Steve & Jenny Macro (Nefisa) and Michael and myself have just returned from a very interesting trip to the ‘German Sighthound Show’ which is more often referred to as Donaueschingen. Donaueshingen is a small town on the edge of the Black Forest in Southern Germany. As it happens there is a bronze statue in the middle of the town of the Goddess Diana with a sighthound of some variety, so it is appropriate to have a sighthound show in this town. Michael and I had previously attended this show about 4 years ago. It has notably changed in many aspect since them, firstly it has grown with a much larger entry of dogs, some from as far as Russia.
The showground is a beautifully manicured polo ground. It reminds me of the Kentucky Home Park where the Saluki Club of America used to hold their very large specialty show. The polo ground is a large area geared to all kinds of outdoor activities. As we were too involved to explore everything I can say there were tennis courts there. Running through the grounds was a river that some of the dogs enjoyed cooling themselves off in. The rings were grass, very large and well manicured. All round the rings were a colourful array of tents. Ring tapes were flat on the ground with a walkway around. Everything was very lean and tidy. The weather was warm around 25 C each day so there were stand pipes to keep dogs and people hydrated.
As one might expect at a show like this there were many trade stands. Last time we attended most of the stands were selling collars, but this time it was much more varied; collars, food for dogs and people, original artwork, jackets, you name it. One interesting item was CDB oil which seems to be a remedy for most everything from anxiety to epilepsy to swollen paws. The brand at the show was a German product, which I was informed was far superior to all others. At one of the trade stands I caught up with Gunter and Jutta Kolewe with their stand of collars and leads. The next stand after the Kolewe’s was a man that said he had just returned from Windsor with his collars. Hopefully he plans to be at Crufts next year, that is Brexit be willing.
Upon arriving at the show we were required to visit with the Veterinarian
To make sure our canine passports were in order. Then we were given a large A-4 catalogue with all the entries for the next two days of shows. All editorial and judges profiles were written in three languages. Catalogues were supplemented with gorgeous photos and adverts for the dogs and trade items, making it a souvenir of the weekend.
On the first day our judge was D. Scott Pfeil from USA. He had a very large entry to get through, critiquing each dog, which he did very efficiently. His BOB winner was Majo’s Beemin, owned by V. Bistulfi from Italy though he was born in Sweden. His sire is Shiraz California Dreamin and dam Badavie Ocean Queen (Beemin was also Best male on the second day).
On the second day our judge was Gael Morison from South Africa. Her main breed is Afghans. She too managed the large entry on a hot day very efficiently. The German sun is probably not as hot as the African sun so the weather did not affect her at all. She choice for her BOB winner Gloria al Zahra owned by S. Nemcova. Sire is Gangall Austin Texas and Dam Carissa al Zahra. She is from the Chez Republic .
As both of our judges were not Breed Specialists, they attracted a dog of a more extreme type. As we have a variation in type I would like to think that next year they will have a ‘breed specialist’ judging which the entry should reflect.
Generally speaking it was great catching up with old friends like the Kolewe with their three smooth Salukis of another time. Their oldest dog was bred by Liz Stephens and he is 14 years old. He was fit and well. The other two lads were bred by Michael and myself, both out of Ch Caspians L’Aliq Avec Kasaque, one sired by Ch K. Jimna and the other by Ch Nefisa Jeevun. Actually I had hoped and expected to see more smooths being shown but as the judges were not breed specialist I can only guess the exhibitors chose not to take them. It was a long trip but well worth the journey. As I said before it was more about seeing and meeting people with a mutual interest then about the winning.
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club and the Saluki Welfare will be holding a joint lure coursing and fun day on Saturday 24thAugust 2019. It will be held at The Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey KT20 5BN Registration starts at 9.30 to 10.00am. Entries must be made by the 17thAugust to Cecilia Andersson. Her email is email@example.com telephone 07809486496. There will be a raffle so please bring prizes. During the lunch break there will be a ‘summer picnic’. This competition is for members of the Saluki Club and Saluki Welfare Fund. For further information and an entry form please contact Cecilia at the above addresses.
There were a couple of championship dog shows while we were away, the first was Leeds. After many years of no challenge certificates were again allocated CCs for this show. It is a lovely venue, much like the Windsor of the North with the beautiful Harewood House in the background. Judging Salukis was Vivienne Phillips a ‘hound specialist’. BCC, BOB was Mansell, Duddell, Johnston Partnership of Ch Canerikie Catalina with the RBCC to Denise Garratt & Sue Oakey’s Glenoak Lunah from Caryna. DCC, for his first CC went to Sarah Sawer’s Canerikie Lucan At Bumpkiss (Litter brother to the CC winner). He was born on 25thAugust 2016 and his breeders are Mr B Mansell and & Mrs J Duddell. His sire is Jorjenjo Mirzam Of Fernlark JW and his dam Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP) JW. The RDCC went to Patricia & Michelle Ulyatt’s Fernlark L’aunisien In Cornhaze Sh CM. Best Puppy for Anna & Ben Freegard’s Mumtaz Asteria. Best Veteran was Caroline & John Owen’s Ch Caryna Curetes and Best Special Beginner’s to Ms L Ward’s Nicolefarhi Del Borghina (IMP IT).
The Second show was Paignton. Judging was Ben Reynolds Frost also a hound specialist. BCC, BOB and 1stin the Hound Group was BCC, BOB was Mansell, Duddell, Johnston Partnership of Ch Canerikie Catalina with the RBCC to Ireson, Dann, Farris & Cosentini’s Jazalle Aneeqa. DCC went to Debbie Copperthwaite’s Ch Al Caliphs Anjal Bey with the RDCC to the Skinner’s Classicus Airon. Best Puppy was Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Pris Von Schmidt and Best Veteran to Michael McCormick Smith’s Anasazi Red Kite.
Well done all at the two shows!!
Pam Mottershaw has sent a message informing me that her, Stuart and Fiona Officer from Jersey, showing Ir Ch Ulmarra Naa (Jun CH) for the first time here in the UK has gained his KC Stud Book number. He won the Open Dog Class and later took top honours in the HW Woodall Memorial Stakes Class judged by Jill Peak.