Guidance on how to claim   S.C.C. Championship

For a cavy to win a Southern Cavy Club Championship is an honour and tremendous accolade and is not easy to achieve. Qualifying for a Championship demonstrates that the cavy has been winning consistently over a prolonged period against good opposition and under a number of judges, and is therefore worthy of such an award. 

In order to qualify, the cavy must have won 7 breed classes, at least five of which must be from adult classes, and the other two can be from 5/8 or U/5 classes.

For the win to qualify, there must be at least three exhibits present in each class and the wins must be under five different judges. 

If there are fewer than three exhibits in the Breed Class, a Best of Breed win at the same show, (as long as there are eight or more entries), or a Best Self or a Best Non Self win at that show will count towards a Championship claim. 

All Judges must be recognised Panel Judges (See show regulation 15 for the recognised Panels). Specialist Club judges are only recognised towards a Championship claim if they are on the club’s judging panel of the breed you are claiming for. 

As well as meeting the above criteria, two of the cards must be from wins at either an Open Pen Show with Guaranteed Prize Money and/or a Southern Cavy Club Stock Show.

What do you, the exhibitor need to do? Firstly, before you ask the judge at the show to sign the card, ensure that you write on the back of the card the colour of the cavy if it is not already included in the breed class title written on the card (i.e. if the card states 'Class: Agouti Rex' you must state the colour, e.g. Silver)

Also, write if the cavy winning the class is a boar or sow. You can then get the judge to sign the card to say this is the cavy concerned and it is a worthy winner. 

Before you leave the show, check that the show secretary has written on the back if it is Guaranteed Prize Money (which must be a total of £1 for the class, e.g. 50p 30p 20p, etc.) and that any absentees (or no absentees) has been written on the back of the card. The secretary also needs to initial the card.

You are now ready to make your claim. Post your cards with the current fee (see below) to the Championship Secretary, Mr Ian Reynolds, 16 Tennyson Road, Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 8HL. Make sure you include the name of the cavy you are claiming for. 

Fees: the cost of a Championship is £5.00; this includes a certificate with a photograph of your cavy (please provide). To avoid damage, we prefer to make arrangements to deliver these to a show. Alternatively, for a fee of £1.50 you may register the win only (i.e. no certificate is provided). Championship applications are checked and this may take a couple of weeks (or longer if judges need to be contacted). Judges, please note that you should keep your judge's books for at least 12 months, and not just until the report is published (not every class winner is reported on). Championships are recorded in a Championship Register and also reported in the cavy press, as well as in the current SCC Yearbook. 

Southern Cavy Club Junior Award

This award will be in the form of a certificate, and will be open to all junior members (ages 7 to 16 inclusive, i.e. up to but not including 17th birthday.) In order to qualify, the cavy must have won seven first prize cards in breed classes, with at least three exhibits in a class in the juvenile section. 

If there are insufficient entries are in the breed class, then a win in a challenge class will count provided that there are three or more entries in that class. Three of the judges must be different and not more than two of the classes may be won in young (under 5 months) or intermediate (5 to 8 months) classes. Please ensure that all necessary details of the cavy concerned (age, sex, breed, colour, etc.) are on the cards and that they have been signed by the judges concerned.

You should send your completed cards, together with an A5 S.A.E (there is no fee) to the Championship Secretary, Mr Ian Reynolds, 16 Tennyson Road, Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 8HL.

Ian Reynolds, Championship Secretar

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