HORSES will make way for cats at the Tamworth Racecourse today where an array of fine felines will strut their stuff for the judges.
The annual Tamworth and District Cat Show is on again – the only cat show in the North West.
About 130 cats are entered from as far away as Queensland, Sydney, Wollongong and the coast; one of the judges is coming all the way from the United States.
Show secretary Maureen McNicoll said entries were down a little on past years, which they put down to a lot of shows being scheduled within just a few months.
At least 20 breeds will be on show from about 60 exhibitors, so the judges, including American Sandi Mattingly, making her first trip to Australia, will have their work cut out for them.
Mrs Mattingly has been on the US judging scene for more than 30 years and the Tamworth association was thrilled she accepted their invitation to officiate at the event.
Other judges are coming from Sydney, Hervey Bay in Queensland and the Snowy Mountains.
There’ll be some more unusual breeds on show, too, with an American shorthair entered for the first time and a Tamworth family has entered their exotic sphynx, known for its lack of hair, in the Companion Animal (Household Pet) Class.
Anyone can come along to the show, with doors opening at 10am and the show running until about 3pm.