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.