5th May 2023
Bank holiday Monday, so notes are in earlier then usual. Hopefully the weather will be kind so we can all enjoy the long weekend.
Sadly, I must post the passing of Susan Oakley of Caspians Irish Setters and Salukis. Much will be written about Sue and her husband Mike in the Irish Setter Breed notes, as were generally less well known for their Salukis. We met Mike and Sue at a ringcraft class, Pearl, (Kasaque Jarvah) jumped into Mike’s lap. A very un-saluki thing to do. From that moment they were determined to have a Saluki in their lives. They approached Liz Stephens (Bedu Salukis) who had a litter at that time, purchasing a puppy. Later, we obtained a little fawn smooth bitch from them. We tried to use Christine Du Rot Hazzard’s Int Ch Arab Bahari Shaahin Taali (s) on one of our bitches. Unfortunately, this did not work out but Sue and Mike offered to let Taali be used on their Bedu L’Eghyphthe of Caspians, a pretty parti coloured bitch bred by Liz Stephens. From that litter we obtain Lalique or as she was more formally known as Ch Caspians L’Aliq Avec Kasaque. She was born on the 28th February 2004. She was the last smooth bitch champion in this country. Her son, Ch Kasaque Obidiah is the last living smooth, at time of this writing. Lalique produced champions, both smooth and feathered in Australia, Germany and International Champions besides English Champions.
Besides being a very clever dog breeder, Sue was a fantastic artist, her work was distinctive and beautiful. One of her ceramic pieces was on display at the Festival of the Saluki 2007 at the Kennel Club Gallery. She also was a fantastic gardener, at one time her garden appeared in “The Yellow Book” produced by the National Garden Scheme. Rest in Peace, Sue.
Last Sunday The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their Championship Show at the Roade Village Hall nr Northants. Judging was Luke Johnston of Danluke Whippets. We arrived at the show with a car full, including two people, two dogs, beautiful mugs produced by Jenny Nacro for the class winner, and an assortment of other items. I must admit that the ride home, which I thought would have less items, had even more, including Brigadier General and Gladys Lance portraits. There was a good turnout for Luke to asses with few absentees. Best Bitch & Best of Breed went to Ms C E Knowles’ Ch Micattura All I Breathe of Mahziba with the RBB to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. Reserve Best in in Show, Best of Opposite Sex in Show was Lind Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPN) JW with RBD was Adele Walton Haddon’s Badavie Don Peppino At Ilsham (IMP SWE). Best Puppy was Mr M Cannon & lMiss F & Miss D Wickstead’s Caryna Stephano to Abayomi with RBP to Dr V J Velickaite’s Al Nafiseh Ivoary Pearl.
Lunch at the show was produced and presented by Ben Freegard. Business was brisk especially at lunch time. Ben seemed to have a smile on his face most of the day, so I can but assume that all went well. Thankfully, at the SGHC summer Championship Show, Ben will be in charge so we can expect much of the same plus our extraordinary middle eastern feast.
After lunch the Club’s AGM was held. It was well attended. The Club announced that in the future they will be holding two championship shows and a limit show. We will be losing our Open Show. I have not heard the fate of our beautiful silver spoon which is historically presented to the BIS winner of the Open Show. This change will not be implemented until 2025. Judging the Open Show in 2024 will be Jeannette Glaister, while judging the Championship show 2025 will be Lorraine Fitzgerald. The Club is looking into a change in the rule 19d changing from Breed Specialist to Hound Specialist for Championship Show judge.
28th April 2023
Very exciting times, in just over 4 weeks we will be celebrating the SGHC Centennial Summer Shows. On Thursday, 2nd June will be Southern Counties Championship Show with Karin Hedberg judging. Then the next day The SGHC Summer Centenary Championship Show with Denise Garratt judging. The show will be much more, with Saluki related items, including the extra special Centenary issue of “The Saluki”, the magazine of the SGHC. Editors Ann Shimmin and Kathy Webb have been working very hard to make this issue extra special. The ‘Welfare’ will be there with interesting item to purchase, helping welfare help unfortunate Salukis and their owners when they are in need. I am pleased to announce that I have been given permission to bring along some of my ceramics, some for exhibition and some which can be purchased. Then, a
fter judging there will be a middle eastern lunch, which is available for all but must be prebooked. Information for the bookings are available in the schedule which along with SCCS can be found on Fosse data. Those coming from outside of the UK, you will need to request at ATC (Authority to Compete) form from the Kennel Club’s web site.
Last Monday, along with about six other salukiphiles we attended the funeral of Phyllida Cooke. The ceremony was held in the most beautiful little chapel next to where Phyllida lived. There was standing room only as many wanted to say a final good bye. After the chapel service we went back to the family house for tea. It was lovely seeing all the photos and painting which were part of her history. Sebastian, her son, stated that the memorabilia would remain with him as they were his legacy. He did give a set of ‘double slips’ which he said were the clubs, to Karen Fisher, who said she would pass on to the Club . The slips were in beautiful condition as Sebastian had oiled and polished them for their return.
Congratulation to Steve Ham, for winning with Hunter, Ravensett Ashkan, BPIB , BOB and Best Pupoy in Show at South West Hound Show. BOB under judge Alex Paisey and BPIS, Jan Paine.
Good news from Natasha Hamilton on her quest for the ‘International’ title. She did it at Antwerp International Show on 16th April 2023. Now, she needs it be confirmed by the FCI but Artemis should now be an International Champion. She will now be known as Int Ch Lux Ch Alishamar Roxane JW LC. Judging was D Klein (RO) 1st Champion Bitch excellent, CAC, CACIB BOB.
Pleased to receive an update from Masha Shaverneva on her special agility dog, Altai (Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi AW, “Back in January, Altai (Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi AW(S)) had a very good start to the year with two class wins which takes him to Grade 5 (out of 7 agility grades). We also received news that he was 2nd in the Lurcher & Sighthound Agility league.”
Last Sunday, we attended the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show at the Alfreton Leisure Centre, just off the M1. It was really a super venue where the Club was able to set-up a large ring. The facility had a café so there was catering on site. During the lunch break there was a toast to the SGHC on the celebration of their 100th Anniversary. We raised our glasses then indulged in a beautifully decorated cake made by Kathy Webb. Judging was Marie Bryce-Smith, who came out out of retirement, as the original designated judge had withdrawn. DCC, BOB was Christine Campling’s Ch Classicus Octavius with the RDCC to Connie De Souza’s Caryna Talvoa. BCC for her 1st CC went to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. She was born on 17th February 2019. Her breeder is Denise Garratt. Her sire is Caryna Eris and her dam Ch Caryna Neferti SW Sh CM.
RBCC went to Pauline & Don Everton’s Savuka Rashiqah with Kasra . BP was Freya Cannon’s Caryna Stephano To Abayomi. RBP went to Sharon Littlechild’s Ravensett Mehrasa.Besr Vetera was Ch Caryna Neferti JW SH CM.
Well done all!!
21st April 2023
Sadly, I must report the passing of two members of the SGHC. Pam Reynolds and Steve Shuttle. As I have just received this information, hopefully I will be able to write more about them in the coming weeks.
SGHC Open Show is being held on Sunday 23rd April 2023 at Roade Village Hall, Roade, Northants NN7 2LS. Show Opens at 8.30 am with Dogs judging at 9.30 followed by bitches. Club AGM will follow on after, not before 12.30. Judging will be Luke Johnston. Entries are 34 dogs making 40 entries.
During the lunch break there will be jacket potatoes, salads and toppings. Donations of cakes would be appreciated.
Last weekend, the Hound Association of Scotland held their championship show in Perth. Judging was Mrs Rachel Wray. Winners in both sexes were parti colours and both winning their first CC. BCC, BOB was Mary Sanders Parker’s Classicus Felicitas JW She was born on 5th January 2022 and her owner is her breeder. Her sire is Ch Classicus Octavius and dam Ch Classicus Britannia JW Sh CM. RBCC went to Mary Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Olympia. DCC, after numerous RCCS was Adele Haddon’s Badavie Don Peppino At Ilsham AW. He was born on 20th March 2018 and his breeders are Mesdames M Nordin & M Branden. His sire is Maichaelkors and dam Badavie Star Quality. RDCC went to Liana Phillips Luachmhar Javan. Best Veteran was Adele Haddons’s Ch Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham JW. Best Junior went to Classicus Felicitas JW and Best Special Beginners to Luachmhar Jasiyah owned by Mrs J Blythe. Well done all!
14th April 2023
The Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Championship Show on Sunday 16th April at Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton DE55 7BD
Judging will Commence at 10.15. Judging will be Mrs Marie Bryce Smith. Entries are 61 entries consisting of 35 dog entries and 26 bitch entries, from 55 dogs and bitches. and 4 not for competition. The show will be sponsored by Devoted Pet Foods Ltd.
The schedule for Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club big summer Centennial events are now available through Fosse Data. Highlight of this weekend are as follows:
On Wednesday 31st May, Reading & District Open Show will be held at The Society Building, Newbury Showground. There will be 4 Saluki Classes which will be judged by Diane Stewart-Richie. On Thursday, 1stJune, Southern Counties Championship show will be held at the same venue with Challenge Certificates available. Judging will be breed specialist Karin Hedberg from Sweden.
On Friday, The SCGC will be holding their 2023 Summer Centenary Championship Show at Hermitage Village Hall, Pinewood Crescent, Hermitage, Thatcham RG18 9WL. Judging will be Mrs Denise Garratt (Caryna). This is approximately 3 miles from the SCCS showground. After the judging there will be a special celebration late lunch, this, will be a selection of authentic Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes provided by a local restaurant and served at the show venue.
The Committee is delighted to confirm that this will be available compliments of the SGHC for club members. Please confirm on your entry forms whether you wish to enjoy the food with us, so we can order appropriately. Non-members are welcome to join us and will be able to purchase their food with the show forms.
There will be saluki items on sale plus the bumper Centennial edition of “The Saluki” the magazine of the SCHC. The Saluki Welfare will be there with their welfare stall. Anyone wishing to have a trade stand there needs contact the show secretary, All the above shows, are available from Fosse data. Further information and paper schedules are available from Anna Freegard on Tel 07814 264217 or email email@example.com.
The KC Gazette has posted some judges. Leeds this year will be judged by Mr Chris Payne. Hound group judge for Richmond this year is Mrs Diane Cook . Now for 2024. Manchester will be judged by Mr Frank Kane, Hound Association of Scotland will be Mrs.W. Schwerm-Hahne, 3-Counties Ms Jenny Dove,, Driffield, Mrs Joanne Mahon.
7th April 2023
HAPPY EASTER, PASSOVER, RAMADAN
Congratulation to Maya Monk-Schenk’s Al Zubeyda Mahabbah (IMP FRA) for not only winning a 2nd in her Limit Class at Crufts, but for being very clever. Sascha, as she is more fondly known, gained a first in level 4 scenting with 100%, ahead of the spaniels and other detection dogs. Level 4 is very difficult because distractions like dog urine, seat, coffee or dirty clothes scents are also used near the target odours. Maya explained that Sasha works very carefully while spaniels and other detection dogs rush in and miss soe hides.
News regarding UK Sighthound Sports. Firstly, we would like to wish Sharon Dalgleish best of luck in her upcoming move to Spain. She was a founder member of UK Sighthound Sport also Chairman of the Club until the last AGM. She has been a true campaigner in trying to convince the KC to accept our sport for running hounds. Last Sunday, in cold wet conditions UKSS held their spring championships. Unfortunately, we could not attend as the girls will be girls at this time of the year. There was a small but hardy turnout for Salukis. Winning the trophy for Top Hound at Crufts and also BOB Saluki on the day was Natasha Hamilton’s LU Ch Alishamar Roxane (IMP BEL) JW LC, 2nd Lina Liljeros’s Garamiyas Meridiana Mahzad, 3rd Annette Schafer’s Tin Soldier, 4th Oxana Grigorenko’s Imhotep Rears Natural Jasmine. 5th Lynn Ward’s Nicolefarhi Del Borghino. All five of the above dogs are now qualified to run in the World Coursing Championships in Kristianstad, Sweden from the 29th to 2nd July. Good luck to those that are going. Two new Salukis have qualified for the ‘license’ they are Oxana’s Ringo (Flytesfield Hyddwn) and Monique and Darren Thomas’ Ari ( Mumtaz Aramis)
Recently, I received the Breed Records Supplement for October to December 2022. There were three litters registered with a total of 16 puppies. Two of the litters I am familiar with, the third not. There was one importation, Shahdad Darya Dinazad (IMP DEU). She was born on 22nd January 2022. Breeder is L. Bramante, her sire is Mehr’noush Malou Al Djiibaajah, dam, Red Hawks’s Mahzala Delisha. Owners are Mr DJ & Mrs J A Steel, origin Germany.
There was one Export Pedigree to Germany for Caryna Elara. On roll of honour 4 new dogs have passed Clear for NCL, they are Alishamar Roxane ((MP BEL), Barleymoon Ankaa, Jap JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPN) Gazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi (IMP BEL) For the year 2022 there were 91 Salukis registered compared to 138 in 2021.
31st March 2023
Long-time Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club member, The Hon. Phyllida Cooke sadly passed away on 18th March 2023. In the beginning of November 2022, she suffered a terrible stroke which left her hospitalized for some months. She was very pleased when she was finally allowed to come home where she passed peacefully.
Phyllida certainly came from blue blood in the world of dogs. Her father, Earl of Northesk was chairman of Windsor Championship Show from 1952 until his death in 1964. Her grandmother and mother were breeders of the Addelstone Borzois.
Hutchinson wrote: ”Mrs Vlasto (Affix “Addleston) is world famous and a great number of leading champions have been bred or shown from this kennel”. I have seen many photos of Mrs Vlasto in the ring with her ‘hat’, which I was always told she always wore when she exhibited her dogs. The old Addlestone kennels are now home to Ryslip Kennels the home of Liz Cartlidge.
I first met Phyllida at the Silver Ring Ascot Race course where an open show was being held. I think it was Reading. She was showing Summers Place Mischief (Dikens) who was sired by Yazid Elan out of Knightellington Larkspur. This must have been around 1979. Phyllida was always a very close friend of Helen Baker (Knightellington) so I assume this is how she acquired him. About two years later she acquired from Cynthia Bossivain-Madigan a bitch, Branwen Nazli. Nazli was born 20th June 1979 sired by Branwen Khamsin out of Knightellington Oleanda. Diken was exhibited in the early days but I do not think I ever saw Nazli.
Phyllida was not that interested in showing her dogs but became deeply involved in the very active coursing section of the SGHC. (She became a member of the Club in July 1979) Her first very successful coursing dog was bred by Brian Pether, the then secretary of the Coursing section. He was Askalom Flyte who was sired by her Summers Place Mischief. She then had a son of his, Glenoak Giaspah out of Ch Glenoak Davande JW. Her last Saluki was Ch Kasaque Lydia. Lydia was both coursed and shown winning in great style with a group placement at Richmond Championship Show.
In 2000, the coursing section of the club was shut down due to some regulation problems. In 2001 Phyllida was appointed coursing secretary of the newly reformed Coursing section. Because of government rules the newly formed coursing sectioned did not hold a meeting until Feb 2002 when they could resume activities. Phyllida remained as coursing secretary until 18th Feb 2005, when the coursing ban arrived.
Phyllida’s death was preceded by her son Adam and her husband Marcus. Our condolences to her son Sebastian, his wife Rachel and their children Henry, Jago and Tallulah. ,
Rest in Peace, our dear friend, we are missing you.
Funeral will be held on Monday, 17th April 1t 11.30 at St Swithun Church. Compton Beachamp. SN6 8NP
Congratulations to Natasha Hamilton and Artimis (LU Ch, Ch Alishamar Roxane JW LC). This past weekend at Schaal Der Kempen International Dog Show Under breed and group judge Norman Deschuymere (BE) won 1st Champions Bitch, excellent. CAC, CACIB, BOB, 1st in Group 10 and Under Best in Show Judge, Leenen Theo (BE) 4th Best in Show. Good luck in winning that final CACIB which will make you an International Champion. I think you will be the first Saluki residing in the UK to win this title.
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24th March 2023
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 24TH MARCH 2023.
With great sadness I post that the long time SGHC member, Hon Phyllida Cooke
sadly passed way on the 18th March 2023. I will post her obituary in next week’s notes
Salukis have two breed clubs and as it happens both will be holding shows in April. The Northern Saluki Club Championship show is on the 16th with Marie Bryce Smith judging. On-line entries will be closing on 2nd April with Higham Press. Saluki or Gazelle Club will we holding their show on the 23rd with Luke Johnston judging. On-line entries with fosse data close on 3rd April.
A reminder that the NSC will be holding their AGM 25th March at Shirland Village Hall, Main Road, Shirland, Nr Alfreton DE55 6BB. The meeting will commence at 1300. Please contact the secretary, John Owen for a copy of the Agenda.
Crufts is now over for another year. It is the show one hates and loves in equal proportions. As hounds were judged on a Saturday, the NEC was extra busy. After parking the car, photographing the sign with details of what car park we were in, the race begins to actually arrive at the NEC where the show was being held. Michael had a trolly loaded to the top with Centennial merchandise. Pirkko our house guest, was pushing from behind while holding the Club banner. Both of them having long legs, left me struggling just to keep up. We made it. One friend of ours has contact us to relate her experience, after judging, trying to locate her car. Upon arriving she was concerned about being late into the venue so omitted coping down the car location. When she left the building, she ended up going round and round on the bus without a clue where her car was.
Salukis were judged in our usual ring with a good crowd around all day. “The Saluki’ the magazine of the SGHC had a stand ringside manned by Ann Shimmin and Kathy Webb. They were busy all day selling copies of the magazine both old and new, plus taking adverts for the next magazine which will be available at the SGHC Championship Show. Along with them was Michael and the Club’s merchandise for the Centennial. They seemed part of the meeting area for people coming a going.
After the judging a good crowd gathered around the breed club stand to raise a glass to toast the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club on it’s 100th birthday. A short speech was delivered by Michael Williams. President of the SGHC. Caroline Pickering had made two beautiful cakes as not only was it the Club’s anniversary but it was also the Judge’s birthday.
Judging this year was Mrs Jenny Macro of Nefisa Salukis. She had an entry of 101 Salukis. Looking at the Fossedata web site, it appears that there were 15 absentees. Of that 101 there were 18 dogs entered with ATC numbers from the Kennel Club. This work out at 18% coming from outside the UK. Pretty much back to entries before Covid.
DCC, BOB was Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPN) JW, who was shortlisted in the Hound Group, with the RDCC Christine Campling’s Ch Classicus Octavius. BCC for her first CC was Natasha Hamilton’s LU Ch Alshamar Roxane (IMP BEL) JW. She was born on the 24th September 2018, her breeder is Jessica Cabo & Jennie De May. Her sire is It/LU Ch Alexandermcqueen Del Borghino and dam Int/Multi Ch Alushamar Mairanay. RBCC went to Liana Phillips’ Luachmhar Jamilah. Best puppy was Sharon Littlechild’s Ravensett Musarra and Best Veteran was Ch Caryna Neferti JW ShCM owned by Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey.
On the Thursday of Cruft’s week the KC Breeders Competition was held. Congratulation to Kathy Williams of Tigisle Hounds who represented the Whippets
17th March 2023
Thank you to Kathy Webb for writing this obituary of Daphne Parnham: “It is with great sadness to report the passing of Daphne Parnham. Daphne had suffered a debilitating illness and spent much of her life wheelchair bound, however her passion for salukis never waned.
Daphne with her late husband Tony were always together, they purchased their first saluki, Sedeki Sabi (Ghazala Cassius x Sedeki Talata) in 1968, joining the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club soon after. We believe this made her term of membership to the Club one of the longest.
Daphne served on the SGHC committee for many years, keeping avid records of the pedigrees and coat colours/patterns from all litters registered with the KC, she was also responsible for the yearly club points trophies calculations. Together with Tony they attended all the SGHC & NSC shows, and for over 20 years ran the Saluki Welfare Fund Stand raising money for rescued salukis. The charity was always close to their heart, Tony serving as a Trustee and Daphne as Treasurer, in addition to keeping the meticulous records of all the hounds that passed through the SWF. Their help over the years with transporting and fostering was very much appreciated too.
There were not many salukis carrying the Amirah affix as Tony and Daphne only bred 4 litters. Nevertheless they continued to show, with the most success coming from two salukis they had purchased. Ch. Pennyworth Belinda of Amirah sparingly shown, she soon gained her title and from a very large entry was BIS at the SGHC Open Show at the age of 2 years. Ch. Aliya Rasmi of Amirah (Co-owned with Debbie Copperthwaite). Rasmi had the most success winning 9 CCs, 15 RCCs, Group 1 at WELKS and Group 2 at CRUFTS in 2004.
Daphne lived very independently but couldn’t live without a saluki in her home and when Rhumli Khahesh Sahab of Amirah died suddenly in 2020 she took on an elderly rescue, Tilly, who died last October. On losing her last saluki Daphne’s health quickly started to deteriorate and she unfortunately spent Christmas in hospital before transferring to a Care Home where she sadly died.
Sincere condolences to her daughters, Katherine and Heather and their families.
Daphne’s funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church, Wrabness, Essex on 23rd March, at 11.00am. “
Last Sunday the UK Sighthound Sport held a trial/training session for un licenced hounds. Oxana Chippendale has written the following report regarding this event.
“ First Sunday of spring - it was an exciting day on the salukis calendar. 11 salukis came to the fields of Buckinghamshire to take part UK Sighthound Sport Spring 2023 Trials Day. Few were experienced athletes who came to do technical runs or to clear newcomers, the rest were there, for their first time, to be tested on their ability to compete in lure coursing. In the morning the newcomer salukis have to show that they can run a full course wearing a muzzle and jacket (solo run). If the solo run was successful those salukis were able to proceed in the afternoon to their 1st licensed trail run, where they were paired with an experienced licensed dog.
All entered salukis passed their solo runs and demonstrated strong enthusiasm and ability to follow, good endurance, agility and speed needed in this highly competitive sport. In the afternoon it was time for the paired runs and yet again the majority have passed with flying colours.”
Sharon Dalgleish UKSS field judge reported:
“It was good to see six new saluki trailing at UKSS on Sunday 5th March.
Helen & Michael William’s Jadira gained her license, with Mumtaz Caleche Fay, Mumtaz Aramis, Flytesfield Hyddwn, Taraz and Shahdad Darya all passing their first clearing trial.
All the salukis ran beautiful solo runs and I hope it won't be too long before the other is cleared.
Saluki are the second largest breed at UKSS and it will be good to have enough dogs and females to run separate sex groups.”
Helen William’s Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque (Jadira) female – passed 2nd trial + gained the license
Darren Thomas's Mumtaz Aramis male – passed 1st trial
Agnieszca Hemple’s Mumtaz Caleche Fay (Fay) female – passed 1st trial
David Steel’s Shahdad Darya Dinazad at Ceimiad female - passed 1st trial
Oxana Chippendale’s Flytesfield Hyddwn (Ringo) male - passed 1st trial
Jane Hepburn’s Qatiifah Dahr Damyar at Azaba (Axel) male – passed solo run
Moein Azizi’s Abysinnian Red Jackal (Taraz) male - passed 1st trial
Licensed salukis (please note the pedigree names for the Trial/Clearing Card):
Lynn Ward’s Nicolefarhi del Borghino (Nicole) - cleared Fay
Oxana Chippendale’s Imhotep Rears Natural Jasmine (Jazz) – cleared Jadira, Taraz, Shahdad Darya
Helen William’s Kasaque Salaama (Smudge) – cleared Mumtaz Aramis
Helen William’s Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque (Jadira) – cleared Ringo
Lina Liljeros’s Garamiyas Meridiana Mahzad (Lova) female - solo technical run
Congratulations to Helen Williams, Michael and Liana Phillips on Jadira gaining her lure coursing license! Hopefully she will inspire her siblings to join UKSS.
Congratulations to everyone who passed their trail runs!” Next trials day will be in the summer. I will post dates.
Next week notes will be about Crufts. I need a week to recover from the activities.
10th March 2023
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 10TH MARCH 2023.
Sadly, I have just heard of the passing of long term salukiphile Daphne Parnham. I shall have a full obituary in next week’s notes.
Good luck to everyone attending Crufts. We are not exhibiting this year but I will be there as the judge’s, official photographer. Jeannette Glaister has posted, on behalf of The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Centennial Year “SGHC will be supplying a toast at Crufts to celebrate their Centenary, we will also be providing a couple of platters of sandwiches.” UK Saluki friends has also posted that donation of food/drink would be appreciated for the joint party. Everyone is expecting an amazing day of celebrations, all are welcome. If you have a chance to tear yourself away from the Saluki area in Hall 1, Stand 6, Martial Robin, fine art usually has some of his lovely Saluki painting on exhibition.
I would like to thank Jillian Knight Messenger and Sylvia Evans for allowing me to reprint a conversation between the two women. Whilst they both have Afghans the comments equally apply to Salukis, a little bit of wondering down memory lane. Jillian starts off with “I happened to mention to Sylvia Evans that I had seen in the KC Journal that two shows in the southern part of England, Horsham District and Christchurch & New Forest C.S had been de-registered. These two shows were very popular with all breed exhibitors drawing a good entry”.
Sylvia Evans reply was “ I was interested to read your piece that the East/England
CH show, after so many years, is going to a new venue Rutland Leicestershire. E/E Ch Show, for us residing in East Anglia and the southern counties, was always our local show. I have so many happy memories of show day outings here, with or without a dog, when it was coupled with the large annual agricultural event over so many years. My Nijinsky gained his title at this show in 1994. Jo Holden-Ereira and I had a lengthy chat with our dogs, with the then Prince of Wales, now our King, who was visiting the main show ground in the 1980s. The WI ladies tea tent within the main show area was also always a good place to retreat and relax. So, many of these 'fun & family day' outings at such dog shows were presented for us with these combined events, with many now long gone or fast disappearing in our ever-changing world. I was wondering also how many can remember the large dog show that was held at the BRITISH TIMKEN show, held in Northamptonshire? The British Timken Show used to be held on the company’s sports field, a company that produced Roller Bearings for all types of applications. The AHA used to hold some of their then regional open sponsored shows at B.Timken.
Like much of the original Peterborough showground, it is long gone for residential development. The last show I remember going to there, sometime in the early 1970s, with my Alyshan dog, I remember Di Bowdler was judging. It could also be a great day to watch the equestrian show jumping events, this then being a part of the qualifier for Horse of the Year show held later in December at Olympia. Yet another dog showing venue in London for us long gone. Likewise, the old Village Hall & sports field of Crittal Windows Installations at Silver End, a village near to Braintree Essex. This village was originally built for the Crittal factory workers and a number of our Essex club based open dog shows were staged here up until the mid-70s. On one of his rail travels Michael Portillo visited this “Crittal Village”, I sought in vain for a sighting of something familiar with the majority of the buildings on the original site now demolished. The village was described as the ‘Metal Window Kingdom of Happiness’ but it is now an empty shell of what it once was. hanging times indeed for us all and what next with so many of our dog showing venues long gone or now under threat. This makes things so much more difficult for everyone involved in participating in our hobby, especially with the long distance travelling now involved for those residing in the immediate home counties region, with now so many more show venues being north of Watford Gap.
3rd March 2023
Just before Crufts, and a very quiet period for Saluki news wise. Congratulations to Adele Walton Haddon on her Papsi (Badavie Don Peppino At Ilsham (IMP SWED)) Winning Best of Breed this past weekend at Newark Open Show. Our commiserations to Denise Garratt and Sharon Oakey on loosing their lovely Lady Penelope (Inchydone Memories of my God from Caryna). Saying good bye is never easy especially when they are so young.
A big thank you to Michelle Ulyatt and the SGHC for the ‘newsletter’ we have received. Most of the information included, I had previously noted in these notes but, just the same it is good to read it again in this format. If you are a member of the Club and have not received a copy, please contact, Michelle Ulyatt and let her know.
Michael, myself and the dogs have been enjoying visiting dog parks in our area. Quite a number have sprung up in the last couple of years. They seem to vary in size, the smallest we have visited has been 3 acres with the largest 9 acres. They vary in what the offer, for example the 3-acre field has double gates so your dogs enter the field from a secure area with a sign letting people know not to enter, free poop-bags on tap. While it is located near a busy highway, fencing is secure, dogs cannot go under or over. There is a hut with a picnic table. Some areas have showers to hose dogs down before getting in cars. I have even heard that there are facilities for hot drinks. Some have toilets for humans and some do not. Running your dogs in these compounds are very affordable. It is a god-sent for hounds that can sometimes be not the most biddable. Thankfully, they are yours without any other dogs for the duration of your visit.