhibits must be registered in the Group 5 or 6 Register.
1.2 Delegates to Governing Council must register their cats with GCCFSA.
1.3 All cattery prefixes must be registered. All South Australian prefixes granted after 30th June 1962 must be registered with GCCFSA or FASA.
1.4 Registration numbers of exhibits shall not be shown in catalogues.
1.5 PEDIGREED, EXPERIMENTAL and registered experimental desexed exhibits entered for competition must be entered in the name of their registered owners or registered lessees.
1.6 UNPEDIGREED (DOMESTIC) cats or kittens are desexed exhibits that have no known pedigreed ancestry. They are not entitled to pedigree or registration in the pedigreed registers. Unregistered pedigreed cats or kittens are not eligible for entry in the domestic section. (Amended Jan 2019)
1.7 PART PEDIGREED cats or kittens are desexed exhibits which have one pedigreed parent. Part pedigreed cats or kittens are not eligible for entry in the domestic section but may be shown in the COMPANION section.
1.8 COMPANION cats or kittens are desexed exhibits that do not meet the standard for showing in pedigreed classes (for breeds recognised by Governing Council). (Amended 2015)
2 SHOW CLASSIFICATIONS AND RULES APPLICABLE (information)
2.1 The annual cat show of the Governing Council and all cat shows sanctioned by GCCFSA are herein referred to as Governing Council Shows.
2.2 Application for sanction of shows must be made in writing to Governing Council Secretary by 1st March of the year preceding the date of the proposed show.
2.3 Applications may be made by affiliated clubs, agricultural societies and other bodies approved by Governing Council.
2.4 All Governing Council shows must be conducted in accordance with Governing Council Rules, with the following exceptions.
2.4.1 The RA&HS Adelaide Royal Show which is conducted under the Rules of the RA&HS.
2.4.2 The Australian Cat Federation (Inc) National Cat Show, which is conducted under ACF (Inc) Show Rules.
2.4.3 Any shows jointly conducted with FASA which are run under special rules.
3 EXHIBITS ARE ENTERED AT THE RISK OF THE OWNERS OR LESSEES
3.1 All personal property in the hall is the owner’s responsibility.
4 NO EXHIBIT WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY TO THE SHOW UNLESS IN AN ENCLOSED CONTAINER
All cats and kittens of the appropriate age to be vaccinated against feline enteritis and feline respiratory diseases – the final effective injection for a kitten being given at not less than twelve (12) weeks of age and prior to showing. It will be necessary to produce certificates for all kittens. (Nov 2018, Jan 2019)
6 CHANGE OF STATUS
6.1 Show Managers must be notified of any exhibit's change of status as soon as possible and not later than the Monday prior to the show, otherwise the exhibit will be outclassed.
6.2 It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to check that all upgrades and changes have been completed. (Amended Jan 2019)
7 ALL EXHIBITS MUST HAVE ALL CLAWS TRIMMED
Trimming means removal of sharp tip only.
8.1 Exhibits must be present at vetting at the advertised times for veterinary inspection. Exhibits arriving later than the advertised vetting time may be refused entry. (Jan 2019)
8.2 A qualified veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse shall examine each exhibit. The veterinary surgeon shall reject any exhibit which in their opinion shows symptoms of, or may be suffering from, any contagious disease, has external parasites, is dirty and unfit for exhibition; or any adult male cat which is monorchid or cryptorchid or any female cat obviously in kitten. If no vet is present, then the decision to reject an exhibit is to be made in consultation with vet nurse, Show Manager and GC Representative. (Nov 2018)
8.3 Cats over 28 days pregnant will not be shown. (Jan 2019)
8.4 The veterinary surgeon’s or veterinary nurse’s decision is final.
8.5 The Show Manager shall notify the exhibitor that the exhibit has been rejected and the exhibitor must remove the exhibit from the show venue immediately. Should an exhibit be rejected because it shows symptoms of, or may be suffering from, a contagious disease the exhibitor must remove all exhibits they have entered in the show from the venue immediately. If the exhibitor cannot be located the Show Manager shall remove the exhibit/s from the venue to a safe place.
8.6 The Show Manager shall advise the GC Representative of the details of all exhibits rejected and the GC Representative shall submit a written report to the Secretary on the day of the show. (Jan 2019)
8.7 If an exhibit has been rejected because it shows symptoms of, or may be suffering from, feline enteritis, cat influenza or ringworm, the Secretary shall advise the exhibitor in writing that the exhibitor may not enter any exhibit in any show for a period of three (3) calendar months from the date of rejection unless a veterinary surgeon’s certificate certifies:
8.7.1 the rejected exhibit is not suffering from feline enteritis, cat influenza or ringworm; or
8.7.2 the rejected exhibit and all other cats and kittens from that cattery or residence have been treated and are clear from infection.
8.7.3 If a veterinary surgeon’s certificate is submitted to Governing Council stating treatment and clearance of infected cat/s, quarantine period for showing will be twenty-eight (28) days from the date of clearance.
8.8 A veterinary surgeon’s certificate relating to a pre-existing non-contagious condition of an exhibit will only be accepted if it has been issued within three (3) calendar months before the date of the show. The certificate must be handed to the Show Manager before the exhibit is examined by the veterinary surgeon. The Show Manager will refer the certificate to the veterinary surgeon.
8.9 Exhibitors must remain at the show venue until all of their exhibits have been examined.
8.10 Any exhibit which is considered to be under sedation will be disqualified. The officiating Judge, the GC Representative and the Show Manager will be responsible for the decision in the absence of a veterinary surgeon.
8.11 All exhibits, after passing veterinary examination, must be placed in their allotted cages in readiness for judging.
9 EXHIBITS DISPLAYING SIGNS OF ILLNESS DURING A SHOW
After a combined agreement by the Judge, Show Manager and GC Representative that an exhibit is obviously ill, the owner shall be notified and asked to remove the exhibit. If the owner is unobtainable the exhibit should be moved by a steward to a cage located away from other exhibits, if possible.
10 NO PERSON MAY EXHIBIT A CAT OR KITTEN
10.1 Which to his or her knowledge has been exposed to feline enteritis or ringworm during the period dating from at least three (3) months prior to the exhibition. If a veterinary surgeon's certificate is submitted to Governing Council stating treatment and clearance of infected cat/s, quarantine period for showing will be twenty-eight (28) days from the date of clearance.
10.2 Which to his or her knowledge has been exposed to the risk of any other infectious or contagious disease during the period dating from at least six (6) weeks prior to the exhibition.
11 GROOMING IN SHOW HALL
11.1 Grooming, meaning that form of intensive preparation which results in the removal of significant amounts of hair from the cat's coat, and includes the applications of powders and sprays, is banned in the show hall prior to judging. It does not preclude that preparation which may be described as applying the finishing touches to a cat's coat by use of a recognised implement.
11.2 With in-cage vetting, no grooming is allowed after vetting.
12 CAGE CURTAINS, CUSHIONS AND LITTER TRAYS (coloured or white)
12.1 There will be no exterior decorations or distinguishing objects. Curtains and base covering should be placed in cages and may be of any colour. Hot water bags and/or cushions/sponges will be allowed if enclosed securely in a cloth cover. Cushions should not exceed the base height of front opening cages. No names or cattery names to be visible. (Amended Jan 2019)
12.2 A litter tray and water bowl may be left in the cage during judging. Litter trays should always be available under trestles/cages. Trays may be any commercially available colour but must be unidentifiable. Sand and sawdust are not permitted for use as litter. (Amended Jan 2019)
12.3 After use, litter trays must be covered with a lid, or fully enclosed in a strong plastic bag, and taken home for disposal.
12.4 Cages must be kept clean by the exhibitors. Trays and litter must be provided by exhibitor.
12.5 Carry boxes must be clean and disinfected before entering show venue.
12.6 Carry boxes must be stored beneath exhibits where practicable.
12.7 Exhibitors are permitted to bring their own cages for use at Governing Council shows. Exhibitor owned cages must be fitted with suitable impervious, opaque barriers on both sides and back to prevent direct contact between benched cats. This may be corflute or waterproof fabric or plastic. Cages must not be covered across the top to ensure adequate airflow for the cat. Further details on page 4. (Amended Jan 2019)
12.8 Exhibitors are responsible for removing all identifying items including vetting slips from the interior or exterior of the cage prior to the commencement of judging. (Jan 2019)
13.1 Entries are accepted on the condition that the exhibitor:
13.1.1 Acknowledges that whilst every care is taken, GCCFSA and affiliated Clubs and officers shall not be held responsible for exhibits or personal property;
13.1.2 Observes and is bound by the constitution and bylaws of GCCFSA;
13.1.3 Accepts as final the decisions of GCCFSA;
13.1.4 Accepts as final the Judge’s decision;
13.1.5 Understands that the cats are entered at the exhibitor’s own risk;
13.1.6 Shall not exhibit a cat that has shown a propensity for aggression. (Jan 2019)
13.2 The age of all exhibits will be the actual age on the day of the show.
13.3 No kittens may be entered for competition under three (3) calendar months old on the day of the show. Kittens under ten (10) weeks of age will not be accepted for exhibition in the show.
13.4 Kittens can only be entered in their respective age groups.
13.5 All cats eligible for entry into the Open Class for their section, including desexed cats, must be entered in that class.
13.6 Neutered males and speyed female cats may be shown only in Neuter or Speyed classes.
13.7 Desexed cats must qualify in the Neuter qualifying class for the Golden Award Finals. Entires who qualify for Golden Awards Finals and are then desexed must re-qualify in the Neuter class for the Golden Award Finals.
13.8 ALL FEES MUST ACCOMPANY THE ENTRY FORM. Fees will be forfeited if the cat or kitten is not exhibited, nor benched, or is disqualified.
13.9 Any person who does not notify the Show Manager or Show Committee, prior to the erection of cages, that they will not be exhibiting any or all cats entered, or any person who does not notify the Show Manager within seven (7) days after the show, the reason for their non-attendance, may be disqualified from exhibiting at future shows.
13.9.1 A list of offenders is to be passed to the Governing Council Secretary. On the second offence within the show season, the names of the offenders are to appear in the Governing Council minutes.
13.10 NO EXHIBIT SHALL BE REMOVED FROM THE SHOW prior to closing time without the written permission of the Show Manager.
13.11 The Show Committee reserve the right to refuse any entry.
13.12 All entry officers to confirm show entries by email within seven (7) days of receipt of entry. (Jul 2018)
14 INCORRECT ENTRIES, INELIGIBILITY, WRONG CLASSES, SECTIONS AND CAGES
14.1 Any person entering cats or kittens for competition in classes for which the exhibit is not eligible, owing to age or on account of previous wins, will forfeit the right to that award, prize or trophy, for that entry in the show.
14.2 Exhibits placed in wrong cages by exhibitors may be disqualified.
14.3 Exhibits entered in the wrong classes by exhibitors will be deemed ineligible for those classes.
14.4 Exhibits deemed to be entered in the wrong colour or pattern section may only be reclassified to another section following agreement by three judges present at the show. Owner/s and lessee/s must be consulted, and the pedigree and registration must be presented to the Governing Council for alteration. Henceforth this exhibit must be shown in the new class.
15 RECLASSIFICATION OF EXHIBITS AT SHOWS
15.1 Exhibit must be registered with Governing Council.
15.2 Request for reclassification of colour, pattern or breed must be made at time of entry or at the request of a judge officiating the exhibit on the day with the permission of the owner.
15.3 Pedigree, current registration and any relevant DNA testing to be provided to Show Manager, to be presented to three (3) Judges with cat on day.
16 JUDGES AND JUDGING
16.1 Judges can only be changed from their accepted nominations in the event of extenuating circumstances. The reason for the change must be explained to the GC Representative before judging commences and the changes must be displayed prominently on the morning of the show. Exhibitors must be notified of the change as soon as possible.
16.2 Where an exhibit is owned or leased by a Judge, or domiciled with a Judge, it is not to be entered in any class in which that Judge is officiating.
16.3 Where an exhibit has been purchased or leased from a Judge, it is not to be entered in any class in which that Judge is officiating unless a period of three (3) months has elapsed since the purchase of lease.
16.4 The Judge’s decision on the day of the show is final. A Judge shall not award any prize to any animal that he or she considers to be of insufficient merit.
16.5 Judges will be instructed to disqualify any exhibit upon which there is any powder or colouring matter.
16.6 All pedigreed breeds judged on the day can compete against one another for the award Best in Show.
16.7 Identification of cats to the Judge is strictly not allowed, either by direct communication to the Judge or by obvious and deliberate means. (Nov 2018)
17 UNABLE TO VET, UNABLE TO JUDGE, AND UNABLE TO HANDLE (May 2014)
17.1 A cat or kitten which because of its demeanour cannot be examined by a vet during vetting will be deemed to be UTV (Unable to be Vetted) and must be removed from the venue.
17.2 A cat or kitten that is unable to be taken from the cage to the judging table or handled sufficiently to be judged is to be deemed UTJ (Unable to be Judged) and no award is to be made. This is effective in that ring only, with no cumulative effect towards disqualification. Two (2) recorded offences within twelve (12) months from the 1st offence will mean the cat must be rested for two (2) calendar months. If a cat is rested and then reoffends once, it will not be permitted to be shown again. (Nov 2018)
17.3 A cat or kitten which acts in a very aggressive manner or bites or lacerates a Judge, Handler, Steward or Vet during vetting or judging will be deemed UTH (Unable to be Handled).
17.3.1 Handler to report to GC Representative. GC Representative to discuss incident with reporting person and any witnesses and determine whether the cat or kitten is to be considered aggressive. A written report of any incident will be filed with the Secretary on that day.
17.3.2 If exhibit is deemed UTH for judging or vetting the cat will be banned for life.
17.3.3 The GC Representative and Show Manager MUST be informed when ANY person is bitten or lacerated by ANY cat or kitten at ANY show.
17.4.1 The GC Representative must gain all relevant facts from all persons concerned.
17.4.2 It is the responsibility of the GC Representative or the Secretary to inform the owner of the incident in writing as soon as possible.
17.4.3 The GC Representative shall submit a written report to the Secretary which will contain a statement that the owner has been notified.
17.4.4 The Secretary shall keep the reports.
17.4.5 The Secretary shall inform the appropriate registrar, ACF, CCCA and managers of the next three (3) shows.
18 STEWARDS AND HANDLERS
18.1 Stewards for shows should be appointed from the list supplied by the Governing Council or those taking a Judges' or Steward's course.
18.2 Stewards are to be appointed by Clubs for a given show and are on duty until the completion of the show. Stewards are empowered to control exhibitors, children and the public before, during and after judging.
18.3 For in-cage vetting or judging, exhibits are only to be handled by the vets, judges or stewards officiating on the day.
18.4 Exhibits are to remain in their allotted cage for the duration of the show. Exhibits may be handled by their owners for legitimate purposes, such as feeding, watering, providing litter trays, or showing to other exhibitors or members of the public. However, handling of exhibits by their owners should not be done in proximity to, or in clear view of an officiating judge. Exhibits should under no circumstances be removed from the immediate vicinity of their cage, unless under the direction or a Judge, veterinary surgeon, Steward or Show Manager.
18.5 No person other than Judges and Stewards officiating on that section, Show Manager, Chief Steward or GC Representative is permitted to enter an area where judging is in progress. Where exhibitors require personal effects stored in an area where judging is in progress, they should approach a Steward for assistance.
Protests will only be entertained on the grounds of the eligibility of an exhibit to compete in a class. The protest must be lodged with the GC Representative at the show and will not be subject to a fee.
20 GOVERNING COUNCIL GC REPRESENTATIVE
20.1 The GC Representative shall confer with the Show Manager regarding interpretation of the show rules. Such interpretation shall be consistent with the intent of the rules. Where a breach of the rules becomes evident the GC Representative shall advise the Show Manager, citing the rule number, and shall notify Governing Council in writing should a dispute arise between the Show Manager and the GC Representative.
21 SHOW MANAGEMENT
21.1 Unless authority is explicitly vested in another show official by these rules, authority and responsibility for the conduct and administration of a show lies with the Club appointed Show Manager/s or Coordinator/s. The Show Manager/s are obliged to ensure that all mandatory show requirements as set out in these rules are carried out effectively.
21.2 The Governing Council recommends that all Clubs use a covering on the front of the trestles to hide cat boxes etc belonging to exhibitors.
21.3 Where possible carrying cages should be left underneath show cages during shows so that all exhibits can be evacuated speedily in case of emergency.
21.4 All Clubs should ensure they are aware of venue protocols for efficient evacuation procedure for their shows.
21.5 No unauthorised flash photography will be allowed during judging. Show authorisation to be by show committee.
21.6 Mobile phones are to be switched off or put to silent. (Jul 2018)
22 AMENDMENTS TO SHOW RULES
22.1 Governing Council shows shall be conducted under the show rules promulgated by Governing Council.
22.2 Proposed alterations are to be tabled for discussion and voted on at any Governing Council General Meeting.
22.3 A decision by Governing Council in relation to a rule change or interpretation of a rule or show procedure is not binding until incorporated into the Show Rules, or where warranted, all exhibitors with Governing Council are notified in writing. All determinations, rule interpretations and procedures in relation to the conduct of Governing Council shows shall lapse unless incorporated into the Show Rules by the annual show rule revision process.
22.4 The ratified rules shall be published annually in the Governing Council Show Rules and Information Booklet within 30 days of the Governing Council Annual General Meeting.
EXHIBITS FROM OTHER RECOGNISED BODIES
23 INTERCHANGE OF EXHIBITS
23.1 FASA is a recognised governing body.
23.2 Governing Council will accept FASA honours after verification.
23.3 Cats transferred from other recognised governing bodies will have their Championship or Premiership status accepted by Governing Council. The Championship or Premiership certificate from such recognised governing bodies must be sighted and a copy filed by the Honours Registrar of Governing Council.
24 ENTRY OF CATS REGISTERED WITH OTHER RECOGNISED BODIES IN GOVERNING COUNCIL SHOWS
Exhibits registered with another recognised body entered in Governing Council shows will be accepted with their titles as recognised by their own controlling body.
GOVERNING COUNCIL TITLES AND AWARDS
25 CHALLENGE AND AWARD OF MERIT CERTIFICATES
25.1 Governing Council Challenge Certificates may be awarded to the winning entries in the Open Classes of each breed section (except for Any Other Colour Longhair and Any Other Variety Shorthair breeds) and in the Champion, Grand Champion, Double Grand Champion and Bronze, Silver and Gold Double Grand Champion classes, irrespective of the number of entries, provided the cat is in the opinion of the Judge, of sufficient merit to justify the award.
25.2 Governing Council Award of Merit Certificates may be awarded to the winning entries in the Neuter Male and Speyed Female classes of each breed section (except for Any Other Colour Longhair and Any Other Variety Shorthair breeds) and in the Premier Neuter, Grand Premier Neuter, Double Grand Premier Neuter and Bronze, Silver and Gold Double Grand Premier Neuter classes, irrespective of the number of entries, provided the cat is in the opinion of the Judge, of sufficient merit to justify the award.
25.3 Domestic Merit Award CertificatesGoverning Council Merit Award Certificates may be awarded to the winning entries in the Domestic Neuter Male and Domestic Speyed Female classes, irrespective of the number of entries, provided the cat is in the opinion of the Judge, of sufficient merit to justify the award.
25.4 Companion Merit Award Certificates (Amended 2015)Governing Council Merit Award Certificates may be awarded to the winning entries in the Companion Neuter Male and Companion Speyed Female classes, irrespective of the number of entries, provided the cat is in the opinion of the Judge, of sufficient merit to justify the award.
26 ELIGIBILITY AND RECOGNITION - Pedigreed exhibits
26.1 Only Governing Council registered cats are eligible for Governing Council Honours status, Medallion awards, Governing Council Golden Awards and End of Year Awards.
26.2 In awarding Governing Council Champion, Premier, Grand Champion, Grand Premier, Double Grand Champion, Double Grand Premier, one (1) challenge from FASA or a recognised interstate or overseas body will be accepted. Other Challenges/Awards of Merit must be won at Governing Council or ACF National cat shows.
26.3 In awarding Governing Council Medallion Class Honours (Bronze, Silver, Gold DGCH and DGPR), Challenge and Award of Merit Certificates won at the following cat shows will be accepted: all ACF National shows, three (3) interstate or FASA shows, all Governing Council shows.
A cat cannot enter the Bronze class until all other honours have been applied for.
26.3.1 For Imperial, Regal and Supreme titles, all certificates are to be won in Gold class.
26.4 All titles must be approved by Governing Council. Application must be made on the appropriate form and lodged with Governing Council within fourteen (14) days of qualification.
26.5 Governing Council registered cats are only permitted to use titles granted by GCCFSA, ACF (Inc) or CCCA, or titles accepted under rule 24.4.
27 CATS DUAL REGISTERED WITH GCCFSA AND FASA
Exhibitors must show both registration numbers on entry forms, and may use Governing Council or FASA titles, to be eligible for End of Year points.
28 ELIGIBILITY AND RECOGNITION - Domestic and companion exhibits
28.1 Only neutered adult cats are eligible.
28.2 In awarding Governing Council Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald titles, only Merit Awards signed at Governing Council shows will be accepted. All certificates must be won at a Governing Council or Governing Council approved show.
28.3 In awarding Governing Council Pearl and Diamond titles, Merit Awards must be won at a Governing Council or Governing Council approved show.
28.4 All titles must be approved by Governing Council. Application must be made on the appropriate form and lodged with Governing Council within fourteen (14) days of qualification.
28.5 Cats are only permitted to use titles granted by GCCFSA, ACF (Inc) or CCCA.
N.B. all cats will compete in their appropriate class (see rule 17) regardless of title).
The GCCFSA Points Scoring system applies to all cats in Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
BREED POINTS (Best to 5th) - 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 1
GROUP POINTS (Best to 10th) - 20 - 17 - 15 - 13 - 11 - 9 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 1
*All GCCFSA shows are counted, including Breed Awards for the Royal Show; Breed and Group Awards for the ACF National Show when hosted by GCCFSA.
*Exhibits must be registered with GCCFSA – points are counted from date of registration of exhibit.
*Exhibits must be shown at three (3) GCCFSA shows (in each section i.e. kitten or adult) to be eligible for Awards in that section.
*Best of Breed will be awarded to each breed where a cat or kitten has qualified.
*Reserve of Breed will be awarded when five (5) or more cats or kittens of that breed have qualified.
*Best and Reserve of Group will be awarded to each Group in Entires, Neuters and Kittens.
First show must be as a kitten in current year. To be eligible, kitten must have won a Best or Reserve of Group as Kitten. If kitten becomes adult during current year, then any awards for Best or Reserve of Group as an adult count towards debutante points.
For Group 5 and 6, if there is no kitten award, then check group awards for any kittens as some clubs combine adults and kittens.
GROUP POINTS (Best to 2nd) - 10 - 6
For Entires and Neuters - Exhibitors must live in area with postcode of 5200 and above – using Governing Council points.
BREEDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
GROUP POINTS (Best to 10th) - 25 - 20 - 15 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 2 - 2
BREED POINTS (Best to 10th) - 25 - 20 - 15 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 2 - 2
Plus 3 points for each cat, neuter or kitten that wins its challenge class
*Prefix must be registered with GCCFSA and a litter registered during the show year
*Awarded in Groups 1, 2, 3, 4