Cat show

Kapiti News - - Front Page - Ros­alie Wil­lis

A six-month-old kit­ten caused a stir in the Ka¯ piti News of­fice last week when Lyall Payne brought in Gra­ham, a blue-eyed, long­haired Bir­man named af­ter vet Gra­ham Kirker.

The rea­son for the furry in­ter­rup­tion was to talk about the Ka¯ piti-Horowhenua Cat Club which is host­ing a trib­ute show this Sun­day in hon­our of two stal­wart club of­fi­cials — Mar­garet Ridge and Val Richards — who have passed away since the club’s last show in Septem­ber 2016.

Bathed, blow-dried and groomed to per­fec­tion over 100 cats of many dif­fer­ent types of bread will be on dis­play at the O¯ taki Me­mo­rial Hall from 10am to 4pm.

“These two peo­ple were larger than life,” said Lyall, the show’s or­gan­iser.

“Mar­garet was our chair­woman for many years and a pa­tron of the club and Val was our vice pres­i­dent.

“If you’d meet Val you would never for­get her, she was ex­tremely out­go­ing and a real char­ac­ter.

“We’ve in­vited peo­ple, judges, who had a lot of re­spect for the two who have gone, and who Mar­garet and Val in re­turn had a lot of re­spect for.

“As soon as I started talk­ing to peo­ple and men­tioned Mar­garet and Val they all said yes straight away.”

With 120 cats reg­is­tered for the show, the show pro­poses to be a suc­cess­ful one with cats

With a Per­sian for ex­am­ple, ev­ery­thing about a Per­sian has to be round. Round eyes, a round head, round ears and a round body, whereas a Bir­man is a dif­fer­ent style.

— Lyall Payne, cat show or­gan­iser

such as Gra­ham be­ing judged on con­fir­ma­tion, com­pared to a writ­ten stan­dard.

“They don’t ac­tu­ally com­pare a cat to an­other but to a writ­ten stan­dard. With a Per­sian for ex­am­ple, ev­ery­thing about a Per­sian has to be round.

“Round eyes, a round head, round ears and a round body whereas a Bir­man is a dif­fer­ent style.

“It’s still a long haired cat but its more medium in length with a longer tale, a nice lit­tle ro­man nose, point colour­ing of course and you want those four feet to be nice and even.”

Lyall has been a judge in the past but is too busy or­gan­is­ing this year’s show to be in­volved in judg­ing.

With judges from New Zealand and Aus­tralia and cats and their own­ers from all around New Zealand the show will be a trib­ute to two larger than life char­ac­ters who were so im­por­tant and in­flu­en­tial in the hobby of show­ing and breed­ing cats.

PHOTO: ROS­ALIE WIL­LIS

Lyall Payne with Gra­ham.

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