CFA Point Standings,
3/4 of the Way Through The 2007 Season

by Monte Phillips
Jouvencebleu
Chartreux


Published My 2007

The CFA show season is three quarters of the way over and this seems an ideal time to compare the points as of the end of January with the points at the same time in past years.

Championship Point Standings
.
Championship Point Standings
at the end of January

Year

Best

25th

400th

2004

10301.45
6364.50
503.65

2005

10461.60
5716.55
528.80

2006

9231.55
6498.95
447.60

2007

10454.65
6111.90
406.20

Analysis of Championship Point Standings

Based on the above, there has not been a significant change in the number of points earned by cats competing for those coveted national wins. Best Cat at the 3/4 point in season in 2004 is about 150 points higher (or .02%) of Best Cat in 2007.

The points for 25th place have fluctuated more over the past 4 years. This year the points are about 387 points lower than the same time last year. That's about a 6 % decrease.

The number of points of the 400 placed cat has steadily decreased from 2004 to 2007... down 20%!

What I really think we are seeing here is not a significant reduction in the number of cats being shown, but an increase in the numbers of shows at which the cats can choose from. Hence, average points (cats present) available per show is down as the cats shown are spread out over more shows on any single weekend.

Kitten Point Standings

Kitten Point Standings
at the end of January

Year

Best

25th

300th

2004

4380.55
2753.05
n/a

2005

4258.90
2713.50
579.80

2006

4108.00
2890.80
598.85

2007

3742.30
2369.05
536.20

Analysis of Kitten Point Standings

Kitten points this year are down by an average of 10% from prior years in every category, indicating a true decrease in numbers being shown. This can not be explained away solely by the increase in shows during that same period of time.

This does not bode well for next show season, as this years kittens are next years cats.

The most likely cause, in my opinion, of the steady downward turn in kitten point standings is the demise of breeding programs due for multiple reasons - including the retirement of more breeders, restrictive breeding legislation, decreasing ability to financially support a breeding program, and increased transportation/hotel costs to attend shows.

Premiership Point Standings

Finally, in Premiership, things are about the same as kittens.

Premiership Point Standings
at the end of January

Year

Best

25th

200th

2004

5484.50
3110.80
522.50

2005

5603.85
2894.90
509.70

2006

5463.90
3138.15
551.50

2007

5123.65
3073.25
508.50

Analysis of Premiership Point Standings

Premiership points are slightly down this year across the board. This may be because people are keeping their cats whole, or it may be due to similar factors that are affecting kitten points.

In Summary

What I most worry about in the future is whether given the significant decline in kittens, this may forecast a coming drop in Championship and Premiership in 2007-2008.

Just my two cents on the state of the CFA cat show season for 2006-2007.

Monte Phillips
(Numbers Nerd)

About The Author:

Monte Phillips of Jouvencebleu Chartreux has been showing cats since the late 80's, starting out with an "average" cat. In Monte's own words, "the cat took about 3 years to grand, having got his first set of grand points AND second set of grand points at the same show a year apart, and I showed throughout that intervening year at shows within a short distance (300 miles)of home]. 

Since that time, Monte has acquired better cats and bred to improve upon his foundation, including having shown two National Winners and one "almost" NW (Trapper was 26th in Championship in 2004!).  Homebred, GC, NW Jouvencebleu Versailles of Janvier, pictured above, is the first Chartreux national winning kitten - a breed history maker. 

In addition to showing, Monte also frequently clerks and master clerks, including being the sole master clerk at the CFA International with 823 entries. His is proud that every judge was checked out within 10 minutes of providing an accurate finals sheet.  Monte's goal is to ALWAYS check judges out within 10 minutes of that last sheet, have a count ready at the table after each class has been judged in one ring, and to answer questions while he post results. As Monte says, "I won't look up at you, but feel free to talk to me and I'll reply, heck, I'll just talk along even if no one is there to talk to me - I can't stand quiet".


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