Nominations for Best-in-Show Qualifiers – How It Works

This system applies to all WPCC shows as well as shows held under their auspices.

In previous years the front cages were filled by the judges in the first ring only, nominating exhibits from the various Breed Sections. In reality this meant that if there was only one cat in a Section, it would almost automatically go to the front. This was a little unfair and the best cats were not necessarily making it "up front".

A new system was decided upon by WPCC for the nomination of Best-in-Show Qualifiers to cater for the present multi-ring shows. This system has been in use for over two years. This is a simple explanation of how it works.

Every judge may nominate five adults and five neuters in each ring from the exhibits, which they judge in that ring.

The judges place these cats in order from 1 to 5. They are not obliged to nominate five cats. If a judge feels only one cat is worthy of being nominated, they may nominate only one and if they feel that there are two cats that are worthy they may nominate two. They are also not obliged to nominate starting at 1. They can start at 3 or 4, so they could say nominate two cats at position 4 and 5. This is entirely at the judges’ discretion. If they feel there is nothing worthy of nomination, they do not need to nominate any cats.

The nominations are then accorded a point score according to their placing.

  • 1st – 14 points
  • 2nd – 11 points
  • 3rd – 8 points
  • 4th – 5 points
  • 5th – 2 points

The points for all the rings are tallied and the top five adults and top five neuters are the cats that come up front. With this system, more than one exhibit from a breed can make it to the top, which means that breed Sections (Longhair, Mediumhair, Foreign Sections A, B, C & D and Siamese/Oriental) are no longer automatically represented.

No system is perfect but with this system the best cats, on the day and according to the officiating judges, are hopefully making it to the front cages.

As the kittens are only entered in one ring the system is a little different. If we are able to get one judge to judge all kittens, that judge will nominate their top five kittens. This is however not always possible so when more than one judge is used; each judge gets to nominate their top five kittens. Again they are not forced to nominate five kittens. A judge off then takes place to ascertain which kittens then go up front.

Nomination cards are placed on cages with the judges’ initials and at what number they nominated the particular cat. A cat may be nominated by all three judges but at say 4 and 5 and will thus not qualify for going up front. It is still an acknowledgement of the judge’s high regard for the exhibit.


Updated 1 February 2009