In 2011, after several years of committee discussion and revision, a new title was added in CFA called the "Grand of Distinction".
The new title is covered in Show Rule 9.07, which says:
The intent of the award was to give people a reason to continue showing their cats—a goal to work towards after the cat has earned its Grand Champion/Grand Premier award BUT without having to campaign for a Regional Win.
The 30 finals each season must include 20 Allbreed finals... but those are really the only requirements. There is no minimum placement required and no minimum points. The finals can be won at shows in ANY region, over any seasons - and the seasons do NOT have to be consecutive, although each season can only be counted once.
Once the cat has earned its Grand Champion or Grand Premier title, any finals it is awarded count towards the new title. Obviously kitten finals would not count towards the Grand of Distinction title.
Once you have reached this milestone, you will need to file a claim form with CFA, and pay the $15.00 fee. Once the title has been confirmed with CFA, your cat will have a "D" added to their title—it will be added to the whichever "grand" your cat is during that 3rd qualifying season.
If the cat receives the 30 finals for each of 3 years, while still a Grand Champion, its new title will be GCD Prince Fluffy Pants.
If your cat competes for 1 or 2 seasons as a Grand Champion, then later returns to the show hall and completes the remaining qualifying season(s) as a Grand Premier, its new title will be GC, GPD Slinky Long-Legs.
The First Grand Of Distinction
The first season that counted towards the Grand of Distinction award was the 2011-2012 show season, so the 2013-2014 show season is the first time that cats could qualify for the new title.
On July 6, 2013, CFA history was made by the Exotic Shorthair neuter GC, GPD, NW Ivy Cat Quarterback owned by Jan Chambers and bred by Pam DeGolyer when he became the first cat to earn the new title.
On July 27, GPD, RW Ragtime Cats Dazzling Autumn, a tortoiseshell and white RagaMuffin spay, became the second cat and the first female to earn the new title.
The first week of August, calico Sphynx, GPD, RW Beeblebrox Blairyummy Witcherryatop, became the third cat to earn the new title.
On August 10th, 2013, GPD, RW Tirion's Ros An Fhomhair, a Shorthair Manx, added the new title to his name.
In the next months, more cats will add this new title to their names. Congratulations to all!