Steve & Jenny Macro (Nefisa) and Michael and myself have just returned from a very interesting trip to the ‘German Sighthound Show’ which is more often referred to as Donaueschingen. Donaueshingen is a small town on the edge of the Black Forest in Southern Germany. As it happens there is a bronze statue in the middle of the town of the Goddess Diana with a sighthound of some variety, so it is appropriate to have a sighthound show in this town. Michael and I had previously attended this show about 4 years ago. It has notably changed in many aspect since them, firstly it has grown with a much larger entry of dogs, some from as far as Russia.
The showground is a beautifully manicured polo ground. It reminds me of the Kentucky Home Park where the Saluki Club of America used to hold their very large specialty show. The polo ground is a large area geared to all kinds of outdoor activities. As we were too involved to explore everything I can say there were tennis courts there. Running through the grounds was a river that some of the dogs enjoyed cooling themselves off in. The rings were grass, very large and well manicured. All round the rings were a colourful array of tents. Ring tapes were flat on the ground with a walkway around. Everything was very lean and tidy. The weather was warm around 25 C each day so there were stand pipes to keep dogs and people hydrated.
As one might expect at a show like this there were many trade stands. Last time we attended most of the stands were selling collars, but this time it was much more varied; collars, food for dogs and people, original artwork, jackets, you name it. One interesting item was CDB oil which seems to be a remedy for most everything from anxiety to epilepsy to swollen paws. The brand at the show was a German product, which I was informed was far superior to all others. At one of the trade stands I caught up with Gunter and Jutta Kolewe with their stand of collars and leads. The next stand after the Kolewe’s was a man that said he had just returned from Windsor with his collars. Hopefully he plans to be at Crufts next year, that is Brexit be willing.
Upon arriving at the show we were required to visit with the Veterinarian
To make sure our canine passports were in order. Then we were given a large A-4 catalogue with all the entries for the next two days of shows. All editorial and judges profiles were written in three languages. Catalogues were supplemented with gorgeous photos and adverts for the dogs and trade items, making it a souvenir of the weekend.
On the first day our judge was D. Scott Pfeil from USA. He had a very large entry to get through, critiquing each dog, which he did very efficiently. His BOB winner was Majo’s Beemin, owned by V. Bistulfi from Italy though he was born in Sweden. His sire is Shiraz California Dreamin and dam Badavie Ocean Queen (Beemin was also Best male on the second day).
On the second day our judge was Gael Morison from South Africa. Her main breed is Afghans. She too managed the large entry on a hot day very efficiently. The German sun is probably not as hot as the African sun so the weather did not affect her at all. She choice for her BOB winner Gloria al Zahra owned by S. Nemcova. Sire is Gangall Austin Texas and Dam Carissa al Zahra. She is from the Chez Republic .
As both of our judges were not Breed Specialists, they attracted a dog of a more extreme type. As we have a variation in type I would like to think that next year they will have a ‘breed specialist’ judging which the entry should reflect.
Generally speaking it was great catching up with old friends like the Kolewe with their three smooth Salukis of another time. Their oldest dog was bred by Liz Stephens and he is 14 years old. He was fit and well. The other two lads were bred by Michael and myself, both out of Ch Caspians L’Aliq Avec Kasaque, one sired by Ch K. Jimna and the other by Ch Nefisa Jeevun. Actually I had hoped and expected to see more smooths being shown but as the judges were not breed specialist I can only guess the exhibitors chose not to take them. It was a long trip but well worth the journey. As I said before it was more about seeing and meeting people with a mutual interest then about the winning.
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Saluki Welfare will be holding a joint lure coursing and fun day on Saturday 24thAugust 2019. It will be held at The Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BN Registration starts at 9.30 to 10.00am. Entries must be made by the 17thAugust to Cecilia Andersson. Her email is email@example.com telephone 07809486496. There will be a raffle so please bring prizes. During the lunch break there will be a ‘summer picnic’. This competition is for members of the Saluki Club and Saluki Welfare Fund. For further information and an entry form please contact Cecilia at the above addresses.
There were a couple of championship dog shows while we were away, the first was Leeds. After many years of no challenge certificates were again allocated CCs for this show. It is a lovely venue, much like the Windsor of the North with the beautiful Harewood House in the background. Judging Salukis was Vivienne Phillips a ‘hound specialist’. BCC, BOB was Mansell, Duddell, Johnston Partnership of Ch Canerikie Catalina with the RBCC to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Glenoak Lunah from Caryna. DCC, for his first CC went to Sarah Sawer’s Canerikie Lucan At Bumpkiss (Litter brother to the CC winner). He was born on 25thAugust 2016 and his breeders are Mr B Mansell and & Mrs J Duddell. His sire is Jorjenjo Mirzam Of Fernlark JW and his dam Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP) JW. The RDCC went to Patricia & Michelle Ulyatt’s Fernlark L’aunisien In Cornhaze Sh CM. Best Puppy for Anna & Ben Freegard’s Mumtaz Asteria. Best Veteran was Caroline & John Owen’s Ch Caryna Curetes and Best Special Beginner’s to Ms L Ward’s Nicolefarhi Del Borghina (IMP IT).
The Second show was Paignton. Judging was Ben Reynolds Frost also a hound specialist. BCC, BOB and 1stin the Hound Group was BCC, BOB was Mansell, Duddell, Johnston Partnership of Ch Canerikie Catalina with the RBCC to Ireson, Dann, Farris & Cosentini’s Jazalle Aneeqa. DCC went to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with the RDCC to the Skinner’s Classicus Airon. Best Puppy was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Schmidt and Best Veteran to Michael McCormick Smith’s Anasazi Red Kite.
Well done all at the two shows!!
Pam Mottershaw has sent a message informing me that her, Stuart and Fiona Officer from Jersey, showing Ir Ch Ulmarra Naa (Jun CH) for the first time here in the UK has gained his KC Stud Book number. He won the Open Dog Class and later took top honours in the HW Woodall Memorial Stakes Class judged by Jill Peak.
John Owen, Hon Secretary of the Northern Saluki Club has informed me that the judge for their upcoming Open Show, which will be held on 29thSeptember is Lesley Fairhall from Australia. The schedule should be available in the next few days with Higham Press, or from John on telephone number 0115 9305473. He will email all the members with internet access.John
Hudson has, kindly been comparing the numbers of entries of Salukis at Championship shows this year with last year. We have had fifteen shows this year up to Leeds but three of these - WELKS, Bath and Leeds - awarded tickets to Salukis for the first time for some years so this makes comparison rather difficult. Last year (2018) the average entry during this period was 44.6 whereas this year it was 42.4 . (Interestingly the average entry over the whole of 2018 was 44.3 .) Taking just the twelve shows this year which gave tickets last year, the average entry goes up a bit to 43.3 . Looking at individual shows it appears that some entries are up a bit from last year and others down a bit - until the three most recent shows where the numbers are well down this year - from an average of 49 to 33. Just a blip? (Thanks John)
Some more new rules have been posted by The Kennel Club. I promise I will not report all changes, and there have been many but I do think these rules are quite important. The following come into affect in 2020:
New and amended Regulations
F(1)20 – Judges and Judging
New sub-paragraphs and amendments to existing regulations
e. A judge must not alter the ownership of a dog in order to allow that dog to be entered for exhibition at a show where that judge is officiating.
f. Judges may not enter, exhibit, prepare a dog for exhibition or handle a dog in the ring at a Show at which they are officiating (vide F(1)29a(9))
p. A judge must request that a dog be withdrawn from competition if the judge has a conflict of interest with the dog and/or its owner.
F(1)29 Disqualification and Forfeit of Awards
a. A dog may be disqualified by the Board from any award, whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proven amongst other things to have been:
(9) Entered or exhibited for competition, or handled in the ring by a Judge of dogs at that Show.
(11) Registered or recorded as owned by the scheduled Judge or any member of his/her immediate household or immediate family within a period of twelve months prior to the Show. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a Judge appointed in an emergency.
(12)Handled at a show, boarded or prepared for exhibition within the previous twelve months by the scheduled Judge or any member of his/her immediate household or immediate family. This shall not apply to a Judge appointed in an emergency.
Code of Best Practice for Judges – supporting statements – Chapter 1
New sub paragraphs
An entry must not be made at any show under a judge of any dog where said judge or any member of his/her immediate household or immediate family has been known to have owned, handled at a show, boarded or prepared such dog for exhibition within 12 months prior to the Show. This regulation shall not apply to judges appointed in an emergency.
j. An entry must not be made at any show under a judge of any dog where said judge has bred the dog. This Regulation shall not apply to judges appointed in an emergency.
k. An exhibitor must not enter or exhibit a dog under a judge which creates a conflict of interest between the dog, exhibitor and/or judge.
Code of Best Practice for Judges – supporting statements Chapter 1
For more Information and detail please refer to the Kennel Club’s website
A few weeks ago I published results in these notes for half year. While those results were corrects for that time, they were not half-yearly results. So what follows are points calculated from results received at the 13thJuly 2019 from qualifying shows. Top Puppy at the half way mark is Classicus Antigone with 5 points. Top Dog award at he the half way mark is Ch Canerikie Catalina with21 points.
Next week I will not be posting any notes to Our Dogs. Michael, myself and a couple of dogs will be travelling to Donauesschingen for the German Singhthound Show. It has been challenging preparing mainly because the French regulations require a car loads of safety items, including, hi-vis jackets, breathalyser kits, dimmers for our lights, those are but a few of what we need. We have purchased a devise so we can sail through those pesky payages. Thankfully the weather forecast is for warm, not hot weather. We went a few years ago, having a great time with ‘apres’ dogshow as much as the shows themselves.
Helena Haywood has asked me to thank everyone for their contribution of photographs for the 2020 SGHC calendar . Right now it is very much work in progress but assures that it will be quite beautiful when it is finished.
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Little news about, except for results of Championship dog shows. The shows seem to be coming fast and furious this year. On Saturday 6thof July, Karen Fisher (Ruweis Salukis) judged at East Of England Championship Show. Whilst we were basting in hot sunshine here in the south, at the showground the weather was wet and cold. The chill was kept abated by a lovely get-together to celebrate the crowning of Nicola Warner & Bernie Hetherington’s new champion, Canapus Rodina At Savuka(IMP NDL). BCC, BOB for her first CC went to Maya Monk-Schenk’s Al Zubeyda Mahabbah (IMP FRA). She was born on the 24thOctober 2016. Her breeder is Jean Luc Lemouzy. Her sire is Multi Ch Baklava’s Special Edition and her dam is Multi Ch Al Zubeyda Fawziah. RBCC went to Anna & Ben Freegard’s Jazalle Athena For Mumtaz. DCC for his 2ndCC went to Jeannette Cotterill’s Miskanda The Grey Gatsby with RDCC to Diane Layton-Smith’s Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias (IMP AUS). Best Puppy was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Schmidt . Best Special; Beginner was Miss D Simpson’s Zxylasahlaam Gea’rr.
On Saturday of this week, The Hound Association held their championship show, Due to the fact that the grounds were in poor condition, all judging was held indoors. Judging Salukis was Gavin Robertson a hound specialist. For his DCC, BOB he chose the newly crowned Classicus Baroque At Ravensett owned by Mr G & Mrs S Littlechild with the RDCC to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. Bitch CC for her first CC went to Sharon Littlechild’s Dabka’s Vincenca At Ravensett. She was born on 17thFebruary 2018 and her breeder is Mrs L M Selholm Perssoin. Her sire is Elamir Faiz Al Andaluz and her dam, Swedish Ch Boye Bami Bahar Alqon. RBCC went to Mary Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Brittania JW Sh CM. Best Puppy was Natasha Hamilton’s Alishamar Roxane, Best Veteran was Elaine Sydney’s Multi Ch Daxlore Harani Of Shaybani Esp J Ch., Best Special Beginner went to Patricia & Michelle ‘s Fernlark Legend of Cornhaze JW. After judging there was a get together to celebrate Baroque’s new championship title.
Congratulations to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey on their young Greyhound bitch, Inchidony Memories Oh My God With Caryna (IMP FRA)
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Peter Davies has contacted me with detail of Owen’s funeral. It will be held on 22ndJuly 2019 at The Church Of Our Lady Immaculate, New London Road Chelmsford CM2 0AR. After there will be an interment at the Chelmsford Cemetery. All are welcome to the wake, which will be held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. Peter has said that the service most probably will be held at 12.00 but if there is any changes to this time I will post it. For those that have asked, Joan & Owen’s house was finished on the outside but there is still work needing to be done inside.
After a sweltering day on Saturday at Windsor Championship Show, Salukis were judged on a much cooler Sunday. Judging was all-rounder Jeff Horswell. Looking at the results there were quite a few absentees on the day. BCC, BOB went to Ch Canerikie Catalina owned by the Mansell, Duddell & Johnston partnership with the RBCC to Mary Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Britannia JW Sh CM. DCC for his third and qualifying CC went to Mr. G. & Mrs. S. Littlechild’s Classicus Baroque At Ravensett. He was born on the 16thFebruary 2016 and his breeder is Mrs M Sanders Parker. His sire is Int Ch Elamir Amar and his dam Ch Classicus Concorrdia JW Sh CM. RDCC went to Mrs S Sawer’s Canerikie Lucan At Bumpkiss. Best Puppy was Ms N Hamilton’s Alioshamar Roxane.
A special congratulations to all involved as I now see that Catalina won the Hound Group and Reserve Best in Show.
Trish Cox has contacted me asking to include in the following as it relevant to Salukis as it is to Bull Mastiffs:
On the 23rd November this year, The Welsh and West of England bullmastiff society are hosting a seminar with Dr Nick Thompson. It will focus on raw feeding, nosodes, vaccination and immunity.
The details are as follows: On Saturday 23rd November 2019 from 10am - 4.30pm
At Bromesberrow Village Hall, Nr Ledbury. HR8 1RU Welsh and West Members - £50.00 Non-members early bird rate (before 1st August 2019) - £50.00 Non-members after 1st August 2019 - £75.00 For Booking forms, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.orgOr download a booking form from Nick’s website www.holisticvet.co.uk
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 28THJUNE 2019.
Results of the Top Dog and Top Puppy for the first half of 2019 have been announced. Top Dog is Debbie Copperthaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. He has pretty much dominated the Dog Challenge Certificates this year since Crufts . Top Puppy is Mary Sanders Parker’s Classicus Antigone.
About a year ago Masha Shaverneva decided to retire her young Saluki, Altai, from the ‘showring’ . My hat goes off to her as she and Altai have become a fantastic team in the agility world. Working with her Agiluki has been very demanding as they have to work as a team, she directs him to his next challenge or jump and she must be looking for what comes next. Congratulations to both of them and the success they are having. Maybe we will see him at Crufts next year, not in the Saluki ring but in the big competitive agility ring challenging the collies.
The Breed Record Supplement for the first quarter of 2019 has finally arrived . For the first quarter there were two litters with nine puppies registered at the Kennel Club. One litter had 7 puppies and the other 2 puppies. I am unfamiliar with either of their breedings.. During this period there were 5 importations. Alishamar Rafael from Belgium owned by Mr P Kiernan. Alishamar Raven from Belguim owned by Mrs E Rooney, Alishmar Roxanne owned by Ms N Hamilton. JAY JP Sea Bird El Panjsher was imported from Japan and owned by Linda Aldours and finally Ir Ch Ulmarra Naa imported from Ireland and is owned by Mr & Mrs S & P Mottershaw. Two Export Pedigrees were issued one to Spain and one to Norway. There was one new Champions Certificate awarded to Classicus Britannia owned by Mrs ME Sanders-Parker. Junior Warrants were issued to Mra PA & Dr MA Ulyatt’s Fernlark Legend of Cornhaze and DR P Postma and Mr D Smith’s Fernalk Odyssey.
Recently I was speaking to Michelle Ulyatt about her doctorate. For her degree she wrote a ‘book, on Theodore Sorensen which while not dog related I thought the readership may find it interesting: “Theodore Sorensen and the Kennedys: A Life of Public Service, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan and is now available worldwide through most booksellers. I wrote the book between January 2018 and April 2019, with many a show weekend spent reviewing chapters and rewriting sections (and one or two printed chapter drafts chewed by a naughty puppy!). The book tells the story of the life and career of Theodore Sorensen, who was chief speechwriter and adviser to President John F. Kennedy between 1952 and 1963. After the President’s death, Sorensen acted as gatekeeper of the Kennedy legacy and continued to play an active role in American politics, until his own death in October 2010. The book takes up questions about the role of presidential advisers and focuses on the concept of public service. It has been 10 years in the making, with its roots in the PhD studies I completed at the University of Kent between 2006 and 2010. To have had the opportunity to publish this book and pay my own tribute to Sorensen’s extraordinary career is a dream”
come true for me and I want to thank our friends in the breed for all their encouragement and support.
Last Saturday Blackpool Championship Show took place. For a change I understand it was in blazing sunshine. Judging Salukis was Jeanette Cotterill of Miskanda Salukis. DCC, BOB went to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with the RDCC to Jeanette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) JW Sh CM. BCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Ch Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM with the RBCC to John & Lisa Hudson’s Glenoak Leilah. Best Puppy was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Well done all!
I begin writing on a sad note. We have lost two elderly gentlemen from our breed. The first is Owen Davies of Lusaki Salukis. He died on the 9th June in hospital after a fall ten days earlier at his home. In his daily life he was a poultry farmer, but his love was his coursing with his hounds. He and his late wife Joan were more then competitive with their hounds on the field and never missed a meet. The dogs were registered in Joan’s name but that meant little as they were always a team. They were equally successful in the show ring where both Joan and Owen were Championship Show judges. They bred, but not necessarily owned, nine champions. I have seen in pedigrees in Salukis in other countries that the Lusakis have contributed very successfully to their gene pool. Unfortunately at this time the date and time for Owen’s funeral was unavailable.
Our second loss is Bill Ivans, after a long illness on Friday the 7th June 2019. If you asked Bill how old he was he would say” I was born in the same year that Golden Miller won The Gold Cup at Cheltenham and the Grand National. You do the sums!.” Bill led an exciting life, as a young man he rode race horses in Italy, actually race horses we always of great interest to him and at one stage he had two horses in training. In his daily job he worked in Covent Garden as a commercial property consultant.
Bill and his late wife, Joy did breed one litter in 1973 which produced Ch Jamjam Fancy That. There was also an equally stunning brother, Jamjam Fancy Man who I do not believe ever became a champion. While Bill did show his dogs his main interest lay in their competitive spirit as coursing dogs. One of his most brilliant coursers was Jamjam Gibson (named after Bill and Joy’s favorite tipple). I remember one event, many years ago when Bill lost his glasses in a stream on the coursing field. He and Michael hunted for them for ages and then decided to give up. Bill got in his big old Volvo estate and drove home, how he managed without his very thick glasses we will never know. Later that evening Michael received a call from Bill, could there have been something radioactive in that stream because Bill said his hand were tingling something awful. No, said Michael, it was the nettles Bill. Rest in Peace Bill, you will be missed. Unfortunately I do not have any funeral detail.
I have received the following from Pam Mottershaw: “At the recent KC Jersey CH Show , the saluki, IR CH ULMARRA NAA was Group 4 under respected judge, Liz Cartledge and later 2nd in a large Stakes class under renowned judge, Albert Wight . SYDNEY is proudly co owned by Stuart and Pamela Mottershaw and Fiona Officer.
Last weekend Michael and I too a short break in Bologna, Italy where it was very dry and hot. To be more exact around 30 Degrees C most days. I understand that weather here was very different in that it was very cold and extremely wet. Those were the conditions for Three Counties Championship Show where Jayne Pyatt was judging. BCC, BOB went to Liz & Tony Quick’s Noushzad Caliana At Jorjendo (IMP) with RBCC to Mary Sanders Parker’ s Ch Classicus Britannia JW Sh CM. DCC went to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with RDCC to Olga Blecher’s Barleymoon Zaurak. Best Puppy was Diane Layton–Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Schmidt. Best Veteran with to Katherine Williams Ber/Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton.
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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