Hilary Davies has asked me to remind the trophy holders from last year’s Northern Saluki Club Championship show to please remember to return them to this year’s show. Her telephone number is 07749 787780 or email: email@example.com. I understand that David Hartley was well enough to attend the meeting. He is not out of the woods yet, as he will need to have an operation, hopefully sooner then later. Christine Harrison has been ratified as the new Welfare warden for the north.
A late reminder, hopefully not too late, please remember to return trophies to the Limited Show which were won last year.
It was interesting to read in ‘Our Dogs’ this week that Crufts is the largest event held at the NEC. They have more car parks allocated to the event then any other event during the year. Speaking of Crufts, I omitted to put in the name of the owner of Canapus Impala At Iskandraya, the RCC Dog, which is Joanne Mahon.
I have heard from Karen Fisher that the SGHC Open Sure Coursing competition has been cancelled for the 25th March because the field is under water. Karen plans to reorganize the course for April or May, so will keep the entries that have already been submitted. If for any reason you decide not to run your entered dog, please contact Karen and she will return your entries. There is a second opportunity to try lure coursing at that is at The UK Sighthound Lure competition which will be held on 1st April at Eiling Farm RG18 0UD. Entries close on Monday 26th March so there is not a lot of time to enter. Please look at the UK Sighthound web site for an application to enter or email: contact@UKsighthoundsport.com. I hope they have better luck with the weather.
The Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Ruby Anniversary gala weekend on the 21st and 22nd April 2018. Saturday will be their Breed Championship Show, to be judged by Cathy Smith from Australia. She has kindly sent the following CV:
“My husband and I have been breeding and showing Salukis for over 44 years, and we are a small, yet successful kennel in Australia. We have bred 14 Saluki litters under the “Catonam” prefix
We have bred and/or titled approx. 42 Salukis to their Australian Championship.
We are breeders of multi All Breeds Best In Show and multi Specialty Best in Show Winners. I have been Secretary, Show Secretary and President, and Treasurer of The Saluki Club Inc (NSW) which was the first Saluki Club to become affiliated/formed in Australia.
I have judged at San Angeles (USA) Saluki Specialty, Finnish Saluki Specialties, Saluki Club of Greater San Francisco Specialty, also have judged, on a number of occasions, Saluki Beauty Contest Abu Dhabi’
Catonam Salukis are the combination of English, American and Scandinavian bloodlines and the aim of this combination is to produce what we feel is a balanced, functional Saluki, always keeping the moderate Saluki type with the light, easy effortless gait.
I have been a licenced ANKC judge for Salukis and all Hounds since October 2004
My judging philosophy is give everyone equal attention, be fair and give an honest opinion as to which is the best animal to fit the Breed Standard.
My ideal Saluki is moderate, moderate, moderate, functional & fit, sound in body and temperament, clean flowing lines and unexaggerated
I am honoured to have been nominated to judge this truly fabulous show.”
The show will be held at the usual venue of Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross, Nr Chesterfield S45 9LX. During the lunch break there will be a parade of rescued Saluki. For further information on this please contact Christine Harrison on tel. 07595 154541 Judging, at the championship show will commence at 10.00. After the main judging the Knightellington Memorial Stakes will take place. Judge will be Ms Diane Farrar. Diane Farrar (ne Dunn) was one of the original organizers of the Northern Saluki Club. Upon arrival the NSC will provide a cup of coffee or tea. For further information or to receive a schedule please contact John Owen on tel 0115 9305473 or email him at:firstname.lastname@example.org. And this is just the start of the busy weekend.
On Saturday night there will be a Dinner held at the Derbyshire Hotel where guests with their dogs can stay the night. The direct line to the hotel is 01773 814628.
On Sunday the 22nd April there will be the NSC Open show to be judged by David Lever. David was again one of the original organizers of the NSC. This show like the champ show must be pre-entered. Schedules are available from John Owen at the address above or through Higham Press’ www.dog.biz. In the afternoon there will be a Companion Dog Show with entries taken from 12.30. This is open to all dogs and especially rescues. All funds raised will go to the Charity Saluki Welfare Fund.
Congratulations to Victoria Martin and her Canerikie Vivaldi for Stalwart for accruing enough points for his Junior Warrant.
Congratulations are also due to Luke Johnston for winning Young Kennel Club Stakes.
Christine Harrison was in charge of “Discover Dogs” for Salukis at Crufts this year. She has kindly sent me the following report: “
Last year, after Crufts, I decided it was time to re-vamp the decorations of the Discover Dogs Booth. Many of the volunteers from last year kindly donated their expenses from Crufts for the re-vamp and Mrs. Jo Barrington-Woods also donated an extra £25. First thing I did was to ask Mark and Diane Layton-Smith to produce some banners similar to the ones they produced for the Saluki Gazelle Hound Group, but instead they approached that club's committee and from now on we will share the banners (wonderful co-operation between the two clubs). My brother, Christopher Harrison produced the wooden saluki cutout for the front of the stall, this is not quite finished and will be painted soon with facial features etc. Hilary's wonderful quilt was on show again of course, that will be there as long she will let us use it. I made a new banner for the Northern Saluki Club, and with material especially bought for its authenticity, produced all the floor cushions and matched it to the rug. The photos that Lorraine Fitzgerald did for us last year have been re-printed and were re-used. We just need a map from somewhere that shows the origins of the Saluki, so if anyone can help with that I would be grateful. Thank you to Lorraine for up-loading photos of the booth to facebook and thankyou to all the visitors of the booth who left lovely comments.
All that remains for me to do now is to thank my ever faithful volunteers: George Webster, Hilary and John Davies, Sue and Keith Snape, Jo Barrington-Woods, and Helen Glanville. We desperately need more volunteers, guys!!!!
Gloria and Alan Burtonshaw were unable to attend this year, please note: your company was greatly missed.”
Sorry to hear that Paul and Ann Shimmin were unable to attend Crufts this year because Paul has the flu. Having missed Christmas dinner this year for the exactly same reason I can certainly sympathise with him. Ann and Paul living on the Isle of Man, have to plan their journeys carefully as ferrys are involved between the island they live on and the mainland . They will definitely make it next year as Paul shall be the man in the middle of the ring.
Dr John Hudson has kindly written the following “The Breed Record Supplement for the end of 2017 has just arrived from the Kennel Club and it gives registration numbers for the year for all the Hound breeds. Saluki registrations came to 146, which compares with 139 for each of 2016 and 2015. So numbers are staying pretty steady – no significant rise or fall. However, 146 looks rather low compared with Whippets who registered a massive 3,352. In fact Salukis come 13th out of the 37 Hound breeds for registration numbers. There is of course a huge difference between the top of the list (5,735 Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshunds) and the bottom (five breeds on zero); 22 breeds registered fewer than 100 dogs. Looking at just the 11 sighthound breeds, these are of course led by the Whippets, followed at some distance by Wolfhounds on 372 and, close behind them are Deerhounds on 266. And Salukis come 4th. The bottom three sighthounds are Azawakhs (12), Ibizans (9) and Sloughis (0).
These 146 registrations come from 20 litters (so the average litter size is 7.3). There seems to be a broader spread of kennel names (affixes) than before. Six of these are recognisable from the show ring – Knightellington (from Chris Lewis and Jessica Brassington), 2 Fernlark litters (Michelle and Kelvin Goulden having taken over from Sheryl Steer), Safaniyah (from Sylvia Pass), Tigsisle (from Mrs KH Williams), Micattura (this seems to be Vicky-Ann McNab’s new kennel name) and Jazalle (from Andrea Ireson and Ruth Dann). Then there are 4 kennel names that (as far as I know) have not appeared in a Saluki ring – Ehlaradawn (Mrs SE Barter), Mysoora (2 litters from Mr TJ Harris), Meremptah (Mr D Porter) and Kensteen, which is presumably a kennel name handed out by the Kennel Club on request; it is attached to three litters bred by three different people, namely Mr M Giles, Miss KE Metcalfe & Mr JJ Walker and Mr D Gradon. Finally there 6 litters with no kennel names – 2 from John Lennon, who has been breeding Salukis for many years, one from Miss E Price, one from Miss N McCallum and 2 from Sue Edge who seems to have abandoned her kennel name Sotazsu.”
An interesting, fun day for us at Crufts. So many friends to meet and a quick catch-up on what is happening. It was nice to see Clair Chryssolor, who was back from Texas just for stewarding at our ring along with Caroline Mccormick Smith. Clair is looking forward to returning again in June to judge us at Windsor. Going through the catalogue there were only 12 Salukis entered from outside the UK. One of the most interesting entries was two Turkish champions; though looking at their information in the catalogue one has a French sire and the other a Swedish sire. Sorry I did not get to chat with them. Michael and I were pleased to see Jimmy Cowie at the show. We hope all is going well with his treatment and recovery. Lastly we had to wish farewell to Martina Skadrova and Edwardo Scosta with their two Salukis and their whippet. They are off to start a new life in Finland, at least for 6 months. We hope they have a safe journey and hope to report back on how they are getting on.
Our judge at Crufts was Mrs Denise Rogers and she chose for her
Dog CC, Best Of Breed Ch Mumtaz Hercules Sh CM owned by Joan and Jimmy Cowie with the RDCC to Canapus Impala at Iskandraya (IMP NDL). BCC went to Nicola Warner and Berni Heatherton’s Ch Canapus Victoria (IMP NDL) with RBCC to Tony and Liz Quick’s Noushzad Caliana at Jorjenjo (IMP Ger) Best Puppy was Al Nafiseh Flowering Sage (IMP RUS) owned by Dr O Woolmer. Well done all!
Schedules are now available for the Ruby Weekend for the Northern Saluki Club. Please look on Higham Press Web site or contact John Owen, Hon Sec on telephone no. 0115 9305473. I will post more about the planned activities in next weeks Breed Notes
Good Luck to all those attending Crufts next week.
I have been sitting on the Breed Records Supplement for a couple of weeks This supplement is for October 2017 to December 2017. There were 6 litters with a total of 43 puppies registered. That makes the total Saluki registration for 2017 at 146. A little higher then 2016 which was 139. There were 5 importations which are Al Nafiseh Flowering Sage from the Russian Federation owned by Dr Olga Woolmer, Brigitta imported from Italy and owned by M A Radak, Canapus Kashmere of Lytesfield from Netherlands owned by L A Harkett, Oazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi imported from Belguim and owned by Ms M Shavereva, Tazillah Yaron imported from Finland owned by M Scosta, M Skadrova.
Export Pedigrees have been issued for four dogs, two to go to the Netherlands, one to Russian Federation and one to the USA. Two Champions Certificates, they are Canapus Victoria (IMP NDL) and Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS )
Entries are closing on Monday 12th March 2018 for the SGHC Open Lure Coursing Competition, run under the UKSS proposed Regulations submitted to the Kennel Club. The competition will be held on a grass farm field up to 1000 metre area. The lure operators are Sporting Whippet Club with lots of experience with running hounds. The course judges will be Sue Meacham and Masha Shaverneva. Hot and cold food, including hot drinks, soup and a variety of cakes will be available to purchase. Patronage is most important and appreciated, as the proceeds will help towards the hire of the toilet.
There will be a raffle so please bring along your donations. It should be a fun day out. For further information please contact Karen Fisher on 01279 833855 or email: email@example.com.
Elaine Stanmore has sent the following on behalf of the SGHC “A reminder that the Limited Show will be held on Sunday 8th April, judge Ms Maya Monk-Schenk, at Steventon Village Hall before the AGM. Schedules were posted to all members with the ballot nominations and newsletter, but if anyone needs one please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on Monday 12th March.
There will be tea, coffee and biscuits available all day and filled jacket potatoes at lunchtime. Donations of cakes would be very welcome. The Show Manager is Marie Bryce Smith.
The Saluki (the official Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club magazine) will be available for collection or purchase at Crufts. As usual the magazine includes articles for all enthusiasts to enjoy. We are delighted to announce a new book “The Salukis in my Life” will be available on the Crufts Stand, the author Sir Terence Clark will be attending to sign copies purchased on the day.”
I have done a little research on Amazon regarding Sir Terence Clark’s new book. Amazon says that the launch of the book will be 9th March, which is the day we are showing at Crufts and the day Sir Terrence will be there signing copies. They go on to say “ Sir Terence Clark's The Salukis in My Life is part-memoir, part-travelogue, and explores in lively and unprecedented detail the history and significance of the Saluki across the world. Indigenous to the Arabian peninsula, the desert-bred Saluki has for centuries been revered, and remains as highly valued today for its elegance and intelligence. Sir Terence's own life and work have been profoundly influenced by this ancient breed. His commitment to the study, enjoyment and preservation of these `Companions of Kings' has taken him far and wide and introduced him to extraordinary people and places: in Iraq and Oman (where he was British Ambassador), throughout the Middle East and across Syria, into Central Asia, Russia and China. Beautifully illustrated with personal photographs, artwork and calligraphy, this book interweaves Sir Terence's fascinating life story with the history of the breed throughout the region. His passion for Salukis is infectious - whether for hunting, showing, coursing, breeding or simply companionship, the reader cannot help but share the love.”
The Afghan Hound Association are holding an event entitled MEMOIRS, MENTORS & MAYHEM on Saturday 21st April 2018 at Chieveley Village Hall, Berks RG20 8TE starting at 11am. This will be an informal, fun packed day! We will have historic archives and information on our sighthounds on display and for those considering the Mentoring programme of the JCF we will be discussing all aspects with the chance for practice. After lunch the mayhem starts with our popular fun classes, a chance to try your hand at ‘judging’ and a new venture for us ‘Fun-Obreedience’!! Please come along, bring your hounds and join in!
All details from Melinda Hitch (email@example.com) or Susan Rhodes (firstname.lastname@example.org) – book early as space may be limited.
Jackie Tune, Secretary of Retford Canine Society, has emailed me that their annual show will be held at Newark showground on 18th March. They are including classes for Salukis. The schedules are available on Fosse Data or on request from Jackie, her address is Pleasant View Big Lane Clarborough DN229LY. The show closes 26/02/2018 (postal) or 04/03/2018 (online).
Please, if you can support the show.
I have recently read an article that Dog owners have been advised to avoid feeding their pets raw chicken after researchers found a link between the meat and a rare and potentially fatal form of canine paralysis.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne's U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital found dogs which eat raw chicken meat, especially chicken necks, have an increased risk of developing the paralysing condition polyradiculoneuritis, also known as APN.
Chicken necks have long been recommended to pet owners for dental health, especially for smaller dog breeds, and are readily available in supermarkets.
The study's findings confirmed a "significant association" between APN and smaller canines.
Further to this I have recently heard a case of therapy or pat dog participant being told they cannot bring their dogs to care homes if they are feeding a raw died. In the case of raw chickens they are worried about passing on salmonella infections.
Little in way of news coming through, it feels a bit like the excitement of the night before Christmas though in this case it is the weeks before Crufts. We should be finding out what the entries are in the next week or so.
Caroline Pickering has sent the following: “On Wednesday 24th January the Northern Saluki Club held a seminar to explain and discuss the New Judges Competency Framework Guide to being a Dog Show Judge. Jeff Horswell spent well over 2 hours explaining the different entry stages of judging and how the new system will work. The event was very well attended by both judges and exhibitors from all different breeds from many parts of the country. Huge thanks to Jeff Horswell for taking the time out to go through this with everyone, and also to Denise Garratt for organising the event.”
John Owen Hon Sec on the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following “The AGM will be held at 1:30pm: in Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire, on Sunday 25th March 2018. If you have been a member of the club for three or more years and would like to become more actively involved, you would be very welcome to stand for possible election to the committee.
If you have any nominations for members of the committee or items for the agenda they should be recieved by the secretary 30 days prior to the meeting. Anyone nominated must have agreed to stand.
Even if you do not wish to be on the committee, you would be very welcome and we would be pleased to see you at the meeting.
The agenda for the AGM will be circulated approximately 2 weeks before the meeting.”
A couple of weeks ago I published an article by Mr Bill Bunce on the “new champions classes” that are now being introduced at Breed Club shows. Nicola Warner has sent the following comment regarding this: “I am in complete agreement with the opinions expressed by Bill Bunce shared in your column of Jan 9th 2018. I feel that in light of falling entries in so many breeds for the reasons that Mr Bunce put forward that it is the most sensible and logical step forward. I have heard the argument for many years that the reason that the system in this country is the best is that only the best get through so no cheap champions but I think that that is an argument long out of date. The time has come for a champions class where the winner does not compete for the ticket. I am in favour of the American system and feel it is long overdue in this country.”
Jeannette Glaister has organized a mini-coach trip to the World Show which will be held in Amsterdam this year. I understand that this coach is all pre-booked so there will be a good contingency of Saluki people attending either to exhibit or just to be part of the circus The schedule is a follows, Thursday 9th August the Benelux Winner Show with judge Graham Hill (UK). Friday is the Group 10 Specialty with judge Willem Buitenkamp (NDL) and the World Show is on Saturdya with judge Stelios Makaritis (GRE) judging.
In past years, World Dog Show organisers have taken a trade stand at Crufts, with schedules and more information. Entries Fees info came with the flyer, the cost in Euros of course, with increasing costs, depending on when entries are made. Entry fees from now until 03-05-2018:- 1st dog 80.00€, 2nd and subsequent dogs 70.00€ each dog. From 04-05 2018:- 1st dog 90.00€, 2nd and subsequent dogs 80.00€ each dog. From 01-06-2018:- 1st dog 100.00€, 2nd and subsequent dogs 90.00€ each dog. From 29-06-2018:- 1st dog 120.00€, 2nd and subsequent dogs 110.00€ each dog. And some people moaned when Crufts put prices up.
If planning on attending the Amsterdam weekend, please be aware that you will not be missing the Hound Association Championship Show. It is being held on the 14th July 2018 at their usual venue of the Stafford Show Grounds.
Congratulations to Josh Duddell and Barry Mansell on their Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW winning Top Saluki Stud Dog 2017.
The SGHC will be holding their first Open Lure Coursing Competition under the proposed regulations of the UKSS. Karen Fisher will be emailing schedules but in case you do not receive one and would like one, contact Karen of 01279 833855 or email email@example.com. The trial is open to all Kennel Club registered Salukis. The date of the trial is Sunday 25th March and entries close on Monday 12th March 2018.
Sue Bounds’ funeral will take place at 11am, Slough Crematory, Stoke Road, Slough SL2 5AX on the 24th January 2018. All are welcome.
On a lighter note, I have received a note from Claire Jowett that Barleymoon Ankaa just won her second Dog of the Year 2017!!.. Postponed due to the weather before Christmas, Hastings, St Leonards & E.Sx Canine Society rescheduled their Dog of the Year competition and Ankaa won Best Yearling 2017 and then went on to be awarded Dog of the Year.
Of late I seem to be posting mainly what is happening and not exploring some of the changes in our dog scene. I will now be including an article by the American Cocker breed notes writer, Bill Bunce and hopefully will receive some comments from the readership. Bill writes “I am pleased to see that the New Year is starting with the KC confirmation of a champions class at Breed Club champ shows. For many years I have favoured the idea but would personally like to see it expanded even more if it is to be of real value in revitalizing our sport and potentially increasing entry numbers.
The problem as I see it has been that for many years, for one reason or another every once in a while a certain dog and/or breeder seems to dominate their breed taking the tickets week after week. All this achieves is a drop in entries when other exhibitors decide it is not worth going as they assume they know the winners before they start. This results in perpetuating the problem by seeing even less and less dogs taking more and more awards, often with other equally deserving specimens being left by the wayside.
The simple answer I believe is to make the Champions class the only one which Champions can enter and leave the winners out of the final line up for the CCs. They would then be allowed back to compete for Best of Breed against the CC winners, thereby maintaining the ‘best of the best’ and top notch representation in the groups. This change would encourage others to take part in the general competition and could produce new, equally high quality champions. It goes without saying that judges would have to ensure they maintain that quality by only awarding CCs to dogs of sufficient merit-as they should be doing now”
This country has always been rated as the most difficult country to make up a dog as we had to ‘beat the best’ to win the CC. Would a new system as above be lowering our standards? Or is it time to join the rest of the world in removing the champions from the CCs or points.
26TH JANUARY 2018
We have heard that Brendan Austin has suffered a stroke. He is now recovering and hopefully will be back to full fitness. We wish him a speedy recovery.
An update on ‘lure trials’, The UKSS and SWC are holding a trailing day, on Sunday 25th February, at Raleigh’s Cross, Somerset, TA23 0LN. Starting time is 10.30 am. For those wanting to attend please contact Sharon Dalgleish at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sharon will update on the requirements for entering.
Manchester Champ Show was held last Thursday after a night of torrential wind. Judging Salukis was Mrs Jill Peak, an all-rounder. DCC, BOB went to Kevin & Michelle Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design with the RDCC to Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi JW, Sh CM (Imp). BCC for her 3rd and qualifying CC went to Josh Duddell, Brian Mansell and Luke Johnston’s Canerikie Catalina. She was born 25th August 2016 and her breeders are Mrs J Duddell and Mr B Mansell. Her sire is Ch Jorjenjo Mirza of Fernlark JW and her dam is Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP ITA) JW. RBCC and Best Veteran went to Mrs Katherine Williams’ Ch Bermuda, Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton. Best Puppy was Tigsisle Totally Unique also owned by Mrs Williams. Well done all!
It is with great sadness that I write about the death of Sue Bounds. For the last three years Sue has been battling with cancer, on Christmas Eve she went into hospital for the last time. Sue purchased her first Saluki in 1988 from Diane Merchant Giles. Her name was Shamal Mazraa. Her sire was Ch Classicus Belisarius and her dam Shamal Khaluah. Her second Saluki was from Leslie Wiggins and she was Elaref Chenab. Her sire was Ch Shamal Kharaz and dam Elaref Cinderella. Sue’s first litter was out of Cinerdella bred to our Kasaque Fanuch. She kept three puppies from this litter. I remember her vividly showing ‘Rocky’, whose name fitted him perfectly, perhaps the most stable Saluki one could ask for. After this time Sue acquired a couple of whippets, a border collie and two Afghans, we did not see so much of her in the ring. At the end of 2005, Sue welcomed the smooth, Bedu Delphine of Alsahra into her home. She was bred by Liz Stephens from Int Ch Arab Bahari’s Shaahin Taalli to her top winning bitch, Ch Bedu Bon Juste. Delphine did quite well in the show ring, winning one Challenge Certificate and two RCCS. Later Delphine was bred to Connie De Souza and Heidi Woodgate’s Sufeina Al Ain producing a wonderful litter that are being currently exhibited. Sue’s dream came true when her Ch Alsahra Lalana won Best in Show at The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club under judge Jenny Macro and Best in Show judge Dagmar Pordham Kenis. This litter produced a champion
Bitch and two dogs with a CC each.
The tributes to Sue have been coming in to the social media. Everyone has commented on our loss of a kindly, very sweet person with never a harsh word to anyone, she will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace, Sue. Unfortunately at this time details are not available for her funeral arrangements. Our Commiserations to her husband Glyn, three sons and their partners and her grandchildren. We know her three remaining dogs will be a comfort to Glyn in the future.
Denise Garratt on behalf of the Northern Saluki Club have posted the following : “You are cordially invited to spend
An Evening with Jeff Horswell” A Seminar to explain and discuss the New Judges Competency Framework Guide to being a Dog Show Judge. This will be held at Brinsley Parish Hall Cordy Lane Brinsley Notts NG16 5BY on Wednesday 24th January 7.30pm – 9.30pm.
There will be a talk on the different entry stages of judging with a short question and answer period at the end of the talk.
The price is £5 per person and as tickets will be limited it will be on a first come first served basis.
Tea and Coffee will be available.
Cheques should be made payable to The Northern Saluki Club and sent to Mrs Denise Garratt 23 Nethergreen Eastwood Notts NG16 3DW phone 01773 719641
In last week’s Breed notes I got it wrong, it should have said Three Salukis take 'Dog of the Year 2017' at South of England Ringcraft
Clubs on Finals Night:
Veteran Al Caliphs Djansa owned by Annette and Brian Buckley on 12th
December at Langney and District Ringcraft Club; Yearling Barleymoon Ankaa
owned by Claire Jowitt on 14th December at Eastbourne and District Canine
Society and Junior Canerikie Vivaldi For Stalwart (Jeffrey) owned by
Victoria Martin on 19th December 2017 at Hitchin and District Canine
Society, Hertfordshire. What a lovely way to end the year and surely this
must be a first!
Karen Fisher has sent this notice to all Saluki owners in the UK.
PROPOSED LURE COURSING MEETING IN MARCH 2018
You may have seen the announcement on the UK Sighthound Sport Facebook page that the Kennel Club have agreed to support them sending a team to the European Championships (“EC”) in Denmark 2018. Details of the Championships can be found here: http://www.coursing2018.eu/
For this year only, qualification for participation in the EC is that the sighthound must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register, have a Lure Coursing License and have participated in two events before May 2018. To gain a License (which is issued by UK Sighthound Sport) the sighthound has to be certified that it can run clean in a muzzle and jacket by a recognized lure coursing club. As there has only been one event that can count towards EC qualification (namely the UK Sighthound Sport’s event last October) there are very few salukis who hold a license. As the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club are one of the supporting Clubs of UK Sighthound and were the only breed club to offer up committee members for UKSS it would be nice if there was a good representation of our breed at the EC. We therefore need to hold a meeting to enable more salukis to qualify. The second qualifying run can be gained at the UK Sighthound Sport’s meeting on 1st April.
I have therefore asked the SGHC to hold a meeting in March 2018 (after Crufts). Through the kind offices of a dear friend a venue has been found in Oxfordshire. This location should be accessible to more people than the small field that has been used by the SGHC for trialing salukis. The costs of the meeting are quite considerable as well as the organization. I therefore need to know how many people would be interested in attending. The event will be open to all KC registered salukis and trials will be scheduled to enable salukis to gain their license prior to the main event. If you are interested in taking part, please send me a private message so that I can gauge how many people are interested.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
2017 has been a very interesting year in terms of dogs and dog showing. The biggest change, probably since the ‘Pedigree Foods’ sponsorship stopped abruptly, was the closing down of “Dog World”. It was vibrant to have two strong opinions, in the form of weekly magazines, regarding our world of dogs. Now we are down to one, it is important to keep that voice going or we will have only the Kennel Club’s opinion as the lonely voice. Some of the top accolades for 2017 are: Top Saluki (s) with equal points goes to Classicus Cassander and Fernark Schussboomer. Top Stud and Veteran was Baghdad Karim. There was no clear leader for the title of top Brood bitch. Top Puppy is
The Kennel Club has agreed to introduce champion classes at breed club championship shows, with effect from 1st January 2018.
These classes, which are not compulsory, have been brought in by the Show Executive Committee (SEC) following a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party which recently announced a number of measures designed to improve the dog show scene in Britain.
The winner of the champion class, provided it is unbeaten, will join all other unbeaten dogs or bitches to compete for the relevant Challenge Certificate.
In days gone past we use to have a very popular Champions Class at the SGHC Open Show. It was deemed very competitively and most fun. Maybe will be able to do this in the future again.
Jimmy Cowie is now out of the hospital after 18 days. Joan has posted that it will be a learning curve regarding his recovery. We wish both of them all the best for the future.
Lure Coursing UK have announced that the Kennel Club have agreed to support them in sending a team to the European Championships in Denmark 2018. This is a huge step towards the sport being recognized. The first big trial for this year will be 1st April. Hopefully the Saluki Club will have organized some meets so our dogs will be able to obtain licenses to compete. Our dogs had a great time at LCUK’s first meeting. For further information on them please email email@example.com
Happy holiday from Michael, myself and all our hounds. Just in case I miss the next deadline for these notes we wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year.
I have heard from Debbie Copperthwaite that at the end of November her, Ch Noushzad Caliph went BIS at Horsham DCS Open Show - Judge was Jacky Cutler.
LKA, the special show we all look forward to, as the finale of the show year, was special for a different reason this year. On the Sunday Salukis were exhibited, the Birmingham area was having a snowstorm. Some exhibitors did manage to attend as did the judge. I spoke to her husband early on Sunday morning and he said Jenny had decided to travel the day before, thankfully. She was staying at a hotel about 4 miles away so was hopeful that she would get there. Seeing photo of the NEC, the entry to the show was depleted because of the weather.
Judging Salukis was breed specialist Jenny Macro (Nefisa). Her DCC, BOB and Hound Group 4 was Jeannette & Alan Glaister’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM with RDCC to Adele Haddon’s Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham (Imp) BCC for her third and qualifying CC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. She was born on the 12th October 2014 and her breeder is her owner. Her sire is Ch Baghdad Karim (imp Aus)Sh CM and her dam is Ch Anasha Al Noushararin (IMP AUS) Sh CM. RBCC went to L Phillips & H Wiseman’s Vidana Amira S Berega Turi (IMP RUS). Best Puppy was Anna & Ben Freegard’s Jazalle Athena for Mumtaz. Best Veteran was Ch Classicus Cassander.