The last championship show of 2022, LKA, will be held on Sunday 11th December at the NEC in Birmingham. We are in Ring 13, judging to commence at 9am. There is an excellent entry for judge Jill Cross of 51. This appears to be the last show for LKA to be holding at this venue. Jackie Kitchener on behalf of LKA has posted the following: “We wish to make the following statement. Having only just received approval of our 2023 show dates we are now in a maelstrom of social media fever and wish to apologise in not being able to contact our judges and all relevant persons this may affect ahead of the news going viral. We hope you will understand we did not anticipate this occurring, particularly in the very busy period preparing for this year’s show.
1. We confirm this year our show remains at the NEC on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December
2. Our move is to a four-day event NEXT YEAR as publicised on the KC sites: these are Dec 7th (Th) - Utility & Toys; 8th (Fri)- Hounds & Terriers; 9th (Sat) Working & Pastoral; 10th (Sun) Gundogs). These days will rotate annually.
3. The venue will be Stafford
4. Docked dogs will be able to be shown, car parking will be free and camping available.
We hope this clarifies the situation for all and look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s show.”
Reading the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen notes of Linda Winchester Skerritt I was reminded that 2022 has marked the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of the Tutankhamun’s tomb. The leader of the expedition was Howard Carter working on behalf and benefitted by Lord Carnarvon the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Howard Carter was from a generation of family of artists who worked around Swaffam in Norfolk. His father used to paint portraits for, among others, the wealthy Amherst family at Didlington Hall. Howard used to accompany his father to Didlington Hall where he became intoxicated in the family’s enthusiasm for antiquities and artistic ephemera from Egypt. This is where Howard Carter received his first knowledge of Egyptology which was a start of life long endeavour. Hon. Florence Amhurst was the daughter of Lord Amhurst of Hackney. Florence had a life time relationship with Howard Carter. Her knowledge of Egyptian antiquities and the dogs she loved along with the efforts of Brigadier and Mrs Lance established official recognition of Salukis. Not only was Florence familiar with Howard Carter, there are letters between Florence and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) asking him to keep on the look-out in the markets and with his contact Bedouin tribesmen for a special Saluki Collar.
Entries for Crufts 2023 are now open. Salukis will be judged on Saturday 11th May 2023. Judging will be Jenny Macro. After the judging there will be a toast for the SGHC’s 100th anniversary. Entries can be made up until midnight on Monday 23rd January 2023.