Willamette Valley Saluki Club

June 23, 2000

Specialty and Sweepstakes Results

By Wanda Sirianni, president

Everything turned out perfectly for this year’s specialty. Our weather was perfect - sunny and warm but not too hot. Our show site on the Clackamas KC grounds with all of the lovely old fir trees providing a lot of shade and as usual, our ring was large enough to let the Salukis cover some ground. We are fortunate that there is plenty of setup room for the club and exhibitors alike. The CKC members are very gracious and we are pleased to continue to use their grounds.

Thanks to our many generous trophy sponsors, we once again had one of the nicest trophy tables on the grounds. We even heard some exhibitors from one of the other breed specialties say they wanted to get a Saluki to show as we had the nicest trophies. The beautiful print, Keeper of the Treasure, was given for Best of Breed along with many, many more beautiful trophies for every class.

Our judges were pleasant and efficient in their judging. They were a pleasure! Dr. John Shelton judged the regular and non-regular classes and Rosemary Power judged puppy and veterans sweepstakes. Their critiques follow.

I would like to thank all of our exhibitors for bringing your beautiful Salukis. You brought some very lovely ones again this year, which did not go unnoticed by our judges who commented on the quality of the entry.

Our raffle table had a lot of great items again this year. What would we do without all of your donations? For those that missed the judge’s dinner, you missed a great time. We tried a new restaurant this year, and it worked out very well. Good food, less expensive (always a plus!) and a nice secluded area with a wonderful waitress who put up with all of our joking. We plan to be back there next year.

I said everything was perfect - well almost. There was one problem. We had a very angry exhibitor whose entry did not make it to the show secretary. They chose to “bad mouth” the club during the course of the specialty. Because of this, I would like to “set the record straight.” Their frustration was understandable, but they focused their anger on our show secretary and show committee, even threatening a lawsuit, which was quite unpleasant. The exhibitor complained to our show secretary prior to the show date and after many phone calls he finally called AKC for a decision. He was told he could do nothing - the entry had not been received. The entry submittal provider that this exhibitor used did send one entry with fee for one of their Salukis and that one was properly entered. We do not know what happened to any second entry, but we do know that the show secretary did not receive it. The exhibitor may have a complaint but not with the WVSC or its show secretary. This has been a very upsetting experience for those who worked so hard to put on a successful specialty. We are very surprised and yes, hurt that someone would suggest that WVSC or our show secretary would keep anyone from entering our specialty. This is simply not the case. Oh, well - stuff happens!

All in all it really was a great day! Now it's time to start looking to next year. I hope to see you there.

Puppy Sweepstakes Classes Judge:
Rosemary Power - Tavanai Salukis

Puppy Dogs 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (1)
1st SHAMAR’S GRAPHITE SALISH.
Shawn M. Davis
A very elegant, young Saluki. He was very sound coming and going, nice side movement and a lovely long neck. He was my pick for Best Puppy in Sweepstakes.

Junior Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (5)
1st D’ANSOR MIRAGE AL SAYAD.
Della Crawford
This young male had very nice side movement, and he was sound. I didn’t like his tail carriage, but there’s nothing specific about tail carriage in the standard.
2nd D’ANSOR PHANTOMENACE AL SAYAD.
Dr. D. & F. Bennett & G. Hayden
I really liked this young dog except for his rather flat topline. I prefer more arch over the loin. He has very nice side movement.
3rd CARMAS MOTHER NATURE SON.
L. Ackerman & L. & T. Kobayahshi
A nice male but he lacked the side movement of several others. Nice outline.
4th CARMAS HEY JUDE.
Lyndell Ackerman
A nice dog but straight in the front and a little less reach.

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (2)
1st SALISH’ FAWN MEMOR-EEZ.
Shawn M. Davis & M. Clark
This girl had it all together. She was alert and always up. I’d like a little more angle to her neck, but she’s a very nice bitch.
2nd SALISH’ INDIAN INK.
Shawn Davis & Paige Davis
A very cute bitch with some great side movement for very brief moments. I couldn’t really tell what her up and back movement was like. She just needs a little growing up. Actually, watching her later in the day she showed much better.

Junior Bitches 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (1)
1st JEN-EFF FLITE OF THE PHOENIX.
Vickey Halstead
This is a pretty bitch but she lacked reach.

Best In Sweepstakes (Puppy)
SHAMAR’S GRAPHITE SALISH

Best Of Opposite Sex To Best In Sweepstakes (Puppy)
SALISH’ FAWN MEMOR-EEZ

Veteran Sweepstakes Classes Judge:
Rosemary Power - Tavanai Salukis

Junior Veteran Bitches 7 years and under 10 years (2)
1st CH. CARMAS SOME LIKE IT HOT.
Lyndell Ackerman
A nice golden girl, very sound.
2nd CH. SIRIANNI SHARIIFAH OF CEZANNE.
Pamela & Wanda L. Sirianni
I liked her a lot. I put her second because she came at me popping her elbows. She’s another one I watched later in the day and she moved very much better.

Senior Veteran Bitches 10 years and over (1)
1st CH. CARMAS DRIVIN MS DAISY.
Lyndell Ackerman
She looked great and moved like she always has, very sound.

Best In Sweepstakes (Veteran)
CH. CARMAS DRIVIN MS DAISY

Conformation Classes Judge: Dr. John C. Shelton

It was my pleasure to judge the twelfth specialty show for this club. It is the highest honor a judge can have to judge a specialty show, especially for a breed that he is very fond of. Ever since I began showing dogs I’ve enjoyed and admired the Saluki.

I will begin this discussion by saying that I am not fond of critiques. I rarely read them and don’t like to write them. One reason is that exhibitors don’t really wish to hear negative things about their dogs. I don’t read critiques because they are typically full of canned remarks about the dogs.

Many years ago also bred Smooth Fox Terriers along with Whippets, Borzois, and an occasional Greyhound. Our specialty was to be judged by a woman who was a well-known breeder from England. I entered six exhibits to show to her, but one bitch got in a fight and had her nose cut open, so we left her at home. The judge made no notes, during or after judging. She took no photos and had no tape recorder.

Therefore, I was amazed to read her critique in the next issue of our newsletter. She made interesting comments about each class winner. When she came to the class where my absent bitch would have been the single entry, she critiqued her! “Lovely head, could have had a better ear set, adequate mover, could be a bit shorter in loin, ...” I then went back and re-read the earlier comments on the other classes. They were “safe” remarks. What bitch in those days couldn’t have been a bit shorter in loin or had a bit better ear set? I didn’t believe another word she wrote.

Now, you’re going to say, he’s doing the same thing: writing only nice things about the dogs. Sorry, but true, I guess. I was told I would have to write a critique, so I set out my camera and my tape recorder so I could take visual and verbal notes. Then I forgot them! I made some basic notes on the overall quality of the entry and of the class winners.

The weather couldn’t have been better! It was a glorious day with moderate temperatures and warm sun. The facilities were excellent, a nice, large ring for the dogs to show off their movement. My steward, Jack Frost, was the best, totally attentive to the my needs and those of the exhibitors. Everyone connected with the club was very cooperative, helpful, and friendly. The exhibitors, winners and losers, were most gracious. It made my job all the more pleasant.

The winner of the 9-12 month puppy dog class was Shamar’s Graphite Salish, a black and tan of good outline. He was excellent in front but a tad close behind, but what do you expect from such a young lad. His most endearing quality, however, was his fabulous temperament. He was a tail wagger who enjoyed himself. He was ultimately Best Puppy.

From the 12-18 month class came D’Ansor Mirage Al Sayad. He looked young. He had an excellent outline, though he needed more depth of chest. He was a bit close coming and going.

I loved Snowynde Winter Fury, a grizzle, who won the BBE class. Lovely head, eye, and nose. A trifle soft in topline standing, though fine while moving. He was good moving both ends and in profile. He was my Reserve Winners Dog.

First in Open Dogs and ultimately Winners Dog was Salish’ Legacy of Gold shown by a lovely young lady about to make her mark in Junior Showmanship. I might call him dark cream. His profile was excellent. Very nice head, good eye, dark nose. He moved well from all directions. My one complaint of him was his coat. It was a bit “wintery.” A couple of months with regular work with a hound glove and good coat conditioners and I think he could be made to shine.

Salish Indian Ink, a red bitch, came and went well and had good reach and drive. She was immature (of course) and she, too, had a rough coat.

The 12-18 class sent Jen-Eff Flite of the Phoenix to the winners class. A very pretty grizzle, she came and went well, but held back in moving in profile.

Salish’ Fawn Memor-ezz won a nice BBE bitch class. She was a light cream, very pretty standing in profile. Her side gate was very good and she was good coming to me, but her rear was a bit close going away. Overall a lovely, quality bitch. She was ultimately Reserve Winners Bitch and Best BBE in show.

My Winners Bitch and Best of Winners was the winner of the Open Bitch class. A red grizzle with a gorgeous coat, there was very little I didn’t like about her. She was good in side gait, and also down and back.

Ch. Sirianni Arazi Alerek won the Junior Veteran Dog class. Ch. Sirianni Shariifah of Cezanne won the Junior Veteran Bitch class. Though both showed age, you could see that they were both once stars. I chose the bitch for Best Veteran.

There was one entry only in the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch classes, but it was interesting to see who was producing what. Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ won the Stud Dog class, and Ch. Shamar’s String of Pearls, won the Brood Bitch class.

The brace class winner was a very good brace. They indeed looked like mirror images standing and moving together: Ch. Carmas Some Like It Hot and Ch. Carmas Drivin Ms Daisy.

I was very pleased with the specials class. There was not a bum in the bunch, which is refreshing! At most shows, I’d be delighted to have any one of them to give the breed ribbon to.

Ultimately Ch. Shamar’s Candle Light Mirah stood next to the Best of Breed marker. A white bitch of beautiful, elegant outline, she excelled in movement, too. Her lean physical state was partly responsible for the elegance, but I’d like to see a bit more maturity.

Best Opposite Sex went to Ch. Sirianni Hakuna Matata, JC, a red dog. He was a contrast to the BOB bitch in that he was very mature and masculine. He had a gorgeous coat, and I liked everything about him.

I had only two Awards of Merit to give. I chose Ch. Shamar’s String of Pearls, a white bitch who was not unlike my BOB winner. The other AOM went to a beautiful grizzle bitch, Snowynde Winterborne. She, too, had everything a Saluki should have: lovely type and movement.

Overall I was very pleased with the entry’s quality. I thought the bitches were better than the dogs. I would like to wish each of you the best in your breeding programs and your show success. Thank you for allowing me to judge your beautiful dogs.

Puppy Dogs 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (1)
1st SHAMAR’S GRAPHITE SALISH
7/13/99 By Ch. Jen Araby Alli Kaboh x Ch. Shamar String of Pearls.
Owner: Shawn M. Davis

Junior Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (2)
1st D’ANSOR MIRAGE AL SAYAD
4/7/99. By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Ziba Hunters Moon of D’Ansor.
Owner: Della Crawford
2nd CARMAS MOTHER NATURE SON
6/22/99. By Ch. Moshires RFR Red Sky x Ch. Carmas Some Like it Hot.
Owners: L. Ackerman & L. & T. Kobayahshi

Bred By Exhibitor Dogs (3)
1st SNOWYNDE WINTER FURY
12/22/98. By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Snowynde Perle Essence Sha-Ra.
Owners: Bonnie A. & Lois Boucher.
2nd CARMAS HEY JUDE
6/22/99. By Ch. Moshires RFR Red Sky x Ch. Carmas Some Like it Hot.
Owner: Lyndell Ackerman.
3rd D’ANSOR PHANTOMENACE AL SAYAD
4/7/99.By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Ziba Hunters Moon of D’Ansor.
Owner: Dr. D. & F. Bennett & G. Hayden.

Open Dogs (4)
1st SALISH’ LEGACY OF GOLD
9/19/98. By Ch. Salish’ Shamars Hobicat x Ch. Miriah Out of Africa.
Owners: Shawn M. Davis & M. Clark.
2nd ISSIBAA AAFIREFLY
3/9/99. By Ch. Chubasco Canem-dei Hindoo x Ch. Issabaa’s Libby.
Owners: Lyndell Ackerman & Sharon Kinney.
3rd TAJ MAHAL HEARTS ECHO MIRIAH
6/6/99. By Ch. Sedgefield Spin-Off of Taj Mahal x Taj Mahal clara’s Foolish Heart.
Owners: Maureen Clark, K. Herman & S. Davis.
4th D’ANSOR MU’TAZZ AL SAYAD, JC
4/7/99. By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Ziba Hunters Moon of D’Ansor.
Owner: Linda Hardman.

Winners Dog
SALISH’ LEGACY OF GOLD

Reserve Winners Dog
SNOWYNDE WINTER FURY

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (1)
1st SALISH INDIAN INK
7/13/99. By Ch. Jen Araby Ali Kobah x Ch. Shamar’s String of Pearls.
Owners: Shawn M. Davis & Paige Davis.

Junior Bitches 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (1)
1st JEN-EFF FLITE OF THE PHOENIX
4/8/99. By Ch. Rosewood Aja’s Arabian Oryx x Ch. Blue Mtn. Alltimehigh Jen-Eff.
Owner: Vickey Halstead.

Bred By Exhibitor Bitches (3)
1st SALISH’ FAWN MEMOR-EEZ
8/27/99. By Ch. Sandstorm Miriah Wind Walker x Ch. Miriah Salish’ Baywatch.
Owners: Shawn M. Davis & M. Clark.
2nd MIRIAH’S SOMEWHERE IN TIME
9/19/98. By Ch. Salish’ Shamars Hobicat x Ch. Miriah Out of Africa.
Owners: Maureen Clark & Shawn Davis.
3rd SIRIANNI NALA
4/4/95. By Ch Sirianni Riibaal x Sirianni Aanisah’s Qirmiziy, JC.
Owners: Wanda L. Sirianni & Pamela Sirianni.

Open Bitches (2)
1st CARMAS TIGER LILLY, JC
9/27/96. By Ch. Batal Rock’n Rattler Wingfoot, SC x Ch. Carmas Drivin Ms. Daisy, JC.
Owner: Lisa Conlon.
2nd MYSTERY’S DIXIELANDS JAZZ
5/28/96. By Ch. Snowynde Frankly My Dear x Ch. Mystery’s Flair’s Jazz.
Owner: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.

Winners Bitch
CARMAS TIGER LILLY, JC

Reserve Winners Bitch
SALISH’ FAWN MEMOR-EEZ

Junior Veteran Dogs (1)
1st CH. SIRIANNI ARAZI ALEREK
3/24/92. By Ch. Tavanai Raabih Kabir x Ch. Sirianni Rajiyyah Harmony.
Owners: Wanda L. & Pamela J. Sirianni.

Junior Veteran Bitches (2)
1st CH. SIRIANNI SHARIIFAH OF CEZANNE
9/8/92. By Ch. Sirianni Sharufa x Ch. Fraserfield Black Orchid.
Owners: Pamela & Wanda L. Sirianni.
2nd CH. CARMAS SOME LIKE IT HOT
1/25/93. By Ch. Zabarre El Rish Alsander x Ch. Carmas Desert Eyes.
Owner: Lyndell Ackerman.

Stud Dog Class (1)
1st CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC.
Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.

Brood Bitch Class (1)
1st CH. SHAMAR’S STRING OF PEARLS.
Mary Dee Lindemaier.

Brace Class (1)
1st CH. CARMAS SOME LIKE IT HOT and CH. CARMAS DRIVIN MS DAISY.
Owner: Lyndell Ackerman.

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Best of Breed (3 dogs, 3 bitches)
CH. SHAMAR’S CANDLE LIGHT MIRAH
9/19/98. By Ch Salish Shamars Hobicat x Ch. Mirah Out of Africa.
Owners: Lansing & Sabin Hamilton & M. Clark. (Bitch)

Best Of Winners
CARMAS TIGER LILLY, JC

Best Of Opposite Sex
CH. SIRIANNI HAKUNA MATATA, JC
4/4/95. By Ch. Sirianni Riibaal x Sirianni Aanisah’s Qirmiziy, JC.
Owner: Pamela Sirianni (Dog)

Award Of Merit Winners
CH. SHAMAR’S STRING OF PEARLS
12/4/95. By Ch Salish Arabay Ramz x Koira’s Foolish Intent.
Owner: Mary Dee Lindemaier. (Bitch)

SNOWYNDE WINTERBORNE
12/22/98. Owners. By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Snowynde Perle Essence Sha-Ra.
Owners: Bonnie A. & Lois Boucher. (Bitch)

Best Puppy In The Regular Puppy Classes
SHAMAR’S GRAPHITE SALISH

Best In Bred By Exhibitor Classes
SALISH’ FAWN MEMOR-EEZ

Best Veteran In The Regluar Veteran Classes
CH. SIRIANNI SHARIIFAH OF CEZANNE


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