e started showing Somalis in 2003. Here are our show successes for that year (in reverse order).
North of Britain Longhair & Semi Long Hair Cat Club Show (15 December 2003)
Hudderfield, West Yorkshire
This was Narya's first adult show, and again she did very well. In her open class, she again won a First and a Best of Breed, though she was withheld what would have been her first CC because the judge felt she was "too immature". Despite this, she went on to come Second out of fourteen cats in her "Any Colour Junior Female Semi Long Hair" side class. She also came Third in the Semi Long Hair Cat Association-sponsored members' only side class for "Any Colour Semi Long Hair Adult, Kitten or Neuter".
North West Cat Club Show (27 September 2003)
This was Narya's first show, and she was entered in the kitten classes. She did extremely well on her first show outing and was awarded a First and a Best of Breed in her open class, as well as coming Second (out of thirteen!) in her side class, "Any Variety Semi Long Hair Kitten". She did very well indeed, flirting with most of the judges, and was also used to demonstrate the perfect Somali "type" :)
Judge's Show Report from Our Cats!
The following is the Judge's official report on Narya in her open class for the North West Cat Club Show.
"Usual Somali Kitten: First/Best of Breed. Ward & Forward's ASTROKINI NARYA (63) female. A very attractive Usual Somali girl showing lovely type & balance, with the pleasing smiling expression that goes with the breed. Superb shape of head, showing a nice moderate wedge, large tufted ears very well set, good cupping & furnishing. Lovely large eyes of a hazel colouring, nicely outlined & with good pencillings & correct almond shaping, slight dip in profile & shallow indentation forming the muzzle, good cheeks & firm chin. Very good neckline, lithe well structured body showing well balanced limbs, slightly tapering tail in proportion to body length. Full silky soft coat of good length & texture with rich apricot to underbody. Good rich golden brown on an apricot base & showing excellent black ticking, good spine line contrast following along top & through to tail-tip, ruff coming along nicely. Groomed to perfection & good to handle."