SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKING 16TH JUNE 2023
Last week Comptonwood was a busy place with 12 Salukis in residence with 8 human house guests. It was actually enjoyable as most people helped where ever they could. Rana Spencer and Christine Stevens were visiting from Australia and Pirkko Kekalainen from Finland. All were having a wonderful time taking in shows and other events. Much of the conversations were, of course, about Salukis, not surprisingly.
As last week was so busy, I just managed to report show results from Bath and Southern Counties Championship shows. I did want to give my impression of SCCS without benching. ‘We arrived around 9am, judging would not start until 9.30 am. We proceeded through a marquee which was near the ring designated for Salukis, what we saw was quite shocking; there were guide ropes on the side opposite from the rings which had behind them had people, cages, grooming tables and dogs, all crammed together. To put it succinctly, it was chaos
We had brought our own chairs, so decided to sit at the base of the ring, where there was less crowding. Sitting there, we expected to see a sea of tents, but there were just a few considering how many exhibitors and dogs there were. Personally, our experience with taking a tent to a show was short lived. As far as we were concerned erecting the tent was far too much work, even more work later, trying to fit them back in their little cases. I cannot conceive how someone who has gone to a show on their own, could manage to erect a tent while holding on to their dog(s). It will be interesting to see how the ‘test’ proceeds regarding the benching issue. A reminder, anyone going to East of England, tents, and umbrellas will not be allowed plus ‘no benching’ and bring your own chairs. (Life use to be so simple)
Friday, the day after SCCS, the long-awaited mid-summer gathering for the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Centennial celebration. A few hiccups along the way like a cool wind, to start. That soon died down, Managers of Hermitage Village Hall opened a gate giving us permission to drive our cars nearly ringside. The ring was decorated in centennial bunting added to the festive feeling. Around the ring were exhibitors, Club officials, Welfare Stand and my own stand with Saluki orientated ceramics. Kathy Webb was single handed looking after the stand with the Centennial issue of “The Saluki”. Everyone attending was offered a glass of fizzy and a danish pastry thanks to the magazine. Unfortunately, Ann Shimmin, who co-edited the magazine was stuck on the Isle of Man, where she lives. Hopefully she will have better luck and will be able to attend the Club’s October show. The KC representative arrived inspected all, was very pleased giving the Club an Excellent Grade. Congratulation to Anna Freegard for compiling all the necessary information. What really impressed the KC rep was the main hall in the Hermitage site. Tables were all laid out with black tablecloth, serviettes all had 1923 to 2023. At the end of the hall, overlooking all the elegantly dressed table was the Portrait of Brigadier General Lance with another portrait of his wife, the lovely Gladys. This area was tastefully decorated with memorabilia. The Kennel Club Rep looked, measured and commenting on how beautiful it all looked.
Photos of the day both formally and informally were taken by Lorraine Fitzgerald.
Judging the special championship show was Denise Garratt (Caryna Salukis). Stewarding was Sharon Oakey and Clair Cryssolor, a long-time member of the club who now resides in Texas. The Club was most fortunate that Clair was available to help out. We were delighted that she could fit the celebration into her schedule. Also, a special thanks to Clair for the special rosettes which she brought over from the States. BCC, BOB was Claire Knowles’ Ch Micattura All I Breathe of Mahziba with the RBCC to Liana Phillips’ Luachmhar Jala. DCC, RBIS went to the brother of the BCC J-m Stenson’s Ch Micattua All for me with RDCC to Mrs G Scarth’s Lunar Eclipse Radley Neshana Tova (IMP ISR). The BOB winner was given a Saluki tea pot created and designed my myself. Reserve BOB was given a beautiful scarf donated by Jayne Pyatt. I do regret that `I missed the photos in the end with the presentations. Best Puppy was Jeannette Glaister’s Jorjenjo Rafiq Al Khas and Best Veteran was Sivendra Tahmas Altaya owned by John & Caroline Owen & Elaine Stanmore.
Following Best in Show was the ‘Parade of Champion’. President of the SGHC, Michael Williams with our grandson AJ Williams carried the official club Centennial banner around the ring with all the UK champion Salukis that were present on the day. Each dog wore wore a silk sashes saying “SGHC 1923-2023 Champion Parade”. Tessa Abbott wrote:” “What a lovely venue we really enjoyed the parade of champions and took some photos”
The finally coupe de jour was the banquet. A sit-down Lebanese meal for 65 people in the handsomely decorated hall. Unfortunately, I am unable to post a picture as it was. We all toasted the Club on it’s big day. The food was delicious, everyone had plenty to eat and drink.
My reflections are, thank you to the Committee for such a special day. Thank you to Rana Spencer, Christine Stevens, Alexis Williams and Steve Macro for all your hard work, on your holidays helping to pull the event together. Thank you to the Ann Shimmin and Kathy Webb not only for the magazine, breakfast, but also for the beautiful key ring that we will cherish.
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