CASA – The
first World Cat Federation club in Africa
On 1 March 2007,
South Africa and the African continent joined the ranks of the World Cat
Federation, when the board voted for the acceptance of The Cat
Association of Southern Africa as a member under patronage. Full
membership was granted officially during the GA meeting in August 2008.
The World Cat
Federation is one of the largest, if not the largest, Pedigreed Cat
Organisation in the world and is a founder member of the World Cat
Congress. It is difficult to accurately determine the number of clubs,
members and cats involved, as clubs register members and their cats
individually and not centrally, as many of the other large international
bodies do. It is not possible to directly compare figures. A visit to
the website proves the impressive number of confederations, federations
and clubs affiliated to WCF, the large number of recognised judges and
the large number of shows taking place somewhere in the world throughout
the year. Now that the African continent also has representation, WCF
covers the globe for all practical purposes.
An abstract from the
website summarizes it very well as follow:
About World Cat Federation
The WCF was founded on 1988 in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil by three clubs which were seeking for more democratic
and human procedures in the cat fancy, more than other existing
federations ever had. Right now the WCF consists of more than 540 clubs
throughout the world covering all continents including the United
The WCF is registered in Germany as "eingetragener Verein" (registered
association) and since the European community is ready - in Brussels as
an European Federation, too.
The WCF takes part at consultations, arranged by the European parliament
in Strasbourg, and is responsible for animal welfare and legislation in
some working parties and hearing. A WCF member, whether it is a club or
a federation, is independent in his business.
The philosophy of
WCF is one of inclusivity, rather than exclusivity and it accepts all
cats registered with any member body of the World Cat Congress, as well
as cats registered with most of the other major non-affiliated cat
organisations on it’s shows, without the need of re-registration. WCF
was a founder member of the World Cat Congress (WCC) and strives for
global co-operation in the cat world, while most of the local affairs of
clubs, shows and registration remains with the local club, allowing for
cultural differences and ensuring that most of the revenue from
registrations, shows, etc. remain with the club and it’s members.
South African cat
lovers has never practically had access to international competition.
That has all changed now, as WCF awards (titles, as it is referred to
internationally) are recognised internationally and an international
award attained in South Africa would count if a cat is exhibited in any
other WCF show in the rest of the world.
A cat may only
receive one award per day at WCF shows and all classes are separated
according to the title of the cat, breed, colour, pattern and sex (and
age groups in kittens).
WCF shows are
classified as National, International and World shows and are officially
licensed by the board and published on the website.
WCF allows only one
major award per class, to the cat awarded an Excellent 1 placing, if the
cat is of sufficient quality to receive the required point score.
Due to the fact that
South Africa is the only country in Southern Africa (and probably
Africa) where cat shows are held, it is practically almost impossible to
travel with cats to shows in different countries. South Africa is a
large country compared to many other WCF countries, especially in
Europe. South Africa is therefor divided into 5 different regions,
which have the same status as countries for WCF show- and judging
purposes. These are: ZA-010 Western Cape Province, ZA-020 Eastern Cape
Province, ZA-030 Kwazulu-Natal Province, ZA-040 Northern Cape & Free
State Provinces and ZA-050 Gauteng and the other surrounding provinces.
The Regions are only accepted as different countries up to the title of
International Grand Champion. For the Continental and Grand Continental
titles, cats have to compete in a different country.
Many exhibitors also
find it difficult and expensive to travel to different regions within
South Africa. For this reason we have introduced a system of “South
African National Titles”, not unlike the national titles awarded in
countries like Israel and the LOOF in France. This means exhibitors
have the choice of either pursuing International titles for their cats,
or National titles, giving cats of high quality the recognition they
deserve in the form of formal titles, even if only competing within
their own region. National titles are only recognised within South
Africa, but will be indicated on the pedigrees of any exported
offspring. A cat wanting to follow an International career up to the
title of World Champion will have to stay on the International option of
titles and follow through with these rules.
and National titles are won according to the following guidelines and
– 3 CAC/CAP at national or international shows from 3 different judges.
93 points required for this award.
Champion/Premier – 3 CACI/CAPI
at 3 international shows from 3 different judges in 2 different
countries or regions. 95 points required for this award.
SA Grand Champion/Premier – 3 CACI/CAPI at 3 national or
international shows from 3 different judges. 95 points required for
– 3 CAGCI/CAGPI at 3 international shows from 3 different judges in 2
different countries or regions. 97 points required for this award.
SA Double Grand Champion/Premier – 3 CAGCI/CAGPI at 3 national
or international shows from 3 different judges. 97 points required for
Continental Champion/Premier –
3 CACE/CAPE at 3 international shows from 3 different judges in 3
different countries. 97 points required for this award
SA Triple Grand Champion/Premier
– 3 CACE/CAPE at 3 national or
international shows from 3 different judges. 97 points required for
European or Continental Champion/Premier
– 3 GCACE/GCAPE at 3 international shows from 3 different judges in 3
different countries. 98 points required for this award.
Supreme Champion/Premier – 3
GCACE/GCAPE at 3 national or international shows from 3 different
judges. 98 points required for this award.
Supreme Champion/Premier – 6
GCACE/GCAPE at 6 national or international shows from 6 different
judges. 98 points required for this award.
Champion/Premier – 9 GCACE/GCAPE
at 9 national or international shows from 9 different judges. 98 points
required for this award.
Champion/Premier – 3 CACM/CAPM
at 3 international shows from 3 different judges in 3 different
countries on 2 different continents. 98 points required for this award.
No National equivalent for this award.
Shows – One award received at a
world show, where a judge from the extended board of WCF must officiate,
counts as an award received in another country or continent. World
shows are run according to a special set of rules and only one world
show per year is allowed per country, under special license from the
CASA has had many
successful shows already, in all the Regions. There are also several
sub-clubs staging their own successful shows under CASA/WCF rules.
There are many highly titled cats already in South Africa and a few cats
with local WCF titles have been exported and carried on with their show
career in their new countries.
The philosophy of
CASA is to enjoy our wonderful hobby in a spirit of friendly
competition, complimentary to any other existing cat organisation and to
use our energy to promote, build and improve in an environment where we
feel welcome and appreciated. Let’s hope that all our members will be
allowed and able to live our dream for a long time to come.
Apart from the
standard classes on WCF shows, there are also additional side classes
and rings which can be entered on a voluntary basis.
additional fun events, where cats of the same breed, or other defined
category compete in a side show (or side class.) There are no specific
rules and no specific titles awarded. However there is a lot of
prestige associated with doing well in a special. This side class is
usually judged by a judge well known to have a special interest in the
breed. Winning “Best” in a special is indeed a special event, while
being place very high in the scores really tells the owner and breeder
of the exhibit something about the quality of the exhibit. The specials
are not only fun, although that is an important part of it. This open
style judging is often also very informative, with the judge discussing
certain important of unique features of the breed and giving advice on
some of the aspects in breeding and presentation, etc. of the breed.
Cats doing well in the specials will most of the time automatically end
up in the Best on Show line-up as well. There are also extra prizes to
be won in the special side classes.
The WCF ring, which
is additional to the standard classes, is open to any exhibit on a WCF
show, and is probably the fairest system for calculating points towards
Regional and National Top Cat scores and may be used in future for this
additional purpose. See below the rules on the rings, as published on
the WCF website.
- President – CASA
A WCF-ring may be conducted by each club, federation, which is a
member of WCF.
The distribution is as follows:
Kittens with an age of 10 weeks to 10 month, regardless the class
Neuters over 10 months, regardless the breed, colour and sex.
Cats older than 10 months, regardless the breed, colour and sex.
Every cat, which was entered into the exhibition, may participate.
There may be awarded 10 prizes per ring as maximum. The minimum
number of participants is 4.
If four cats participate, 2 cups
can be awarded, if six cats participate, 3 cups can be awarded, if
twenty cats participate, 10 cups can be awarded.
Split of the WCF-ring
Up to 39 participants the ring cannot be split, if there are more
than 39 participants, the ring may be split. That means, starting
with 40 participants in a ring, the ring may be split, but there
must be at least 4 cats present in the second ring.
participants are present, a second ring may be organized, the
split is voluntary
This ring is organized once per year and per country, permission
is granted by the office of the WCF.
Participation in the Master-ring
In general the winners of the 1st and 2nd place of a WCF-ring, the
winner of a Best in Show, the winner of Best of Best and World
Champions / Premiers may participate in the Master-ring, which is
conducted once per year.
But if the WCF-rings are split, there
is only one winner and the winner of the 2nd place may not
participate in the master-ring, only the winner of 1st place of
each part-ring can participate.
The winner of a Master-ring is entitled to be called MASTER and
this title is registered in the pedigree.
Split of the Master-ring
The Master-ring may also be split in case of a sufficient number
of cats present. The split is made in the way as for an ordinary
WCF-ring. There must be at least 39 cats present in the first ring
and 4 cats present in the 2nd ring, otherwise adult cats compete
together with the kittens and the neuters in one ring.
Cats with the title of WCF Master may take part in a Double
South Africans can now also compete for the Prestigious "Best
Cat of WCF" title and various other international positions,
based on the local wins of their cats. An explanation of
the system and rules can be found on the