GCCF no longer accept charcoals so that was a no go, I tried FIFE and they also said it needs to be a separately recognised pattern. CFA aren't holding any shows in the UK, I do know that they accept charcoals but the breed isn't yet full championship status with them.
So that left TICA to try, I really wanted to take a couple of cats but being my first TICA show I thought it would be too much and I am glad I only did take one! TICA is a busy day, your cat gets judged 6 times which is great as it isn't just one person's opinion and there were judges from all over the world there. As a result it is quite stressful for the cats and the bengals don't seem to cope too well generally. Shady started off fine as he is a chilled dude but when a cat next to him started having a bit of a hissy fit he copied. The judges are fab with them generally and spend ages with them on the table playing and helping them relax, the lady judge from Italy was particularly good. I don't think it is possible to show two cats in one class when you are on your own, it really would be a struggle.
Anyway TICA were quite accepting of his colour, though they still prefer two tone rosettes. They liked him and the French judge finalled him which meant he achieved Champion status. TICA have been looking at getting charcoal separated out into a separate category but for the here and now they can be shown in their relevant colours for example seal mink etc.