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This past weekend has been a busy show weekend but otherwise little news.  The first show, on Saturday, was the Hound Association Championship Show.  Judging us was breed specialist Denise Garratt DCC, BOB  and Hound Group 3, was Ch Classicus Cassander JW, Ch CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Parker with the RDCC to the up and coming youngster, Hisilome’s Kareef ( Swe Imp) owned by Annette and Brian Buckley.  BCC for her 2nd CC went to Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’esprit for Anasazi (Imp) Sh CM with the RBCC to Brian Mansell and Josh Duddell’s Jasmine of Canerikie (Imp).  Best Puppy went to Charrioak Sheerzam owned by Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison.  Best Veteran was Lisa and John Hudson’s Kasra Ni’mah of Glenoak.  Best Breeder: Steer.

In this week’s ‘Our Dogs’ I noticed an announcement by the Kennel Club that the ‘Breeders’ Competition will be discontinued after this year.  The competition has been altered to try and encourage  more breeders to participant.  We did enter a few years ago but everyone found it difficult to stay to the end of the day for the Group judging.  In the end we gave up which is what has happened generally.  When noting the results it seems that only one or two breeders have stayed to the bitter end.  I feel it is sad that the competition has not really caught on here as in many countries it is a highly contested competition.

The second show of the weekend was Paignton.  Judging was Mrs Jean Wright.  BCC, BOB for her first CC was Clair Jowitt’s Canapus Mistral Under Barleymoon  (Imp NDL) She was born on 8th  July 2012 and breeder F S V/d Drift.  Her sire is Jazirat Yeshaya and dam, Canapus Uriel.  RBCC went to Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray.  DCC was Anne & Steve Ham, Paula Bockman-Chato and Margaret Ross-Elliot’s Ch Baghdad Karim (imp) Sh CM with the RDCC and Best Veteran to Vikki-ann Tompkins Sivendra Abishai.  Best Puppy was Kathy & Martin Webb and Sybelle Benoit’s Mounir Har Kala Rachi (imp)er sir Best Breeders was Steer.

Some good news from the States with regards to the Jazirat Breeding. Saturday 2nd August at the  Richmond Dog Fanciers Club of California , Jazirat Sadiyah J.C owned by Margaret Smith and Pat Wren sired by Jazirat Zaredon of Cottonore  -and dam. Timaru Mazzika of Jazirat ( born 15/11/2011) gained her American Championship, and on Sunday at the same venue Jazirat Samarkand , brother to the above, owned by John and Lesley Brabyn gained his American Championship. His sister went BOS at this show.  Well done keeping the flags flying high.





August already and what a beautifully warm summer we are having.  It is not so much fun for the animals though, they are fine as long as they have shade and lots of water.  I guess that goes for the two legged animals as well.  We have heard that Rosemary Lewis lost her battle with cancer around mid day on Wednesday 23rd July.  Her family, friends and dogs were with her to the end.  Rosemary was the third generation of Knightellingtons.  It began with Lady Gardner, then Helen Baker passing on to Rosemary and now I understand her daughter Jessica will retain the Knightellingtons tradition.  While Rosemary did show her Salukis and made up a number of champions, her passion was coursing. 


Rosemary was the current trophy secretary for the Northern Saluki Club Club and at their last show in April a card circulated as they said she was under the weather as she was exhausted from lambing.  We did not realise how seriously ill she was.   Besides  looking after the NSC trophies, Rosie was the NSC's Saluki Welfare Officer.  It was under her helm to look after rescued Salukis from the Northern part of the country and to rehome them


There will be a memorial service on 9th August, to celebrate the life of Rosemary Lewis at St Peters Church, Adderley, Shropshire. The family have requested no flowers but instead donation be given to the Motor Neuron Disease and the Blind Veterans.  Our condolences to her husband, Christopher and her two sons Jonathan & James and daughters Juliet a Jessica


Last Friday Leeds Championship Show was held.  Unfortunately Salukis did not have CCs but they were classified and Martin Sanders was judging.  BD and BOB was Jeanette and Alan Glaister and Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM.  He also won the Hound Group under the Hound Specialist Espen Engh.  RBB and BP went to Anne & Steve Ham’s Bendegedig Bazinga.  BB was awarded to Josh Dudell and Brian Mansell’s & Luke Johnson’s Jasmine of Canerikie JW with the RBB, under the same ownership was  Fernlark Schussboomer. Best Veteran went to Gloria Cook & alan Burtenshaw’s Daxlore Daania At Daandazi Sh CM.


Clair Chryssolor went to the Kingston Open Show at Ardingly and  came away with Anasazi Early Dusk BOB, Anasazi Malt Whiskey 2nd and Gemini Jeu D'Esprit 3rd.  She said “The best surprises are the unexpected ones:”





Maya Monk-Schenk, Health Officer of the SGHC has sent the following: “ The British Boxer Club is promoting heart testing at their Championship Show on the 3rd August 2014. The heart testing will be carried out by cardiologist Rachel James and is available to all breeds at a cost of £15 per dog (registration documents are required). The show will be from 10am and held at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ.


To make an appointment, please contact Amanda Jinks on 01728 454423. Alternatively, you can contact the show secretary Marion Seeney on 01235835207. Please do not hesitate to contact them for further information.”


Last Sunday East of England held their Championship Show.  Judging us was breed specialist Diana Allan.  BCC, BOB for her second CC was Am Ch Sundara’s Ayla Op De Sabbia( Imp) owned by Jeanette Cotterill, Jayne Pyatt & Ms Haag with the RBCC to John & Lisa Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW,  DCC went to the Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Sanders Parker. RDCC went  to Sivendra ABishai own by Vikki-ann Tompkins.  Best Puppy was Charriak Sheerzam owned by Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison.  Best Breeders group was list as Mansey & Duddel but I think that must be a mistake and it should be “Sheryl Steer”  Kasaque Ra Frankel, not only did he win his class but he also was winner of the Junior Stakes.



Sadly, we were unable to attend Windsor Show, one of our favourite show venues.  How can you go wrong when the backdrop is Windsor Castle.  Judging us was Ann Birrell.  She chose for her BCC, BOB and Hound Group 4, for her 1st CC, was Diana Layton’s Anasha Al Noushafarin (Imp) Sh CM She was born on the 4th July 2009 and her breeder is Mr F Marco.  Her sire is Fr Ch Bajan-Latif Al Firdous and dam, Aut Ch Yalameh Elayah.  The RBCC went to Pauline & Don Everton’s Kasra Zeleka.  DCC, for his 1st CC, went to Christine Campling’s Classicus Conway Sh CM.  (litter brother to Ch Classicus Cassander).  His sire is Baghdad Karim Sh CM and dam Ch Khalils Phaedra of Classicus.  RDCC went to Annette and Brian Buckley’s Hisilome’s Kareef (Swe Imp).  Best Puppy went to Mrs S Sawyer’s Fernlark Bottoms Up at Bumpkiss.  Best Breeders Group was ‘Steer’.  Well done All.  It is very pleasing to note that our Salukis have been doing very well in the Groups this year.

I have been in touch with the SGHC Committee regarding judges for our Open Show and Limited Shows attending breed specific seminars.  In our year Yearbook it states that “To have attended at least one Saluki Breed Seminar run by one of  the Breed Clubs”  Very pleased  to report that the SGHC has decided to remind us of this necessary requirement.

South Eastern Hound Club will be holding their Premier Open Show on Sunday 31st August 2014 at the Hickstead Showground, West Sussex BN6 9HS.  It is a wonderful show with Salukis being judged by Elaine Rushton plus lots of variety classes to enter.  SGHC will be sponsoring  the classes. Once again there will be the traditional bring and share lunch come rain or shine.  The co-ordinator is Marie Bryce Smith.  Please let her know on  telephone number 01342 327573 whether you will be bringing.





Helena Haywood, of the Saluki Welfare Fund has sent the following: 'I would like to thank all those who supported the Welfare Stall at the recent SGHC Open Show. 

 We took just over £150, and would like to thank everyone for their generosity and hospitality. We look forward to seeing you all again on October 19th at Stoneleigh.

In the meantime if you have anything you would like to donate for sale or for the Tombola, you can contact me on 07771 662303 or bring it on the day.'


Vivienne Brett’s funeral will take place at Michael Wood, Cholderton Estate, Cholderton, Salisbury Wilts SP4 0DR on the 1st July at 2.00 pm.


Nikki Denny (Janimist), who recently attended the SGHC seminar will be judging at the Newark show on September 28th.  This is the first time Newark has scheduled Salukis so please support the society   Schedules can be down loaded from www.adpprinter.co.uk. 


A couple of judges have been approved for 2015.  They are Jeanna Jacques will be judging at Birmingham National and Ann Macdonald at Manchester


We have just received a call from David Hartley, Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club to inform us that Rosemary Lewis is very ill with cancer.  Rosey has stated that even though her health is not good she would like to keep in contact with her friends. 


Yesterday Blackpool Championship Show was held.  As our nominated judge Carla Molinari was unable to attend because of a broken ankle, Diana Spaven took over and judged her entry.  DCC, BOB and Hound Group 1 was Jeannette & Alan Glaister and Mary Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM with the RCC to his sire, Ch Baghdad Karim(Imp) Sh CM owned by Ann & Steve Ham, Paula Brockman-Chato and Margaret Ross-Elliot. BCC for her third and qualifying CC was Jasmine of Canerikie (Imp ITA).  She was born on 15th May 2012 and her breeder is Mrs T Benedetti.  Her sire is Ch Daxlore Amir of Fernlark and dam, Malake’Latifa Owned by Joss Duddell and Brian Mansell with the RBCC to Hisilome’s keepsake for Cranstal (Imp))owned by Ann & Paul Shimmin.  Best Puppy was Hilary Davies and Christine Harrison’s Charrioak Sheerzam.  Best Breeders Group, Steer.  Well done all!



It is with great sadness I must announce the death of Vivienne Brett on 12th June.  I first met her at the Northern Saluki Club show where she was showing a lovely red bitch, Jazirat Baasma.  At that time she was Vivienne Hazeldene.

Everyone around the Saluki World knew her from her beautiful photos of polo ponies and the wild life around the Cholderton Estates where she worked and lived. She was a very private person in her personal life.  She will be missed by everyone especially on “facebook” where she exhibited so many of her photos. At this time we do not have any details about arrangements except that it will be at the Cholderton Estates in their woodland.

Yesterday the SGHC held their Open Show at the Dobermann Club Training & Showground.  Personally I think it is a well laid out and presented venue with everything on hand for running the day. Upon arrival there was a cup of coffee/tea with Danish pastry or a biscuit.  Anji Jackson Main had boards of photos for us to view and vote on, for the 2015 calendar.  With the quality of pictures I saw there, next year’s calendar should be something special. The day was open by the Club president, Marie Bryce-Smith  with a moment of silence for Vivienne Brett.  Our judge for dogs was Mrs Jackie Reader.  Her Best Dog was Peggy Postma’s Glenoak Kalima with the Reserve Best Dog to Nicola Qualding’s Kasra Zebadiyah at Malenkhai.  There were no puppy dogs entered.  Bitches were judged by Trevor McCrory.  Best Bitch went to Liz Metcalf & Martin Green’s Tasia Maleisha with the Reserve Best Bitch was Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray who was also Best Veteran in Show.  Best puppy went to Kathy & Martin Webb and Sybille Benoit’s Mouniir Har Kala Rachi (imp Bel).  Best Special Veteran was Lisa and John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Inqi JW.  After the main part of the show there was a parade of rescued Salukis sponsored by the Saluki Welfare.  Each participant received a large rosette.  Finally there was highly contested fancy dress competition was won by Pearly King, queen and prince owned by Sue Snape.  

After the long day we all tucked into a well prepared picnic.  The salads were wonderful with sausages and burgers.  For those who do not eat meat there was a Spanish tortilla.  The icing on the cake was a birthday celebration to Don Everton for his 80th with of course a cake, strawberries and Middle Eastern pastries. 



Kathy Webb, Chairperson of the SGHC has sent the following: “The SGHC Open Show, on the 14th June, has an entry of 28 dogs & 32 bitches with an additional 5 in the classes to be judged jointly.  The judging is to run consecutively with just a 10 minutes break between the sexes.  After the Junior Handling , there will then be the Parade of Rescues followed by a shared Barbecue/Grill. We hope everyone at the Show will stay and enjoy this occasion, a charge of £3.00 per person is being made to cover the cost, sausages/hamburgers, salads and French bread with baklavas, strawberries and cake for dessert. Contact Marie Bryce-Smith (tel:  01342 327573) to book food and for more details.  Please remember to bring your own liquid refreshments.

Tea, Coffee, cold drinks and cake will be available until 2p.m.  Any offers of cake will be gratefully received.  If anyone can spare 30 minutes during judging to help with the catering please let us know.

After the show and late lunch we have a few fun events, Wendy Marshall has kindly donated  a beautifully embellished collar, this will be presented to the Saluki with the best expression. There is a special prize for the Best Fancy Dress, come and take part, enjoy the fun open to all salukis. If there is time and weather permitting there will be more fun competitions.

Please don’t forget to support the Raffle and Welfare Stall all donations accepted. Last but not least, the voting for the photographs to be included in the 2015 SGHC Saluki Calendar takes place in the ‘Club House’ from 10a.m – 3p.m.”

Blackpool Championship Show to be held on the 21st June has now had a change of judges. Due to breaking her ankle Carla Molinari is unable to judge and in her place will be Diana Spavin.  This is subject to KC approval.

Last Friday Three Counties Championship Show was held.  The weather was perfect for dog showing, no complaints for a change.  Judging us was Carole Seymour.  BCC, BOB and Hound Group 1, was Lisa & John Hudson’s  Ch Glenoak Kamala JW  with the RBCC to Deborah Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Aretemis.  DCC, for his second CC went to the smooth Kasaque Obidah own by Connie & Lily De-Souza and Heidi Woodgate. RDCC was awarded to Clair Chryssolsor’s Anasazi Early Dusk JW Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Mouniir Har Kala Rachi (imp) owned by Kathy Webb and Cecilia Benoit.

With so many Salukis now being imported into this country it is nice to have the opportunity to write about  one of our Salukis doing well over there.  Devon aka Nefisa Jahira Tribute has earned the award of Top Brood Bitch by the American Saluki Association.  She also won 2nd in a large Brood Bitch Class at the Saluki Club of America Specialty.



At the National Gallery, London there is an exhibition entitled  ‘Veronese:  Magnificence in Renaissance Venice’.  It features the work of Paolo Veronese .  To quote Hope and David Water’s Saluki in History Art and Sport:  “Veronese more than other artist, loved Salukis, judging by the number of pictures in which they were included.  The authors (referring to Hope and David) have located some thirty such paintings done in the years between 1559 and 1585.”  On the National Gallery’s web site I have noticed one painting with a Saluki, it is the Adoration of the King. Hopefull we will find time to visit the gallery and see Veronese’s magnificent work and perhaps, even see another Saluki.  The exhibition is on until 15th June.


On Saturday 17th May, The Welfare held a Fun Day at Kingsclere.  It is the most wonderful of venues just at the base of Watership Down and the beginning or end of the Wayfarer Walk.  The beautiful hills just tower above.  I understand the start of the Fun Day was delayed as there were some very beautiful thoroughbred yearlings that were in the field.  Sorry to have missed that.  The day was very warm and sunny so small tents and umbrellas were set up to keep the people and dogs out of the hot sun.  A large part of the day was set aside for a lure trial.  It looked fun but unfortunately our dogs could not connect, that they were suppose to chase a plastic bag.   We think that with some training maybe they could be convinced   that plastic bag chasing is a sport.  I am sure if there was a rabbit in the field that they would have chased that.  The Welfare had a few tables, one with a cake sale, another had a raffle and a tombola. 

After the lunch break there was a highly competed ‘musical mats’  (surely the dogs think we have gone mad) and after a fun match.  The Welfare would like to  thank Brendan Austin who supplied all the fantastic prizes for the Dog Show all those rosette sponsors and Keith Snape who paid for the hire of the field for the day.  All in all the Welfare made just over £600.00 on the day.

 On the Bank Holiday Monday, we attended Bath Championship Show where Salukis had scheduled classes but did not have Challenge Certificates. In the distant past we did have CCs there, but that was a long time ago. It is a well supported show even without the CCs.  (Oh the wisdom of the powers that be)  Maybe someday we will once again have CCs at Bath.  At the show we were chatting to Steve Ham who told us that his wife, Anne had just had a mini-stroke.  She was in the hospital but Steve was hoping she would soon be home. Steve said that Anne had gone into the hospital for some minor surgery when she came home she had a headache.  She did think something was wrong so they went back to the doctors where he had her readmitted into the hospital where they diagnosed she had had a stroke. We wish Anne a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the show scene again soon.  Our judge for Bath was Mr J Vuorinen from Finland.  BB BOB was Josh Duddell & Brian  Mansell’s Jasmine of Cakerikie (imp) with RBB to Fernlark Despina Of Caerikie owned by the Duddell & Mansell partnership.  BD went to Ch Baghdad Karim (imp) ShCM owned by Steve Ham, Paula Bockman-Chato and Margaret Ross-Elliott with RDB to Mrs S Edge’s Fernlark Elswavo JW.  Best Puppy was Ann & Steve Ham’s Bendegedig Bazinga.  Best Breeders Group was Steer.

At Bath we were about the 5th breed in the ring, which was not surprising as we did not have CCs.  The steward for the breeds preceeding us, mentioned that she was disappointed she was not stewarding for the Salukis as her dad had owned Salukis.  I enquired who was her dad ?  She said it was Ted Thornton.  We all knew Ted as he made the most wonder show leads and I still have mine and I am sure others do as well.  His daughter, Alexandra said she now makes his show leads. To contact her she can be reached at Doucaidogs@gmail.com or telephone 01948 81173.  Her card says Doucai Dogs and leads of destinction. 

The shows are coming fast and furious so yesterday (Saturday) we attended Southern Counties Championship Show.  For us it is a great favourite as it is located within a half an hour of where we live.  The venue is generally quite popular as the road access to the show is very good and as a result receives a good entry.  Judging us was Sade Hohteri from Finland.  DCC, BOB went to the well winning dog Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Sanders Parker with the RDCC to Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW.  BCC for her first CC went to Liz Metcalf and Martin Green’s Tasia Zemar My Maria.  She was born on 24th August 2009.  Her sire is Kirman Bashaar at Fernlark (imp) and her dam is Ch Zemar Tasia Elouise.  RBCC was awarded  to Mary Sanders Parker’s Khalils Allegra-Classicus ( imp Swe) JW Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Mouniir Har Kala Rachi (imp Bel) owned by Kathy Webb and Sybelle Benoit.  Best Breeders Groupand Best Breeders Group 4 was Steer and I understand this group has now accrued enough points to quality for Crufts 2015.  Well done all!!

There is just a few days left to send your photos to Anjo Jackson-Main for the photo competition for the 2015 calendar.  Anji’s email address is: anji@changing-spaces.org.


This spring after an unusually warm winter, we have noticed that the dogs were coming home with ticks.  We have had a problem with them picking them up in the past but this year they were quite badly affected by them.  While discussing the tick infestation with our vet he recommended a new tick and flea collar. He said that since his dog has been wearing one he has found no ticks on her.  They are called ‘Seresto’ and are made by Bayer ltd.  They are expensive and only available through your vet, the good news is they last for 7 to 8 months. The dogs have been wearing them for about 3 weeks, on the first day or so we had a tick to remove but since then nothing.

Last Friday the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show was held.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Avril Lancashire. BCC, BOB and Hound Group 3 was Ch Classicus Concorrdia JW, Sh CM owned by Mary Sanders Parker with RBCC to Jasmine of Canerikie JW( IMP ITA) owned Josh Duddell and Brian Mansell.  DCC went to the brother of the BCC, Ch Classicus Callander JW Sh CM owned by the Glaister, Parker partnership.  RDCC was Mumtaz Hercules owned by Mr & Mrs J Cowie.  Best puppy was Majo’s Liquorice Addiction (IMP Swe) owned by Miss A Barrett.  Well done all!!

Helen Williams



Last Friday Birmingham Championship Show was held and judging us was Mrs Pam Marston-Pollock.  BCC, BOB was Brian Mansell and Josh Duddell’s Jasmine of Canerikie JW (imp ITA) for her 2nd CC with RBCC to Denise Garratt and Sharon Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC was Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM owned by the Ham, Brockman-Chato & Ross-Elliot partnership with RDCC to Caroline & John Owen’s Caryna Curetes.  Best puppy went to Ann & Steve Ham’s Bendegedig Bazinga and Best Breeder was Steer.

The SGHC Open Show is now not far off so please remember to send your photos to Anji Jackson Main for the Calendar competition.  Her address is 149 Sturton Street, Cambridge CB1 2HQ or email anji@changing-spaces.org.  For further information please phone Anji on 07717 724257.  Another bit of good news.  The SGHC now has a place to call home.  Thanks to Ray and Caroline Pickering we have a very nice shed to house many of the Club’s belongings instead of sitting on our garage floor.

Yesterday I received the spring addition of The Kennel Blub “Breed Records Supplements.”  It lists, that, between the months of January to March 2014 there were 4 litter with 23 puppy registrations.  The only registration of someone affiliated with our Saluki Clubs in Ms M Smithson and she had a litter of 1.  There were 5 importation. They are Khalils Al Caliph from Sweden owned by Peter Copperthwaite, Mojo’s Liquorice Addiction from Sweden owned by Miss Ann Barrett.  Mounir Har Kala Rachi from Belguim owned by Martin & Kathy Webb & Sybelle Benoit, Ulmarra Bollinger from Ireland owned by Wendy Marshall & Mr R Mottersahw and Ulmarra Cristal also from Ireland owned Linda Dunn. 

Ther was one Show Cerificate of Marit and that was Mumtaz Hercules owned by Mr J & Mrs J Cowie. 


Daphne Parnham of the Saluki Welfare has sent the following: “I would like to thank everyone at the NSC Ch. Show who supported the Welfare Stall and Debs who has taken over the stall for the North. Debs had worked very hard making things for the stall and had a wonderful display which was gratefully appreciated. The total profit raise on the day was £182.00 and I hope that every one will support Debs in the future.”

Speaking of Welfare, David Crane the secretary of the Welfare fund has sent a reminder that The Saluki Welfare Fund Day will be held on Saturday 17th May at Park House Stables, Kingsclere, Nr Newbury RG20 5PY.  Entry will be £5.00 per car to include one free lure course run.  There will be lure coursing and stalls (please bring a cake or something to add to a stall) Please do not use the main entrance to the stable but look for the sign on the road ‘Fun Day’. There will be hot and cold drinks available, but please bring your own picnic. 

There will be Saluki classes at Southampton & District Canine Assoc on Saturday 14th June 2014.  (Unfortunately this clashes with SGHC Open Show).   Luke Johnston will be judging 3 classes with Mike Caple, officiating, the Hound Group. Schedules can be obtained from fosse data or through the secretary, Mrs S Wilkinson on telephone number 1329833011. 

Last Sunday the Northern Saluki Club held their Championship show.  Judging us was breed specialist Helen Graham of Daxlore Salukis. It has been a while since Helen has judged our breed as she now lives with her husband David and hounds in France.  DCC, BIS was last years top dog, Ch Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Sanders Parker with the RDCC & RBIS to Sheryl Steer, Lorraine & John Fitzgerald and Luke Johnston’s Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam at Fernlark. BCC & BVIS, came from the Veteran Class Ch Caryna Calisto owned by Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey with the RBCC to Ch Caryna Meilishia  her kennel mate owned by the same owners.  Best Puppy was Hilary Davies & Christine Harrison’s Charrioak Sheerzam.  After the judging we had a chance to speak with the judge while we indulged in a bring and share lunch. 

The show was well run as usual with excellent stewards.  Well done to the new show managers of Christine Harrison and Kevin Carter and equally new secretary to the club, John Owen.  


Michael McCormick Smith, now Acting Hon Secretary of the SGHC, has asked me to apologise on his behalf, first of all for an error in the SGHC Open Show Schedule.  On the inside front cover the date of the Club Champ Show is given as Saturday 14th October – the correct date is Sunday 19th October.  Secondly, he says he is having teething problems with his new computer and It’s email system and some (but not all) members who receive the Club Newsletter, by email, have not received it this time around.  Anyone who hasn’t received it should contact him at: michael@mccormicksmith.com.


Last week, Michael and I stopped off and visited Christ Ormsby at her new home in Petworth.  Chris seems to have settled in well and is enjoying her area.  She lives just across the street from Petworth Castle so has ample ground for walking her dog.  We were informed that if you live in Petworth then you have a free pass to the park.    So we had hoped to have a walk around  house and park but as we were constrained by time, we could not. Unfortunately as we have dogs at home that is the downside of having a day out.  After living in her apartment for a couple of months I pleased to report that Chris finally has her telephone installed and the number is 01798 344692.  The address is 2 Morgan Ct, Station Road, Petworth GU29 0FE.  During our visit I asked Chris about the story I had heard that Bregitta and Bjorn Berglund-Backstrom had a terrible fire at their home in Sweden.  Chris confirmed the story and said that the fire ignited very quickly and the Backstroms were lucky to escape with their daughter Joanna and the dogs. Everything else they owned in the house is gone. What a lucky escape that no one was injured. 

Helen Williams





Congratulation to Loraine & John Fitzgerald and Sheryl Steer as their Saluki, Flyn, (Tasia Moonshine Over Dawnchase JW Sh CM) attended the competition for ‘Hampshire Top Dog,’ where the entry was 64 dogs and he won  the entire competition. 

Just a reminder that the SGHC Open Show, will be held on Saturday 14th June 2014.  Schedules will shortly be circulated along with the newsletter.  As a special event the Committee will be organizing a bring and share lunch to be held at the conclusion of the judging.  More information on this and who will be organizing this, will be in the schedule.

I was so horrified to see a poster on the wall, during a recent trip to the States stating that 80% of all puppies are born through mis-mating so have your dog or bitch neutered by 4 months.

Pamela Mottershaw will be judging 3 classes of salukis ( kindly sponsore by Mrs H. Davies ) at York Canine Society Open Show held at  Askham Bryan College, York ,

Pamela will also judge the Hound Group and BIS. Schedules available from L. Jameson on telephone no. 01904 765297 or lynncjamson@aol.com  or enter online. 

The Hound Association of Scotland held their Championship Show yesterday in the picturesque town of Kelso located the Borders.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Joanne Mahon.  DCC, BOB went to Ch Glenoak Jabari SW SHCM owned by Mr A & Mrs JA Bloomfield with the RDCC to Mrs C Chryssolor’s Anasazi Malt Whiskey Sh CM.  BCC went to Mrs K Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray with RBCC to Mr & Mrs D Rogers Labakan Chiffonier.  Best Puppy was Mouniir Har Kala Rachi (imp Bel) owned by Mrs K Webb and Mrs S Benoit. I understand that Mouniir also went 4th in Puppy Hound group under judge Mike Gadsby.  Best Breeders Group was “Steer”.  Well done all!! 

The NSC Championship Show will be  held on Sunday 27th April at their usual venue in Clay Cross.  This years judge is Helen Graham.  As of this moment an exact figure for entries is not known but it is between 90 and 100.  Exhibitor’s
complementary tea/coffee will be available by voucher through the caterer's van
outside the hall. The caterer will be offering hot food and refreshments for sale all day from early morning. I would just like to remind you that there will be a Bring and Share after the judging has finished so do not forget your contribution.

Helen Williams




Maya Monk Schenk has been contacted by the Kennel Club regarding the research, at the Clinical Investigations Centre at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to help recruit dogs, for a food trial, looking into the treatment of epilepsy.  A new diet has been developed with the aim of improving the management of epileptic dogs, not only by reducing seizure frequency, but also by decreasing the level of side-effects seen with standard antiepileptic drugs.


The research group have had over 20 dogs successfully complete this trial, and are now looking to recruit a further 10 dogs over the next 6 months.  The study is inclusive of all breeds, and the only inclusion criteria are that the dogs are suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy (have an unremarkable MRI and CSF analysis), and are between  ≥6 months and ≤11 years old.  As part of the study they get a free consult with an RVC neurologists, free diagnostic tests and a six month supply of dog food.


If anyone has an epileptic dog and would like to take part in this research please contact Nick Sutton, Health Information Officer, The Kennel Club Tel:  0844 463 3980  (extension 323) or Fax: 020 7518 1028 

I have a few bits and pieces of information:  Crufts 2015, the names for the judges has finally been released and our judge will be Mr. Keith Thornton. 

Ann Redway has had to go into the hospital for a back operation.  We hope it goes well and wish her a speedy recovery. 

John & Caroline Owen have changed their telephone number and it is now

0115 9305473


A delighted Mrs Mottershaw emailed to say that at KC Jersey Ch Show the Saluki Ulmarra Bollinger (Diesel)  won BOB , BEST PUPPY IN GROUP , HOUND GP 3 , BEST JUNIOR IN GROUP, RES. BEST PUPPY IN SHOW. The judges were Sue Searle for hounds and Tom Mather for Best in show.  Diesel is co-owned with Wendy Marshall.


Annette & Brian Buckley after a very difficult and trying time have had to say good bye to Rocco (Ch Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM).  Annette has sent the following regarding their loss: Sadly we had to say our last goodbyes to Rocco yesterday.  His health deteriorated rapidly the night before and yesterday morning, so much so that our two vets who examined him at lunch time both agreed that it was the end of the line with only one option available, which was to release him from any suffering.  Lucasz, our lovely local vet, came to home to help Rocco in his time of need and he went very gently into the next world.  Both Brian and I feel exhausted after such a long fight on his behalf to give him as much quality time as possible and thankfully he was fit up until the last couple of days; all three vets, the homeopathic vet from East Hoathley, Dr. Susan North from the Veterinary Referral Cancer Centre in Basildon, and Lucasz supported us very well and said he survived longer than expected as he was such a strong healthy boy until the cancer struck. I still believe that it started with a nasty horsefly bite back in the summer when hoards of these flies were flying about at the end of our garden and I received a nasty painful bite in my arm which came up in a hard itchy lump which took time to heal.  An insect bite is what he was treated for at the beginning of the problem and it was only when the anti-biotics had no effect on the hard lump in his ear that further tests were done and it was found to be Mast Cell III, the most serious of skin cancers and we were told that it was incurable and the best we could hope was to be able to buy him time.   When a parasite invades the body with a nasty sting, mast cells come out to protect the area, but if too large an army is sent out, this is when cells can form a cancerous lump and histamines spread rapidly.   It is imperative that any lump in the ear pinna is taken seriously, however small, so always ask your vet to look into the worst case scenario as well as the best case; apparently it is the most common form of skin cancer in dogs and as the ear has a very good drainage system the bad cells can reach the lymph glands very quickly so treatment needs to start very early on.  However, Grade III is rarely cured and treatment is usually just palliative.    Rocco would never go down into the bottom of the garden since we saw the hoards of horse flies all those months ago and when I took him out for a wander around just a couple of days ago he would not follow me when I wanted to check on the state of the storm damaged trees in that area – he would not budge from half way down the garden and just stood and watched from a distance.   They say dogs never forget!   We will never forget Rocco and Brian and I will miss him more than words can say.   He was a very loving, loyal and well behaved Saluki at home and gave us so much excitement in the ring as he was such a natural show boy – we were very proud of him and thank Zola Rawson for giving us the opportunity to share his life with us.  Rocco was very special.


Last week I received a telephone call from Joan Davies (Lusaki Salukis).  She said at the moment she and Owen were fine but they take everything on a day to day basis.  Joan wanted me to pass on about Saluki Classes at Chelmsford & District Canine Society.  The judge will be Mr Mike Denny with 3 classes. Mike will also be doing the Hound Group and BIS judge is Jonathan Horswell.  It will be held on Monday 5th May which is a bank holiday.  Joan said the venue is very nice with good free parking and refreshments are available.  Schedules are available from Fosse Data.



The Humberside Hound Association will be hosting a Teach-In on Wednesday 21st May, starting at 7.15pm.  The Speakers are Basenji – Danny Cullen, Saluki – Kevin Carter, Beagle – Brian Foster.Each breed to be discussed and demonstrated, using representatives of the breed as models. There will be no formal 'hands on' session. (The KC recognises attendance at the Seminar as ‘showing an interest in the breeds’ and Certificates of attendance will be given.)  The venue is The Ferrybridge Community Centre, Ferrybridge, WF11 8PQ. Cost - inclusive of light supper - £5.00 All are welcome and there is no need to pre-book. Further details, if required, please contact Clair Pearce on 01405 860864, or visit our Web Site www.humbersidehoundassociation.org.ukThis type of informal event, once popular with general societies, has fallen by the wayside in favour of the in-depth breed club organised seminar which is expected to lead to a judging qualification. Not everyone wants such an intensive learning experience if they are not planning a judging career in that particular breed! The Humberside Hound event is usually well attended by people who consider such seminars to be of utmost importance as an educational event without any pressure”  

David Hatley, Chairman of the NSC, following their AGM, has forwarded information regarding changes in the Club: “ Unfortunately 2014 seems to be the year of retirement for several of our officers and committee. Our President Mr Roy Goodby, decided to step down from that position and the committee as his health is not as robust as it has previously been. Roy was a founder member of the Club and has served it with distinction, diligence and dignity for decades. He was Chairman for thirteen years and then President since 2008. Fortunately he agreed to stay on the committee as his depth of Saluki knowledge has been, and is, invaluable to us. As a Saluki owner, breeder and championship show judge at home and overseas, Roy has made an outstanding contribution to the breed. We wish him a long and happy retirement. 
Secretary Andrew Sharp is also retiring after ten years in the post. We believe this to be a club record. Everyone knows the pivotal position in a breed club is that of Secretary and so often the heavy workload goes unappreciated. With his administrative background Andrew slipped seamlessly into the role and carried it out with precision, efficiency, and accuracy always helped and supported by his wife Vicky. His knowledge of KC rules and regulations has been invaluable and his manner has always been collaborative and pleasant. Andrew has made many friends during his long term of office and been a favourite with visitors to our shows. In particular I have always admired his presentation of the minutes of our meetings which, though brief, so effectively summarize our deliberations. Andrew also must be commended for keeping a strategic eye on the long -term for NSC, particularly with finance and always warned us when we needed to stop spending and consolidate funds. So very,very, regretfully we wish Andrew and Vicky farewell and every success in their new business venture. 

Jessica Brassington the Treasurer for the previous six years has indicated that she too would like a change of role although we hope to persuade her to stay on in the post a little longer. Representing the fourth generation of a well-known Saluki family Jess has a warm and winning personality not always associated with treasurers in my experience. She has presented our accounts in a straightforward way which we can all understand and given brief and to the point reports to committee meetings .Much of the treasurer’s work goes unseen and unremarked by even members of the committee. We are grateful that Jessica has agreed to continue in post and carry on with her hard work for at least the next year. 

Our Vice Chair for nine years Judith White has a long history in both Afghans and Salukis. Another delightful personality Judith has also acted as our “almoner” keeping in touch with the membership in both happy and sad circumstances. Her own sad loss of Trevor, her husband, has caused her to re-evaluate travel to meetings and thus asked to be relieved of the position she has held with distinction since 2006.  Most importantly on the occasions I have not been able to take the chair I always had complete confidence in Judith’s ability and judgement.  We are indeed fortunate that she has agreed to remain on the committee. 

The Northern Saluki Newsletter has been edited by Helen Graham for some twenty years. A stalwart of our breed club over decades  Helen and her husband David have been sorely missed by their friends in salukis since their relocation to France. Even at that distance Helen has continued to write and edit the newsletter which goes to all our members three times a year. Unfortunately latterly she has found a lack of people on this side of the Channel willing to write articles and submit news and views and so has decided to make this edition her last. Known for her interest in Saluki health and treatments Helen has a wide ranging knowledge of the breed both here and throughout the world and this has been ably demonstrated through the newsletter. She will be a very hard act to follow but we thank her for all she has done for NSC and wish her and David “bonne chance” for the future. 
At a very cohesive and co-operative   AGM where members willingly took up positions of responsibility the following appointments were made :- 
Patrons   -   Mrs Beryl Payne and Mr Roy Goodby to be invited to be Patrons of the club. 
President   Mrs Judith White 
Chairman Mr David Hartley 
Vice Chairman Mrs Hilary Davies 
Vice Presidents Mrs Adele Walton-Haddon and Mrs Denise Garrett 
Secretary Mr John Owen 
Treasurer Mrs Jessica Brassington 
Committee Members  Ms Judith Ayrton, Mr Kevin Carter, Miss Christine Harrison, ,  Mrs Lynn Ingram, Mrs Rosie Lewis, Mrs 
Caroline Owen (co-opted),  Ms Martine Smithson Ms Sue Taylor, Mr John Walton-Haddon. 

Ms Ayrton will continue to be responsible for the Club Stall 
Miss Harrison will continue to organise Discover Dogs at Crufts 
Mrs Lewis will continue to act as Cup Steward 
Mrs White will continue to act as Almoner 

New responsibilities are being taken by:- 
Mr Carter and Miss Harrison – Joint Show Managers 
Mrs Owen - NSC Website Manager  
Mr and Mrs Walton Haddon -  Newsletter Editors 

I have an apology to Sue Bounds as she has informed me that her Best Show winner at the SGHC Limited Show was not Alsahra Lalana but her smooth sister Arabella. 

Yesterday the SGHC held their AGM.  Making our way to the venue I digressed with my travelling companions to relate what AGMs were like 15 plus years ago.  I always remember them being held at Wellyn Garden City in a hotel with a bar.  No Saluki AGM could be possibly be held without a “bar” The room would have been packed with members and all would be dressed in their best clothing for this special annual event.  And it was something to be part of, as one would never dare to open their mouth as the meeting was so volatile. Looking back the Chairman of the meeting always had a difficult time controlling t he floor.  Many times it was considered that we needed to obtain an arbitrator from the Kennel Club to chair the meeting.  One side of the room was of one opinion with apposing opinion on the other side and mayhem in between.  Thing have certainly changed as we have a much more moderate meeting as we did yesterday.   


The Committee of the SGHC will be Andrea Ireson. David Steel, Kathy Webb, Michael Williams and Anji Jackson Main has been Co opted.  Kathy is the Chairman of the Committee.  The new acting Secretary will be Michael McCormick Smith.  The Committee has decided to try using telephone conferencing to hold some of their meeting to cut out the long distances members have had to drive.  As the Committee is managing our Club shows for 2014, the person in charge of the Open Show will be Kathy with David assisting her in that, along with the rest of the Committee.  Kathy has suggested that at the Open Show there will be a bring and share lunch after the judging 

Judging the 2015 Limited Show will be Peggy PostmaOpen Show  2015 will be Gabrielle Schroeter from Germany, Ruth Dann with Cecilia Andersson as Best in Show judge. 

Championship Show 2016 winner of the Ballot is Neil Stanmore, Brian Duggan and Best in Show judge Karen Fisher 

Helen Williams





Once again I feel I must apologize for the lack of Breed Notes for the last couple of weeks.  We are still without internet service due to the incompetence of a large telecom company in this country.  They are begging forgiveness for the errors that have occurred but we think time has run out for them.  Our other reason is Michael and I, grabbing a week in the sun just after Crufts.  Catching up on news, congratulations are due to Karen and Glen Fisher on the birth of their new grandson and also congratulations to their parents Natalie & Oliver Hounslow

I have received the following communications from Susan Rhodes on behalf of the Afghan Hound Association:  “On Saturday 5th April the Afghan Hound Association are holding an event entitled SPOTLIGHT ON SIGHTHOUNDS.    An informal day designed to discover what brings our sighthounds together and what separates them. The excellent panel of guest speaker together with one of their breed are Barbara Hargreaves (Mistweave Greyhounds) Jean Clare (Ryazan Borzoi), Lesley Busby (Wilbus Afghan) Marie Bryce-Smith (Saruk Salukis), Pamela Marston Pollock (Falconcrest Whippets, Sloughis & Ibizans) and Cathy Coleman & Jeff Crawford (Bokra Wolfhounds).  The venue is Chieveley Village Hall, Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8TE.  This is a first event of this kind and should be a really good day.  If you are interested it is worth booking early. For further details see www.ahaonline.co.uk or contact Mark Cocozza (freecloud1@aol.com or Susan Rhodes (susan@shadowfaxafghans.com).”

A reminder that the SGHC will be holding their AGM on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 2pm at the Barley Lane Primary School, Huxley Drive, Chadwell Heath, Romford Essex RM6 4RJ.  All members should have received a copy of the Agenda and their Yearbook.  Please note that this venue does not allow dogs.

On Satuday 1st March the SGHC held their Limited Show at the Steventon Village Hall.  Judging us was Maya Monk-Schenk.  For a change, after the rains we have endured, their year, it was nice to be blessed with a sunny day.  The entry for the show was not good but comparatively the same as the previous show.  Catering was provided by the Committee and Club members and was extremely good and very reasonable priced.  After the judging we all sat around and had our stuffed jacket potatoes and salad.  As a general member of the Club I would like to thank the Committee who were ably assisted by Sheila Stoneman and Pauline Spilsted for providing it.  Pauline and Don Everton manned the raffle and I understand that they had a profitable day.  Daphne and Tony Parnham were in attendance assisting with the Welfare Stall and handing the reigns back over to the Welfare as they, after a very long time, will no longer be running it at the club shows.  After the judging a presentation was made to Daphne for her hard work, on the Welfare Stand, by the Committee on behalf of the members of the SGHC. Best Bitch and Best in Show was Sue Bounds Alsahra Lalana (smooth) and Best Smooth in Show with the Res Best in Show to our own and Rosemary Redfern’s Kasaque Paloma. Best dog and Best of Opposite Sex went to Clair Chryssolor’s Anasazi Malt Whiskey with the Res Best Dog to Liz Stephen’s Alsahra Aslam Bedu.  Best Puppy was Kathy & Martin Webb and Sybelle Benoit’s newly imported smooth Mouniir Har Kala Rachi (imp Bel). Best Veteran went to Pauline Spilsted’s Jeshins Dynamic Diva.

Well, another Crufts has come and gone.  We did not arrive early but around 10am but were pleasantly surprised when we sailed into the West Car park and evenly more surprised on a Friday evening when we sailed out and home.  Perhaps Crufts has found away around the four hours wait to exited the car parks.  Judging us at Crufts was Elaine Stanmore (Altaya Salukis).  She chose for her Best of Breed and Dog CC Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeannette & Alan Glaister & Mary Parker.  I understand he was short listed in the Hound Group.The RDCC went to Lisa and John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW. BCC went to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilichia with the RBCC to Anasha Al Noushararin (imp Aus) Sh CM owned by Diane Layton.  Best Puppy was Brian Mansell and Joss Duddell’s Fernlark Schussboomer.  Well done all! 


Christine Ormsby has contacted us to inform everyone that she is moving house.  She loved where she was living in the beautiful Cotswolds but has decided at 90 years of age it is a good time for her, to move nearer to her family.  Her new address is 2 Morgan Courts, Station Road, Petworth, W. Sussex.  GU28 0FE.  Chris does not know what her telephone number will be but as soon as she does we will put it in the Breed Notes.  She does not want to loose contact with her Saluki friends and hopes to attend a show or two to meet up with everyone.  We wish Chris all the happiness in her new home and environment.   

Congratulations to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison on the announcement of their engagement.  

Ann Birrell has sent the following: “  First of all, many thanks to our breed notes contributors for their most comprehensive and interesting notes each week , however I was horrified to read in the saluki notes this week that the Saluki winner at Westminster was called Ladyhawk Guiness the Menace of Tazi.

TAZI has been my registered prefix since 1981 – and I strongly object to a kennel from overseas using my name.  I remonstrated with this kennel when it first came to my notice years ago and understood that they had changed it slightly.  Please ensure that Saluki people everywhere understand that this hound with excessive ear featherings (anathema to a past coursing enthusiast) and has absolutely NOTHING to do  with Ann Birrell of TAZI salukis. I am very proud of my TAZI prefix and it now applies to my whippets as well. “  

This is not the first time this has happened as I have previously noticed that one of the kennels in Norway is called ‘Yazid’.  As these kennel names are outside of the KC  juristriction, therefore there is little that can be done, to stop them using our kennel names.  Maybe they will say they had them first and we copied them. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the SGHC Limited Show on Saturday 1st March at Steventon Village Hall.  Judging will start at 10am.



 Last Monday we watched the live screening of Westminster Dog Show.  How they managed to pull it off showing every breed digitally is quite beyond my comprehension.  The judge for Salukis was Mrs Pamela Peat.  The entry was 19 but there definitely were quite a few absentees which I understand was due to difficult weather conditions.  The BOB winner was GHC Ladyhawk Guinness The Menace of Tazi.  To give him credit he had the longest ear feathering that I have ever seen on a Saluki.  Best of Opposite Sex was Ch Takara The Time is Now.  

 In reference to that show Clair Chryssolor has informed us that the puppies of her Ch Tadj Mahal Emranilzan continue to do well.  The sister of her Gemini Jeu E’Espirit for Anasaz, namely Julia, won Best in Specialty in New York at the Empire Saluki Club.  At Westminster she won Select Bitch.  She is owned and was bred by Cathy Diener Farrell.



Annette Buckley has sent the following regarding the upcoming Limited Show: “The SGHC Limited Show takes place at Steventon Village Hall, Nr Abingdon, Oxon on Saturday 1st March 2014, under judge Maya Monk-Schenk, with an entry of Dogs 30 dogs (33 entries) + 3 NFC  expecting to be in attendance, very similar to that of last year.  The ‘entries’ number is down on 2013 mainly due to the fact that colour classes etc. were ceased which means very few second entries. Judging of dogs starts at 10.00am followed by bitches and it is hoped to stop for lunch close to 1.00pm for a 45 minute break when members can get together for a chat. 

Refreshments at this show will be covered by club and committee members - Helen Williams will give full details. 

The Club raffle will be run as usual by Pauline and Don Everton and Saluki Welfare will be organised by Daphne Parnham and standing behind the stall on the day will be Helena Haywood.  Both stall holders are always thankful to receive donations, so why not look out those unwanted Christmas gifts from your cupboards and bring them along on the day.  If you need to get in touch my number on the day is 07933 865287 

The committee look forward to welcoming you to the show and we wish everybody a safe journey and an enjoyable dog showing experience at Steventon Village Hall.” 

The Committee of the SGHC will be providing catering at the show.  There will be tea/coffee and cakes available all day.  At lunch we hope to sit down to baked potatoes with fillings, salad and apple pie and cream for afters.  The food will be very reasonable priced so we hope everyone will join in.  Any questions regarding catering please contact Michael Williams on 01635 268269 or email kasaque565@gmail.com.  The Committee would be most appreciative if everyone could bring along a cake to sell on the day. 

We had just received the final edition of the Breed Records Supplements for 2013.  There were 5 new litters (30 puppies) registered with the KC between October to December 2013.  Of those there are only two names I recognize, Mr S Ham & Mrs A Ham had a litter of 4 and Ms C Harrison had a litter of 8.  Four new importations: Khalils Cressida-Classicus from Sweden owned by Mary Parker.   Sundara’s Ayla of De Sabbia from USA owned by Mesdames J Cotterill, J Pyatt and M Haag. Ulmarra Moet and Chandon from Ireland owned by Mrs K Hardinson  and finally Ulmarra Veuve Clicquot at Cilmalaigh also imported from Ireland owned by Mrs L Sinclair.  Two new Champions confirmed, Chisobee Cerenarian and Fernlark Drambuie.  Junior Warrants were achieved by Fernlark Elswavo and Jasdine of Canerikie.  Show Certificates of Merit went to Anasha Al Noushafarin and Classicus Conway. 

In 2013 there were three Salukis exported.  One went to Israel, another to Canada and a third to Netherlands.  Obviously there have been a considerable more Saluki imports.  Our registrations for 2012 was 150 while 2013 the registrations have dropped to 95.  Worrying statistics especially as many of these dogs were bred by “fringed breeders”. 

Buzz Faber planned to travel to Jasper, Canada for a family wedding last week.  I spoke to her on Thursday and she said she did not feel well and thought she might be coming down with a cold.  That cold turned out to be pneumonia and poor Buzz had to cancel her travel plans.  She has not been having a good time.  Buzz did say she had an open ticket so plans to visit the family next summer.  We wish her a speedy recovery.



Last week, at just about this time I sat down to write the Breed Notes when there we a huge bang from somewhere outside our house.  At that moment it was not raining but the weather forecast was for the usual rains and wind.  I put my coat on, went out to check what was happening and saw two cars that had stopped in a lay-by nearby.  The drivers informed me that there had been an electrical shower with sparks going everywhere then the bang.  The after mass was, no electricity for that day and part of the next, hence no Breed Notes.

The Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Championship show on Sunday 27th April at Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross, Near Chesterfield Drby S45 9LX.  Judging will be Mrs Helen Graham (Daxlore).  Entries close on Friday 28th March and schedules can be obtained from the Hon Sec Andrew Sharp on tel 01274 564840 or through www.dog.biz where on line entries will be taken.

SGHC will be holding their Limited Breed Show on Saturday 1st March at Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6AA.  Judging is Mrs Maya Monk-Schenk.  Annette Buckley has kindly sent me the entry for this show which is 29 dogs with 32 entries and 3 NFC.  Closer to the date of the show I will include information regarding catering. 

Brendan Autin has sent me the following: “I have been asked by John Hudson, Hon. Secretary if I would reconsider and do the Saluki Calendar for one more year.  I must admit that I do enjoy putting the calendar together, I just felt that maybe it needed fresh eyes.  This years’ calendar is almost sold out, so maybe I got it wrong and members and friends do support and appreciate what is done.  

Sometimes things do go wrong and I was under criticism for getting the date wrong for LKA last year.  I write to all Show Managers and Secretaries asking them to check details that are listed at the bottom of a letter and return to me in a stamped addressed envelope.  Details are entered, checked and then proof read.  The date was wrong on my letter, but it has been confirmed as correct by the LKA.  Errors do happen.  Also sometimes dates are changed like our own Limited Show this year, after we go to print. 

So I have put my calendar hat on again and I am now thinking of photos for 2015.    The annual Photographic Competition will be held at the Open Show at Digswell on Sunday 15th June.  Entries are FREE and you may enter as many photographs as you wish.  Photographs should be no larger than A5 (6x8”).  They may be in black and white or colour and should be of a reproducible quality.  Entries should have a SAE for their safe return. 

Please send your entries to arrive no later than Friday 6th June to:  Brendan G Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. TW16 7QB.  Entries may be submitted online to brendangaustin@aol.com (jpeg image preferred), and they will be printed for you.  Please note that all photographs and their details are shredded after the competition.  Please include any information about the photograph, names of dogs when and where it was taken - anything that might be of interest, bearing in mind space availability. 

The calendar will be available at the Championship Show in October or by post or on eBay (search Saluki Calendar). 

If anyone would like to take over from me then please contact me on 01932 788040 and I can give an insight as to what is involved or speak to John Hudson.” 

Helen Williams




 Sadly we have received the following from Ann Shimmin “ At 1.30 pm yesterday Paul found Flash (Ch. Hisilome's I am Iceman med Cranstal) lying dead in the paddock when he went out to collect the two boys at the end of their daily lunchtime exercise.    He looked as if he were sleeping.  Flash would have been 6 on 10th March.   Faris and Flash had only been out for about 15 minutes because the weather was damp and rather unpleasant. 

We had walked the dogs in the morning for our usual 3 1/2 miles, they came home and Flash was then playing with Noor and Tiisi whilst they waited for their breakfasts.  After breakfast they all had their usual mid-morning sleep and then at lunchtime the bitches were put out in the paddock for their run - followed by the dogs.  (We have not been running them all together as we felt that four adult salukis might all get a bit rough with Noor - not that she cared!)  Let off his lead at the paddock gate Flash hurtled off round the paddock looking for cats (as usual) and Paul then left Flash and Faris together whilst he came in and had a shave as we were going out in the afternoon.   On returning to collect the boys from the paddock he discovered Flash lying dead in the middle of the paddock.
We have had a PM done and Karl our vet (who has specialised in heart vet work) has said that at this time he is 90% certain that it is heart arrhythmia that has caused Flash's death.  From the PM all his organs are the organs of a completely normal and healthy dog - in every way.  However because of the speed with which he died and the circumstances of his death - combined with what Karl knows about heart function - Karl is of the conclusion that heart arrhythmia has been responsible for his death  If this alters in any way we will not hesitate to make it known.   We just cannot believe that this has happened to such a downright healthy dog whose only visits to the vet over the last five years have been for a couple of tummy upsets plus his annual inoculations.   Flash just did not 'do' anything other than healthy and very, very active.


Paul and I cannot believe that our golden clown is not asleep in the kitchen - just waiting for someone to make the mistake of leaving food unattended!!  He was such a lovely and loving boy in every way - who of course did more than we could have wished for in the show ring as well.  Perhaps the golden ones are those who do get taken first.  He had just about everything going for him that anyone could wish for from any dog.  I would not sacrifice one minute spent with him for anything - just wish that there had been so many, many more of them.”


Our first Championship with CCs for 2014 was held last Thursday.  Judging us was Graham Hill.  BOB, DCC and Hound Group 1 was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeannette & Alan Glaister and Mary Parker with the RDCC to John & Lisa Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan.  BCC went to John & Lisa Hudson’s Ch Gloak Kiyan JW.  BRCC Jocelyn Duddell & Brian Mansell’s Jasmine of Canerikie (imp)

Best Puppy was Fernlark Bottoms Up At Bumpkiss. 


Yesterday the SGHC held a teaching and assessment seminar.  There was a good attendance of 25 people whom were all handed a folder with papers related to the seminar and judging salukis upon arrival. The day started with a talk and a power point presentation on the history of the breed and the standard by Diana Allan and Jenny Macro.  After there was another power point presentation by Karen Fisher on colours of the breed and what is not acceptable.  After lunch Peter Yardley gave a talk on Saluki movement. Then we were split into two groups, one was for the 8 candidates that were being assests and the remainder worked with a mentor going over a dog.  Their final challenge was to write a critique about the dog that had just assest  We have received a few favourable comments today so hopefully the day was interesting and informative. 



We have just received a very sad message from Pia Carnell to say her 17 year old son Augustine was killed on New Years day in a road traffic accident.  We use to see Augustine and his two sisters at shows about  5 or 6 years ago.  They have two Salukis bred by Jan Banyard   His funeral will be held at Rochester Cathedral on 23rd January at 9.30am followed by a reception at the Corn-exchange.

Further to my information of last week, regarding top winners of 2013, I have head from Lisa and John Hudson  that their Ch Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW was the top winning Brood Bitch.  Ch Glenoak Kira – 5CCs, 1RCC, 1BoB,Ch Glenoak Kamala JW – 2CCs, 1RCC, 1BoB, Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW – 1CC, 1RCC, 1BoB, Ch Glenoak Jabari JW – 1CC, Glenoak Jazmyn JW – 1CC, Glenoak Kalima – 1RCC.


 Yesterday Boston Championship Show was held.  We do not have CCs but we do have classes and judging our classes was Anji Jackson-Main.  Her BB, BOB was Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’Esprit for Anasazi (imp) Sh CM with RBB and BP to Joselyn Duddell & Bryan Mansell’s Fernlark Schussboomer.  BD went to the Ham, Bockman-Chato & Ross Elliott partnership’s Ch Baghdad Karim(imp) Sh CM with RBD to Clair Chryssolor’s Anasazi Whiskey Sh CM. Well done all


Happy New Year to you and your hounds.  As the deadlines for the notes have varied over the holiday period I am not sure when these notes will actually be published.  A reminder that membership subs are due for the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Northern Saluki Club.  Also as we do not get schedules through the post any more, here is another reminder to enter Crufts if you intend to go.  

We have received some good news from Andrea Ireson, she and her partner Dave Claridge have become engaged over the holidays.  We wish them the very best of luck for the future. 


Brendan Austin has sent the following: “Many thanks for those who have supported the Saluki 2014 Calendar.  If anyone is still looking for a copy then please contact Brendan Austin on 01932 788 040.  There are still a few copies left.  Please send a cheque made out to SGHC for £9.50 per copy or £23.00 for three copies inc. UK p&p to; Brendan G Austin, 103 Vicarage Road,  Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 7QB.”


I am posting a short summery of the breeds top winners for the 2013 year, (if I missed something out please contact me and I will be happy to include it in the upcoming Breed Notes).

Top Saluki was Ch Classicus Cassander JW ShCM handled by Jeannette Glaister, owned by Jeannette and Alan Glaister and Mary Parker. (Mary being also being his breeder). He became a  Champion at Crufts with BOB, he went on to get BOB and Group 4 at Hound Assoication of Scotland, CC at Birmingham National, BOB and Group 3 at Scottish Kennel Club, CC at Southern Counties, BOB Blackpool, BOB and Group 2 City of Birmingham, BOB and Group 2 Darlington, BOB and Group 1 LKA, along with the RCC from Manchester, Northern Saluki Club, Hound Association, Richmond and Driffield. He remained throughout the year Top Saluki in the UK, finishing joint 3rd Hound with fairly limited showing. 

Top Breeders were Hudson making up three new Champions this year all with multiple CCS.  They are Lisa & Dr John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW, Ch Glenoak Kamala JW and Sheryl Steer’s Ch Glenoak Kira of Fernlark.

Top Puppy went to Ann & Paul Shimmin with their Swedish import Hislome’s Keepsake for Cranstal. No mean feat when you live in the Isle of Man. 

In the holiday post we received from the Kennel Club a letter dated 23rd December to state that starting January 1st 2014 the rules regarding the Assured Breeders membership has been changed. (Not so long ago known as the Accredited breeders scheme)  To summarize the letter, the Assured Breeders Scheme is now in two tiers, one Annual full Membership which will change from the existing  £10.00 per annum to £30.00 which will increase to £45.00 then £60.00.  This will include an assessment visit every 3 years.  Just for information we have been in the scheme for quite a few years and have never been contacted regarding a visit.    

The second option is Annual Associate Membership which is exclusively offered to existing members who breed infrequently (perhaps less then every 3 years)  As an existing member you may opt to remain as an Associate Member and pay an annual fee of £12.00 plus an inspection fee of £167.00 when you decide to breed your next litter.  Upon successful completion of this assessment they will provide a UKAS Certification for the following three years.

We have Salukis and (we’d like to think) are now ‘authorities’ in our breed and are in the position to help newcomers with their questions and problems and whilst we may not know all the answers we will try and find out all we can and report back. 

Having spent many an hour researching suitable stud dogs we are happy to travel many miles including overseas to use what we hope will be a suitable male with all the health, temperament and breed qualities we desire and then when it comes to selling our treasured puppies they depart with a puppy packs including diet sheets, medical records and information on Breed specific items like reading material and clubs; plus other activities which can be pursued with salukis. Plus starter food packs and our puppies are tattooed before leaving us.

If the KC inspects our property, which we have no problem with, they see we have Salukis and they will pass us, then we instantly become accredited as Assured breeders for all other breeds without requiring any knowledge of other breeds. In fact in reality we actually do not require to have any knowledge of salukis either, just as long as we produce the paperwork the KC expect a puppy owner to be given and arrange any health checks that might be relevant with our breeding stock (none currently in our breed). The scheme simply requires that we have premises deemed suitable for breeding dogs and can provide what they perceive to be a suitable standard of husbandry. The fact that the conditions and permissions are not breed specific is something we have always had a problem with. In the eyes of the KC someone who has bred 5 litters in a breed is now considered an experienced breeder, an assumption that could mislead the public into thinking that a breeder has much knowledge of the breed they are selling whereas the fact is they may definitely not. There are some kennels with 50 or 60 breeding bitches who are producing puppies all the time of more than one breed, how, for example, can these breeders be providing the socialisation that the KC says it aspires breeders to provide….let alone good husbandry?  Fortunately this is not the type of conditions most Saluki puppies result from in this country and hopefully never will be.  If anyone was in that position we would refer to them as “puppy farmers” and would hope the Kennel Club would not be advocating such dwellings. With the new guidelines the KC have presented in their letter it reads to me that rather than addressing breed specific knowledge (perhaps that one should attend seminar/s on each breed they want to breed and that accreditation should only apply to those breeds where it is obvious the breeder has made the effort to gain some knowledge and insight). Instead they are at serious risk of encouraging the uneducated mass production of puppies, which is contrary to the ethos the Kennel Club was established for, with kennels full of puppies of different breeds. Though hopefully in their case not the  squalid establishments that these large scale puppy producers are known for, but perhaps with little knowledge of whether their dogs fulfil breed standards as well as care, the health, socialisation, puppy pack requirements etc.

Personally we want no part of this new scheme and will disregard it as conscious breeders and Salukiphiles as we already operate ‘best practice’ and have far more to offer potential saluki puppy owners than a piece of paper with UKAS Certification written on it. 

There is an e-petition now being circulate that states: “Pet Theft - Tougher Penalites to Deter. Responsible department: Home OfficeTo introduce a Pet Theft Law.We want stronger and tougher pet theft legislation to increase the punishment to those involved in the theft of a dog, cat, rabbit, aviary-bird or horse. 
We want pets and horses to be legally regarded as living members of the family and not as objects or property. We want to see pet theft punishment set somewhere between kidnapping and the theft of property or an object. The personal value of a pet is much higher than its saleable value and the law needs to reflect this.We want a mandatory prison sentence punishment for anyone who steals pets with the purpose of extracting a ransom, or seeking reward for the safe return of those animals, or with the intention of harming it or with the intention of not returning it to its rightful owner (unless they can prove that the animal was removed for good reason).We want police and courts to have tougher and stronger powers and to prioritise the theft of pets over the theft of objects.  The address to sign this is submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/45882

Helen Williams




SALUKI BREED NOTES 18th December 2013

We had planned to attend LKA but as I was unwell we did not make it.  I see from the on line results that there will many absentees, to be exact I think I counted 20.  I have heard a few reports about the new arrangements at the NEC and a couple of people have said that the location is quite far from the train station.  With £10.00 car park charges at NEC, and I know this is out of the hands of LKA, taking the train is a sensible option.  In  time all the little wrinkles of relocation will be smoothed out.  Judging us was Mrs Zola Rawson.  BCC, BOB and a whopping Hound Group 1 was Jeanette and Alan Glaister and Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM with the RDCC to Nicola Quadling’s Kasra Zebadiya at Malenkhai.  BCC for her first CC as I believe she is new in the country is Jeanette Cotterill, Jayne Pyatt & Michelle Haag’s Am Ch Sundara’ Ayla of de Sabia (imp) . She was born on 13th May 2009.  She was bred by Michelle & Michael Laflamme Haag.  RBCC went to Denise & Ian Rogers Labakan Lacrox.  Best Puppy was Sherys Steer’s Fernlark Schussboomer and Best Veteran was Tasia Emilia at Sivendra.  Best Breeders Hudson.

  Ann Shimmin has sent me the following: “I would be grateful if you could arrange through the Breed Notes to pass on to everyone my thanks for the most lovely surprise gift of the lovely saluki head that was presented to me at LKA at the finish of my time as Newsletter Editor.  It was totally unexpected and all the more delightful because of that.  Caroline Owen has done the most wonderful piece of work and I am certain that she must have been looking at a photo of Noor when she did it as the head study looks just as glamorous as I am hoping that Noor might look as an adult saluki.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported my efforts as editor.  I have had a lot of satisfaction from each finished Newsletter especially when taking into account the subjects that have been covered - and on which a variety of people have willingly contributed over the last five years.  I am now really looking forward to reading the April 2014 Newsletter - my thoughts are with you Vicky-ann.”


Schedules for the 2014 Members Limited Single Breed Show of the SGHC have now been posted.  It will be held on Saturday 1st March 2014 at Steventon Village Hall, Steventon Oxon OX13 6AA.  The SGHC Committee will be organising the Shows until a new Show Manager comes forward. One of the main Committee members will take control of each Show assisted by a 'Working Party',  which we hope will be made up of Committee Members and Club Members living local to the venue.  Kathy Webb is heading up the Limited Show, so if anyone has any queries please ring  her on 01737 353279 or email mkwebb@onetel.net.   Any offers of help would be much appreciated. In regard to the show, at this point in time there are no sponsors for the forthcoming shows, so the Club would appreciate help securing such. They are also looking for rosette donations, or any other contributions which would be most welcomed.

In the schedule there was a typographical  error regarding the Special Yearling class, the definition of classes should read for dogs of 6 calendar months and not exceeding 24 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.  Please take note of this when entering the show.  

Happy Birthday wishes to Chris Ormsby and Viv Davies for their 90th.  Not far behind is Beryl Payne who will be celebrating her 90th in 2014. 

Marie & Nick Bryce-Smith have asked me to pass on holiday greetings to everyone.  Unfortunately Marie had a fall last week, breaking her right wrist so there will not be any cards this year.    

Michael and I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.  Personally we are really looking forward to a relaxing break and the end of the constant adverts on the television reminding us that we need to shop, shop, shop.   Any news please let me know and I will print it as long as it is positive..



            All seems very quiet in the Saluki World at this time which accounts for the lack of breed notes last week.  The deadline for articles in the Club magazine has been extended to the end of the month and the first week in January for adverts.  The person to contact is Kathy Webb on 01737 353279.  Kathy is the care taker editor until a new one is appointed. Anyone who is interested in editing the magazine should contact Kathy at the above number or the Club Secretary, John Hudson.  While we are on the subject we still need a show manager, new Hon Secretary after the AGM, next March, plus someone to compile the annual calendar.  For further information please contact  the Secretary, John Hudson on 01954 230016 or email: hudson@genoak.org.uk

SGHC Committee will be running the Limited Show this year. Judging will be Mrs Maya Monk-Schenk.  It will be held on Saturday 1st March 2014 at Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Abington, Oxfordshire OX13 6AA. If you are a paid up member of the Club and have not received a schedule please contact John Hudson. 

There are still a few places available for the Seminar which will be held at Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon on 18th January commencing at 10am.  The am session will include historical presentation by Diana Allan, instruction and the understanding of our breed standard will be Jenny Macro and a talk entitled Traditional Colours and Coat Patterns by Karen Fisher.

In the afternoon there will be assessments for A3 list  and a chance in small groups for hands on experience and open discussion with a tudor..

Attendance and Judging assessment Certificates will be issued.  For further information please contact Kathy Webb on 01737 353279 or email mkwebb@ontel.net or Michael Williams 01635 268269 email kasaque565@gmail.com



It is always difficult to report the death of a Saluki, especially when only 5 years old.  Tragically, Buzz Faber has had to say goodbye to her beloved Gina (Ch, Ir Ch Sufeina Zarita)  A couple of years ago Buzz noticed a lump on Gina and rushed her to the vets where it was removed and they were very hopeful that it would be a one off.  Buzz monitored Gina carefully and the vets had just given her a clean bill of health when they noticed her stomach swelling. There was little the vets could do for her, so they decided the kindest thing was to put her to sleep. I know Buzz was extremely attached to Gina and also hoped she might have a litter of puppies from her, sadly this will never happen. 

The British Boxer Club is promoting heart testing at their open show on the 1stDecember 2013. The heart testing will be carried out by cardiologist Dan Andrews and is available to all breeds at a cost of £15 per dog (registration documents are required). The show will be from 10-2pm and held at Steventon Village Hall, Oxfordshire, OX13 6AA. 

To make an appointment, please contact Amanda Jinks on 01728 454423. Alternatively, you can contact the show secretary Marion Seeney on 01235835207. Please do not hesitate to contact them for further information. 

Anji Jackson-Main has sent the following regarding Discover Dogs:

This year was very successful with a steady flow of interested visitors.

The visual aspect of the stall is developing very nicely. This year we applied for a corner space which was very successful, the decoration is slowly coming together, the boards that Ken had made of photographic descriptions of the Salukis. The first board contains a general description of the breed. Next is information about the Sarona Kennels with pictures of Kelb.  The next to last one is of Florence Amhurst with her Salukis and lastly a Jacqiui Jones picture with more information and old archieves  photos.  To cover the back wall we have some beautiful material called moulid which is Egyptian. This is appliqué in geometric patterns and is covered in sequins, they are about 6' x 6' we use one to cover the back wall and others we draped down to cover the metalbars. Next year we hope to use some of the material to run along the top area. And of course we have added a camel saddle hanging. 

Fortunately this year we have new leaflets beautifully designed by Diana Duckenfield. It looked interesting and professional. We recognised many visitors who come back each year. Many have Saluki crosses who are absolutely delighted to see a real Saluki, some are Saluki owners from years ago and many have a Saluki from the welfare. The dogs were well behaved, although it is a demanding day for them. We had a very good assortment of colours, but we did have a number of requests to see a smooth Saluki so we are putting out a call for any smooth Saluki owners who would like to do Discover Dogs 2014 to get in touch. Our thanks go to Nicola Quadling, Brendan Austin, Pete Jackson-Main, Tania Stevens and Craig, Anne Redway  and canines, who helped to make it a successful weekend. If you would like to help next year contact Anji on 07717724257. 

The Fernlarks have had a very successful trip to Belgium last weekend.  Luke Johnston has passed on that at the Belgian Sighthound Speciality, Rafi (Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW won the CAC and Kirman Dafnia won the RCAC.  At the Eurodogshow Rafi won the CAC and the CACIB.  Sounds like a very successful trip.

 To bring to a close the Clubs 90th Year Celebrations we will be holding a Breed Specific Seminar. It will take place at Steventon Village Hall on 18th January 2014 commencing at 10.00a.m.

 Morning Session:-

This will include an historical presentation by Diana Allan, instruction and the understanding of our breed standardby Jenny Macro  and a talk entitled ‘Traditional colours and coat patterns’ by Karen Fisher. 

In the Afternoon:-

1. There is the opportunity for assessment to be included on our judging list. (Places limited and must be pre-booked)  

2. The chance in small groups for hands on experience and open discussion with tutor.  

Come along and learn a more about our beloved salukis, this seminar is not only for judging purposes. It does not matter how long you have been in the breed there is always something more to learn. Join us and increase your knowledge of the breed in an informal way.

Attendance and Judging Assessment Certificates issued.


Tickets, including coffee on arrival, 2 course hot lunch and tea with cake before leaving.


Cost per person - £25.00 or £20.00 for SGHC Members. Extra £5.00 for Judging Assessment.

For further information or to book a place contact: 

Michael Williams kasaque565@gmail.com 

or 01635 268269 

Kathy Webb mkwebb@onetel.net or 01737 353279




The Saluki Calendar for 2014 is now available from brendangaustin@aol.com telephone 01932 788040. Single copies £9.50 Three copies £23.00.inc UK P&P  Please send a cheque made out to SGHC to: Brendan G Austin,  103 Vicarage Road,  Sunbury on Thames,  Middlesex.  TW16 7QB


This week I received the Breed Record Supplement for Autumn 2013.  There were 3 litters registered making 20 puppies.  The breeders were Mr F Loveridge, Miss E Price and Ms S A Steer.  There was 1 importation, namely Shokran Al Shamam.  It’s origin was Republic of Ireland owned by Ms Y Fox.  There was 1 export or rather a Dutch dog returning to Netherlands.  Two Champions were confirmed and they are Mary Parker’s Classicus Concorrdia and Sheryl Steer, Lorraine& John Fitzgerald’s Gloak Kira of Fernlark.



Last Sunday the SGHC held their Open Show in conjunction with Saluki Welfare.  Usually we hold our Championship Show at this time, but as this was the 90th Anniversary Year we exchanged dates with the Open Show which is usually held in the summer.  Considering it was a Club Open Show and not the champ show, there was quite a good support with an entry of 88.  I see from below that the profit from the entry at the Companion Show was £53.00 which did include some Whippets and probably some of the dogs from the Open Show. It is a pity that more of the welfare dogs were unable to attend.  As we were in the large hall at the Kennel Club building, at no time did we feel crowded, perhaps in this instance it would have been more cost affective to the Club, at this difficult economic time, to have held the event in the smaller hall.  Catering was supplied, by outside caterers and they seemed to be selling masses of chips and bacon baps, plus coffees and teas. 

The show was opened by the President of the Club, Marie Bryce-Smith who asked us to stand for a minutes silence for Sonia Lambrinudi of Geldara Salukis who recently died in her 90th year. Sonia bred some extremely beautiful Salukis during her showing days. They were very much based on the Burydown line. During the lunch break the committee of the 90th Anniversary Year were called into the ring and presented with gifts as a token of thanks for all their hard work during this past year 

The Magazine stand was doing a brisk business.  I understand they donated some of their anniversary mugs to the Companion Show and Junior Handling, so now have none left.  Also the commemorative bone china mugs have now sold out, the last few being sold on the magazine table.  During lunch we stopped to raise our glasses and partake of a special cake thanking Karen Fisher for her ten years of hard work as the editor of “The Saluki”. There is no doubt under her editorship the magazine has gone from strength to strength.  Kathy Webb has now sent most of the magazines off but if you have not received on or would like to order one please contact Kathy on 01737 353279.

Diana Allan oversaw the final ‘90th Anniversary Silent Auction’ with the celebratory year now drawing to a close  I believe all the items are now sold and in addition to all the other funds Diana has raised by her silent auctions, she has now added another £281.00.  We thank Diana for all her hard work on behalf of the Club.         

  Judges for the Open Show were Liz McKnight, dogs, Maggie Holder bitches with Colin Wells Referee. The results are Best Dog and Best of Breed to Annette and Bryan Buckley’s Hislome’s Kareef (imp Swe) from the Junior Class. Best Puppy Dog, Best of Opposite Sex Puppy and Reserve Best Dog was Marie Bryce-Smith’s Kasaque Ra Frankel Of Saruk.  Best Bitch went to Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’Esprit for Anasazi Sh CM (imp USA) with reserve Best Bitch to Fernlark Despina of Canerikie owned by Joss Duddell and Bryan Mansell   Best Puppy was Sheryl Steer’s Fernlark Schussboomer and Best Veteran in Show was Kathy Webbs’ Ch Al Caliphs Nuray. 

 Daphne Parnham has sent the following note regarding the Welfare stall: “Please could you thank everyone who supported the Welfare stall and the Companion Dog Show at the SGHC Open Show. The Welfare stall made a £260.00 and the Stalls, musical Mats and Companion Dog Show made a profit of £53 plus a large donation given to us by one of the Welfare owners. We would like to thank everyone who joined in the fancy dress and made a fitting end to the Companion dog Show.”

 John Hudson, Hon Sec on SGHC has sent the following regarding the KCs National Education and Training Month (November 2013)

Conformation and Movement Seminars

Saturday 9th November in Fife

Sunday 17th November in Builth Wells and Maidstone

Saturday 23rd November at Newark Showground

Saturday 30th November in Exeter

This seminar is aimed at all those who wish to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in their understanding of key aspects of Conformation, Structure and Movement. It complements the Points of the Dog assessment and is aimed at all those involved in exhibiting and judging and in particular those who aspire to give Challenge Certificates. A Kennel Club attendance certificate will be presented at the end of the seminar.

Points of the Dog assessments

Sunday 17th November in Builth Wells and Maidstone

Saturday 23rd and 24th November at Newark Showground

Requirements of a Dog Show Judge Seminar (KC Rules and Judging Procedures)

Sunday 10th November in Wishaw

Saturday 16th November in Builth Wells and Maidstone

Sunday 24th November at Newark Showground

Sunday 1st December in Exeter

This seminar focuses on providing the essential knowledge and understanding of Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and Ring Procedure. It is for those who wish to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in their understanding of key aspects of Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. It is aimed at all those involved in exhibiting and judging and in particular those who aspire to award Challenge Certificates. An examination paper on Requirements of a Dog Show Judge follows this seminar for those wishing to award CCs. Successful candidates will receive a certificate which is a requirement for the first time CC questionnaire.

Managing a Dog Society

Saturday 9th November at the Scottish Kennel Club

Satrurday 16th November in Builth Wells and Maidstone

Saturday 23rd November at Newark Showground

Saturday 30th November in Exeter

This seminar focuses on best practice guidelines as published in the Manual for Kennel Club Registered Societies. It looks at the effective management of a club/society through the committee working as a team. The seminar is designed to assist existing and potential new officers and committee members or those who might be interested in being involved in Dog Societies. Seminar delegates will:

                Gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all interested parties:

                o The Kennel Club

                o Members of the Society

                o Committee

                o General Public


Show Management Seminars

Sunday 10th November at the Scottish Kennel Club

Sunday 17th November in Builth Wells

Sunday 24th November at Newark Showground

Sunday 1st December in Exeter

The main focus is on Show Planning and Administration, covering the sequence of events required from 18 months prior to the show, what is required at the show to what is required after the show. All the most up to date information, legislation and Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are included in this seminar.

This one-day seminar is primarily aimed at those who will have a role to play in the organisation of Kennel Club registered societies shows and events. Delegates may include those elected as show officials of Breed Club Shows.

For more information and to secure a place please contact Joanna Howe, Canine Activities, Education and Training Specialist on 0844 4633 980 or email joanna.howe@thekennelclub.org.uk

 -The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding a breed dedicated seminar and breed assessment seminar on 18TH January at Steventon Village Hall.  There will be further information on the Saluki web site and in newsletter.  For early reservations please contact Michael Williams on 01635 268269 or kasaque565@gmail.com or Kathy web on 01737 353279 or mkwebb@onetel.net

And lastly Midland Counties Championship Show was held on the Thursday prior to the Open Show.  Generally speaking the show was most interesting as we were scheduled with the Pastoral Breeds. It was great fun seeing the breeds we rarely get to see.  My hat goes off to the Committee of Midland Counties as they had work very hard to decorate the rather dreary interior of the Stafford Agricultural Hall with photos of past Best in Show winners.  Pauline Everton the judge for the Salukis on the day mentioned to me later that their hospitality was most wonderful to the judges.

BCC, BOB & Hound Group 3 was Ch Glenoak Kira of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer and Lorraine & John Fitzgerald with RBCC to Liz Metcalfe and Martin Green’s Tasia Zemar My Maria. DCC was Ch Jorgenjo Mirzam of Fernlark owned by the Steer, Fitzgerald and Johnston partnership with RDCC to Peggy Postma’s Glenoak Kalima.  Best Puppy was Kasaque Ra Frankel of Saruk owned by Marie Bryce-Smith and Best Breeders Group Steer.  Well done all!! 


Brendan Austin has sent the following: 

“The final touches have been put to our Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day on Sunday the 27th October.  It is being held with kind permission of The Kennel Club at the Kennel Club’s Building, East Hall, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.  Even if you have not entered, it would be nice to see you on the day.  You can still bring your dogs and enter them as Not for Competition on the day at the Show Manager's table or enter them into the Companion Show. 

The entries have now closed for the Open Show and I am happy to report that our judges, Liz McKnight and Maggie Holder have 88 dogs with 125 entries, plus 17 entries for the Special Classes including Junior Handling and our new Special Awards Champion Class.  Our Referee is Colin Wells and we look forward to welcoming them all. The show will open at 9.00am and judging for the Open Show will begin with the dogs at 10.00amfollowed by the bitches.  There will be a lunch break.  The Companion Show will start at 11.00am. There will be two rings running simultaneously. 

During the lunch break there will be Special Awards Champions Class, being judged by Elaine Rushton, Junior Handling and a special game of Musical Mats – think Musical Chairs but for dogs (with handlers).  This is always great fun and we do hope that everyone will join in.  

In the Companion Show Ring there will be Pedigree Classes, Any Variety in Puppy, Sporting, Open and Veteran. There are also fun classes Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Golden Oldie, The Odd Couple, Best Fancy Dressed, Best in Show taken from Pedigree and Novelty classes and Best Overall Rescue. Entry for all these classes is on the day at the Companion Show Table and is open to all dogs. 

Refreshments will be available all day.  Teas, coffees and soft drinks together with sandwiches, bacon rolls etc.; and there will also be hot lunches available.  You can of course bring your own pack lunch if you prefer. 

There will be Archive material on display, trade stands, ‘The Saluki’ magazine, the Saluki Calendar, as well as Welfare Stalls and A Cake Stall (donations very welcome please to Helena).  There will be raffles and tombola; and a Silent Auction on behalf of the 90th Celebration Fund; details of the items are on www.salukiclub.co.uk 

Arden Grange will also be with us and they are sponsoring many of the prizes for both shows. We do hope to see you there and if you have any questions please contact; 

Brendan Austin, 01932 788 040 brendangaustin@aol.com
Nicola Quadling, 020 8590 8457
David Crane, 01725 518790 David19crane@live.co.uk


Congratulations to Anna and Ben Freegard on the safe arrival of their daughter Andromeda Hilary who will be known as MiaShe was born on 30th September on  their first wedding anniversary. 

Slowly information has been filtering in about a Saluki World Congress in Australia, which will be held around the beginning of April 2015.  This will be the  2nd  World Congress, as the first one, was successfully held in Finland, in 2008.  I have gone to their ‘facebook ‘ page and found the following:

The Saluki World Congress 2015 in Sydney, will now officially be hosted by the Sighthound Association and sponsored by Paula Bockman-Chato. All financial responsibility will be covered by fund raising through the sale of Paula's Saluki art and memorabilia collection, so please be generous with your bids when we start putting these items up on this site. Payments can be made by Paypal. All monies go into the Saluki World Congress 2015 account which is supervised by Rebecca Rafton, committee member of the Congress committee. Any donations of artwork or items pertaining to Salukis are greatly appreciated and will be noted in the Congress printed program. 

We have chosen our official venue for the Congress and due to space restraints we will only be able to accommodate 200 participants. Reservations will start at the beginning of 2014.

For those who are interested in the topics, that we will cover at the Congress, here are those that are proposed:
Universal Saluki Standard
Conformation and Trends
Health issues pertinent to Salukis 
Smooth vs Feathereds...”

Speakers are Monica Dahncke Roshanzamir will talk on Oriental Manuscripts.  Kathryn McKay will speak on the history of the Saluki in Australia including significant exports and sires. 

They state: “With overseas Sighthound Specialist Judges, two Sighthound Association Shows, their individual Sighthound Breed Specialties and The Royal Easter Show, it should be the largest collection of Sighthounds in Australia ever. 

Sorry about reporting this show a little late but Michael and I have been catching the late summer rays in Sicily.  Judging at Driffield was Mrs Adele Walton-Haddon.  For BCC, BOB she chose Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch  Glenoak Kamala JW with the RBCC to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC went to Jackie & Alan Bloomfield’s Ch Glenoak Jabari JW Sh CM (the Glenoaks seem to be having a very successful year) with RDCC to Jeannette and Alan Glaister & Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Annette & Brian Buckley’s Hisilome’s Kareef (imp).  Best Breeders, Hudsons


 David Hartley has sent the following article, written by Deborah Steele, regarding his (Fish and Chip) walk at Earby for Welfare.: “What a fantastic day! 

I could stop there but feel I should elaborate at least a little. David had proposed that the walk would take place on the morning but due to heavy rainfall over the preceding few days he felt that holding the classes before the dogs had walked would be the better option. This turned out to be a very good call; even though the rain stayed away and the sun shone. 

There was a wonderful turn out and the 38 dogs were  happy to see each other. Classes were held in the hall and everyone who took part or supported had a wonderful time. It was our first time and the welcome was wonderful. It was lovely to talk to different people, making friends of the human as well as furry kind. A local photographer came along to take pictures which I believe will be in the local paper. Standard Poodle China was given many nicknames over the course of the day which started with the photographer calling her ‘Afro dog’! Her wonderful poodle clip turned many heads over the course of the day.

The classes were held in the hall and everyone had fun and we even had a ‘Where’s Wally’ moment when one participant couldn’t be found. I managed to forget that Freya had won her class so sat expectantly waiting for the last dog to turn in for the ‘Best in Walk’ to be judged! Best in walk was Gill McLatchie’s Saluki AMBER which I think is the third year in a row a dog of Gilkl’s has won - so very well done. There was a very good turnout for ‘Best 6 Legs’ which was my first attempt at judging...I may make it my first and last as the pressure got to me. 

Even though David had informed the local pub that there would be hungry dog walkers around there was a long wait for food. However, this gave us time to partake of a pint or two, the bitter was very pleasant and the dogs enjoyed lying on the grass outside the pub. A few pups’ who shall remain nameless took every opportunity to play together whenever their paths crossed much to everyone’s amusement. David came to say that due to the delay with people’s food the walk would set off from the hall for those who were ready and the 2 miler would set off later and meet the 5 mile walk on route; this worked very well.

We opted for the longer walk and set off with the main pack. I must say it caused a stir as we passed another pub and the locals made much fun of Riddick deciding to take this opportunity to poop on the pavement. As the well trained owner that I am I swiftly removed the offending article without even breaking pace! It was a very pleasant walk with a slight incline to begin with which tapered off and then turned down towards the canal. All stiles were handled with grace and elegance with only one mishap. That I’m afraid was mine! Ollie decided he didn’t like a Westie he met on the tow path, got his legs tangled in mine and over I went...luckily narrowly avoiding pushing Riddick into the canal!! The saving grace was that I was at the back of the walk with a lovely lady (whose name I have forgotten sorry) who was very concerned for my welfare. However, all was well and all 6 legs were fine and the walk was completed.

When everyone had returned to the hall the fish and chip tea soon arrived and was enjoyed by all. The results of the quiz where read out and prizes awarded. Before everyone made their way home the results of the bids on the pastel of a running saluki and the chance to have your own dog’s portrait in pastel by Lynn Ingram was announced. We were the lucky ones so Ollie had his picture taken and we await the finished article.

A fantastic day and some very tired dogs and humans made their way back to their homes after goodbyes and see you next year were passed. If you have ever thought of coming and haven’t then you really should it is a fantastic day and I personally would like to thank David and all the people that made this day possible.” 

Annette Buckley has sent the following” The Northern Saluki Club held their breed Open Show on Sunday 22nd September at Shirland Village Hall, near Alfreton, Derbyshire.  The weather was glorious which enabled the show committee to set up the ring outside; this was an added bonus for us exhibitors, as we were able to relax between classes and enjoy the very English countryside which gave a wonderful pictorial backdrop to the ring judging activities.   We were even treated to ‘action’ scenery of farmers and tractors gathering in the hay across the nearby field!

Our judge for the day was David Lever, a founder member of the Northern Saluki Club, who found his BOB in Ch. Caryna Meilishia ShCM owned by Garratt, Oakey and Smith, with Res. BOB going to Mansell and Duddell’s Jasmine of Canerikie (Imp) and BOS went to Buckley’s Al Caliphs Djansa.  Best Puppy was given to Dawn Queen owned by Sue Edge with BOS Puppy to Hisilome’s Kareef (Imp Swe) owned by the Buckleys.   Best Veteran was taken by Garratt and Oakey’s Ch Caryna Calisto and BOS Veteran by Caryna Bacchus at Ilsham owned by Beryl Payne.  Beryl looked very smart indeed in her deep red outfit and ‘strutted her stuff’ like the best of them!   An amazing lady!  

During the lunch break, the Specials were judged by Janet Kay and ring steward was Adele Walton- Haddon.  Special Yearling was won by Mumtaz Hercules owned by Joe and Joan Cowie and Special Open by Ch. Caryna Meilishia ShCM.  Grace Taylor won the Child Handler award.  Well done all.

On behalf of the exhibitors I would like to say a big thank you to the club and all those who worked so hard to make the day very enjoyable - Our judge, David,  show manager John Owen,  the ring stewards, George and Rachel,  and photographers Caroline Owen and Annette Buckley.   Grateful thanks also to Jessica Brassington, Hilary Davies, Sue Taylor and Adele Walton-Haddon who covered the excellent catering services throughout the day.  Rosie Lewis did a sterling job as usual organizing the trophy presentations and paperwork.    Daphne and Tony Parnham ran the Welfare Stall and looked very relaxed, probably looking forward to their retirement, Roy Goodby ran an excellent raffle, and the Northern Saluki Stall was managed by Judith Ayrton, who seemed to be doing a brisk trade.


Both the breed Championship and Open shows run by the Northern Saluki Club have always been very friendly affairs and this latest show truly followed this theme which has become somewhat of a tradition over the years.   We look forward to your next show.”

The following has been sent by Brendan Austin: “At the Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day there will be a Silent Auction.  We are finishing off our fundraising with some splendid items that have been donated towards our 90th Celebration year.  If you are interested in any items and are not able to get to the show, then please contact Diana Allan on 01234 708658.  She will put your bid in on the day. 

The following items are on offer and there are pictures on www.saluki.co.uk  1). Watercolour.  Quantock Hills by W Prosser (original) 1976 framed.  2).Saluki Head. (pastels)  Ch. Gerdara Carlotta by Barbara Testa 1985 framed.  3). Painted on silk.  Geldara Emlym by Menda Lambrinudi 1991 framed.  4). Royal Canin Encyclopaedia of Cats, new.  5). Presentation box of 6 Classic Malt Whisky’s – we are told a couple are quite rare.  6). Glasses. Two Edinburgh Crystal tumblers etched with a Golden Eagle and a Kestrel.  7). Hessian Dog Bag.  8). Saluki Festival catalogue. 9). Skagen Watch ladies.  10). Dog Bowl.  11). Gingerberry Silver Broche.  12). JPR cultured river pearls Gold clasp and individually knotted.  13). FCUK Bag. 14). Holiday Inn Voucher for a double room bed, breakfast and evening meal (available Fri Sat or Sun night only).”

Magazine stand will be in attendance at the Open Show.  They will be launching their final edition under the editorship of Karen Fisher. In this issue they will be continuing the history of the breed with articles and photographs celebrating this anniversary year.   There will be a few commemorative articles for sale.



For this year’s Education and Training Month, the Kennel Club will be holding seminars throughout the United Kingdom for those wishing to further their knowledge within the world of dogs. These seminars will take place in November and will cover a variety of subjects including Show Management, Requirements of a Show Judge, Managing a Dog Society and others. For more information visit  www.thekennelclub.org.uk; alternatively, the Secretary of the SGHC, John Hudson, can email you a poster with the details if you ask him at hudson@glenoak.org.uk . The poster says “these courses will be in great demand, so to avoid disappointment call Joanna Howe on 0844 4633 980 ext. 225 or email Joanna.howe@thekennelclub.org.uk and book now!” 

Annette Buckley has sent the following “Brian and I would like to thank all our Saluki friends for their kind messages of support whilst Sirocco is going through a difficult stage in his life fighting a serious illness. 

We found a lump in Rocco’s right ear at the beginning of August whilst at a show and cut short our break to attend our local veterinary surgery to get it checked out as soon as possible.  Several visits to our vet, a wrong diagnosis and two fine needle aspirations later, a second vet at our local practice advised us to have a consultation with a specialist from the VRCC (Veterinary Referral Cancer Centre) in Fairdon, Nr. Basildon, Essex, and we were given an emergency appointment that day.    A biopsy was taken and results from a third Laboratory assessment confirmed that it was an aggressive Mast Cell Tumour Grade III and advised excision as soon as possible.  Rocco had his operation last Monday 9th September, and has had much of his ear removed; however, the expert surgeon, Dr. Laurent Findji, managed to keep half of his ear flap to protect the workshop of his ear.   Results from several tests taken in the morning did not show any spread of the cancer to other parts of his body and hopefully if we find that he is a candidate for chemotherapy, the treatment should keep any stray cancerous cells at bay for as long as possible. 

We appreciate the advice of experience given to us by the Saluki Family here and abroad throughout our search for the correct diagnosis.   What have we learned from this traumatic experience? Keep asking questions, be armed with as much information as possible to be in a position to query a diagnosis that does not sit right with you and be aware that the smallest of lumps, especially in the ear pinna, as small as half the size of a pea, can be a lethal tumour and threaten your Saluki’s life if not identified early and taken away. 

 Your concern over Rocco and helpful tips about his recovery needs are much appreciated. All being well, we hope to see you at a couple of the last shows later this year.  Annette & Brian Buckley”


Last Friday Darlington Championship Show was held and judging Salukis for  the first time, here in the UK, was all-rounder Mr R Doedijns from the Netherland.  DCC, BOB & Hound Group 2 went to Jeanette and Alan Glaister & Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM with the RDCC to Steve Ham, Paula Bockman-Chato and Margaret Elliot-Ross.  John and Lisa Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW won the BCC with RCC to Denise and Ian Rogers Labakan Lacroix.  Best puppy was Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Hislome’s Keepsake for Cranstal (imp), Best Veteran went to Ch Caryna Zazma owned by Denise Garratt and Mr D & Mrs L Stuart.  Best Breeder, Hudson.  Well done all.

Claire Jowett  has sent me some interesting  information regarding the “Yellow Dog Project”  It seems that one of her Salukis had  recently been bitten and was therefore apprehensive on his walks.  She was advised to put a yellow ribbon on his lead to alert people to give him space.  This idea is the initiative of the Yellow Dog Project.   It was created to bring awareness to the dogs that need space while training, recovering from surgery or being rehabilitated.  Their web site is www.Yellow Doguk.co.uk. On this site they say: “If you see a dog with a YELLOW ribbon, bandanna or similar on the lead or on the dog, this is a dog who needs some space. Please, do not approach this dog or its people with your dog. They are indicating that their dog cannot be close to other dogs. How close is too close? Only the dog or his people know a Yellow Dog - so maintain distance and give them time to move out of your way.”

Brendan Austin has sent the following: “I was able to visit Anji Jackson Main a few weeks ago and look at the Club’s Archives.  I was particularly interested in the selection of calendars that are now in her care.  There are a few copies missing and we both think it is important that we put out a plea that if anyone has calendars sitting in a box maybe in their loft then please pass them on to Anji.  She is looking for anything pre-1971, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007.  They do not need to be in pristine condition but it is important to fill these gaps, if you can help.”

It is always sad when we hear the passing of a beloved Saluki, unfortunately Gloria Cook and Alan Burtenshaw have had to say goodbye to their Daxlore Dazijane at Daandazi. Our thoughts go out to Gloria and Alan. 


John Hudson, Hon Sec for SGHC has sent the following: “The next meeting of the SGHC Committee on 5th October will be the last chance to appoint a new Show Manager to replace the Brendan/Nicola team before the schedule has to be compiled for the Limited Show in February; this schedule has to be posted out in November. If no schedule goes out, the Limited Show will have to be cancelled. 

Similarly, the last issue of the Magazine to be edited by Karen Fisher, will appear at the Open Show. If a new editor is not appointed at the next meeting, it appears that the Crufts 2014 issue will have to be cancelled and money returned to those who have already renewed their subscriptions. 

If any member thinks that he/she would be able to do one or other of these jobs, please get in touch with the Secretary (hudson@glenoak.org.uk or 01954 230016) or any other member of the Committee. Lack of experience is not a bar – members of the Committee and previous Show Secretaries and editors will be only too willing to help, and the Kennel Club runs courses.” 

We note that in the Manchester Championship Show Schedule for 2014 that if you win a qualifying placement there, then you will qualify for Crufts 2014.  Not sure if the award will also apply to 2015.  The same goes for Boston but does not apply to us as we do not have CCs on offer there. 

At City of Birmingham Show our judge was Nick Bryce-Smith.  He chose for his DCC, BOB and Hound Group 2, Jeanette and Alan Glaister and Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM with the RDCC to Clair Chryssolor’s Anasazi Early Dusk JW Sh CM.  BCC went to John and Lisa Hudson’s Glenoak Jazmyn JW for her 2nd CC with RBCC to Mary Parker’s Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp) JW Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Hisilome’s Keepsake for Cranstal (imp) owned by Ann and Paul Shimmin.  Best Breeder’s Group was the Hudson’s. 

Richmond Championship Show as held last Friday.  The weather predictions were not good as rain was on the forecast with the weather man informing us that our beautiful summer is now over. It has probably been the best summer that I can recall.  As it happens the predictions for Friday were correct and we did have some rain at the show, but with the indoor out door rings and plenty of space inside to observe, the weather  did not seem to be an issue.   Judging was Cathy Smith from Australia DCC, BOB for his 3rd and qualifying CC was Kim & Lawrence Scowen’s Fernlark Drambuie.  He was born on 12th April 2009 and his breeder is Sheryl Steer.  His sire is Kirman Bashaar at Fernlark (imp) and his dam, Fernlark Cointreau at Dawnchase. RDCC was Jeanette and Alan Glaister and Mary Parker’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM.  BCC was Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray and RBCC to Pauline & Don Everton’s Kasra Zeleka.  Best Puppy was our own and Jenny, Steve & Laura Macro’s Kasaque Raissa.  Best Breeder’ Group was the Hudson’s. 

With results of the Championship shows taking high priority at this time of the year I have omitted putting in the Breed Records Supplement information regarding Salukis.  In the Summer edition there was one new registration for a litter and that was bred by Sheryl Steer.  Three new importations, Barakisch Tayyebeh Delbar from Sweden by David Perkins.  Timaru Inaaya of Jazirat from USA and owned by Andrea Ireson and Diana Allan.  Yamila Havasu of Shikarah’s imported from Spain by Messrs K Crockett & M Western. 

Helen Williams 



Once again I must report the passing of one of our Saluki exhibitors and Breeders.  Miss Sonja Lambrinudi has just passed away not long after celebrating her 90th birthday which was in July. She was always an elegant and reserved lady who unfortunately in later years, had suffered poor health.  Sonja became interested in Salukis through her mother.  Sonja’s mother had always loved Salukis and wanted one so when her son died of cancer Sonja and her sister decided to give her mother one to occupy her time.  From this Sonja became interested in our breed and obtained her first Saluki in 1962 from Hope Waters. From the three litter she bred 5 Salukis who were made up as champions.  They were Geldara Amrita, Geldara Baryton, Geldara Benazira of Mabrooka, Geldara Carlotta, Geldara Corin.  She also owned and made up Geldara Burydown Yanina. Sonja judged Salukis at Crufts in 1984 since then we have not seen her around the Saluki ring.

As per usual for this time of the Year the shows have been coming fast and furious.  The first one I have to report on is The Hound Association.  Judging was Deborah Copperthwaite. BCC, BOB was Mary Parker’s Classicus Concordia JW Sh CM for her second CC.  RBCC went to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC  was Michael Western’s Ir Ch Int Ch Ulmarra Salib An Ch 12 Sh CM. He was bred by Linda Dunn.  His sire is Int Irish Aust Ch Pdtheway Notorious and his dam is Int Ch Irish Ch Padtheway Schiram Sarea. Best Veteran was Denise Garratts and Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Calisto.  Best Puppy went to Annette & Brian Buckley’s Hisilome’s Kareef (imp)

The following day after The Hound Show was Paignton Championship show.  Judging there was Michael Williams.  Following on from her win  of the previous day was Mary Parker’s Classicus Concorrdia JW Sh CM for her 3rd CC and BOB. She was born on the 7th April 2010 and her breeder is her owner.  Her sire is Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM (imp Aus) and her dam is Ch Khalils Phaedra of Classicus Sh CM (imp Swe). RBCC went to Sheryl Steer and Lorraine & John Fitzgerald’s Glenoak Kira of Fernlark.  DCC went to Paul & Ann Shimmin’s Ch Hislome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal (imp) and the RDCC to Liz Stephen’s Alsahra Alsam Bedu.  Best Puppy went to Annette & Brian Buckley’s Hislome’s Kareef (imp). 

Before any one had time to catch their breath it was the turn of Bournemouth Championship Show.  Judging us was Mrs B Brodwall, judging Salukis for the first time in this Country.  Some of the exhibitors/competitors/stewards were confused by her ring management.  Maybe the Cubs could take this further as she was not on any our judging list and hopefully there was someone there assessing her on behalf of the Kennel Club. It seems a shame the appointment did not go to someone on one of our lists. I had requested her judging experience in Salukis, prior to close of entry and received none to pass on to the readers of these notes. She chose for her DCC, BOB Sheryl Steer, Lorraine & John Fitzgerald and Luke Johnston’s Ali’fu ad Of Fernlark (imp) ) He was born on the 15th May 2012 and his breeder is Mrs T Benedetti.  His sire is Ch Daxlore Amir of Fernlark and his dam, Malake-latisa. RDCC went to Steve Ham, Paula Bockman-Chato and Mrs Elliot-Ross’ Ch Baghdad Karim (imp) Sh CM.  BCC went to Sheryl Steer & Lorraine and jOhn Fitzgerald’s Ch Glenoak Kira of Fernlae with DBCC to Ann & Steve Ham’s Baghdad Bamjoeh Diva (imp).  Best Puppy was Annette & Brian Buckley’s Hisilome’s Kareef (imp)  Best Veteran was Deborah Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW and Best Breeder Hudson.

I have received the following from Brendan Austin regarding the upcoming SGHC Open Show “ There will be Special Awards Champions Class, being judged by Elaine Rushton during the lunch break. Only Champions are allowed to compete and your placing in this class does not affect your placing in the Open Show; even if you are beaten, you remain unbeaten in the main Open Show.”

 I have requested and have received an explanation on this Special Awards Champions Class from Nicola Quadling :  This class came about after the KC brought in new classes at the end of 2012 I think.  The idea is to hold these special classes at a breed club show and for them to be judged by an 'up and coming' judge i.e. from our C or B lists - it is to give these judges a chance to go over quality hounds (which one would hope champions are?) which they may not always get when judging general open shows.  You can hold up to three classes and they can be judged during the lunch break or after BIS show that is the club's decision.  To hold a Special Awards Champions Class this can be held at an open show and not at a Limited show, which is why it is only being held at our open show. It was the committee's decision to put on this class and to agree on a judge as Brendan explained and we are carrying out the wishes of the committee.”

Helen Williams



Brendan G Austin, Chair 90th Celebration Committee “With all the hard work that went into the Classic Weekend there was one omission that I take 100% responsibility for.  Nicola and I proof read the Classic Catalogue and went through the names of all those we wished to thank in the Acknowledgements.  It is with regret that we did not mention Daphne Parnhan. 

For those who don’t know, Daphne compiles the lists of the winners of all the shows throughout the year.  The 90th Celebration Committee are indeed grateful for the extra time she gave the Club in the preparation of the Classic invitation list.

Both Nicola and I are extremely sorry for this oversight and wish to say a big Thank You, Daphne. 

The Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day is on Sunday the 27th October and is being held with kind permission of The Kennel Club at the Kennel Club’s Building, East Hall,  Stoneleigh, Warwickshire and we do hope that everyone will be there. 

WHY?  Well we are trying to get salukis from Welfare and rescue organisations with pet dogs and show dogs together under one roof – it’s never been done on such a scale before.  The day will be sponsored by Arden Grange.The Show will open at 9.00am with judging for the Open Show starting at 10.00am with the Companion Show starting around 11.00am.  There will be two rings running simultaneously. The Open Show judges are Dogs, Liz McKnight; Bitches, Maggie Holder; and our Referee is Colin Wells.  There will be Special Open Stakes Classes, being judged by Elaine Rushton during the lunch break.  All dogs are allowed to compete including champions and your placing in the stakes class does not affect your placing in the Open Show, even if you are beaten, you remain unbeaten in the main Open Show.  Full details will appear in the Open Show Schedule.


In the Companion Show there will be Pedigree Classes, Any Variety in Puppy, Sporting, Open and Veteran.  There are also fun classes Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Golden Oldie, The Odd Couple, Best Fancy Dressed, Best in Show taken from Pedigree and Novelty classes and Best Overall Rescue.  Entry for all these classes is on the day at the Companion Show Table.  During the Lunch Break there will be the Special Stakes Classes, Junior Handling open to all our younger enthusiasts and a game of Musical Mats organised for those salukis (and handlers) who want to join in - sounds like fun. 

There will be trade stands, The Saluki magazine and the Calendar on sale.  Welfare with have their normal tables and there will be a cake stall – donation welcome. 

There will be refreshments available all day or bring your own packed lunch. Parking is FREE. 

So what can you do to help?  Firstly put the date in your diaries.  Then tell all your saluki friends and your family.  Tell those who have your puppies and their families. You don’t have to be members of the SGHC.  This day is for ALL SALUKI'S and their friends. If you require any information or offers of help please contact Brendan Austin, 01932 788 040 brendangaustin@aol.comNicola Quadling, 020 8590 8457 nq.salukis@btinternet.com

David Crane, 01725 518790 

David19.crane@live.co.uk “


Helen Williams








Daphne Parnham has sent the following “The Rally at Rosie and Chris Lewis' made a total of £827.00. We thank everyone who supported us and hope that they enjoyed the weekend. At the 90th celebrations the Welfare stall made a total of £188.00 many thanks to all, it is much appreciated.” 

I have received a copy of the Northern Saluki Club Open Show schedule which will be held on 22nd September 2013.  Judging will be Mr David Lever.  Mr Lever was an original member of the Saluki Circle and the Northern Saluki Club.  He has a long time interest in the breed and his first Saluki was an Aliped from Avril Davies.  Entries close on Friday 23 August both on postal and online.  Schedules can be obtained from Andrew Sharp on 01274 564840 or through Higham Press.

South Eastern Hound Club Premier Open Show is on the 1st September 2013 and the entries are closing, on line, on Tuesday 13th August.  Judging us will be Mr David Cavill.  There is a large classification of classes and they are being sponsored by the SGHC.  Beside the breed classes there is a good selection of variety classes, which are fun to enter. After judging there will be the “annual bring and share lunch” Through the years this has become a highlight of the show.  Please let Marie Bryce-Smith on telephone number 01342 327573 or Kathy Webb on telephone 01737353279 know what you intend to bring.

Maya Monk-Schenk has sent the following through regarding health education at the Kennel Club “KENNEL CLUB LAUNCHES BREEDER EDUCATION SEMINARS
WITH EXPERT PANEL A new programme of seminars will provide dog breeders with the latest advice from prominent industry experts on improving breeding practices and rearing programmes.

Run by the Kennel Club and Royal Canin, the seminars will give breeders the invaluable opportunity to hear from highly regarded professionals in the world of canine health. The experts include Dr Cathryn Mellersh, from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, Dr Angelika von Heimendahl, from the Veterinary Reproduction Service, and Dr Lorna Kennedy, Senior Scientist at the University of Manchester.
The seminars, which will take place throughout England and Scotland between September and December, are open to novice and experienced breeders alike. The panel will guide breeders through topics such as avoiding caesareans, identifying a good DNA test and dealing with autoimmune conditions.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We are pleased to offer these important seminars that will undoubtedly help to improve the future health of our dogs. With such a prestigious panel of speakers, the seminars are a not to be missed opportunity for all dog breeders, whether they are looking to breed for the first time or have years of experience; even the most experienced breeders will find these seminars useful.

“The Kennel Club is passionate about creating a future of happy and health dogs and it is through seminars like these, and working with breeders that we will continue to achieve this. We have thousands of great breeders on the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme who are putting health first, and through seminars like these they, and those breeders not yet in the Assured Breeder Scheme, are able to take advantage of the latest expert advice and continue to improve the health of dogs.”
The seminars cost £25 per person, which includes morning refreshments, a buffet lunch, afternoon refreshments and a delegate pack. To book a place at any of the seminars, please visit 
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/4998. For further information, or to request a booking form, please email Fay Moore At fay.moore@thekennelclub.org.uk. DATE    VENUE   SPEAKER PROGRAMME      
28th September 2013     
Royal Veterinary Collage, North Mimms, Hertfordshire    Speaker One: John  O’Connor -  Canine gastro-intestinal issuesSpeaker Two: Angelika Von Heimendahl - Good breeding management: money well spent and money wastedSpeaker Three: Dr Lucy Davison - What’s new in our understanding of why and how dogs get diabetes?


My co-writer of these Breed Notes, Helen Graham,  has mentioned her concerns regarding the falling number of entries at shows.  I too am aware and personally play a part in the decline.  The price of one entry to some shows is nigh on £30.00.  So if you have two dogs to enter, which many of us do it’s £60.00 as the basic entry fee.  Add on the price of a catalogue, maybe car parking and the luxury of a cup of coffee and you are talking serious money, plus you need to travel there so fuel costs have to be added in.  Thus a day out at a show can easily cost around £150.00.  With everyday items such as food, utilities,and fuel all going up at the same time as wages are often stationary (or even depreciating) , we are having to make hard thought decisions on where we spend any funds we may have left beyond our living expenses. Fortunately, I can see that in Salukis there is a hard core of exhibitors who seem able to attend the shows, regardless of distance and irrespective of cost. Others choose to attend shows closer to home and are much more selective as to whom they show under. 

This is not just a problem here, as show entries in the States have also gone down with the increase in the cost of living and earnings not being able to keep abreast of it. Where this will all lead I have no idea. 

 I have just been informed that Richmond Championship Show will be offering free micro-chips.  That is good news.

Helen Williams





David Hartley has sent through to me the following information regarding his annual walk in aid of Saluki Welfare funds.  It will be held on Saturday 14th September starting from St. Peter's Methodist Church, Riley Street, Earby; (Between Colne in Lancs & Skipton in Yorkshire).  It is open to all breeds.  Non showing and rescue Saluki owners, especially welcomed: The plan is to meet at the church at 10am -11am for tea/coffee. At 11.15  walk in surrounding countryside led by members of the local walking group.  The long version  is about 5 miles. Turn back version about 2 miles. 1.15-ish  Time to eat your packed lunch, chill, or visit the pub. Tea and  biscuits provided at Church2.30 pm ish,  Simple Saluki quiz, fun classes sponsored by Cobbydog Dog photo competition, raffle etc. and Presentation of Trophy for Best in Walk. New for 2013 is Meet my Dog Competition: this means introduce your dog and tell his/her story to the audience in 2mins or less. At 4.30 pm  the famous Fish and Chip Tea .Cost is £7 per dog in aid of Welfare Funds.   Fish and chips (at cost) are £4.00 extra. For further   information please contact David James Hartley, Riverside, 3 Greenbank, Schoolfields, Earby, Lancs BB18 6QQ .  Telephone number for David is 01282 842617 or Email: davidjhartley@hotmail.com

Last weekend was the highlight of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the SGHC.  The event was organized on behalf of the Club by Diana Allan, Brendan Austin, Anji Jackson-Main and Nicola Quadling.  Unfortunately we were unable to attend on Saturday the first day, but Ann Shimmin has kindly sent the following report through:

When Helen asked me to give recollections of the Saturday of the 90th Anniversary weekend (as she had not been able to attend) I readily agreed.  However once I started to think about all of the events it was not as easy as I had originally thought.  Which do you prioritise?  The Classic Dog Show?  The Dinner Dance?  Or even the arrangements that had been made by the organisers and the hotel staff?  All of which as far as Paul and I were concerned were excellent and would have been very difficult to better.  However after some consideration I decided to prioritise the competition – as at the end of the day ‘competition’ had been behind the founding of the SGHC 90 years ago and ‘competition’ over the Saturday and Sunday was what had brought the majority of those present together in the first instance.

The Saluki Classic was run on the lines of a dog match with two salukis being drawn against one another, one of whom was judged to be the winner and who then went on to the next round.  The judges, whose names had been kept under wraps until the moment The Classic started, were: Tessa Abbott (Burydown), Anne McIntosh (Cottonore) and John Walton-Haddon (Ilsham).  All of them associated with long established saluki affixes.  All three judges were involved in the judging both of the sections of the competition.  (Before I progress to the actual competitions I must mention several of the exhibitors who looked exceedingly smart having taken the opportunity to dress up for the event – giving it all an added air of class!!) 15 salukis aged 12 months to 24 months on the day of the show made up the entry for YOUNG SALUKI CLASSIC. The overall winner was Khalils Allegra-Classicus (IMP SWE) JW ShCM bred by Bo Forssberg & Elizabeth Kallin-Forssberg and owned by Mary Parker. Runner-up was Alsahra Aslan Bedu bred by Sue Bounds and owned by Liz Stephen. 

56 salukis made up the entry for SALUKI CLASSIC.  This section included all salukis aged over 2 years. (Salukis eliminated in the first round were called in to compete for a special Classic Award and there was also a special Classic Veteran award for salukis over 7 years).   The overall winner of The Saluki Classic was Ch Caryna Meilichia ShCM bred by Mrs. Denise Garratt and owned by her in partnership with Sharon Oakey and Mrs Karen Smith.  The Runner-Up and winner of Best Veteran was awarded to Kasra Ni’mah of Glenoak bred by Pauline and Don Everton and owned by Lisa & John Hudson.  Jazirat Zidane was Runner up to Best Veteran - bred by Ken and Diana Allan and owned by Terry Farris and Mike Cosentini.  Terry, looking very fetching in an all white outfit against her black saluki, took the award for ‘Best Dressed Duo of handler and hound’. Whilst I had initially been concerned about the time allowed for the completion of The Classic - in response to tight control by the organisers it finished in good time at circa 6.15 pm. 

This gave everyone the chance to retire to their rooms and prepare for the evening festivities which were to involve a dinner dance with live music from Take Two.  The food was excellent, the band were very good and kept everyone involved and I believe that the auction (very ably conducted by Stuart Bell assisted by Di Allan and Brendan Austin) raised a substantial amount towards the costs of the 90th Celebrations however I do not, at this stage, know the exact amount.  The main memory that has stayed with me from the evening is how much everyone enjoyed themselves.  The noise from the tables of people sitting together seemed to consist mainly of laughter and the number of people dancing and prepared to (shall I say involve themselves in the activities?) in other words make a complete idiot of themselves was refreshing and very amusing.  SGHC members and their guests certainly knew how to party!!  And what better note to end my report to Helen on the day’s activities!!”

We did attend the activities on Sunday which was the SGHC Championship Show.  The event was held in the grounds of the Holiday Inn, Rugby.  When we arrived we received a pleasant surprise as we saw the hotel and beautiful spacious grounds.  Set in the middle was the marquee where we were able to drive our car up to a convenient spot, park it and unload it.  There was more then adequate space for us to erect our “day” tent just in case it became too hot.  As it happened the temperature was just about perfect for holding a dog show.  The day was indeed blessed as we had been dealing with 30 degrees plus, which would have been very difficult for the dogs.  Inside the marquee there were numerous trade stands, plus the annual photographic competition to vote on for next year’s calendar.  Everyone seemed very relaxed, but maybe they were just hung over from the night before.

Judges were Dr John Hudson proceeding over the dogs with Paul Shimmin doing the same for bitches.  Best in Show judge was Nicola Quadling.  John Hudson chose for his DCC, Caroline & John Owen’s Caryna Curetes for his first CC.  He was born on the 14th November 2008 and his breeder is Mrs Denise Garratt.  His sire is Ch Glenoak Inqi JW and his dam is Ch Caryna Nashira. RDCC went to Clair Chryssolor’s Anasazi’s Early Dusk JW Sh CM 10th March 2010.  His Sire was Ch Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan (imp) dam Abu Baqr’s Gaza Galiya. Best puppy and Best Puppy in Show was Marie Bryce Smith’s Kasaque Ra Frankel of Saruk TAF NAF.  He was born on 21st January 2013.  His sire is Int Ch Rostam Al Badia and dam Ch Kasaque Miracle.  He was six months old on the day. Best Veteran and Best  Opposite Sex Veteran was Annette & Brian Buckley’s Ch Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM.  He was born on 27 August 2005.  His sire is Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW and dam, was Ch Mumtaz Desdemona.

BCC, Best in Show went to the sister of the DCC winner, namely Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM owned by Denise Garratt, Sharon Oakey and Karen Smith with the RBCC and Best Veteran in Show to Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray. Nuray’s sire is Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni and  Dam, Al Caliphs Zanubiya.  Best Bitch puppy and Best of Opposite sex puppy was the sister of the dog winner, our own & Steve, Jenny & Laura Macro’s Kasaque Raissa.  Best Special Veteran went to Ch Jazirat Zakiyyah  sired by Ch Timaru Valkyrie of Jazirat and dam Jazirat Shazaara JW. owned by Ken and Diana Allan. Well done all!!!

Brendan Austin has sent the following announcement: “Sorting through all the paperwork from the weekend, I have a raffle prize left from the Saluki Classic on Saturday.  It is a pale green ticket with the serial number AB 731745, ticket number 755.  The prize is a nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Crick either Friday, Saturday or Sunday, Bed Breakfast and Dinner for two.  If it is not claimed it will go forward to the Open Show in October.  Please contact Brendan 01932 788040” or Email brendangaustin@aol.com


We are sad to report the death of Philip Browning on the 1st July 2013 after a long and bravely fought illness.  He was a quiet and gentle man who served as President of the SGHC, during the Festival of the Saluki, with great pride, in spite of his illness. Philip obtained his first Saluki, a male, from Eileen Skelton-Fortune.  He was called Black Beauty of Daxlore (Marathon of Daxlore X Rebecca of Daxlore) born in 1961.  Later, at one of the Saluki Club Open Shows, when it was held at Kempton Park, in conjunction with the Arab horse show,  that Philip met Caroline sitting beside the ring watching the Salukis.  She eventually became his wife and partner in the Rabia Salukis.  The foundation bitch of Philip’s line was Bjonarrie Athene  (Ch Knightellington Caspah X Bjonarrie Ferial) .  His last Saluki who was a direct descendant of his foundation bitch.   Rabia Atafa Kharifi,  was born in 1998. He was so proud when she became a champion.  Philip had been judging our breed since 1970 where his first appointment was at Bath Championship Show.  Our condolences to Caroline and their Children. 

Brendan Austin has sent in the following regarding the climax of the 90th Anniversary year: “Celebration Weekend The Saluki Celebration Weekend is almost upon us.  The final details are now in place and I am pleased to pass on the following.The venue is the Holiday Inn, Crick, Rugby.  Turn off the M1 at junction 18, turn towards Crick and the hotel is 200 yards on the left.  The Saluki Classic is on Saturday 20th July.  The event opens at 2.00pm, the draw and judging start at 3.00pmsharp.  There will be complementary tea and coffee available.   

Visitors and non-exhibitors are more than welcome to attend, but dogs entered not for competition (NFC) must be registered, as this is a KC event, there is no charge.  Please report to the Show Managers’ Table to register if you have not already done so.  Spectator tickets are £3.00 each.  Exhibitors will be given a complementary catalogue.  There will be additional copies available at £5.00 on the day.  The Classic Dinner will be held in the Albany Suite 7.30pm for 8.00pm.  Dinner will be a hot buffet style meal with vegetarian options and includes a glass of wine.  During the evening there will be a presentation to our Classic Judges, the Classic Auction, the raffle draw and dancing until midnight to Take Two.  Diana Allan will have the tickets on the day for those who have booked. 

We have some wonderful gifts that have been donated for the Classic Auction, the details and photographs are on the Club’s web site.  If you are unable to come to the Classic and would like to put in a bid then please contact Diana on 01234 708658.  Please note that some items have a reserve on them.Our Championship Show is on Sunday 21st July and the entries are: Dogs 43, Bit 65, NFC 27 making a total of 147 including all entries. The Show opens at 9.00am and dogs will be first in the ring at 10.00am, followed by Bitches.  There will be a BBQ lunch provided by the hotel at reasonable prices and refreshments are available all day.  If you prefer, you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the lawns. There is seating available on both days, but if you have a favourite deck chairs or rugs then please bring them with you.

Can I at this time remind all members that this is a private venue. Dogs must be on leads at all times and we have given an undertaking to the Hotel that all rubbish and dog waste is cleared away immediately.  ‘On the Day’ telephone numbers are Brendan 07956 630094 and Nicola 07831 876143 

Also, this is the last weekend for photos to be emailed to brendangaustin@aol.com for the Photographic Competition. 

Annette Buckley would like me to inform those attending the celebration  that some ladies at the dinner/dance on the Saturday after The Saluki Classic will be getting into the swing of things and dressing in the fashion of the 1920s era, which after all is what we are celebrating.   If anybody would like to join these ladies in the fun, do please come dressed appropriately in smart outfits befitting the era. 

Last Saturday at East Of England Championship Show another leg of the Anniversary was held with a bring and share picnic hosted by Diana Allan.  We were not in attendance but from all I have heard it was a most enjoyable event.  There was a great assortment of interesting food with Caroline Pickering making cup cakes with the 90th logo on top of the icing.  Toasting the club went well into the afternoon.

Judging Salukis was Mrs Clair Chryssolor.  Her BCC, BOB was Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM with the RBCC to Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW. DCC went to Ann & Paul Shimmin’s  Ch Hislome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal with RDCC to Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW.  Best Puppy was Paul and Ann Shimmins’ Hisilome’s Keepsake (ImpSwe).  Well done all!!!


A big thank you to Annette Buckley and the team at “Our Dogs” for the wonderful article and photos in last weeks copy of the paper.  They captured the enjoyment of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the SGHC held at Southern Counties Show.  One person that was not mentioned and was invaluable in helping me with the graphics for the banner, the leaflet and a shoulder to lean on, is Jenny Macro. Thank you Jenny!!

Last Friday Windsor Championship Show was held.  Unfortunately we could not go as we have a puppy at home.  She would be horrified if we went out and left her so long so we must wait for her to be old enough to attend the shows, which will not be long.

I have heard that there was a “wee” celebration after the judging to celebrate Vikki-ann Tompkins success at the Arabian Event.  Vikki-ann stated that it is her first show since the event so has did not have a chance earlier to celebrate.  Also on the day I understand that Kathy Webb held a raffle which did very well. 

Judging Salukis was Breed Specialist Neil Stanmore.  DCC, BOB was Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kiyan JW with the RDCC to Lorraine & John Fitzgerald and Sheryl Steer’s Tasia Moonshine Over Dawnchase JE Sh, CM.  BCC went to to Lorraine & John Fitzgerald and Sheryl Steer’s Glenoak Kira of Fernlark with RBCC to Denise & Ian Rogers’ Lebakan Laroix.  Best Puppy was Karen Fisher’s Ruweis Taghaada.  Well done all!!


Last Thursday evening we watched a program entitled “Cowboy Traders” with Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger who featured a puppy farmer in Sussex.  The whole story of the poor exploited dogs and the people who went to buy these puppies from ads in the papers and on line was very sad listening .  As long as people feel sorry for the dogs and buy them, then the perpetrators are making money.  They play on one’s heartstrings.  When looking for a puppy if you are not happy how the puppies are kept or the condition they are in, then the best thing to do is to say you will think about it, leave and report them to the local Council or/and RSPCA.  A friend recently lost his Saluki and desperately wanted to find another.  All his contacts were not having puppies at that  time so he went to the Kennel Club web site and found an  “Assured Breeder”, which he felt would be an appropriate person to purchase a puppy.  Turning up at the house he was taken to a shed in the back garden where the puppies lived.  They chose a male and took him away.  After a few days the male became ill and had to be rushed off to the vets, put on a drip and they were told their lovely puppy had a life threatening problem.  He was full of round worms as he had not been wormed.  The puppy did survive but my message would be to visit the puppies a few times before purchasing and made sure the “breeder” has a good reputation.  A place to start would be with the secretary of the whatever breed Club or in our case The Saluki Club..

Daphne and Nick Parnam have informed me that Rhumli Khahesh Sahab of Amirah went BOB under Mrs Pam Wild and then Best in Show under the BIS Judge Mrs Judith Ashworth, not bad for only 14 month old. They are very proud of her.

Last Saturday Blackpool Championship Show was held.  Judging Salukis was Mr Mark Cocozza.  DCC, BOB was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Parker, who I might state is having as excellent year.  RDCC went to Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer, Lorraine and John Fitzgerald and Luke Johnson.  BCC was Glenoak Kira of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer and John and Lorraine Fitzgerald.  This is the third sibling to obtain their title from this litter.  Kira was born on 11th April 2010 and her breeders are Dr JA & Mrs EA Hudson.  Her sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace JW and dam Ch Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW.  RBCC went to Mary Parker’s Classicus Concorrdia JW Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Mrs Edge’s Dawn Queen and Best Breeder: Steer.  Well done all


Liz Metcalf has informed me that Betty Davies is very unwell and in the hospital; for those of you who do not know her, she is one-half of the very successful Chandav Kennel, along with Vivian Davies.  

As many of you are aware, Trevor White has been very ill with cancer.  Zola Rawson has contacted me to let me know that on the 29th May Trevor passed away peacefully in his sleep.  It was expected.  Judith has family and friends with her and at this time would prefer no phone calls.  By the time you will have read these notes the cremation will have taken place but donations are welcomed in Trevor’s name to The Christie Charity, Young Oncology Unit Appeal, Winslow Road, Manchester  M20 4BX or to Saluki Welfare.  If sending the donations is complicated, Judith has suggested that one could make a cheque payable to Christie Charity You with the amount in a sealed envelope and send it to her (Judith); she will then pass it on to the charity - that way she need not know who sent it but the Charity would add up the amounts and give her the total.  Judith’s address is 20 Green Lane, Bolton, Lancs BL3 2EF and cheques to be made to Christie Charity YOU.

Congratulations to Nick Bryce-Smith who has been re-elected Vice-Chairman of the KC Breeds Liaison Committee. This Committee is the route by which Breed Clubs can direct their concerns, whether about the breed or about dogs in general, to the Kennel Club. Each breed appoints a Representative and the Representatives elect 30 Delegates from their number to form the Breeds Liaison Committee. Nick has served the Saluki breed for twelve years as Representative and Delegate, and for three years now as Vice Chairman. 

Maya Monk-Schenk has asked me to remind everyone to please fill in their health questionnaires.  So far she has had a poor response and it is important that we receive more data in order to get more accurate results.  Even though the deadline has passed, the late returns will be included in the results. 

Daphne Parnham thanks everyone for supporting Welfare Fun Day at the polo centre, Kingsclere.  The final total made was £586.00 and the Northern Saluki Club Open Show made £130.00. 

Congratulations to Buzz Faber’s Ch Sufeina Zarita on winning enough Green Stars in Ireland to qualify for an Irish Championship. 

Due to pressure of work I am a little behind in reporting the results of shows.  First one was Scottish Kennel Club and judging us was Mrs Jill Peak. DCC, BOB was Jeannette and Alan Glaister & Mrs Mary Parker’s Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM

with RDCC to Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW owned by Sheryl  Steer, Mr LA Johnson and Mr J &  Mrs L Fitzgerald. BCC for her 2nd CC was Glenoak Kira of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer and Mr J & Mrs L Fitzgerald with RBCC to Ir Ch Fernlark Nardini at Daandazi JW Sh CM owned by Mrs G Cook & Mr A Burtenshaw.Best Puppy was Miss L Phillips’ Ruweis Thamiin.  Breeders group: Steer. 

Festivities for the 90th Anniversary celebrations of the SGHC are now in full swing.  Last weekend we had the Southern Counties Championship Show in which classes were sponsored by the Club.  The entry was amazingly high for Breed Specialist Dagmar Hintzenberg-Freisleben who had come over from Germany to assess our breed.  In the next few weeks her critique will be published and we will have better insight into what she felt regarding the entry in its entirety and the winning dogs in particular.  As I liaised between the club and the Committee, I was crossing my fingers that all would go well; in fact the night before I had slept with one eye open worrying whether I would have a table to display all the lovely “special items” donated by Club members.  When I arrived at the show, in the morning, I found all was well except there was “no” table for the goodies.  Fortunately, our 20 year plus old picnic table, was in the back of the car and it happily leant itself to the task -  many thanks to Phyllida Cooke for helping me dress the table at the very last minute with the Club’s tablecloth and a Saluki rug on top (wish I had taken a photo) .  Many thanks to Arden Grange for donating dog treats to the class winners and large bags of food for the top winners.  Diana Allan made the lovely tags in each mug and thank you Ann & Paul Shimmin for the gorgeous intriguing bag with a gift for BOB.  Everyone gave most generously and all classes and BOB were sponsored.  Standing proudly near our table was the Club’s banner; if you have missed it, you can see it at all the Anniversary events this year.  The results are as follows:BCC, BOB went to Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray with the RBCC to Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’Esprit for Anasazi (imp) Sh CM, DCC went to Jeannette and Alan Glaister & Mrs Mary Parker’s Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM with the RDCC to Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW  owned by Deborah Copperthwaite.  Best Puppy was Karen Fisher’s  Ruweis Taghaada and Breeder’s Group Steer.

Part two of the event was the Barbeque with music.  “The Saluki”, the magazine of the club, hosted the barbeque and all were welcomed to join in for a burger and salad accompanied by the music of the band “The Subtitles” run by our own David Steel, a member of the SGHC - fronting the group as a special attraction was David’s son.  After a busy day around the show ring, relaxing with a plate of food and music was just what the doctor ordered.  For pudding, we indulged in strawberries and baklava thanks to Jimmi Johnson White. A few of the ladies of the Club dressed up in clothing as would have been worn in 1923 when the SGHC was first founded.  There are photos on www.salukiclub.co.uk and www.benitafowerimages.co.uk. plus there will be a feature shortly in this paper on 28th of this month.  As evening arrived we started the match, judged by Hamad Ghanem Shaheen Al Ghanem of United Arab Emirates.  Annette Buckley will be reporting on the winners later in these notes.  As an overview, all the classes in the match were well filled and everyone had a super time. I would like to thank Annette Buckley, Karen Fisher and Kathy Webb for all their hard work making SCCS a day to remember, and Marie Bryce-Smith for the Veteran’s sausages. 

Clair Chryssolor has kindly sent through her comments regarding our special day - ‘one of those rare and glorious days which was perfect for salukis in the show ring; sunny, a bit of cloud cover and a light wind which kept them on their toes’.  The atmosphere ring side was celebratory not the least reason of which was the entry of 103 salukis, the best in ages.  Our international saluki specialist, Dagmar Hintzenberg-Freisleben, was efficient, quick but thorough and, I think, enjoyed the day as much as the exhibitors did.  A highlight was mugs with the Anniversary logo  designed by Ken Allan. Other exhibitors generously gave fabulous flashy rosettes.

Our judge for the Arabian afternoon was Hamad Ghanem Shaheen al Ghanem, who flew in especially for this Special Event was at the main show with close friends.  The barbecue, organized by various saluki members and contributors over, I'm sure, a great period of time, had an atmosphere of friendship, camaraderie, sharing, and, for me, a return to days when we all used to share picnics and the odd glass of wine (or two).  A ring, suitable for salukis, had been mowed and gave everyone a chance to really move out with the dogs.  This was after the barbecue and "starter mood" music and wine (okay, there were soft drinks and water). Hamad judged as he might in the Middle East and chose his salukis according to his own extensive background in the breed.  If only every show could be as happy and filled with good will, then there would never, ever be any complaints.” 

Annette Buckley has forwarded the following regarding our Special Day: The Arabian Saluki Special Event

At the breed Open Show in 2011, when I was show manager for our club, Hamad AlGhanem generously donated prizes for the top five awards and winners of every class. It was a short while after this show, that Hamad phoned me to offer his services to judge at a Special Arabian Event after our championship show judging later in the year; however it was felt that as this show is held mid October and finishes very late in the day, it would not be suitable for his contest, particularly as he hoped to hold it outside!   The committee discussed various ideas such as an Arabian Garden Party in a member’s garden, or combining it with our breed Open Show 90th Celebrations this year, but all these suggestions fell by the wayside for one reason or another. When Helen Williams told me she was looking for an event to follow the breed judging at Southern Counties Championship Show, I realised that perhaps this would be the ideal vehicle to at last bring Hamad over from the United Arab Emirates to assess our Salukis with the eyes of an Arabian Saluki judge.    Karen Fisher is Hamad’s agent in this country and co-ordinated the pre-planning arrangements; we are indebted to The Saluki magazine for funding this project and bringing the hoped-for event to fruition.  

Luck was on our side with the return of warmer weather which enabled exhibitors, their family and friends to enjoy a relaxed evening in the late sunshine, listening to the music of David Steel’s band The Sub-titles and partaking of the delicious barbecue food and the Arabian pastries and strawberries for dessert.  

After this much needed break in the day’s busy schedule, it was time to welcome Hamad AlGhanem to the ring to judge fifty entries in The Arabian Saluki Special Event.  His judging was watched by not only our own breed members but also dog enthusiasts from other breeds - news of Hamad’s presence on the showground quickly circulated the exhibitors around the rings and people came over to enjoy a unique experience.  One lady in Basenjis said she is submitting a write-up of the event to her breed newsletter as she found it so fascinating.   Our breed judge, Dagmar, joined the audience, as did Dr Paolo Dondina from Italy, the hound group judge on the day, along with judges Jill Knight-Messenger and Chris Payne, well known to many club members. 

There were six classes in total, Yearling, Open and Veteran in both dogs and bitches.  Overall Best Special Event winner, Vicky-ann Tompkins took this award with her home-bred Saluki, Sivendra Abishai, and achieved a ‘double whammy’ by also winning Best Puppy with Galif Sivendra Al Djiibaajah (Imp Deu).  Reserve Special Event winner was won by Glenoak Keziah, owned and handled by Mrs. Tree Smith and bred by Dr. John and Mrs Lisa Hudson, with Best Veteran going to Ch Nefisa Jeevun ShCM, owner bred by Steve and Jenny Macro. 

Full details of the first three placements in each class can be viewed on the club’s website www.salukiclub.co.uk.  You can also view photos of the whole day’s proceedings on the SCCA official photographer’s website www.benitagowerimages.co.uk and insert ‘Saluki’ for the password to access the pages.   If you have not yet taken a photo/caption advert for either show at the special price of £20 in the special feature ‘Winners Gallery’ page in Our Dogs to be published 28th June, and wish to do so, you will need to act quickly by contacting me on annette@saluki.plus.com asking for a submission form which you can read in order to give me the necessary information by email and I will complete the form on your behalf and send it off to book your place.  You can use your own photo if wished, and your cheque made payable to Our Dogs can be sent to me to follow soon after your order.  Any queries please ring me 01424 830361.  Final date for submission is Friday 14th June.

Feedback from those people who attended the celebrations at Southern Counties showground, suggests that the whole day was a resounding success, and the messages of thanks have been much appreciated by the team who worked hard to offer an enjoyable experience.  The ‘team’ was led by Helen Williams and consisted of Karen Fisher, Kathy Webb, Annette Buckley and their respective long-suffering husbands, who were called in at the last minute to help erect the ring and marquee for the evening’s event.

Husband Brian was persuaded to wear an Arabian costume and friend, Ann Shimmin, sportingly donned a 1920s black and white outfit to join me in a similar coloured dress and cloche hat to enter into the spirit of the day.  I didn’t realise how similar Brian looked to Lawrence of Arabia until I heard Hamad call over ‘Come here, Lawrence’!

Hamad used a slightly different style of judging to that followed in this country and as mentioned earlier a full report on the event will be published with photos later this month in Our Dogs.  Hamad certainly had an affinity with the breed and treated all the dogs with such gentleness and understanding. He was also very generous with his gifts to the winning owners, giving them colourful leads, story books, packs of posters and cards, and beautiful canvas prints of Salukis in the desert - items that I am sure will be treasured by the recipients for many years.  The canvas print from Hamad that Rocco won in 2011 has been framed professionally and sits in pride of place over his trophies here in my study, where I see and enjoy it every day.

Saturday at Newbury was a long day but I feel that most everybody went on their way happy and content that they had taken part in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime occasion’ - this was an expression used by Vicky-ann describing her memories of the day’s events.  If anybody had a long journey to and from the shows, I doubt if it was longer than that of Vicky-ann and her companions - over 12 hours travel each way!   When you go home with two major wins under your belt, adrenalin kicks in and you run on fresh air!  Well done to Vicky-ann and all the place winners at The Arabian Saluki Special Event, and most heartfelt thanks to Hamad AlGhanem for honouring us with his expert knowledge in judging our precious Salukis.    Thank you all for your continued support of our club’s activities. 



Events for the SGHC 90th Anniversary are in full swing.  Yesterday Michael and I called into the Welfare Day at Kingsclere.  It was a beautifully sunny day which suited the dogs, who were having a wonderful time chasing the lure.  The venue where the event was held is just beautiful with vistas to the Wayfarers Walk and the famous Watership Downs.  Everyone was relaxed and chatting with each other.  Keeping on the theme of the Anniversary, Brendan Austin has asked me to mention that closing date for entries to the “Classic” is 31st May.  Diana Allan would like everyone to liaise with her on the Bring and Share at East of England Show.  Please let her know what you will be bringing.  Her telephone number is 01234 708658 or email: jazirat@btinternet.com.  And of course we will see you all at Southern Counties Championship show where our judge, Dagmar Hintzenberg-Freisleben has a great entry of 103 Salukis.

On a less high note John Hudson has sent the following information “ I have just been getting the Annual Returns ready for the Kennel Club and have found an old covering letter that I last used when I was Secretary previously.;  The letter was dated 18th May 2004 and the number of members of the SGHC reported to the Kennel Club was at that time 351.  Currently our membership is 254”  

This past week I received the The Kennel Club’s Breed Records Supplements for spring 2013.  They are always riveting reading.  For new registrations there were 20 puppies from 3 litters. One of those litters of 7 puppies was from a fringed breeder.  There were 7 importations..Ali Fu’Ad imported from Italy bred by Mrs T Benedetti and now owed by Ms S A Steer.  Barbey Bamjoeh Kenzo bred by Mrs D Barbey & Mr Kellogg, imported from Bermuda and owned by Mr S & Mrs A Ham.  Galifa Sivendra Al Djibaajah bred by Mrs S Horn, imported from Germany and owned by Mr V A Tompkins. Hislome’s Kareef, bred by Mrs M A Axelsson imported from Sweden and owned by Mrs AK & Mr BW Buckley.  Hislome’s Keepsake for Cranstal, imported from Sweden bred by Mrs MA Axelsson owned by Mr P & Mrs A Shimmin. Jasmine imported from Italy, bred by Mrs T Benedett, owned by Ms S Steer.  Kaukab Djaal Lhilal at Ulmarra imported from Republic of Ireland, bred by Messr M Van Thienen & S De Decker.  There were two export pedigrees, one to Israel and one to Canada.  One Champion Certificate to Glenoak Kiyan and One Certificate of Merit to Gemini Jeu D;Esprit for Anasazi (imp USA). 

Birmingham National Dog Show was recently held with Mr Arthur Spencer-Bolland judging.  His BCC, BOB winner her third and qualifying CC was Don & Pauline Everton’s Kasra Tabina.  She was born on 23rd November 2005 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Ch Glenoak Inqi JW and her dam Ch Kasra Nadirah.  RBCC went to Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM owned by Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith.  DCC was Ch Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by Jeanette & Alan Glaister and Mary Parker.   RDCC to Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer, Lorraine and John Fitzgerald and Luke Johnson. Best Puppy was Ali ‘Fu’Ad of Fernlark owned by Sheryl Steer.  Best Breeders Group was Hudson.

Well done all!!! 


Southern Counties Championship Show is not far off now.  The “Saluki” magazine of the SGHC has requested that I let them know how many people will be staying for the Barbeque for purpose of arranging the catering.  So I would appreciate emails at kasaque565@gmail or telephone 01635 268269 to pre-book your tickets.  There is no charge for these tickets and I will not be sending them out but they will be picked up, from me, at the show.  Also a reminder while we will be providing food and entertainment, please bring your own tipple along.

John Hudson, Hon Sec for the SGGC has sent the following regarding their last Committee meeting: “Last Saturday – the Committee was sorry to receive Phyllida Cooke’s resignation – she is needed at home – and very pleased to have Michael Williams’ company once again.

There was a long discussion about the vacant positions within the Club. Vicky-Ann Tompkins will be taking over the Newsletter after Ann Shimmins retires at the end of the year, and Michael McCormick-Smith will be doing the next Yearbook. Andrea Ireson has offered to do the printing for the Club, and she also has put herself forward for the Show Manager role at the Limited Show next year.

A new scheme for the award of the colour trophies at Club Shows was agreed; the details will appear in the next Newsletter. And it was decided to have a Special Champions Class at the Open Show next October. This is a stand-alone class with a separate judge, open to Champions only, which does not affect the challenge for Best in Show.

Finally, the Committee expressed its gratitude to the former President, Peter Yardley, for all the work he did for the Club, and elected him to Honorary Membership. 

As a matter of information, the Club website was unavailable for several days recently owing to confusion over payments. It appears to be up and running now and Lorraine Fitzgerald continues to nurture it. Best wishes, John”



For those of you that have been waiting for the next edition of The Saluki Book of English Champions, you will have to wait a bit longer.  Mary Parker has written to say that it has been decided by Ann Birrell and herself that the next Saluki Book of English Champions will be published every ten years. Therefore the next Champions book will be produced in 2016. 

A reminder from Maya Monk-Schenk  "Please do not forget to complete the Saluki Health Survey quetionnaire and return it to the Breed Health Coordinator, which is Maya. even if your dogs have not been ill, we would like to know, as this will help the statistics” 


Brendan Austin has sent the following: “ The 90th Celebrations go up a gear with two important events taking place in May.  Firstly the Saluki Welfare Fund are holding their Lure Coursing and Fun Day on Saturday 18th at the BSFA, Kingsclere Newbury.  There will be Welfare and Cake stalls (donations accepted); please bring your own picnic lunch.  This is an ideal day out for all members, families and their friends.

Secondly is the Kennel Club Archive Visit, which is on Friday 24th May.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has not been to the Kennel Club’s building in Clarges Street and visited their Library and seen the Saluki Archives.  There will be much on display for this event.  The day will be very relaxed you can arrive from mid-morning.  Lunch will include wine and coffee at £22.50.  Tickets must be pre-booked (cheques made out to the SGHC), and are available from Marie Bryce-Smith 01342 327573.  The deadline for tickets is Monday 13th May.

Looking a little further forward we have the Southern Counties Championship Show on 1stJune, Sponsored by the SGHC.  Details from Helen Williams on 01635 268269.

Also, the Peterborough Championship Show with Bring and Share Lunch on Saturday 6thJuly, details from Diana Allan on 01234 708658.”  

We have just heard from the Kennel club and we now have the go-ahead for the following:  After the breed judging a further Special Event has been added to our agenda to take place immediately after the barbecue   It is a Arabian Saluki Special Event.  Judge is Hamad Ghanem Shaheen AlGhanem Director, Breeder & Registrar General of Saluki of Arabia United Arab Emirates.  Entries to be taken on the day.

The SGHC web site has been shut down for a few days.  It will soon be restored and the Committee apologizes for any inconvenience it may of caused

Last Monday I received quite a few calls letting me know about the results of the Northern Saluki Club Show which was held on the previous day.  A big thank you to Kevin Carter, who sent us a marked up catalogue. Judging was the well know hound Specialist Keith Thornton. DCC, BIS went to Ch Baghdad Karim (imp) Sh CM owned by the Ham, Bockman-Chato, Elliot-Ross partnership  with the RDCC to his newly crowned son, Ch Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM owned by Mrs J & Mr A Glaister and Mrs M Parker.  BCC went to Mrs D Garratt, Miss S Oakey and Mrs K Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM with the RBCC to Ms S Steer & Mr & Mrs J Fitzgerald’s Glenoak Kira of Fernlark.  Best Puppy was Mrs JM Mansell & Mr B Duddell’s Jasmine of Canerikie (imp)  Well done all!!!

Helen Williams 


There was a mix up with the Breeders Class at the Hound Association of Scotland. Winners were the Steer Salukis not as originally credited by Fossedata

Brendan Austin has forwarded the following “The Saluki Calendar has become an all year round pastime.  I receive photos from far and wide, some too late for this year so they get put forward to next.  2013’s calendar has been very well received and I think it is one of my favourites, collecting the information; the layout and again the beautiful photographs make this a pleasurable task.

Next years calendar is already in the planning stages, although the timing for it is slightly different as our shows and dates in 2013 have changed slightly.  The annual Photographic Competition will be held during the Celebration Weekend at the Holiday Inn, Rugby on 20th and 21st July. 

Entries are FREE and you may enter as many photographs as you wish.  Photographs should be no larger than A5 (6x8”).  They may be in black and white or colour and should be of a reproducible quality.  Entries should have a SAE for their safe return.  

Please send your entries to arrive no later than Monday 8th July to:Brendan G Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. TW16 7QB.

Entries may be submitted online to brendangaustin@aol.com (jpeg image preferred), and they will be printed for you.  Please note that all photographs and their details are shredded after the competition.  Please include any information about the photograph, names of dogs when and where it was taken - anything that might be of interest, bearing in mind space availability. 

The 2014 Calendar will this year be available at the Open Show and Welfare Day on 27th October, by post or on eBay (search Saluki Calendar). Further information from Brendan on 01932 788040” 

Clair Chryssolor has come across the following on the “Dogwatch” Internet site: Staffordshire police report that gangs of thieves that steal dogs to order are identifying their targets by daubing the letter ‘K’ on gateposts.  The burglars return later to take the animals which are then sold on an Internet black market. The most popular targets are trained working dogs and the biggest rise in thefts has been among cocker spaniels.  About 3,500 dogs are reported across the country last year, up by 17% on the previous year.


A few years a go we had a cone placed near the bottom of our drive.  I contacted the Council to see if they knew why it was there and they denied any knowledge of it and had no plans for road works in our area.  We then removed the cone and placed it further up the road.  A couple of days later the cone mysteriously re-appeared at the bottom of the drive, so once again we removed it in another direction only to have it back again.  (It sounds like a garden gnome story)  In the end we confiscated the cone and thankfully it was not replaced.  We felt that we were being targeted. 

Maya Monk-Schenk, Health co-ordinator of the SGHC has sent information through on a health seminar to be held on 12th May at the village Hall. Newport Road,  Hanslope, Milton Keynes MK19 7NZ.  The subject is Genes and Thermals.  Dr Tom Lewis will be giving an overview of inbreeding (the loss of genetic diversity) discussing the problems it can cause in both individuals and populations and how it does so.  He will also talk about complex genetic diseases such as hip-dysplasia and will demonstrate the KC’s web tool ‘Mate Select’.  

Also speaking will be, Hayle Springett, who will explain the use of Thermal Imaging as non-invasive diagnostic tool in identifying such things a lameness, osteoarthritis, skin cancers, back and foot problem s and dental disease in companion animal which can be carried out in you own home.  Tickets are £15.00. lunch £5.00, booking essential on 01246 554742 or www.wheatenhealthinitiative.com.



Yesterday, Saturday 13th April, the Hound Association of Scotland was held.  Judging Salukis was breed specialist, Mrs Jeannette Cotterill .  She chose for her DCC, BOB Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM owned by the Glaister & Parker partnership.  He also went Group 4 in the Hound Group under judge, Mrs V Foss.  RDCC went to Paul & Ann Shimmin’s Ch Hislome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal (Imp Swe).  BCC for her second CC was Don & Pauline Everton’s Kasra Tabina with the RBCC to Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray.  Best puppy went to Paul & Ann Shimmin’s Hislome’s Keepsake for Cranstal (imp).  Best Breede’rs Group was Graham.  Well done all!

A reminder to enter Southern Counties Championship Show.  Entries will be closing on the 23rd April on line.  You can find details at www.fossedate.co.uk.  The supported entry and festivities at SCCS  re part of the exciting events for the 90th anniversary of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club.

At theon Sec for the Welfare Fund has sent the followingThe AGM of the Saluki Welfare Fund which is to be held on Sunday 5th May in the Village Hall at Weston on the Green Oxfordshire OX25 3QP on the agenda there is a proposed change to Rule 3.1 of the Saluki Welfare Constitution.  It is  

Members of the Association shall be the members for the time being of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club of Great Britain and or the Northern Saluki Club or owners of Salukis rescued through the Saluki Welfare Fund.’





As promised in last week’s Breed Notes please find below the results of the 1012/2013 Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Annual General Meeting.  Many thanks to John Hudson for sending them on to us.


The results of the ballot mean that the Club Committee is now:

President Marie Bryce-Smith

Vice President Don Everton

Treasurer Pete Jackson-Main

Secretary John Hudson

Committee members for one year Phyllida Cooke, Andrea Ireson, Katy Lipton, Nicola Quadling, Kathy Webb and Michael Williams.

The two new Honorary Vice Presidents are Harry Kendall and Jenny Ziman.

At the Championship Show 2015 the dog judge will be Clair Chryssolor and the bitch judge Jenny Macro.

At the Open Show next year the judges are Trevor McCrory and Jackie Reader.

At the Limited Show next year the judge will be Maya Monk-Schenk.


The Club made an overall loss of £1178 last year and the AGM discussed ways of economising. It was hoped that increasing amounts of mail could go electronically to members. Printing costs money and, unless someone is prepared to take over the Club printer, it will cost even more in the future.


The Club needs more people; in particular,

1     Magazine editor steps down after the next issue and the editor also chooses the treasurer and advertising person – so potentially 3 vacancies in all

2     Newsletter editor is required

3     At the end of this year the Show Management Team step down

4     The club secretary will step down at the end of this year

5     The club printer needs housing and club printing to be taken on

6     We do not have enough committee members

The next Committee meeting will be on 27th April.


Congratulation are due to Gary & Trish Russell’s Ch. Pazada Grand Royale"  who was Best in Group at the Sydney Royal Show under hound specialist Ramon Podesta.

David Crane,The Secretary of the Welfare has sent the following: “ on Sec for the Welfare Fund has sent the followingThe AGM of the Saluki Welfare Fund is to be held on Sunday 5th May in the Village Hall at Weston on the Green Oxfordshire OX25 3QP. Weston on the Green is just off the A34 near the junction with the M40 (J.9). We need as many people as possible to attend to ensure there is a quorum.  The starting time is 2.00 pm.


Also a reminder about the Saluki Welfare Fun Day on Saturday 18th May from 11.00 am at Park House Stables, Kingsclere near Newbury RG20 5PY. We would ask people not to use the main entrance to the stables but to look for the signs on the road showing the Fun Day entrance.

There will be a Fun Dog Show plus Lure Coursing and stalls. We need cakes for the cake stall please. Entrance will be £5 per vehicle to include a free round of lure coursing.”


Diana Allan woke up the other morning with a sore back. As it turns out it was not just a sore back but she has injured some vertebra and ended up being hospitalized

for a few days while they brought the pain under control.  It was caused by a mechanical spasm.  The pain is still quite bad but it is being controlled with medication.


When reading the following tale one can only be too pleased for micro-chips to be required in all dogs, though that does not mean the owners will accept their responsibilities  The following article appeared on the front page of the Southampton Echo on Tuesday 2nd April 2013:  “ When stray dog Lassie arrived at a re-homing centre, she was carrying a big surprise.  Two-and-a-half weeks later the pedigree pooch gave birth to seven puppies that will soon be ready to go to new homes. Lassie, a five-year-old Saluki, was found by a member of the public in Bitterne, SouthamptonShe was moved to the Blue Cross re-homing centre in West End, near Southampton, at the beginning of February.  When nobody came forward to claim her.  . “We didn’t know she was pregnant, but then she started putting weight on and developing milk, so we scanned her and found out she was going to have puppies.

“Lassie is looking for a quiet home with lots of love and the puppies need people who can put in the time for training and socialising. “It’d be nice for them to grow up in a family environment so they can experience lots of things like growing up around children but they’ll also be happy living with anyone who can give them lots of time.”

Buzz Faber went with her Ch Sufeina Zarita Sh CM for the long bank holiday weekend to Ireland.  She attended the Combined Canine Club show at Cloghraw which was awarding CACIBs and Green Stars.  Zarita won the Green Star, CACIB and BOB.  Judging was Ms Getzing from Austria 



 Daphne Parnham has sent the following regarding the Welfare stand at the SGHC Limited Show " Many thanks to all those who supported the Welfare stall at the Limited show. We took £101.00 which we thank everyone for their generosity and for the tombola prizes that we have saved for the next show. We would like to thank Nicola, Brendan and Michelle for all their hard work and the lovely tea they provided for the 90th Celebrations." 

Clair Chryssor has been doing rather well with her Feather, Gemini Jeu d'Esprit for Anasazi.  She  won BOB and Group under Pam Wild, Borzois then won BIS under Jonathan Daltrey, gundogs, at Thames Valley Open.  She is thrilled to bit, of course, and she has said that Jonathan has sent a lovely critique which will be published in the dog papers.  A lovely start for her to 2013. 

Crufts 2013 is now passed.  We were, unfortunately unable to attend but we did receive many reports on the day.  Much was said about the car park and arrangements for leaving the NEC. It seems that people spend hours waiting to exit.  At first it was said that it had been caused by an accident somewhere down the line but later it was attributed to the new system of exiting.  I was informed that on Friday night attendees suffer the same hold-ups as the Thursday lot.  As the car parks are owned and run by the NEC,  they are the ones we pay the exorbitant fees to,  I think they may be to blame for this unnecessary situation.  It will be interesting to see if the public relations team for the Kennel Club has anything to say about this. Judging Salukis was breed specialist Mrs Jeanna Jacques of the Classicus affix.  She chose for her DCC, BOB Classicus Cassander JW, SH CM http://crufts.fossedata.co.uk/images/null.gifowned by Mrs J & Mr A Glaister and Mrs M Parker.  This was his third and qualifying CC.  He was born on the 7th April 2010 and his breeder is Mrs M Parker.  His sire is Ch Baghdad Karim ShCM (Aus Imp) and his dam Ch Khalils Phaedra of Classicus ShCM (IMP SWE).  RDCC went to the German Dog, DE/VDH/INT/CH/HR/DK/SLO Ch Feroz Von Der Irminsul owned by M Latsch. Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM owned by Mrs K Smith, Mrs D Garratt and Miss S Oakey won BCC with RBCC to Miss D Layton’s Anasha Al Noushararin (imp Aus).  Best Puppy was the bitch,Fernlark Despina owned by Mr B Duddell & Mrs JM Mansell.

The new copy of the “Saluki” is now available and can be obtained through Kathy Webb.  Her telephone number is 01737 353279.  Subscriptions price is £20.00.  I have not seen the magazine as of yet but I have been informed that it there are many interesting old photos, that have not been seen before, to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the club.



Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 8th March 2013. 

A strong warning to all dog owners, I have just received information that a friend has lost two young Salukis to “lung worms”. With the very wet weather we have had for the past year the slugs and snails are going mad and they carry the disease.  It seems the dogs contracted the disease from rain water, leaves or other matter in the owner’s garden.  Annual inoculations are not a defence against it and as far as I am aware  Avocate is the only way to prevent the disease  Best suggestion is to discuss this with your local vet. 

Due to our personal circumstances Michael, and I were unable to attend the first event of the 90th Anniversary events, but we were pleased to receive the following note regarding the day from Annette and Brian Buckley “Yesterday, we attended the Club Limited Show and congratulations go to Nicola and Brendan for all the hard work which took place behind the scenes, let alone on the day, to make this show so successful.   It was a great start to the 90th celebrations taking place this year.  The rosettes were very special and there were some great prizes, not least the Commemorative Best of Breed plate with the 90th Birthday logo and a Special Handmade Pottery Gift donated by Kasaque Salukis;  I also see that Brendan Austin’s company Pets Place sponsored the show.  I am sure those who took part in the show appreciate the generosity of all the sponsors.  There was delicious food on offer throughout the day and after the show, many exhibitors and their friends very much enjoyed ‘The Very English Tea Party’, serving delicious sandwiches, savouries, fancy cup cakes, jelly & custard, and hot drinks.   We were later served with a piece of celebration fruit cake and a glass of bubbly; Jenny Ziman was asked to make the first cut in the very stylish iced Celebration Cake, and it was good to see how well Jenny is fairing now.    

We thoroughly enjoyed our day and we would like to thank the committee and show management for making this successful celebration possible.  We look forward to the next one! “ 

Results of the 2013 Limited Show, judged by Mrs Caroline McCormick Smith are as follows: Puppy Dog, Junior Dog, Novice Dog and Best of Opposite Sex Puppy was Liz Stephen’s Alsahra Aslam Bedu.  Open Dog, Best Dog and Best in Show went to John and Caroline Owen’s Caryna Curete.   Reserve Best Dog was Janet and David Steele’s  Res BIS & Best B/T: Steel’s Dawnchase Zamir Veteran Dog and Best Veteran in Show \was Maya Monk-Schenk’s Fargaze Eyebright.  Puppy Bitch, Best Bitch, Best Smooth and Best of Opposite Sex was Sue Bounds’ Alsahra Arabella.  Graduate Bitch and Rest Best Bitch went to Pauline and Don Everton’s Kasra Zeleka.  

A couple of weeks ago I included in these notes a letter from Clair Chryssolor regarding written critiques following judging appointments.  Dawn Russell having read the comments has sent to us the following:  “When judges accept judging appointments they sign a contract, one of the conditions being that a written critique must be supplied to the dog papers. 

Unfortunately many fail to do this.  I was therefore somewhat disappointed that in recent breed notes a breed specialist judge chose to vilify, in their fords, ‘novice judges’ who had made an effort to supply a critique.  Some of the phrases and comments that were ridiculed and objected to are printed week after week in many breeds by some very experienced judges! 

Critique writing does not come easy to many, but we should encourage those who make an attempt at putting pen to paper.  Maybe instead of such negative remarks more effort could be put into organizing seminars for critique writing in conjunction with breed exams.  Positive thoughts are always so much better than negative ones, in all aspects of judging.  It will be very interesting to read any forthcoming critiques from this judge.”  

Michael and I would like to thank everyone for their cards and calls regarding his recent stroke.  He is now home from the hospital and getting better every day but it will be awhile before we will be able to attend any dog showing activities.  He does love hearing from everyone.



Last Saturday, Michael Williams, suffered a stroke.  As of this moment, he is receiving great care from Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.  He collapsed about 9.30am and the paramedic came within about 10 minutes, giving his oxygen.  Upon arriving at the hospital they gave him an injection that reversed the symptoms of the stroke.  He is doing very well but shall be convalescing for a while before he is able to return to work.  I am hoping he will be back home by the time you read these notes.  On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for their offers of help with the Salukis which has been complicated by having a very young litter of puppies though they are a joy at the same time 

I have received the following information from Nicola regarding the  upcoming Limited Show: “The SGHC Limited Show is due to be held on Sunday 24 February 2013 at Steventon Village Hall, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6AA.  Our judge Mrs Carolyn McCormick Smith has 32 salukis entered making an entry of 48.  15 Dogs making 17 entries and 17 bitches making 23 with a further 7 entries for the special classes after BIS.  There are 11 not for competition.  Judging commences at 10.00am and the show opens at 9.00am.  Catering will be provided and bacon baps, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.  There will be a raffle, so please feel free to bring your unwanted gifts or donations.  Welfare will also have their stall including a tombola and donations for their stall are also welcomed.  There will be a White Elephant stall to raise funds for the 90th Celebrations.  The club magazine will also have a stand.  After judging has been completed the Show Management Team would respectfully ask, where possible, that you vacate the room so that preparations can be made quickly for the Celebratory 90th Afternoon Tea event.  We anticipate this to be done within half an hour after the show has closed.  There are still Afternoon Tea Tickets available at £5.00 each and if you have not already purchased or reserved a ticket please contact either Brendan G Austin on 01932 788040 or Nicola Quadling on 020 8590 8457.  Your tickets will be with your catalogue if you have ordered one or with the Show Manager.  Should you have any queries, please contact either Brendan or Nicola on the numbers given above.” 

We have made a few more mugs with the SGHC anniversary logo on them. Many people were disappointed that they were all sold out at Championship Show by lunch time.  These mugs should be available at the Limited Show. 



Brendan Austin has sent the following:

2013, A Year to Celebrate 

The final touches have been put to our program of Shows and Events for our Celebrations this year.  All the debates are over and we all agree that 2013 will be a time to reflect on the past 90 glorious years. 

It was ninety years ago that a group of fourteen enthusiasts discussed the formation of a club specifically for saluki owners and on the 8th February 1923 The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was formed. The years have passed but even today, the Committee of the Club continue to work hard to promote interest within the breed, its purity and its welfare.


We have always maintained that this year will not just be just a Birthday Party. The Committee see this year as the start of the build up to our Centenary. They plan to promote our breed, increase awareness of the Club and its activities and put together archive material, which will be more accessible to the members. 

We do hope that you will put these dates into your diaries and join us when you can. 

Limited Show and Birthday Tea Party

Sunday 24th February

Steventon Village Hall, Oxon

Judge Carolyn McCormick-Smith

Followed by the 90th Birthday Tea

Tea Tickets are still available from Nicola Quadling 0208590 8457 

Lure Coursing and Fun Day

Saturday 18th May

Saluki Welfare Event

All Members and friends have been invited

Bring your own picnic lunch,

Welfare and Cake Stalls (donations gratefully accepted).

 Kennel Club Archive Visit

Friday 24th May

Clarges Street, London

Limited numbers – Tickets £22.50 Includes FinGer Buffet Lunch with wine andcoffee Bookings and further information from 

Marie Bryce-Smith 01342327573 

Southern Counties Championship Show, sponsored by the SGHC

Saturday 1st June

Newbury Showground, Newbury

Judge Dagmar Heintzenberg Friesleben.

Followed by two special events, sponsored by The Saluki magazine.

Barbecue with live music by David Steel and the Subtitles;

and an Arabian Beauty Contest for all-comers, entries accepted on the day.

Full details from Helen Williams on 01635 268269

 East of England Championship Show

Saturday 6th July

Peterborough Showground

Judge, Clair Chryssolor

Ringside Bring and Share Buffet after judging.

Further details from Diana Allan 01234 708658

 Celebration Weekend.

Saluki Classic

Saturday 20th July

Holiday Inn, Rugby in marquee

Distinguished Judges

Smart Dress – no jeans please

Dogs to assemble from 2.00pm

Draws to take place at 3.00pm sharp, followed by judging

Teas and Coffee available

 The Classic Dinner – private room

Further details to follow 

Overnight accommodation can be arranged with dogs in your rooms in the hotel. Rooms are available for the Friday, Saturday or Sunday night at the special price of £40.00 per double room/twin - bed and breakfast, Please note that there is no charge for dogs, but dogs must be registered when booking rooms. There are also a few Executive rooms at £55.00. The number of rooms is limited, so we advise that you book early using the code X3D. Please telephone the Holiday Inn direct on 01788 824 800. You will need to have either a credit or debit card available, but the amount will not be taken from your account until you check out. Rooms are available at this rate until 1st July or until the allocation is taken.

 Championship Show

Sunday 21st July

Held in the grounds of the Holiday Inn, Rugby.

BBQ Lunch

Judges Dogs John Hudson

Bitches Paul Shimmin

BIS Nicola Quadling

 Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day

Sunday 27th October

East Hall, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Judges Dogs Liz McKnight

Bitches Maggie Holder

Referee Colin Wells

Companion Show  by Saluki Welfare in second ring

Welfare Coordinator - David Crane

 day for all salukis to come together, from the show ring, Welfare and rescue organisations and pets dogs.

 Discover Dogs

November 2013

Earls Court, London

 Further information of any events can be obtained from coordinators,

Or contact Brendan Austin 01932 788040 


Our Dogs is offering the exhibitor two opportunities for including information in their Our Dogs Crufts Special.  It would be part of the guide to the show featuring maps, judges, trade stands and breeders adverts in a special edition that comes out the week before Crufts on improved paper.  For further information please contact Kerry Rushby on tel 0844 504 9010 or email kerryrushby@ourdogs.co.uk


Diana Klein has sent in an article she found regarding a Saluki which was run over in South Wimbledon.  
 "The owners of a badly injured dog are being sought after it was mown down by a car and left for dead in the snow. The young Saluki pure breed dog is believed to have been the victim of a hit-and-run at about 2.15pm on Sunday, January 20, before it was found on Windsor Road, at the junction with Lyon Road in south Wimbledon. After being discovered on Windsor Road, at the junction with Lyon Road in south Wimbledon. After being discovered by a dog warden, he was taken to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Colliers Wood, before being transferred to their sister site in Victoria, were he is due to undergo surgery. Veterinary surgeon, Nigel Smith, said: “He is still very shaken and disorientated, but despite his ordeal he has remained friendly and placid.“We will operate on him to fix a complicated fracture to his front leg, and hope that over time he’ll be able to resume a normal active life.“He is such a stunning dog, we are sure his owners must be out there somewhere and missing him terribly.”The Saluki was found wearing a striking yellow collar, but not a dog tag with his owners contact details displayed, nor was he fitted with a microchip which means the charity cannot trace his owners. He is believed to be about 18 months old and is described as being underweight for his age and breed. It is a legal requirement for dogs to wear an ID tag when out in a public place, without which owners may face a fine of up to £1000. To contact Blue Cross call 0300 777 1890.

Helen Williams





After reading some of the Saluki critiques in the dog press, Clair Chryssolor has written the following: “Who are these judges are where do they come from?  When they haven't read the standard or, perhaps, haven't seen the breed do they make it up as they go along?

So far in 12 months we have had the word 'correct' used innumerable times without describing what "correct" is.  I think it's lazy.  We have had mentioned well padded feet, 'correct' cat feet and 'correct' hare feet both of which I thought belong at the end of a cat's leg and the end of a hare's leg respectively.   There was a saluki not placed because it was out of coat.  The latest is 'correct' muscled neck and nicely arched over the loin.  'Correct' in depth of brisket and length of loin which tells us absolutely nothing.  But horror of horrors 'nice shoulder placement with straight front and tight elbows'.  I thought this was supposed to be a working dog which has endurance.  Straight shoulders will give a hackney gait or a straight legged gait.  This sent me screaming to re-read the breed standard.  Can someone tell me where any of these descriptions appear in the saluki breed standard?”  

Brendan Austin has sent the following: “We have just heard from the Holiday Inn, Rugby and they have confirmed that they will not charge for dogs in rooms for the Celebration Weekend 20th and 21st July. Please let the hotel know how many dogs you will be bringing when you make your booking.  If you have already booked then there is no need to change your booking details - it has already been done for you.  That's a nice little saving for us all!”


Brendan Austin has sent us the following   2013, A Year to Celebrate

The final touches have been put to our program of Shows and Events for our Celebrations this year.  All the debates are over and we all agree that 2013 will be a time to reflect on the past 90 glorious years.

It was ninety years ago that a group of fourteen enthusiasts discussed the formation of a club specifically for saluki owners and on the 8th February 1923 The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was formed. The years have passed but even today, the Committee of the Club continue to work hard to promote interest within the breed, its purity and its welfare. 

We have always maintained that this year will not just be just a Birthday Party. The Committee see this year as the start of the build up to our Centenary. They plan to promote our breed, increase awareness of the Club and its activities and put together archive material, which will be more accessible to the members. 

We do hope that you will put these dates into your diaries and join us when you can. 

Limited Show and Birthday Tea Party   Sunday 24th February, Steventon Village Hall, Oxon Judge Carolyn McCormick-Smith Followed by the 90th Birthday TeaTea Tickets are still available from Nicola Quadling 020 8590 8457Lure Coursing and Fun Day  Saturday 18th May, Saluki Welfare Event. BSFA, Kingsclere, Newbury.  All members and friends are invited.  Bring your own picnic lunch.  Welfare and cake stalls (donations gratefully accepted)

Kennel Club Archive Visit  Friday 24th May, Clarges Street London.  Limited numbers-Tickets £22.50 Includes Finger Buffet Lunch with wine and coffee.  Bookings and further information from Marie Bryce-Smith 01342 327573 

Southern Counties Championship Show,  Classes Sponsored by the SGHC Saturday 1st June, Newbury Showground, Newbury. Judge Mrs Dagmar Heintzenberg Freislebon.  Followed by two special events, sponsored by “The Saluki, magazine of the SGHC.  Barbeque with live music by David Steel and the ‘Subtitles’ and an Arabian Beauty Contest for all-comers.  Entries accepted on the day.  Full details from Helen Williams on 01635 268269 

East of England Championship Show, Saturday 6th July, Peterborough Showground,  Judge Clare Chryssolor.  Ringside Bring and Share Buffet after judging.  Further details from Diana Allan 01234 708658 

Celebration WeekendSaluki Classic,  Saturday 20th July, Holiday Inn Rugby in marquee, Distinguished Judges. Smart dress-no jeans pleas. Dog to assemble from 2.00pm.Draw  to take place at 3pm sharp, followed by judging Teas and Coffee available  

Classic Dinner Private room Further details to follow. 

SGHC Championship Show 21st July Held in the grounds of the Holiday Inn, Rugby .  BBQ lunch, Judges Dogs John Hudson, Bitches Paul Shimmin, BIS Nicola Quadling. 

Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day, Sunday 27th October, East Hall, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Judges Dogs Liz McKnight, Bitches Maggie Holder, Referee Colin Wells

Companion Show by Saluki Welfare, second in ring. Welfare coordinator David Crane.  A day for all Salukis t o come together, from the show ring, welfare and rescue organisations and pet dogs. 

Discover Dogs November , Earls Courts” 

The Saluki Club of America has returned to Kentucky for their Nationa  Specialty. It will be held on 3rd  June through the 8th June at Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road, Lexington Ky.  Conformation judge is Conformation Judge Ute Lennartz.  Activities are numerous with a Lure trials, Obedience, Junior Handling, Futurity, Agility and Annual Dinner.  Sue Ann Pietros has said she will happily help with finding accommodations and travelling plans for any one going from this side of the pond.  Her email address is monabsaluki@aol.com



Congratulations to Phyllida and Marcus Cooke on the arrival of their new grandchild, namely Jago Adam Marcus Cooke.  He is a brother of Henry.  Rachel and Sebastian are the proudparents. 

In the Saturday Daily Express television magazine of a couple of weeks ago there is a page entitled New Year Diet.  A young rather slim lady with boots with hearts is walking on the beach with a grizzle Saluki.  It is interesting because it appears that this Saluki has it’s dew claws still in tack.  If anyone knows who the dog is, it would be interesting to know.


Last Saturday Boston & District Canine Society held their Championship Show at the East of England Showground.  Judging Salukis, without CCs,  was Mr Chris Payne.  He chose for his BOB Mrs M Parker and Ms L Aldous’ Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp Swe) with the RBB to Mrs P Spilsted’s Jeshins Dynamic Diva.  Best Dog was Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan with RBD & BP to Fernlark Elswavo owned by Mrs S Edge.  Well done all 

Saluki Breed Notes weekending 4th January 2013

The following come from the Officers and Committe of the SGHC:


We would like to wish all SGHC members and all Salukiphiles a happy New Year and remind you that 2013 is the 90th Anniversary of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club, the first Saluki Club ever established.
In celebrating this milestone in our history, we hope to strengthen our alliance with all like minded individuals and groups worldwide as well as confirming our commitment to the original principles of our founding members.

There is certainly good reason for us to celebrate what is a remarkable period of development in terms of Saluki recognition, health, welfare and the retention of the form and functionality of our magnificent breed.
However, we continue to have our challenges and the purity of the breed remains our primary goal. Also the hunting ban has forced us to look for alternative forms of exercise and methods of testing our Salukis while remaining prepared for a reversal of the ban.

Commemorative events are still being arranged with all of them at different stages of completion. The events are spread throughout the year giving us all the opportunity of attending one or all, depending upon circumstances. After all, the best way to continue along the lines set out in 1923 by our forerunners is to enjoy participating with and learning about our beloved hounds.

An updated list of events will be provided through John Hudson, the Acting Hon. Secretary following a meeting of the 90th Birthday Subcommittee, on 13th January 2013.

Just before Christmas we attended the funeral of Murray Ormsby at the Cheltenham Crematorium.  There was an excellent turnout with the Pastor, a personal friend of Murray, giving an in depth talk about Murray’s very interesting life.  In the next few weeks we have been told there will be a full obituary of Murray in the Daily Telegraph and the Times so please keep watching for this.  If I am notified I will put it in Breed Notes but Chris spoke to the biographer and he said he never knows when the obituaries he has written for the paper, will appear.  After the service we went to a small country hotel in Morton in the Marsh for the wake.  It was a very fitting send off for Murray.  We would like at this time to give our condolences to Chris and Julian on their loss.   Chris would also like me to pass on her thanks to everyone for the kind notes you have sent to her.

The last championship show of 2013, LKA was held with Liz Stephens judging. I have understood from reports that it was a very long day as Salukis were third in the ring.  It seems that Liz finished judging just minutes before the Hound Group was called. BCC, BOB was, Lisa and John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW with the RBCC to Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’esprit for Anasazi (imp).  DCC for his third and qualifying CC was the brother of the BCC, namely Glenoak Kiyan JW.  He was born on 11th April 2010 and his breeders are his owners.  Hi sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace JW and his Dam, Ch Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW.  RDCC was Paul and Ann Shimmin’s Ch Hisilome’s I Am Iceman med Cranstal (imp)  Best Puppy was Mr B Mansell and Mrs J Duddell’s Fernlark Despina.  Best Veteran was Alan Burtenshaw and Gloria Cook’s Ir Ch /Daxlore Daisiemae Sh CM.  Best Breeders was awarded to the Hudsons.  Congratulations to Lisa and John for have such a fantastic year with their stock.

It will not be long before Crufts and the Saluki Club magazine will be available so if you would like an advert please contact Kathy Webb on 01737353279.  As Kathy will be travelling in January she would like all adverts to be with her by the 10th January. 

I have noticed in this area that the pubs are becoming more dog friendly.  Not long ago the publican cringed when you mentioned bringing in a dog or dogs into their pubs.  Some would not even let us bring them into the gardens.  Now in many of the pubs in this area they can sit with us as long as they behave.  What a pleasant change.

Happy New Year from all of us at Kasaque (two and four footed)


Peter Yardley has kindly sent through the following obituary on the passing of David Waters (Burydown). “I sadly have to report that David died on 27th November at the age of 101 and 3 months in a care home in Christchurch, New Zealand.  David will be best known in combination with Hope Waters and their Burydown Salukis renowned around the World and in the pedigrees of many of today’s hounds.  In 1969 they jointly wrote and published “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport” perhaps the first comprehensive book on the Saluki.  David was Chairman of the SGHC in the early 70s and was later made an Honorary Vice President of the Club. He judged on occasions but was more interested in the coursing aspect of the breed and between them they had many show champions who gained honours on the coursing field.

David was born into a naval family and followed his brother Rick to Dartmouth in the 1930s.  He joined the Fleet Air Arm before the war and operating from Malta with a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber squadron against target in Sicily.  He failed to return on his last sortie and spent the rest of the war a prisoner of war

He married Hope Waters after the war and they lived in Bury in Sussex.  Whilst Hope concentrated on the Salukis, David in the meantime was transferred from flying duties in 1946 to the Historical Section of the Admiralty to help research the Naval Staff History of the Battle of the Atlantic.  He retired from the Navy in 1950 but remained an Admiralty Historian until takin up a position at the National Maritime Museum in 1960 as head of Navigation and Astronomy and later becoming Deputy Director of the Museum.

David will always be remembered by his friends for his dry wit, his chuckle of a laugh and his ability to be analytical of any problem and resourceful in coming to a conclusion.”

Nick Bryce-Smith rang to let us know that Mrs Cathy Smith of Australia has been approved by the Kennel Club to Judge Salukis at Richmond Championship Show 2013.

SGHC has now circulated its final newsletter of the Year.  If you are a member of the club and have not received a copy please contact the acting secretary Dr John Hudson at his email address of, hudson@glenoak.org.uk.Michael and I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and a wonderful fun time during this festive season.


Major Murray Ormsby died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday afternoon at the grand age of 93. Murray was not interested in showing dogs but he was a coursing man.  His and Chris’s first coursing dog was Burydown Vasara who later became Ch Yazid Burydown Vasara.    It all started with a two day coursing meeting in Norfolk where Vasara won the Lady Gardner Stake. Murray was hooked after that and only stopped attending coursing meetings when he found it too difficult, physically, to attend.  The funeral will be on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 11.15am at the Cheltenham Crematorium,  Bouncers La, Cheltenham GL52 5JT  

John Hudson, acting secretary of the SGHC has sent the following information to be included in the notes.  Due to the deaths of David Water and Ernie Tebbs there are two vacancies for Hon Vice President.  Anyone wanting to nominate a candidate please contact John. 

 Peter Yardley is coming to the end of his term as President, and he will not be running for re-election so please once again send your nominations to John.  Also as Peter has been doing all the copying, we need a volunteer to do that job.  John will give more details to any interested parties. More and more in future, by way of being more efficient and reducing costs, the Club will be sending out information by email.  

Ann Shimmin has been Newsletter Editor for five years and has decided that it is time for someone else to take over.  Once again please contact the acting secretary. 

It has been suggested to the Committee that we could have more breed related detail on the web-site for those enquiring about our breed. Another aspect of the work being carried out to promote and retain good health in Salukis,  the Club intends to undertake a follow up to the KC health survey that originally took place in    2004. This programme is planned to start this year and the questionnaire will appear on the web-site.






Peter Yardley has informed us that David Waters passed away peacefully in a care home in Christchurch, NZ on 27 November.   We will put more on the passing of David in next week’s Breed Notes

We have been sent information regarding a new book that has just been launched  here and in the USA, it is “The Spirit of the Dog”: An Illustrated History of Dogs written by Tamsin Pickeral.  On the cover there appears to be is a smooth Saluki. Information on the book is as follows:

“Dogs formed an allegiance with humans in early pre-history and this was the beginning of a unique bond between dog and human that has endured some 14,000 years. Since then, there have been numerous momentous events through history at which the dog has been present: following or leading troops into battle, lurking in the shadows of official business, seated on the laps of emperors, and curled sleeping during spiritual and religious occasions. 

The Spirit of the Dog explores the long and varied history of the dog in human cultures across the world and celebrates the very special place that this enigmatic creature holds in people’s hearts. Established author and animal specialist Tamsin Pickeral examines the development of the major dog breeds within their historic context—from the slender, powerful sight hounds to the hard-working Siberian Husky, the spirited Terrier breeds, and the personable mongrels. Grouped according to their key characteristics—including Elegance and Speed, Power and Strength, Devotion and Loyalty, Agility and Wisdom—the breeds are each studied in comprehensive detail.

As a mammal species the dog is the most varied in shape, size, and colour, and also the most versatile, whether working as a hunter, protector, or simply providing companionship as a domestic pet. The Spirit of the Dog celebrates this diversity, aided by the stunning photography of contemporary animal photographer Astrid Harrison, whose striking, beautiful, and unusual images of our major dog breeds skillfully reflect the virtues of 'man’s best friend.' With evocative text and exceptional photography, this is an essential volume for everyone who loves dogs.”

In the Breed Notes of a few weeks ago I mentioned that I had heard that the Chellini Bronze was at the Royal Academy in their exhibition entitled “Bronze”  We went along a couple of weeks ago to have a look.  Yes the Chellini was there in the last room.  We had just about given up of finding it when it appeared in the room attributed to Reliefs. We were very pleased that we went to see the exhibition as it was another super collaboration of the RA.


Brendan Austin has sent the following information:

“Saluki Calendar 2013:The Club’s Calendar went on sale at the Championship Show this year.  Sales have been brisk and I hate saying this, but Christmas is only a few weeks away and the Saluki Calendar makes an ideal gift for the New Year. 

Copies are available at £9.00 each or 3 copies for £23.00, including UK package and postage. To order your copies please contact brendangaustin@aol.com or 01932 788040. Cheques should be made payable to SGHC or I can take a credit card over the phone, should you prefer. Copies are also be available on eBay please search SALUKI CALENDAR.  

May I say a big thank you to all those who send photographs for the Saluki Calendar. Next year the competition will be held as part of our Celebration Weekend in July.  I look forward to another amazing collection of photos.”



Maya  Monk-Schenk , Health Co-ordinator for SGHC, has kindly sent through Information on an upcoming seminar to be sponsored by the Clumber Spaniel Health & Welfare Sub Committee.  It will be held on Sunday, 25th November at Stoneleigh Village Hall, Warwickshire. The topics and speakers are: Holistic and Natural Feeding-by Neil Garrod:Neil Garrod is an expert on holistically feeding and is well respected in this field he will make a presentational how natural feeding can be of significant benefit to dogs.Eye Conformation Problems and the New Certificate for the Eye Scheme Presentation by Ian Mason, Chief Panellist of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme which will look at eye confirmation problems especially for those high-profile breeds and the introduction of the new BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme Certificate.Mate Select and Kennel Club Initiatives to Assist Breeders Bill Lambert is the manager of the Kennel Club Health Breeder Services Department and he will give a presentation on kennel club initiatives to assist breeders including insight into the mate select and other kennel club online services Petlog

Anita Tabrett will give a presentation about the Petlog service. Tickets are £10 per person and includes lunch and refreshments.Any enquiries, or completed booking forms (see attached), should be directed towards Mrs J Sheppard, 29 Frome Road Trowbridge Wilts BA14 0DE. Phone (01225) 753960 e-mail Jackie@whissgig.co.uk 

It is with great sadness that I must report that Denise Courtney has lost her battle with cancer.  I am sure there will be many tributes to her in the following weeks as I only knew her mainly as the very efficient secretary for Bournemouth show and a regular judge at Championship Shows for Salukis.  She in fact was suppose to judge us at Windsor this past summer. 

The Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London is holding an exhibition of Bronzes until the 9th December.  Diana Allan has contacted me to let me know that she has heard there is a Saluki in the exhibition made by Benvenuto Cellini.  It is a bronze relief.  I am not sure if it is the same one that is in Hope and David Water’s book “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport.  Hopefully we will get a chance to visit the exhibition and I can inform the readership.

 A couple of days ago we visited with Geoff Banyard.  He has asked that we pass on a big thank you to all that have sent him messages and cards.  He and the dogs are coping.  

All is going well with the arrangements for Southern Counties Championship Show .  We hope to have an update, with added information, on our plans for the day, in the not too distant future.  As the show is just three weeks off from the summer solstice with the long expanse of daylight we hope everyone will stay well into the evening.  We promise a day not to forget.  Unfortunately that is exactly the opposite of what has happened in the Saluki Club Championship Show Catalogue.  The show secretary has not included our event .  So as a reminder the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be supporting the entry at SCCS on Saturday 1st June 2013.  Our judge will be breed specialist Dagmar Heintzenberg Friesleben. After the judging there will be a catered barbeque with music by the Subtitles  (http://thesubtitles.co.uk).  Any questions please contact myself on tel. 01635 268269 or email me at the address below.


Gloria Cook has sent the following: “There are times when dog showing seems like insanity!  We decided to go to Dublin for the day to The Bull Breeds Championship Show. Doesn't sound like it but it is an all breed championship show.  At 3 30 in the morning, we awoke in Belfast harbour , aboard the ferry, to discover we were alone. The boat was like the Marie Celeste, our car with 4 dogs in it, was looking lonely and alone on the car deck. How could we have slept through the usual chaos of disembarkation? Did anyone think it was strange that dogs were left in an orange car? No one around! The dock gates were closed and we had to get security to let us out! I began to think it was all madness. Eventually we made it to our ring,at the National Centre at Clogram, was tastefully carpeted in bright purple. It was very comfortable to run on and luckily I was wearing a purple blouse, so I matched perfectly. Our judge was from Dublin, we were so pleased when Poppy was awarded her 7th Green Star making her an Irish Champion.Our journey home was uneventful. It was probably all worth the madness!!!!! 

Midland Counties Championship Show was held last Sunday.  Judging Salukis was Jerry RobertsonBCC, BOB was Buzz Faber’s Ch sufeina Zarita Sh CM with the RBCC to Lisa & John Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW.  DCC was awarded to Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk with RDCC to Clair Chryssolor’s Anasazi Early Dusk.  Best Puppy was Liz Stephen’s Alsahra Aslaw Bedu and Best Breeder went to Hudson.  Well done all!!


Discover Dogs will be held on the 10th and 11th of November.  Anji Jackson-Main is looking after the Club’s stand and would appreciate any assistance she can get on those days.  She has stated that one need not stay very long, only a few hours. If you have some time available, please contact her on email anji@salondarbuka.co.uk  or 0771 7724257. KC will arrange free entry, free refreshments and snacks.

Last Sunday the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their annual Championship Show, at the Kennel Club Building.  There were the usual Club stands plus Diana Allan’s Silent Auction.  She had a wonderful array of items to be sold to the highest bidders with the takings to be used for the Anniversary celebration, next year.   .  When I walked by, bidding seemed to be brisk. Diana asked me to thank everyone for their contributions both in items donated and purchased.  In total Diana made £418.00.  Daphne Parnham has also contacted me and would like to thank everyone who supported the Welfare Stall both at the Northern Saluki Club Open Show and at the SGHC Championship Show.  At the NSC Open Show the stall takings were £44.00 at the SGHC show £300.00.  Daphne says it was a worthwhile contribution to Welfare.

The sale of Anniversary mugs went very well and by lunch time I was completely sold out.  Thank you to all those people who purchased mugs and even a bigger thank you to those who said they really liked them.  For all those people that did not get a chance to purchase mugs, there may be a second chance or there may be a chance to purchase a different Anniversary mug.  Also I would like to thank all those people who purchased mugs to support classes at Southern Counties Championship Show next year.  Our plans for SCCS seem to be growing with new ideas coming forth all the time.  In the spring (to be sent with the AGM information) we will be sending out more information about the day plus local ideas of what to do around the Newbury area

Anji Jackson Main has sent the following regarding the archives : “ June Applebees  archival exhibition was the first of yearly displays to be held at Saluki Club Shows. . Although it was small and “site specific”  it did show essential photos of June and her hounds and displayed her hand drawn book and numerous  Dogs World  advertisements from the 1940s -50s.This yearly archival exhibitions will enable all those interested in Salukis to have  visual knowledge of our breed and celebrate it’s development in this country. It is one way, of several, that our breed history can be shared and reflected upon. If any Saluki enthusiasts have any ideas regarding collaborating on future exhibitions, please feel free to contact me or Anji Jackson-Main, the Saluki and Gazelle Hound Club Archivist anji@salondarbuka.co.uk”

Unfortunately “The Saluki” (official publication of the Club) was not available at the show because the printer made an error in delivery dates.  All has been organised now as we received ours today, through the post.  I must say it is one of the most beautiful and interesting issues and certainly the whole team should be congratulated for that.  A few highlights are the wonderful and interesting article on the late Ernie Tebbs.  Two other pieces I must comment on are one, Jewellery for the discerning Saluki and collectable art pieces.  Diana Duckenfield’s layouts are a true work of art.  Magazines can be purchased from Jimmi Johnston-White at www.salukimagazine.co.uk or telephone Jimmi on 0208 8533197

During the lunch break we were treated to a glass of bubbly and a piece of cake courtesy of Oz ( Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk).  He has now decided to hang up his show boots after a fantastic career.    

Judging at the show were Mrs Sharon Kinney (USA), for the dogs and Mrs Rosemary Lewis, bitches, with Best in Show judge Mrs Margaret Fulcher.  BOB, BIS was Laurence & Kim Scowen’s Fernlark Drambuie for his second CC.  RCC went to Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW.  BCC, RBIS, was awarded to Sheryl Steer, & Larraine & John Fitzgerald’s Glenoak Kira of Fernlark.  She was born on 11th April 2010 and her breeders are Mrs L & Dr J Hudson.  Her sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace JW and dam, Ch Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW.  RBCC went to Buzz Faber’s Ch Sufeina Zarita Sh CM.  Best Puppy was Andrea Ireson & Diana Allan’s Jazirat Shakilah.  Best Veteran was Don & Pauline Everton’s Ch Kasra Nadirah, Best Smooth was Kevin Carter’s Hanaa Har Kala Rachi of Clearwing (imp), Best Breeder  went to the Hudson’s. 

It was a lovely well run show but it just went on too long.  The bitches started a half hour after the dogs and did not finish for at least one and a half hour after the dogs.  I really think this needs rethinking.  We had hoped to stay for the “Grizzle Class which was after BOB but left at 5.30 pm as we, along with most others, felt that we had to leave. It is always a concern having dogs at home and a journey to undertake, when a show continues into the evening, it becomes something of a problem. There were only about 15 people left in the whole room.  The Flat Coated Retrievers in the next room had long gone.   

Results and photos of the show can be seen on the Club’s website www.salukiclub.co.uk.  Lorraine Fitzgerald has now taken over as webmaster and is busy updating the site.



It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Jan Banyard of Darquell Salukis and Whippets on Sunday 14th October.  Last May she was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and last few months have been incredibly difficult for her and her family.  Our thoughts are with Geoff and her two children.  We shall print details of the funeral as soon as we know them


Nicola Quadling has sent the following regarding the SGHC Championship show which will be held on Sunday 21 October 2012 at Stoneleigh.  The entries  are as follows: Total entry 176; dogs 71; bitches 84, stakes after BIS 21 and 24 not for competition.  Judging starts with the dogs at 10.00am and bitches at 10.30am.  The show opens at 9.00am; please be reminded that exhibitors dogs are not permitted into the hall until after this time.  There will be full catering at the show by AJ Catering and their food is reasonably priced. They will be offering breakfast baps, tea, coffee, main meals including trays of chunky chips, pastries and muffins etc.  Disabled parking is limited and strictly controlled by the venue and all cars must have a valid blue badge.  If you have a passenger with limited mobility that you need to drop off, please contact the Show Secretary to arrange this, as this facility is also limited.  The usual club stalls will be at the show along with a few trade stands.  Please support the Welfare stall run by Tony & Daphne Parnham and the raffle stall where gifts are always welcome.  The raffle at this show will go towards raising funds for the club's special 90th anniversary events.  We hope you all enjoy your day at the show.  Should you have any queries, please contact the Show Management Team:  Nicola Quadling on 020 8590 8457 or Brendan G Austin on 01932 788040.


Yesterday South Wales Championship Show was held.  Judging us was Mrs Shirley Rawlings.  Her BCC,BOB was Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM owned by the Garratt, Oakey and Smith partnership. RBCC went to our own Ch Kasaque Miracle.  DCC for his second CC was Glenoak Kiyan JW owned by DR JA & Mrs EJ Hudson with the RDCC to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW.  Best Puppy was Jazirat Safiyyah owned by Lady Ruth Dann.  Best Breeder and 1st in Hound Breeders Group was “Hudson”

Saluki Breed Notes Weekend 12th October 2012

It is with great sadness that I must relate the death of Mrs Hilary Cornock on Monday 1st October.  She died at home with her family around her.  She has not been well for a while but did manage to live long enough to see her daughter Anna married.  Anna has sent the following details:

Hillary's funeral will be on Wednesday 17th October at 1pm at St Teresa's Catholic church New Road Princes Risborough HP2 0JW and afterwards at their home

Chequers Lea Butlers Cross, Aylesbury HP17 0XH Please let Ann or Alex know Tel Alex 01296 623073, Anna 01494880417 or Anna's mobile 07814264217  

Clair Chryssolor has sent me a critique from the paper regarding the judging from  Perthshire Show.  The judge, Hazel Deans described the saluki as having well knuckled feet, neck into nice arched topline without being humped and well bent stifles.  What was she judging?  I think we should send this lady a copy of the “Breed Standards” to understand where the arch should be, to understand more about  Saluki feet and recognise that humps come with an alternative animal from the desert, called a Camel.  

Brendan Austin has sent in the following: ”To commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club, the Officers and Committee would like to invite you to a Year of Celebrations. 

Our Limited Show and Birthday Tea Party will be held at Steventon Village Hall on Sunday 24th February. We have agreed with your judge Carolyn McCormick Smith not to have a break between judging dogs and bitch so that in the afternoon we can get together for our 90th Birthday Tea Party. 

The club was formed on 8th February 1923, so it seems fitting that members and guests come together on this day to celebrate our 90th birthday.


Full details will appear in the Schedule due out at the end of the year.The Celebration Weekend starts on Saturday 20th July with our first ever Saluki Classic, at the Holiday Inn, Rugby. This will be followed by a Gala Dinner and Presentation in the evening.  

Overnight accommodation can be arranged with dogs in your rooms in the hotel. Rooms are available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the special price of £40.00 per double room - bed and breakfast, with a £10.00 supplement per dog. There are also a few Executive rooms at £55.00. There is a limited number of rooms, so we advise that you book early using the code X3D. Please telephone the Holiday Inn direct on 01788 824 800. You will need to have either a credit or debit card available, but the amount will not be taken from your account until you check out. Rooms are available at this rate until 1st July or until the allocation is taken. On Sunday 21st July we will hold our Celebration Championship Show in our marquee in the grounds of the Holiday Inn, Rugby, with an optional BBQ lunch. We hope this will be a very relaxing and enjoyable day.   

With the support of the Kennel Club our Open Show and Saluki Welfare Day, will be held on 27th October at the Kennel Club Buildings, Stoneleigh. The Open Show will follow its normal format in Ring One. Ring Two will have a Companion Dog Show on behalf of the Saluki Welfare Fund. We hope this will be a party gathering of all Salukis from the show fraternity, welfare and rescue organisations and pet dogs.  

If you want to discuss any of the above events or if you would like to sponsor Rosettes for any of these shows then please visit the Show Managers table at the Championship Show on 21st October or contact Brendan Austin on 01932 788 040 or brendangaustin@aol.com Other events are planned and details will follow through the Breed Notes when available.”

 Coming back to this current year the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their Championship Show 2012, on Sunday 21st October  at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ.  Judging dogs will be Mrs Sharon Kinney (USA) with bitches being judged by Mrs Rosemary Lewis.  Best in Show judge is Mrs Margaret Fulcher.  Diana Allan will be holding a very exciting Silent Auction with proceed to go to the 90th Anniversary celebration.  I will be selling bone china “mugs”.which incorporate Ken Allan’s artwork, especially produced to commemorate the 90th Anniversary. They will make wonderful Christmas gifts!

Helen Williams




It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Sue Cronin.  Well know for her Whippets, she recently acquired her first Saluki from Buzz Faber.  She was doing very well in the show ring with Sufeina Jebel Ali JW, Sh CM until she became ill with a brain tumour. 

In the last couple of weeks, two of our favourite Championship Shows have been held.  Michael and I both love the countryside in the area where those shows are held.  The first of the two was Darlington with breed specialist Jane Pyatt judging.  Her DCC, BOB for his third CC was Mr & Mrs A Bloomfield’s Glenoak Jabari JW, Sh CM.  He was born on the 24th May 2008 and his breeders are Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson.  His sire is Kasra Najib and dam Ch Glenoak Ishaara.  RDCC went to Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin’s Ch Hisilome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal (imp).  BCC for her first CC was Mr A Rawson’s Mumtaz Monsoon.  She was born on 27th August 2005 and her breeder is Mrs Z Rawson.  Her sire is Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW and dam Ch Mumtaz Desdemona.  RBCC and BR was Mrs M Parker & Ms L Aldous’ Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp).  Best Veteran went to Mrs D Garratt & Miss S Oakey’s Caryna Calisto.  Well done all!!

Driffield Championship Show was judged by Mr Keith Prior of South Africa.  I believe he did reside here originally and was well known for his Borzois. For his DCC, BOB he chose Mrs C Chryssolor’s Anasazi Early Dusk JW, Sh CM, for his first CC.  He was born on 10th March 2010 and his owner is his breeder.  His sire is Ch Tadj Mahal Emraniizan (imp) Sh CM and his dam Abu Baqr’s Gazal Galiya for Anasazi (imp).  RDCC was Mrs J & Mrs A Glaister & Mrs M Parker’s Classicus Cassander JW Sh CM.  BCC went to Dr J A Hudson & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW with RBCC to Steer, Fitzgerald, Cook & Burtenshaw’s Kirman Dafnia at Fernlark (imp) JW.  Best Puppy was Ms E Graham’s Faaris Ya’soub Al Djiibaajah.  Once again well done all!!.


We have received the following note from Jeannette Glaister “ Alan  along with Classicus Cassander JW Sh  CM along with myself, attended Border Counties Hound Club Open Show on Sunday 9th September at their new venue in Morecambe. The weather was kind to us so being outside in good sized rings was a bonus. Dexter won BOB under judge Ariane Forrester and then went on to get BIS under Whippet judge Mick Howgate. Alan and I was absolutely thrilled and even though it had been a very long day it was a good journey home.”

A couple of additional names for judges, 2013.  Michael Williams will be judging Paignton. Judging the SGHC supported entry show for the 90th anniversary of the Club which will be held at Southern Counties Championship show is the Saluki breed specialist Dagmar Hintzenberg-Freisleben.

There will be Heart testing at the Mastiff Association’s Open Show

on 23rd September 2012.  The Mastiff Association has invited Emily Dutton BVM&S Cert VC MRCVS, a veterinary cardiologist, to attend our Open Show to carry out heart examinations on our dogs. The procedure is called ‘auscultation’ and involves your dog being listened to with a stethoscope in a confidential environment. A certificate will be issued to all dogs participating (please ensure you bring KC documents and your registered vet’s name/address). Should a murmur be detected, Emily will advise on the next course of action. This may involve performing an echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) and/or ECG at an appropriate centre at a later date. This can be discussed confidentially. The Mastiff Association is pleased to encourage health testing within the breed wherever possible. This is the first time we have invited a cardiologist to one of our

shows and we hope that members will support and utilise this initiative. We are pleased to offer this test at a subsidised rate of £15 for the first dog and £10 each

for subsequent dogs in the same ownership. In the interests of the health of the breed, OEMC members also have been invited to participate with us in this scheme; however MA members will take priority. Please complete the form (see next page) and return it with your remittance to: Linda Proudfoot, Briar House Farm ewlands ,Rotherfield,’Crowghborough, East Sussex TN6 3RU.  Early booking is strongly advised For more information on heart testing,


Maya Monk Schenk has sent the following through:  For your information, there will be eye testing available at the Griffon Bruxellois Club Open Show on October 7th from 10:30 am.  Eye testing will be available to all breeds, so please feel free to distribute this information amongst your colleagues.  Appointments will need to be made, so please ensure you book prior to attending (please see contact details below). Eye testing will be carried out by Mr. N.J. Burden BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS. No Gonioscopy will be used.  Eye drops will need to be administered 20 minutes before being seen, but should not affect the dogs' vision inside the hall. If you have any queries regarding the day or would like to book a place, please contact either Jessica Gruniger on 01707 644 182, email: jessica.darkle@gmail.com or Club Sec. John Swinge on 01702 230 072 email: balthazar.K9@gmail.com


We have heard that Anna Cornock and her fiancé Ben Freegard will be married at the end of the month.  We wish them great happiness and joy in their life together.  It certainly has been an eventful year for the Cornocks with their first ever litter of Saluki puppies and now the wedding to look forward to.

Judy White rang to pass on her thank you to all those that have phoned and written to them regarding Trevor’s illness.  Everyone’s concern has been a comfort to them during a very difficult time.  Trevor will soon be starting chemotherapy and hopefully this will have a positive affect. 

A couple of names to add to the judges list for next year are Jannette Cotterill will be judging Hound Association of Scotland and Una Preece will be presiding at the Welsh Kennel Club. 

At the SGHC upcoming Championship there will be a Silent Auction with all proceeds to go to the 90th Anniversary of the Club.  Please support this with either items to donate or making bids on various items.  So far we have had some very interesting pieces donated and we are looking forward to some healthy competition in purchasing them.  If you would like to donate or want more information please contact Diana Allan on 01234 708658.

I have received an email from Liz Scoates, secretary of Reading & District Kennel Association regarding their upcoming Open Show:  “Please note that the date of this Associations’ open show has had to be changed FROM Saturday 24th November TO:  Sunday 2nd December 2012. The following Breeds will now be judged by Mr Alec Mackenzie: Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Shih Tzu, Min Schnauzer and Puppy Stakes.  The AVNSC Utility and the Utility Group will be judged by Marita Rodgers. The Judges for all other Breeds and Stakes classes that appear in the Schedule that has already been sent out or that can be found on -line remain the same, as does the venue.”  The judge for Salukis is Phil Freer (Switherland) with three classes.

City of Birmingham Show was held recently with Ben Reynolds Frost judging.  Continuing with his good run of success was Steer, Fitzgerald and Johnson’s Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW with the RDCC to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW.  BCC went to Dr JA & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Ch Glenoak Kamala JW with RBCC to Mr P Copperthwaite’s Al Caliphs Angelis.  Best Puppy was Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp) owned by Ms L Aldous and Mrs M Parker.  Breeders Group was Hudsons

Last Friday it was the turn of Richmond Champion Show.  We had a good ring providing lots of shade as the weather was quite warm.  Our judge, Jenny Dove was awarding CCs in our Breed for the first time.  DCC, BOB and Hound Group 2 was  Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW owned by the Steer, Fitzgerald, Johnston partnership with the RDCC to Mrs C De-Souza, Ms L De Souza and Ms H Woodgates smooth, Kasaque Obidiah.  BCC went to our own Ch Kasaque Miracle with the RBCC to Mrs K Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray.  Best Puppy for Ms A Ireson and Mrs D & Mr K Allan’s Jazirat Shakilah.

After the judging there was a bring and share lunch (it was quite late so more like tea) organised in the memory of Ken Allan  We all lifted our glasses and Marie Bryce Smith spoke a few words about Ken, who will be very much missed by the whole Saluki fraternity.  Judging set apart it was most pleasant to just sit and talk with other Salukiphiles and remember Ken, who loved doing the very same thing, talking about his beloved breed 



For some strange reason the following notes did not appear last week so this week you will be getting a double dose.


Brendan Austin has sent the following: “As you will all be aware we are holding a Fun Day at John and Lisa Hudson’s on 26th August, to raise funds for next years’ 90th Celebrations.  There are still a few tickets available and would very much appreciate your passing on the word.  It promises to be a good day and will be a welcome break between the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Tickets are available from Diana on 01234 708658”.


Diana Allan has contacted me with the news that the (gift aid) donations given in Ken’s name, to the research into liver cancer, at Addenbrooks Hospital, is £1644.75.  Diana thanks everyone for their donations.


The following prose was sent to me by Sue Oakley and I thought it very appropriate.  Unfortunately I do not know who wrote it so cannot give them credit’
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them


Sad to read that Ann Macdonald has lost her Jason, (Ch Mabrooka Jayid) at the age of 12 ½ years.  Unfortunately it never seems to get easier to say good bye.  Ann stated that she was proud to have bred him and to have him as her loyal companion for the past twelve and half years.  He was the last of her line, her soul-mate and best friend and his loss to her is immense.  There is no doubt that he was a special dog and his records of top level winning speak for itself. Our condolences t o Ann.

Last Saturday the Hound Show was held.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Mary Parker.  BCC, BOB was Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM with RBCC to Miss D Layton’s Anasha Al Noushafarin (imp).  DCC and Best Veteran went to Debra Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with RDCC to Kim and Lawrence Scowen’s Fernlark Drambuie. Best Puppy for Peter Copperthwaite’s Khalils Araceli (imp).  Best Breeders Group went to Tomkins.  Well done all!!

It is now the height of the busy dog show season with Wednesday it was the turn of Paignton Championship Show.  Judging was Denise Rogers.  DCC, BOB was Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Ch Hisilome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal (imp) with RDCC to Deborah Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW. BCC was awarded to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  RBCC  to Clair Chryssolor’s Gemini Jeu D’esprit for Anasazi (imp).  Best Puppy was Peter Copperthwaite’s Khalils Araceli (imp).  Well done all!!  Clair has contacted to say how thrilled she was with her win but unfortunately she lost an American Indian round silver brooch with a small turquoise probably around the Saluki benches.  If anyone finds it please let Clair know as she would be most relieved to get it back.


The following is a  partial list of judges for 2013, thanks to Jimmi Jackson-White.

Manchester, Mr P. Iversen, Crufts, Mrs Jeanna Jaques, Birmingham National AF Spencer-Bolland, Windsor, Mr N Stanmore, Hound Association Mrs D Copperthwaite, Bournemouth Mrs Brit Schone Broadwell, So Wales Mrs G Knight Messenger, Driffield, Mrs E. Stanmore, Darlington Mr Ro Doe Dijns


Continuing with the busy season, it was the turn ofBournemouth Championship Show, which was held last Sunday.  I was concerned to read that a Chihuahua went missing from the show.  In my Breed Notes after Windsor I wrote about my concerns regarding dogs not being allowed near the rings and under our watchful eye.  By leaving dogs on benches with no one to look after them, as their guardians are in the ring, is a recipe for disaster.  The rings with the inside/outside feature with benching adjacent is so much safer.  I hope the show secretaries take note and endeavour to make their shows safer.  Our judge was Frank Kane, awarding Challenge Certificates in Salukis for the first time. BCC, BOB was Mrs K. Webb’s Ch Al Caliph Nuray with the RBCC to Miss D Layton’s Anasha Al Noushafarin (imp).  DCC was Mr A & Mrs J Glaister & Mrs M Parker’s Classicus Cassander Jw Sh CM for his second CC.  RDCC  and BV went to Mrs D Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW.  Best Puppy was Mr P Copperthwaite’s Khalils Araceli (imp Swe).  Best Breeders Group was Hudson

Last Friday the Welsh Kennel Club held their championship show and judging us was breed specialist, Reina Clark.  For BOB, BCC she chose Clair Chryssolor’s recent import from USA, Gemini Jeu D’esprit for Anasazi.  She was born on the 10th January 2011 and her breeders are Diener Farrell, Steel & Stomberg. Her sire was UK Ch Tadj Mahal Emrani Izan Sh CM and her dam Am Ch Gemini Paeton Hope Diamond.  RBCC went to  Steer, fintzgerald, Cook & Burtenshaw’s Kirman Dafnia at Fernlarek (imp).  DCC was Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark owned by Steer, Ftizgeral & Johnson with RDCC to Fernlark Drambuie owned by Mr L & Mrs K Scowen.  Best Puppy was Mrs M Parker and Ms L Aldours’ Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp).  Best Breeder went to the Tomkins’ group.  Well done all!


Michael and I have not attended many shows this year so we are perhaps a little behind on some of the news.  We have just heard that Trevor White is ill.  Our thoughts are with him and his wife Judith.  If you would like to send a card his address is 20 Green Lane, Bolton, Lancs BL3 2EF

John Hudson the acting Secretary of SGHC has asked me to include that the Club Committee is looking for an Archivist and for someone to run the Club web-site. Anyone interested please contact John on Hudson@glenoak.org.uk or telephone 01954 230016.

Clair Chryssolor has just returned from Sweden where they had sunshine and blue skies.  She returned to find a letter from the KC confirming that Anasazi Malt Whiskey now has his Show Certificate of Merit.  He now joins his brother, namely Anasazi Early Dusk.

There will be a bring and Share picnic held after the Saluki judging at Richmond Championship Show to cerebrate the life of Ken Allan.  The will be held by kind permission of the Richmond Committee.  Marie Bryce-Smith will co-ordinate the food.  Please contact her asap on 01342 327573. Marie asks that everyone bring their own wine or soft drinks.


I am pleased to announce that John Hudson has agreed to take on the role of Hon Secretary of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club until the next AGM.

Kathy Webb has rung me with a reminder that South Eastern Hound Club’s 45th Open Show will be held on Sunday 2nd September at the Hickstead Showground, West Sussex.  Judging Salukis will be Mrs Toni King (Adhari) plus many other classes to enter to make a full day of showing.  This is a Supported Entry by the SGHC so please try and come.  There is to be the tradition bring and share lunch, which is always exceptionally good, which will be held around the Saluki ringside after judging.  The picnic  is being organized by Marie Bryce-Smith (01342 327573) and Kathy (01737353279) if  you want to ring for further information or just find out more about the event.  For a schedule please go through the www.fossedata.co.uk who will be taking on line entries or telephone the Show Secretary Val Meer on 01435868408.

Kennel Club is holding an international Agility Festival and Companion Dog Show on 10-12 August at Kelmarsh Hall,Kelmarsh, Northants NN6 9LY. The KC International Agility Festival is one of the world’s larges and most popular dog agility event attracting thousands of competitors from throughout the UK and across the world.  As part of the festival there is also a companion dog show organised by the Heart of England Dog Show Club. This being held on 11th August.

The show will incorporate 7 pedigree classes at £1.50 per class and 15 movelty classes at £1.00 per class including a Companion Dog Club class.  Both pedigree and novelty rings will also feature an additional Best in Show class.

Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 20th July 2012.


Last Monday a memorial service for Ken Allan took place at the Dean Church, Upper Dean, in the village where he lived for many years. Dean Church was lovely and the guests were blessed with pleasant weather.  The church was full of Ken’s friends and family.  Nick Bryce Smith spoke about Ken’s love of Salukis.  He mentioned Ken and Di still having to pinch themselves about winning the group at Crufts. Brian Duggan  had flown in from California and he reflected about the important place Ken held in the world of Salukis as a publisher of a prize winning magazine and author of “The Complete Saluki” along with Di.  One of only a few books published specifically about Salukis.  However, Dean, the son of Ken and Di, spoke about what his dad meant to him and how he had influenced his life.  It was simply mesmerising, with Dean managing to be so eloquent,  uplifting and sad at that same time. It was  remarkable in these heart rending circumstances.  A reception was held in the Dalton Hall afterwards and it was so well attended they were concerned they might run out food. There were many anecdotes and fond memories of Ken exchanged

producing both laughter and tears.


Tickets are now available for the Fun Day to be held at John and Lisa Hudson’s home in Cambridgeshire on Sunday 26th August from 10.30.  This day is to help raise funds for the Clubs 90th Celebrations next year. All members and friends are welcome. Tickets (in advance - as space is limited) are £5.00 to include a lunchtime platter, donations of cakes and desserts, gratefully accepted. Dogs are FREE. Fun classes for the dogs, £1.00 per class, including a Lure Course. Bring and Buy White Elephant Stall, super RAFFLE Prizes, and other Olde Fashioned Fete Activities. Please bring your own chairs.

For more information please contact; Brendan Austin, 01932 788040 email brendangaustin@aol.com  or for tickets please contact Diana Allan, tel; 01234 708658 email; jazirat@btinternet.com


Last week East of England held their Championship show.  From all reports it was extremely wet and muddy.  There seemed to be no place to hide from the elements.  One person said they could hardly lift their dog bedding as it was so saturated with water.  And so goes our summer.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Ann Birrell.  DCC, BOB was Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan JW. He was born on the 11th April 2010 and his owners are his breeders.  His sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace and his dam Ch Kasra Tahira.   RCCD went to Barbara Biggs and Nicola Quadling’s Kasra Tareef with Malenkhai.  BCC was Ch Sufeina Zarita Sh CM owned by Buzz Faber.  RBCC was Mary Parker’s Classicus Corncorrdia JW.  Best Puppy was Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp Swe) owned by Mary Parker and Linda Aldous.



It has shocked the Saluki world to hear that Ken Allan passed away on Monday 25th June.  He was such a formidable character that only an in- depth obituary will give an insight into who he was.  We knew him in his role as a Salukiphile.  His graphic designs were second to none as he did the layout and design of Jeanna Jaques’s Saluki Heritage for about ten years.  When Jeanna decided to stop producing the magazine he started his own, called Saluki International, where he was one of the editors and art director/design.  Both magazines where beautifully compiled with superb photograph and illustrations.  During the Festival of the Saluki, Ken photographed and designed a beautiful booklet to go along with the Saluki art exhibition held at the Kennel club.  Ken and Diana also wrote the book “The Complete Saluki”

Ken, along with his wife Diana, were the principles of the Jazirat prefix.  They bred five Champions.  Ch Jazirat Bahiyya, who also won Group 1 at Crufts, Ch Jazirat Iskandraya, Ch Jazirat Ilaya at Tasia, Ch Jazirat Sima and Ch Jazirat Zakayyah.  Ken was also a championship show judge, his last appointment was at Southern Counties this year. 

In November 2010 Ken and Diana organized a Saluki Seminar which was to be held on the very same day he was to go into hospital for a serious operation.  They presented a power point presentation then had to leave to check into the hospital.  Such was his dedication to the breed he loved.  When he came out of the hospital, after several weeks of being very ill, he took over the reigns of being secretary to the SGHC.  He will be missed by all. We all had no just idea how ill he was. 

The funeral will take place on Monday 9th July in the Church at Upper Dean  postcode PE28 0ND) at 2 pm, afterwards the celebration of Ken’s life will be at the Dalton Hall, in Upper Dean. Salukis are welcome in the Church, and at the venue, but they will not be allowed inside the village hall. There is secure parking. Please do not send or bring flowers in Ken’s memory, any donations should be arranged to go to LIVER CANCER RESEARCH, to be sent to the funeral Director: Mr Andrew Hickson, “Kingfisher” Funeral Services, Gate Lodge, Cemetery Road,St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 2BX. The service and reception is open to all of Ken and Diana’s friends.

In regards to my last Breed notes regarding the problem registering Saluki colours at the Kennel Club, Debbie Copperthwaite has sent the following “ Further to your Breed Notes last week you will be pleased to know the KC has updated their website with a new list of colours which may be applied for.



I simply refused to accept a different colour to that given on my imported puppy's Export Certificate and hence it remained unregistered here.The puppy was registered last week and this morning I have the Registration Certificate in my hand showing the correct colour. 

As far as I was concerned applying for the wrong colour or "non-recognised" colour, simply was not acceptable as after all, the KC has a reciprocal agreement to recognize  the registration system of the AKC and FCI Countries.  I note there are no "non-recognised", blue or brindle on the current list, so I wonder what brindles etc will now be registered as?  I hope the people who have had to accept incorrect colours for their recently registered Salukis will now be able to have them changed to the correct ones.”


Yesterday Windsor Championship Show was held.  Interestingly there were chalk lines at different areas around the rings.  If you wanted to sit near the ringside with your dogs you could not as the chairs were for exhibitors/spectators without dogs.

You had to go behind the blue line with dogs but in the case of the Salukis, all this area was filled up with CKCS cages as an overflow from their ring.  That meant you had to go back even further to sit with your dogs where there was little chance  you could see or hear what was going on in the ring.  Of course there was the option of the benches which were through another set of rings and some distance beyond the trade stands.  Also announcements over the loud speaker system ‘not to leave any personal items unattended’, must also include one’s dogs, which then necessitates having a second person with you, to look after the dogs on the bench, during the period one was inside the show ring exhibiting.   


Judging was Mrs Kathy Webb.  BCC, BOB for her third CC was Lisa and John Hudson’s Glenoak Kamala JW.  She was born on the 11th April 2010 and her owners are her breeders.  Her sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace and her dam Ch Kasra Tahira.  RBCC went to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC went to Kasaque Obidiah owned by Connie De-Souza and Heidi Woodgate for his first CC.  He was born on 31st October 2009 and his breeders are Michael and myself.  His sire is Ch Nefisa Jeevun Sh CM and his dam is Ch Caspians L’aliq avec Kasaque.  RDCC went to the Mr & Mrs D Steels’ Dawnchase Zamir.  Best Puppy was Jazirat Shakilah owned by Andrea Ireson and Diana & Ken Allan. Best Breeders Group was Hudson.  Well done all.


Results for the 2014 SGHC Championship ballet are as follows.  Dogs will be judged by Kathy Webb, Bitches Espen Engh and Best in Show by Janette Cotterill.




It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Ann Jones on Monday 18th June 2012.  She was determined to judge the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show and bravely accomplished it last April.  Her partner, Kevin Carter, said she deteriorated quite quickly after, finally succumbing to liver cancer.  Ann was a founder member of the Northern Saluki Circle and the Northern Saluki Club.  She attended her first Saluki show in 1971 and bought her first Saluki Sedeki Joda in 1975. Together with Kevin Carter she bred two ‘Clearwing’ litters making up Clearwing Beraq (Panda). Presently Kevin and Ann were showing a smooth import from Belgium Hanaa Harkaka Rachi of Clearwing. Ann had judged Salukis since 1979 and gave tickets from 1997. She died with her family around her.  Our condolences to Kevin and their four children, Paul, Jen , Andy and Anna.  The funeral was held on Friday the 22nd of June with their friend from Salukis, David Hartley conducting the service.  Donations can be made to Weston Park Hospital and the Saluki Welfare.


Last Sunday the SGHC held their Open Show at the Dobermann Club Training & Showground in Digswell, Hertfordshire.  Judging dogs was Miss Clare Boggia and Bitches was Mrs Vicki-ann Tompkins with the Referee Mrs Jill Cross.  Best Dog was Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan JW.  Best Bitch and Best in Show went to Glenoak Kamala JW, sister of the Best Dog.  Best Veteran went to Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushra of Saruk JW with Best Puppy to Mary Parker & Linda Aldous’ Khalils Alegra-Classicus.  The Best Puppy was chosen by the referee.  Unfortunately there were no Junior Handlers this year.

Schedules are now available for the South Eastern Hound Club’s 45th Open Show.  It will be held on Sunday 2nd September at the Hickstead Showground, West Sussex.  Judging Salukis will be Mrs Toni King (Adhari) though there are many other classes to enter to make a full day of showing.  This is a Supported Entry by the SGHC so please try and come.  There will be the tradition bring and share lunch around the Saluki ringside.  For a schedule please go through the www.fossedata.co.uk who will be taking on line entries or telephone the Show Secretary Val Meer on 01435868408.

In last week’s “Our Dogs”  there was a full page advertisement by the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Northern Saluki Club.  The advert was entitled “When is a Saluki not a Saluki? When it is brindled”.  It is signed by 43 breeder/judges of  Salukis.  If you have not seen a copy of this very important document and would like to see it, please contact the secretary of the Saluki Club, Ken Allen on telephone number. 01234 708658 or email: jazirat@btinternet.com

Breed Notes Week ending 22nd June 2012


For some unknown reason my Breed Notes from last week were omitted, therefore I am integrating two weeks notes.


Last Saturday was the turn of Southern Counties Championship Show.  Judging Salukis was Ken Allan.  His DCC, BOB was Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlare JW owned by the Johnson, Steer and Fitzgerald partnership with the RDCC to Lisa and John Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan JW.  BCC, for her third and qualifying CC was Cranstal Quintessence owned by Ann and Paul Shimmin.  Quintessence was born on 17th July 2003 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Ch Kasaque Jimna Sh CM and her dam Ch Cranstal Incandescence. RBCC went to our own Ch Kasaque Miracle.  Best Puppy was Mary Parker and Linda Aldous’s Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp Swe).  Well done all! 

During the judging I had a quick chat with Mary Parker regarding her imported grizzle parti-coloured puppy.  Sue Bounds has a puppy from her litter of the same colour which she recently tried to register with the KC as a parti-grizzle.  No problem there, as we all know that colour is recognised as one of our many acceptable colours.  Well it seems there is no box for the Kennel Club staff to tick that says parti-grizzle.  He can be a back/white parti or a red parti but not a grizzle.  Mary had this same problem when registering her puppy.  She left Sweden as a grizzle parti and had to end up here as a silver grizzle, so now Sue’s parti is also a silver grizzle.  It seems to me that the KC wants a generic dog so the right boxes are there for placing their “X’s”   The SGHC Committee has said they are working on this problem as the colours  the KC list for our breed, on their registration form, need to be more in sink with the colours our breed actually comes in.

John and Lisa Hudson are holding a Fun Day on Sunday 26th August from 10.30 at their home in Cambridgeshire. All members and friends are welcome. Tickets (in advance - as space is limited) are £5.00 to include a lunchtime platter, donations of cakes and desserts welcome. Dogs are FREE. Fun classes for the dogs, £1.00 per class.  Also aLure Course. Bring and Buy White Elephant Stall, super RAFFLE Prizes, and other Olde Fashioned Fete Activities. Please bring your own chairs.

For more information please contact; Diana Allan Dean Croft, Brook Lane,  Upper Dean,  Huntingdon,  PE28 0NG. tel; 01234 708658  email; jazirat@btinternet.com


The Saluki Magazine has some back issues still for sale for those who wish to build up their back library, we still have Crufts 2002, Crufts and Championship Show 2004, Championship Show 2006, Championship Show 2008,Crufts and Championship Show 2010 and 2011 as well as Crufts 2012. They all include a wealth of knowledge as well some wonderful photographs and art work of the breed, a must for anyone wanting to learn to learn more. Copies are available from the Treasurer Jimmi Johnston-White who can be contacted my e-mail sales@salukimagazine.co.uk or by telephone on 020 8853 3197. The Championship Show Edition of the magazine is being printed with special regard for the late Earnie Tebbs, his Almanza line and his time on the coursing field, with this in mind adverts that make mention of the Almanza's and will cost £75 with a further discount on double page spreads. for more information on this and book an advert please contact Kathy Webb advertising@salukimagazine.co.uk or on 01737 353279."

David Hartley has sent a reminder for a Walk in aid of Saluki Welfare . 
Come and meet other Saluki owners in a friendly social atmosphere. On Saturday 7th JULY 2012 Starting from St. Peter's Methodist Church, Riley Street, and Earby. (Between Colne, Lancs. and Skipton, Yorks) OPEN TO ALL BREEDS. NON SHOWING and RESCUE SALUKI OWNERS ESPECIALLY WELCOME 10am-11am    Meet at the Church Tea/Coffee provided.  11. 15 am Walk in surrounding countryside led by members of the local walking group.Long version about 5 miles. Turn back version about 2 miles 1.15 ish  Time to eat your packed lunch, chill, or visit the pub. Tea and  biscuits provided at Church. 2 .30 pm ish   Simple Saluki quiz, .fun classes sponsored by Cobbydog Dog photo competition, raffle etc. Presentation of Trophy for Best in Walk. New for 2012  Introduce your dog and tell his/her story (in 250 words or less) to the audience. 4.30 pm The famous Fish and Chip Tea.  For further information please contact o David James Hartley, Riverside, 3 Greenbank, Schoolfields, Earby, Lancs. BB18 6QQ  as soon as possible. Tel 01282 842617. Email davidjhartlety @ hotmail.com



I have received the following from David Crane, secretary of Saluki Welfare, regarding the recent Saluki Welfare Fun Day.  Lots of fun was had by all who attended the Saluki Welfare Fun Day last Saturday (May 19th). The weather was kind, with no rain and some sunshine, the going was good for lure coursing and the fun dog show. People who came and supported the event were exceptionally generous. A total of over £1100 was raised for Welfare Funds. Thanks and congratulations must go to Nicola Quadling for her organising of the event, and to all who helped and contributed on the day.

Please keep your eyes peeled for future Welfare Fund social events.


Last Saturday the Scottish Kennel Club held their Championship Show judging us was Gina Simpson.  DCC, BOB and Group 4, continuing his winning way was the Johnson, Steer, Fitzgerald partnership’s Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW with the RDD to Mr A, Mrs J and Mrs M Parker’s Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM,  BCC went to Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM owned by the Garratt, Oakey, & Smith partnership with RBCC to Classicus Concorrdia JW owned by Mrs M Parker. Best Puppy was Kahlils Allegra-Classicus (imp Swe) owned by Mrs M Parker & Ms L Aldous.  Best Breeders Group and Group a was Vikki-annTompkins

We have head that Denys Simpson has been unwell and is in hospital.  We hope by the time you read these notes he will be back home and on the road to recovery,


At the World Show 2012 which was held at Salzburg, Austria, Best in Show was Shiraz California Dreamin owned by Nicklas Eriksson from Sweden.  Congratulations to him and his dog.  I am not sure but I do not think this is the first time Nicklas has won this honour.

Brendan Austin has said that photos for the calendar competition are slow coming in this year so he has request that I reprint the following: “In readiness for our 90th anniversary, The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club is holding its annual photographic competition for the Saluki Calendar on Sunday 17th June 2012, at the Dobermann Club, Didswell in conjunction with the Open Show.  Judging for the competition will be by Members and their friends by ballot on the day.


Entries are FREE and you may enter as many photographs as you wish.  Photographs should be no larger than A5 (6x8”).  They may be in black and white or colour and should be of a reproducible quality.  Entries should have a SAE for their safe return.


Please send your entries to arrive not later than 11th June to;Brendan G Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. TW16 7QB. Entries may be submitted online to brendangaustin@aol.com (jpeg image preferred), and they will be printed for you.  Please include any information about the photograph, names of dogs when and where it was taken - anything that might be of interest, bearing in mind space availability. If you have entered photographs in previous years and they have not been chosen, it does not mean that they cannot be entered again.  You may have better luck this time.  This year’s competition will be a celebration of our breed and hopefully will include the very best photographs of salukis for the calendar. The entrant (i.e. person who submits the photographs) must have permission if chosen, to have the photograph(s) printed in the calendar, (that is if you are not the owner of the photograph or dog(s).  If a chosen photograph is not of a good enough quality, then the next winning photograph will be submitted.  The organisers’ decision is final. If you have any questions you can telephone Brendan on 01932 788 040.        Good Luck”

In last week’s Our Dogs there was an article by my co-writer, Helen Graham about the Saluki Conservation Club.  As I had never heard of them, prior to Helen’s including that article, I have tried to find out something about them.  I have now received a copy of their bulletin  which states that the Club was founded “to preserve, protect and perpetuate the Saluki as a hunting hound by all lawful means”  Chairman is Adrian Phillips, Treasurer is Pip Buswell, Nikki Hill, Tanja Stevens and Rosie Lewis (Secretary).  Rosie Lewis has sent a statement regarding this Club “The SCC was formed in Nov. 2005 as a result of the 2004 hunting ban - as our letter head states, it's aim is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the saluki as a hunting hound.   Obviously we have rules, constitution and membership is by invitation only. “


Breed Record Supplement is now available for “spring”.  Included in this issue are records for January to March 2012.  There were 22 puppies registered from four litters. Two of the litters were from known breeders.  Importations, there were three,  Khalils Allegra-Classicus (imp Swe) was imported by Mary Parker and Linda Aldous.  Kirman Egeria (imp Fin), imported by Lawrence and Kim Scowen and Kirman Eumenes at Fernalrk (imp Fin) by Sheryl Streer.  One export Pedigree was issued to Bamjoeh Alicia, who went to Bermuda.  Two Champion Certificates were issued, one to Baghdad Karim (imp Aus) owned by Ham, Ross Elliot and Bockman-Chato partnership and the second to Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark owned by the Johnson, Steer and Fitzgerald partnership.  One Junior Warrant was awarded to Kirman Dafnia at Fernlark (imp Fin) owned by Steer, Fitzgerald, Burtenshaw and Cook partnership.  One Show Certificate of merit to Buzz Faber’s Ch Sufeina Zarita.

Buzz has informed me that she had a lovely time recently in Ireland on a mini-circuit.  She said she rather enjoyed the twisty Irish roads rather then always being on the motorway.  Her trip was successful as she said she won the CACIB with her Ch  Sufeina Zarita. 

At the Hound Association of Scotland I omitted to include that Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk won a round of the Hounds for Hero competition.  Nick said there were five rounds at the show, the winner of each round competed at the end for best Hound for Hero.  It was all done at the one show and Persian Punch won “3rd” overall. 

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned watching out for Red Kites if you had young stock.  I have just completed some research on this and I find that The Red Kite's diet consists mainly of small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, young hares and rabbits. It also feeds on a wide variety of carrion including sheep carcasses and dead game birds.  So I would still be very watchful if you have young puppies and there are Red Kites around.

Last Saturday Birmingham National held their Championship show.  Judging Salukis was Mrs Denise Garratt.  DCC,BOB and Hound Group 3 was Ch Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW, owned by the Johnson, Steer and Fitzgerald partnership with the RDCC to John and Lisa Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan JW.  BCC for her first CC was Glenoak Kamala JW owned by John & Lisa Hudson. She was born on the 1thApril 2010 and her breeders are her owners.  Her sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace JW and her dam Ch Kasra Tahira Glenoak JW.  RBCC went to Kathy Webbs Ch Al Caliphs Nuray.  Best Puppy  was Khalils Allegra-classicus (imp) It was also a good day for Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM owned by Ham, Brockman Chato and Ross-Elliot as Karim was the winner of the Champion Stakes.  The Judge was Stuart Mallard.  

SGHC Open Show is not far off so please remember that the photo competition.  Please send your photographic entries to Brendan Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. TW16 7QB or email brendangaustin@aol.com.  Entries close 11th June.




Over the early May bank holiday weekend there were a few Open Shows.  Lorraine Fitzgerald has emailed that Flyn (Tasia Moonshine over Dawnchase JW) won Best in Show at the Marlborough & District Canine Society under judges Sue Ergis and Brigette Bodle.  He now has his final points for his Sh CM.  He is owned by Sheryl Steer, Lorraine and John Fitzgerald.


Clair Chryssolor was also out show last weekend at Witney Open in Oxfordshire where Kite (Anasazi Malt Whiskey) won BIS last yea.  This Year his brother, Dusk, Anasazi Early Dusk, won Group 1 under Nina Fleming and BOB.  At South of England Open Show Dusk won under Simon Parsons earning his ShCM  this weekend. Kite won his PG class and is waiting for the last ShCM point.


Schedules are out for the SGHC Open Show and if you want to enter you need to enter On-line as postal entries will be closed by the time you read these notes.  The show will be held on Sunday 17th June 2012 at the Dobermann Club Training & Showground, Herford Road, Digswell, Herts AL6 0BU.  Miss Clare Boggia will be judging dogs and Bitches will be judged by Mrs Vicki-Ann Topkins.  Referee is Mrs Mary Pascoe.  Show opens at 9.00am and the judging will commence at 10.00 followed by the bitches.


Congratulations to Karen & Glen Fisher on the arrival of their granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Hounslow.  She was born on the 23rd April 2012 weighing in at 9 lbs 12 oz.  The proud parents are Oliver and Natalie Hounslow .

Andrea Ireson owner of Jazirat Raven (Tazi) and co-owner of Jazirat Shakilah with Di and Ken Allen, and  labrador  named  Biddy have sent in this horrific  story of what happened to her on an recent outing:  
“On Saturday 14th April 2012, we were all on our way back from our morning walk. We entered our road when on the same side as us was a youth with two girls and a large English Bull Terrier type dog, as soon as the youth’s dog saw my three, he started to pull on his lead, which I remember thinking didn't look very strong, so I crossed the road to give us all some space, but this made no difference to the Bull Terrier. The youth started shouting at his dog not to " start" but this dog was paying no attention and had decided he was coming over to my dogs. The Bull Terrier managed to break free and ran towards us, first attacking Tazi. At this time Biddy managed to slip her collar and made a dash for safety but the salukis had hound collars on which were more difficult to escape from.  I remember shouting and screaming at the lad to get his dog off my dogs but his dog was too strong for him and to be honest, I think he was scared to put his hands down and grab the dog, as at this point it  had no collar on. After having a go at Tazi he started on Kelah, the puppy.  This is not nice reading and its very emotional to re-think it and type it.
My sweet, funny baby girl was defenceless, there was nothing she could do to
defend herself, she just sat on the road side and shrieked with pain as this
massive brute took hold of her leg and sunk his teeth into her, this was when I,
without any reward, started kicking frantically at the dog while screaming at the
lad to get the dog off her.  The two girls he was with just stood there watching,
I also screamed at them to phone the police but again they did nothing. The
young man made another attempt to grab the dog by the scruff of the neck  managing to clasp some flesh.  As soon as Kelah was free, I ran my dogs to safety calling Biddy back,  putting her lead back on as I ran to the nearest house as I just wanted my dogs off the road as I knew this guy was struggling to keep hold of the Bull Terrier. Luckily I knew the chap who lived in the house where I knocked and he
answered, with a very brief description of what just happened, he let us all in.
Immediately I phoned the police and explained what happened, they said a patrol
car had been despatched. Tazi and Biddy seemed shook up but ok at this point but Kelah had gone very quiet which began to worry more. The lady who's house I took refuse in,  phoned my vet for me whilst I spoke to the police.  The police told me that Kelah was probably in shock and I needed to get her to the vets ASAP.  I was afraid to leave as the Bull Terrier was still outside, and was now attacking a 14 year old Golden Retriever.

Our vets advised us to keep Kelah quiet and warm, at this point I did not know
what injuries she had received. I then phoned Dave, my partner and told him briefly what had happened and asked him to bring the car down to collect us. When he arrived the youth and Bull Terrier where gone. Shannon, one of my daughters came with Dave and walked Biddy home then Dave and I took Kelah and Tazi to the vets.

On arrival we saw the Golden Retriever, he had bite injuries on his legs and the
vet was assessing him along with a little terrier that the English Bull Terrier had also attacked, before the police caught the dog. She then looked at Tazi then Kelah.  Our vet found Kelah to be in shock so she was first to be treated. We were whisked to the back of the surgery where Kelah was placed on a heat pad and put on a drip for fluids, she was then given a pain relief injection and briefly checked over. Her main injuries were a bite at the top right leg and a puncture wound to her elbow. Tazis injuries were a puncture wound and a vertical bite of 3 cms. They both were anesthetised and x-rayed to make sure nothing was broken. Kelah has stitches and Tazi has staples. On arriving home they were both very hungry and ate a good dinner, then slept. Kelah made even more noise than usual yesterday but it was wonderful and she could make as much noise as she wanted.

To date, I have identified the dog that attacked us at the local police station, along with the other two owners. The owner of the Bull Terrier was also there, he apologised and offered to pay all vet costs.  After identifying the dog the owner was free to take the dog home! Hopefully we will be able to press charges against the owner - but this remains to be seen. Both dogs are recovering well and they are due to have their stitches/staples out next week. Please feel free to contact me, if you require any more information. 07932961738 or 01235 201981”

We wish all the dogs involved in the incident a speedy recouvery.

Saluki Welfare fund is hosing a fun day and welcomes all Saluki owners to come and join in all the fun.  It will be held on Saturday 19th May 2012 from 10.30 am at the Practice Polo Field, Park House Stables, Kingsclere, Newbury RG20 5PY.  All funds raised will go to the Saluki Welfare Fund.  Gate entrance fee is £5.00 which includes one free run on t he lure for the dog.  Activities include Lure Corsing which starts at 11.00. The field is totally enclosed and safe for running hounds.  Cost is £2.00 per run per dong.  At 2pm there will be a fun dog show.  Entry fee is £1.00 per dog.  Lunch break is at approximately 1.00.  There are not catering facilities so please bring a picnic along though there will be a cake stall and cold drinks for sale.  As extras there will be a homemade cake stall (please bring cakes to donate) Auction of special items. Raffle, Welfare stand and Saluki memorabilia.  For further information please contact Nicola Quadling on 0208 5908457, 07831 876143 or email nq.saluki@btinternet.com


Last Sunday the Northern Saluki Club held their Championship show.  Judging was  Ms Ann Jones.  We were delighted to see her there as we know she had not been well and the assignment would be quite challenging for her.  She appeared to have all, well under control. DCC, BOB, carrying on from his wins from Crufts was Ch Jorjenfo Mirzam of Fernlark JW owned by the Steer, Fitzgerald & Johnson partnership with RDCC to Classicus Cassander, JW, Sh CM owned by Mr A & Mrs J Glaister and Mrs M Parker.  BCC, for her first CC went to Mary Parker’s Classicus Concorrdia JW.  She was born on the 7th Aril 2010 and her breeder is her owner.  Her sire is Ch Baghdad Karim (imp) Sh CM and her dam Ch Khalils Phaedra of Classicus (imp) Sh CM with RBCC to Dr Ja & Mrs EJ Hudson’s Glenoak Kamala JW.  Best Puppy went to Mrs M Parker & Ms L Aldous’s Kahlils Allegra-classicus (imp).

A note from Daphne Parnham states that she thanks all those that supported the welfare stand at the NSC show.  They made £130.00

Unfortunately I have been informed that a 4 year old Saluki bitch is in need of a home.  She has done nothing wrong but her owner decided because of neighbour problems that for her safety it would be best rehoming her.  If you are interested and would like more details please contact the Secretary of SGHC, Ken Allan on 01234 708658.



Last Saturday the Hound Association of Scotland held their Championship Show.  Judging us for the first time with Challenge Certificates was Mrs Jan Pain.  DCC, BOB and Hound Group 3 was Ch Jorjenfo Mirzam of Fernlark JW owned by the Johnston, Steer, Fitzgerald partnership.  RCDD went to Mr & Mrs Glaister and Mrs M Parker’s Classicus Cassander.  BCC went to Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM woned by Garrat, Oakey & Smith parthership with the RBCC to Kathy Webb’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray.  Best puppy was Steer & Fitzgerald’s Kirman Eumenes at Fernlark (imp Fin).  Well done all!!. 

David Hartley, chairman of NSC has sent the following regarding the recent death of Margaret Worrell:  “The Saluki world was shocked to hear of the unexpected death of Miss Margaret Worrell shortly after Crufts. Margaret died suddenly at home and neighbours were alerted to the tragedy by the barking of her two Deerhounds.

A member of the Committee of both the Northern Saluki Club and of Saluki Welfare Margaret was a committed dog person who really wanted to give something back to breeds she loved.

Margaret’s affix was Kuffeh and she had both rescue and show Salukis over the years. Her Saluki ownership began with a black and silver rescue from Battersea Dogs Home. He was followed by a fawn grizzle Rashid Kuffeh who took a CC at Three Counties under Vicky Gwynn and then another Black and Silver, Kenue Black Sword, who was Best Veteran Dog at a NSC Open Show. Her last Saluki was Storm, Starflight Desert Storm, bred by Janet Bullock  who went to live with Margaret as a puppy but  eventually returned to Janet when, in adulthood,  the males began to clash.  Margaret bred a litter of Deerhounds and had at least one lurcher whom she showed in lurcher classes around the agricultural and county shows. At the time of her death Margaret no longer had a Saluki and her two remaining Deerhounds were rehomed by their breed rescue.

Saluki people from all over the country have paid tribute to Margaret’s kind and pleasant personality. She was indeed a lovely lady and the first person to greet folks as they came into the NSC   Championship and Open shows. She will be sadly missed “on the door.”  I have to tell you that she was the brains and administrative genius behind the welcome table and I’m sure I will not be able to live up to her high standards on my own. We all knew that Margaret’s health was not of the best but that did not prevent her travelling North from Worcestershire to our NSC Committee meetings and South to the Welfare meetings which were held at the other end of England. For some time Margaret had had a “runner” when showing her dogs as her mobility was no longer good but no one suspected that her death would be so soon nor so sudden. Sadly she did not have any close family left but all her many friends mourn her passing and will have a Margaret shaped hole in their hearts and lives. The Saluki world is indeed diminished by her passing and so we say “We all loved you Margaret - Rest in Peace.”


In readiness for our 90th anniversary, The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club is holding its annual photographic competition for the Saluki Calendar on Sunday 17th June 2012, at the Dobermann Club, Didswell in conjunction with the Open Show.  Judging for the competition will be by Members and their friends by ballot on the day.


Entries are FREE and you may enter as many photographs as you wish.  Photographs should be no larger than A5 (6x8”).  They may be in black and white or colour and should be of a reproducible quality.  Entries should have a SAE for their safe return. Please send your entries to arrive not later than 11th June to; Brendan G Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. TW16 7QB. 


Entries may be submitted online to brendangaustin@aol.com (jpeg image preferred), and they will be printed for you.

Please include any information about the photograph, names of dogs when and where it was taken - anything that might be of interest, bearing in mind space availability. If you have entered photographs in previous years and they have not been chosen, it does not mean that they cannot be entered again.  You may have better luck this time.  This year’s competition will be a celebration of our breed and hopefully will include the very best photographs of salukis for the calendar. The entrant (i.e. person who submits the photographs) must have permission if chosen, to have the photograph(s) printed in the calendar, (that is if you are not the owner of the photograph or dog(s).  If a chosen photograph is not of a good enough quality, then the next winning photograph will be submitted.  The organisers’ decision is final.



The lapse of notes coming from me has not been because of my lack of dedication, which I am sure has proven itself to the readership over the many years, but rather to the lack of information available to relate.  With the show season starting, I am hoping that will encourage people to pass on relevant messages for me to write in this column.


Karen Fisher, Editor of “The Saluki” has sent the following: "The next issue of The Saluki will be a tribute to the life of Ernest Tebbs who was one of the Great Characters of our breed.  As Almanza Kafiat is behind many of today's Salukis, The Saluki will be offering a discount of £15 on advertisements in tribute to Ernest's life and acknowledging their descendant of Kafiat.  If you would like to take up this offer please contact Kathy Webb by telephone: 01737 353279 or email: advertising@salukimagazine.co.uk


There will also be a page for personal tributes, if you would like to contribute please email your text to editor@salukimagazine.co.uk  This page will be in addition to the main Obituary for Ernest which is already underway."


The secretary of Windsor Championship Show, Irene Terry has informed us that do to health issues, Denise Courtney will be unable to judge at their upcoming show.  Replacing her will now be Kathy Webb.


In this area of Berkshire, we did not have the pleasures of seeing Red Kites flying overhead.  We have always had Buzzards.  Now the Red Kites have arrived and are happily breeding and raising their young.  With their emergence have come new problems one of which is that they are very bold and fly quite low to the ground, seeming to hover over head. With that, it has been reported a couple of time, locally, food has been snatched off the barbeques by these birds.  While that may not seem so terrible, as there are probably more sausages available, the concern is they may grab young puppies.  It has been told to me that in Florida they send Salukis out in the garden with their little toy dogs to protect them from the birds.  Any way it is just a “heads-up”, if you have puppies.



David Hartley Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club has sent me the following “It is my sad duty to inform you that Margaret Worrell died at home sometime after Crufts. As Margaret lived alone and as far as is known had no immediate relatives the details are not clear nor is the date of the funeral yet available.
Margaret was a valued member of the Committee  of the NSC and of Saluki Welfare  where she was much appreciated for her caring  nature and hard working personality. Despite living a long distance away and having  health difficulties Margaret was always "on the door" at  NSC Club shows  welcoming everyone and was a regular presence at our committee meetings where her common sense and considered comment was greatly valued.   Although Margaret had previously  had Lurchers, Salukis and Deerhounds, which she greatly enjoyed showing, at the time of her death she no longer had a Saluki or a lurcher and her two remaining Deerhounds have been rehomed through the breed. Her sudden death has come as shock to all her many friends in the Saluki world and we can only say "Rest in Peace Margaret" you will not be forgotten in our ranks.”  I would like to put my own personal condolences in as she was a very warm and gracious lady.  Margaret was the first person we saw when attending the NSC Champ show and she always was welcoming wishing everyone a wonderful day.

The Saluki Crufts Edition 2012 was launched at Crufts, not surprisingly.  The front cover is beautifully presented with a postage stamp from the Benin Republic placed on a lemon coloured background.  The stamp is part of a collection which is featured in the magazine’s new section “Collector’s Corner.  The Editorial states that there is a change in The Saluki and Val Prior has retired as Treasurer and Jimmi Johnson-White will be taking over that position.  She asks us to be gentle with him.  Further on in the magazine there is an introduction by Jimmi, for those of you who do not know him.   If you need to contact him about subscriptions or payments of any kind his email address is sales@salukimagazine.co.uk or telephone 0208 8533197.   Maya Monk-Schenk our Breed Health Co-ordinator has presented with an interesting article on Congenital and Inherited Diseases.  A subject that always encourages heated discussions. 

There are many other interesting article but as usual the back-bone of the magazine are us, the contributors of the adverts.  We all look at them first, then read the articles so if you would like to be part of the magazine with an advert or equally as important with an article please contact Karen Fisher the editor on email editor@salukimagazine.co.uk or telephone 01279 833855.


It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Ernest Tebbs on Friday 16th March 2012. Ernie and his famous Almanza Salukis were known worldwide for their beauty and excellence on the Coursing field.  His story started with the bitch, Ch Asphodel Almanza whom he obtained from Mr Burns in 1961.  She was the foundation of his very influential line.  Asphodel Amanza was bred to Ch Bedouin Caliph which produced Ch Almanza Kafiat and his sister Ch Almanza Kuhaila.  Kafiat, besides winning the group at Crufts, was an excellent coursing dog, winning the Sandpiper Trophy for top show/coursing dog many times as well as being a prepotent stud dog.  There are few pedigrees in this country that do not have the Almanza line somewhere in their background.  Besides the dog, Ernie was a beekeeper.  His honey was very well received at the Saluki Club shows.  Not a man to suffer fools gladly, Ernie was a strong character in the development of our breed and he will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and our condolences go to his wife Elsie and his children.  There will be a more detailed tributes and obituary in the Saluki Magazine.

David Crane, secretary for the Saluki Welfare has sent the following:- ”The AGM of the Saluki Welfare Fund will take place on Sunday April 15th at 11.30am at Weston on the Green Village Hall (OX25 3RE).  This is situated just off the A34 near it’s junction with the M40.  There is good walking nearby and an excellent pub up the road for lunch.  Why not make a day of it in the Oxfordshire countryside with Saluki Friends.  Any items for the agenda to davidcrane@salukiwelfare.or.uk asap please”

Last Sunday the SGHC held their AGM at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington Oxfordshire.  There was quite a good representation of members in spite of it being “Mothering Sunday”.   This was one of the first things on the agenda, the secretary will endeavour to find a date that does not coincide with Mother’s day in the future.  Don Everton, hon. treasurer, read through the accounts which were accepted and then received thanks from the floor as he has now retired from that position.  Taking over will be Peter Jackson-Main.  Don Everton will now be Vice-President of the Club, so at the appropriate time he took over as chairman of the meeting.  There were only a few people that put their names forward to be on the Committee so it was decided that the Club would set up sub committees from the general membership where ever possible. Results of the Club Ballots were read out with the Limited Show 2013 to be judged by Caroline Mc Cormick Smith.  Open Show 2013 will be Maggie Holder, Liz McKnight and the referee Brian Henry.  Going for a second ballot for the Championship Show 2014 will be Espen Engh, Tony King, Peter Yardley, Janette Cotterill and Kathy Webb.  Show Secretary for 2012 will be Nicola Quadling with the Show Manager, Brendan Austin.

The AGM participants discussed the pending events in 2013 as we look forward to the 90th Anniversary of SGHC.  A plan was approved for a sub committee to devise and implement the Clubs plans to celebrate.  In the Newsletter there will be more information.  Diana Allan is heading up the Committee.  If anyone would like to help please contact her on 01234 708658. After many years of looking after the SGHC web site, Karen Fisher has stepped down from that job.  The AGM thanked  her for her hard work but now the Club is looking for a new Web Master.  If anyone would like to take the challenge on please contact the Secretary Kan Allan.

Helen Williams



SALUKI Breed Notes Weekending 23rd  March 2012


The Kennel Club have listed on their web site the following colours of Salukis which are acceptable for registration: black & cream, black & Silver, black & tan, black & white particolour, black fringed fawn, black fringed red, cream, fawn, fawn & white, gold, grizzle, red, red & white particolour, red grizzle, silver grizzle, tricolour. There is also a separate tick box and section for colours not recognised by the KC.


On the 9th March Ch Jazirat Sima passed away in her sleep aged 15 years 1 month.  Last time we saw her was at the Club Championship Show where the judge, David Perkins commented on how well she was looking.  Our condolence to her owner, Ruth Dann and her breeders Ken & Diana Allan.


Nick Bryce-Smith has rung to let me know that the judge for Salukis at Richmond Championship Show 2012 will be Jenny Dove


Well another Crufts has come and gone.  Thankfully we Salukis owners did not have to go through the trial of having our dogs health tested.  I have read in this publication about the procedures the BOB winners of some of these breeds, had to endure.  Imagine winning BOB then having a KC representative standing by to accompany your dog and yourself to see a veterinary surgeon.  Then to be told there is something wrong with your dog without a chance of an alternative opinion.  I would feel just like those competitors and consider giving up the game. 


Our day was not without excitement.  Three weeks before the show Miracle decided to jump from the garden at one of the windows in our dog room to see who was there.  I should say she flung herself at that window and it gave way.  There was glass everywhere plus the  jagged edges, left in what remained of the window.  We had a friend staying with us so my first attention went to boarding up the window so no one would cut themselves.  My friend informed me there was blood on the floor.  After the window was carded both inside and outside I set my attention to the culprit who was now holding up a paw.  I convinced her it would be a good idea to come in the house and then tried to stem the flow of blood, which I could not.  So a Sunday evening call to our vets who said bring her in…..we did and she was operated on as she had severed an artery and partially severed two ligaments.  That meant a say over night at the vets as she had lost a lot of blood.  Then we had the recovery period.  No exercise but short walks to give the wound time to heal.  After ten days the stitches were removed and we started hydrotherapy to get her moving again.  Thankfully the injury was not on the paw but on the pastern so she never limped on it.  We are now a week after Crufts and Miracle is still only being walked on a lead as tendons heal very slowly.


Back to Crufts, it was a touch and go situation weather Miracle would make it to the big day but we were trying very had to do everything, within reason to see she made it.  On the morning of Crufts we loaded four people and four dogs plus lunches, bedding, grooming equipment into our people carrier and made the journey in good time to the NEC.  At the Show we took all our equipment out of the car and each person was given a dog as the dogs do get excited when arriving at a show.  Walking into the venue from the car park I sprained my ankle and went down with a thud making holes in my other leg.  The pain was so excruciating that I just stood there feeling desolate while my Saluki tried to look as if she did not belong to me.  My ankle was in terrible state and the first aid patched me up and said come back if I need more pain killers.  I was determined after spending three weeks nursing Miracle that I would get in that ring.  Thankfully I did not have to run a marathon, just around the ring and did manage hopefully not limping too much.


Judging Crufts was Mrs Marie Bryce-Smith and the results are DCC, BOB Hound Group 3 went to Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW for his third and qualifying CC.  He was born on the 26th June 2009 and his breeder is Mr T Quick.His sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace JW and his dam Daxlore Calisha at Jorjenjo RDCC went  Annette and Brian Buckley’s Ch Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM.  BCC for her first CC went to John & Lisa Hudson’s Glenoak Jazmyn JW. She was born on 24 th May 2008 and her breeders are her exhibitors.   Her sire is Kasra Najib and her dam Ch Glenoak Ishaara.  RBCC went to our own Ch Kasaque Miracle.  Unfortunately there were no puppies entered.


The following note has been sent for inclusion in the breed notes: “Fernlark and Dawnchase Salukis would like to thank everyone who has sent kind messages to congratulate us.  Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine winning Best of Breed at Crufts and especially Group 3.  Special thanks go to Marie Bryce Smith and Keith Thornton for thinking so highly of Rafi, his breeders Tony and Liz Quick and last but not least our fantastic handler and co owner Luke Johnston.  We had such an amazing day. Sheryl, Lorraine and John FERNLARK AND DAWNCHASE SALUKIS”


We have heard that Ann Jones has been unwell and at this time she is under treatment.  Our most positive thoughts are with Ann, her partner Kevin Carter and their family.  Having advised of the above, Kevin has told us that Ann is very much looking forward to her judging appointment at the NSC Championship Show.




David Hartley has sent a notice through about a walk in aid of Saluki Welfare Funds.  It will be held on Saturday 7th July 2012 starting from St Peter’s Methodist Church, Riley Street, Earby. (between Colne, Lancs and Skipton, Yorks)  Open to all Breeds, non showing and rescue Saluki owners especially welcome.  Meeting will take place between 10am-11.00am at the church with tea/coffee.  11.15am, there will be a walk in surrounding countryside led by members of the local walking group.  Long version is about 5 miles, turn back version is 2 miles.  At about 1.15pm packed lunches, chilling time or visit to the local pub.  Tea and Biscuits will be provided at the Church.  2.30pm will be a simple Saluki quiz, fun classes sponsored by Cobbydog Dog also there will be a  photo competition, raffle etc. After there will be a presentation of trophy for Best in Walk. Later there will be a “introduce your dog and tell his/her story (in 250 words or less) to the audience.”  4.30pm The famous Fish and Chip Tea.  The cost is £7 per dog in aid of Welfare Funds.  The Fish and chips (at cost) are £3.80 extra.  Please send a cheque if at all possible made out to Saluki Welfare.  Please return slip/telephone/email to David James Hartley, Riverside, 3 Greenbank, Schoolfields, Earby, Lancs. BB18 6QQ  as soon as possible. Tel 01282 842617. Email davidjhartlety @ hotmail.com

The SGHC Yearbooks have been now sent out and hopefully all paid up members have received their copies. I would like to thank all those who have sent email and called giving me a positive reaction to the publication.  This year we have included emails and telephone numbers of members.  If our records are incorrect or just need updating please contact Ken Allan and we will make sure the information is corrected for next years publication.

“KC Breed Supplement” is now out for the fourth quarter of 2011. I always find it full of very important and interesting information.  There were 7 litters registered and none of the breeders were members of any clubs as far as I know.  One of the most interesting Breeders was a Mrs Dark who had two litters with a total of 18 puppies.  Ten of those puppies were registered as smooths from two feathered parents.  This is genetically impossible as except in a very few, well documented cases you need a smooth Saluki to have smooth off springs.  In all those reported cases of smooths in feathered litters, there was only one puppy born smooth and the rest of the litter was feathered.  There were three importation in the Supplement; Gemini Jeu D’Esprit for Anasiazi (import USA) owner  Mrs C Chryssolor, Marcjacobs Del Borghino (import Italy) owned by Mrs K & Mr NM Nott, Yalameh Lala Ambra Shah (import Germany) owned by Mrs J Nicholas.  Three new champions, Caryna Calisto owned by Mrs Da Garratt & Miss S Oakey, Hislome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal owned by Mr P & Mrs EA Shimmin, Mumtaz Sirocco owned by Mrs AK & Mr BW Buckley, Sufeina Zarita owned by Mrs A Faber and Sunswift Azbak Labakan owned by Mr IL & Mrs DA Rogers.  Junior Warrant winners is Glenoakd Kallie Kalishyer owned by Mrs K & Mr MP Nott.  There were two Show Certificate of Merit winner.  Dackolke Rasid owned by Mr & Mrs CW & ML Martin and Mumtaz Zephyr owned by Mr MJ McCormick Smith.  In 2009 we had 189 new Salukis registrations with the KC in 2010 there were 238 and in 2011, 140.

Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 25th February 2012.

It is with great sadness that I must relay that Ted Thornton has passed away. Daphne Parnham has sent some information on this very interesting man“Ted Thornton who died earlier this month owned the litter brothers Zyne Alkim and Zyne Alev Bred by Miss Fayerman on 7th April 1969 Sire Ch. Jason of Daxlore ex Freefield Sultana Kamala. Zyne Alev won the Moray cup in the 1973-1974 season, in 1972 he bought Arabesque Darius, born 31st December 1971 bred by Mr. & Mrs. Burton sire Ch. Amena Baron ex Sarita of Arabesque with whom he showed and coursed. He was runner-up to the Cleve Plate and runner-up in the Henderson Memorial Trophy in the 1973-1974 season. His last two Salukis were Lusaki Farah Fahrina bred by Mr. & Mrs. O. Davies sire Ch. Lusaki Yodi ex Lusaki Muluki Echo born 16tn January 1992 and Amirah Sefsaf bred by Mr & Mrs Parnham.  The sire was Am. Ch. Sedeki Mazuri Azefer Bazu ex Amirah Sabi Badi born 12th January 1994. Most people will remember Ted for his stall at all the Champ Shows and the leather collars, leads, dog coats and show leads that he made. 


The SGHC held their Limited Show today at Steventon Village Hall Near Abingdon.  It was a very friendly and congenial show though I am sorry to say not very well supported.  The Judge was Ms Ruth Dann.  Her final line up was very much a family affair with Best in Show to Lorraine and John Fitzgerald and Sheryl Steer’s Tasia Moonshine over Dawnchase JW with Reserve Best dog to Christine Jowitt’s Tasia Mystique.  RBIS and Best Bitch went to Liz Metcalf & Martin Green’s Tasia Maleisha with Reserve Best Bitch to the same owner’s Tasia Zemar My Maria. Best Puppy went to the newly imported from Germany Yalameh Lala Ambra Shah (imp Deu) owned by Jane Nicholas. Best Veteran went to Maya Monk-Schenk’s Fargaze Eyebright and Best Smooth to Kasaque Odetta owned by ourselves. The Welfare wish to thank all those at the SGHC limited show who supported the Stall we made £66.70p which is much appreciated.  As I said earlier it was a lovely day with great food provided by the Committee with Kathy Webb and Tree Smith working hard.  Our thanks to them.


Daphne has also sent thanks to everyone who sponsored Christina Campling for the Beachy Head Marathon she raised £661.00 for Saluki Welfare, walking with her her dogs. A photo of her doing the Marathon will appear on the Welfare website. www.salukiwelfare.org.uk




It was Westminster Dog Show time in New York City earlier in the week and as part of the festivities, The Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers, has had their annual dinner/awards, last Sunday night. We were pleased to hear that Brian Duggan has won “Best Art” for his photograph of a Saluki eye.  I hope we get a chance to see this.

Dr Jean Dodds is visiting the UK in June 2012. She will be talking about
Thyroid issues, vaccination and nutrition on June 10 at Roade Village  Hall, Northamptonshire. If you would like more information or to book tickets please contact 01944 738714 or email  

SGHC Committee meeting was held last weekend and they have given me the following: information:  “With the SGHC Annual General Meeting coming up on t he 18th March 2012 at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford 0X5 1AB, it focuses our minds on current issues and the future of our Club and our Salukis.  There are three or four topics that are taking precedence within the Club and being discussed in Committee.  How colours are to be described within the Saluki Standard and how DNA testing might help us ensure the continued purity of our breed, continues to be an important issue.  Some new initiatives in this regard will be on the agenda in March.

The 90th Anniversary of the SGHC will be celebrated in 2013 and some commemorative events are being planned.  These will be discussed at the AGM to include the membership in the festivities and remind everyone of the importance of retaining our club and our heritage.  In this light the need for members to offer assistance in running the Club is a priority.  In particular there is currently a vacancy for the Club Show manager’s position.  This could extend to a show management group or sub-committee and one interested should contact Ken Allan, Hon Secretary on tel 01234 708658 or attend the AGM and offer assistance on the day.

Finally, although we have a healthy breed in Salukis, our health representative is endeavouring to help keep us that way and will be releasing information about new programmes and the re-introduction of others”

Annette Buckley Show manager for SGHC has sent the following: “The SGHC Limited Show takes place at Steventon Village Hall, Nr Abingdon, Oxon on Sunday 19th February with an entry of Dogs 17(28); Bitches 18(22) + NFC 13 making a total of 50 Salukis expecting to be in attendance.  The number of entered dogs is slightly down on last year (only four less) mainly due to two top breeders not being available on that date; however, actual class entries are down by as much as 21 due to the low number of subsequent entries compared to 2010 when 14 puppies were also entered into Junior and Special Yearling classes.    Judging of dogs starts at 10.30am followed by bitches and it is hoped to stop for lunch close to 1.00pm for a 45 minute break.

Refreshments at this show will be covered by club and committee members; the kitchen will open at 9.30am offering tasty breakfast bacon butties from 9.30am – 11.30am.  Jacket potatoes filled with chilli, baked beans topped with grated cheese, tuna & mayo or just butter & cheese will be served at lunch time 12.30pm – 2.00pm (while stocks last); cheese and tomato, ham and chutney rolls,  delicious cakes and hot drinks will be available throughout the day, very similar to last year’s catering which was a great success with exhibitors.  Promises of food donations and help from members with the catering are very much appreciated, so please make the most of the day and enjoy the fruits of the kitchen at very reasonable prices.

The Club raffle and Saluki Welfare are always thankful to receive donations, so why not look out those unwanted Christmas gifts from your cupboards and bring them along on the day.   The committee look forward to welcoming you to the show and we wish everybody a safe journey and an enjoyable dog showing experience at Steventon Village Hall. “



Ann Shimmin has sent the following “I was very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Brian Hill.  One of the older generation of present day saluki owners Brian and his wife Rosemary were not particularly show ring orientated on their own account but a lot of the Hekla stock was shown with success in the late 1970's.  In the mid 1970's they  bought in Ch. Wildspray of Daxlore of Hekla (their first saluki) and Sedeki Idi to be the foundation stock of Hekla salukis.   From these salukis they bred only two litters that I am aware of - Hekla Royal A and Hekla Royal B litters.  Ch. Hekla Royal Brigadier of Fargaze was the most successful of puppies bred - winning an early title in the show ring for Norman and Jenny Ziman and also siring quality litters in the 1980's.  Several of the long established present day saluki kennels owe a lot to the influence of Hekla Royal Brigadier.  Although salukis remained a life long love of Brian's - over the years he and Rosemary were also interested in and owned GSD, cairn terriers, whippets and I think a borzoi.   Our condolences go to Rosemary and family on their very sad loss. “

David Crane is the new secretary for Saluki Welfare.  He has sent the following: “The Saluki Welfare Fund has two outdoor kennels which it needs to relocate. The preference would be for someone in the Saluki community who could use them by acting as a holding kennels for Welfare. Failing this option for someone to purchase them thereby releasing their value to use for rescuing dogs. If you are able to help and for more details please contact David Crane (davidcrane@salukiwelfare.org.uk)

Ken Allan, Hon. Secretary for SGHC has sent the following through:  The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club are holding their Annual General meeting at the Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1AB on Sunday March 18.2012 at 14.00 hrs.  Kidlington is located just north of Oxford on the A4260 Oxford to Banbury Road. This can be accessed from the M40 (junction 9), then onto the A34 from the north and east, or the A34 or A40 from the south and west.

Last Thursday Manchester Championship Show was held.  Judging us for the first time with CCs was Mr Colin Ashmore.  BCC,BOB was our own Ch Kasaque Miracle with the RBCC to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC went to Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Fargaze Persian Punch of Saruk with RDCC to Ray & Caroline Pickering’s Kasaque Newark.  Best Puppy was Mrs JT Nicholas’ Yalameh Lala Ambra Shah (Imp) and Best Breeders Group Hudsons.  Best Veteran on the day was Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW. Well done all!!


With the holidays now over, the deadlines for Breed Notes is back to normal.  During the holidays even though we are given deadlines, I seem to be always chasing my tail.  This Christmas we received some interesting notes from past people who have been involved with Salukis.  The first one came from Avril Davies.  Most people in the breed today may not remember Avril, while she actively exhibited and coursed under the Aliped affix. Now we only see her name occasionally, when she judges our breed.  Avril has sent the following note: .  I have been keeping up to date with the Saluki world via “Our Dogs”  and have been meaning to write for yonks   I am back in the show ring with two Papillons and two Chinese Cresties - Hairless.   I  will have a Pap at Crufts.   Wish I had had the Cresties years ago, they are obviously in the wrong group as they are like little miniature sight hounds, and so Saluki like.   I have linked up again with Jim Hall, Donsal Salukis, who left Salukis for Cresties and made up several champions, including some that are breed record holders.   He has been unwell for a while having suffered a small stroke, and recently moved himself into sheltered accomodation. He is without a dog at present although has a hankering for a Chihuahua.  I am not able to have large dogs again, as my illness a few years ago knocked all the stuffing out of me, so the littlies are all I can manage.  Unfortunately it is not often Hounds and Toys get together on the same day so I rarely get to catch up with everyone, but at least the Aliped prefix is back in the ring.   Spoke to Janet Bullock over Christmas and she is Saluki-less now.”

On a sad note we heard from Sue Allan that she had lost her husband Tony on the 27th December.  Right now she is without a Saluki and feels that when she has sorted her life out again, she may have another one.

Charles and Patricia Alexander have also written from Bellingham Washington USA.  Many of the older exhibiters will remember them from their trips over here in the 70s and 80s, though lesser of late. They were very much involved in coursing in the States and had stock that descended from Ch Yazid Burydown Yehudi.  While they no longer have Salukis, they are not taking it easy. They said in their card that they have been retired for three year so have been travelling by car to the far north.  This includes, Canada, Alaska and the Artic Circle.  They have written a book about their experiences which is entitled “Northern Sights”

I would like to think everyone has read about the plight of the missing Tibetan Spaniels from near Didcot in Oxfordshire. At the same time I read that the government is giving planning permission for new sites for travellers.  We live in constant fear that we may just turn out back for five minutes and these travellers from local sites will take our dogs as they have in the past. One feels they may strike again at any time. The owners of the ‘Tibetans’ made the mistake of putting their dogs out in their own garden. They were exercising their right to relax and feel secure, they were not imposing on anyone and these thieves went in to their garden and stole their dogs.  When the government makes laws to help improve the civil liberties of travellers, these poor hard done to people, maybe they should think about the rights of the dog owner also. We do not suggest that all travellers are the same but there is certainly an element within that community who feel that our property is available for them to take. All the dogs that have currently been found were located on static traveller sites. Is that simply a coincidence?  Maybe next time our dogs go “missing” we should either go to Whitehall or the home of our local MP and ask about our rights.

SALUKI BREED NOTES 7th January 2012

Annette Buckley has requested on behalf of the Committee that help is needed for refreshments at the Limited Show on  19th February, 2012,  as part of a team, giving about an hour behind the kitchen counter serving hot drinks and cold snacks.  They also need someone to make up bacon butties in breakfast baps for sale between 9.30am and 11.00am as these are always very popular.


Happy New Year.  We have downloaded our copy of the December Newsletter for The Northern Saluki Club.  Their Championship Show will be held on Saturday 21st April at the Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Nr Clay Cross, Derby.  Judging will be Ann Jones (Clearwing).    On Sunday 22nd April the NSC will be holding a judging seminar.  For further information an/or to enrol contact Andrew Sharp at northernsalukiclub@sky.com  For the first time in many years the NSC will be accepting nominations for judges for their Championship Shows.  Please if you would like to put your name or someone else’s name forward and they are on the Club’s judging list, send it to Andrew at the address above.  Nominations will be for the 2014 show. Adverts for the NSC Yearbook are £10.00 for a full page and £5.00 for half.  Cheques in payment should be sent with copy to be included to Beryl Payne no later than 15th January 2012.

Schedules are now available for the SGHC’s Members’ Limited Show which will be held on 19th February 2012 at Steventon Village Hall, the Green, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6AA.  Entries close on Monday 16th January, 2012.  For further information please contact Mrs Annette Buckley on tel. 01424 830361.

We have also received our copy of the SGHC Newsletter.  Please remember to fill in the form on the back page regarding receiving Newsletters in the future as the Club would like to go paperless to a greater degree in the future.  There are three options, 1, receiving an email which can be downloaded in a similar fashion to the NSC Newsletter.  Option 2, to go on a Members only page, using log-in on the SGHC Website or 3, have the Newsletter come through the post.  In the last Committee meeting of the SGHC ideas were put forward for interesting activities in which Salukis and their owners could participate.  Some of the ideas put forward is involvement in lure trials, country walks and other social events.  Please, if anyone has any ideas please contact the secretary of SGHC, Ken Allan on 01234 708658 or email: jazirat@btinternet.com.   

Please remember dues are due for both Clubs.

 Michael McCormick Smith has contacted us to say “ we’ve just received confirmation from the KC that our Mumtaz Zephyr has been awarded his ShCM.  Well don



Yesterday we attended the last Championship Show of 2011.  It was a well run show but lacked the magic of the old days with everyone having parties and celebrating the festive season.  It is a pity that we cannot bring some of that old spirit back into the day.  One of the important items that I heard discussed at ring side, was “Crufts,” as Christmas is the time we have to get those entries in, if we plan to attend.  The Kennel Club had their stand there but I understand that people wanting Schedules, unless they obtained them very early in the morning, we unable to pick them up.  As one person stated the schedules were supposed to be available at LKA, we had been advised by the KC that this would be the case.  I know of at least one colleague who is not on the computer and finds purchasing two envelopes and sending them to the KC, in the hope that they will send a schedule, rather trying.  Michael has cleverly compared it to Amazon deciding to do business without paying their internet subscription.

With Crufts around the corner, this is a short reminder that advertisements for the Crufts issue of “The Saluki” are soon due. Kathy Webb would like me to remind everyone to start shooting those lovely photos for the next issue. Deadline for ads for the 2012 Crufts issue of the Saluki is 31st December 2011. To reserve a page please ring Kathy on 01737 353279 or email advertising@salukimagazine.co.uk Editorial  closing date is the same, Also Karen Fisher, magazine editor, is more than pleased to receive interesting articles so please, if you have an idea and would like to write about it, contact Karen on 01279 833855 or email editor@salukimagazine.co.uk

The SGHC Committee needs more committee members so please if you have time available for our breed and would like to join the Committee contact Ken Allan on 01234 708658.  He will let you know what joining the Committee entails. You never know you might just find the experience rewarding!!

Results of LKA, judge Graham Hill, are as follows:  BCC, BOB was our own Ch Kasaque Miracle who was pulled out in the Group but not placed.  RBCC went to Lisa & John Hudson’s Genoak Kamala JW.  DCC for his third and qualifying CC went to the partnership of the Hams, Mrs Bockman-Chato and Mrs Elliot-Ross’ Baghdad Karim (imp)  He was born on the 13th December 2007 and his breeder is Mrs P Bockman-Chato.  His sire is Int & Aust Ch Baghdad Creme De La Creme and dam Aust Ch Jaejaan Erin Brokovitch.  RDCC went to the SheryL Steer and  John & Lorraine Fitzgerald’s Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW.  Best Veteran was Allan Berkenshaw and Gloria Cook’s Daxlore Daisiemae Sh. CM.  No puppies entered.  Best Breeders Group and 3rd in Breeders’ Hound Group were the Hudson’s .  Well done all!!

Saluki Breed Notes for week ending 2nd December 2011

For no particular reason we have visited a couple of galleries recently and as you might guess spent some time looking for Saluki’s in art. The exhibition at the Sladmore Gallery in Jermyn Street has several works depicting sight hounds and in particular whippets and greyhounds. These were of some interest but we were disappointed that there was nothing exhibited with a Saluki included.

Great Grooms of Hungerford is a antique and fine art gallery that is housed within a Queen Anne town house. The deeds to the property dated 1713 is prominently displayed in the reception area. While browsing we found a painting by John Haywood (1936-1989) depicting an Arab Sheikh with his Saluki carrying a hare. The work is gouache on canvas and measures 46cm x 77cm. The provenance shows Lord Kimberley from Mathaf Gallery London. The painting is notable more for the typical aspect of the Saluki and owner. The Sheikh is attempting to tempt the Saluki to exchange the hare for some form of titbit and the Saluki looks totally unconvinced that it will accept the deal.

The usual procedure for entering Championship Dog Shows has been for the show society to send out a schedule to previous exhibitors and distribute others to dog clubs, ringcraft groups and other dogs shows prior to the event. Upon receiving a schedule one can decide whether to enter on-line or by sending a completed entry form, included in the schedule, by post to the show society. We are advised that Crufts 2012 will not be following this practice, although we only learned of this when speaking to colleagues at a luncheon party. It seems that one must look on the Fosse Data website and look for the Crufts information, find the relevant form and complete it on-line.  Alternatively, one must send a Stamped Addressed Envelope to the Kennel Club requesting that they send you a printed schedule. One must then pay postage a second time when sending the completed schedule to Fosse Data or whom ever is receiving entries for the Show.  One questions why this has been introduced? Is it financial? How is it going to be publicised so anyone wishing to enter will know how to proceed?  Any feedback would be appreciated and we will put any useful information in subsequent breed notes.

We have received a note from Anji Jackson-Main which is actually a thank you note to those who helped make the recent discover dogs Saluki exhibit a success. It seems that the upgraded stand with new graphics and literature is a great improvement, was noticed by those visiting the stand as well as the representatives from the Kennel Club who sent their thanks and appreciation. So we feel we should add our message of thanks to Anji, Ken for his help with the graphics as well as Peter Jackson Main and those that helped on the day for contributing to the success and presenting our breed in a positive light. 

Saluki Breed Notes for week –ending 26th November 2011


Last week we reported that John Harmer has died following an extended illness. Sheila has written the following about John, his love of Salukis and his other interests, for which we thank her very much. We also send her our condolences in the knowledge that we are thinking of her at this sad time.

“John Harmer: Dogs have always been part of John’s life – his father, an army major, had Springer Spaniels, and then later on the family had Cairn Terriers.


Age 18 John joined the RAF and for a large part of his time served at RAF Changhi, Singapore, and was stationed on the Malaysian island of Car Nicobar which he loved.  He was part of the RAF Fencing Team and continued to teach the sport at night school after leaving the RAF.

In 1958 back in the UK he took up a career in Local Government, joining the Education Department of Hampshire County Council where he remained until his retirement.  We met in 1967, married in 1969, and in the mid seventies decided we wanted a dog.  We were thinking of a Borzoi until one day we saw someone with two beautiful Salukis, and that was then our chosen breed.  We had our first Saluki in 1976 and became members of the Saluki Club.  Over the years we have been owned by ten Salukis and been lucky enough to make up two champions.


Showing was never important to John, he just loved sharing his life with them.  It was never predictable, and often challenging, but his love for the breed and its history never diminished.  In the latter years of his illness when he could no longer walk with them, he always insisted on coming along in the car so he could sit and watch them.


He was a very kind and gentle man with many interests and a keen fly fisherman.  It must have been hard for him but he never complained about his disabilities and always maintained a sense of humour.


I have lost my soul-mate and best friend but I have been much consoled and warmed by the many cards, telephone calls and email tributes at this very difficult time.  Many thanks to you all.”


The SGHC Newsletter will be published in December. This issue will be a watershed in the history of the publication. It will be the first edition that will be made available on the SGHC website. However, it is also intended that it be the last that is generally issued in printed form and sent to the membership by post. To continue receiving the Newsletter members need to complete a form on the second from last page of the coming issue, advising whether one has ‘e’ mail availability and giving Ken Allen, the Hon. Secretary, ones name and ‘e’ mail address. The second alternative is to have access via the website. One must then request SGHC forum access in the second section of the form. The final section advises of absolutely no access to a computer and requests that the Newsletter be sent, as before, in printed form by the postal service and provides a space for the recipients address to be included. The completed form should be sent to: Ken Allan, Dean Croft, Brook Lane, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, Cambs PE18 0NG. If you require further information or you are unsure about what to do next please call Ken on: 01234 708658.



Just prior to the SGHC Championship Show we received a note saying that the Sheila and John Harmer would not be able to attend the show as John had had a fall.  Subsequently to that fall, he was hospitalized and I am sad to report that he has died.  John has not been in the best of health for a number of years but in spite of this he and Sheila have managed to attend a few shows.  John’s funeral will be on Wednesday, 23rd November 2011 at St Mary’s Chapel, Chesil Street, Winchester.  Our thoughts go out to Sheila at this difficult time.

At a time when newsletters, books and magazines are now being made available as digitalized items to be read on the computer or similar device, it is ever more pleasing that “The Saluki” is only available in hard copy.  For the producers of  magazines, it must cut their costs down considerable if they do not have to pay printing charges and for paper.  But there is nothing like the feel of the real thing whether it’s picking it up at the Champ Show or Crufts or its coming through the mailbox.  Needless to say, we do not have a kindle in spite of all the adverts trying to convince us that it would make our lives better.  The latest edition of The Saluki was launched at the Championship Show.  It is beautifully bound with a plastic front and back cover to make the whole magazine very sturdy.  It is the Vogue of the Dog Magazine World.  It has also become a reference book that can be referred to when looking for historical information, club details or photographic studies of our breed. The articles are interesting but what stands out for me in the latest edition, is the high quality of adverts. Every photograph, all very different from each other, with many different messages to communicate, has been beautifully laid out by the layout specialist, Diana Duckenfield.  For this Diana is truly an artist.

Ruweis Huriyyah owned by Breda Dunne ne Barnett (not related to any other Dunne with Salukis) has qualified for her Irish Championship at age 2.5 years.

Midland Counties Championship Show has yet  to be reported.  The judge was Mrs Anne Macdonald.  DCC,BOB went to Deborah Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW with the RDCC to Glaister & Parker partnership for Classicus Cassander JW, Sh CM.  BCC went to Garratt, Oakey & Smith parterned on Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM with the RBCC To Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence.  Best Puppy was Pauline & Don Everton’s Kasra Zeleka and Best Breeders in Breed and Group was “Hudsons”.



It is with great sadness that we must report the sudden and unexpected death of our dear friend Mike Oakley of Caspians Irish Setters and Salukis. The first time I met or should I say, was introduced to Mike, was at our local ring craft class.  I entered the hall with Pearl (K. Jarvah) and was pulled across the floor until she stopped and jumped into the lap of Mike.  Mike was sitting there quietly with one of his Irish Setters and was amused with Peal and besotted by Pearl’s actions.  That was the first time Mike had really met a Saluki and with that introduction felt that he and Sue would liked to be owned by someone like Pearl.  It was not long until that wish came to be fulfilled with a little black & white, part-coloured, bitch from Liz Stephens, aka Bedu L’Eghypthe  of Caspians.  Mike and Sue had two Saluki litters from this bitch, the first to the Frenchman. Int Ch. Arab Bahri Shaahin Tali (smooth) who produced our lovely smooth, Ch Caspians L’aliq avec Kasaque and the late Daphne Tovey’s Caspians Lancelot who had 2CCs.  L’Eghythe’s second litter was to Ch Kasaque Jimna ShCM .  Unfortunately for one reason or another none these puppies  were shown.  Mike and Sue Oakley’s greatest honour in the dog world, without doubt, was having bred the winner of Best in Show at Crufts in1999.  He was the famous Irish Setter, Ch Caspians Intrepid.


Personally I will miss Mike as he was a warm, charming and a very witty man.  Without doubt there will be further obituaries in the paper about him. A service of remembrance and thanksgiving for the life of Mike Oakley will take place at on Monday 7th November at Caversham Crematorium, All Hallows Road, Caversham Reading  RG4 5LPat 2 pm then the family hopes you will join them at Caspians Lodge, Rag Hill, for refreshments.


We are advised by Brendan that “The Saluki Calendar 2012”  is now ready and copies are available from:- Brendan Austin, 103 Vicarage Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 7QB, tel: 01932 788 040 or email on brendangaustin@aol.com  Calendars cost £8.75 each or 3 copies for £23.25 including package and postage in the UK. Copies will also be available on eBay, search Saluki Calendar. Cheques should be made payable to SGHC.  Please note that there was an error in the prices quoted in the Championship Show catalogue. 

I hate saying this, but Christmas is only a few weeks away and the Saluki Calendar makes an ideal gift for the New Year.”

Brendan Austin would also like me to include the following:  “Saluki Calendar 2012.   On the month of September Gloria Cook has rightly pointed out that the following words were missing from her photograph that appears in September. 'Alan Burtenshaw rewarding his girls for returning, after chasing and overtaking a sand yacht ! on Inch Beach, Dingle. “

Last Sunday the SGHC held their Championship Show at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh.  For us it was a very long day as Michael, as part of his executive duties of being on the Committe,e was car park attendant for the first shift at 8 a.m.  In case anyone is wondering these jobs are taken very seriously and yes he wore his high viz jacket.  I had no time to wonder around as we had a trade stand selling a few pieces of pottery I had made with a Saluki theme, naturally and Jenny Macro’s diaries.  On one side of us was a stand selling full length dog coats that look extremely smart and warm.  Next to her an artist painting, dog collars were further up the line.  On our other side was Silver jewellery.

Actually we were quite busy  so did not notice if everyone was doing a brisk business.  Daphne Parnham has let me know that the Welfare Stall did quite well at the show taking a profit of £247.00 


Beside the 2011 Calendar available for sale, the new “The Saluki”,  magazine of the SGHC, was available, presenting the latest edition.  It is looking very smart as usual.  I will write more about it in next week’s Breed Notes”.  Copies of the magazine are available from the Treasurer, Mrs Val Prior on telephone no 01304 823546 or email:sales@salukimagazine.co.uk. 


Before the judging commenced, Michael Williams and Peter Yardley opened the show with a bouquet of flowers to the show manager Annette Buckley and her husband Brian, congratulating  them on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Dogs were judged by Mrs Jean Watts’ giving  DCC went to Denise and Ian Rogers’ Sunswift Azbak Labakan his third and qualifying CC.  He was born on 30th January 2005 and his breeders were Mrs P Buswell and Mrs E Rushton.  His sire is Ch Labakan Ikteer Takha and dam Dakhilak Shenavah.  The RDCC was awarded to Alan and Jacqui Bloomfield’s Glenoak Jabari JW, Sh CM.  BCC, and BVIS for her 3rd CC also went to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Calisto. She was bred by Mrs D Garratt and her sire is Ch Mabrooka Jayid and dam Ch Caryna Hera, JW. She was born on 14th July 2004.  Best puppy was our own Kasaque Phelene.   

Annette Buckley has sent me the following: “Brian and I would like to thank all those people who gave us Golden Wedding Anniversary cards and congratulation cards for Sirocco’s title, which we celebrated last Sunday at the SGHC Championship Show.  It was a lovely gesture of the Club to present us with a magnificent arrangement of large headed cream roses, lilies and gold spray chrysanthemums hand tied in a chic display which was much appreciated and a complete surprise to later receive a colourful bowl of cyclamen plants as a ‘thank you’ for my show management work this last couple of years.   We enjoyed our get-together in the lunch hour with friends and fellow exhibitors on our Special Day and didn’t think fifty years ago that we would be celebrating our 50th with over 150 Salukis and their owners


We are pleased to put in the notes the interesting report by Dr. Ron James of Manchester Championship Show 2011.

This entry of 61 dogs with just 8 absentees proved to be a challenging assignment. Having gone over the entry I can easily appreciate the concerns of the breed clubs that were detailed to me in the letter that I received from the Secretary of The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club in advance of the show, and which I understand is circulated to all judges undertaking  their first appointment in the breed. The more one judges the more one comes to appreciate that truly outstanding dogs are a rarity and that the standard  of most of the dogs that one is asked to judge falls somewhere between acceptable and very good.  A great dog once gone over is never forgotten and lives in the memory forever. When judging dogs that are perhaps best described as average one has to be prepared to compromise.  Judges do vary in the extent to which they choose to penalise specific faults and this can easily result in a multiplicity of opinion with regard to the placing of the same exhibits by different judges or indeed by the same judge on a different day. The standard calls for an impression of grace, symmetry, great speed and endurance, coupled with strength  and activity, a dignified and gentle expression with  far-seeing eyes and light flowing movement. There were quite a few hounds in this entry with what I would consider untypical movement showing a decided lack of extension and excessive lift in their front action. This is a consequence of incorrect forehand construction and requires serious attention by breeders if it is to be rectified. There were also a number of hounds that presented acceptable silhouettes in terms of outline and proportions but which I felt were somewhat lacking in strength of body and muscle mass and tone. I did find some promising youngsters and the senior classes in both sexes contained exhibits that were clearly deserving of top honours. It was a shame and a disappointment that the BOB winner was unable to stay to compete in the group competition later in the day. MPD (2, 0) 1. DOWNEY’S Moolabeanie Diamond Flash, rising 7 months, a striking exhibit, masculine appearance, pleasing overall outline and proportions, a little more length and return of upper arm would be beneficial, ample ribbing and depth of fore chest, well muscled neck, slightly arched loin of right length, shapely quarters with pleasing hock length and placement, as yet a bit unsettled on the move. 2. NICHOLAS’ Kendeci Zumurrud (al3), rising 9 months, not quite the symmetry and flow of outline of the winner, tends to stand steeple-fronted, could have a better cut up and a more typical top line, slightly too short in body length which somewhat restricted the scope of his movement.  PD (10, 2) 1. GLAISTER & PARKER’S Classicus Cassander, 9 months, handsome and striking exhibit, stands well over his ground with moderate construction of his forehand and rear assemblies, strong and supple neck, good depth of rib and fore chest, arched loin of good length, decent cut up, top line could be cleaner and would like a little more slope and resilience of pastern, showed a reasonable gait. 2. CHRYSSOLOR’S Anasazi Early Dusk, 10 months, looked very appealing on the stack, refined head, appealing eye and expression, elegant and symmetrical in outline, pleasing bone and feet, not quite as settled on the move as winner, has time on his side and should finish well in full maturity. 3. POSTMA & BROOKS’ Glenoak Kalima. JD (8, 0) 1. SMITH & GARRATT’S Safaniyah Fast N Furious Chasing Caryna, 13 months, gives an immediate impression of quality and symmetry of outline, refined head and expression, firm unbroken top line, well arched loin of pleasing length, moderately angled front and rear assemblies, would like a fraction more length of upper arm and a little more fill and depth of fore chest, fairly pleasing on the move. 2. LAUCHLAN’S Safaniyah Phalcor, litter brother to winner, has many of the same qualities but not quite the same overall flow and symmetry of outline and not quite as balanced in rear and forehand construction and not quite as light footed on the move.  3. Classicus . Cassande.

PGD (7, 1) 1. PICKERING’S Kasaque Newark, nice overall pattern, pleasing outline and proportions, masculine in appearance and outlook, pleasing head properties, far seeing expression, clean limbed with well shaped bone of good density, well set back sloping shoulder, brisket has good length and depth, well cut up, strong neck, nicely arched loin of good length, a little light in quarters and would prefer more development of second thigh, accurate on the move but could be lighter footed and perhaps show a little more enthusiasm for the job. 2. LAUCHLAN’S Chisobee Cyncariad, pleasing outline and proportions, clean limbed, firm and unbroken top line, balanced construction of front and rear assemblies, slightly steeple fronted, well placed hocks, a little exaggerated in neck line for my taste, not quite as masculine in appearance as winner. 3. McCORMICK SMITH’S Glenoak Juda LD LD(8, 0) 1. SHIMMIN’S Hisilome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal (Imp), easily the best mover in the class, an upstanding hound that gives the impression of being fit for purpose, shows obvious masculinity and strength, well muscled and supple neck of good length, long brisket of good length and depth, well cut up, very well muscled hindquarters, pushed hard in the challenge for best male but I just preferred the slightly better balance of outline and proportions of those that just beat him at the post on the day. 2. HAM, BOCKMAN-CHATO & ELLIOT-ROSS’ Baghdad Karim (Imp), striking and glamorous exhibit, pleasing overall proportions, pleasing top line, strong loin of good length with a moderate arch, firm top line which he held on the move, pleasing tail set and carriage,would prefer a better lay and slope of shoulder and a little less lift in front action. 3. AYRTON & FORTE’S Chisobee Bachen Goch Of Allievo  OD (3, 1) 1. COPPERTHWAITE’S Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW, CC & BOB, for me this dog stood away, he is masculine, workmanlike, and gives a most definite impression of being able to do the breed’s intended job. He has a flowing and symmetrical outline, the balance of his front and rear construction is very evident on the stack and on the move with his light and very efficient ground covering movement allowing him to cover twice as much ground with half the effort displayed by some of the less well constructed exhibits that were present in this entry. Purists may not particularly care for his head and expression but the ability to select and retain correctness of construction and other essential breed characteristics across the generations is my view the hallmark of the truly skilled and dedicated breeder. 2. BUCKLEY’S Mumtaz Sirocco Sh.CM, Res CC, very typical exhibit, excelling in outline and proportions, pleasing overall balance and construction, excellent back line, pleasing coupling and well muscled loin, well set croup, well muscled thighs, strong and supple neck of good length, clean and well boned limbs, pleasing tail set and carriage, light footed and accurate on the go around but just not quite the same impact on the eye as the winner. VD (2, 0) 1. WHITE’S Mumtaz Sirius, best veteran, this 8 year-old male shows many breed typical qualities and characteristics with a symmetrical and well proportioned outline, good length and depth of brisket, moderately angled front and rear assemblies, firm back line, well arched and muscled loin and a correct gait. 2. PAYNE’S Caryna Bacchus Of Ilsham, similar age to winner, pleasing head, eye and expression, pleasing length and depth of brisket, pleasing cut up, good expanse of well muscled thigh, not quite as pleasing in forehand construction and balance of outline as the winner. MPB (2, 0) 1. DOWNEY’S Moolabeanie Delightful Dot, litter sister to winner of minor puppy dog class, very raw as to be expected at this age, her outline is quite well proportioned and she is clean limbed with well shaped bone of good density, needs to grow on and develop in depth and strength of body . 2. DOWNEY’S Moolabeanie Baby, litter sister to winner and similar comments apply, seemed a little lacking in forehand in comparison to the winner will be interesting to see how these two turn out in full maturity. PB (3, 0) 1. PARKER’S Classicus Concorrdia, BP, 9 months, ultra feminine, glamorous and very striking exhibit, refined head, far-seeing expression, supple neck of fair length, well extended rib cage of pleasing depth and shape, sufficient length of loin, doesn’t always co-operate with her handler on the stack but held her outline reasonably well on the move, forehand construction could be improved by a slightly better length and return of upper arm. 2. HUDSON & HUDSON’S Glenoak Kamala, 9months, overall a very workmanlike appearance, pleasing head properties, muscular neck of good length, good depth of brisket but not quite the length of rib cage of the winner, pleasing top line, well arched loin, would prefer a slightly lower set of hock. 3. NOTT’S Glenoak Kallie  JB (3, 0) 1. C. Concorrdia 2. G. Kamala 3. G. Kallie PGB (5, 1) 1. HUDSON & HUDSON’S Glenoak Jazmyn JW, very typical in outline, proportions and symmetry, feminine in build and appearance but with a definite impression of strength and stamina, pleasing head properties, far seeing expression, moderately angled front and rear assemblies, ample length and depth of brisket, pleasing  fill and depth of fore chest, strong and slightly arched loin, correctly coupled, good cut up, pleasing on the move, a very correct exhibit in most respects. 2. TAYLOR’S Chisobee Gwerthfawr Awel At Sirtanome, somewhat different style to winner but nonetheless displaying many desirable qualities, good height to length ratio, extremely elegant in appearance, pretty head with gentle and far-seeing expression, rib cage extends well back, correct loin and coupling, just a shade upright in forehand construction for my preference and not quite the same length of front reach as winner on the move. 3. BURTENSHAW & COOK’S Fernlark Nardini At Daandazi JW Ir JCh LB (9, 1) 1. WEBB, ASH & ANDERSSON’S Barakisch Qashang Axtar (Imp), really nice smooth, pleasing head, eye and expression, firm and clean unbroken top line, good balance of front and rear quarters, clean limbed with pleasing bone, good cut up and gives a good account of her self on the move with an accurate and light footed action. 2. FABER’S Sufeina Zarita, pushed the winner hard, looked really appealing on the stack, super outline and proportions, cleanest of heads with the most gentle and far seeing expression, pleases in brisket and top line, well set croup, moderately angled front and rear assemblies, disappointed me somewhat on the move today but I feel sure that she is capable of better things if she just ups her game a little. 3. COPPERTHWAITE’S Al Caliphs Zofeyah OB (9, 1) 1. WILLIAMS’ Kasaque Miracle, CC, had to work hard to take this strong class of top quality females, a very striking and glamorous exhibit that I found to be very correct in many respects when going over her. Gives the desired impression of strength and stamina with endurance yet retains a look of femininity about her. Well proportioned and clean head with dark oval eyes, clean well muscled neck of fair length, excellent rib cage with good depth and length, ample fore chest, pleasing balance of moderately angled front and rear quarters, clean and well boned limbs with pleasing pasterns and feet, shows the desired gait in profile, pleased to learn that this award completed her title. 2. COPPERTHWAITE’S Caliphs Nephele, Res CC, very much my cup of tea, lovely type and quality, so very typical of the type which this breeder so consistently produces, lovely head, neck and forehand, beautifully feathered, super rib cage, good loin and cut up, just not quite as pleasing in rear hock placement as the winner. 3. WEBB & COPPERTHWAITE’s Ch Al Caliphs Nuray VB (2, 1) 1. BURTENSHAW & COOK’S Daxlore Dazijane At Daandazi, 8 years old, pleasing overall proportions and outline, feminine head with gentle expression, well muscled neck, firm back line, well muscled and slightly arched loin, strong rear quarters, a little light in forehand construction and with a tendency o lift her front feet a little too high on the move. Ronald W James (Judge)


Helen Williams



Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 22nd October 2011


With the SGHC Championship Show on Sunday I just wanted to remind everyone that there will be a silent auction.  Please donations will be appreciated but do remember to have a look at items available and hopefully make a bid.  All proceeds will be going towards the SGHC’s 90th Birthday in 2013.


Last Sunday the South Wales Kennel Association held their Championship Show.  Judging Salukis was Miss Jenny Startup.  DCC, BOB for his third and qualifying CC was Paul & Ann Shimmin’s Hisilome’s I am Iceman me Cranstal (Imp).  He was born on the 10th March 2008 and his breeder is Mrs M-A Axelisson.  His sire is Ch Cranstal Quantum and his dam, Swedish Ch Hislome Dibla.  RDCC went to Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan JW.  BCC went to Buzz Faber’s Ch Sufeina Zarita with the RDCC to the sister of the RDCC, Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Kamala.  Best Puppy was Ms CA Davis’ Bendegedigal Al Zarka.





Miya Monk-Schenk, SGHC Health Co-ordinator  has informed us that the Field Spaniel Society Health Committee is holding a health testing day open to all breeds at Alcester, Warks on 30th October 2011.  For further information about the day or attending please contact Shula Shipton, Field Spaniel Health Representative at  mishules@sky.com

Bendan Austin has sent a note through regarding the Saluki Club Calendar He says “Let me say a big thank you for sending photographs for the Saluki Calendar 2012. There was an excellent selection of pictures again this year and members and their friends at the Open Show in June, chose their favorites. 

The calendar is now ready and copies will be available at the Championship Show on Sunday 23rd October. This year they will be £7.50 each or 3 copies for £20.00. To order your copies please contact me on brendangaustin@aol.com or telephone me. On 01932 788040.   Cheques should be made payable to SGHC or I can take cards over the phone, should you prefer. Please add £1.25 or £3.25 respectfully for package and postage in the UK. Copies will also be available on eBay after 23rd October.  I hate saying this, but Christmas is only a few weeks away and the Saluki Calendar makes an ideal gift for the New Year.”


Annette Buckley, Show manager for the SGHC has sent this regarding the Club’s upcoming Championship show: “The Saluki or Gazelle Hound ClubChampionship Show is fast approaching on 23rd October and exhibitors may like to read the following reminders and information to help the show day run as smoothly as possible for all concerned.


1)    Please follow carefully the directions to the ‘Kennel Club Building’ car park at Stoneleigh, given on the reverse of the schedule – the main point to remember is to take the second left turning at the main entrance before the security control kiosk; directional signs will be in place and kindly co-operate with our car park officials on duty.  Drivers who wish to drop off cages etc can use 1st Street which is the first right turn after entering the car park. There will be a barrier across this lane but a marshal will be there to guide you. Drive along this lane, stop at the corner of the grassed exercise area at the south of the building, drop off your possessions, then continue along the left hand roadway to return to the car park via a different route than already used.


2)    At the moment there are no other events nearby the KC building, so the cattle barn slurry running into the car park should not be a problem this year.  Carrie, the KC building manager has promised that if an event is booked between now and our show, she will inform me, in which case the KC has promised that they will designate an alternative car park, at the same distance from the venue as at present.


3)    In light of problems last year we have arranged to put forward names (up to ten people) of any known elderly or infirm guests visiting the show who may need a drop-off facility but do not have a disabled badge on the car. This list to be received by KC up two weeks before the show so please phone or email Annette Buckley 01424.830361 or annette@saluki.plus.com a.s.a.p. with names to be given to the appropriate personnel for checking on the day.


4)    Please bring your own chairs along if at all possible to avoid any possible disappointment on the day.


5)    Catering will be supplied by Churchills’ Catering Company as last year. They will provide breakfast baps early in the day and hot meals, such as cottage pie, lasagne and chicken curry, plus salads, rolls, cakes and drinks will be available at reasonable prices. 


6)    The Club Magazine, The Saluki Calendar, Champions Books and many other interesting items will be displayed on several stands for sale on the day.


7)    Prizes for the raffle and tombola would be much appreciated, plus contributions to the silent auction, which can all be brought along on the day if desired.   Thank you.


We look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors to the show, trust that you will have a safe journey and all have an enjoyable day out. “


If you are planning on seeing the Third Iinstallment of the Transformers movie franchise, Transforers 3: Dark Side of the Moon please be aware that there are two Salukis in the movie.  They are from the Aeolus Hounds of Southeastern Wisconsin.  Not having seen any of the Transformer movies myself I do not know the story but I do understand that these two beautiful Salukis play the part of Patrick Dempsey’s dogs


Yesterday Driffield held their Championship Show.  Judging Salukis was Breed Specialist Mr Nick Bryce-Smith. BOB,BCC, was Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh, CM with the RBCC to Lisa & John Hudson’s Glenoak Jazmyn,  DCC for his third and qualifying CC was Annette & Brian Buckley’s Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM. He was born on the 28th August 2005 and his breeder is Mrs Z Rawson.  His sire is Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW and dam,Ch Mumtaz Desdemona.  RDCC went to Jennette  Glaister & Mary Parker’s Classicus Cassander Sh. CM.  . Best Breeder and winner of the Breeder’ Hound Group went to the Hudsons.



Once again we have been plagued with computer problems, this time attributed to a power-cut and the total demise of our router.  We naively thought installing a new router would be connecting the appropriate wires and plugs and we would be back to square one.  It seems it is not that simple so with a little help of a very clever computer man, we are back on line, for now.

PRO for the SGHC is Kathy Webb.  She has informed me of the following: The SGHC is planning on going paperless.  In order to accomplish this, Ken Allan needs to have everyone’s email address and names of all those members who do not access the computer.  Fourteen people have so far let the Committee know that they will need the correspondences from the Club coming through the post.  If you have not informed the Club and will be wanting to continue  to receive correspondences through the post please contact Ken, his telephone number is 01234 708658.  In line with SGHC utilizing the computer for communications, in the near future, members will be able to go into the Club’s web site, use a password, and read information and even download schedules for upcoming shows.   The Committee is hoping that this will be sooner rather than later. 

The SGHC Championship Show is on the 23rd October, 2011.  Entry numbers are now available:  Mrs Jean Watts will be judging the dogs and she has an entry of 70 dogs.  Judging Bitches is Mr David Perkins and his entry is 65.  Best in Show is Mr Paul Shimmin.  As a gentle reminder, please remember that raffle prizes are needed for the show. 

On Friday 9th September, Richmond Championship Show was held.  Our judge was Sade Hohteri (Sfinskin)  from Finland.  BCC, for the third year running at this show was Ch Al Caliphs Nuray owned by Kathy Webb.  She was also BOB this year.  RBCC went to Deborah Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Shushma.  DCCand Best Veteran  was Ch Al Caliphs Zobeyni JW owned by Deborah Copperthwaite, with the RDCC to Sue Cronin’s Sufina Jebel Ali.  Best Puppy was Michael, myself, Rosemary Redfern and Jan Banyard’s Kasaque Paloma.  Best Breeders Group was won by Lisa and John Hudson’s group.  It was wonderful to see Sue Cronin at the show and especially nice for her to see her Jebel Ali do so well as Sue is not in the best of health. 

A week to the day later, the show circus moved to Darlington.  Judging Salukis was the ‘all-rounder’ Robin Searle.  BOB, and Hound Group 2 was Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM with the RBCC to her kennel mate Caryna Calisto who was also Best Veteran.  DCC for his second CC went to Sheryl Steer and Lorraine & John Fitzgerald’s Jorjenjo Mirzam of Fernlark JW with the RDCC to his kennel mate Kirman Bashaar at Fernlark (imp) also owned by the Steer & Fitzgerald partnership.  There were no puppies entered and Best Breeder’ Group went to the Hudsons

Saluki Breed Notes Weekending 16th September 2011.

Last Friday, City of Birmingham held their Championship Show.  Judging us was Mr Keith Thornton.  It certainly will be a memorable day for me but for unfortunate   reasons.  This was the day when for the first time in over 40 years I was bitten by a Saluki and the whole episode left me shocked.  Needless to say I have very upset by the incident.  A dog that has a disposition problem should never  be entered at a show.  Sometime the Salukis will lash out when other dogs walk down the gangway in front of the benches, especially if those passing by are not Salukis and this is not acceptable. However, when for no apparent reason a dog and in particular a Saluki, decides to bite ones arm, that is beyond belief.  The owners have promised that this particular dog will never go to another show and rightfully so after his rogue behaviour.  I would like to thank Buzz Faber for the ice-packs she lent me for my arm and to Judith Aryton for immediately reaching for her arnica and insisting that I keep on taking them.

DCC, BOB and 4th in Hound Group was Steve Ham, Paula Chato-Brockman and Mrs Ross-Elliot’s Baghdad Karim (imp) Sh CM with the RDCC to Annette & Brian Buckley’s Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM.  BCC went to our own Ch Kasaque Miracle with the RBCC to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia.  Best Puppy was Kasaque Paloma owned by Michael and myself, Rosemary Redfern and Jan Banyard.  Best Breeders group was Hudson who went Breeders Hound Group 3.

Thanks to Jimmi Johnson-White I have a few of the judges at Championship Shows for 2012: Manchester, Colin Ashmore; Crufts, Marie Bryce-Smith, Northern Saluki Club, Ann Jones; Hound Association of Scotland, Jan Pain;  SKC, Gina Simpson; Birmingham National, Denise Garratt; Southern Counties, Ken Allan;  3 Counties, Buzz Faber, Blackpool, John Walton-Haddon; Hound Association, Mary Parker; Welsh Kennel Club, Reina Clark; SGHC Dogs Alain Compagne, Bitches Rosemary Lewis; Midland Counties, Jerry Robinson; Darlington, Jayne Pyatt; LKA Liz Stephen

Last Sunday South Eastern Hound held their Open Show at Hickstead, Sussex.  The weather was not obliging but in spite of it we had a very pleasant day.  The climax of the bad weather was a period of sustain blustery rain at about mid day.  It came just after the Best Bitch class so our judge, Dr Jean-Luc Lemouzy said he would stop judging  and resume for Best of Breed after lunch.  It was a very wise decisionfor  two reasons, one, we were all getting hungry and two, we anticipated that the weather would improve, given time.  Our lunch,as it happens,  was the most wonderful bring and share picnic.  There was not a sausage roll or pork pie in site but rather an array of homemade salads and accompaniment.  The deserts were equally good.  When we finished lunch, the bad weather had abated and we could commence with the judging.  BOB was Hilary Cornock’s Ch Mumtaz Sea Breeze with the BOS to Annette & Brian Buckley’s Mumtaz Sirocco Sh CM (brother and sisters).  Best Puppy was our own Kasaque Paloma.  In the Best in Show ring ( Jean-Luc judging) Sea Breeze won BIS 3 and Paloma was Best Puppy in Show.  It will be an unforgettable day for Annette Buckley.  She has sent the following: “

I was running in the charity stakes at S.E. Hound Show when it started to spit with rain and I slipped on the wet grass and fell flat on my face.  I had forgotten to change into my show ring shoes with rubber ridged soles beforehand.  When I set off on the first run, my right foot slipped but I was able to keep my balance as I was not moving fast at that point but on my second run I slipped again and fell hard on my left wrist and blooded my nose; also hurting my right wrist to a lesser degree.   I saw stars and was disorientated whilst lying on the floor but remember hearing Clair Chryssolor’s voice saying not to get up until I was ready, she tilted my head backwards and told me to take deep breaths to calm down slowly.  Clair has several top certificates for first aid so I knew I was in good hands – apparently she had seen me fall whilst she was stewarding in the next ring and came running over to help.  I was then assisted to a ringside chair and Vanessa Lucas (Deerhounds) took over the first aid and I was also checked by Dr Helps. Vanessa patched up my face and applied a cold compress to my wrist by which time my fingers were starting to swell up and before they ballooned up too huge she had the foresight to remove my rings to avoid possibly having them cut off in A & E Dept.    I have only ever taken my wedding ring off once in nearly fifty years and that was prior to a minor operation.   Haywards Heath Hospital asked what first aid I had received at the dog show and the fracture nurse said the ladies were to be congratulated as their actions were completely correct in the circumstances.  After 4 ½ hours at the hospital I came away with a heavy plaster cast and sling on my broken wrist – the plaster room nurse said if I had gone to Brighton Hospital I would have been given the choice of a light weight fibre glass cast available in many colours, including a sparkled luminous version which is very popular there!

The first couple of days I was typing with both hands as being a touch typist I do not have any idea where the keys are on the board, but I got my knuckles slapped (right hand only!) at Hastings Hospital as fingers on left hand looked like fat pork sausages  – apparently I was not supposed to use left hand at all for a few weeks whilst it mends and one needs to keep arm held fairly high.  The break is misaligned and I may have to have it manipulated into place next week – Ouch!  I am now down to a one handed and mostly one fingered mode of typing which is very frustrating as I have quite a lot of secretarial work ahead connected to show management.   I can hand write the letters and have received kind offers of help from committee and club members to type out reports etc if I dictate them over the phone, for which I am very grateful.

I would like to thank everybody who came to my assistance on the day and also thank the judge, Robin Sadler, and steward Dr  Andreas Schemel, plus exhibitors, who showed concern over my fall and patience at the disruption caused in the ring at the time.   Kathy Webb quickly organised the first aider and doctor to attend and also later informed my Saluki friends of the up-to-date situation – thanks for your time and trouble.    My husband, Brian, and Matthew, our son, have been a great support to me at home and my girlfriends tell me I should milk it for all its worth as the novelty might wear off soon!  Many thanks to all those Saluki people and others from various breed clubs who have phoned, sent cards and emailed with their best wishes which I found very comforting.   Last, but not least, I would like to thank the gentleman exhibitor who paid the supreme sacrifice of giving up his wine cooler ice pack for use on my swollen wrist – as he walked away I heard him say to Vanessa – ‘Make sure you get it back before she goes to hospital as my wine is getting warm!!’.  I think I owe him a drink!   Annette”

In this week’s “Our Dogs" letters to the editor there was a letter from Dr John Hudson regarding the Salukis.  Just in case it was missed I thought I would include it in  the notes and would appreciate any comments anyone has regarding this:  

I am replying to comments by Ronnie Irving about the Judges Development Programme which appeared in his column in Our Dogs on 26th August (hoping that this will not sound like some more “Breed Club Hysterics”). I have served on an assessment panel for the JDP so I know a bit how it goes. I have two concerns. One is that, all of a sudden, the proportion of all-rounders judging our breed (Salukis) has, in the last three years, jumped from roughly 20% to around 50%; This year we have 11 all-rounders, 10 breed specialists and 3 judges from abroad. Five of the all-rounders are judging the breed for the first time. This sudden change has not, as far as I know, been discussed with the Breed Clubs and seems directly attributable to the JDP. One respected breed judge judged this year for the first time for thirteen years while an all-rounder will be judging for the second time only eighteen months after his first appointment in the breed. Of course, this is down to Show Secretaries and the all-rounders will eventually lose their shiny new status, but is having 50% all-rounder judges a good thing for the breed?

Which brings me to my second point. There is a wide range of type in Salukis but this does not mean that any type will do. There is a tendency abroad (and increasingly here) to breed for the “generic Show dog” that Mr Irving mentioned in his Chairman’s column in the Kennel Gazette of November 2010. Anyone can read a Breed Standard, and I would imagine it unlikely that an experienced all-rounder would put up an unsound dog, but the appreciation of breed type takes time and experience. All-rounders are particularly exposed to the top winning dogs abroad and can easily get it wrong. I believe that there is already a tendency for judges to look for Salukis that move like Afghans, and have exaggerated necks and narrow heads like Borzois. How can we counteract this? It is not easy to tell an all-rounder his or her business. It has always been the desire of Saluki breeders in this country to preserve the breed as we found it – as an efficient hunter. Would you describe the average show Afghan in this way?

Peter Yardley, President of the SGHC has asked me to post the following:  I had a card from David Waters thanking us for his 100th birthday card. He was very touched that we had thought of him and loved all the photographs. Marilyn says he keeps well and still has his sense of humour. His card will be bought along to the Ch Show for all to see. 

Ken Allan tells me that only 12 people have written to him to let
him know that they do not have access to the internet and will need to
have Club items sent to them in the post. He thinks this is not that
many but maybe everyone else can access our website. This is great as it will save us time and money but if anyone or you know someone who cannot get on to the internet please let us know.

Peter Yardley has sent the following " I have 2 dog crates with internal dimensions 36" long x 24" wide x 271/2" high that were used to import a couple of rescues from Spain. I would like to sell them and anyone interested can contact me at
manarah@tywati.eclipse.co.uk. I can bring them to the CH Show.”



I have just read a very exciting announcement from Sue Ann Pietros .  For many years Sue Ann and Marilyn Brown published a wonderful magazine called Classic Saluki.  All were disappointed when both ladies decided to retire from its production but understood that they had other project they wanted  to involve themselves.

Now I see they are planning on reinstating the magazine but this time as a World magazine.  Personally I find this quite exciting.


Sue Ann states “Let me just announce that the first issue of the Classic Saluki World magazine is all planned out. What we are waiting for is a production schedule when Vicky Clarke can fit in the new magazine to her busy schedule. I believe that by the first of Oct I will be soliciting ads and the first issue will review 2011. After that the magazine will by biyearly. Each issue will have bloodline discussions of direct sire lines and direct bitch lines. We are starting with Sarona Kelb since he is the most prolific sire line in the world. We also will have It Was A Very Good Year. I will list here the dogs I have chosen to cover and then will take suggestions for those you nominate. I am hoping those nominations will be dogs from outside the US. To qualify a dog born in the Very Good Year must still be in current pedigrees and have been infuential in a number of kennels. I am hoping to feature top specialties around the world for 2011 and their winners. So start to think about what other topics you would like covered and suggest them now. I already have a surprise staff of people versed in many aspects of the Saluki. Please participate. Classic Saluki was a success and you all have said how much you missed it....well now is the time to show us we should continue this huge endeavour!  Marilyn, Vicky, and I give up a lot of our lives to bring this to you ! “


I have received a copy of The Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement for Summer 2011 which I always find very interesting .  There were 14 puppies registered which came from 2 litters.  Neither of the breeders of the two litter are Accredited Breeders or members of a recognized Breed Club.  Two dogs were imported, the first being Baghdad Bronzed Aussie which was imported from Ireland and owned by Mr T Gray.  The second, Kirman Dafnia was imported from Finland by Ms S Steer.  Three dogs were given export pedigrees they are Daxlore Gabriella  for France, Daxlore Gaia  to USA and finally Daxlore Gucci to Italy.  There was one Junior Warrant which was the Hudson’s Glenoak Kiyan and one Show Certificate of Merit to Alan Burtenshaw and Gloria Cook’s Fernlark Nardini at Daandazi.  Registration in 2010 up through the second quarter was 95 dogs registered and so far the registration through a similar period this year is 58.

Helen Williams






The schedule of the 2100 Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Show is now available.  It will be held on Sunday 23rd October at the Kennel Club building.  Annette Buckley has kindly sent the following: “Please note that the last date for postal entries into this year’s SGHC Championship Show is Monday 12th September 2011 (1st Class postmark) to be sent direct please to Fosse Data Systems Ltd., Tripontium Business Centre, Newton Lane, Newton, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 OTB.   On-line entries can be made up until midnight on Sunday 18th September at www.fossedata.co.uk.    The show schedule and entry form can also be downloaded or printed from this website.


As last year, the Show will be held at The Kennel Club Buildings, East Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ and opens at 9.00a.m. Dog judging starts at 10.00a.m. under judge, Mrs Jean Watts, followed by bitches at 10.30a.m. to be judged by Mr David Perkins.  Our ‘Best in Show’ judge on this occasion is Mr Paul Shimmin  The number of chairs available is restricted to one hundred and fifty and as this is a very well attended Show please help by bringing your own chairs wherever possible.


Items for our usual Silent Auction will be gratefully received on the day or previously by Annette Buckley contact telephone number 01424 830361 or email address annette@saluki.plus.com.   These can be ‘Saluki’ related or otherwise, as the case may be; home-made iced Christmas cakes are always very popular at this time of year.


As you drive into Stoneleigh Park, it is imperative that you use the correct entrance as advised to us by the Kennel Club and follow the relevant directional signs to the exhibitors’ KC car park at the far end of 1st Avenue.  Please refer to the instructions on the back page of the show schedule for details.


If you require to drop off cages etc you can turn first right just after entering the car park area (first marshal on duty here) and stop momentarily at the nearest corner of the grooming/exercise area of grass outside the south end of the K C East Hall Building (second marshal on duty here) drop off, then continue forward to the left and left again on a return route to the car park.  


It may be that you wish to bring a friend or family member who are incapacitated as regards ability to negotiate the walk from the car park to the venue building and perhaps do not have a disabled badge available; an arrangement has been made with the manager of the hall that if a list of names is given to the Kennel Club prior to two weeks before the show, the marshals will be authorised to allow drop off as near as possible to the entrance doors of those people who are named on the list. There is an upper limit of ten in number, so please apply to Annette Buckley as early as possible please.  We wish you all a safe journey and a happy and successful show day. “ Also she states “Club Calendar for 2012 will be on sale at the breed Champ Show in October and will be the first time to view the winners of the photographic competition held at the Open Show last June.  These calendars make an ideal Christmas present.  Also on sale will be the Champ Show edition of The Saluki magazine and copies of the Books of Champions.” 


 Richmond Championship Show, which will be held at Loseley Park, Guildford on Friday 9th September 2011.   Judging Salukis will be Mrs Sade Hohteri from Finland.  She has an entry of 78 dogs making 91 entries.

Secretary of Bridgwater and DCS has sent a message saying that the The club is holding an Open Show on Sunday November 20.2011 at Clevedon, North Somerset and have scheduled our breed at the show (for the first time?) The Secretary goes on to say that if they have a good entry they will consider adding additional classes at their next Premier Show. Schedules can be obtained from Alan Dredge telephone: 01934 512355, email bridgwaterdogsoc@aol.com or by mail at 6 Ingleton Drive, Worle, Weston-s-Mare, Somerset BS22 7SU.

Last Friday the Welsh Kennel Club held their Championship Show.  Judging us for the first time with CCs was Mrs Pam Marston-Pollock.  BCC, BOB was our own Ch Kasaque Miracle with the RBCC to Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith’s Ch Caryna Meilishia Sh CM.  DCC for his first CC and also gaining his Jumior Warrant was Jeanette Glaister & Mary Parker’s Classicus Cassander.  He was born on the 7th April 2010 and his breeder is Mary Parker.  His sire is Baghdad Karim (imp Aus) and his dam Ch Khalils Phaedra of Classicus ShCM (imp)  RDCC went to Ms JS Forte & Mr P Ayrton’s Chisobee Cachen Goch of Allievo.  Best Puppy was Sheryl Steer and Lorraine & John Fitzgerald’s Kirman Dafnia at Fernlak (imp)  Best Breeder Group was Hudson.  Well done all!!


Last week this country was engulfed with “riots” .  Jimmi Johnston White has sent us this report of what has happened in his neighbourhood.  “has all been rather hairy here, our local shops just 4 mins walk away were all looted, Argos, Staples, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Sports Direct, WHSmith, JD Sports, Maplin, Next, H &M and Clarks. It really was quite frightening, we had an escape plan in place in case it got any worse. Thankfully we didn't have to put it into place.”  He went on to say “The Saluki was non plussed by any noise, the IG's and Dachsies were more than happy to give voice to the masses though. All very quiet here now, Ian went into Woolwich yesterday burnt out buildings and most shops with at least one window boarded up, Banks all closed. Let us hope that is the end of it. Not something the country wants to see at any time.” 

Hound Association held their championship show last Saturday.  Mostly the weather was grey but the rain held off for the most part and the dogs were all able to be judged outside.  Judging us was Nicola Quadling.  BOB, DCC for his second CC was Alan & Jacki Bloomfield’s Glenoak Jabari with the RDCC to Jeanette Glaister & Mary Parker’s Classicus Cassander.  BCC for her third and qualifying CC was Rosemary Redfern, Daphne Tovey, Michael and my own Kasaque Neeka.  She was born on 8th January 2008 and her sire is Ch Kasaque Jimna Sh CM.  Her dam is Ch Caspians L’aliq avec Kasaque.  RBCC went to Lis Metcalfe & Martin Green’s Tasia Maleisha.  Best Puppy and 4th in Puppy Hound Group was Sheryl Steer, John & Lorraine Fitzgerald’s Kirman Dafnia at Fernlark (imp).  Best Veteran went to Vicki-ann Tompkins’ Tasia Emilia at Sivendra and winner of the Breeders Group was Vicki-ann  Ch Caryna Mellishia Sh MC owned by Denise Garratt, Sue Oakey and Karen Smith won the Champion Stakes.  Mary Parker’s Classicus Concorrdia had a good day winning three classes giving her enough points to qualify for her Junior Warrant. Well done to all!!

Today, Bournemouth Canine Society held their Championship Show.  Judging us was Mrs Joanne Mahon, who now resides in the Netherlands.  DCC, BOB, BV for, I believe, his 30th CC was Marie Bryce-Smith’s Ch Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk JW with the RDCC to Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Hisilome’s I Am Iceman Med Cranstal ( imp).  BCC  went to Denise & Ian Roger’s Labakan Chiffonier with the RBCC to Ann & Paul Shimmin’s Cranstal Quintessence.  Best Puppy was Labakan Chiffonier owned by the Rogers.  Best Breeder’s Group and second in Hound Group was Clair Chryssolor. Well done all


John Hudson has sent the following note regarding my comments about Saluki entries at Open Shows “In your breed notes of last week, you say how good it was to see such a good entry of Salukis at the Worthing Show at Ardingley. Sadly, our experience in and around East Anglia has been quite different. Among other things, we go to Open Shows to train and socialise our youngsters and so we have sampled rather more Shows than usual recently. Apart from a couple of puppy classes, the number of Salukis in breed classes at all-breed Open Shows has never exceeded three in a sequence of seven Shows. And, most of the time, two of those were ours. Worthing was a welcome change but even at Leeds (without tickets) there were only two in junior and four in postgrad. Last week, at the East of England Ladies (a very pleasant Show at the Rowley Mile racecourse), our two were the only ones there. Even the Hound Club of East Anglia (again a very pleasant venue at Sacrewell Farm) could only muster three 3’s and a 2 in the Saluki classes at their Show in May. I understand that entries at Shows further north are pretty good and clearly they are good in the south-east. And I expect the entry for South East Hound will also be up to the usual standard and we look forward to an enjoyable day there. “

David Hartley is holding a  Walk in aid of Saluki Welfare Funds
Come and meet other Saluki owners  in a friendly social atmosphere.
On Saturday 10th  September 2011. Starting from St. Peter's Methodist Church, Riley Street, Earby. (Between Colne, Lancs. and Skipton, Yorks)
It starts at 10am-11am  with a meeting at the Church with  Tea/Coffee provided
For further information telephone/email to David James Hartley, Riverside, 3 Greenbank, Schoolfields, Earby, Lancs. BB18 6QQ  as soon as possible. Tel 01282 842617.  Email davidjhartlety @ hotmail.com
“Our Dogs” has requested me to include the following in the notes:
Judges’ Reports and OUR DOGS

We hope that you find the following thoughts and ideas helpful in composing your judge’s reports.

We are proud that Our Dogs does not edit judges’ reports more than is absolutely necessary (unless they are clearly libellous!) and we are also very pleased to publish judges’ thoughts on the breed as a whole before the actual report.

We greatly appreciate the fact that judges take time and trouble to submit reports.  Although it is a Kennel Club requirement, we know that it takes dedication and commitment to write a useful and helpful report from which exhibitors will benefit. In addition we are unique in being prepared to accept reports from first to third place so that more exhibitors can have an assessment of their dogs.

As you will be aware, more judges now submit reports by email and you will also know how easy it is to go to the catalogue printers’ websites to just copy and paste the results into your preferred word processor (or direct into an e-mail) so that you can just add your personal comments to the owners and dogs names.

This is excellent as it enables us to process speedily and get them into the paper and on to OUR DOGS web site more quickly.  However, you can help us speed up this process by following the style shown below to match what is known as the ‘house style’.

Here is a recent report in the style we use:

Bearded Collies: Very enjoyable day. Good entry with a reassuring depth of quality.  All exhibits were clean and well presented and on the whole temperaments appeared good. I did find a few with level mouths, whilst not a major concern it does need watching when breeding on. One thing that did disappoint was the very poor conditioning on some exhibits. Beardies are a working breed and as such should be shown in good hard condition. Many were excessively overweight, flabby and devoid of any kind of muscle tone. Several exhibits that had great appeal when stacked were let down by poor conditioning and were unable to move as their construction suggested they should. I know much emphasis is put on a big glamorous coat these days and letting your dog run freely does put this at risk, but there has to be a sensible balance.  Lean and supple the Standard says and that is what I look for. It was great to see my two Veteran winners again, I have given both CC's in the past and it was lovely to see them both again, looking so good and in such fabulous condition. Thank-you

VD (4 1) 1 Christie Ch Brenriga's Give'n'Take For Ruartha JW Have liked him in the past and he remains a favourite. So well made and balanced. Very elegant outline. Super head, good pigment and very appealing expression. In good hard condition and well handled. Moved out well,but just lacked  the suppleness of the younger ones to-day. 2 Dumbrell and Lindsay Ch Bethlyntee Bannock Sh Ch Lovely brown boy of great appeal. Good angles, very good in ribs. Liked his head and expression. In excellent condition for his 11 yea rs and moved very soundly and true. 3 Kedzierski  Brodarty Midsummer Sunrise. PD (3 1) 1 Bodingtons  Braddabrook Voyager For Kitesover Very exciting youngster with much to offer. Good outline, well constructed and free of exaggerations. Lovely head and expression and very much everything as it should be at this age. Quite amazing on the move for his age, powered around the ring with big easy strides. Definitely one to watch.  Best Puppy 2 Cornthwaite  Braddabrook  Firstfooter Litter brother to 1st and very similar in many departments. Balanced angles, correct shape of ribcage, but lacked the length of his brother. Pleasing expression. Moved soundly but lacked the drive and panache of 1st. 3 Harrison Hisnhers Diamond Geezer At Anfranjo

You will see that the class name just uses initial letters in block capitals (P, MP, and J instead of Puppy, Minor Puppy, and Junior etc) which is followed by the number of dogs and the number of absentees entered in brackets i.e. (4 1).