Click here to SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 14TH AUGUST 2020
I was sad to read that Blackpool has had to cancel their championship show. The Committee has worked tirelessly to make it a reality. With the Manchester area reporting more cases of Covid, they had no choice. Personally, I thank the Blackpool Committee for trying so very hard. So, it looks like Bournemouth is still on track. We have heard little about Scottish Kennel Club which now has a November date. It is a case of just wait and see. What ever happens please stay safe, take no chances.
If SKC proceeds, the judge for Salukis will be Mark Cocozza. At East of England Champ Show 2021, Ben Reynolds-Frost will be judging. Leeds, 2021 is Rachel Wray. Southern Counties Championship Show 2022 is Breed Specialist (Wallabys Salukis) Saija Juutilainen. She judged the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show about 10 years ago.
I have received an update from Diane Layton-Smith regarding one of the activities planned for the Centennial Year of the Saluki Club. She states:” Southern Counties are very happy to accommodate our extra Championship Show and celebrations in 2023. So, for your diaries, Hound Day will be on Saturday, 3rd June and our Championship Show on Sunday 4th. We are planning to have our own marquee with all day hospitality, an archive exhibition, merchandise and plenty of entertainment over the two days. Something to look forward to!!”. All members of the SGHC should now have received a copy of their nomination papers for judges 2023, please be mindful that you will be electing a judge for our Centennial Show. If you have not received the papers and are a member, please let the secretary, Carolyn McComick Smith know.
Sylvia Evans an Afghan enthusiast has sent me a cutting from ‘Our Dogs’ newspaper post
-war. This has come from an old friend that now lives in New Zealand, who was in contact with another friend in Australia. I believe Gwen Angel (Mazuri Salukis and Afghans, I will be reviewing her soon) was the correspondent at that time. She writes that “Brig Gen Lance was a very considerate judge to me a total novice in the show ring then. We later met frequently travelling to shows by train and local as he lived in the same area. He used to Course with his hounds on the marshes. He did much to get Salukis known in UK but he also owned and Afghan or two.”
The following was written by the Breed Correspondent, Gwen Angel in August 1946 which I think was the first post-war Ch show. It was held at the London Scottish drill hall, Buckingham Gate, Judge Brigadier Lance.
“The Saluki Show: I enjoyed going to this show and seeing my old friend, Gen Lance, run the rule over a grand entry of 148. One thing which impressed me was the number of people who asked me about our great American supporter, Mr E. K. Aldrich, and his ears ought to have burned at all the nice things said of him. I got two letters from him just before the show, so was able to deliver the various messages he asked me to do. Mr Aldrich has done in the States what General Lance has done over here for the Saluki- nuff sed!. One of the classes I enjoyed most was that for the teams. Fancy seeing two teams of six! How picaresque they looked. This was Lady Gardner’s contribution to a grand sight. The dog CC and Best of Breed went to Mrs H. M. Parkhouse with Selim of Shammar, a beautiful home-bred one, res to our contributor Mrs Angel, with Mazuri Bedouin also homebred and the bitch CC went to Mr J McLush with Fukara of Shammar bred by
Mrs Parkhous who took res. with the daughter of the winner, named Bariza Maburi of Shammar.
I asked General Lance his opinion of the breed on the day and he said ‘I am pleased at the entry, and the condition of the dogs, and the general type was very good. I think perhaps the bitches were better than the dogs on the whole, but then there were very many more of them. Nearly all the exhibits moved well and heads showed much quality in fact, quality was good together’”
I thank everyone for sending me in information, it makes the notes a rich tapestry.