SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 21ST AUGUST 2020
The Kennel Club have posted their rules and regulations for running a dog show at this very different and strange time. I have decided not to post them here as they are readily available on the Kennel Club web site. It is entitled: ‘Operational plan for the resumption of Licensed Events’. They are also obtainable from one of the Kennel Club publications. What I will include are judges for 2021 with hope that we will see some normalcy. For those of you that like stats, 41% of the Championship judges are Breed Specialists.
Crufts(11/3) Mrs A Walton Haddon; Hound Association of Scotland (10/4) Dr R.M James; SGHC Limited Show & AGM (11/4) Mrs Susan Rhodes; WELKS (24/4) Mrs M.H. Fulcher; Birmingham (6/5) Mrs A. D Davies; SKC (23/5) Mr J Horswell; Bath Canine (28/5) Miss C Boggia; SCCS (4/6) Mr D Barjot; Three Counties (10/6) Miss J. C. Dove; SGHC Open Show (20/6) Mrs Carolyn McCormick Smith; Blackpool (26/6) Dr Annukka Paloheimo Segerswen; East of England (9/7) Mr Ben Reynolds-Frost; Leeds (24/7) Mrs R. Wray’; Paignton (8/8) Mrs J. Peak; Bournemouth (15/8) Mr E. Engh; Welsh Kennel Club (21/8) Mrs K. Hedberg; Driffield (28/8) Mr G Robertson; City of Birmingham (3/9) Mr M. Caple; South Wales (910) Mrs K. Fisher; SGHC Champ Show (17/10) Mrs Denise Rogers; Midland Counties (28/10) Mrs K. Webb; . There are still quite a few gaps which I will post when available.
Congratulations to Clair Chryssolor on her new, homebred USA Champion. She is Anasazi Esprit De Coeur. Clair says the 1600 mile trip was worth it.
Good news if you are planning on travelling abroad to one of the previously accepted countries now the UK had exited from the EU. Checking with the Defra Web Site, there seem to be no changes there. If you are planning a trip do check and double check as any error could cause you and your Saluki considerable problems. Or as they say take nothing for granted.
UK Sighthound Sport are tentatively planning on holding an Open* Meeting on the 4th October in Gloucestershire. This is the day after Hounds at Bournemouth Championship Show. *Open meeting means that the club can have dogs running from 12 months, can have special classes i.e. veteran and the courses can be shorter. Anyone that has not previously attended will need to have their dog ‘cleared’ which means it can run safely in a muzzle with another dog. For further information on the please contact Tracy Ferty Chamberlain at email@example.com with Name and DOB to register interest for a clearing trial.
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I was sad to read that Blackpool has had to cancel their championship show. The Committee has worked tirelessly to make it a reality. With the Manchester area reporting more cases of Covid, they had no choice. Personally, I thank the Blackpool Committee for trying so very hard. So, it looks like Bournemouth is still on track. We have heard little about Scottish Kennel Club which now has a November date. It is a case of just wait and see. What ever happens please stay safe, take no chances.
If SKC proceeds, the judge for Salukis will be Mark Cocozza. At East of England Champ Show 2021, Ben Reynolds-Frost will be judging. Leeds, 2021 is Rachel Wray. Southern Counties Championship Show 2022 is Breed Specialist (Wallabys Salukis) Saija Juutilainen. She judged the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show about 10 years ago.
I have received an update from Diane Layton-Smith regarding one of the activities planned for the Centennial Year of the Saluki Club. She states:” Southern Counties are very happy to accommodate our extra Championship Show and celebrations in 2023. So, for your diaries, Hound Day will be on Saturday, 3rd June and our Championship Show on Sunday 4th. We are planning to have our own marquee with all day hospitality, an archive exhibition, merchandise and plenty of entertainment over the two days. Something to look forward to!!”. All members of the SGHC should now have received a copy of their nomination papers for judges 2023, please be mindful that you will be electing a judge for our Centennial Show. If you have not received the papers and are a member, please let the secretary, Carolyn McComick Smith know.
Sylvia Evans an Afghan enthusiast has sent me a cutting from ‘Our Dogs’ newspaper post
-war. This has come from an old friend that now lives in New Zealand, who was in contact with another friend in Australia. I believe Gwen Angel (Mazuri Salukis and Afghans, I will be reviewing her soon) was the correspondent at that time. She writes that “Brig Gen Lance was a very considerate judge to me a total novice in the show ring then. We later met frequently travelling to shows by train and local as he lived in the same area. He used to Course with his hounds on the marshes. He did much to get Salukis known in UK but he also owned and Afghan or two.”
The following was written by the Breed Correspondent, Gwen Angel in August 1946 which I think was the first post-war Ch show. It was held at the London Scottish drill hall, Buckingham Gate, Judge Brigadier Lance.
“The Saluki Show: I enjoyed going to this show and seeing my old friend, Gen Lance, run the rule over a grand entry of 148. One thing which impressed me was the number of people who asked me about our great American supporter, Mr E. K. Aldrich, and his ears ought to have burned at all the nice things said of him. I got two letters from him just before the show, so was able to deliver the various messages he asked me to do. Mr Aldrich has done in the States what General Lance has done over here for the Saluki- nuff sed!. One of the classes I enjoyed most was that for the teams. Fancy seeing two teams of six! How picaresque they looked. This was Lady Gardner’s contribution to a grand sight. The dog CC and Best of Breed went to Mrs H. M. Parkhouse with Selim of Shammar, a beautiful home-bred one, res to our contributor Mrs Angel, with Mazuri Bedouin also homebred and the bitch CC went to Mr J McLush with Fukara of Shammar bred by
Mrs Parkhous who took res. with the daughter of the winner, named Bariza Maburi of Shammar.
I asked General Lance his opinion of the breed on the day and he said ‘I am pleased at the entry, and the condition of the dogs, and the general type was very good. I think perhaps the bitches were better than the dogs on the whole, but then there were very many more of them. Nearly all the exhibits moved well and heads showed much quality in fact, quality was good together’”
I thank everyone for sending me in information, it makes the notes a rich tapestry.
At this time and point I feel like I am in the Steven Spielberg film, ‘Jaws’,
Except there are no sharks to keep reoccurring on the local beach. Instead it is a virus that I cannot see, hear and hopefully never feel. We know it is out there but unfortunately, we can do little about it. After months we are supposed to be coming out of lockdown, but maybe not. I think the government is trying to help us but they are in unprecedented times so do not know what to do either. News today is that parts of Australia are back in lockdown even though they have been strict about any new people arriving in Australia. We have pretty much accepted that 2020
is and has been a washout in the dog activity scene. Cross our fingers for a better new year. At this moment Blackpool Championship Show state they “will open the entry on Monday 10th August”. Bournemouth is still hoping to go on. Stay well everyone.
We received a copy of the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Newsletter. The Club has decided to set up a Club member ‘s assistance. What it is, if Club members find themselves in difficulties with their hounds because of sickness, or advancing in year and do not have any family members who are will to help look after their Salukis,
they have the reassurance that the Club is there to help them. The Club is proposing that they create a form to download that could be filed with a Club Administrator and one’s will. This assistance program is only available to Club members. In the Breed Notes of the 1st May 2020 I mentioned that Lisa Croft -Elliott had created a similar plan called ‘Emergency Plan for my animals, which is not breed specific. This form can be found a “http://www.eyefordogs.com/EMERGENCYPLANform1.pdf. This is available to anyone.
Included also in the Newsletter is a form to nominate judges. The Club needs nominations for Judges for the Limited and Open Show in 2022. The Limited Show and the Open Show judges need not be Breed Specialists Nominations are needed for the 2023 Championship Show. This judge must be a ‘Breed Specialist”. Please be mindful that 2023 is a very special year for the SGHC as the Club will be 100 years old, the oldest Saluki Club in the World.
Finally, in the Newsletter, Helena Haywood thanks everyone for sending in photographs for the calendar competition. She says that the price for the calendar remains the same as last year which is £8.50. As there will not be a Championship
Show where the calendars were usually available, all calendars will have to be posted. She will let people know the postage charges when the calendar is completed and weighted. If you want to contact Helena regarding the calendar her contact details are by telephone on 01494 874587 or helenahaywood firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be accepting payment by cheque or via Paypal.
I have been having a lively discussion with one of the readers of these breed notes regarding wood cuts and the paintings of Norbertine Bresslern-Roth. My reader has come to the conclusion that Mrs Bresslern-Roth’s interest in Salukis came from her early travels in the Middle East. If you look at many other works you will see traditional scenes of Arabic people sitting around a fire. Also she has done many pictures with camels in the backgrounds. In Mrs Bresslern-Roth’s home town of Graz, Frau Wohlfahrt-Casatif of Graz lived and it was her two dogs that were depicted in three of the paintings. In the painting entitled “The Pack” in the museum in Australia and a painting entitled “Venus” there was a lemon/white parti coloured Saluki which we do not know his origin. But the dogs pictured in “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport” are Garibe el Saluki who is listed as a fawn bitch (She had a Sarona Dam) and Hatim el Saluk as a black male. (He also had a Sarona dam). My reader’s pointed out that in the paintings and woodcuts the dog is mostly all black except for white on his front paws, some white on his chest and white on the end of his tail. In 1929 was this an accepted colour pattern for Salukis that we have lost?
I thank my reader for several interesting and stimulating conversations.
I thank my reader for several interesting and stimulating conversations.
Interestingly, a photograph has appeared on my social media site of a painting by Norbertine Bresslesrn-Roth. She was an Austrian painter, printmaker and book illustrator. It says that along with her male colleagues, Carl Fahringer and Ludwig Heinrich Jungnikel, she was considered to be one of Austria’s best animal painters. This beautiful painting is of a group of Salukis with what appears to be an Afghan after a hunting scene. This painting is in the David Roche Collection at the famous TDRF Art Museum, North Adelaide, South Australia. Seeing photos of this painting, rang bells, I have seen something in similar style. I referred to Hope and David Water’s “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport” where there is an illustration of a wood cut featuring two Salukis; The caption says “Salukis in Austria about 1929” Hope and David go on to say” After the eighteenth century continental artists appear to have neglected the Saluki until in the late 1920s, the noted Austrian animal artist Norbertine V Bresslern-Roth was attracted by a pair of feathered Salukis belonging to the late Frau Wohlfahrt-Casati of Graz.” It is interesting as the Waters were probably not aware of the other painting. Ms Bresslern-Roth’s style is very distinctive and I regret that I am unable to illustrate either the painting or wood cut here but you can see the wood cut in Hope and David’s book.
In reference to David Roche, he was an all-breed championship show judge that had the honour of judging at Crufts in 1969. He had a great interest in dogs as a breeder and exhibitor of Afghans, Kerry Blue Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers. He was a collector of all things canine which includes painting, ceramics and bronzes along with many other fine quality antiquities. They are housed in his most lavish house museum in North Adelaide. He established the David Roche Foundation to carry out his wish that his collection of more than 3000 magnificent pieces of decorative and fine art be made available to the public. (This is similar to the Wallace Collection in London).
After writing in these notes about the early beginnings of the Saluki Club when discussing Serona Kelb, I have decided to look at who else attended that historical meeting in 1923, launching the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club. One couple of interest, attending that meeting, was Mr L Crouch who took the position as Hon Treasure along side of his wife, who was elected a Committee member. Prior to entering the world of Salukis, Mrs L Crouch was well known for her Standard Poodles. The photo I have found of one of her champion poodles was taken in 1907 so she was well versed in the showing scene. In Saluki Heritage, Issue 16 Spring 1989 there is an article on the Orchard Salukis with photographs showing that most of her hounds were parti coloured, while most other kennels at that time did not have stock of this colour pattern, it appears that this was the colour of choice of the Crouches. Like most of their peers Mrs Crouch went to the Middle East for stock. She imported Orchard Hoishan bred by Sheikh Abdulla Hamid of Bahrein during the years between the wars. His claim to fame was that he was unbeaten on the racing track. According to one of the interviews in the Saluki Heritage, which is mentioned above, Mrs Crouch usually kept about 25 dogs at one time in her kennels, in all she registered 16 litters under the Orchard prefix.
In Vera Watkins’ book “Saluki Companion of Kings”, Vera Breaks down the classification of imported Salukis into two group; pre war (up to 1939) and post war (1946 onwards).”
Vera goes on to say “Sheik Sir Hamad Ibn Isa al Khalidah K.C.I.E.C.S.I, owned a fine kennel of Salukis which were larger and more massive in type than the Salukis on the Mainland. Colonel Dickson suggested that these Salukis ‘had Persian Greyhound’ blood in them or were imported from the Persian side of the Gulf. He added that they did little or no hunting and were fat rather than muscular”.
June Burt wrote in The Saluki Volume 9 Spring 1977 referring to events happened in 1954
“The death was reported of Mrs Evelyn Crouch whose Orchard prefix was famous in Salukis before the war. She came into Salukis in 1922, purchasing a black and white bitch from Brigadier Lance’s Sarona kennels. This bitch registered as Orchard Shahin became the first Saluki champion in England and won altogether eleven CCs and many other prizes and trophies. The Orchard Salukis also made a name for themselves both coursing and on the track.
Unhappily the kennels closed with the outbreak of the war and did not re-opened”. Annually at The SGHC Open Show the Orchard Shahin Trophy is awarded annually for Best Bitch. It was presented by the late Mrs L Crouch.
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Good News for the long-awaited show scene. Bournemouth Canine Association will be holding their Championship Show on the first weekend in October, the Kennel Club has now issued a licence. Hounds will be judged on Saturday 3rd October. Judging will be Mrs Jean Wright. Entries are now open on Higham Press/DogBiz, closing at midday on Thursday 8th September. On the Higham Press Web sight there will be comprehensive risk assessment available to be viewed.
The Show Manager has made the following statement:” It would be good for you to bring your gazebos no larger than 10 feet X 10 feet, also small pop up tents and you can erect them in designated areas that will be clearly marked out, not in the grooming rings or around the ring as you will be asked to move, there will be plenty of space to help with your social distancing and grooming. You will need to bring your own chairs to stop cross contamination. There is plenty of room on our 50 acre show site. We ask you to bring your own masks as some judges may on the day want you to wear them. There will be hand sanitising stations around the show ground. We will supply judges, stewards and helpers with masks, glove and hand sanitisers.”.
The Bournemouth committee have worked very hard to fill all the requirements to make this show a reality. I am sure the whole canine show community is grateful for their refusal to be beaten by the pandemic. Cross your fingers that everyone in the southwest area stay’s well and the show is able to proceed.
After a very long wait our Kennel Club Breed Record Supplement has finally arrived. This is the Breed Records for January to March 2020. During this quarter there have been 33 new registrations compared to last year where there were only 14. There were 5 litters registered with only two afixes that are known to me. They make up 11 of the 30 puppies that were registered. There were 3 importations. They are El’Ubaid Zacharias (IMP NDL). Fawn Dog, he was born on 3rd September 2019. Breeder is Mr B Van Der Moezel. Owner is Mrs W E Cole. Origin Netherlands
2nd importation is Mala’s Amal Chakib Camal Ibn Terra (IKC).Fawn Dog. Born 7th May 2019. Breeder is Mrs M Latsch. Owners Mrs V & Mr D Best & Mrs M Latsch, Origin Germany.
3rd Importation is Moonbeam Moon Shadow (IKC), colour not recognized by KC, Bitch, Born 4th November 2019. Breeder is Mrs B M Dunne. Owners Mr W R McMillen & Mrs V Graham. Origin Republic of Ireland
Two Junior Warrants, Alishamar Roxane (IMP BEL) owner Ms N Hamilton and Jay JP Sea Bird El Panjsher (IMP JPM) owners Ms L Aldous & Mrs J Glaister.
One Show Certificate of Excellence to Vidana Amira S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) owner Misses L Phillips & H Wiseman
One Veteran Warrant to Ulmarra Tropical Ice At Winton (IKC) owner Mrs K H Williams
Results for Sal-NCL test were clear for Alsahra Dakata, Canapus Minstral Under Barleymoon (IMP NDL) and Kasaque Ra Frankel.
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Carolyn McCormick Smith has sent a gentle reminder to anyone who has moved house and would still like to receive mailings from the Club to let her know their new address.
Blackpool Championship Show will hopefully now take place on September 25.26.27th. Fosse data will be taking entries from Monday 10th August 2020. They go on to say a new on-line schedule will have to be produced with a few changes of judges which they will notify us on their site one they have acceptance from the new Judges. Unfortunately, they cannot print a new schedule to time scale and no shows to distribute at, the entry will be open until Monday 31st August 2020, on-line only, however paper entries will be accepted no later than Monday 24th August 2020 (postmark). Hound day is Saturday 26th September, judge for Salukis will be Dianna Spavin, subject to KC approval.
In last week’s notes I commented on the different article written in the Saluki Breed Supplement of July 3rd2020. In response to my comments I received the following communication from Joanne Mahon. Obviously, she is entitled to her opinion equally as I am mine.
“It is extremely rude of you to haven taken a pot-shot at my article through the breed notes of Our Dogs simply because my article is long. No one is holding anyone at gunpoint to be made to read it - it is your and everyone's else's prerogative whether they read it or not, but it is not right that you castigate it simply because it's long. We don't all have to live in a sound-bite world and it was Our Dogs prerogative to edit or not. They chose not to as they felt the entire article was too important to abridge.
The crux of the idea behind it is to educate those breeders and judges who have influence on our breed. If you have ever read any other article that explains Salukis in this manner then I'd like to know because it makes them much easier to understand than the information provided at most breed seminars despite the length of the article. The fact that several all-rounders have written to thank me is evidence of its importance.
You owe me an apology in print because it is not your right to diminish important education about the breed no matter how long the article might be. “
Oh where oh where has our summer gone? I knew it had peaked too early so it
looks like we may be in Autumn. We are now in the height of summer holidays, no easy access to holiday trips abroad, and the weather is windy and chilly. Let us hope it surprises us and improves. With the lockdown not so much of a lockdown it would be nice to sit in a pub garden without a winter coat or an umbrella. Stay safe and follow the rules to remain safe.
Hon Sec of The Northern Saluki Club has sent the following message:
“The committee of the Northern Saluki Club have sadly decided that our Open Show which was due to take place at the end of September 2020 needs to be cancelled. I don't imagine that this will be a surprise given the restrictions that are in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have delayed making this decision as long as possible in case the latest Kennel Club and government advice meant a show could be safely organised. However, the committee now feel that with the present restrictions, and those likely to remain in place, we would be unable to run a show which was both safe, practical and ensured the event was an enjoyable and sociable occasion for both people and their dogs.
The judge Mr J Johnston-White has agreed to move his appointment to our Open Show in September 2021. So, we will look forward to seeing you then, with hopefully something which resembles a more normal show.
We all hope you are staying well and healthy.”
Steve Ham has been in touch with Buzz’s daughter and has asked me to include the following:
“As a lot of you will know Buzz has been unwell lately, one of her daughters, Rosanne managed to get into the UK a little while ago and has asked that I update you. All the hounds are safe and sound in their new homes and Buzz has a new permanent address of Monkscroft Care Home, Shelly Road, Cheltenham GI51 7DP. I am sure she would love to hear from her doggy friends.”
Bournemouth Championship Dog Show is planning to go ahead. It will be on Saturday October 3rd, 2020 at Pike’s Farm, Organford, Poole, subject to Government Guidelines. The entries will open after the 7th July online at Higham Press, Dog biz. Schedules may be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelopes to the secretary, Mrs Sally Duffin, Foxholes Cottage, Poole Road, Sturminster Marshall, Dorset BH21 3RR. Judge is Mrs Jean Wright.
This week in ‘Our Dogs’ A to Z of breeds is featured Salukis. The paper has given us 16 pages of information, history, adverts of our breed to read through. A thank you to Our Dogs and the editor Ali Smith for allowing us to ‘showcase’ our breed. It takes a lot of time and effort to pull together a feature, especially when working under difficult circumstances. As expected, the first article starts off with ‘Back to the beginning’. Anna Freegard has written an interesting history of the breed enhanced by photographs from the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club’s achieves. It is a very free flowing article that works it’s way through the breed history without allowing the reader to become bored or straying away from the content.
The second article was by John Davies, Health co-ordinator of UK Salukis. As John states in his introduction “The Salukis appears to be one of the healthiest breeds in the UK. We presently have no health issues which could be classed as prevalent.” John mentions that this year a voluntary breeding code was drawn up, working with the KC to test for NCL. This hopefully will ensure in the future that we eradicate this disease. For more information he refers you to the Northern Saluki Club website or the SGHC web site.
Meet the breeder: is Mrs Debbie Copperthwaite ( Al Caliph Salukis).. Debbie is probably the longest active breeder we have in this country. She obtained her first Saluki in 1964. The article is a question and answer which allows us to understand the processes of this very successful breeder. Debbie has said this is her first and last interview like this she will be doing. Very interesting reading.
Next article is by yours’s truly on Activities to participate with your Saluki. I have written about some of the many activities you can do with your Saluki whether it a show dog or not, to have fun interacting with your hound.
Mary Sanders Parker has written the next article on ‘Judging the Saluki’. Mary has presented photos to give you the visual experience of what the Saluki Standard states along with an explanation.
Saluki Welfare states” The objective of ‘Saluki Rescue’ as it was originally called was to help members of the saluki breed clubs in case of need where owners were unable to continue to care for their hounds. Over time, however it became clear that there was a parallel universe of breeders who are not known to either of the recognised UK breed clubs who have generated many more cases of Salukis in need, which remains the situation today. Many of these hounds find their way into other rescue organisations some of which do not have the experience and knowledge of the breed to be able to find the right homes for them. However, over the years Saluki Welfare has enabled hundreds of Salukis to find their new forever home.”
The temperament of the Saluki by Denise Rogers. A very concise article that ticks a lot of boxes. A woman that understands the breed and explains it very well.
The evolution of the Saluki: a natural breed created by natural selective pressures by Joanne Mahon. The introduction states “The Saluki is a unique hound in the whole of the animal kingdom. Whether breeding or judging Salukis, its uniqueness of purpose its evolution and conformation must be understood and preserved. The Salukis is the world’s fasted predatory endurance galloper who can catch and bring down gazelle and smaller game, securing a highly valuable food source for the nomadic tribes people and sheiks who revered them. Their ability to bring home meat for the pot inferred high value on capable hunters and ensured their survival in the world’s harshest environments. This is basis of this thesis. The historical part is very interesting but Mrs Mahon has gone on page after page working to prove her thesis. It is well written and she has a lot to say which would have kept the readership interest if it was not so long. Congratulations to Michael who at this time is the only person I know that has managed to wade through this article.
Interspersed are adverts which are always fun looking and reading. Copies of this special Saluki supplement, which will not be in the paper again for 24 years are available on line from Our Dogs. Just google Our Dogs then go to subscribe where you can obtain a single issue of the Saluki Supplement.
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Lockdown seems like less of a lockdown now and as of tomorrow we will be allowed to have our hair cut. It is interesting to watch on television to see who has/has not had their hair trimmed. Michael’s hair has remained relatively tidy as I have used my dog clippers and experience from trimming dogs to his advantage. I am sure I have not been the only one to do that. Weather has been unseasonably hot which has encouraged too many people to use the ‘Dominick affect’ and travel to the beaches and lakes. Let’s hope we do not find ourselves in a second wave of Covid 19 later in the year. Speaking of that there are still four dog shows that have not been cancelled. They are Blackpool, Bournemouth, SKC and LKA.
I love the new terms people come up with, we now have “Air bridges’. This is a series of short haul destination we can go to with relatively low risk. So, from the 4th July you can travel to France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany, I assume with your pet. There has not been any mentioning that the old pet passport scheme is not still functioning.
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Mike Lewis, husband of Anne Redway Lewis. The Lewis’ moved from their London home a month before the lockdown started, their dream bungalow in Wales. As Mike had a few ongoing health issues they were requested to self-isolate, which they did. Mike enjoyed the rural area they had just moved to and was planning his garden. Unfortunately, last Saturday evening he had a fall which resulted in him being taken to the hospital, where he died two days later.
Anne and Mike did not attend dog shows but preferred to help the Saluki community in other ways. Often, they were asked to pick up a dog for the Welfare or check out potential homes for them. One of their two dogs is Lollie, a cross collie/saluki they picked up for the Welfare, fostered and has become a permanent resident. Ann & Mike also attended the Saluki Stand at Discover Dogs in Earls Curt. When it was moved to the O2, they organized the whole booth.
Mike was a professional drummer, working in many Clubs as a sideman. He loved to tell of his experiences working in the Ritz, London. As a drummer he met and played with whose who in the music world. He was looking forward to some gigs in Wales when the pubs re-opened.
Our thoughts are with Anne and his family at this difficult time. Cards can be sent to Anne at Ty Maes, Dolau, Llandrindod, LD1 5TE.
This is the big week, the Saluki Supplement is included in this newspaper. Personally, I am so looking forward to reading what everyone has written and seeing the adverts from Salukiphiles. They are as much about the history and future of our breed as the article. Sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Some judges for 2021 have been announced. Hound Association of Scotland is Dr. R James, Southern Counties Championship Show is Mr V. Barjot after the cancelled show 2020, he was brought forward, Paignton is Jill Peak. Three Counties 2022 will be Keith Thornton.
The SGHC Newsletter is being compiled and will be sent out to all member of the Club soon. Within it will be the points trophies winner’s list which is usually published in the Open Show Catalogue. Carolyn Mc Cormick Smith, secretary of the SGHC has said: “That the AGM was postponed with the agreement of the Kennel Club, it is not yet possible to guess when we might be able to hold it.”
Diana Klein is working on the magazine which should have been published to coincide with the Club’s Championship Show. Whilst the show is not going to happen the magazine definitely will. Anyone wanting to take out an advert or write an article for the magazine should contact Diana Klein at email: email@example.com.
There is a new name for the Judges Competency Framework – it will now be called the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows). This format will also be rolled out to the other activity disciplines that the KC caters for. Please see the Press Release by clicking on the following link:https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/…/judges-competency-frame…/
I have received notification of the passing of Dr.Ivor Moss. For many years he had been living in a care home. He and his late wife Gloria were very active in the Saluki Club in the late 70s and 80s, they exhibited their dogs under the Negma prefix. They made up one Saluki, Ch Tahawi Xanthippe of Negma in 1980. Gloria and Ivor were also members of the Coursing Club. Ivor was a medical doctor, in that position he was the physician for Crufts while it was still at Earls Court and for Windsor Championship Show. Ivor was also very active in the Kennel Club up until the point when he needed to go into assisted living. At the time of his death Ivor must have been well into his 90s. Rest in Peace Ivor.
I have spoken to Buzz Faber’s daughter to see how Buzz is doing. She is in a care-home at the present time and will be there for the foreseeable future. Her dogs are all being looked after. If I hear any more information, I will post it here. Her daughter is still here in the UK sorting out Buzz’s affair so if you would like to send cards to cheer Buzz up, please send to her home address and her daughter will see Buzz receives them.
Helen Haywood has sent me information on the on-going competition for the 2021
Calendar. They are: “There are 142 entries this year.
The slide show will go live on the SGHC website on June 14th which would have been the Open Show date.
Voting will remain open for 2 weeks until June 28th.
It will show a slide show of thumbnail photos, and voters will be asked to vote for their top 12 photos.
By clicking on each thumbnail it will enlarge the photo and give the voter a list of 12 options from Favourite to 12th Favourite.
The website will collate the votes in the background, not visible to visitors.”
The Kennel Club has had an Update regarding Crufts 2021. To paraphrased their comments, they state: “Qualifications criteria for the show will be announced once the Government guidance is clear on future events, which may not be until the autumn. It may be that the show will need to be reformatted in a way to comply with the new regulations. If so, more details, about this will be announced as information becomes available”. So, besides waiting to hear what the qualifications for next year’s Crufts we also have to wait to see what the restrictions to enter and leave the Country with our dogs, as we are no longer in the Common Market. At this point to enter Northern Ireland with your hounds you need an up to date Pet Passport.
The influential Stud I am exploring this week is the grandfather of the English Saluki. He is Ch Sarona Kelb. All information for this article comes from “The Saluki in History, Art and Sport”. By David and Hope Waters 1969. 1st Edition.
After the 1st World War military officers were returning from what we now call ‘the middle east’. While they were stationed there, they became acquainted with the Salukis as they had the opportunity to join their Arab hosts on hunting trips. Brigadier-General Lance and Florence Lance became interested in the breed from the Brigadiers military travels. Which enabled them to import some hounds from Syria. At this time the Brigadier and Mrs Lance and the Hon Florence Amherst were drawing up the standard by which the Salukis Club would be recognized by the Kennel Club. In 1923 The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was officially recognized and accepted by The Kennel Club. Ch Saona Kelb was to become the first dog Champion in our breed. “Brigadier Lance considered that Kelb excelled in soundness, quality and feather and was a wonderful coursing hound. He was a typical Shami type Saluki from Syria and left his stamp on the breed siring 10 champions.”
The Brigadier wrote: “Ch Sarona Kelb was born in Damascus 1919, his sire Selughi was a white and Black and was an exceptionally fast and clever coursing dog. His dam Baalbek was a small grizzle bitch given to me by the Kaimakam of Baalbek.”
Hope and David Waters in their book state: “He (Kelb) was brought to England in 1921, very soon became a champion after the breed was awarded certificates, and stamped the breed with his type from the first. At Cruft’s one year, both certificate winners and both reserve certificate winners were himself and his sons and daughters and the following year every first-prize winner was a son or daughter of his. Probably every winning Saluki of any note, either on the bench or in the coursing field, has his blood from several different lines today. He died at the age of twelve years and was the Champion at Cruft’s the year before his death”
From Saluki Achieves I have recorded the following details: Sarona Kelb was bred by Brigadier General F. Frederick Lance, owned by him and Mrs Glady M Lance.*
His sire was Seleugh and dam, Baalbek. He was born in the Syrian Arab Republic. Colour was black and tan. He had 18 mating partners with 111 offsprings. (51 males and 60 females. He produced 10 English Champions. The champions are ;
Hassan of Ruritania, Sarona Muzbat, Tarzan of Ruritania, Shem of Iraq, Sarona Gulshere, Orchard Shahin, Orchard Rahma, Ameena of Ayot, Sarona Gemil, Sarona Ghulab.
*The SGHC has two lovely portraits of the Brigadier Lance and Florence donated by the Lance family. The Club has restored them and reframed them so they can be exhibited at Club events.
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Strange times during this pandemic, we are now told to stay at home but we can now go shopping in most all stores. Hairdressers, not yet. Cafés and restaurants are all take-aways. Dog activities have not open yet but we can take the dogs to ‘dog parks’ for a good run. Hopefully the rate of infection will keep going down, the scientist will come up with a vaccine and we will resume our old life. Hope everyone is staying well and we will get together in better times.
This will be my last reminder about sending in adverts for the Saluki Supplement which will be in this paper on 3rd July. If you would like to send in a last minute advert you can try and see if there is still room available. Please ring Pam Coulbert on 01803 712280. Or email Pam on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a copy of the paper which will include this special supplement then please contact Tina Smith on 0161 709575 or email@example.com.
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club have posted a few items. In regards to the SGHC ‘facebook’ page, the administrator as stated;” This page is for questions from members to the Committee and for notifications from the Committee to members. Anything posted on this page should be regarded as confidential and not shared with anyone who is not a member of SGHC.”
Helena Haywood has posted on the SGHC facebook site that entries for the 2021 Calendar Competition will be open on the SGHC Website on June 14. Voting is open to everyone. There will be 141 photos to choose from.
Caroline McCormick Smith has posted that “the Committee had a meeting at the weekend via Zoom which was a new experience for several of us. It was pretty successful thanks to Anna Freegard sorting out the technical side. Anna and Ben Freegard have been co-opted on to the Committee.” “Karen Fisher has taken on the role of Committee Chairman in addition to being Vice-President. We hope to continue with our virtual meetings thus avoiding unnecessary travel and the expense of hiring halls” This has had a warm welcome from comments, I have read, because committee membership will now be available to members living in a larger geographical area.
Next week I will carry on with my ‘influential studs’, looking back at the history of the English Saluki. If anyone has comments on the series please do not hesitate to contact me. I would especially appreciate any additional information on the studs, which always make their existence and contributions more interesting.
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