17th March 2023
Thank you to Kathy Webb for writing this obituary of Daphne Parnham: “It is with great sadness to report the passing of Daphne Parnham. Daphne had suffered a debilitating illness and spent much of her life wheelchair bound, however her passion for salukis never waned.
Daphne with her late husband Tony were always together, they purchased their first saluki, Sedeki Sabi (Ghazala Cassius x Sedeki Talata) in 1968, joining the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club soon after. We believe this made her term of membership to the Club one of the longest.
Daphne served on the SGHC committee for many years, keeping avid records of the pedigrees and coat colours/patterns from all litters registered with the KC, she was also responsible for the yearly club points trophies calculations. Together with Tony they attended all the SGHC & NSC shows, and for over 20 years ran the Saluki Welfare Fund Stand raising money for rescued salukis. The charity was always close to their heart, Tony serving as a Trustee and Daphne as Treasurer, in addition to keeping the meticulous records of all the hounds that passed through the SWF. Their help over the years with transporting and fostering was very much appreciated too.
There were not many salukis carrying the Amirah affix as Tony and Daphne only bred 4 litters. Nevertheless they continued to show, with the most success coming from two salukis they had purchased. Ch. Pennyworth Belinda of Amirah sparingly shown, she soon gained her title and from a very large entry was BIS at the SGHC Open Show at the age of 2 years. Ch. Aliya Rasmi of Amirah (Co-owned with Debbie Copperthwaite). Rasmi had the most success winning 9 CCs, 15 RCCs, Group 1 at WELKS and Group 2 at CRUFTS in 2004.
Daphne lived very independently but couldn’t live without a saluki in her home and when Rhumli Khahesh Sahab of Amirah died suddenly in 2020 she took on an elderly rescue, Tilly, who died last October. On losing her last saluki Daphne’s health quickly started to deteriorate and she unfortunately spent Christmas in hospital before transferring to a Care Home where she sadly died.
Sincere condolences to her daughters, Katherine and Heather and their families.
Daphne’s funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church, Wrabness, Essex on 23rd March, at 11.00am. “
Last Sunday the UK Sighthound Sport held a trial/training session for un licenced hounds. Oxana Chippendale has written the following report regarding this event.
“ First Sunday of spring - it was an exciting day on the salukis calendar. 11 salukis came to the fields of Buckinghamshire to take part UK Sighthound Sport Spring 2023 Trials Day. Few were experienced athletes who came to do technical runs or to clear newcomers, the rest were there, for their first time, to be tested on their ability to compete in lure coursing. In the morning the newcomer salukis have to show that they can run a full course wearing a muzzle and jacket (solo run). If the solo run was successful those salukis were able to proceed in the afternoon to their 1st licensed trail run, where they were paired with an experienced licensed dog.
All entered salukis passed their solo runs and demonstrated strong enthusiasm and ability to follow, good endurance, agility and speed needed in this highly competitive sport. In the afternoon it was time for the paired runs and yet again the majority have passed with flying colours.”
Sharon Dalgleish UKSS field judge reported:
“It was good to see six new saluki trailing at UKSS on Sunday 5th March.
Helen & Michael William’s Jadira gained her license, with Mumtaz Caleche Fay, Mumtaz Aramis, Flytesfield Hyddwn, Taraz and Shahdad Darya all passing their first clearing trial.
All the salukis ran beautiful solo runs and I hope it won't be too long before the other is cleared.
Saluki are the second largest breed at UKSS and it will be good to have enough dogs and females to run separate sex groups.”
Helen William’s Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque (Jadira) female – passed 2nd trial + gained the license
Darren Thomas's Mumtaz Aramis male – passed 1st trial
Agnieszca Hemple’s Mumtaz Caleche Fay (Fay) female – passed 1st trial
David Steel’s Shahdad Darya Dinazad at Ceimiad female - passed 1st trial
Oxana Chippendale’s Flytesfield Hyddwn (Ringo) male - passed 1st trial
Jane Hepburn’s Qatiifah Dahr Damyar at Azaba (Axel) male – passed solo run
Moein Azizi’s Abysinnian Red Jackal (Taraz) male - passed 1st trial
Licensed salukis (please note the pedigree names for the Trial/Clearing Card):
Lynn Ward’s Nicolefarhi del Borghino (Nicole) - cleared Fay
Oxana Chippendale’s Imhotep Rears Natural Jasmine (Jazz) – cleared Jadira, Taraz, Shahdad Darya
Helen William’s Kasaque Salaama (Smudge) – cleared Mumtaz Aramis
Helen William’s Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque (Jadira) – cleared Ringo
Lina Liljeros’s Garamiyas Meridiana Mahzad (Lova) female - solo technical run
Congratulations to Helen Williams, Michael and Liana Phillips on Jadira gaining her lure coursing license! Hopefully she will inspire her siblings to join UKSS.
Congratulations to everyone who passed their trail runs!” Next trials day will be in the summer. I will post dates.
Next week notes will be about Crufts. I need a week to recover from the activities.
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