After a long and difficult battle, Jenny Ziman passed away on the 4th of November 2016 with her family at her side. Jenny like her late husband Norman was a woman deeply involved in life, be it her dogs, her business or the community she lived in. When we first met Jenny and Norman they were living in a small village near Alton in Hampshire. Prior to that they were living in London with Zenny working as a para-legal and Norman a lawyer, at that time they had a couple of Salukis. They moved to Alton in Hampshire for a couple of years with the idea of Jenny owning and running a boarding kennel. They were never able to obtain planning permission there, so they decided to purchase an already established kennel and that is how they ended up at Fargaze Kennels near Princess Risborough. From that time, their involvement in dogs blossomed.
Jenny held many positions within the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. At one point she was the Vice-President of the Club, Chairman of the Committee for a number of years, ending up as the Honorary Vice President. Positions held within the Club were Health Coordinator and Welfare Officer. Jenny was very involved with the Welfare and became chairman of the ‘Saluki Welfare’ when they became a registered charity. Jenny always had room in her kennels for a hound looking for a home and in some cases they lived the rest of their natural life within Fargaze Kennels.
Jenny and Norman bred a few litters under the Fargaze banner, but most importantly they owned and exhibited one of the most important sires of this time, namely Ch Hekla Royal Brigadier of Fargaze. He produced ten litters to vastly different bitch pedigrees producing lovely temperaments and sound confirmation. Many became Champions. His pedigree can be seen in many successful kennel of today. Norman and Jenny made up one of his daughters, Ch Mumtaz Fantasia of Fargaze. I think she qualified as a champion in three straight shows as she was a lovely bitch.
Jenny, up to her passing has been President of the prestigious Hound Association. Norman and Jenny were very involved with the Kennel Club. One of Jenny’s jobs was on the ‘House Committee’ This involved meeting and greeting visitors to the dinning room. I remember years ago visiting the KC with friends that were involved with the AKC. Jenny was most gracious and gave them a tour of the Club and was able to discuss the canine art, which they were collectors of in the States. Another job she held was the ‘Overseas’ visitors lounge at Crufts. As a very gregarious person these jobs suited her personality.
Beside involvement with Salukis and the KC, Jenny owned and bred Rottweilers and Lancashire Heelers. We obtained our first Rottie from Norman and Jenny over 30 years ago.
At this time there is a bright light, four day after Jenny’s passing, her first grandchild was born to her son, Matthew and his partner Joanna. Welcome to Ursala Janinna and our condolences to her sons Mathew and Simon.
The funeral for Jenny will be held at the GreenAcres Chiltern, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XB on Friday 18th November 2016 at 2.30 pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations can be made to Stoklenchurch Dog Rescue and Pets as Therapy through the funeral directors, Surman and Horwood Suneral Services, The Green, Croweell, Chinnor OX39 4RR.
Marie Bryce-Smith, President of SGHC has written the following:
“This year has turned out to be very distressing for us long term members of the SGHC. We have lost, yet again, a stalwart of the club due to a debilitating Illness over several years, which has meant Jenny has not appeared on the Saluki scene. She has, however, had a huge place in our heart and mind. My first memory of Jenny and Norman was meeting them at shows when they were campaigning their lovely Ch Hekla Royal Brigadier of Fargaze. Although Jenny and Norman had bred just a few litters, they were not really show enthusiast. They did, however make up, along with Brigadier, a Mumtaz Saluki from Zola Rawson.
We were delighted when a few years ago Nick and I gave them their only home bred champion, Ch Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk in time for Norman to celebrate, as Norman died shortly afterwards. Jenny was one of the kindest people I have known and invested a huge amount of time working for rescue. She was also Chairman of the SGHC Committee for a period of time. I cannot morn Jenny’s passing as she can now rest in peace. Good-bye good friend”
Denise Rogers worked alongside of Jenny with Saluki Welfare has kindly sent the following:
“Jenny Ziman worked tirelessly for not only show Salukis but for the forgotten Salukis that end up in the hands of the undesirables. Jenny was always ready to drop everything to go to the aide of some poor dog. She had a really soft side and never discriminated against the crosses and took them in anyway, just to get then out of a bad situation. She would then have to set to, to find them a home herself and not have to call on rescue
Jenny was on the Welfare Committee for many years and was never shy in volunteering for all the fund raising events. Even though she had to retire a few years ago through bad health, she will remembered with much kindness”
Judges for 201, thanks to Ann & Paul Shimmin: Manchester, Per Iverson; Crufts, Denise Garratt, Hound Assoc. Scotland, Liz McKnight, NSC, Anne Macdonald; B’Ham National, Jenny Dove; SKC, Viv Phillips; So Counties, AJP van der Broek; three Counties, Elaine Stanmore; Blackpool, Espen Engh; Windsor, Nicola Quadling; East of England, Diane Spavin; Hound Assoc., Peter Yardley; Paignton, Reena Clarke; Bournemouth, Jonathon Horsell;
WKC, Nina Neswadba; Birmingham City, Pam Marston-Pollock; Darlington, Avril Lancashire, South wales, Paul Singleton; SGHC, Karen Fisher, Linda Scanlon, REF TBA; Midland Counties, Claire Boggia, LKA, Jenny Macro.