Last Friday after the judging of the Southern Counties Championship Show, the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their Open Show. Judging was Ms Gabriele Schroter from Germany. She had a good entry of 48 dogs. The weather was cool, making fools of the weather forecasters as they had predicted a mini heat wave for that day. All things taken into account the dogs appreciated not having that mini heat wave, personally I found the temperature quite moderate. Around the ringside were spectators and the Club had set up one side with photos for the photo competition, secretaries table, trophy table and raffles prizes. The scene was quite festive.
I carefully filled in the results of the show into my catalogue but between the showground and home, I have lost it so if I have made an error on who won what please let me know and I will correct it in these notes. Best in Show went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias (IMP AUS) . Reserve Best in Show and Best of Opposite Sex went to Maya Monk’s Al-Zubeyda Mahabbah (IMP FRA). Best Puppy in Show was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Schmidt. Best Opposite Sex Puppy in Show was Peter Kiernan & Olga Blecher’s Alishammar Rafael Avec Kierlander (IMP BEL). Best Veteran went to Annettee & Bryan Buckley’s Al Caliphs Djansa. Best smooth was Karen Fisher’s Ruweis Isad
On completion on the judging, there was a pre-arranged ‘afternoon’ tea. Everyone seemed very happy with their sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea. A big thank you to the Saluki Club for putting on a lovely day.
Schedules are now available for South Eastern Hound Club. It will be held on Sunday 1st September 2019 at the Hickstead Showground, BN6 9HS. It is a lovely friendly show. After the Saluki judging there is always a wonder bring and share picnic. Judging this year will be Mrs Lyn Hewson. A name more often associated with Afghans and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. She is on the Northern Saluki Judging list. Anyone requiring a schedule can obtain one through the Show Secretary, Mr James Duffy on telephone 01342 716394. Postal entries close on Thursday 8th August. On-line entries can be made to www.fossedata.co.uk, closing date is Tuesday 13th August.
The Kennel Club is holding an exhibition entitled “Hidden Treasure of the Kennel Club” which will run until 27th March 2020.
Their current exhibition focuses on the Kennel Club’s own extensive canine art collection; the largest of its kind in Europe. Visitors to this exhibition have the opportunity to see a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, prints and sculptures featuring a variety of different breeds of dog. Many of these exhibits have not been on public display before. Along with these artworks the Art Gallery will also be showcasing the Kennel Club’s collection of ephemera and trophies, including medals, spoons and other items given as dog show souvenirs throughout the last century. Exhibits include the Reserve Best in Show Crufts trophy, which is seldom seen apart from at the show, a collection of gifts given to the Kennel Club to mark its centenary in 1973 and a large collection of paintings showing breeds of dog such as the Border Collie, Sussex Spaniel, Borzoi and out newest acquisition, a beautiful Dalmatian head study by George Earl. In regards to Saluki memorabilia on display at this exhibition, is the chance to see the famous bronze of Burydown Freya.
There is another exhibition that is being held is at Chatworth House in Derbyshire which is call “The Dog”. The announcement is as follows: “This exhibition, conceived by the Duchess of Devonshire, explores the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art. We’ve sniffed out all of our favourite stories, capturing the idiosyncratic, faithful, endearing and playful character of man’s best friend.
Ranging from historic to present day pieces, specially selected loans from public and private collections will be presented alongside items from the Devonshire Collection, featuring everything from working dogs to woven dogs, dogs on canvas to dogs on camera and from puppets to popular culture.
Star works from Constable, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Landseer sit beside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and on the South Lawn a specially commissioned eight metre high scaffold dog created by Ben Long complete the dogs in art line-up.”
This exhibition is on until the 6th October 2019.
In the Afghan notes of this paper Susan Rhodes has written that “ following the KC AGM it is proposed that the planned phased introduction of the Kennel Club Judges Competency Framework be put on hold whilst an assessment of the scheme is carried out” She has stated that, in her opinion “any person starting their career as a judge should still be encouraged to work through the
‘Level 1’ requirements which are not very different to what they have always been as these will still be necessary whatever the final outcome. We will need to wait for the Saluki Breed Education Officer who is John Walton Haddon who will advise us of any new developments in the scheme.
Last Sunday Bath Championship Show was held. It is the first time in many years that Challenge Certificates were on offer at the sow. The weather was cool, drizzly and the atmosphere was the same. Judging was Carol Seymour. DCC, BOB was Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with RDCC to Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias IIMP) owned by Diane Layton-Smith. BCC for her 2nd CC went to Nicola Warner and Berni Hetherington’s Canapus Rodian At Savuka (IMP) with RBCC to Barry Mansell, Josh Duddell and Luke Johnston’s Ch Canerikie Catalina JW. Best Puppy was Linda Aldous’ JP Sea-bird El Panjsher (IMP) NAF, TAF
Best Veteran went to Caroline & John Owen’s Ch Caryna Curetes.
Friday was the turn of Southern Counties Championship Show. It was quite obvious, during the day, to see that the number of dogs/people entered or attending the show had reduced. Michael reminded me that about five years ago we had to move a table to the Saluki ring. Trying to make our way down the corridors was near impossible with competitors congesting the lanes. On Friday there was just not that many people there, moving a table would have been easy if we had wanted to. Also noticeable is that the Group judging is no longer at 5 p.m. but closer to 3 p.m. as there were so many less dogs to access.
Judging Salukis at SCCS was Helen Graham (Daxlore) who now lives in France. Her BCC, BOB for her third and qualifying CC was Nicola Warner & Berni Hetherington’s Canapus Rodinia At Savuka (IMP NDL). She was born on 20th April 2015 and her breeder is Mr F S van Der Drift. Her sire is Freespirits Aquino and dam, Canapus Soley. RBCC went to Classicus Alchemy for Charrioak owned by Hilary Davies & Christine Harrison. DCC went to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with RDCC to Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) owned by Jeannette Glaister. Best Puppy and Best Special Beginners went to Ms N Hamilton’s Alishamar Roxanne. Best Veteran was Ch/Ber Champion Ulmarra Tropica Ice at Winton owned by Mrs K Williams