Well - after one week - we have finallly managed to compose ourselves and we can't tell you how proud we are to announce that Cali has achieved the ultimate goal -
TICA SUPREME GRAND CHAMPION
We are absolutely thrilled - and to be honest - it was all very emotional at the NaturallyTICA Show in Elsecar last weekend.The standard of cats was excellent and once again Cali found herself up against 'the big boys' with Fahlberg Blue Diamond there in his glory - the most fabulous persian and a true 'showman'. On Saturday there were 4 Siberian adults - all amazingly in the Traditional Silver/Smoke Division. Cali took Best of Breed in all Rings. On Sunday there were 2 Siberian adults - although unfortunately the other entry was 'pulled' as he was very upset. I hope that he has recovered now - as it was sad to see him clearly unhappy. I was busy 'running' a kitten for Maria - and for one Final - David had taken Cali to the Ring - I was suddenly told by Fiona that Cali was going to get Best Cat - as the 2nd place had been announced and she was the only cat left! I just rushed to the end Ring and was able to see her being presented - and burst into tears. Thank you to Clint Knapp - judging here in the UK for the very first time - and as I told him afterwards - he is welcome back anytime!! To everyone there, in that Ring - to Maria, Diane, Delsa and Phil. Erwin and Katherina, the 3 Maine Coon owners - thank you for your congratulations! They meant a whole lot. To Stef and Claire - thank you - and Claire - sorry to have gotten you a 'tad' wet with tears! The Final although a Speciality Ring - with 24 cats present - had 9 Finalists - including 3 Maine Coon's. There was one Maine Coon girl and Cali - and the rest of the cats were all male. So - to have achieved Best Cat over those boys - is absolutely wonderful - and I just keep thinking about that day - it was surreal - and something which you don't necessarily think will happen.
Cali is now the first Supreme Grand Champion Female Siberian in Western Europe (EW) Region. The first Supreme Grand Champion Female Siberian - Laska Onix Gloria of Musrafy - earned her Title when we were part of Europe North - but there are only two females with this Title in the UK - and its wonderful to have achieved this - after Laska who is Altai's Mum! We are so very proud of our girl - and our heartfelt thanks to Maria Bunina - her breeder - for allowing us the priviledge of owning Cali and for the happiness she brings us each day - She's an uncomplicated cat who is 'laid back' and placid - and a joy to own.
Although we are in Scotland and as such - have Isolated Status with TICA - Cali has Supremed with more points than she requires to Supreme in Non-Isolated Status - i.e., she could live anywhere - and would still be Supreme. I think that is important to point out - as I know that many are unhappy with the split of the UK - as I myself are. Unfortunately - we must abide by the Rules of TICA - but we are thrilled her points totals for the 4 Shows she has been at - enable her to have the points required anywhere in the world.
At 16 months old - we couldn't have asked for more - and in truth - she has given us more than we'd ever thought possible.
Congratulations Cali - you are a star!