At the Tate Modern in London there is an exhibition of the work of Alberto Giacometti. Pleased to report, for those who have not seen it, his beautiful Saluki is on show He called it ‘skinny dog’ if I remember correctly. We saw it a few years ago at the Royal Academy and it is far more beautiful then it is in photographs.
We understand that Angela Yardley is in the hospital at the time of this writing. It seems that her 2 young borzois crashed into her at 30 miles an hour. She has a couple of broken bones so will laid up for a while.
The last week has been a very successful and exciting time for Salukis. At Southern Counties Championship Show, Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM won both the Hound Group and the Veteran Hound Group. He did not manage to go Best in Show but he won a very successful Reserve Best Veteran in Show. At the same show Canerikie Catalina continue her success from the puppy classes winning a Hound Puppy Group 2. At Three-Counties Champ Show, Fernlark Schussboomer won 1st in the Hound Group. Our congratulations to all that have presented out breed so well.
On the 2nd of June, Southern Counties held their championship show. Judging Salukis was Andre Van Den Broek of The Netherlands. His judging was controversial as he withheld placements on 5 dogs. Whatever the problems were, we will have to wait until his critique is published and then maybe we will find some answers.
At SCCS, DCC,BOB went to Ch Baghdad Karim ShCM owned by the Ham, Brockman-Chato, Elliot-Ross partnership with RDCC to the Goulden’s Fernlark By Design JW. BCC went to the newly crowned Fernlark Schussboomer owned by the Mansell, Duddell, Johnston partnership with RBCC to our own Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (IMP FRA) JW. Best Puppy was Canerikie Catalina owned by the Mansell, Duddell, Johnson partnership.
This Friday, Three Counties Championship Show was held with Elaine Stanmore judging. Her BCC, BOB went to Fernlark Schussboomer with RBCC to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Neferti JW ShCM. DCC went to Connie De Souza’s Sufeina Jebel Ali. With RDCC to Liz Stephen’s Alsahra Aslan Bedu. Best Puppy was Canerikie Catalina.
The SGHC will be holding a lure trial on Saturday 15th July. This for Saluki both registered and unregistered. Any questions please contact Ceclia Andersson at
So pleased that Rosie Faber is now back home. She was taken from her home on Thursday 20th April by thieves breaking into the house. Buzz had not been out for long, when she returned home she noticed Rosie was gone. Immediately, she contacted the world on social media sites and Dog Lost, reporting her abduction. Buzz’s daughter flew over from Canada to help in the search so Buzz was free to go out and distribute leaflets. As in many of these abductions the first clues to where she might be came from an innocent comment by someone seeing a dog that just did not seem to fit with the people she was with. With this in mind, local suspect area were pelted with notices of Rosie’s missing. We were hoping to make Rosie too hot to handle and they would let her go. After a couple of weeks, Buzz’s’ daughter returned to Canada and Anna Morsing came over from Sweden and upped the anties. We would like to think that with all the leaflets, prying eyes and unrelenting work, helped make a difference. Buzz eventually received a telephone saying a third party now had her dog and they made arrangements for her return. To add to Buzz’s misery her beloved “Pharley” Ch Suffeina Pastel JW, decided enough was enough and at fifteen years of age it was time to say goodby.
Last Monday on a very rainy bank holiday, Bath Championship Show was held. We had classes for Saluki but Challenge Certificates are not available for Salukis at this show until 2019. Our judge was Ms Martine Smithson. She chose for her Best Dog/Best Veteran Ham, Bockman-Chato and Elliot-Ross partnership Ch Baghdad Karim (Imp) Sh CM, Ch Baghdad Karim with the RBB to Deborah Copperthwaite’S Noushzad Caliph. Best Bitch went to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia with the Res Best bitch to Diane Layton Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne. Best Puppy, 2nd in Puppy Group was Josh Duddell , Barry Mansell’s and Luke Johnston’s Canerikie Catalina
After the judging of Bath Championship Show, South West Hound held their Open Show. Judging us was Luke Johnston. Best of Breed went to the Goulden’s Fernlark By Design JW with Reserve Best of Breed to our own Al Zubeyda Lena At Kasaque (imp Fra) JW. Pity the weather was not better
The schedule for South Eastern Hound Club has come. This show is always a highlight on the late summer dog show scene. Judging us this year will be Caroline McCormick-Smith. The Saluki Club will be sponsoring rosettes for BOB, RBOB, BP and prize money of 5.00 for BOB and BP. This will take place on Sunday 3rd September 2017 at the Hickstead Showgrounds, West Sussex BN6 9HS. This is the Club’s Golden Garden Party Show with the usual great picnics. Entries close on 10th August, Schedules can be obtained from Fosse Data. I will let you know who be co-ordinating the lunch at a closer to the date.
The first of two SGMs took place on the 27th May 2017 at the Kennel Club Building. Sitting in the chair was Robert Greaves. The only item on the agenda was to set a up new Committee for the Saluki Club. According to the notification we received, prior to the meeting, that this was an interim committee and the regular committee will be elected next April. Mr Greaves was very specific in stating that he wanted nine members on the Committee. In attendance were 21 people, it was reminiscent of scenes in the House of Lords though I am pleased to say that I did not hear anyone snoring. President/treasurer is Don Everton, Secretary is David Steel. John Hudson resigned as Vice-President so that position is vacant. The Committee members are as follows: Martin Green, Marie Bryce-Smith, Cecelia Andersson, Elaine Stanmore. Dr Sarah Williams, Peter Yardley, Pip Buswell. Dr Sarah Williams has had to stand down as she has not been a member of the club for three years. I understand that Kathy Webb, who did not have to be re-elected will yet again be the Chairman.
The following has been sent to me from Mr David Steel, Acting Hon Sec of SGHC.
“Special General Meeting Results: The SGM made necessary by the resignations at the AGM, or shortly after, rendering t he committee inquorate took place on 27th May. The meeting to elect new interim officers and committee members to serve to the next AGM was chaired by an independent chairman, who was accepted by the floor. This resulted in the Treasurer ad Secretary’s roles being filled ad the election of 6 new committee members- a welcome increase in support and help.
Don Everton, agreed to extend the Acting Treasurer r ole he took on following the resignation of the Treasurer Elect at the AGM. He is therefore now Acting Treasurer until the next AGM.
David Steel was appointed to the role of Secretary on an interim basis until the next AGM. Consequently, he resigns his role as Ordinary Committee Member, in line with club rules
The six new committee members elected at the SGM who will now serve until the next AGM are: Cecilia Andersson, Marie Bryce-Smith, Pip Buswell, Martin Green, Elaine Stanmore, Peter Yardley
Overall with Kathy Webb who was already in post, this means the SGHC Committee now stands at 9 members, the largest the club has had in a number of years.
At the inaugural meeting of the new committee, Kathy Webb was elected as Chairman of the Committee. Alongside some basic housekeeping, several focus areas to move the club forward following the recent issues were identified. These will be developed over the next weeks and discussed in more detail at the first full committee meeting.”
An update on the Special General Meeting of the Saluki Club which will be held on the 27th May 2017. Postal letters are being sent out to all members of the Club informing them that the first SGM is being postponed. If anyone does not receive their letter they should contact Hudson@glenoak.org.uk.
I shall attend and report back what happens. Hopefully the Club will find it’s self back with a Committee and able to conduct the necessary business of the Club.
On Saturday the Scottish Kennel Club held their championship show. Judging Salukis was Ms Vivienne Phillips. Her DCC, BOB, BV and 4th in the Veteran’s Group was Jacqui and Alan Bloomfield’s Ch Glenoak Jabari JW Sh CM with the RDCC to Joan and Jimmi Cowie’s Ch Mumtaz Hercules. BCC went to Denise Garratt and Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Neferti JW Sh CM with the RBCC to Gloria & Alan Burtenshaw’s Fernlark Snow Goose at Daandazi JW Sh CM. Best Puppy and 3rd in the Puppy Hound Group was Jos Duddell, Brian Mansells’ Canerikie Catalina. Well done all!!!
Phyllida and Marcus Cooke’s address, while their home is being made habitable again is Lower Lodge Farmhouse, Charney Road, Longworth Oxfordshire,OX13 5HW. Her telephone number is 01865 821083 or she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Breed Record Supplement 2017 from the Kennel Club has arrived. It includes breed records for January to March 2017. There were three litters registered. The only one that I recognize is Jazalle with 5 puppies and the breeders are Ms A Ireson & Lady R Dann. Nine importations. Three Junior Warrants, they are Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (imp Fra), Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham and Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (Imp Rus). Two Certificates of Merit which are Fernlark L’aunisien in Cornhaze and Noushzad Claudia-Classicus. Two Champion Certificate for Al Zubeyda Iman and Caryna Curetes
t is with great sadness that I report the passing of Joan Davies on the 3rd May 2017 after a long illness. Joan and her husband Owen (Lusaki Salukis) were well known for not only their ‘show dogs’ but the Lusakis were always strong contenders on the coursing field. She purchased her first Saluki from Mr & Mrs Burton, Karista of Arabesque in 1971, then she bought Burydown Diena of Lusaki in 1972 from Hope Waters. She had success with Diena, both in the show ring and on the coursing field where she won the Sharif Trophy in 1974-75 and the Henderson Memorial Trophy in the same year. She, along with her husband were both Championship Show judges. In 2002 she judged the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Championship Show and in 2006, Crufts, which was the last time she judged. She founded the Eastern Saluki Club, which survived for many years and was great enjoyment for the participants. Not so long ago, Joan and Owen celebrated their ‘Golden Wedding’ anniversary.
There were 8 Lusakis that gained their English title. They are Lusaki Kara Kassaya of Adhari, Lusaki Bey Bartalah, Lusaki Yodi, Lusaki Pericles of Glenoak, Lusaki Tsar at Akbalkhan, Lusaki El Bayda of Elaref, Lusaki Delroba of Elaref and Lusaki Fidelis. Joan is survived by her husband, Owen and their two sons to whom we send out sympathy. I shall let you know about funeral arrangements when I hear.
Sympathy to Helena and Laurence, on the loss of their lovely daughter, Rachael Cornish, who died on the 10th May from cancer. Rachael leaves behind her husband Richard and her children, Jasmine, Jessica, Grace and Charley. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Birmingham National Show was held a week ago. Judging was Ms Jenny Dove.
BCC, BOB for her third and qualifying CC was Fernlark Schussboomer owned by Barry Mansell, Josh Duddell and Luke Johnson. She was born on 11th March 2013 and her breeder is Ms S A Steer. Her sire is Kiman Eumenes of Fernlark (Imp) and her dam is Charrioak Bright Star at Dawnchase. RBCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne. DCC, for his first CC and Best Veteran was Connie De Souza’s Sufeina Jebel Ali. He was born on the 27th June 2008. His sire is Ch Nefisa Baaz of Rhazias and his dam is Ch Sufeina Pastel JW. He was bred by Mrs A Faber. RDCC went to Janette Glaister’s Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (Imp)JW, Sh CM. Best Puppy was Brian Mansell & Josh Duddell’s Canerikie Catalina. Well done all!!
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 12TH MAY 2017.
I have just heard that Joan Davies (Lusaki Salukis) has died. I will put a short obituary in next week’s breed Notes
Mary Parker has sent the following: “Supplement seven of The Saluki Book of British Champions, is now sold out. If however, I get twenty or more prepaid orders I will then do a second print run. Please contact me at Classicussalukis@aol.com if you are interested.”
Mrs Nina Neswadba of Showhunters Salukis will be judging Saluki at the Welsh Kennel Club. This is her first assignment judging in this country and is very much looking forward to it. She has kindly sent me a copy of her relevant CV.
“As a child I grew up with hunting dogs owned by my grandmother. But already as a young girl I knew there was only one breed for me, when I found a black and white photography of two black and tan salukis in an old cytology book in my grandmother´s library. From that moment the choice was made, as I fallen in love with the breed, Saluki. As a young adult, when my studies were finished, I started to work as a teacher at a secondary schooI. Then I bought my first Saluki, followed very soon by several other males. During the years I owned a couple of males, that I showed and went coursings with them, until a few years later I decided to go into breeding as well and bred in 2011 my first litter.
The fascination of the breed was always deeply profound and I was focusing on becoming a judge. In 2008 I passed my exams for Saluki, Azawakh and Afghan hounds. After a couple of years of learning and working I became a judge of group 10. My profession as a teacher is also one of the reasons, why I became a Junior handling judge as well. Judging is a great responsibility for me and due to my work at school and being there for my family including my dogs, I´m unfortunately not able to take each appointment I´m asked for.
Now I have judged in several countries including:
Austria, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and USA.
It´s always a big honour to judge a show, and I´m grateful and full of respect towards every human and dog who enters the ring to ask for my opinion. I feel honestly bounded to this breed and I am truly honored for being invited to judge for my very first time in UK this August.”
The Police are now saying if you see a dog locked in a car in hot weather, take a picture of the dog and the car. If someone is with you, get them to bring up the weather for your area on their phone so you can screen shot the temp, then break the car window. This way, you will not be charged with criminal damage and it gives the police photo evidence to take the dog owners to court.
The hunt for Rosie Faber continues. Please keep an eye out for Buzz’s missing Saluki Bitch. Also be very vigilant with your own dogs as the situation with dogs going missing/stolen is extremely high. There are some excellent CCTVs on the market now at reasonable price that are very effective and not difficult to install.
I have received a letter from Jeanna Jaques regarding the availability to source names of Saluki owners. I am including some excerpts. She writes “that it would be prudent to remove their addresses and telephone numbers from the Kennel Club’s list of judges. This is a list available on the world wide web at the Kennel Club’s website or simply by googling ‘Judges List’. It is a strange list as there are people on it who have said they no longer wish to judge. If you remember some time ago I wrote to all the Saluki owners on that list informing them, but very few bothered to write to the Kennel Club requesting deletion of their home addresses and phone numbers/ The Kennel Club even informs the whole world when judges are next judging and therefore will not be at home”
Letters have been sent to all members of the SGHC regarding the upcoming Special General Meetings. Both these meetings are very important for all members, if at all possible, to attend. Tea and coffee will be available but it would be advisable to bring a packed lunch. The future of our ‘Club’ is at stake. The meetings will commence at 11am. If by chance you have not received a copy of the meetings and are a member of the Club please contact Dr John Hudson on 01954 230016 or email Hudson@glenoak.or.uk.
Last weekend when everyone was enjoying the Easter break, Phyllida and Marcus Cooke were devastated with a house fire. Their beautiful grade 2 listed cottage went up in smoke. It was afternoon of the Saturday that their alarms started going off, they reset them and then they went off again. A neighbour came into their house and said she saw smoke coming from the roof. They went out to look and too saw a puff of smoke coming from it. The fire brigade was promptly phoned. While waiting for them to arrive the whole neighbourhood created at human chain and helped Phyllida and Marcus remove all items from the ground floor. The local farmer came down with a vehicle, which they loaded everything into. So items on the ground floor were saved along with a few precious other items. Both of them are left with the clothing they were wearing. It will be a long haul before they are back in the cottage again. Thankfully the insurance company has been very helpful and resourceful. How horrid for them.
I have nothing further to report on the status of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club as we have not received any notification of when the Special General Meetings will be held.
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 14TH APRIL 2017.
Unfortunately the last couple of weeks there have been no notes. It has been due to the lack of Saluki related news about. Please do keep me informed with what is happening or your thoughts, as long as they are positive.
Saturday, the Hound Association of Scotland held their Championship Show. Judging Salukis at that level for the first time was Liz Mc Knight. She chose for her DCC, BOB Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeannette Glaister & Alan Glaister with the RDCC to Joan & Jimmy Cowie’s Ch Mumtaz Hercules Sh CM. BCC for her second CC went to Fernlark Schussboomer owned by Josh Duddell, Brian Mansell and Luke Johnston. RBCC went to Paul and Ann Shimmin’s Hislolme’s Leonore Mish Cranstal (IMP SWE). Best Puppy was Canerikie Lucan at Bumpkiss owned by Mrs S Sawer. Well done all.
In the latest copy of the Kennel Club Gazette there is the Transfer of the ‘Affix’ Fernlark from Sheryl Steer to Mr & Mrs Goulden.
Yesterday the SGHC held their Limited Show. Judging us was Ms Andrea Ireson. The show was well run and my congratulations to the hard working Committee of Anji Jackson Main, Diane Layton- Smith and David Steel for their efforts. The kitchen had a steady flow of customers all day with culinary delights supplied and served by Berni Hetherington and Nicola Warner. Thanks you all for making the show part of our day, so enjoyable. Interestingly, later on in the day, at he AGM, there was a motion by some members of the ‘Club’ to discontinue the Limited Show. I am pleased to say that this motion was well defeated as it is a relaxed fun show and wonderful training for new Saluki judges.
Best in Show, at the Limited Show was Pauline and Don Everton’s Kasra Zeleka with the Reserve Best in Show to El Hamrah Mansur of Kasaque (Imp Fin) owned by Emma Darby and co-owned with Michael and myself. Best Puppy was Glenoak Leilah owned by Lisa and John Hudson.
After the Limited Show, the AGM of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was held. I attended with my press badge on so I feel that I can freely report what happened. The new President of the SGHC will be Don Everton, Honorary Vice Presidents are Tessa Abbott and Brian Pether. Elected Treasurer was Diane Layton-Smith, who stated that she would not be taking up the post. Committee members are Kathy Webb, David Steel and Anji Jackson-Main. Anji has also withdrawn as a Committee member.
Judge for the 2018 Limited show are Maya Monk-Schenk, Open Show 2018 is Lorraine Fitzgerald and Championship Show 2019 Frank Farrar.
Club Colour trophies were discussed as some members felt they were an anti climax at the end of a championship show. It has been decided to hold them in abeyance for two years and then to reconsider their fate.
Lure Coursing was discussed and there is a new Sub Committee. This subsection will have membership as did the old Coursing section.
Joanne Mahon has approval for an Education Committee.
In any other business Joanne Mahon brought up the difficulties amongst the Committee that have caused members to withdraw from further serving the Club. At that time the Secretary, Michael McCormick Smith stated that he too was unable to remain on the Committee working with one of the Committee members. Sadly this now leaves our Club without a quorum. I believe we will need to hold a Special General Meeting to elect a new Committee. This will have to be reported to the Kennel Club as we are no longer a functioning club. This is a very sad state of affairs for the oldest Saluki Club in the World. As news is available on this ongoing situation I will report it in the notes
At the close of the meeting there was a big thank you to the Committee members for the wonderful Limited show.
The SGHC AGM will be held on Sunday 9th April 2017 at Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Oxon OX13 6RR. Viewing the agenda it will be a busy day. The AGM starts at 2 pm. In the morning the Club will be holding the Limited Show. Judging will be Ms Andrea Ireson. She has an entry of 30 dogs with 6 not for competition. The Committee have been working hard to bring together a fun show for all. Berni Hetherington will be in charge of catering so there should be something for everyone to eat. Leave your sandwiches behind and enjoy the delicious treats that will be available at a reasonable price. Please bring cakes. Attendees of the AGM are invited to arrive a little earlier and have lunch at the show. Would people holding trophies for the Limited show please return them to the show, if they are unable to, please contact Caroline Owen about returning them. We do not want anyone disappointed if they have won a trophy and it is not available for them to take home.
Michael McCormick Smith, Secretary of the SGHC states “That because of difficulties with Window’s live mail some members will have received their agenda papers under the username Carolinerobb@googlemail.com. A ny members who needs the papers sent in PDF should contact the secretary at Michael@mccormicksmith .com
Another Crufts is over. It was a pleasure that Hounds and Terriers were exhibited on Thursday as the crowds were minimal. A friend attended on Saturday and she said it was a nightmare trying to move from on area to another. On the lighthearted side I understand there were no electric sockets
available during the show so someone sighted an exhibitor is the bath rooms using the sockets, there, to groom their dogs. Life with Salukis is so simple. Living with a smooth is even easier.
Judging us at Crufts was Mrs Denise Garratt. She seemed to be enjoying her day very much. She chose for her DCC, BOB Jeannette & Alan Glaister’s Ch Classicus Cassnder JW Sh CM with the RDCC to Fernlark By Design JW owned by Kevin & Michele Goulden. BCC for her second CC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne with the RBCC to Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison’s Charrioak Sheerzam JW. Best Puppy was Nicola Warner, Joanne Mahon and Felix Van Der Drift’s Canapus Requim (Imp NDL)
Best Veteran went to the Ham, Brockeman-Chato. Elliot-Ross partnership of Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM. Well done all
The Salukis entered under a ATC number were a little down this year from last. This year the entry was 123 Salukis with 16 entered a ATC number making a rounded off percentage of 20.
Mary Parker had the new books of Champions available on the day. She still has copies left and will be taking them to the Northern Saluki Club Championship show; other wise they can be obtained by emailing Mary at Classicussalukis@aol.com. The price is £15.00 plus postage. Mary can be contacted by phone on 07423015858
At Crufts we received the schedule for the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show which is to be held on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at the Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross, Chesterfield S45 9LX. Judging Salukis will be Anne Macdonald. Entries close on Saturday 1st April or can be submitted to Higham Press before 12 noon on Wednesday 5th April.
Along with the schedule we received an invitation to celebrate the NSC’s Ruby Jubilee Weekend on the 21st and 22nd April 2018. The venue for the 21st which will be the Championship show is at Sharley Park Leisure Centre and on the 22nd for the Ruby Jubilee Show and Companion Dog Show at the Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton. There will be a Gala dinner on the Saturday night.
’”The AGM of Saluki Welfare is being held on Saturday 1st April at 2 pm. All members of the SGHC and NSC are invited together with rescuers of salukis through Welfare.
The venue is The Fentham Meeting Room, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, near Solihull. B92 0AH. This is just off Junction 6 of the M 42 near to the NEC.
If you have any items for the agenda please send them to email@example.com ‘’
Hopefully the schedules for the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show will be available, on Higham Press website by the time you read these notes. Postal schedules will follow and they also will be available at Crufts. Mary Parker has said that she plans to have the ‘new’ Book of Saluki Champions 2005 to 2015 also available at Crufts. Helena Haywood will be manning the Saluki Welfare stall also at Crufts. She has said that it will be filled with Salukis goodies.
This is my last notes before Crufts so I would like to wish everyone a great day. As usual I am sure there will be lots of partying so have fun, no matter what.