17th February 2023
SALUKI BREED NOTES 17TH FEBRUARY 2023
The Centennial Year is now in full swing. Our first meeting at the KC has been a great success for all those that
attended (see below). The Club’s next event will be at the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show (see below)
followed a week later by the SGHC Open Show, to be judged by Luke Johnston, a Club sponsored luncheon
concluding with the Club’s Annual AGM (AGM is for paid up Club members only). Schedules for this are available on
Fosse Data. The closing date for paper entries is Monday 20th March and for on-line entries Monday 3rd April.
We then proceed to the June, where the Club will be holding their big mid-summer weekend. Wednesday is Reading
Open Show with Salukis having 4 classes. Thursday, 1st June Southern Counties Championship Show will be having
Their Championship Show. Judging will be Mrs Karin Hedberg a breed specialist from Sweden, awarding the
Challenge Certificates. The following day the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their gala Centennial
show with Denise Garratt judging. This event will be held at Hermitage Village Hall, which is approximately 3 miles
from the SCCS Showground. The Club is fortunate to obtain the use of the hall and field for their show.
Following the judging there will be a middle eastern banquet. I will post further details on this
weekend and further events in future notes. Also, any volunteers willing to assist on these events I am sure will be
welcomed by the Committee.
John Owen, Hon.Sec of the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following “The NSC AGM will be at Shirland Village Hall, Shirland, Nr Alfreton, Derbyshire. DE55 6BB. On Saturday the 25th March 2023, starting at 1.00pm. If any member wishes to nominate members for officers or committee members or has any proposals for the meeting these should be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to the hon. secretary.
We sadly have to announce the retirement of our long-standing Treasurer this year, due to the needs of a growing teenage family. Jessica Brassington has been a trustworthy and reliable stalwart of the club and committee for 18 years and will be very much missed. We are sure you would all like to join the committee in saying a massive thank you to Jessica for all her long years of service and hard work not just as the Treasurer but also with the shows, managing the money, and more recently running the Club stall. Thank you, Jessica, you have been a star.”
Schedules are now available for the NSC Championship on Higham Press. It will be held on Sunday 16th April 2023 at Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD. Judging will be Mrs M Bryce-Smith. Show opens at 9.30 am with judging to commence at 10.15 am. During the lunch time interval, The Northern Saluki Club would like to invite those present to join us in a drink and a piece of cake to toast the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club in celebration of their Centenary Year.
Wednesday 8th February was 100 years to the day when The Saluki Club was formed. To celebrate this important date, in the history of the club, ten people attended The Kennel Club for lunch and a tour of the Club’s facilities. Michael nor myself have been to the new KC building, which I must say it is quite beautiful. Especially with all the paintings of dogs, of course, on the walls. Scattered around were the most beautiful bronzes and ceramic pieces. Really a show piece for canine art.
Lunch was served in a large bright dinning room, with everyone in agreement that the food for exceptional. I do not think there was anything left on any of the plates then came dessert and there was total silence which speaks for itself. Our host from the KC was a very lovely lady, namely Marianne Walker. She was well prepared, leading us firstly to see a painting donated to the gallery by Tim & Tessa Abbott of a black tri Saluki with a long haired dachshund. On to a small room where we saw the lovely collection of Saluki items owned by the late Pam Wardsworth. Next to photographic collection with a short talk on the value of photographs as historical records. Most importantly we could share the enthusiasm expressed by the curator of this items. Our final room was the library where we had to be dragged out, at the end of our visit, as there was so much to see. Looking through the very early albums, like the Sarona Album, we had a chance to see that Salukis have changed very little, if any since the 1800. I was also intrigued to note that colours and patterns, on the whole have not changed.
The day went extremely quickly, the people we met were interesting, loving the work they do plus the works of art were incredible. Marianne had to virtually throw us out of the building, but she did it in the nicest way. Thank you to Marianne and her colleagues for a most wonderful day, launching our second most important year.
I was reminded by Helena Haywood to report about the Kennel Club’s epilepsy webinar, which was recently broadcasted. This was a specific webinar for owners and breeders focussed on canine epilepsy and presented by Professor Holger Volk a Neurology Specialist. Attending were over 500 people and it was made free by the KC.
The program covered the progression of the disease, treatment options, dietary factors, what research is available and how to support owners and dogs living with epilepsy. This webinar was recorded so interested parties can receive a copy by emailing The KC health team at email@example.com
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