Provisional Recognition of New Breeds
Stage 2 : Provisional Recognition
On 1 June 1996 Bicolour Ragdolls were promoted to Provisional status and on 1 June 1998 Colour-pointed and Mitted Ragdolls moved up to join them.
Ragdolls were eligible to compete against each other in the Open Classes for an Intermediate Certificate (IC) and Best of Breed (BOB). Two classes were available in each section; one for Bicolour and the other for Colour-pointed/Mittens; if numbers permitted, classes were split male/female. The same applied in the Adult Neuter Open Classes. Kitten classes did not qualify for a certificate, but could compete for Best of Breed and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing.
Stage 3: Championship Status
GCCF Rules 49 – 51.
- Requests for promotion to Championship status must be made in sufficient time for an application to be placed by the Executive Committee, if the request is approved, on the agenda for the October meeting of Council. The paperwork must be received at the GCCF Office by August at the latest. Only breeds that have been promoted to Championship status by 31 December will be eligible for inclusion in schedules for the following show season.
- The request for promotion to Championship status must be made to the Executive Committee by the relevant Breed Advisory Committee, who must submit to the GCCF Office 21 copies of the following documents:
(NB: Double sided copies should be provided if possible).
50a. the arguments for promoting the new breed.
50b. Confirmation of the Standard of Points as agreed at Provisional recognition stage or the submission of an amended Standard of Points. Any amendments must be shown clearly.
50c. Confirmation of the Registration Policy as agreed at Provisional recognition stage or the submission of an amended Registration Policy. Any amendments must be shown clearly.
50d. a list of at least 100 specimens of the breed, bred in accordance with the Registration Policy, which have been registered with the GCCF.
50e. a list of Intermediate Certificate winners demonstrating that at least 20 cats of the breed have been awarded 3 Intermediate Certificates from three different judges, plus a list of other cats of the breed who have been awarded Intermediate Certificates. These lists should include the names of the judges who awarded the certificates and the shows and dates when they were awarded. When the breed applying for Championship status consists of one sex only for genetic reasons, the number of cats required to have been awarded 3 Intermediate Certificates shall be reduced to 10.
50f. a selection of Open class critiques.
50g. a list of shows throughout the country with the numbers of cats of the breed which appeared at each show, as evidence of the popularity of the breed.
50h. a list of Miscellaneous class results for a selection of cats of the breed, including the show, class title, judge, place and number in class, together with a selection of Miscellaneous class critiques, as evidence of success in competition.
- When a breed is granted Championship status the classes to be provided shall be those which were provided at Provisional status.
Stage 3 : Championship Status
From 1 June 2001 all three patterns of Ragdolls have been eligible to be shown at Championship status.
Ragdolls compete against each other in the Open Classes for a Challenge Certificate (CC) and Best of Breed (BOB). There are two classes available in each section; one for Bicolours and the other for Colour-pointed/Mittens; if numbers permit, classes are split male/female. The same applies in the Adult Neuter Open Classes. Kitten classes do not qualify for a certificate, but can compete for Best of Breed and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing. Each cat on gaining 3 Challenge Certificates from 3 different judges becomes a Champion.
Champions can then go on to compete for 3 Grand Challenge Certificates, again from 3 different judges, to become a Grand Champion. At this stage cats have to compete in the Champion of Champion classes against other Semi Longhair breeds. It is therefore much harder to achieve a Grand Challenge Certificate and only the “creme de la creme” of the breed will ever achieve this award.
Grand Champions are eligible for the final accolade at the Supreme Show – a UK Grand Challenge Certificate; two UK Grand Challenge Certificates are required before a cat is titled UK Grand Champion.