Hope everyone is feeling well during this difficult time. The days are getting longer and warmer, personally I am missing getting together with friends. We are missing Bath, Southern Counties and Three Counties shows where we could all get together after the winter break. There will be a time when normal becomes normal again. Thank you to all the people that have posted photos of their beautiful gardens, Caroline Pickering and her quizzes.
I have good news, The Saluki Special in Our Dogs is coming up soon. It is an opportunity to photograph your lovely hound/hounds, then put together an advert. Your dog need not be a champion, a winner but just a ‘best mate’. There will be articles by well known Saluki people on various subjects. This is very important to the breed and will also be helpful in keeping our only newspaper going. Adverts need to be in by the 19th June 2020, publication date 3rd July 2020. For further help, information, rates please contact Pam Coulbert on 01803 712280 or otherwise contact myself.
Back to my study on influential studs. This week I am going to discuss a much earlier dog, he was born on the 22nd February 1948. He is Burydown Uki. Much of the information I have on him comes from ‘Saluki Heritage’ Issue 8 Spring 1985 with an interview entitled “The Burydowns Recollections and Reflections. “To quote from Hope Waters and what she said: “I loved Uki. Although physically he was an absolute wreck of a dog (he hadn’t been well reared in quarantine and had had hardpad there and his front legs weren’t straight) you could see that he came from good stock. He just screamed quality at you. We discovered afterwards that he came from one of the best strains in Germany, going back to the Saronas. As he was a result of a mother/son mating when he was used at stud he passed on his qualities in double dosage.” Another tidbit I read in the magazine was that Uki was originally named Suki, the KC rejected this name as there was already a Suki so they just dropped the ‘S’ and you now have Uki.
As stated above Uki was born in Germany at the time of the German air lift (Russians had cut off Berlin so people, food and supplies had to be air lifted in and out )
His breeder was Mr R Creighton. He was the result of a mother/ son breeding. In his life he had 7 mating partners (bred to same bitch more then once) with 45 off- springs. Which were 17 males and 27 females
He had three Champion children, Burydown Asphodel, Burydown Freyha and Burydown Barak. Certainly, he has left his legacy, here in the UK, Scandinavia, United States, Canada and Australia. He probably is the root of our modern day Saluki.
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Another week of lockdown has passed. The jobs around the house are pretty much finished. Garden looks great all ready for the ‘bee club’ to come and have a meeting here. Of course, that is not going to happen. We shall be hearing soon the new plans for getting back to a new normality.
There have been a couple of judges announced in the KC publication for 2021. Gavin Robertson will be judging at Driffield. Kathy Webb will be judging at Midland Counties. In 2022 Mr A Foss will be judging at City of Birmingham. He is from Norway and this will be his first time giving CCs in Salukis in this country. I would classify him as a ‘all rounder’. Closer to the date I will ask him for a CV.
Two dogs have qualified for their Junior Warrants, they are Natasha Hamilton’s Alishamar Roxane (imp). She was bred by Jessica Cabo & Jeanne de Mey Marie
The second dog is Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (imp JPN). Bred by Jay Oto.
In my recent notes regarding ‘influential’ Stud dogs I accidentally omitted one of Kafiat’s progeny. John Walton Haddon sent a message saying “ In your recent breed notes I think you will find that Payne & Beeley’s Ch Ilsham Simeon was a son of Kafiat. He was the image of Kafiat and quite often went head to head with him as he matured. He won his 3rdCC at age 11”.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of a Saluki legend, Marilyn LaBrache Brown of Dadaelis Salukis. Her Salukis are well known world wide for their grace and elegance which was paramount in her breeding, not only in her dogs but her beautiful Bengal cats. In the end she chose to specialize in smooths. For many years Marilyn was the publisher of the elegant magazine “The Classic Saluki”. She worked with the Editor-in Chief Sue Ann Pietros and Graphic designer Vicky Clarke to create a glossy publication with sophisticated articles. A real connoisseur’s paradise.
Marilyn started photographing Salukis, Whippets and other breeds in the late 70s. She had an interesting eye for design often contrasting whatever dog she was photographing with the background. She would end up with a stunning photo. That is not to say she took wonderful photos often ringside which were often used in publications
Marilyn was proud of her association with English Salukis. Besides loving smooths she loved chocolates, so she was delighted when she had the opportunity to have a chocolate male which she obtained from Pauline Spilstead. His name was Jeshins Arabis. He was a son of Roubayr Of Barakhel and Tamla Salom. He was born in 1986. Marilyn often posted photos of the handsome male. Marilyn was unable to obtain a judge’s licence in the States because she produced a magazine. Professional handlers, magazine producers are banned from judging as they deem they make their livelihood through dogs and there could be a conflict of interest. That did not stop Marilyn judging here, she thoroughly enjoyed herself judging at South Eastern Hound.
Marilyn continued with her involvement and enthusiasm right to the end. I could go on and on telling you stories about her and involvement in the breed. Unfortunately, the big C took her in the end. Far too early. We send our condolences to her son Damon, his wife and Marilyn’s two grandchildren. Rest in Peace, Marilyn.
Next week I will continue my series on Influential stud dogs.
Another week has passed while we are still in lock down. In time we will be asked what we did to wile away the time when we could go nowhere. I can say that Michael and myself have remained busy, painting our house, weeding the garden and other chores that needed attention. We hope everyone has stayed well and we look forward to seeing everyone in better times.
Jeannette Cotterill has contacted me regarding the passing of Barry Cotterill. Barry was part of the original group that was to become The Northern Saluki Club. He was for many years a partner in the ‘Miskanda’ affix. He owned Caryna Concord of Miskanda which he made up into a champion in 1985. The last time I saw Barry was when he judged Crufts in 2005. He has been unwell for many years, and I believe latterly he has been living in a home. His partner Jannette said that “his time had come.” RIP Barry
Following on from my explorations of influential stud dogs I have heard from one of my readers that remembers Kafiat and Alyfeh. They have said that even though they had the same sire and were out of litter sisters, they were of entirely different types and each of them produced offsprings true to their own type. I think you can still see those two different types today. Going back, looking through “The Saluki Book of British Champions’, the 9 Champion get of Kafiat were: Seafleet Kings Rhapsody( bred & owned by Mr & Mrs Shellard) Rachel of Chandav (bred & owned by B. Chanter &V. Davies), Seafleet Kismet (bred & owned by Mr & Mrs Shellard), Geldara Carlotta (bred & owned by Miss S Lambrinudi), Amena Morning Glory (bred & owned by Miss M Long), Geldara Corin,( bred by Miss S Lambrinudi, owned by Miss A McIntosh) Mabrooka Beth-Shan (bred & owned by Mrs A Macdonald, Miskanda Madalainah (bred & owned by Mrs J Cotterill), Janrosa Pretty Polly (bred & owned by Mrs J Hay)
Al Caliphs Alyfeh had 4 UK Champions to his name. They are Windswift Al Caliph JW (bred by Miss V Watkins, owned by Mrs D Copperthwaite), Timotheus of Chandav (owned & bred by V Davis & B Chanter), Burydown Iphigenia (bred by Mrs Waters owned by Mrs Jaques), Rhazias Khyra (bred & owned by Reena Clark)
The next important dog that I am going to discuss is Knightellington Esmail. He was born in 1962 a little earlier than the previously discussed dogs. He was definitely a legend in is own time not so much in the ‘show ring’ but on the coursing field. His
progeny also carried on this show/coursing tradition and were highly sought after around the world. Blanco, as he was more fondly known, was bred by Helen Baker though he lived with her son Rodney who was in the military living near the Salisbury plains. There, Rodney and Blanco had a great time coursing the strong hares which were to be found on the downs. He had 12 mating partners producing 64 offsprings which were 26 males and 37 bitches. He produced 4 champions in the show ring,
they are Geldara Burydown Yanina (bred by Mrs H Waters, owned by Miss S Lambrinudi), Knightelling, Knightellington Almanza Anita (bred by Mr E Tebbs, owned by Mrs H Baker), Yazid Burydown Yehudi (bred by Mrs H Waters, owned by Mrs C Ormsby), Almanza Aleesha (bred & owned by Mr E Tebbs). In the Book of Champions the statement about Aleesha which is applicable to all of Esmail’s progeny “she is another ‘white’ coloured hound whose famous coursing blood goes back generation after generation for nearly forty years.”
The lockdown continues, I hope everyone is staying well and safe. Lately there has been talk about how we will proceed from lockdown to a functioning nation again. Solutions seem to be mimicking the discussions for Brexit. Every party,and/or politician have a different idea. What will happen this year with the dog show scene, who knows. I read today that the grounds which are used by Paignton Championship Show will not now be used as a Nightingale style hospital. Paignton committee like other show societies are crossing their fingers that they might hold their shows. Unfortunately, The Hound Association have had to announce that they are cancelling their show for this year which was to be held on Saturday July 18th2020.
Paul Singleton has written that the “Hound Show does fall just outside the current recommended date of June 30thto cancel events or mass gathering but preparation for our show starts many weeks before the actual show date and we are currently in a situation where we are unable to guarantee that the necessary support services including medical cover, will be in place. However, it is the health and welfare of our exhibitors, judges, stewards, committee and suppliers that has been right at the forefront of our thinking and has led us to make this sad but inevitable decision.”
Lisa Croft-Elliott, dog breeder/exhibitor & world renown photographer has sent a link for a longterm plan for all dog/pet owners who live alone or who knows that their families may not be aware of what to do with their dogs/pets should something happen to them. It is also for owners, exhibitors, for any dogs on special diets, Lisa has put together a form.
EMERGNCY PLAN FOR MY ANINALS: “Sitting here on my own I was thinking about what would happen with my dogs if I were to become ill-not with the virus but in any situation. I had seen a document on another page that made sense to me and then I started tweaking it. Feel free to share if you feel as though this would be of use. Please no negative comments. This is something that might be useful to someone who is in the same position as I am sometime in the future” She says “I have now made the form” so you can fill it out online and print it-it is a PDF if you just want to download it. “http://www.eyefordogs.com/EMERGENCYPLANform1.pdf
We have received a new communication from our vets. They have stated that whilst not allowing clients into the building they are still able to see your pets. They go on to say that some of the preventative healthcare services have resumed which include vaccinations for puppies and adult animals that are identified at higher risk of infectious diseases. They also say they will now be resuming neutering. I assume the reinstating of these procedures will all have been done under the guidance of DEFRA. Not mentioned by our vets but I now understand that puppies can now be delivered to their new homes by the ‘breeders’ or an approved agent. Purchasers of puppies are not allowed to pick them up.
This week I am exploring two more very influential stud dogs from the near past.
The first dog is Ch Almanza Kafiat. He was born on the 27thJune 1969. His breeder was Ernie Tebbs. Both the dogs I am discussing were sired by Ch Bedouin Caliph and their dams were sisters. In Kafiat’s case the mother was Ch Asphodel Almanza.
In his life time he accrued 24 CCs, 20 RCCs and was a Multi Best in Show and a Best in Specialty show winner. As was all of Ernes’ dog he was an excellent coursing hound. In 1970/71 he was the Top Show/Coursing Saluki winning the Sandpiper Trophy (The Sandpiper was for the Saluki winning most points in all breed classes during the year and conditional on their winning or being runner-up in an official coursing stake). Kafiat was Top Show Saluki in the 1971/72 season. Danny, as he was more familiarly known had 15 mating partners producing 60 off springs which were 24 males and 36 bitches. He produced 9 champions off springs.
The second dog, born a year later was Ch. Al Caliphs Alyfeh JW. His sire was Ch Bedouin Caliph as was Kafiat, but his dam was Ch Burydown Asphodel Alanya, as said above a sister to Almanza. His breeder was Hope Waters, whilst his owner was Deborah Copperthwaite. From 1977- 1980 he was runner-up to the Stud Dog Trophy. He accrued 3 CCs with BOB and 4 RCCS. Alyfeh had 9 mating partners producing 23 off springs 10 males and 13 females. He produced 4 champion off springs.
I hope everyone is fairing ok during this difficult time. As someone said to me today, during the war they suffered but at least they could meet up with their friends and get together. Well, there is a glimmer of hope that in the next couple of weeks the country will have seen the worst and maybe we will be allowed to move about more freely.
Caroline Pickering (Sydney Kasaque) is organizing a game to keep the Saluki Community amused. It is called ‘Toilet Roll Challenge’. One is supposed to take a video clip of you and/or your hound with the toilet roll coming from the right and leaving from the left. When you have completed the video please send the results of John Davies who will compiling all the clips then posting them. John’s E:mail address is: forcemotors@gmail or you can find him on facebook.
As a matter of interest, I thought I would look at an influential Saluki from the near past. The dog is Ch Hekla Royal Brigadier of Fargaze. He was born on the 3rdMay 1979. His sire was Ch Wildspray of Daxlore Of Hekla and dam, Sedeki Idi of Hekla. His breeders were Brian & Rosemay Hill. Raffi as he was better known was owned by Jenny and Norman Ziman who campaigned him to his title. He won his first CC when he was just over 12 months. The judge was the well respected hound specialist Judy de Casembroot. His second CC was awarded by Hope Waters, who needs no introduction and his third was by Harry Jordan, another well known judge. So all in all he attained his title at a young age in a very competitive period of time. Most importantly Rafi was a positive influence in the breed producing very beautiful sound stock both physically and mentally. If you look back in the pedigrees of English Salukis you will often see him there. Rafi sired 8 litters and at that point Jenny said, not more.
His champion off springs were: Ch Kasaque Dharmas, Ch Cranstal Chance, Ch Cranstal Chaos, Ch Mumtaz Fantasia of Fargaze, Ch Mumtaz Nocturne of Minsha and Ch Mumtaz Mazurka at Malenkhai. Many more of his off springs did well in the showring but did not attain championship status.
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During these difficult times I hope everyone is ok and keeping their social distances. What worries me most, is our animals. Our veterinarians are working but the accessibility of contacting them then arranging an appointment is not longer simple.
What if the dogs need an blood test or any other test doing, arranging this could be problematic. I have heard that people with puppies, well planned before this epidemic are having difficulties inoculating the pups. Hopefully ‘normal’ will not be far off. The good news is the weather has been beautiful with time on our hands the gardens will all look beautiful.
Jillian Knight Messenger has contacted me to pass on her disappointment regarding her upcoming judging appointment at City of Birmingham Show this year. Jillian states: “I have an ongoing medical problem for which I need treatment but owing to the current nationwide health problems is now likely to take longer. I cannot say with any certainty when it will be sorted, so I have decided to withdraw from my judging appointments in 2020. I can only apologise to anyone who was thinking of entering”
At Crufts I picked up the Crufts Edition 2020 of “The Saluki” the official magazine of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. This is the first edition by the new editor, Diana Klein. Diana has compiled a beautifully magazine totally related to our breed. One of the most interesting articles was by Maya Monk on training her ‘sighthound’ to do scent work.
Maya sums the article beautifully when she says, in her first paragraph: “During a conversation with another sighthound enthusiast I mentioned that my young Saluki bitch Sascha, Al Zubeyda Mahabbah, is being trained in scent work and that she seems to be very keen on it. ‘But she is not a sniffer dog she is a Saluki and want to run’, was the reply. Yet Sasha is primarily a dog and dogs have a nose. The sense of smell is considered to be the primary canine sense.”
Sir Terence Clark has written an article of “The Journey-Migration and Evolution”. With Sir Terence in depth knowledge of the middle eastern countries he looks at the Saluki types and how they have evolved regionally. A few years ago Michael and myself were on holiday in Sicily. In the evenings we would take a walk along the sea front. For some reason, unknown to myself, all the cats seem to come out at that time and in that particular place which I can but assume was looking for food. Every one of those cats looked identical to each other. They had inter-bred for so many generations that they had established a type. This relates to Sir Terence’s comments on how the type varies in each region.
Highlighting kennels, Joanne Mahon has written an extensive interview with Felix van der Drift on his Canapus Salukis. There is Rescue News by Jacqueline O’Curry entitled “a month in the life of Saluki Welfare”. These are just a few of the article included in the magazine which we are so lucky to still have.
We wish Diana good luck with the magazine, for further information about submitting articles, advertising please contact Diana on telephone 07751061719 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Easter in spite of our difficult circumstances. I remember the old saying about the USA, I have modified it to be relevant to all our circumstances. China sneezed and the whole world caught a cold. All please stay safe and most importantly be well.
Helena Haywood has sent the following on behalf of the SGHC: “As there will be no SGHC Open Show in June this year, it is planned to have the Calendar Photograph Competition on the SGHC website, with voting probably via a downloadable form which can then either be e-mailed to me or sent via post.
As we are all spending so much more time with our dogs at home at present, it is an ideal time to get your cameras out. If you can make them Landscape orientation that is preferable.
All pictures will be added to a slide show on the website for you to view, and we will then ask you to choose your 12 favourites.
Could all entries please be e mailed to me before the end of May please at email@example.com , and we aim to get the slide show on line for the same date as the Open Show should have been. At present it is planned that the voting will be open for 2 weeks.”
John Owen has passed on a message from John Davies, the Health co-ordinator for the Saluki Clubs. He says he has not had any health issues reported since 31stOctober 2019. Anyone with health issues please contact John. He has once again stated that all communication with him is confidential.
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Normally this time of the year we are preparing ourselves for the upcoming
Show season. This year we are all trying to stay safe in our homes, enjoying our pets and maybe even taking time to finish off some of those jobs we have been putting off. The main thing is to abide by the rules and hopefully each and everyone of us will come through this pandemic.
David Crane, Secretary of the Saluki Welfare has sent me the following message regarding the SWF AGM:
‘’The Saluki Welfare AGM has had to be cancelled due to current restrictions, a new date will be announced when things become clearer’’
More cancellations to report. Southern Counties Championship show will be postponed until June 2021. They have said that with ‘strong recommendations’ from the Kennel Club and the Committee of Southern Counties Canine Association that regretfully they have come to the conclusion that their show scheduled for the end of May 2020 will be postponed and held on 4th, 5thand 6thJune 2021. In 2021 they intend to have the same judging panel as for this year, wherever possible. They state:” Exhibitors who have already entered will have their entry fees, priority pass fees, caravan and EHU bookings refunded IN FULL and those trade stands that have paid their stand fee will also be refunded.
The Officers and committee of Southern Counties thank all exhibitors, stewards, judges, contractors and other helpers for their support in the past, hope that all will be safe over this difficult period and look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.”
Blackpool Championship Show which is to be held on from the 26-28thJune has made the following statement “ ENTRIES FOR BLACKPOOL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW SUSPENDED In light of the coronavirus outbreak we have suspended the entry until 16th May 2020 where a decision will be taken whether to carry on and hold our 81st Championship show or cancel. This decision will take the current advice and guidance available on the 16th May; we don’t know what the situation regarding the virus will be then, as no one knows.
If the Committee decides to carry on and hold our Championship show the entries to the show will be re-opened on the 18th May 2020 until 31st May 2020 (online only). “
The Saluki Club of America Specialty which was to be held from the 1stJune to the 6thJune has now been cancelled but they are hoping they will be able to arrange another date later in the year. This is one of the foremost shows, worldwide in the Saluki Calendar. It consists of Conformation, Sweepstakes, Futurity, Lure Coursing Triathlons, and Versatility. It used to be held Lexington Kt. but moved to The Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo. some years ago. Anyway, back to my point, I see that the judge for the Conformation is Lisa Hudson (Glenoak Salukis). Unfortunately for both her and John they have been unlucky to have their very prestigious judging appointment postponed (John was to have judge the NSC Champ show later this month)
A couple more related issues to ‘that situation’. Firstly, we have received notification from our veterinarian surgery that they have worked out a functioning system to treat animal during this difficult time. “We are pleased to announce we are now conducting a telemedicine consultation service. This is a live video consultation with a vet, which enables vets to prescribe medication for you to collect or be posted out to you. These can be booked through the usual route of phoning our reception team. A telemedicine consultation is £30, payable at the time of booking. It does require the use of a smartphone and internet connection. A telemedicine consultation will be useful for minor ailments or to help you and the vet decide if a physical exam is necessary. If your pet is on long term medication and they are due their 6 monthly check-up, we can do this via the video service.”
After this pandemic, and I definitely hope there will be one, is this the way our vets will look after our dogs? So for a mere £30.00 we can find out if our dogs really need a visit to the surgery. I would appreciate comments on this.
With all the shows cancelled for the foreseeable future the usual vendors for our shows have set up a facebook site where details can be obtained for contacting and purchasing items from them. The site is Dog Show Trade Stands Open and Championship Shows (UK).
At Crufts I picked up a copy of ‘The Saluki celebrating 50 years’. This was dated Championship Show 2019. This is a beautifully compiled magazine as the swansong of editor Kathy Webb and layout artist Diane Duckenfield. If you only have one magazine I recommend you obtain a copy while they are still available. The magazine contains the usual items but what stands out are the ‘features’. The first edition of ‘The Saluki’ was the idea of June Applebee assisted by her husband Malcolm Burt. It was all compiled and printed by June and Malcolm. On page 2, an introduction written by the President, Hilda Parkhouse. Her words written were as applicable in 1969 as they are today. “ let us breed with care and thought in these uncertain times” Magazine reprints include articles by well known Saluki people, show critiques and advertisements. Michael and myself are lucky to have the complete copies of these newsletters which are useful in compiling breed notes.
Christine Norvell and Kathy Webb have collaborated on a study of Salukis in Noah’s Ark in the 16thand 17thCentury. In each of the depicted photos of the paintings the Saluki is very distinctive either as a smooth or feathered. The authors of the article have commented that at that period the Saluki must have been very recognizable to be included in so many works of art. As biblical themes were popular at the time, recognizable from depiction of the silk routes may have been included to give authenticity to their works.
Joan McLeish and the Parkhouses written in the ‘first person’ by Sara Williams. A warm tale of her family and dogs by the daughter of Joan McLeish. Wonderful photos of the family and dogs to accompany this article.
Claire Jowett, a designer and maker of beautiful collars has written an article on Leeds Castle , The Dog Collar Collection. This is a subject near and dear to Salukiphiles as we like to adore our hounds with beautiful collars. It is a sign of status in our modern times. The article states that Leeds Castle has the largest and most comprehensive collection of dog collard worldwide so it is not surprising that Claire chose to write about Leeds Castle. Interestingly Claire mentions that some of the collars had keys to go with them as they were locked on the dogs to prove ownership in case of being stolen. She states “dog theft not just being a problem of modern time”.
For my final review of this historical magazine there is an interview with Chris Ormsby and her Yazid Salukis. Chris states in the beginning she was born in the same year as the Saluki Club so shall soon be celebrating her Centennial with the Club. The warmth and dedication to Salukis and dogs in general come down through the pages. From a difficult start in life, challenges of a World War to spending wonderful years showing and coursing her hounds. She has related it all paying homage to all the people and hounds she has loved.
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SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 20THMARCH 2020.
It has been a long time since I have had the opportunity to sit down and write these notes. Simply the reason for not writing has been the death of my computer. We had hope it would be a simple repair but unfortunately not, I have been introduced to the new world of ‘main frames’ and ‘motherboards’. Neither which were working properly so I shall be picking up a new, very expensive piece of equipment in a day or two. I have been informed in the computer store that they have their own problems because all the components are made in China.
The Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Championship Show on 19thApril 2020 at their usual venue of Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross, Near Chesterfield, Derby S45 9LX. Judging will be Dr John Hudson (Glenoak Salukis). Postal entries close on Saturday 21stMarch 2020 or online entries close on Thursday 2ndApril 2020. On-line entries can be made at www.dogbiz. Like all events at this time there is a certain amount of uncertainty whether this event will go on.
Cecilia Andersson has taken advice regarding the Corona Virus and decided, regrettably to cancel the SGHC lure trial that was to be held on 21stMarch 2020. I have also been told, unofficially that the SGHC Limited Show is cancelled and the AGM postponed. I will hopefully be able to confirm this next week, in these notes.
A grizzle bitch was spotted in The Daily Mail Weekend with A.J. Pritchard (Strickly Come Dancing) and his brother Curtis. I have been informed that the Saluki is Alishamar Roxane owned by Natasha Hamilton.
Last Sunday Crufts was held. This year, for the first time, we had a vast amount of coverage on both Channel 4 and More 4 filmed as they were happening. The lovely Clair Boulding was on our screen most of the afternoon. Also the Groups could be viewed the world over on’ you tube.’ Members of Friends of The Northern Saluki Club, on facebook, were able to view the catalogue and placement thanks to the efforts of Caroline Pickering.
We arrived at the show very early because we also were showing a Parson Russell Terrier. Their judging was commencing at 8.30 while the Salukis were probably not in the ring until around 11am. The difference showing the two dogs is immense. Now we have the Parsons we have acquired a cage and a trolley. The 13 ½ inch dog needs so much more baggage then 25 inch Saluki.
Judging Salukis this year was breed specialist Clair Chryssolor, like last year making her farewell judging assignment. In spite of the problems arising from Corona virus and the question would Crufts go on, Clair had a good entry on 106. I am not sure of how many absentees she had. Clair had 26 dogs that were being exhibited with ATC numbers which makes 24% of her entry were from abroad. It was a great day for Michael and myself as she chose our Ch Al Zubeyda Lena At Kasaque (IMP FRA) JW as Best of Breed. She was also shortlisted by judge, Mark Cocozza in the Hound Group. RBCC went to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Remeny. DCC was Jeanette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) JW, Sh CM with the RDCC went to the Smooth Dog, Int/Ro Pedrogarcia Del Borghino Jr Ch MLT owned by Mr K & Mrs C Galea of Malta. Best Puppy was Alexander Cole & Steven Bruynder’s Yaweh’s Gift and Best Veteran was Diane Layton Smith’s Ch Anasha Al Noushafarin (IMP AUT) Sh CM. After the judging there was a lovely get- together with cake and champagne to celebrate Clair’s fair well assignment. Caroline Pickering made Clair a stunning cake with a silhouette of a Saluki on top which she presented to Clair with a most beautiful card which we had all signed. To make sure Clair did not misplace the card, this happened last year to Paul Shimmin, there was a tracking devise installed.
Regarding Discover Dogs at Crufts. I have heard the following from Christine Harrison the Breed Stand Co-ordinator: “Unfortunately, Discover Dogs Saluki Breed Stand was not fully covered nor decorated this year as a number of the volunteers decided not to cover as they fell into the Corvid19 ‘at risk’ category. Many thanks as to be given to Mr & Mrs Snape and their three Salukis who gainfully covered the Stand for two days. On the whole the attendance of spectators was noticeably depleted and many other Breed Stands were empty and unattended for the four day period.
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There are some very interesting activities coming up for Salukis. John Owen, Hon Sec of the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following
“The AGM of the Northern Saluki Club will be held at 1:30pm in Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BB on Sunday 15th March 2020. This meeting will be preceded by a committee meeting. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM and will be very welcome.
Nominations for committee members or items for the AGM agenda should be received by the secretary 30 days prior to the meeting.
The NSC are holding a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) on the 28th March 2020 at Tankersley, nr Barnsley and Sheffield. There will also be a Multiple Choice exam available in the afternoon (MCE). If you would like to attend please contact Hilary Davies ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further details and to register.
The Northern Saluki Club Championship Show will be held on the 19th April 2020 at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. The judge will Dr J Hudson, new this year will be two classes for Champion Dog and Champion Bitch in addition to all the classes normally available. There will be 3 Knightellington Memorial Stakes classes during the lunch break to be judged by Ms A Defaye, an experienced judge seeking to increase her experience of Salukis. The Schedules will be available from Dog Biz in the next couple of weeks.
Later in the year our Open Show will be on the 27th September 2020 at Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6B. This will be judged by Mr J Johnston-White. Further details will be available later in the year.
The details of our fun walk during the summer and held in Earby will be circulate when they become available.
In addition please note that if you wish to make a claim for points trophies based on the points your dog or bitch has accrued over the course of 2019 show results please submit a claim to Hilary Davies as soon as possible. The details of this are available on the website www.nothernsalukiclub.co.uk”
Gay Robertson has sent me information regarding a lure trial. We have had great fun with our Salukis attending, so I do hope a few more people will take advantage of the day and come out and have a trial with their hounds. Gay writes: “Owners of registered pedigree Salukis (KC or FCI) are invited to a lure coursing trials meeting organised by UK Sighthound Sport on Sunday, February 23 at Borrego Stud, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. GL56 9TB. The course is on grass (green, no mud!) with a drag lure, considered safer than the closed circuit type. Complete novices are welcome to "have a go" as well as the more experienced who would like to get their hounds licenced to run at the three Championship meetings held by this club each year. These licences are recognised by the FCI as well as the Kennel Club, enabling owners to enter European lure meetings as well as UK ones. The club has sent a small team to the European Lure Coursing Championships for the last two years, where English dogs have proved competitive.
This should be a fun meeting. You will need to bring your own refreshments although bacon and sausage rolls will be available first thing and there is a cafe half a mile down the road, open from 10.30 a.m. Please let the Secretary know if you are planning to come: email@example.com. More information about the club and forthcoming meetings at uksighthoundsport.com
We would love to have more Salukis at our meetings and hope very much that some sporting owners will join us for trials (it is not necessary to join the club to run). And if anyone knows any owners of rare/unrecognised breed sighthounds like Galgos, Azawakh, Chart Polski, please would you pass on the invitation.”
Every Sunday there is the opportunity to give your Saluki a run at a very safe venue, The Bicester Schooling Track. There seems to be a few Salukis that are attending and having a great time. The Greyhounds run from 9am to 11am and after that Salukis are welcomed. I understand that there is food available to purchase. The charge for running your dogs is £5.00 and they can run in singles or pairs. For further information please ring 07850 3751
Manchester Championship Show was held last weekend starting the 2020 season. Judging Salukis at championship level for the first time was Hector Heathcote. BCC, BOB went to last year’s top winning Saluki, Ch Canerikie Cataline owned by the Duddell, Mansell, Johnston partnership. RBCC went to Alexandra Cole’s Cesaria Z Gibesovy Zahradky (IMP). DCC went to the Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW with the RDCC to Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Jay Jp Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP). Best Puppy was Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Remeny and Best Veteran was Katherine Williams Ch/Ber Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton. Well done all!!
Congratulations to Denise Garratt. life has just become more busier as she has retired from the day job.
It has been most refreshing this week to be able to publish items other then shows and show wins. Please keep the news coming in. I would also like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes while I have been ill and then recuperating from surgery. Pleased that is all behind me and I am now trying to regain my fitness.