SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 26THMARCH 2021
This weekend the clocks jump forth heralding the longer days. Winter has been long and difficult without any opportunity to get out, meet friends, go to pubs or even the library. Last year in February we spent a week in Florida meeting our son, Alexis, daughter in law Katy and our new grandson Zach. There was far more talk in this country about the virus than in the States. They were mainly talking, as usual, Trump said this or did that. Little did we know that it would be a long time before we could meet up again. Fortunately, we have all stayed well, had our injections so hopefully we can meet up in the not-too-distant future.
It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of one of our long-time members of the Saluki community and the youngest founding member of the Northern Saluki Club, Kevin Carter. He passed away on Friday 19thMarch from cancer. He and his late partner Ann Jones made up one home bred Saluki champion, Clearwing Beraq, Whilst Kevin was a championship show judge he judged only once then decided judging was not for him. In later years Kevin has been seen more often in the Manchester Terrier area at Championship Shows. He was the proud owner of the top CC winning Manchester of all time, Ch Digelsa Declaration. Kevin always had a smile on his face, happy to see everyone at the shows. I remember him turning up with Ann at Richmond Championship Show when it was still at Ascot telling everyone how happy he was as he had finally found the polo centre. That was Kevin.
When details of his funeral are known I will post them. Our sympathy to his children who have always been there for Kevin.
David Hartley, Chairman of the Northern Saluki Club has sent the following“As Chairman it is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Kevin Carter earlier today. Kev was the youngest member of the original NSC committee. With his wife Ann Jones he was well known in Saluki circles as an exhibiter and judge..
Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed”
Helena Haywood has sent the following on behalf of the SGHC“Once again, we are opening the entry for Photos for the SGHC Calendar Competition for the 2022 Calendar. Please e mail entries to email@example.com , ensuring that they are preferably in Landscape format and of high definition. Entries will close at the end of May.
A maximum of 5 photos per entrant.'
As well as the beautiful Lavender bags, produced by Pauline Thomas of Gold Embroidered Design for the Club, we are also going to shortly have available, some stylish Bone China mugs, Face Coverings printed with the Club logo and very useful canvas bags ( ideal for use for holding your grooming equipment at shows)'”
We have received the Annual General Meeting of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club in the post along with the ballot for judges for the 2023 Championship Show (Centennial year), Open Show 2022 and Limited show 2022. I questioned the secretary, Carolyn McCormick Smith why it was not mentioned that 2023 was a special year and inquired about the second set of CCS the KC was allowing the club for its special occasion. Carolyn came back with the following which I quote “The ballot is for the regular October Championship Show in 2023. It will be a special occasion, but that should not influence who members vote for.
The Centenary Show in June 2023 is a bit different and is still under consideration.”
As a reminder the Centenary Show and weekend will be held on the Newbury Showground during and just after Southern Counties Championship Show 2023. Hound Day at SCCS will be Saturday 3rdJune and the Club’s day will be Sunday 4thJune. The Club is planning to have their own marquee with all day hospitality, an archive exhibition, merchandise and plenty of entertainment over the two days
The Scottish Kennel Club have received permission from the KC to hold a double Championship Show from 30 September - 3 October.
The group splits will be as follows:
30th September 21 – Working & Hound (May & October)
Friday 1st October 21 – Utility & Terrier (May & October)
Saturday 2nd October 21 – Toy & Pastoral (May & October)
Sunday 3rd October 21 – Gundog (May & October)
Angela Cavell has posted the following regarding Southern Counties Championship Show: “First of all, I should like to apologise sincerely to those of you who have been asking about this year’s show. As you know, I have always prided myself on keeping our exhibitors fully informed but this year I have been in limbo myself. However, I have now received answers form the Kennel Club and Newbury Showground.
It appears that the government is unlikely to lif sufficient restrictions for Southern Counties Championship Show to go ahead on our early June dates. We do not want to let our exhibitors down by risking a late cancellation so we are keeping our fingers crossed for the vaccine programme to continue its impressive progress (thank you NHS). For this reason, we have moved on a couple of weeks to June 25thfor Hounds and Toys. These dates are after the current plan for easing restriction (June 21st) so hopefully we should be clear.” On the SCCS web site it states that schedules will be available from the beginning of April. The exact sate will be posted on the Club’s website, on social media and in ‘Our Dogs’ pages once the final arrangements are in place. The show will not be benched and although sturdy gazebos will be available for judges and stewards there will be not wet weather accommodation.
In next week’s notes I will endeavour to post a list of the show calendar for 2021, which seems to be changing very quickly.