It is with great sadness that I have just heard of the passing of Barry Mansell, partner of Joselyn Duddell in the Canerikie affix. Hopefully I will be able to post a full obituary in next week’s notes
Sorry about the lack of Breed Notes from myself. During the long Christmas break,
deadlines are often tr three days apart before the holidays even begins. So, truthfully I missed dates. Now I am pleased to say we are back to ‘normal’ which for this Breed Notes contributor is what I am happy with. We are back in troubled times again with Covid infections taking over. At this point I wonder if this will be the pattern for our lives, for a while, anyway. In the winter months confined by the disease, summer out and about. Two cancellation of note, Westminster Dog Show is postponed until later this year and Pawscar 2022 is postponed until 2023.
During the Christmas break the Kennel Club posted the Bands for ‘Stud Book’ numbers for Salukis. We are in Band C, previously in Band B which means to win a Stud Book number you need a 1st in Limit, 1st, 2nd in Open Class at a Championship Show.
The KC also published requirement for the amount of dogs a potential judge needs to access to qualify as a Championship Show judge. As there are two systems running concurrently, in the ‘Traditional Route one needs to access 70 dogs. If using the JEP system 35 dogs.
This brings me to the next concern, where are up and coming judges going to find the dogs to asses? In the past for Saluki judges the ‘up and coming’ route was Open Shows. The Open Shows are disappearing. Chertsey, a very old club has closed it doors, Maidenhead is not having a show this year. Swindon has lost the show venue. I have been looking up and down the country for shows with Saluki classes.
Litchfield is being sponsored by the Northern Saluki Club and therefore has classes for our breed. The KC says the Breed Clubs must sponsor at least 4 Open Shows a year. I have written to the SGHC to see what they will be sponsoring for 2022. When I hear back, I will post it so we can all help see our breed in the future with well- trained judges.
A little something to look forward to: The first weekend in June will host a 4 day Bank Holiday for the Celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum year on the throne. Thursday 2nd of June will be Spring Bank Holiday, Friday the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This coincides with Reading & District Kennel Assoc Open Show (with Saluki classes) on the 1st June, Southern Counties championship Show on Friday 3rd June with Judge Breed specialist Mrs S Juutilainen (Wallabys Salukis from Finland) and the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Open Show with judge Simon Burton. Lots of hotels in this area, caravanning, a practice run for next year when the SGHC Centenary celebrations will be held
Helen Haywood has sent the following: “Saluki Welfare Fund are delighted to let everyone know that Denise Garratt & Sharon Oakey of Caryna Salukis will jointly be acting as our Northern Wardens. A dedicated mobile phone number will shortly be available “ She goes on to say: “Should there be anyone South of Birmingham who would be interested in becoming the Southern Warden, we would love to hear from you ‘Many Thanks.”
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