Cats out to wow the judges

Cats out to wow the judges

SR_527_001 Judge Janet Ashman from Frenchay with one of the cats in the West of England and South Wales Cat Society Show at Thornbury Leisure Centre on Saturday (9670160)

SR_528_001 Judge Janet Ashman with one of the winning Persian cats at the show on Saturday (9670158)

SR_529_001 Vet Ian Calvert takes a look at one of the Bengal cats to be judged at the show in Thornbury on Saturday (9670154)

SR_530_001 A persian kitten with judge Claire Lewis at the cat show in Thornbury on Saturday (9670152)

SR_531_001 Judging in progress at the West of England and South Wales Cat Society Show at Thornbury Leisure Centre (9670148)

SR_532_001 Janet Stanbridge and Teresa Hancox on the raffle stall at the cat show (9670144)

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CAT owners from across the region were out in force to help the West of England and South Wales Cat Society celebrate their 50th anniversary in spectacular fashion.

This year’s show was held at Thornbury Leisure Centre with 310 cats purrfecting their best poses for the judges.

Pinemarten Tina Sparkle, a British Blue owned by Mrs P Hopgood from Cardiff, won the award for Overall Best in Show after impressing the judging and veterinary team. The Overall Best Household Pet award went to pedigree Troublemaker.

The best in show awards were presented to the cats’ owners by Mayor of Thornbury Guy Rawlinson and his consort, Andrea Bates.

Balooboo Collabro was the only kitten to win in any of the categories after it picked up the top prize for Persian cats.

The West of England and South Wales Cat Society Show has come a long way from its first show, held 50 years ago, at the Bristol Corn Market.

Show manager Pat Harper said: “The show went very well, it’s always a bit hectic but it was lovely to see so many entries.

“I loved the rosettes and we’ve had a few comments from people about how impressed they were with the show.

“Everybody had a really good time at the show and plans are already in place to hold the show, once again at the leisure centre.

“We’ve held the show at Thornbury Leisure Centre for at least ten years now and I think the staff have started to get used to seeing so many cats in the hall.

“We’ve booked the hall and are now arranging judges to hopefully make an even better show next year.”

The show is run by the West of England and South Wales Cat Society who are a part of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.

Full results from the show can be found on their website:


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