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First Show – Saturday 28th July 2007,
Churchdown, Gloucester

THE MAINE Coon Breed Society is proud to announce its first ever show, on Saturday 28th July, which will be staged at the Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester – a venue with very easy access from the M5.

The Society is staging its show and sharing the venue alongside two other clubs, namely the Norsk Skogkatt Society and the Seal and Blue Point Birman Cat Club, so it’s a semi-longhair fest, plus Household Pets. What more could anyone want?

The MCBS is pleased to host two special classes in memory of two late and much lamented famous Maine Coons: The Heidi Class (in memory of the very beautiful Gr Ch Moonraker’s Impossible Dream, who was owned by Mr and Mrs S Whitmarsh of the Coonflakes Cattery), and The Casselmaine Angus McNab Class (in memory of Susan Thorpe’s wonderful, handsome Gr Ch & Gr Pr Casselmaine Angus McNab who was a famous feline face in the North).

Show Manager Carol Pike will be overseeing this historic show and is confident that it will be a great success.

MCBS Secretary and co-founder Lynnette Cannell told OUR CATS: ‘The Maine Coon Breed Society was formed in 1999 and achieved full GCCF affiliation in 2003. The idea to form a new club had been batted around amongst the founder members - Phillipa Holmes, Jackie Huddleston, and Lynnette Cannell for some time and in the end, we decided to ‘test the water’ and set up a formation meeting, to be very pleased at the large turnout and support for the idea.

‘From this humble beginning, we have gone from strength to strength, and last year decided it was time that we put our money where our mouth was, so to speak, and dipped our toes into holding our own show. The help of experienced Show Manager, Carol Pike (you don’t get many more experienced show managers than one who yearly puts on the National Show at Olympia!) was sought and secured and GCCF approved the license application - we were on our way!

‘Our aim throughout has been to make the day as enjoyable as possible. We understand that by supporting us, people are turning down the chance of gaining awards that can count elsewhere, so have laid on prizes, bubbly, trophies and a super couple of raffles, all in order to reward our exhibitors for their support. Without proving that there is a need for a second breed show in the calendar, we wont be allowed to offer one, so we are hoping that owners of Maine Coons, and those gorgeous household pets out there will support us.’

In addition to a great range of rosettes and awards, a generous prize of £50 has been donated for Overall Best In Show Pedigree and £50 for the Best In Show Non-Pedigree, both awards generously donated Peter Kilmartin and Helen Floyd

The Society is also grateful Royal Canin for sponsoring their Best In Show winners with plenty of goodies.

All Imperial, Grand and Best of Breed Winners are automatically nominated for Best in Show
There will be trophies and prizes for Best in show Male and Female Adult, Male and Female Kitten and Male and Female Neuter, with a Grand Finale to decide Overall Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex being judged by Dr Phillipa Holmes.

What with this and plenty of trade stands too, the show has something for everyone, so why not make it a date and come along to show support for the Maine Coon Breed Society.
Further info can be found on the MCBS website: www.mainecoonbreedsociety.com