Saluki Walk 2008
The Saluki Walk on 27th September at Earby in aid of th SWF organised by David Hartley proved to be a great success with 40 people and over 30 dogs attending.
The change of date forced by a clash with certain shows proved to be advantageous as the weather was very much better than on the original date and participants enjoyed a sunny autumnal day. The walk was a little more challenging than previously but afforded wonderful views over the surrounding countryside which were greatly appreciated by the owners.
After lunch entries were taken for fun classes and a photograph competition. Many of the photos entered were stunning and most showed Salukis in one of two different 'flat out modes' - on the sofa or running .
Cobbydog and Royal Canin generously sponsored the well supported classes and the exhibitors accepted the placings of the judges (whose names were drawn from a hat) with good humour. Cards from First to Very Highly Commended and rosettes for the first three places generously donated by Roy Goodby meant that few went home empty handed. Class winners each received a bag of Royal Canin food, second and thirds received a bag of Cobbydog, and the Best in Show received a large sack of Cobbydog.
Seventeen donated raffle prizes were drawn afterwards and the prizes well distributed among those present.
After a small presentation to members of St Peter's church for their help in organising the event, there followed a fish and chip tea from the Quality Fish Bar which lived up to its name. Not only did those present enjoy the meal but so too did David's skunks, kinkajous, mongooses and coatis who ate the leftovers the following day.
Thanks are due to David and the members of St Peter's Church for organising and hosting the event and to all of those who supported it in any way.
David hopes to organise another event in Earby in 2009 and hopes to see even more people attend. The walk raised £469 for the Saluki Welfare Fund.
Results of the fun classes:
Dog or bitch in best condition under 7 years old judged by Mrs R Lewis:
1. Mrs Halliday's Rafa, 2nd Mrs Hooton's Zyla, 3rd Mrs Ward's Maverick 4th Mrs Crossley's Skye, 5th Mr Worrall's Flynn.
Dog or bitch in best condition over 7 years judged by Mr A Sharp:
1st Mrs Martin's Tilly, 2nd Freddie's Millie, 3rd Mr Hartley's Luke.
Dog the Judge would most like to take home judged by Mr D Hartley:
1. Miss Cazeau's Louis, 2nd Mrs Ward's Maverick, 3rd Mrs Crossley's Skye, 4th Mrs Halliday's Baz, 5th Mr Isle's Strider.
The NSC on tour in Albuquerque 2006
Vicki Sharp writes: “When Alan Lake was due to judge the Saluki Club of America’s 25th Western regional Specialty in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, a handful of members from the NSC, namely myself, my husband Andrew, Rosie Lewis, Pip Buswell and Roy Goodby, decided that it would be a great excuse to get a way for a few days and give him and his wife Sally some good old British support at the ringside and also to get a look at the American Salukis. In fact Andrew and I were already holidaying in South West America at the time of the show and so for us it was simply a matter of a mere 1000 mile round trip detour in the middle of our three week tour to join in the fun. However, for some of the other intrepid travellers it was hard going travelling from the
Albuquergue also hosts a hot air balloon fiesta each October which was on whilst we were there. What an amazing sight to get up in the morning and see dozens and dozens of hot air balloons just filling the sky.
The Saluki Club held a gathering on the evening before the show where exhibitors and visitors met up to enjoy drinks and nibbles and generally catch up with those they hadn’t seen for a while. There were also one or two fun events which took place to get the festivities under way.
On the day of the show the weather was hot and sunny with not a cloud in the sky – lovely for the sun worshippers but not so great for the dogs. Fortunately, the secretary’s table and trophy table were under a canvas canopy which ran the length of one side of the ring and so the dogs and exhibitors were able to stand in the shade whilst awaiting their turn for judging. As the show was held on the playing fields of a sports complex in Rio Rancho,
Show judging began at with the sweepstake classes (and we think that Championship shows start early!). Then, as is the tradition, in the
On the day there were 176 dogs making 249 entries. This was reported to be the largest entry for this show and in the end the final winners were as follows:
Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and BOB David and Fiona Bennett’s 2 ½ yr old bitch Al Sayad Ace Athena (Ch Bel S’mbran Darby Sterling Silver Rose x Burydown Vogue D’Al Sayad.
Winners Dog: Terry Smith & Dan Bunn’s 3 ½ yr old Ramazahn Renegade (Abaquero TSH Beretta X Ramazahn Rebellion).
Best of Opposite Sex: Joel E Scheinberg & Nathalie J Warner’s 4 ½ yr old dog Ch Owl Ridge High Rustler (Ch Moshire RFR Red Sky x
The day was a very social event with lots of introductions and many questions about the English Salukis and how they compare to American dogs. A very nice lunch was available and in the evening a dinner was held and delicious food served at a nearby hotel where the gathering on the previous evening had taken place. There were also items auctioned during the evening but many of them were too big for overseas visitors to get home. We met lots of very nice and very interesting people from all over
We met a lot of lovely people and saw some very nice dogs during our stay in Albuqerque. Rosie, Pip and
I think I can safely say that a great time was had by all when the Northern Saluki Club went on tour. However, I also think that some just might have second thoughts in future before making such a trip again”.
Images from the Show