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!!