The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding a lure coursing trial on Sunday 25thNovember 2018 at the Pony Cluyb Field, Hurst Road Walton on the Hill, Surrey. Registration is from 10.00am to 10.30 am. Dogs must be pre entered by the 18thNovember. After, there will be a Christmassy bring and share. For further information please contact Cecilia at E:mail: email@example.com telephone her on 01784 391607
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of two Salukis . The first was Denise Garratt and Sharon Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichin Sh CM. A very successful competitor from the first time she entered the ring, winning her first CC from the Puppy Class. She quickly became a champion. Recently she has been shown from the Veteran Class also winning from there. She had one litter to Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark producing three very successful offsprings. One daughter Ch Caryna Neferti JW Sh CM has won BIS at the SGHC Championship Show and group placements at general championship shows. She died of a very aggressive cancer. Our thoughts are with Denise and Sharon.
The second bereavement is our own Ch Kasaque Neeka. She was a reluctant show dog, mainly preferred to be a home body so was not exhibited extensively. Her CCs came from both breed specialists and all-rounders as she was a very well constructed sound hound. Our favorite story is when we took her to the Northern Saluki Championship Show many years ago. We had arranged to meet up with family the night before so booked a room at a hotel on the M62.
Neeka spent the whole night sitting in a chair overlooking the car park. Needless to say, cars were coming into the motorway services all night, so every time one drove in, Neeka shouted to let us know. We spent a sleepless night and vowed never to take her to another hotel again. We never did. Neeka was co-owned with the late Daphne Tovey who owned her father, Ch Kasaque Jimna Sh CM. Her mother was Ch Caspians L’Aliq avec Kasaque (Smooth) She died just short of her 11thbirthday of a benign spindle cell tumour in her leg.
We found an interesting article in ‘WAG’ the mag for dogs lovers put out by the Dogs Trust. The article was entitled “Great British Bark Off”. In this article they are comparing the resemblance of Bake Off presenter Noel Fielding to a dog in their care, namely Eliot. They also compare their characters. It seems that Eliot is a four year old Saluki that is looking for a home. The article says to call 0303 0030000 if you think Eliot could be your showstopper. No comments on who I would prefer to share my home with.
Last Sunday (14thOctober) their SGHC held their Championship Show. The show was opened by our President Don Everton, with a minute silence to David Perkins and Liz Metcalfe whom both recently passed away. Judging the show was Mrs Zola Rawson, who had decided it was time to retire so this show was her last appointment judging Salukis. Various activates were going on at the show and hopefully our trade stands did a brisk business. Helena Haywood was there with the calendars. She still has some available to buy. I will post that later in the notes. After the judging we had a get-together with cake, bubbly and soft drinks as a toast to Zola on her retirement. Nicola Warner and myself were show managers so we were very pleased that so many people came up to us, at the end of the show, and thanked us for a well run affair.
BCC, BIS went to Tony & Liz Quick’s Noushzad Caliana At Jorjenjo (IMP GER) for her 3rdand qualifying CC. She was born on the 14th December 2013. Her breeders is I Berndt. Her sire is Swe/Dan Ch Dahaqin Baqir and Dam Int Multi Ch Pari-Was Ohfra-Orli. RBCC went to Nicola Warner and Berni Hetherington’s Canapus Rodinia At Savuka (IMP NL). DCC for his first CC went to Buzz Faber’s Sufeina Kismet. He was born 11thAugust 2015 and bred by his owner. His sire is Ch Baghdad Karim (IMP ASUS) Sh CM and his dam is Sufeina Porcellain. RDCC went to Olga Blecher’s Barleymoon Zaurak.
Best Puppy in Show went to Classicus Alchemy for Charrioak owned by Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison, Best Veteran in Show went Caroline & John Owen’s Ch Caryna Curetes.
Anyone wishing to purchase a calendar, please contact Helena Haywood by email to helenahaywood191@BTinternet.com. The rates are:
1 Calendar posted to a UK address is £10.70.
2 Calendars in the same envelope to a UK address are £19.80
Posted to a European address £13.90 for one Calendar
Posted to USA £16.10 for one Calendar.
If she has any left by LKA, She can take them there for collection in which case they will be £8.50 without envelope and £9 with an envelope.
This past weekend ‘Discover Dogs’ was held at the Excel Centre in London. The Saluki stand was designed and build by Ann and Mike Lewis.
The walls were decorated with posters from the late Ken Allen, back wall was a lovely tapestry from Ann & Mike’s private collection. Overhanging the entire stand was a very beautiful light burnt orange chintz giving the stand the feeling of a sultan’s tent. On the floor were carpets which are so traditional from the middle east. We invigilated on the Saturday. To say the least the stand was very busy. Our dogs behave very well but found the day very tiring. I think in the future we should have groups maintaining the stand for about three hours maximum. We also need more people offering to help. It is an interesting day and the dogs need not be show dogs. Please pet people come out and help support us. On behalf of the SGHC we would like to thank Ann & Mike Lewis, Masha Shaverneva and her daughter.
Sunday 14thOctober the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their Championship Show at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire CV8 2LZ. We have a good entry of 70 dogs for Zola Rawson (Mumtaz Saluki) to assess. It will be Zola’s last appointment for judging Salukis, so we are pleased that there is a good entry. Besides the judging there will be the 2019 Saluki Calendar available for purchase. The latest edition of “The Saluki” the official magazine of the Saluki club should be there. Welfare will have their stand and trade stands; Claire Jowitt with beautiful Saluki collars and leads, Sue Rabey-Wilkinson with her original art work and Nikki Mulvale with dog bedding and lovely knitted snoods. Food will be available all day from the caterers. During the lunch break Lena, Ch Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (IMP) JW, joined by the newly crowned Hisilome’s Kareef (IMP) Sh CM would like to invite everyone to celebrate their momentous feat of becoming crowned champions.
As a special feature of this show, Gladys Lance and Brigadier Lance will be in attendance, for the first time in many years. The Club has been most fortunate in having been gifted their portraits, which were in Australia with one of their relatives. Gladys was the first secretary of the SGHC in 1923, (Lady Amherst was President) and the Brigadier was the first Vice-President. Nicola Warner, Berni Hetherington and Annette Buckley have collaborated in presented the Sarona Story, which was the kennel name of the Lance’s Salukis. We hope you take time out to enjoy the exhibition.
Befitting that this will be Zola’s last judging assignment for Salukis after the judging we would like everyone to stay and toast Zola for all her years of commitment to our breed.
On a sadder note Phyllida Cooke has had to say goodbye to her lovely Ch Kasaque Lydia. She was many things, most importantly was that she was a great companion for the Cooke family and is missed very much. She had a long life as she was born 1stMarch 2004 and passed away on the 1stOctober 2018, but there is never enough time. On a personal note our thanks to Phyllida and her family for fulfilling all our dreams for Lydia.
Claire Jowitt confirmed the date and venue for Liz Metcalfe's funeral. It will be held at 11.30 on Wednesday 24th October at Bedford Crematorium.
The family have asked that donations be made in her memory to The Dogs Trust. This can be done directly to: Freepost Plus RTHJ-XZGU-LCYE.
Last Sunday the Northern Saluki Club held their Open Show with an excellent entry. Judging was Rachel Wray (Perrault) (sighthound specialist). Best Dog, Best in Show went to the Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design. Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show went to Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison’s Charrioak Sheerzam. Best Puppy was Mary Sanders Parker’s Classicus Antigone and Best Veteran to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Meilisha.
Also taking place on Sunday the UK Sighthound Sport held their National Championships 2018. Rules of UKSS state that they run in the same manner as the FCI. Hopefully in the near future the Kennel Club will approve the lure coursing and we will be able to have lure coursing titles for our dogs. Attending was an entry of 8 for Salukis. We were quite thrilled when our newly crowned champion, Ch Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque(IMP) JW won the Best of Breed. I believe you need three top scores including one Best of Breed to become a lure coursing champion. The dogs and the owners thoroughly enjoyed they day and a big thank you to the organizers of UKSS for their attention to detail in putting together such a mammoth event.
South Wales Championship show was held this past weekend. Judging Saluki for her last time was Marie Bryce-Smith. It is a very sad time as so many judges have decided to call it a day. We were the generation that had the good fortune to be educated by the likes of Terry Thorn and Hope Waters. I hope the next generation can fulfil the legacy which those famous names of the past left behind. BCC, BOB went to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Neferti JW with the RBCC to Mary Sanders Parker’s Classicus Britannia JW Sh CM. DCC for his third and qualify CC went to Annette and Brian Buckley’s Hislome’s Kareef (IMP SWE).He was born on 22ndSeptember 2012 and his breeder is Mrs. M-A Axelisson. His sire if Al-Shen Raadin Al Rafiq and his dam is Nord UCH No-V-10 C I B Hisilome’s Halawa. Best puppy was Mary Parker Sanders Classicus Antigone. Well done to you all.
I would like to thank Elaine Stanmore for helping me put together the following obituary for Liz Metcalfe who died on Friday 21stSeptember. Liz had not been well for some time. She was able to attend the SGHC Open Show in June and said she was hoping to attend more shows in the coming months. Unfortunately She had a fall, breaking her leg above the ankle in early August. It was a very complicate break requiring a 10 hour operation and a skin graft. After a stay in the hospital and later in a recovery center she was discharged and sent home, which was last Monday. She was, I am told, delighted to be back with her family and reunited with the dogs. On Friday she developed breathing problems, even though the paramedics were there they were unable to save her
Liz started out with an Afghan from Jenny Dove. She was called Saringa Anastasia, from this name came the Tasia Salukis. She acquired her first Saluki from Deborah Copperthwaite and she was Ch Al Caliphs Elfiesa, who won 11 CCs and was top winning bitch for one year. Personally I thought she was lovely, giving her two Best In Shows. The first one was at the SGHC Limited Show and the second at the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show. In those days we had a big entry and I remember correctly there were about 170 entries at the NSC Show. Elfiesa had one litter, there were 4 puppies. The sire was Elaine & Neil’s Dasuki, a Timotheus of Chandav son. Three were dead when she had a caesarian because the vet had waited too late to operate. The only remaining pup was William, who walked into a patio door at an early age and was never shown. Next Liz acquired from Ken and Diane Allen, Ch Jazirat Ilya at Tasia. From her dear friends at Chandav, Liz had Chandav Venetia. Next from Elaine and Neil Stanmore’s all champion litter, Liz had Ch Altaya Tallulah at Tasia and Ch Altaya Tasmayah at Tasia. Tasmayah produced four champions. They were Ch Zemar Tasia Elouise, Ch Tasia Esmerelda, Fin Ch Tasia Eminence and Ch Tasia El Imran.
Liz’s last litter was from Ch Zemar Tasia Elouise .
Her devoted and constant companion and in many cases partner with the Salukis was Martin Green (Zemar). They were friends from her earlier times in Afghans.
Both she and Martin took great pride in their Salukis. Our condolences to her husband Dave, her son John and her three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are not available as of yet, but I will post them later when they are known.
The last of the early autumn shows took place last Friday. Judging Salukis was Margaret Fulcher. DCC, BOB for his first CC went the Jeannette Cotterill’s Miskanda The Grey Gatsby. He was born on 11thJune 2015 and his breeder is his exhibitor. His sire is Fernlark Pull the Cork at Sotazsu and dam, Ch/Am Ch Sundara’s Ayla Op De Sabbia. RDCC went to Nicola Quadling’s Kasra Zebadiyah at Malenkhai. BCC for her third and qualifying CC went to Mary Sanders Parker’s Moushzad Claudia-Classicus (IMP) JW Sh CM. She was born 14thDecember 2013 and her breeder is Imke Berndt. Her sire is multi ch. ChDahaqin Baqir and dam Multi Ch Pari-Was Ohra-Orli . RBCC went to Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Leilah. Best Puppy was Classicus Antigone owned by Mary Sanders Parker. Well done all!!
Congratulation to Kevin Carter and his great success with his Manchester Terrier, Ch Digelsa Declaration. Alfi, as he is affectingly known, has become the new Breed Recorder holder after winning his 31stCC at the City of Birmingham Show. Kevin is a dye in the wool Saluki person but has veered off course by becoming the owner of a Manchester terrier and what a special dog Alfi has proved to be.
All members of the SGHC were sent a form along with their newsletter and schedule for the upcoming championship show. This form regarding your Data Protection as a member of the Club is very important so please read this form and return it to the Club secretary by the end of September. This is a legal requirement regarding one’s data protection.
The National Championship 2018, Sighthound lure coursing competition, will take place on the 30thSeptember 2018. The venue is Sulgrave, Banbury . Closing date for entries (postmark) is 21stSeptember or Midnight Sunday 23rdSeptember by email. For further information on running your Saluki contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond Championship Show was held last Friday in glorious weather. Judging Salukis was Mrs Pauline Everton. Pauline had decided this would be her last assignment so befitting this special occasion there was a get together after the show. I understand it was a very nice get together with some of our more senior member of the Saluki fraternity in attendance. From photos, I saw that Chris Ormsby, Tessa Abbot and even the Backstroms were over from Sweden for the occasion.
DCC, BOB for his third and qualifying CC was Victoria Martin’s Canerikie Vivaldi for Stalwart JW Sh CM. He was born on the 25thAugust 2016 and his breeders are Mr. B. Mansell & Mrs. J. Duddell. His sire is Ch Jorjenjo Mirza of Fernlark and dam, Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP ITA) JW. RDCC went to Mr G & Mrs S Littlechild’s Classicus Baroque at Ravensett. BCC, for her second CC went to Mary Sanders Parker’s Noushzad Claudia-Classicus (IMP) JW Sh CM with the RBCC to Buzz Faber’s Sufeina Against the Odds JW. Pest Puppy was Dr P Postma & Mr D Smith’s Fernlark Odyssey. Best Veteran and 4thin the Veteran Group was Connie De Souza’s Ch Sufeina Jebel Ali.
A reminder that the schedule for The Northern Saluki Club Open Show are available on Higham Press. It is being held on Sunday 30thSeptember at the Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derby. DE55 6BB. The judge elect is Mrs Rachel Wray. Anyone requiring a schedule please contact the Hon. Secretary Mr J Owen on telephone no. 0115 9305473. Postal entries close on Saturday 8thSeptember or online at Higham Press. Their closing day is Wednesday 11thSeptember.
Pauline & Don Everton are looking after the Silent Auction at the SGHC Champ Show. So if you have Saluki related items or dog related items that you would like to donate to our worthy cause please contact the Evertons on 01799 543383. All proceeds will go towards the ‘100thAnniversary Funds’
The SGHC ‘Logo’ competition will be closing on the 15thSeptember. Please submit your drawings, ideas to Nicola Warner at email@example.com . Lastly we still need someone to help out at Discover Dogs on Saturday 20thSeptember at the Excel Centre in London.
Last Friday, City of Birmingham held their championship show. Judging us was Miss E W Newton of Nevedith Whippets. DCC, BOB for his 2ndCC was Mr G & Mrs S Littlechild’s Classicus Baroque At Ravensett. RCC went to Mr & Mrs K A Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW. BCC for her 1stCC went to Ms N Warner & Mr B Hetherington’s Canapus Ridinia at Savuka (IMP NDL) She was born on the 20thApril 2015 and her breeder is Mr F S van Der Drift. Her sire is Freespirits Aquino and dam Canapus Soley with RBCC to Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Ch Caryna Neferti JW Sh CM. Best Puppy and 1stin Puppy Hound Group of Dr P Postma & Mr D Smith’s Fernlark Odyssey. Best Veteran was Mrs Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM Best Junior was Mr S Ham & Mrs A Ham’s Aus Ch Crisnick Houdini (IMP) TAF NAF
Well done all!
Received a copy of The Kennel Club’s Breed Record Supplement from April to June 2018. There were two litters registered making 8 puppies. One litter was for 7 puppies. Both affix’s were familiar to me. Three importations, Ulmarra Bombay (GKC), from the Channel Island owned by Mrs W M A Marshall. Yalameh Samir Aza Nefisa (IMP DEU) from Germany
owned by Mr. S.J. Macro and Mrs. J.M. Macro. Lastly is Yalameh Shasmeen At Monardie (IMP DEU) also from Germany and owned by Mrs. H. Haywood.
There are two re-imports Daxlore Harani of Shaybani owned by Mrs E Sydney, origin Spain and Sivendra Dayyah At Dragonsmoon owned by Mr I.D. & Mrs C.J. Havercroft from Bermuda. For the first 6 months of 2017 there were 49 Saluki puppies registered and for 2018 we are looking at 21.
Two new Champions Hislome’s Keepsake for Cranstal (IMP SWE) owned by Mr P. & Mrs. E.A. Shimmin and Hislome’s Leonore Mish Cranstal (IMP SWE).
also owned by the Shimmins. One Certificate of Merit to Vivaldi for Stalwart owned by Mrs. V. C. Martin.
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their Championship Show on Sunday 14thOctober 2018 at the Kennel Club Building (West Hall), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ. Judging will be Mrs. Zola Rawson of Mumtaz Salukis. Postal entries close on Wednesday 19thSeptember 2018 and on-line entries close at midnight on Sunday 23rdSeptember at fossedata.co.uk. Schedules along with a newsletter and added information will be sent to members of the SGHC this week. Anyone else wanting a schedule can contact me and I will forward it to them or it can be downloaded from Fossedata.
Mary Parker has kindly sent the following”The World Dog Show this year was held in Amsterdam at the RAI Building. The cluster of shows associated with the WDS began on Thursday 9thAugust with The Benelux Winner, the judge was Graham Hill from the UK. His BOB and Benelux Winner with CACIB & CAC was Damira Al Naqawa owned and bred by Svetlana Panova from Germany, BOS, Benelux Veteran Winner and CAC was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh.CM owned by Jeannette Glaister and bred by me. Best Minor Puppy was Classicus Alron owned by Nikki Skinner and bred by me. Other British owned dogs competing were Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi JW Sh.CM owned by Jeannette Glaister and bred by Ms E Polemkin, who was placed exc-2 in the Open class, Classicus Britannia JW Sh.CM owned and bred by me, was placed exc-3 in the Open class and Classicus Antiigone, also owned and bred by me, was very promising 1 in the Minor Puppy bitch class.
It was also lovely to see Nicola Quadling showing her Chinese Crested Prefix Alfred Nobel at Malenkhai win the RCAC.
Friday 10thAugust was the Eurosighthound show, held at the same venue; the judge was Mr W Buitenkamp from the Netherlands. He found his BOB, CAC and Eurosighthound Winner in Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi JW Sh.CM. BOS with CAC was Ch Amal Hayati Orayah Za’Nyah Al Sahra owned and bred in Belgium by Sven Elen. Veteran Eurosighthound Winner and RCAC was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh.CM and Best Minor Puppy was Classicus Alron, who went on to win Best Minor Puppy in Show. Classicus Antiigone was once again very promising 1 in Minor Puppy bitch.
Saturday 11thAugust was the WDS, the venue was incredibly busy, with very little space to walk and observe any of the rings. The judge for the WDS was Stelios Makaritis from Greece. He found his BOB in Ch Qirmizi Ovation owned by Nicklas Eriksson and bred in Sweden by Nicklas and Ingunn Solberg Eriksson, BOS was Ch Aziz Qismah, owned by Janette Jalkanen and bred in Finlnd by Stina and Janette Jalkanen. Best Minor puppy was Classicus Alron. British owned dogs did well again with Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh.CM gaining exc-2 in Veteran, whilst Classicus Britannia JW Sh.CM was exc-4 in Open bitch, Classicus Barishnikov, owned by Linda Goss and bred by me was graded exc in open dog, as was Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi JW Sh.CM, and Classicus Antiigone was again graded very promising 1 in Minor Puppy bitch.
Certainly a great few days, and an experience never to be forgotten.”
I have also received some of the results from Jeannette Glaister who attended the World Show weekend in Amsterdam. There were three shows, first day Benelux Show, second day the Specialty and the third day the actual World Show. At the Benelux show, her Otis (Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) JW SH CM won 2ndin Open, graded excellent. Dexter (Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM) was 1stVeteran, won the double CAC and Best Veteran in Breed. The judge was Mr. Graham Hill. At the Specialty Show, Otis was 1stin Open, CAC and BOB. Dexter won the RCAC which because of the World Show became a full CAC and again was Best Veteran in Breed. The judge was Stelios Makoritis from Greece. At the Word Show Otis was graded excellent but unplaced and Dexter was 2ndin Veteran Class. The judge at that show was Willem Buitenkamp from the Netherlands. So to summarize Dexter returned home with 3 CACs with the title of FCI Euro Veteran Sighthound 2018 and Otis 2 CACs, FCI Euro Sighthound 2018. Congratulations to them.
On Friday the Welsh Kennel Club held their Championship show. The weather was just perfect for showing and the showground was in excellent condition. We had decided to make a short break and stayed the night before at the Caer Beris Manor Hotel. Pleased we did, as the hotel had the most beautiful walks along the river to take our dogs on. Most importantly the dogs were welcomed throughout the hotel. We had dinner the night before in the hotel’s restaurant and the dogs were allowed to accompany us. Both of our girls behave impeccably though Salaama was lusting over a comfortable chair she saw in a corner. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to attend the show or just have a lovely holiday in Wales.
Judges Salukis was Mr. Age Gjetnes from Norway. He chose for his DCC, BOB, Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW with the RDCC to Mr G & Mrs S Littlechild’s Classicus Baroque At Ravensett. BCC went to Ch Canerikie Catalina owned by Mansell, Duddell & Johnston partnership with RBCC to Elaine Sydney’s Multi Ch Daxlore Harani of Shaybani Esp J Ch. Best Puppy was Dr P. Postman & Mr D Smith’s Fernlark Odyssy.
Congratulations to Phyllida Cooke on the birth of her first granddaughter, Tallulah Cooke.
Kathy Webb has messaged that she is extending the magazine deadline for adverts and short articles. She would also like to know if anyone has a photograph of the ‘main winners’ at the Open Show. For further information please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01737 353279
The hot, dry weather seems to have come to an end and we are now in more typical weather. We really need the rain but not on show day. Today Bournemouth Championship Show was held, because of the rain all judging was held in the wet weather rings. Judging Salukis was Mrs Zena Thorn-Andrews.
She chose for her DCC, BOB & BP Steve and Ann Ham’s Aus Ch Crisnick Houdini (IMP) TAF NAF. He was born on 30th August 2017 and his breeders are Mr C & Mrs N Lawton. His sire is Ch Baghdad Karim (IMP)Sh CM and dam, Aus Ch Baghdad Bint Al Kaliq. RDCC went to the winner of the Veteran Class, Connie De Souza’s Ch Sufeina Jebel Ali. BCC for her second CC went to Tony and Liz Quick’s Noushzad Caliana at Jorjenjo (IMP) with the RBCC to Josh Duddell, Brian Mansell and Luke Johnston’s Ch Canerikie Catalina. Houdini won the Hound Puppy Group so we wish him ‘good luck’ when he returns for Best Puppy in Show
The schedule for The Northern Saluki Club Open Show is now available. It is being held on Sunday 30thSeptember at the Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derby. DE55 6BB. The judge elect is Mrs Rachel Wray. Anyone requiring a schedule please contact the Hon. Secretary Mr J Owen on telephone no. l 0115 9305473. Postal entries close on Saturday 8thSeptember or online at Higham Press. Their closing day is Wednesday 11thSeptember. Following the Open Show there will be a fun event to raise funds for the Saluki Welfare. This will start no earlier then 1.30 pm. It will probably include a number of fun classes such as fancy dress, the best legs etc. Entries for the ‘fun event’ will be taken on the day and the classes will be open to all dogs.
A reminder that the SGHC will be holding a lure trial on 18thAugust at The Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill Surrey KT20 5BN
Entries must be submitted by the 11thAugust. Please see my breed notes from last week for further information.
Also on 30thSeptember UK Sighthound will be hosting the ‘National Championship 2019 at Sulgrave, Banbury OX17 2SF. Further information can be found on www.uksighthoundsport.comor email@example.com
SGHC will be accepting entries for the ‘logo’ for the Centennial Celebrations until the end of the month. Please do send us your ideas.
Today Paignton & District Fanciers Association held their championship show. Judging Salukis was Mrs Pamela Mottershaw. DCC, BOB went to the Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW with the RDCC to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. BCC for her third CC (I am not quite sure about this but someone will let me know if I have this wrong) is Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Aremis. She was born on the 26thJune 2011, and her owner is her breeder. Her sire is Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW and her dam Al Caliphs Ramla Shifra. RBCC went to the Jazalle Aneeqa owned by Ireson, Dann, Ferris & Consentini partnership. Best Puppy was Fernlark Odyssey owned by Dr P Postma & Mr D Smith. Well done all!!
On the eve of the World Show, Jillian Knight Messenger has sent me the following and has given me permission to share. This tale begins in 1970 before some breed members were even born born. It all started when a lady called Betty Murray in Borzois invited two Saluki owner exhibitor and judges, Arthur Bollan & Ian Veal (Karnak Salukis at that time) to join her on a trip in 1970 to the Winners Dog Show in Amsterdam. In those days it was held the first week in December. And from their experiences of that trip an acorn grew.
Ian & Arthur were Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer of Wood Green & Palmers Green Canine Society, which was a very popular London open show society. The two gentlemen always had an eye on how to raise the Society’s funds. Ian & Arthur hit on a never to be forgotten brain wave, how about organising a trip to the Amsterdam World Show? The Open Show Society usually held two open show a year, so with the1971 first show schedule they included a leaflet describing about the trip. They repeated this leaflet’s information in an advert in both dog paper. Firstly to join in the trip they had to become a member of Wood Green and Palmers Green Canine Society. To the organizers surprise the numbers started to come in fast, originally the plan had been to go by coach but as number rose with enough people interested, (intrigued would be a better word as 90 percent of those who made the trip had never been to FCI dog show, 70 per cent never flown or had a passports). As time for trip drew nearer with no cancelation for those on the waiting list the trip became talk of London dog show world.
On the appointed day, we set off from all parts UK for an all-inclusive long weekend in Amsterdam. Our trip started at Heathrow on a Friday afternoon where thick fog had descended. Instructions where to meet under the departure board. When I looked up expecting to see Departure, Amsterdam Flight number such and such. NO it read Wood Green & Palmers Green departure delayed. So many had booked Ian & Arthur had chartered a whole plane, we departed much later because of the fog, to arrive in a snowy Amsterdam, around 8pm. A coach had been arranged to take us to our hotel where hotel staff had waited to serve dinner. It was a very nice dinner even if it was a bit late. Our hotel was far beyond our expectations as it was 5 star right by the city’s Dam Square. Did we head off to bed? No, most of us headed out in spite of the weather to look around. As it was December, the shop windows were full of Christmas displays. For those of us who were not from London the automated window displays were quite spectacular.
Next morning after a continental breakfast we planned to share a taxi to the show. The concierge said if we walked just down from hotel we could catch tram which would to take us right to the Show venue. If I remember correctly, Harry Jordon and Terry Thorn had acquired entrance tickets and had some spare. They also suggested that we did not purchase a catalogue as it would be all in Dutch. At this point we had not spent a dime, since purchasing coffee at Heathrow.
Then came the first initial shock of seeing our first international dog show. We had to find what ring the Afghans were being judged in, as it happens they were not being judged until 1pm. So that allowed six of us wanting some food and drink. Five coffees, one tea and four waffle type biscuits cost us the equivalent of £10.00. Even a burger at the show was £8.00. We were all taken aback by the attracting of exhibits from outside the ring as we saw with the Great Danes. In one ring there was a man bouncing a small child in the air waving a rattle. In the Dachshund ring, while three people held dog still on table for judge to see, the audience clapping and a cheering for winners. This was an eye opener which included some haphazard judging for example why did some exhibits not come back to be seen again.
For the rest of trip we visited sites like the flower market. In 1971 because UK still had pornography laws we had to venture into the seedy side of Amsterdam. That meant we had to visit the red light district, and a canal boat trip (which was not seedy at all). Some members of our group said they were off to the ballet but were later seen at the DKO city’s fabulous drag club, where the rest of us were.
A few on the trip even then were well know in dogs and so many on that trip went on to much success, names that became leaders in dogs. Between Ian, Jenny Dove, Chris Payne and yours truly. From Afghans there was John Edmonds, Gordon Pain, Peter, Pauline, a very young Marita Gibbs, Anne Kimpton, Jenny’s mother Anne, Carole Walkden Christian Gardener, Countess De Melville. Dawn Sams, Viki Cox, Mr & Mrs Halliwell’s, Allen Brooks, Eddie Wotton. From Saluki’s, Arthur Boland, Mary Long, Eileen Skelton- Fortune, Terry Thorn, Don Weiden, Dr Ivor Moss, Gloria Moss and Hope Waters. I did not think Hope was impressed by the show or the dogs. From Borzois Jackie Bennett –Heard. From Dachshund Alan Sharman, Haj & John Jorden. From Poodles Johnny Walkden, Dug & Jean Kitchener, From Boxers, Felicity Price and so many more so few still around hard to remember them all.
What I do remember while flying back to Heathrow, in a major thunderstorm, Chris Payne developed a headache. Carol Walkden gave two Anadins which turned later, he found out, that she had mixed up her packets and given him worming tablets. Those who did get to work next day most sent home with sleep deprecation. We wish all those going to this year’s World Dog Show in Amsterdam a great trip. We are sure it will never be same as that first or cost even with inflation what ours Heathrow to London All-inclusive £25.10 shilling +membership to Wood Green & Palmers Green for £1.00 Happy Times.
We are having a well earned break in the weather with rain but later in the week we are back to the hot weather.
Warnings have gone out, not to walk your dog in the middle of the day and to be careful of the extreme heat as dogs can get burnt feet, sunstroke and all other matters of distresses just like us. Actually our dogs seem to be doing a lot of sleeping during the day and are enjoying to cooler evenings for exercising. They have figured it out.
We understand that Liz Metcalf has had a terrible accident and broken her leg. It was so bad that she had to be air-lifted to the hospital. Ann Lewis has had a reoccurrence of her heart problems and is just home recuperating. Elis Redfern had a fall last weekend and he Is also in the hospital. Not a good week for Saluki people.
The World Dog Show, which is being held in Amsterdam with Salukis (Group 10) on Saturday 11thAugust is not far off and entries for Salukis have been announced. The entry is 127. Beforehand on the 10ththe Specialties for Group 10 are held. There is a very large contingency of dogs coming from the UK. Earlier in the year, a coach trip was organized by a few Saluki exhibitors so it will be interesting to hear their comments about the show. And good luck to them.
Cecilia Andersson is running a ‘Fun Day’ with the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and Saluki Welfare. It will be held on 18thAugust at the Pony Club Field, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BN. The registration is 9.30 to 10.00. but you must pre-enter by the 11thAugust by contacting Cecilia at emal:firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry fee is £5.00
There will be a raffle (prizes appreciated) and the SWF will be having a stall selling good on the day. Please bring your own chairs and water for the dogs. Further information and an entry from can be acquired from Cecilia at the above address or telephone 01784 391607.
We are still looking for volunteers to help out at Discover Dogs at the ExCel Centre in London. We seem to be covered for Sunday 21stOctober so we in need of help for Saturday 20th. If you think you can help please contact Ann Lewis at email: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org myself at the telephone number below. It is usually a fun day out at ‘London’s biggest dog event’.