Mike strong has decided it would be prudent to cancel the Saluki lure practice which was to be held on the 10thDecember. This makes good sense as many of us will be attending LKA on the next day. Crazy as it may seem it takes us nearly a day to prepare for attending a show. Even with just one little dog to take. We will be posting dates early next year for future practices. As I previously wrote I am sure Mike would like all the help he can in running the event.
UK Sighthound Sport has announced their schedule for 2023. The first will be 5th March for spring trials day. This is the first step in starting training your dog for obtaining their ‘coursing licence’ One cannot run in an official coursing meeting without this licence. Next dates are 5th March for Spring Championships, 3rd/4th June Summer trials day and Championship. 8th October for National Championships, Stratford Racecourse. Other venues will be announced. I will post information on UKSS and SGHC lure coursing as it becomes available.
Phyllida Cooke is in the hospital. She had an accident in her house which culminated in her having a stroke. From what I understand a fire alarm was going off, the fire brigade came to see what was going and found her. I assume they rang for an ambulance. She is in the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, where thankfully she is making progress for her recovery. We will take a card to LKA for people to sign wishing her the best.
Anyone wanting calendars? Michelle Ulyatt will be at LKA selling them. They are a special Centennial edition, a one off. After next year’s special edition, the Club’s calendar will revert to its usual format. Also, anyone wanting to attend the SGHC luncheon on the 8th February with a tour to see Saluki related items held by the Kennel Club, please contact Michael Williams on 01635 268269 or email: email@example.com or let Michelle know. Cost for attending is £33.00 which includes a two-course lunch and the tour. The limit of attendees is 20.
Is it the end of ‘Saluki bench parties? The KC has announced:” that following it’s recent Board meeting it has been agreed that the requirement for benching for General and Group Championship dog shows will be relaxed for a two-year trial period commencing the 1st January 2023”. In my opinion for ‘outdoor’ shows this will make little difference but for indoor shows this is another matter. Where are people going to park their dogs? Those that use crates will need trollies to take them into the show area, three dogs for example, three crates. Soft crates are more portable but not safe. The one time we used the soft crates our dogs were out of them in two minutes flat. Dogs cannot be left unattended in them, for a moment, as I previously stated, they are unsafe. I would think that indoor shows would be more inclined to retain the benching because of the space limitation and safely for dogs and people. The KC have stated that Crufts will remain benched. Any comments/