Supreme Show is UK’s Ultimate Catwalk

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By Samme

Imperial Grand Premier Kolinga Emrys at the Supreme Cat Show. Photo by Chris Thomond of The Guardian

Sheerbliss Giftwrapped was there in all her glory, as was Moonspun Luvly Jubbly, who took Best White Persian. More than one thousand of Britain’s most adored and adorable cats and kittens were combed, primped and held aloft for inspection at the Supreme Cat Show in Birmingham, known as the Crufts of the Cat Fancy, a member of the World Cat Congress.

1000There was plenty of drama and cozying-up to the judges at the UK’s largest cat show.  “I’ve brought my home grown boy Vonteez Gold-Dust because he’s a very rare model,” Daniella Allen of Shrewsbury told The Guardian. “I can’t tell which way it will go. He seems to charm the judges, striking up long conversations with them.”

MC Chilli is a red tabby point short hair, one of some 1,000 fancy felines at the show. Photo by Chris Thomond

Both pedigree and non-pedigrees competed for titles at the annual event held on October 24th. Cats were judged for tail length, temperament and breed specific traits. “A good Russian should have nice upright ears set almost on top of the head like a capital H,” said Kate Kay, a judge, who spoke to The Guardian. One winning Burmese was praised by a judge for his “good muscular tone” and a tail tapering to a “typical paint brush tip,” according to article, which called the event the “UK’s Premier Feline Fete.”

John Harrison judges Hemlock Shesells Seashells, a tricolor kitten. Photo by Chris Thomond

This year’s pedigree champion, or Supreme Exhibit, was Premier Pinemarten Tina Sparkle, a fetching British Lilac Tortie owned by Penny Hopgood. The Supreme Kitten was Alejandro Tanzanite, a blue-eyed wonder with fur as fluffy as a cloud. Categories included Persian, British, Oriental and Siamese.

Tina Sparkle up close and demonstrating her award winning personality.
Supreme Kitten Alejandro Tanzanite
Sphynx cat Dottie has a distinctive painted look and took home a respectable second place. Photo by Getty Images

When the contestants were not being evaluated, they were kissed, cuddled and distracted with feathers and cat toys. The media was on hand as well, snapping photos of the cats and their owners. Unusual breeds attracted attention, including a handsome Norwegian forest cat and an enigmatic hairless Sphynx.

The annual event is organized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, a member of the World Cat Congress. Cat charities set up booths that take donations for less fortunate felines who could not attend.


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