SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 3RD NOVEMBER 2023.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Nick Bryce-Smith. We first met the Bryce-Smiths in 1978 when we had just moved here from the States. Michael was driving through Richmond Park when he saw a woman walking a couple of Salukis. He stopped, had a chat and that was the beginning for all of us.
Nick was most importantly involved with The Kennel Club, both as a member and a committee person. For years he was the steward at Crufts we saw on television ushering in the prospective Best in Show dogs. He had a long-standing association where, for many years was the Chairman of Richmond Championship Show. Recently he resigned from that position to become President. Nick was a dog/Saluki person. I remember going to one of his talks he gave to Clubs as a KC trainer, it was most interesting and enlightening. For the Saluki Clubs he was the representative on the KC ‘Breed Council’. Both Marie and Nick were KC approved judges for all the hound Group. They judged here and abroad on many occasions.
Marie and Nick, until recently were the most dedicated exhibiting people. Often times we would see them flying up the motorways the night before a show. Nick knew two gears, go and stop. They always found wonderful accommodations, with a great wine bar to stay the night before the show. Speaking of wine bars, I understand their wine cellar at home was enviable. Nick and Marie were very successful in the show ring making up 8 dogs. They were not breeders but, when possible, tried to keep a lin, through, their dogs being used at stud. Their champions were Yazid Dahabiya of Saruk, Altaya Lycidas, Mumtaz Camelot of Saruk, Mumtas Moonmagic, Kasaque Hyperion of Saruk,Nefisa Bushrah of Saruk, Fargaze Bushrah of Saruk, and Kasaque Ra Frankel of Saruk. True to Saluki traditions the Bryce-Smiths were active members of the Saluki Coursing section.
Nick led an interesting life as a Lloyds broker, directorships in various insurance companies as in his retirement he became a director of Pets as Therapy. He loved going to rugby games and had a stake for many years in horse racing. Our thought are with Marie and their extended family at this time.
Northern Saluki Club will be holding the ‘Breed Appreciation Day’ in October. Guest speakers are John and Lisa Hudson. Exact date and venue to be announced. There will be further announcements on this in the Breed Notes, Northern Saluki website and UK Saluki Friends on fb.
Current Leader for Top Puppy is Caryna Stephano to Abayomi and Top Dog is Ch Jay Jp Sea Bird El Panjsher JW.
The last championship show organized by the SGHC celebrating the 2023 Centenary was held last Saturday. It was a special show on all accounts; the entry was well supported by the Saluki community, there were stands for Saluki orientated items. From all reports, people had a lovely day. The Club supported the entry with coffee and tea available all day. During the lunch break there was a finger buffet organized and supported by the Club. Cakes were provided by Monique Thomas on behalf of the Club, Kathy Webb provided a cake on behalf of the magazine and Caroline Pickering made two cakes, one for Mary Parker to celebrate her new champion and the other to Liana Phillips to celebrate her two new champions.
Portraits of Commander Lance and his wife Gladys attended along with other interesting historical Items. All in all a very busy day.
The judge was Cecilia Andersson and the stewards were Toni Agnew and Cath Davis. BCC, BOB and BIS went to Andrea Ireson, Ruth Dann, Terry Farris and Mike Cosentini’s Ch Jazalle Aneeqa with the RBCC and RBIS to Liana Phillips’ Luachmhar Jamilah. DCC, BOS went to Cathy Harding and Naomi Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus at Ashahni with RDCC to Adele Walton Haddon’s Ch Badavie Don Peppino at Ilsham (IMP SWE). Best Puppy in Show was John & Hilary Davies’s Zafaraniyeh Dashte Kavir and Best Veteran was Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) JW ShCM. Best Smooth was Masha Shaverneva & Susan Rhodes Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi AW (B) AW(S) (IMP Bel).
Congratulations to the Club for their well organized and run show and well done
To all the winners.