AN EXOTIC male kitten called Soremba Valentino was Champion of Show for the 40th Tamworth & District Cat Show on Saturday.
The kitten is owned by Smiths Lake (NSW) breeder Di Smith.
Tamworth & District Cat Club secretary Maureen McNicoll said it was unusual for a breeder to win a show with a kitten – the kitten must exhibit very good traits of the breed to get over the line.
“It is very good for a breeder to get a Champion in Show with a kitten,” Mrs McNicoll said.
Champion Domestic was Pebbles, owned by L Hill of Tergear (NSW).
Three Tamworth-district exhibitors placed in the top five in the Companion Cats (Household Pets) class.
They were: Jennifer Simpson, of Nemingha (cat: Skeeta); Katie Hillsdon, of Calala (cat: Ludwig) and Kristy Boatwright, of Oxley Vale (cat: Tottsy-Noodle).
“We had a very successful day,” Mrs McNicoll said.
The show was held at Tamworth Racecourse for the first time after having been held at Tamworth High School last year.
“It was a good venue because it was so big,” Mrs McNicoll said.
Seven judges judged the 130 cats entered from as far away as Queensland, Sydney, Wollongong and the coast.
One judge, Sandi Mattingley, of Phoenix, Arizona, in the US, has been an approved allbreed judge since 2009 with The International Cat Association; she has been a cat judge since 1982.
Mrs McNicoll said it was great to have such a renowned cat judge in Tamworth.
“She thoroughly enjoyed it – she thought the cats were very well presented and were a very good representation of their breeds,” she said.
Three veterinarians were on hand – Peter Best of the South Tamworth Veterinary Hospital, Chris Collins of the Piper St Veterinary Hospital, and Jesica Cook and Paul Jenkins of Tamworth Veterinary Hospital.
The Tamworth & District Cat Show is the only cat show in the North West because it takes a lot of work to run these events and not everyone had the time these days, Mrs McNicoll said.