Life will be improving in our canine household with the clocks changing. The dogs are usually waiting (pacing and huffing) from 1600 for their dinner which is never before 1700. So, with the clocks changing this weekend, their dreams will be coming true. As a reminder from myself, please change your clocks so dogs can eat an hour earlier.
This week we have been all cheering on the Saluki representative from the UK Sighthound Sport at the FCI International Lure Coursing Championship which was held in Ronostrand, The Netherland. With the challenges brought on by Brexit and Covid, they are braver people than me to try to travel. From the information that has been filtering back to us in the UK it appears that they are having a wonderful time making it worth the effort. The star is Lynn Ward’s Nicole (Nicolefarhi Del Borghino (Imp IT). She placed 5th on the podium. There were about 60 bitches competing, so being place 5th on the podium is a great achievement. So proud of her and all the runners. Congratulations also due to Natasha Hamiliton & Arti who was 7th place only one point off the podium and Oxana Grigoenko & Jazz. Interestingly we always run the trials here in fields while the track in Ronostrand was on sand. Also, the girls were run on a tighter course than the boys.
Helena Haywood has kindly sent me details regarding the SGHC’s 2022 Calendar which are now available 1 Calendar to a UK address £10.99p
2 Calendars in the same envelope to a UK address £20.20
3 Calendars in the same envelope to a UK address £29.20
1 Calendar to a European address £14.25
2 Calendars in the same envelope to a European address £23.75
For any needing to be sent further afield please e-mail helenahaywood191 or telephone 01494 874587
John Walton Haddon has informed me that the date for Saluki Classes at Crufts 2022 is the Friday 11th March, not as printed in the calendar.
On another item I have had a discussion with John Walton Haddon on the origins of why show placements are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and then Reserve instead of 4th. On this I have consulted Glen Dymock whose day job is working for the Kennel Club. He goes on to say “This is a very British situation so I will do my best to explain it. Basically, when dog shows began, the first three place “qualified (for the Stud Book or whatever). This means that 4th prize was in the reserve position, in case one of the first three ended up being disqualified. The tradition has endured. So, the first three were ‘proper results. Reserve was the back-up and VHC was a bit of token”
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their much-anticipated Championship Show last Sunday. Judging was Mrs Denice Rogers. DCC, BIS for his third and qualifying CC went to Christine Campling’s Classicus Octavius. He was born on the 31th July 2019 and his breeders is Mrs. M. Sanders Parker. His sire is Classicus Azim For Bodercot and his dam, Ch Noushzad Claudia-Classicus JW Sh CM. RDCC went to Canekerikie Lucan At Bumpkiss owned by Sarah Sawer. BCC, for her first CC went to A Ireson, Lady R Dann, Terry Farris & Mike Coserntini’s Jazelle Aneeqa. She was born on the 13th January 2016. Her breeders are Ms Andrea Ireson & Lady R Dann. Her sire is Tasia Mystique Under Barleymoon X Jazirat Safiyyah. The RBCC went to Nicola Warner and Bernie Hetherington’s Ch Canapus Rodina at Savuka (IMP). Best Puppy in Show was Alexander Cole’s El’ubaid Buckingham Palace (IMP NDL). Best Veteran in Show was Ch/Ber Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton owned by Mrs K Williams. Well done all.
Congratulation too to Mary Sanders Parker who has managed to make up four champions in three months.
Part three of KNIGHTELLINGTON MANOR by Michael Williams
“While I have no preconceived manifestation of the relationship recently told tale does allow some insight into this delicate balance of resolution and humour. Beth Sheba and Beth Shirin were not always the virtuous Salukis they should have been.
In fact they had a habit of stealing the turkeys and chickens from their housing at Spencers and disappearing for private feasts. After numerous attempts to discontinue this wilful practice an irate and extremely determined owner, decided, after the latest robbery, to tie the dead poultry around each dog’s neck so that they could not reach the meat and the consequent deterioration would nauseate the dogs into changing their ways. After carrying their burden, a while, the dogs were bedded down for the night. The following day, awakening with some remorse and possible reprieve in mind, the dog’s room was quickly approached to find the famous pair stretched out facing one another breakfasting on each other’s punishment.
Returning to the many accomplishments of this kennel, Michael Lyne has described so beautifully in “The Saluki” and that marvellous publication: “Coursing- The Pursuit of Game With Gazehounds” The influence of Knightellington Esmail who was born in 1962. He was a son of Ch Knightellington Caspah and Knightellington Asherah Nizan and grandson of Ch Knightellington Mazuri Tamr Hinna on the sire’s side, Knightellington Beth Ezda on the dam’s side. The article spoke of Esmail’s life in the army with Mrs Baker’s son, Captain Rodney Baker and described not only his domination of the coursing scene but his good looks and ability to reproduce the same in his children. Again, we see the principle of producing all around Salukis.
We now five generations, seven show champions and many coursing winners further along in time. Ch Knightellington Melody had children from Knightellington Lanka. Lanka was a grandson of Blanco (Kn. Esmail) and his reputation was made largely on the coursing field. He did, however, have one Challenge Certificate and several reserve CCs. One child from that litter, Knightellington Rogaiya, is living in New Zealand with Mr and Mrs Reidy. She is a New Zealand Champion, was Bitch of the Year 1980 and has eight Best in Shows and five reserve Best in Shows. Knightellington Rezin from that same litter, owned by Alan Lake, is doing very well in this country with one CC and two Res CCs. Children from Ibrahim’s repeat breeding to Knightellington Rualla Zoulaira are prominent, especially on the coursing field where Kn. Phineus, Kn. Persephone and Kn. Portia continue to be successful.
Knightellington Portia is a member of the Lewis family. Since Mrs Baker’s daughter Rosemary returned from Greece some year s ago, the breeding and ownership of Knightellingtons have been shared by then with a good deal of assistance from Rosemary’s husband, Christopher. I do not know another family that can boast three generations of Saluki owner/breeders and the amount of knowledge shared by the members of this family is certainly considerable.
As we know Mrs. Baker has now retired after twenty valuable years as Vice President of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. Also 1982 has brought tragedies to the Knightellingtons in the form of young stock being stolen and previous to that an old friend, Lanka, going missing, but there are new horizons and we look forward to seeing future puppies and more of the success they all deserve.
One point I am absolutely certain, the next time one of us needs advice or help, the Knightellingtons, as always has been the case, will make themselves available to assist. At it started with Lady Gardner’s interest, so it continues and for that we are deeply grateful.
When I earlier mention the narrative of the two Beth sister, I had asked Rosemary Lewis if she remembered any events from the past. Two anecdotes came to mind and the second without any particular relevance conjures up much atmosphere of the Salukis in the family during the 50s. Ch. Knightellington Mazure Tamr Hinna, known as Suzie was no slouch. During one eventful gathering during Ascot week, she expressed herself to the full. Among four or six elegantly attired couples awaiting transportation from Spencers to the race course was Helen Baker’s brother Laurie. Laurie did not like dogs and merely tolerated Suzie. One assumes that Suzie could no longer accept this situation. She carefully maneuverer around Laurie’s rear continuing to rip the seat out of his very fashionable trousers. To this day it is a source of amusement when reminiscing by-gone times of life with the Salukis.