Sunday, 30 September 2012

SCFC Siam Cat Show #5

Our adventure in the feline world continues. This time, we went to the 10-Rings Siam Cat Show #5 held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 28 to 29 September 2012. The event, organised by the Siam Cat Fancier's Club, was held at a very nice shopping mall, the Central Plaza Chiangmai Airport. The judges were :
  • Ring 1 : Allan Davies
  • Ring 2 : Carla Bizzeel
  • Ring 3 : Diana Rothermel
  • Ring 4 : Peter Vanwonterghem
  • Ring 5 : Yanina Lukashova
  • Ring 6 : Michael Hans Schleissner
  • Ring 7 : Nadejda Rumyantseva
  • Ring 8 : Theresa Imborden-Johnson
  • Ring 9 : Irina Kharchenko
  • Ring 10 : Irina Tokmakova
Four catteries from the Feline Lovers Group (FLG) participated in this show ie Zikhafri Maine Coon, Ciku-Kiwi, Salju and Lagenda Catteries. 

Our one-bedroom apartment - nice!
We arrived a couple of days earlier, just to make sure all the cats are well rested before the show. We stayed at the gorgeous Airport Greenery Hotel, Chiangmai. We took the one-bedroom apartment whereas the others shared the two bed-room apartment. If you ever want to stay in a reasonably priced hotel which is clean and has staff that can speak in English, I would honestly recommend the Airport Greenery Hotel.

In total, the FLG entered nine cats, Lagenda fielded Muezza (GC) and Tuksido in Championship category, the ZMCs entered Maybelline in Championship category, Barney (GP) and Chunky in Premiership category and Gerbil Jr in the Kitten category, the Cikus showed Carlos (championship) and Awan (kitten) whereas the Saljus entered Kanang (GC) in Championship category. All with a mission to either GC or GP or collect e-points for their respective cats. It was a tough fight in all categories. We had to fight against fabulous persians, exotics, siberian, abyssinians, etc and not to mention the top asian maine coon ie Felis Wonder Red Dragon (gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous boy!) but to me it was worth the trip, regardless of the outcome.

Some of the breeds at the show - gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

Muezza playing in Allan Davis' ring
Carla Bizzeel checking out Carlos
Unfortunately for us, things did not go as well as planned. When we registered for the show, both Kanang and Muezza had yet to grand, we only knew after the Ipoh show. So on the first day, I went up to Dick Kallmeyer, the Master Clerk, to inform of the changes. Nevertheless, in his first ring (Allan Davies), Muezza was awarded the Purple ribbon for best champion. Allan was not very pleased when I had to return the ribbon, I was happy that he thought Muezza deserves the purple ribbon but was very upset that he was not judged in the right category. Sigh. When I checked with the list, Dick had corrected Kanang's entry but not  Muezza's. :( Anyway, I went around to the other four rings and informed the ring clerks of the changes but again, at his second ring in Peter Vanwonterghem's ring, he was again awarded the purple ribbon! It was really, really a bad start! The ring clerk did not inform Peter so Muezza was again not judged as a Grand Champion. I went around again to the remaining rings, this time I checked the judges list myself, just to make sure there were no more mistakes. The good news was that he went on to final in two rings but I believe the damage was done.
Barney and Chunky at Diana Rothermel's ring

On the second day, we fared better. And the best news was that Tuksido even managed to get the purple ribbon and went on to win the 3rd Best Longhair Champion in Theresa Imborden-Johnson's ring! His first ever ribbon and rosette! Mummy is so proud of you baby!

The others also did very well with Kanang finalling in 7 of the 10 rings, Gerbil Jr in 6 rings, Chunky in five rings (but was pulled out after he had granded (open to grand one show!) to give others a chance to grand), Barney in ALL rings, Maybelline was 2nd Best Champion and little Awan also managed to final. But the best news for us is when Carlos managed to grand with lots of points to spare! With his win and Chunky's, his dam, Mizzou has won the Distinguished Merit award - woweee!!!!! Congrats to all.

Love his pattern! (the kitten's ok,
not Peter's tie - LOL!)
Oh boy, all the fluffiness!! Gorgeous cats at Yanina Lukashova's ring
Kanang being appraised by Michael Hans Schleissner 
Muezza with his winning rosette at Nadejda's ring 
Tuksido with his 3rd Best Longhair Champion rosette - so absolutely proud!
A gorgeous red cat in Irina Kharchenko's ring
The Meow Group
Winners at Irina Tokmakova's ring 
New friends from Thailand
New friend from Russia with her burmeses
Natalia's Abbysinians
With Allan Davies 
My babies with their ribbons and rosettes
Proud to show off the best maine coons of the show : from left - Muezza, (3rd), Red Dragon (1st) and Kanang (2nd) - Coongrats! FYI, they are all from Malaysia!

Regardless of the initial hiccup, we really, really enjoyed the show. Thanks to Rung and all the organisers of the event for a well organised show. We love the hall, it is big and spacious, with enough space for the sponsors and exhibitors alike. And thanks to the judges for using our cats in the finals. And the best thing about shows are meeting up with fellow cat lovers and also making new friends. Still, I remain a very big fan of the maine coons although the other breeds are just as fantastic.

Finally but not least, a big thanks to all the FLG for your support and making the trip really fun and eventful.

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