Aby-a-Day – November 23: Brief Report from the World Show

I’m writing this in the car on the way back from the World Show. On my iPad. I took about 2,000 photos this weekend and rest assured that there will be many upcoming posts about what went on (and what I managed to see of it)!

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But for now, since I’m in a car with Meg and Vasil Butorin, an Aby breeder from St. Petersburg, Russia, and four cranky Abys, today’s post is going to be a rather short one.

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Out of nine rings, Jacoby finalled in three Specialty rings. He was 15th Best Shorthair in Premiership in Kathy Black’s ring, and then he was 14th Best Shorthair in Premiership in Diana Doernberg’s ring and, very excitingly, Wain Harding’s ring! Wain Harding is the breeder of the legendary Bastis Abyssinians, so that rosette means a lot to me – especially since Wain is based in Northern California and I grew up seeing his Abys at cat shows.

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There were 66 cats in Premiership (40 of which were shorthairs) in the Red Show. Jake wasn’t the only Aby entered – there were three Grands and an Open entered in the Premiership class, but the two other Grands were from Buffalo, NY, and weren’t able to get to the show, and the Open was also absent, so Jake ended up being in a class by himself.

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Since he was the only Aby in the Premiership class, he also won the Best Aby in Premiership rosette in the Red Show! Meg’s red boy Garçon was the Best Aby in Premiership in the Purple Show, and Vasil’s fawn Champion Granded today and his kitten was the Best Aby Kitten in the Red Show, so I’m pretty much sitting in a car full of awesome right now. The Aby breed rosettes were sponsored by the Abyssinian Cat Club of America, too, which makes them even more special.

Much more to come as soon as I have a chance to go through all the photos I took…