John Owen, Hon Secretary of the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following: “The NSC is fully committed to promoting the health and welfare of all Salukis."
In line with the KC, we recognize that collection of DNA samples can provide a valuable data base for research into potential health concerns. Although there is a small data base of Saluki DNA, this is as yet insufficient for any meaningful research. The committee of the NSC would like to encourage all owners of Salukis to donate a DNA sample to increase the size of this data base.
In future we will have DNA testing kits available at our shows. For the first time these will be at our Open Show on the 24th September 2017.
The cost of the kits is £5. If you bring the necessary documentation to the show, (KC registration no. and copy of the pedigree) and leave the sample with us, the kit will be provided FREE. Donations towards the cost of the kits will be very gratefully received."
"All details are kept confidential."
The larger the DNA Data Base for Salukis the better - it's small at the moment- so please help Breed Health by taking part.
We have 50 kits available.
The kits come from and are returned to the Animal Health Trust.
The samples are not a "one off" but can be stored and used as needed in the future. "All details are kept confidential."
The following has been sent to me by Elaine Stanmore of behalf of the SGHC Committee
“Members will have received, together with the latest Newsletter, a schedule for the SGHC Championship Show being held on Sunday 22 October. Schedules can be downloaded from Fosse Data, but if anyone requires one to be posted to them, please contact Don Everton (email@example.com)
If you would like to sponsor a Special Rosette, these are £10.00 each. Please contact the Show Manager Marie Bryce-Smith or a committee member. All donations towards Rosettes will be acknowledged in the catalogue.
A beautiful Saluki Brooch donated by Dr Sara Williams, in memory of her Mother, Mrs Joan McLeish’s 25 years as the Secretary of the SGHC, will be presented on the day to the owner of the Best In Show.
The ‘Saluki’ Magazine will be available at the Show, there may still be time to submit an advertisement. Please contact. Kathy Webb:- firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:- 01737 353279 or Diana Duckenfield:- email@example.com
DNA swab kits for the Saluki DNA Database which the AHT is maintaining will be available at the Show.
The following is some information about our main judges elect.
LINDA SCANLON ( AARAKIS) USA DOGS
Linda was raised in the English border counties. Salukis joined the household in 1972, and have achieved titles in conformation and field work, she trained the first 2 salukis to achieve the Utility obedience title in the US (the highest title obtainable at that time). One also distinguished himself by winning multiple all breed highs in trial, hound groups and bests in field, always owner handled. They are the only salukis to achieve the Obedience Trial Champion status in Canada to date.
She has judged multiple specialties including having been twice selected by her peers to judge conformation at the Saluki Club of America national specialty. Out of country assignments include Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden with multiple appearances in some of them.
She is the only person approved by the AKC to judge conformation, lure trials, all obedience and rally classes and is approved for the entire hound and herding groups + Australian Terriers and Best in Show
KAREN FISHER (RUWEIS) BITCHES
Salukis have been in my family since the early 1970’s. After breeding from his Saudi Arabian import my father gave me my first saluki, a smooth. I joined the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and, later, became a full member of the Coursing Section. The experience of hunting with the saluki gave me a true insight into what the important attributes are for the breed. When judging I look for moderation, balance and drive” and am conscious that there is great variance of size within the breed type due to the large area and different terrains that the breed originated from.
I breed and exhibit both coat types and my husband and I currently share our life with five salukis whose ages range between 1 and 12 years.”
Busy time for shows, last Sunday the South Eastern Hound Club held their 50th Premier Open Show at Hickstead Showground. Judging us was Mrs Carolyn Mc Cormick Smith. She had an excellent entry of 27. BOB went to our own Al-Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (IMP Fra) JW with the Reserve Best Dog to Connie De Souza’s Ch Sufeina Jebel Ali. Best Puppy was Katharine Williams’ Tigsisle Totally Unique. With the judging of Saluki over we all joined in for our annual picnic and as usual it was raining. This did not dampen anyone’s spirits. It was lovely that Tessa and Tim Abbott were able to join us.
Yesterday was the third show in eight days. It was the turn of Richmond Championship Show. Judging us was Adele Walton-Haddon (Ilsham Salukis). The weather was not brilliant with showers on and off but with the excellent tenting supplied by the society the show was able to go on with most of the dogs and exhibitors staying dry. BCC, BOB for her second CC went to Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Hisilome’s Leonore Mish Cranstal (IMP Swe) with the RBCC to our own Al Zubeyda Lena At Kasaque (IMP Fra ) JW. DCC, BV went to Connie De Souza’s Ch Sufeina Jebel Ali with RDCC to the Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW. Best Puppy was Terry Farris’ Jazalle Arwyn. Congratulations also to Lorraine and John Fitzgerald on making up Boughton Bold and Brave of Dawnchase ShCM into a Greyhound champion.
Schedules for the 2017 SGHC Championship Show are now available. The show will be held on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at the Kennel Club Building (West Hall) Stonleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ. Judging dogs, will be Mrs. Linda Scanlon (USA) , Bitches Mrs.
Karen Fisher, with Best in Show, Elaine Stanmore. Postal entries to be sent to Mrs M Bryce-Smith, The Mill House, Mill Lane, Felbridge, East Grinstead, West Susses RH19 2PQ.Closing day 26th September. On line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday 1st October with Fosse Data. This show will be held in the smaller of the two halls at the KC building. Judging will start at 9.30 am, followed by the bitches (I assume that means we will be having just one ring)
Helena Haywood will be manning the Welfare stall. All donation for the tombola will be gratefully accepted. There will also be a ‘Silent Auction’ with proceeds to go towards Cub funds. Offers of items with Saluki orientation or otherwise would be appreciated. If you would like to donate please contact Pauline & Don Everton 01799 543383. Hot and cold food will be available all day.
Claire Jowitt has sent the following: “On Sunday 27th August at the Horley & District Open Show under breed specialist Judge Peter Jackson-Main Canapus Mistique under Barleymoon was awarded the Saluki Best of Breed and, her daughter, Barlymoon Ankaa was awarded the Reserve Best of Breed.”
Christine Harrison has had to have surgery for a knee that was mis-behaving. She is now out of the hospital and hopefully on the road to recovery. Hope all goes well and we will see you back in the ring, soon.
On Friday, City of Birmingham held their Championship Show. Judging Salukis was Pam Marston-Pollock. DCC, BOB went to the Goulden’s Ch Fernlark by Design JW with the RDCC to Adele Haddon’s Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham. BCC for her first CC went to our own Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (IMP FRA) She was bred by Mr Jean-Luc Lemouzy. Her sire is Multi Ch Showhunters Aristokrat and her dam is Int Ch Al Zubeyda Fawziah. RBCC went to the Garratt, Oakey, Owen partnership with Glenoak Lunah for Caryna. She also placed 4th in the Hound Junior Group. Best Puppy was Katherine Williams’s Tigsisle Totally Unique. Best Veteran and winner of the Veteran Hound Group was Garratt & Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM. Well done all.
Results are in for the ‘Natural Instinct’ sponsored Top Puppies. Top Saluki Puppy is Canerikie Catalina owned by Josh Duddell & Brian Mansell. She looks like the Top Hound Puppy tied with a Miniature Long haired Dachshund. Top Breeder award goes to Sheryl Steer (Arden Grange). Top Dog is Fernlark Schussboomer (Arden Grange)
There will be a Saluki Breed Seminar Hosted by The Saluki Club of Ireland
“The Arabian Saluki”, An Introduction to the Hound of Bedouins – Past, Present & Future Presented by Mr. Hamad Al Ghanem & Mr. Fahad Al Farhan
Venue: Ashbourne Community Centre, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Date: 1st October 2017, time 3pm. Tickets: €10.00 per person
For Bookings & More Info Contact: Breda Dunne at firstname.lastname@example.org
I understand that Lynda Dunn (Ulmarra Salukis) who has been a, driving force with the Irish Saluki Club, has now returned to her native Australia. We wish her good luck and wonder if she will miss all the ‘Irish rain’.
Bridget Croucher has sent a note through, advising Saluki exhibitors that Paul Singleton has had to withdraw from judging the breed at SWKA in 2017 due to health problems. The breed will now be judged by Mrs Jan Pain, subject to KC approval. We wish Paul a speedy recovery.
I have received a couple of emails with reports of successes for Salukis. Debbie Coperthwaite’s Orlie’s (Noushzad Calipha Orlie went Best in Show, for her second time at South West Hound Club. This gives her enough points for her Sh CM. At that same show Best Puppy in Show was won by Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Canerikie Cataline.
Mary Sanders-Parker has contacted to let me know that her Classicus Britannia JW won, at Reserve Best in Show at the Thetford Dog Club Show on Sunday 13th August. The judge was hound specialist Pamela Mottershaw
The following information I have taken from the group Exhibitor Choice & Voice: It seems from January 2019 onwards all judges, no matter level you are judging must sit an examination. This, I assume also includes judges from outside the UK and want to judge in this country
APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES AT LIMITED, OPEN AND CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS WITHOUT CCs FROM 2019 ONWARDS
Following a number of enquiries from judges and inviting societies, the Kennel Club would like to clarify the matter of the appointment of judges at limited and open shows and for non CC classes at championship shows as of 1st January 2019 when the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) begins.
At shows held on or after 1st January 2019, no person should be appointed who has never judged before, unless they have undertaken the new Kennel Club mandatory requirements. All aspiring judges must have completed the introductory education and training. Anyone hoping to judge for the first time in 2019, and those with some judging experience but not yet on a breed club B list, should now work towards meeting all of the Level 1 requirements, (and other level requirement) which can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/…/jcf_guide_to_being_a_dog_show_ju…
City of Birmingham Canine Association is kindly offering breed club officials and other interested parties the opportunity to ask questions about the JCF at its championship show at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, Warwickshire on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September 2017.
The Vice Chairman of the Kennel Club Judges Committee, Jeff Horswell, will be on hand along with Kennel Club staff at the show where informal ‘drop in’ sessions will be held at noon and 2.30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. The noon session is designed for breed club officials, while the 2.30pm one is aimed at a more general audience, although people are welcome to attend whichever time slot suits them best. The venue will be the Strollers restaurant, between halls 1 and 2, which will be well sign-posted within the halls of the show.
I have received a copy of the KC’s “ Breed Records Supplement” for April to June 2017. There were four litter with a total of 20 puppies born registered during this period. Mrs V-a Mc Nab (ne Tompkins) had a litter of 7 puppies.
Mrs KH Williams had a litter of 1. The other 12 puppies I am unfamiliar with their breeding. One importation which is Elvis Al Noushararin (IMP AUT) He was imported by Mrs D Leyton-Smith. One Champion Certificate for Fernlark Schussboomer, Junior Warrant for Classicus Britannia and Show Certificates of Merit to Vanechka Ots S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) and Velourias Viva Vivienne.
Welsh Championship Show was held last Friday. Judging Salukis was breed specialist Nina Neswadba from Austria. Her BOB, DCC, BV Hound Group 4 was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM with Ham, Bockman-Chato & Elliot-Ross’ Ch Baghdad Karim (IMP Sh CM). Mansell & Duddell’s Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP) JW. Reserve Bitch CC went to Garratt & Oakey & Owen’s Glenoak Luna of Caryna. Best Puppy was Sawyer’s Canerikie Lucan at Bumpkiss.
A reminder that the Uk Sighthound will be holding a Open Lure Coursing competition on Sunday 1st October at Great Wolford, Shipston on Stour CV36 5NQ. The objective of the club is to work for working qualifications that will be approved by the Kennel Club. Entries are restricted to members of supporting breed and lure coursing clubs. Information can be downloaded on the web by searching UK Sighthound Sport Showcase or by contacting Sarah Meadham, The Book Ferret, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB.
There has been an interesting discussion on facebook ‘Exhibitors Voices and Choices about the withholding rule when judging at Championship shows . If one withholds 1st they can place 2nd and 3rd. If 3rd is withheld you cannot then place 4th (reserve). Many years ago I ran foul of this ruling so please, when judging, beware. It is also the responsibility of the Stewards to also know the ruling.
We have received a message from David Hartley to let members know before the publication of ‘Snippets’ to say that he intends to retire from his job as Northern Saluki Welfare Fund and Warden of the Northern Saluki Club after the next AGM of the Welfare Fund, which will be around April 2018. His reasons are that he is not getting any younger and the job seems to be getting busier. Anyone interested in taking over the job should approach and register and interest with the secretary of SWF, David Crane. If approved by the SAF and NSC they can work with David Hartley before taking over the job.
Last Sunday Paignton Championship Show was held. The weather gods were kind as it was perfect temperature for a show. Michael and I had a brilliant day as after the judging we went to the quay in Exeter for a long late lunch watching the boats go by as we listened to a jazz band. We firmly recommend it to show attenders as the restaurants and pubs were all dog friendly, even to the point when our drinks were delivered a bowl of water accompanied it for our two hounds.
Judging Salukis was Reina Clark. Her DCC, BOB, BV, went to the multi winner, Ch Baghdad Karim (Imp) Sh CM owned by the Ham, Bockman-Chato, Elliot Ross partnership with the RDCC to Connie De Souza’s newly crowned Sufeina Jebel Ali. Both these dogs came from the Veteran Class. BCC for her 1st CC went to Ann and Paul Shimmin’s Hislome’s Leonore Mish Cranstal (Imp). She was born on 20th March 2014 and her breeder is Mrs M Axelsson. Her sire is Nord U Ch Cib Matanah’s Avchalon Kravi and Her dam Se Vcr Nou Su Ch Hislome’s Igraine. RBCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. Best Puppy, 2nd in Puppy Hound Group was Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Canerikie Cataline.
Yesterday was the turn of Bournemouth. No quays to visit there so after we went to the Lymington Sea Food Festival. Another beautiful day, not too hot for the dogs or us. Judging was the all-rounder, Jeff Horswell. BOB, BCC went to Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Ch Fernlark Schussoomer witht eh RBCC to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. DCC for his third and crowning CC went ot Debbie Copperthwaite’s Noushzad Caliph (Imp). He was born on 14th December 2013 and his breeder is Mrs I Berndt. His sire is SW Dan, Ger Ch Dahaqin Baqir and dam, Ger Aus Ch Pari-was Ohfra-orli, RDCC, went to Mrs S Sawer’s Canerikie Lucan at Bumpkiss. Best puppy and 2nd in Puppy Hound group was Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Canerikie Cataline.
On a more serious note I have received the following from John Davies: The sire his daughter (Charrioak Sheerzam), and a Son (her litter brother) have all been diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
Autoimmune hypothroidism accounts for nearly 90% of all cases of the disease. The disease IS heritable, and definitively proven to be so by doctoral theses, particularly those from Dr Jonathan Massey (University of Manchester), and Dr Katarina Sundberg (Swedish University of Agricultural sciences).
Some vets appear to be stating that hypothyroidism is not heritable. Dr Jean Dodds has confirmed that this is just incorrect.
If an affected animal is bred to a clear mate, there are 3 possible outcomes for the progeny:
There is no test available, outside DNA testing, that indicates that a dog has heritable hypothyroidism, until it shows symptoms. Once symptoms exhibit (usually not until an affected dog is 4 to 8 years old), there is comprehensive testing available to confirm the disease.
Dr Dodds is holding a seminar, at Newton Aycliffe, for the PDTE, on the subject of canine hypothyroidism, vaccinations and nutrition, on 25th September 2017. Anyone can join the seminar by application to https://www.pdteagm2017.com/register.”
For reference the symptoms are lethargy, general weakness, inactivity, mental dullness, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, excessive hair shedding, poor hair growth.
Joanne Mahon has sent the following: Here is what the Animal Health Trust says about genetic research: "Inherited diseases are widespread among purebred dog populations and represent a significant welfare issue for afflicted breeds. A major focus of the Genetics team at the AHT is to identify the genetic mutations responsible for inherited diseases and develop robust diagnostic tests that can be used to identify the disease status at or shortly after birth, from a blood sample or a cheek swab. The tests provide valuable information that breeders can use to plan successful breeding strategies to avoid the birth of affected animals and to ultimately eliminate disease from the breeds at risk." Yes, DNA tests are a tool but will undoubtedly prove to be the most powerful one in a breeder's toolkit.
Please if you have not had your dogs DNA taken, swabs are available from David Steel.
Helena Haywood has kindly sent the following on behalf of SWF “The SGHC & SWF joint Lure Coursing and Fun Games took place on July 15th in Surrey. Several of us had nightmare journeys getting there on the M25, and arrived a little late. All the rescues that attended had a great time, with many of them having their first attempt at Lure Coursing
We had a Welfare Stall with some lovely donated items for sale and our bumper Tombola which was well patronised. Once again Pauline Thomas had generously allowed us to bring some of her spectacularly beautiful Saluki and Hare embroidered goods, for which she gives us commission.
Although not such a big attendance as we had hoped, everyone was very generous and we managed to raise over £100 for our funds.
Thank you all for coming, and we look forward to seeing you all at the SGHC Championship Show in October.
On another note, our first Welfare Calendar is well on the way into production, and should be ready for sale at the Northern Saluki Club show in September.”
At the recent Jersey Championship Show Diesel ( Ulmarra Bollinger PHD (Imp Ire } was BOB, Hound Group Winner and 3rd BIS, gaining his second CC. Judge was sighthound specialist Dagmar Kenis Pordham. Diesel is co-owend by Wendy Marshall of Guernsey and Stwart Mottershaw of Jersey.
Busy weekend, last weekend with two championship shows. The first was the prestigious Hound Show. Judging Salukis this year was the veteran breed specialist, Peter Yardley. He chose for his BCC, BOB and Best in Show Veteran, Denise Garratt and Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM with the RBCC to John & Lisa Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW. DCC for his 2nd CC went to Jeannette Glaister’s Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (Imp) JW Sh CM with the RDCC, Best Puppy and 3rd in Puppy Hound Group to Victoria Martin’s Canerikie Vivaldi for Stalwart. After the judging there was a great get together with a table of food and drinks. Organizers of the event had circulated that the requirement to attend, was to don a hat. I have seen photos and it seemed that many of the hats were quite splendid.
Entries can still be made to South Eastern Hound Show until the 15th August on Fosse Data. Judging Salukis will be Mrs Caroline McCormick Smith. Following the judging there will be a buffet luncheon, organized by Marie Bryce-Smith. For more information on the luncheon and the contribution you would like to bring please contact her on 01342 327573.
John Owen would like me to remind readers that the Northern Saluki Club are having their Open Show on Sunday 24th September at Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton DE55 6BB. Judging Salukis is Lady R Dann (Jazelle)
Schedules are available on Higham Press or phone the secretary on 0115 9305473. After the judging there will be a ‘fun event’ to raise funds for Saluki Welfare
There will be SGHC Lure coursing on Saturday 19th August 2017. Registration will be at 10.30am with first run at 11.00. Entries close on 13th August 2017. For further information please contact Cecilia Andersson
Congratulations to Canerikie Catalina and her owners, Josh Duddell, Barry Mansell and Luke Johnston on being Top Hound Puppy
Debbie Copperthwaite has contacted letting us know that her cream German Imported bitch, Noushzad Calipha Orlie was BIS at Dorset County Open Show last Sunday. The Judge was Mr Terry Munro. Alison Crane has also let us know that Zeyna her little cream bitch rescued through Saluki Welfare won Joint Best in Field at the BSFA meeting on 23 July out of a field of over 90 dogs running. She was also Best in Field at the BSFA March meeting and Best in Field at the SGHC Lure Coursing meeting on 15 July. Alison says that she is quite a girl and loves her lure coursing.’
Andrea Ireson has had to undergo another operation. I spoke to her last night and she said she hoped to be home soon again. Andrea had a list of events she had planned for this summer and this ailment was definitely getting in the way. Maya Monk-Schenk is soon to have an operation on her knee so after the usual recovery period hopes to be back in the ring with her new puppy. Bo Forssberg of Khalils Salukis in Sweden had quite a serious operation a few months ago, hopefully he will be back on top in the near future.
This coming weekend will see two Championship Show with breed specialists judging. The first is the Hound Association, which is held at the Staffordshire County Showground. Judge is Peter Yardley and the second, which is on the Sunday is Paignton Show with judge Reina Clark. Good luck to all!
The Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust are holding their first Greyhound, Lurcher/Sighthound & Companion Show on Sunday 13th August 2017. The venue is Monks Dye School Playing Field, Monks Dyke Road, Louth LN11 8DY. As part of this special day there will be a raffle and auction. One of the items to be auctioned is a running saluki miniature statue by Anna Tolgyest Poos. This piece of jeweler is made of cast bronze and Cuban marble. It is a copy of a larger piece by the artist. It is numbered ‘01’ as part of an limited edition. More items are available on the Facebook page called Lincs Greyhound Gathering or contact the show organizer on 07887 372436, though not after 8.30 pm.
David Hartley has sent the following regarding the Earby walk for Welfare:
“Thirty-two dogs, mainly sighthounds, attended the 2017 Saluki Walk at Earby. Many people brought multiple dogs and one lovely KC registered pet Saluki, quite unknown to me, came with a young lad from the neighbouring town. As usual I am greatly indebted to the church people and SWF and NSC committee members who do the work on the day.
Debs’s Welfare stall made £43 and the walk itself £419.30
Sue Taylor (Scotland) is doing the write up for the various publications. Ann Wilcock and John Davies have pictures.
Special thanks to Judith Airton (NSC Committee) for donating all the rosettes and delivering them to me at home. Also Sue and Keith Snape and Janet for a most generous donation”
We have received the latest copy of the Northern Saluki Newsletter today. There has been more information about the big party the Club is holding next year for it’s 40th. On the 21st April there will the championship show at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, this will be followed a dinner in the evening. On the next day, 22nd there will be Ruby Jubilee Open Show and Companion Dog show at the Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton. All judges have yet to be announced.
Last Friday, the busiest day of the year with the schools all breaking up for their summer holidays, the Leeds Championship Show was held. Hopefully for exhibitors the traffic was not too bad. While there were classes for Salukis, there were no CC on offer for our breed, though as of 2019 we will have them there again. Judging us was the well known Scotsman, Tom Johnson. As I have mentioned in the recent past the Salukis have been doing very well in the ‘big ring’. This day was not different . BD, BV, BOB went to the Glaister’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW, ShCM with RBD to the Owen’s Caryna Khepri. BB went to Denise Garratt and Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM with the RBB to her daughter Ch Caryna Neferti JW ShCM . Best Puppy was Mrs E Rooney’s Merenptah Wind. Cassander went 2nd in the Hound Group and 1st the Veterans Group.
I do not always pick up all the winnings so if you have done well, at an Open Show or a Champ Show or other events and would like it mentioned in these Breed Notes please email or phone and I will happily include it.
Not a lot of new news around with no shows on the circuit this week. On the Kasaque scene we have had to neuter one of out Salukis. It has been done for health reasons as she is 10 years old and has been coming into season about every three months. There is a protocol the vets use to decide when to operate as the usual three months from the last season will not work in this case. I expressed my concerns, to the vet, about my beautiful Saluki becoming a Woolly Mammoth. The vet said as long as her ovaries look alright he can leave one in, which means the ovary will still produce hormones. The down side is that our girl will still be ‘seasons’ of some sort. We can live with the seasons as we do not have any male dogs. As it happens I met a lady at the vets with a cocker spaniel. She said that the cocker’s coats also blow when neutered. Now we sit back and see what happens. Unfortunately this system is only good for the girls but it could be a solutions for the welfare.
We are just past the half way mark in the dog showing season with some interesting judges coming up. At the Hound Association, Peter Yardley will be judging. Peter is from the old school and probably our longest serving judge in our breed. He has seen at least six decades with participation with Salukis both in the show ring and on the coursing field. Paignton is being judged by Rena Clark who has long been associated with our breed and judged at our famous Festival of the Saluki 2007. Mrs Nina Neswadba of Showhunters Salukis will be judging at the Welsh Kennel Club. Nina judged FILPA this past weekend in France so it will be interesting to see/hear her comments on our breed. A couple of months ago I included Nina’s CV in these notes. Our judge for Richmond is Adele Walton-Haddon another breed specialist with a life time of experience with Salukis. She, as is Karen Fisher, our judge for bitches at the SGHC Championship Show, are second generation in our breed. The final breed specialist is Jenny Macro, who will be judging at LKA. Though not seen as often around the ring these days, Jenny has been involved with our breed since she was a teenager. Last summer she judged at the Swedish Sighthound Specialty. We are very lucky to have this array of breed specialist coming up. This is not to diminish the hound specialist and al-rounds that will also be judging later this year.
Congratulations to Ann Blake and her new champion Afghan hound.
Today the East of England Championship Show was held. Unfortunately we were not able to enter but have heard, some of about what transpired, which was after the judging there was a get together to celebrate Karen Fisher’s birthday. If photos were anything to go by, all looked like they were enjoying themselves. Judging Salukis was Diane Spavin. Her BOB, BCC, Hound Group 2, went to Josh Duddell, Barry Mansell and Luke Johnston’s Ch Fernlark Schusseboomer with the RBCC to the Garratt, Oakey, Owen partnership’s Glenoak Lunah from Caryna. DCC, Best Veteran, 3rd in Veteran Hound Group for his third Challenge Certificate to Sufeina Jebel Ali. He was born on 27th June 2008 and his breeder is Mrs A Faber. His sire is Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazian and dam, Ch Sufeina Pastel. RDCC went to Fernlark by Design JW owned by the Gouldens. Best Puppy, 3rd in the Puppy Hound Group was the Duddell, Mansell and Johnston’s partnership’s Canerikie Catalina. Salukis have been doing very well, this year, in the Hound Groups. Congratulations to you all.
A big thank you to Ann & Paul Shimmin for a list of some of the judges for shows next year. Manchester, Jill Peak, Crufts, Denise Rogers, Northern Saluki Club will be holding their 40th Anniversary Celebration with a Championship Show on Saturday, followed by a dinner on the Saturday night. There will be an additional show on the Sunday.
Birmingham National, Dr Ron James, SKC, Nick Bryce-Smith, Three Counties, Mark Cocozza, Blackpool, Frank Kane, Windsor, Clair Chryssolor, East of England, Jeanna Jacques, Paignton, Pam Mottershow, Bournemouth, Zena Thorn-Andrews, South Wales, Marie Bryce-Smith, SGHC, Zola Rawson, Midland Counties, Debbie Copperthwaite, LKA, Kathy Webb.