SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 3RD NOVEMBER 2023.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Nick Bryce-Smith. We first met the Bryce-Smiths in 1978 when we had just moved here from the States. Michael was driving through Richmond Park when he saw a woman walking a couple of Salukis. He stopped, had a chat and that was the beginning for all of us.
Nick was most importantly involved with The Kennel Club, both as a member and a committee person. For years he was the steward at Crufts we saw on television ushering in the prospective Best in Show dogs. He had a long-standing association where, for many years was the Chairman of Richmond Championship Show. Recently he resigned from that position to become President. Nick was a dog/Saluki person. I remember going to one of his talks he gave to Clubs as a KC trainer, it was most interesting and enlightening. For the Saluki Clubs he was the representative on the KC ‘Breed Council’. Both Marie and Nick were KC approved judges for all the hound Group. They judged here and abroad on many occasions.
Marie and Nick, until recently were the most dedicated exhibiting people. Often times we would see them flying up the motorways the night before a show. Nick knew two gears, go and stop. They always found wonderful accommodations, with a great wine bar to stay the night before the show. Speaking of wine bars, I understand their wine cellar at home was enviable. Nick and Marie were very successful in the show ring making up 8 dogs. They were not breeders but, when possible, tried to keep a lin, through, their dogs being used at stud. Their champions were Yazid Dahabiya of Saruk, Altaya Lycidas, Mumtaz Camelot of Saruk, Mumtas Moonmagic, Kasaque Hyperion of Saruk,Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk, Fargaze Bushrah of Saruk, and Kasaque Ra Frankel of Saruk. True to Saluki traditions the Bryce-Smiths were active members of the Saluki Coursing section.
Nick led an interesting life as a Lloyds broker, directorships in various insurance companies as in his retirement he became a director of Pets as Therapy. He loved going to rugby games and had a stake for many years in horse racing. Our thought are with Marie and their extended family at this time.
Northern Saluki Club will be holding the ‘Breed Appreciation Day’ in October. Guest speakers are John and Lisa Hudson. Exact date and venue to be announced. There will be further announcements on this in the Breed Notes, Northern Saluki website and UK Saluki Friends on fb.
Current Leader for Top Puppy is Caryna Stephano to Abayomi and Top Dog is Ch Jay Jp Sea Bird El Panjsher JW.
The last championship show organized by the SGHC celebrating the 2023 Centenary was held last Saturday. It was a special show on all accounts; the entry was well supported by the Saluki community, there were stands for Saluki orientated items. From all reports, people had a lovely day. The Club supported the entry with coffee and tea available all day. During the lunch break there was a finger buffet organized and supported by the Club. Cakes were provided by Monique Thomas on behalf of the Club, Kathy Webb provided a cake on behalf of the magazine and Caroline Pickering made two cakes, one for Mary Parker to celebrate her new champion and the other to Liana Phillips to celebrate her two new champions.
Portraits of Commander Lance and his wife Gladys attended along with other interesting historical Items. All in all a very busy day.
The judge was Cecilia Andersson and the stewards were Toni Agnew and Cath Davis. BCC, BOB and BIS went to Andrea Ireson, Ruth Dann, Terry Farris and Mike Cosentini’s Ch Jazalle Aneeqa with the RBCC and RBIS to Liana Phillips’ Luachmhar Jamilah. DCC, BOS went to Cathy Harding and Naomi Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus at Ashahni with RDCC to Adele Walton Haddon’s Ch Badavie Don Peppino at Ilsham (IMP SWE). Best Puppy in Show was John & Hilary Davies’s Zafaraniyeh Dashte Kavir and Best Veteran was Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) JW ShCM. Best Smooth was Masha Shaverneva & Susan Rhodes Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi AW (B) AW(S) (IMP Bel).
Congratulations to the Club for their well organized and run show and well done
To all the winners.
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 20TH OCTOBER 2023
Evenings are closing in, the days are getting cooler, and the show season is slowing down. This week the South Wales Kennel Association held their championship Show. Judging Salukis was Jan Pain. BCC, BOB went to Cathy Hardings & Naomi Cowley’s Classicus Florentia at Ashahni for her first CC. She was born on 5th January 2022 and her breeder is Mary Sanders Parker. Her sire is Ch Classicus Octavius and her dam Ch Noushzad Claudia-Classicus (IMP DEU). RBCC went to her sister, Ch Classicus Felicitas JW owned by Mary Sanders Parker.
DCC, for his third and qualifying CC went to Nicola Quadling’s Classicus Alron With Malenkhai. He was born on 20th February 2018 and his breeder is Mary Sanders Parker. His sire is Multi/Int Ch Elamir Amar and his dam, Ch Khalil’s Allegra-Classicus (IMP SWE) ShCM with the RDCC to Ch Classicus Odysseus at Ashahni owned by Cathy Harding and Naomi Cowley. Best Veteran went to Elaine Sydney’s Ch Daxlore Harai of Shaybani Es jch. Well done all!!
Last Sunday the UK Sighthound Sport held their ‘Championships’ at the Warwick Race track. The weather was warm with a gentle breeze. We were all in shirt sleeve in spite of the fact that it was October. Master plan was that we would have picnic which we did, there was more then we could possibly eat with every one bringing a contribution. For us it was a bitter/sweet day as this event would be the last competition for our Lena (Ch Al Zubeyda Lena avec Kasaque JW, LC) as she will soon be 8 years old, therefore in the rules of the Club cannot compete any more.
To celebrate we brought a large cake which said “OVER THE HILL” which we shared with as many attendees as we could. Thankfully no cake came home with us.
The event was well subscribed and entries closed before the last date as there were 90 dogs running, though mostly were Whippets. Salukis were the second largest group represented and they all did us proud. All competitors were picked up immediately after their runs which we all know sometimes this can be a problem. Thankfully none of the competitors were aware.
There were some new young Salukis, their first time in competition that were outstanding. BOB Saluki winning her first CC was Agnieszka Hampel’s Faye (Mumtaz Caleche). Second on the podium, qualify with a third CC thus becoming a Lure Coursing Champion was Tin Soldier owned by Annette Schafer, Third, Natasha Hamilton’s LC Ch BIB, Lux Ch Alishamar Roxane JW, 4th was Darren & Monique Thomas’ Mumtas Aramis and 5th was John & Hilary Davies’ Ch Classicus Alchemy for Charrioak JW.
Lure coursing is now finished for 2023. Next meeting will be in the spring. Hopefully the SGHC will organize a meeting and we will see more dogs out there having the time of their life.
I will be taking a break from these notes next week. Good luck to everyone at the SGHC Championship Show. Please bring raffle prizes and remember to return any trophies from last years Champ show.
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On Saturday, 21st October the SGHC will be holding their final Championship Show of the Centennial Year. Judging is Cecilia Andersson with a good entry of 78 dogs
Making 91 entries with an addition of 11 for not for competition. A reminder of all those people that won a ‘cup’ last year to please return them to the show. Also anyone that won a class at the Summer Champ show and did not receive a ‘centennial mug’ please see Jenny at the Club merchandise table. Voting will take place of all photographs submitted for the upcoming 2024 SGHC calendar. During the lunch break there will be a buffet lunch, provided by the Club. All are welcome.
So, it will be a busy day. The show opens at 9.00, judging for dogs starts at 10.00 followed by bitches. The show will be held at the KC Club Building, Stoneleigh Park CV8 2LZ.
Sad to hear that Zola Rawson had a bad fall in her garden. At the time of this writing, she is still in the hospital. We wish her a speedy recover.
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Northern Saluki Club held their Open Show last Sunday. Judging was John Owen.
He said he very much enjoyed his day with all things going well. BOB, BIS went to Linda Ward’s Caryna Manantena At Bactor. RBIS, BOS BB went to Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. Best Puppy was A Hall’s Waady Al Tarife. BVIS went to Alan & Jacki Bloomfied’ss Glenoak Laquan Ch Cex with BOSV to Elaine Sydney’s Multi Ch Daxlore Harani of Shaybani Esp J. Well done all
Pamela Mottershaw as kindly sent me an update on the recent KC of Jersey CH Show, Ir Ch, JSY Ch Ulmaa Naa I was BOB and Hound Group Winner, thus gaining his 4th CC. Sydney was also Best Veteran Hound and later he and Persia were Res Best Brace in Show by Judge, Miss J. Kitchener.
Last Tuesday the long awaited SGM of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was held. I am more then pleased to say we now have a full Committee to proceed for the future. The meeting was well attended with 25 people.
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 29TH SEPTEMBER 2023
Entries close for the SGHC Championship Show on Sunday 1st October 2023 so this will be your last reminder. This coming Tuesday the SGHC will be holding there SGM. Crossing fingers that after the meeting we will have a functioning Club. News will follow in next week’s Breed Notes.
Northern Salukis Club has a good entry for their Open Show for John Owen to assess. There are 43 entries from 31 dogs plus 1 dog NFC. This too I will report on next week.
Darlington Show was held last weekend with a disappointing number of entries. Looking at the results there were only 6 males in attendance for judge Jeff Horswell.
DCC, BOB went to Christine Campling’s Ch Classicus Octavius with the RDCC to Jacki & Alan Bloomfield’s Caryna Hyperion. BCC went to Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s newly crowned champion, Caryna Esperanza with the RBCC to Mary Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Felicitas JW. Best Veteran was Liana Phillipa’s Ch Vidana Amira S Berega Turi Sh CM ShCEX (IMP Rus) Well done all!!
Last Sunday it was the turn of Richmond Championship Show. When arriving at the showground, we thought we were lost, as we were being sent to the marque with the Pastoral dogs, where normally we are with the other hound breeds. All was resolved when we saw the German Shepherds were in the ring before us as planned in the Richmond schedule then after a small stake class we were in. As it happened, it was lucky ring 7, as the Saluki BOB won the Hound Group with the BOB German Shephard winning the Pastoral Group then on to BIS. Lucky ring 7
Judging Salukis was hound specialist from Ireland, Marion Finney. DCC, BOB went to Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher JW (IMP) who later won the Hound Group under Di Cook. RDCC went to Cathy Harding & Naomi Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus. For the third week in a row, the BCC, became a champion, namely Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. She was born on 17 February 2019 and her breeders are her exhibitors. Her sire is Caryna Eris and her dam Ch Caryna Neferti JW. RBCC went to Natasha Hamilton’s Lux Ch Int Ch Alishamar Roxane (IMP BEL) JW. Best Puppy was Freya Wickstead and Mark Cannon’s Caryna Stephano To Abayomi. Best Veteran went to Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s Ch Caryna Neferti JW Sh CM who went on to win Veteran Hound Group 4. Best Special Beginner went to Annette Schafer’s Tin Soldier.
Well done all!!
A reminder that schedules for the 2023 SGHC Centennial Championship Show are on-line at www.fossedata.co.uk. There are 23 classes for judge Cecilia Anderson to assess. This Year for the first time there will be a Special Open Racing/Lure Coursing Class (Mixed Classes after BIS) This is for Salukis who have participated at licensed lure coursing events and attained at least one license qualification trial run.
Some other attractions are the ‘stands’ that will be there on the day including Barley Leads with a stall of beautiful handcrafted leatherwork. Saluki Welfare will have a stall, The Saluki Magazine will be there, Denise Rogers will have a stall present with Gingerberry Jewellery and house collars available and JOS pets will have a stall present with bedding and disinfectants for sale. The Club will have their stand of special Centennial t-shirts, hoodies and mugs for sale. The Club will also host their tradition raffle items. This year we are privileged to have some items donated by the Cooke family in memory of Phyllida. During lunch there will be a Parade of Rescue Salukis which will take a lap around the ring. Eliza Jade Catering will have food available throughout the day and exhibitors can collect free tea and coffee courtesy of the SGHC throughout the day.
Not forgetting that all class winners will receive a special Centennial ‘mug’.
A few judges have been posted for 2024. Southern Counties will be judged by Dr Ron James, Boston, which appears to have replaced East of England is Clair Boggia and LKA will be Mary Sanders Parker.
The SGHC has just posted that they are hoping to get a calendar together for next year, if you would like to submit some pictures of your lovely hounds please send to the secretary, providing we get enough before the October show, we will print & organise for you to vote on the ones you like, We’ll then try to get it printed asap, thank you for your patience
Congratulations to Linda Aldous and Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Jay Jp Sea Bird El Panjasher JW (IMP) on winning the Hound Group at Richmond Championship Show. Full write up on the show will be in next week’s breed notes.
The much-awaited KC Breed Records Supplement has arrived. It is the Summer 2023 edition with records from April to June. There were 4 litter registered with a total of 18 puppies. Just for reference, last year during this same period there were 38 puppies registered. Six of the 18 puppies registered in this publication, I am familiar with their heritage. Two Importations, Bariah Al Nasya (IMP CZE). Black grizzle bitch which was born 30th May 2017, bred by I Mocova owner is Miss L Draper. Second is Kushiel Freespirits Sirrush (IMP USA), black fringed red male which was born on 11th December 2022. Bred by E Rose, M White, B A Parton & ML Parton owners are Mesdames N Warner & D Layton-Smith.
On our list of honours for clear DNA test results NCL Is Abysininian Snow Bell.
Current Leaders for Top Puppy 2023 on calculations up to 6th August is Caryna Stephano to Abayomi. Current Leaders for Top Breeder Award 2023 on points calculated from results received up to 15th August is Mary Sanders Parker.
Last Friday City of Birmingham held their Championship Show at Stoneleigh Park. Gone were the old sheds we use to show in, replaced with smart new building. The show was unbenched but there seem to be room to move around. We sat ringside with no problem at all. We even did not have to use our chairs as there adequate one’s there. Schools had not returned after the summer break so it was lovely seeing children there partaking in the activities. There was a very efficient young girl stewarding in our ring alongside her mom. We were second in the ring after a large entry of Beagles, one young boy was busy showing there then being hassled off by his dad to compete in junior handling. Very much in both cases a family activity.
Judging Salukis was Graham Hill. DCC, BOB went to Adele Haddon’s Ch Badavie Don Peppino At Ilsham (IMP SWE) with RDCC to Cathy Harding & Naomi Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus At Ashahni. BCC for her third and qualifying CC was our own, Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque. She was born on 30th January 2021 and her breeder is Miss L Phillips. Her sire is Kasaque Shabaz Nefisa and her dam, Ch Virdana Amira S Berega Turi (IMP RUS). RBCC went to Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. Best Puppy was Mrs Margret Hamilton & Hayley Hamilton’s Caryna Oberon. Best Veteran went of Mrs C Havercroft’s Bermuda Ch Barbey Hector at Dragonsmoon (IMP). Well Done all!!
In past notes I have expressed my concerns about the vet practices being purchased by large companies and equity groups. About a year ago I had a shock when I went to our vets only to find they too had sold out to the devil. With these companies taking over I felt the bottom line was the most important issues for the purchasers. In the case of our local vets, the senior partners were maybe ok with the buy outs plus they were being forced to stay unless they could sell the share (at this point it became a part share). It was the middle vets that were in trouble. They had not spent half their lives studying to work on behalf of an equity company. In our case we found a small independent practice to attend. Just to add to this saga, many of the ‘middle’ vets are leaving the old practice and have set up a new independent practice in a purpose build building which will have 24 hour care plus high tech equipment.
Back to why I have brought this up is that the following Questionnaire is being circulated. Price fixing is against the law so we hope the law will take action on what is happening in the veterinary practices
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It has been a very busy time in the show scene with championship shows nearly every week. Last weekend Driffield Championship Show was held. Judging was Breed Specialist Jayne Pyatt. BCC, BOB for her third and qualifying CC was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Dee Dee Vine. She was born on the 19th February 2021 and her breeder is her owner. Her sire is Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias and her dam, Ch Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. The RBCC went to Denise Garratt and Sharon Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza. DCC went to Christine Campling’s Ch Classicus Octavius with RDCC to Cathy Harding & Naomi Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus at Ashahni. Best Puppy was Nicola Warner & Diane Layton-Smith’s Kushiel Freespirits Sirrush (IMP USA). Best Veteran went of Jacki & Alan Bloomfield’s Glenoak Laquan ShCEx. Well done all!
The last meeting for 2023 for UK Sighthound Sport will be on Sunday 8th October 2023. It is the National Championships which will be held at Stratford Racecourse in Warwickshire. Entries close at midnight on the 24th September. Hopefully we will have a good entry as there are quite a few young Salukis which have now attained their licence. Plans are ahead for a bring and share picnic during lunch time.
Schedules for the SGHC October Centennial Championship Show are now available on Fosse Data. If you would like a hard copy of the schedule, Michelle Ulyatt will be bringing some to Richmond Championship Show or she can be contacted to send one out. Those members of the Club that usually receive communications by post, their copy will come as usual.
The SGHC is looking for additional committee members. There are big plans for the Club for the future but all these plans can not come to fruition without a full Committee. There is a need for a new Treasurer, a Magazine Editor and ordinary Committee Members. Meetings are held on Zoom so where ever you live, you will be able to attend the meetings. For further information please contact the Club’s
The Committee of “The Saluki” The magazine of the SGHC has posted the following: “The Magazine Team have been delighted with the worldwide demand for the 2023 Centenary edition of “The Saluki”. However, we are now becoming concerned that it could shortly be sold out - and would hate to disappoint any regular subscribers who have not contacted us yet. If you are interested in purchasing a magazine please contact: Kathy Webb: email@example.com or Ann Shimmin: firstname.lastname@example.org As a bonus it comes with an SGHC Centenary keyring gifted by the magazine”
Congratulation to Masha Shaverneva and her ever so clever Agiluki (Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi Awb Aws (IMP BEL) or Altai as he is better known. He has been invited to compete at the semi-finals of a competition that ranks as high as Crufts in the Agility World. Maybe another first for a Saluki. We wish him the best of luck. He will be competing at the Kennel Club large ABC agility stakes which are being held on the 17thSeptember 2023 at Melton Mowbray.
Last weekend Welsh Kennel Club held their Championship Show. Judging Salukis was Age Gjetnes. BCC went to Alexandra Cole’s El’Ubaid ‘s Zulu (IMP NDL) for her 1st CC. She was born on 3rd September 2019 and her breeder is B. Van Der Moezel Her sire is Bahir Avitar Pinc and her dam El’Ubaid’s Venus Nubian Queen. RBCC went to Lynn Ward’s Nicolefarhi Del Borghino (IMP IT). DCC & Best Veteran went to Martine Smithson & Porsteinn Thorsteinson’s Sunnusteins Safaniyah Jamiil Chisobee for his 1st CC. He was born on 14th July 2016 and his breeder is Porsteinn Thorsteinson. His sire is Chisobee Jared and dam Silvershadow’s Desert Gold Elessar
Best Puppy went to Freya Wickstead & Mark Cannon’s Caryna Stephano To Aboyomi.
Well done, nice to see some new faces on the podium.
Upcoming shows, Driffield, Jayne Pyatt is judging with an entry of 36. City of Birmingham with Graham Hill judging has an entry of 30. Richmond has an entry of 27 with Marion Finney judging.
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 25TH AUGUST 2023.
Late summer bank holiday so the notes are being written earlier then usual. The summer has passed in a flash, which might be down to my age or the fact that we seemed to have lost it around the beginning of July. With all the rain, I must admit that our garden is looking very lush with beautiful green grass; which, because of the abundance of rain is growing, needing cutting daily.
The following has been extracted from the SGHC web site: “The Committee is keen to hear your views on what lure coursing opportunities it should offer, how regularly events should take place and in what format. Please complete the Lure Coursing Survey at this link: https://us21.list-manage.com/survey?u=11391d3d61caaeaa846014966&id=f6e6039519 or request a paper copy from the Secretary.
The Committee has invested in a lure machine and is working toward offering members’ events. We are now looking for volunteers who would be willing to help with setting up courses and operating the lure. If you would be interested in lending a hand at future practice events or lure coursing meets, please contact the Acting Secretary at email@example.com.”
Welsh Kennel Club will be holding their champ show this coming weekend with Age Gjetnes judging with an entry of 19. I do recall that he judged at that show just before lockdown. Interesting lockdown has now become a reference term.
Bournemouth Championship Show was held last Saturday. There was no benching but not as crowded as Southern Counties. It very much reminded me of one of the North America dog shows. Perhaps in the future, shows with a small entry need not be benched, but the larger entry shows still must have the benching. Something to think about.
Judging Salukis at Bournemouth was Mike Caple. His BOB was Linda Aldous & Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP) JW with RDCC to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. BCC for her second CC with to Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza with the RBCC to our own Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque. Best Puppy and 4th in the Puppy Group with to Mark Cannon & Freya Wickstead’s Caryna Stephano To Aboyomi. Best Special Beginners and 1st in
Special Beginner group was Jarlettes Special Lover owned by Megan Alecock. Well done all
A reminder, South East Hound Show entries will be closing at the end of the month. Classes will be sponsored by the SGHC. Just after judging will be the annual picnic. Please let Marie Bryce Smith know your contributions on tel. 01342 327573.
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