This week I will start these notes with a message from David Hartley, Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club: “Just to wish all our NSC membership and Committee a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and to thank you for all you do for the Club.
Hopefully at some point in 2021 the vaccinations will be completed and we will be able to meet up in person. Meanwhile stay safe it wouldn't be good to have come this far and then get infected.”
January means renewal of subscription time, so please remember that the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Northern Saluki Club dues are due this month. SGHV membership dues need to be paid to Mrs C McCormick Smith, The Old Vicarage, Grove Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 1DB. Costs are single membership £14.00 (Overseas £16.00), joint membership £22.00 (Overseas £24.00) which means two adults living at the same address, Members without Salukis £9.00. Junior membership is available to person under 21 in full-education. The Northern is still in discussion about their subs and are planning to discuss it at their next Committee meeting.
I have received a copy of The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club newsletter winter 2020 with Season’s greeting and Best Wishes for a Healthy & Happy New Year to all our Members from the Committee. It states that the Club’s shows are still scheduled for 2021- The Championship Show on 17thOctober at Stoneleigh with Denise Rogers judging, the Open Show on 20thJune at Digswell with Carolyn McCormick Smith judging and the Limited Show on the 11thApril at Steventon Village Hall with Susan Rhodes judging. After the judging at the Limited show the 2021, the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held. It is noted that this is subject to change. Information goes on to say that special business items for the Agenda should be sent to the Secretary, (see above address) to arrive no later than 28thFebruary 2021, but if it is not possible to hold the traditional AGM, then the Agenda will contain no special business items for discussion. I have written to the secretary, Carolyn McCormick Smith regarding a clarification of the last statemen, she has kindly sent me the following:
The ordinary business of the AGM is to receive the accounts for the previous year, the results of the ballots for committee and judges at Club shows, reports of Club activities and to appoint auditors to certify the accounts.
Anything else such as rule changes or items that members wish to have discussed is ‘Special Business’. While we might be able to approve the formal items at a show, as has been done before, unless we can hold a sit-down meeting that people will actually attend and be prepared to discuss motions put forward by members or the Committee, there is no point having such motions on the agenda. The restrictions of Covid have disrupted much of our lives and the SGHC is no exception. I’m sure that everything will return to something like ‘normal’ eventually. “
The Kennel Club has issued a statement that “Cancellation of licensed events until at least 28thFebruary 2021”. Let us hope that by April we can see the backend of the lockdowns and we are racing towards ‘normal’.
There have been few highlights of 2020 dog showing season but I will try and review the information I have thanks to The KC Breed Supplements. In the first quarter which is January to March 2020 we had 30 puppies registered from five litters. There were three importations, one from Netherland, one from Germany and one from Ireland. There were two Junior Warrants, which were Alishamar Rozane (IMP BEL), and Jay JPSea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPN). One Show Certificate of Excellence to Vadana Amira S Berega Turi (IMP ROS) and one Veteran Warrant to Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton. There were three Salukis confirmed clear of NCL, no failures.
The second Quarter was from April to June. There were 9 puppies registered from two litters. One Export Pedigree issued to USA. Two Salukis were confirmed clear of NCL, no failures. The third supplement was shorter because of the difficulties of lockdown putting together the document, as most KC employees are working from home, so they include just July and August 2020. There were 19 puppies registered from 2 litters. One Importation. Five Salukis were confirmed clear of NCL and no failures. So, comparing, 2019 had a registration of 78 and 2020 for the same period had 62 registrations.
Finally, the secretary of the SGHC and I am sure the same goes for the secretary of the NSC, if anyone is planning on breeding a Saluki litter to please let the secretaries know as they do receives enquiries from time to time.