The New Olympian Classes
Certificate Classes replace Opens
Assessment exhibits will be placed
The policy to remove Open Classes and replace them with a tier of Certificate Classes was approved at Council on March 2nd on the proposal of the Maine Coon Cat Club. There was some initial hesitation over whether to introduce a new Olympian Class for cats who already had an Imperial title, but as Show Managers realised shows would be less attractive to exhibitors with high flyers if these cats had nothing to aim for, by the end of the afternoon there was a demand to vote on the introduction of the Olympian title, and it was approved in the format that had already been published with the agenda. Exhibitors will see a third change as the new show year kicks off on June 1st as cats in Assessment Classes will be placed, as well as exhibits getting a Merit Certificate (if worthy). The first prize winner will be eligible to be considered for Best In Show, as long as the Merit wasn't withheld.
June 1st may seem a way off as we're still having frosts and dark evenings, but schedules for the summer shows will be published very shortly and, of course, they will include the changes. There's a notice on the official GCCF website about which Certificate Class to put your cat in. http://www.gccfcats.org/notices.html#classes Look at this along with your schedule as you fill in your entry form.
Because these are major changes, the most dramatic for GCCF shows in a long time, it's anticipated there could well be the occasional issue. When did the introduction of anything new not have a glitch or two? What's important is EC want to be aware if a problem occurs so it can be resolved as soon as possible. Whether you're doing Show Management, judging, exhibiting or just think of something let us know. I'm the contact: firstname.lastname@example.org but I'll be fielding things through to EC not doing a solo act.
Enjoy the new show format! From response to date it's what a lot of you have been wanting for a long time. Comment invited.