SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 25TH MARCH 2022
Sadly, once again we have lost one of the senior members of the Salukis community with the passing of Anne McIntosh of Cottonore Salukis. Anne came to Salukis by way of Afghans. In the 1960/70s she with her then partner Anne Berry exhibited Afghans. When their partnership broke up, Ann took another affix, Cottonore. Most of Anne’s dogs were either from or closely related to the Geldaras of Sonja Lamrinudi. Her dog, Ch Geldara Corin born in 1974 was a very well-known stud who produced some outstanding progeny, many becoming champions. Anne had a lovely red bitch, Cottonore Arabella who she managed in very tough competition to accrue 2 CCS. Even though she deserved to win her title, she never managed to win that elusive third CC. Her only homebred champion was Cottonore Dameris owned by Jo Webb. He was born in 1992. Anne was fiercely independent and had retained living in the community. The wonderful volunteers from the Cinnamon Trust helped Anne by walking her little dog but were also great friends to her. Anne had several health scares in recently years but became unwell a few weeks ago and was admitted to hospital. She left us on Wednesday 9th March 2022.
After the excitement of Crufts, this has been a relatively quiet week. Summer of 2023 will be a busy time within the Saluki World. The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club will be holding their Centennial in conjunction with the Southern Counties Championship Show, around the weekend of 2nd June 2023. We are still awaiting to hear confirmation of events. The Swedish Saluki Club has announced that they will be having a Raskonferens for Salukis starting on the 26th June 2023. They are preparing a ‘World Class’ event with two days of CAC shows, lure coursing plus a conference. The week culminating with the World Championship Lure coursing event. Further information can be obtained from Benny Wallin.
Congratulation to Jeannette Glaister and her Impala Zia Dexter The Gambler (IMP USA) on accruing enough points for his Junior Warrant. He was bred in the USA by Sally Reigle Paull & Lois Ann Snider. For those unfamiliar with the title 25 points must be attained between the ages of 6 months and 18 months. You need a minimum of 7 points to be won at Open Shows with points accumulated between Open and Championship Shows. The title gives you a ‘Stud Book’ number which qualifies you for Crufts for life.
Last Sunday, the UK Sighthound Sport held the Spring Championship. We had an enjoyable time meeting up with old friends plus meeting some new Saluki owners. It was good to see Kim Scowen, who was there with two whippets. She is hoping to have another Saluki in the near future. Our numbers on the field are slowly building up. Lure coursing CC went to Annette Schafer’s Tin Solder. Congratulations to Annette and her very fast Soldier. A special prize was awarded by the Norwegian judge, Geir Hammer called ‘Happy Hunter’, this was given to Lova owned by Lina Liljeros. The judge awarded it to the dog he believes has special talent and looks promising.
John Owen, Hon Secretary of the Northern Saluki Club has sent me the following: “We now have details of the entry for the Championship Show on the 3rd April 2022. There are a total of 55 dogs attending, making up class entries of 60 and including 5 Dogs not for competition. There are 8 entries for the stakes classes.
We are pleased with these numbers which seem to be very comparable with recent shows and Crufts, particularly given the very high fuel costs and the SGHC Limited show and AGM the day before.
Now we are looking ahead to 2024 and planning for the introduction of two Championship Shows. We are considering how to award trophies at both shows, and give the winners a permanent record of their success at each show. This may affect the arrangements for trophies in April. The details of this will be circulated soon. Please will you remember to return any NSC Championship Trophies in your possession.
Further good news is the Club intends to develop our involvement with Lure Coursing events with the help of our enthusiastic members.
Now that Covid restrictions have been lifted we will be restoring the "Fish and Chip Supper" walk at Earby, a lovely social get together.
We hope to encourage members to arrange social activities in their own geographical areas, with walks, garden parties, fun classes etc. to encourage support for newer people to Salukis, or people who no longer attend shows, and help to develop that sense of community.
We are also looking to arrange future webinars on practical topics such as "How to best show your Saluki" or "How to best Judge a Saluki", in conjunction with a continuing training programme of BAD and MCE events.”
John Owen has further posted “Just to inform you about our plans to support Salukis or canines in war torn Ukraine. We would like to support dogs or specifically Salukis caught up in this horrendous conflict. We will have the usual raffle at our Champ Show on the 3rd of April with big prizes. There will be £50 cash, a hamper and a quality cake. If anyone wishes to donate prizes they will be welcome. The aim is to have things which are worth winning (less is more) to encourage people to buy tickets
Instead of any profits from the raffle going to the Club they will be donated to supporting Salukis or dogs in need in Ukraine. We aim to find organisations which are best placed to support Salukis and make a donation directly from the UK, Northern Saluki Club. We would like to show them support from part of the international Saluki community.
It would be much appreciated if other collections for Ukraine were not taken during the day. A catering van will be in attendance.
I trust we will have a great day and maintain our reputation for running a welcoming and friendly show.”