2022 Rocky Mountain Roundup Rescheduled!

Dear Faithful Rocky Mountain Roundup Exhibitors and Participants:

These past few years has been challenging and taxing for all of us as we continue to navigate the obstacles that we have faced in producing a world-class event for you here in the Rocky Mountain West.

So we, here at the Wild West Cat Fanciers, do our best to meet those challenges as best we can and roll with the punches as we get them. This year seems to have been extra challenging for us.

What we did not anticipate is a series of events in our planning that would zero in on us from a completely unexpected place. Let us elaborate.

Last Summer (2021), we secured a new venue for our “all-in-one” show at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, a perfect alternative to our previous hotel space that was closed and sold by the Red Lion Hotel chain due to COVID. Hotel room space in Salt Lake City has been a source of grief for the city and state and event space is even more scare. The Hilton was very excited to have our event at their hotel and we were relieved that everything was going smoothly…so we thought.

Every June, the State of Utah along with the American College Testing Board holds a NON-PUBLIC month-long testing and evaluation conference that takes up many rooms in the downtown area for the month. Having foreknowledge of this event from years past, we had specifically asked the Hilton if they were affected by this conference and were told “NO” they did not participate in that event. So we were good to go. Again…so we thought.

In January of this year, the Hilton hired a new sales manager and the sales contact person that was assigned to our event announced that she was taking a new position at a different property and that we would be reassigned to this new staff at the hotel. What we were not made aware of during this transition was that this Testing Conference was in desperate need of additional rooms in the downtown Salt Lake area and had approached the Hilton to secure the remaining rooms at the property without offering us a “heads-up” in case we needed any additional space or to confirm that our event was booked correctly.

In the midst of their personnel changes at the beginning of the year and with the Testing Conference pressuring the Hotel to get the rooms they needed, we were not made aware of this until some of our exhibitors tried booking their rooms for our June show and were being informed that the hotel was “sold out.” After we were made aware of this issue, we contacted the Sales staff and only then were we informed of the deal they made with the other event and it became quickly evident that our event had become “hamstrung,” making it impossible to make any adjustments to what was already negotiated and also restricting the hotel from adding additional block space for our exhibitors.

This gave us an ultimatum: either cancel the show entirely, or find another date to work with the hotel to get our event off the ground and protect some of the funds that we have already invested in putting on the show for 2022.

So Now What…?

To that end, the 2022 Rocky Mountain Roundup show is officially being rescheduled for October 29-30, 2022, with room blocks available from October 28 through the 31st of October set aside for those who wish to add time to their visit here in Salt Lake City. The hotel has agree to honor our already negotiated room rate of $129.00/night, and a one-time pet cleaning deposit of $25.00 for the entire stay booked with the hotel, and complimentary overnight parking in the hotel’s parking structure.

If you have already entered this year’s show, you have two options:

  1. Opt-In and keep your entry in the show, which we will keep on file for the new date.  All entries that we’ve received up to this point will remain eligible for the Hotel Room Sweepstakes, and further details on the entry deadlines will be forthcoming.
  2. Opt-out of the show for this year and the Wild West Cat Fanciers will process a full refund of all the entry fees and miscellaneous fees paid to the club for the event.

Please let us know which option you prefer, and of course, we hope that this change will not be too burdensome and might even be a good thing for all parties involved.

FOR NOW, further entries into the Rocky Mountain Roundup are PAUSED until we have everything back in place for the new date.  We will make announcements everywhere once everything has been finalized with the Hotel.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this hiccup and we still look forward to seeing you all in Salt Lake City this Fall!

In friendship,

Tristan Anderson, President

Wild West Cat Fanciers earns the GOLD GuideStar Seal of Transparency

The Wild West Cat Fanciers is proud to announce that our club has earned the GOLD award for the GuideStar Seal of Transparency for 2021!  The award is sponsored by Candid, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, the combination of Foundation Center and GuideStar joined together, which connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it.

The GuideStar GOLD designation gives assurances to business and individuals who donate their resources and time to various other non-profits worldwide.  Each organization is evaluated on an annual basis to ensure the integrity of the award recipients and validates their mission.

The Wild West Cat Fanciers strive to maintain its standards of excellence by representing the cat fancier community through education of knowledgeable pet ownership and assisting other organizations in bringing awareness of needed resources of our selected animal rescue and foster program, the Community Animal Welfare Society of Utah (CAWS).

Official Announcement! The 2022 Rocky Mountain Roundup Returns!

The Wild West Cat Fanciers, in association with The International Cat Association (TICA), VCA Cottonwood Animal Hospital and Dr. Elsey’s Quality Products for Cats, officially announces the return of the Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show to Salt Lake City!. The annual event has been absent from the show calendar for the past two years due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

The 2022 RMR will take place in our BRAND NEW ALL-IN-ONE hotel venue Hilton Salt Lake City Center Grand Ballroom on Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5, 2022. Complete details and directions for entry to the show will be published after the first of January 2022.

Stay tuned!

2021 Rocky Mountain Roundup Announcement

Dear Cat Fancy Enthusiast!
We are hopeful that you and your family and loved ones (including the furry ones too) remain healthy and safe during what we hope are the waning days of this global pandemic of COVID-19.
We here at the Wild West Cat Fanciers have been working hard behind the scenes with local and state agencies to determine our course of action regarding our plans for the 2021 Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show, scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, June 5-6, 2021.
After consulting with officials at the Utah State Department of Health, the Utah State Governor’s Office and the Office of the Mayor of the City and County of Salt Lake, we have concluded that it is simply not possible for us to continue our plans for an event for this year.  While the State of Utah has been very efficient in beginning the task of vaccinating the public against COVID, the officials and experts in this effort do not feel confident that the current public gathering restrictions will be relaxed enough or rescinded in time for our scheduled event.
As you know, the planning and execution of such an event takes many hours of planning, many hours of tireless work behind the scenes and takes precious financial resources to make the event a success and one that would be affordable for the majority of our exhibitors.  We know that other TICA Clubs around the country have been able to begin hosting some shows with some success, our show is heavily reliant on spectator attendance to help defer the costs of producing our event each year.  Without the participation of the public, we don’t feel it would be wise to continue our pursuit of a 2021 show nor would it be fiscally responsible for us to do so.
We know you all understand the need to balance our desire to exhibit our wonderful felines with the safety of the local community and the financial health of our club.  Therefore we encourage each and everyone of you to mark your calendars for Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5, 2022 for our next Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show.  We will keep you updated on the progress we make in the months to come and encourage you to support the clubs who are able to produce a viable show in TICA this coming year 2021!
Please feel free to forward this to other interested parties who may have been looking forward to our annual event.  See you around on the circuit this year!  
Warmest Regards,
Tristan Anderson

President, Wild West Cat Fanciers

A TICA Chartered Cat Club
(844) 448-9923

COVID-19 Postpones the Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show

Dear Feline Fanciers,

We are saddened to announce that our re-scheduled 2020 Rocky Mountain Roundup show in Salt Lake City has now been formally canceled for 2020.  Many of you are aware that the public gathering guidelines issued by local and state governments have forced us to make unforeseen changes to our show schedule and while we had hoped to hold our rescheduled event this year in September, the State of Utah is not yet ready to relax the health requirements for gathering larger than 50 people.

We hope that you all will look forward to our 2021 event, tentatively scheduled for June 5-6, 2021.

Please stay safe and may you all have a fruitful remaining 2020.

Tristan Anderson, President, Wild West Cat Fanciers

2020 Rocky Mountain Roundup Dates Announcement

The Wild West Cat Fanciers, in association with Dr. Elsey’s and Cottonwood Animal Hospital, is pleased to announce the set dates for the 2020 Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show!

Our annual event will take place on Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2020 in Salt Lake City at the Hotel RL Salt Lake, 161 West 600 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Exhibitors can begin entering their cats beginning March 1, 2020 using our official Summary Sheet, which will go live on that date.

Any exhibitors who enter the show during the month of March will be entered in a drawing for FREE Hotel RL room accommodations during the show! March entries will also enjoy SUPER EARLY BIRD special entry fees and are encouraged to take advantage of these great prices!

Tickets for the public to observe the festivities will go on sale May 1, 2020.

For further information, contact the show manager, Tristan Anderson, at info@wildwestcf.com!

2019 RMR Teaser Flyer Revealed!

Once again, Wild West Cat Fanciers is indebted to the club’s official graphic artist, Tracy J. Butler (of Lackadaisy fame).  Here is a taste of this year’s teaser flyer, to be distributed at cat shows throughout the Spring to promote this year’s event:

2019 Rocky Mountain Roundup dates announced

The Wild West Cat Fanciers is pleased to announce that Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2, 2019 has been secured for our THIRD annual Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show, to be held once again at the Hotel RL Salt Lake, an All-In-One venue.  The show will open for exhibitor entries on March 1, 2019.

A special incentive for early entries will be announced shortly!

New Promotional Artwork for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Roundup revealed

The Wild West Cat Fanciers is excited to reveal the newest artwork that will serve as the backbone for the marketing of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Roundup TICA Cat Show in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 2018 at the Hotel RL Salt Lake City.

This year’s show will present as an Alternative Format show, three separate sessions (two on Saturday and one of Sunday) and a maximum of 125 cats/kittens to be exhibited during the two-day weekend show.

WWCF is happy to announce this year’s corporate sponsors, including Dr. Elsey’s Quality Products for Cats, Cottonwood Animal Hospital, and Royal Canin, USA.