Willamette Valley Saluki Club

June 24, 2005

Specialty and Sweepstakes Results

Puppy Sweepstakes Judge: Mr. Mark Webster

I was very pleased with the overall entry; the condition of all the dogs exhibited was excellent. All the dogs when settled showed good movement when allowed to find their own pace. All of the entrants moved better when the leashes were relaxed and allowed move as they would in the field.

Puppies should be allowed to play and enjoy the experience. As a judge I do not fault dogs for having fun and being playful. If they are subdued and regimented at this age they loose the glamour and free spirit that is unique to Salukis. One thing I love about the breed is the natural easy flowing gait. I remember the feeling I used to get when the dog at the end of the leash did not need me on the other end. They all have that potential given the basics.

The bitches in this age range display the glamour and coquettishness whereas the males are at an unfortunate time in the growth pattern being both gangly and lacking the flair of the females. I was impressed with the bitch entry over the males for this reason. Both smooth and feathered were good representatives of the breed. The smoothes have improved immensely over the years and a pleasure to see a good number of them.

It is very interesting to see the distinct types still remain in the breed and not become a generic collection of dogs that have no recognizable heraldry. As breeders you should all be proud that you have not breed “cookie cutter” Salukis that all look alike.

Having spent many years working with breeders and as a handler I have had the pleasure to see and show many different Salukis of different types from various kennels. All of my class placements I would not hesitate to exhibit if I had the opportunity and was still active in competition.

I apologize that I did not record my impressions of the individual class placements but I was so involved in judging and I would rather spend the allotted time giving all the entrants’ time to show their best. I forgot all about doing it. My apologies to you all and thank you for entering such quality animals under me.

Puppy Dogs 6 mos. and under 9 mos.(2)
1st AL SAYAD TIGRIS DRUID
Owners: Fiona Bennett & Megan Robertson.
2nd SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN
Owners: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.

Puppy Dogs 9 mos. and under 12 mos.(3)
1st SRINAGAR CAIRO STYX-TAKENU
Owners: Lilian Murphy & Afton Blake.
2nd DEE’S BARN OWL
Owners: Anne Mayea & Lindsay Strutt.
3rd SALISH’ JAZZTIME OF WINDRIVER
Owners: Marc & Patty Shelley.

Junior Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos.(3)
1st SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER
Owners: Wanda L. & Pamela J. Sirianni.
2nd TIARC’S SKYWALKER’S IMAGE
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait.
3rd SIRIANNI RED JUMAH BIN NOEL
Owner: Dennis Capik.

Puppy Bitches 6 mos. and under 9 mos.(4)
1st AL SAYAD ACE ADITI
Owners: Jan Priddy & Fiona Bennett.
2nd AL SAYAD ACE ATHENA
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.
3rd MIRIAH DONT SAYA WORD SALISH’
Owners: Shawn M. Davis & Paige Davis.
4th AL SAYAD TIGRIS WILLOW
Owners: Jennifer Trefonas & Fiona Bennett.

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 12 mos.(1)
1st SRINAGAR SWERA
Owner: Afton Blake.

Junior Bitches 12 mos. and under 18 mos.(7)
1st SIRIANNI RED DAWN SM
Owners: Wanda L. & Pamela J. Sirianni.
2nd SADIK BAHIA DRISANA
Owners: Jak, Kathy & Thais Anderson & Catherine Chapman.
3rd KHIVA’S DOUKHTAR H RAFI
Owners: S & G Moody & C Caughey & V & K Hamilton.
4th SIRIANNI RED LACE SM
Owners: Val Hiller & Pamela Sirianni.

Best in Sweepstakes (Puppy)
SRINAGAR SWERA

BOS to Best in Sweepstakes (Puppy)
SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER

Veteran Sweepstakes Judge: Mark Webster

Junior Veteran Dog 7 years and under 10 years (1)
1st CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.

Junior Veteran Bitch 7 years and under 10 years (2)
1st CH. MYSTERY’S DIXIELANDS JAZZ
Owners: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.
2nd CH. TIARC TAVANAI PIPPI LONG SOX
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait & Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.

Senior Veteran Bitch 10 years and over (2)
1st SAMSARA OF MYNE, JC
Owners: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.
2nd CH. ZIBA TALITHA, JC
Owners: Anne Mayea & John Skupny.

Best in Sweepstakes (Veteran)
SAMSARA OF MYNE, JC

BOS to Best in Sweepstakes (Veteran)
CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC

Conformation Classes Judge: Ms. Barbara J. O'Neill

Puppy Dogs 6 mos. and under 9 mos. (2)
1st SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN
HP133756/04. 11/05/04. Breeders: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.
By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Sundara’s Keep The Faith.
Owners: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.
Lovely grizzle puppy with wonderful ear set, nice bone, nice topline and great attitude. Couldn’t ask for better movement on a puppy, or any dog for that matter. Carries his tail high and proudly but tail set is good. Just full of himself.
2nd AL SAYAD TIGRIS DRUID
HP125380/05. 11/08/04. Breeders: Jennifer Trefonas & Fiona Bennett.
By Ch. Mysterie’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ x DC Chubasco Koochikoo, SC.
Owners: Fiona Bennett & Megan Robertson.

Puppy Dogs 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (3)
1st DEE’S BARN OWL
HP117504/06. 07/04/04. Breeders: Isla Auten & Lindsay Strutt.
By Ch. Padtheway Envoy to Sarea, SC x Ch. Dee’s Jaccana, JC.
Owners: Anne Mayea & Lindsay Strutt.
Cream dog with lots of angles. Needs more width of front. Best mover in this class.
2nd SRINAGAR CAIRO STYX-TAKENU
HP128903/01. 06/26/04. Breeder: Srinagar Kennels.
By Srinagar Sattva Govinda x El Ubaid’s Srinagar Imatab.
Owners: Lilian Murphy & Afton Blake.
3rd SALISH’ JAZZTIME OF WINDRIVER
HP124296/01. 09/24/04. Breeders: Shawn M. Davis & Marc & Patty Shelley.
By Ch. Thunder Mt Shadaglen Casino x Salish’ Indian Ink.
Owners: Marc & Patty Shelley. (Agent: Shawn M. Davis)

Puppy Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (1)
1st TIARC’S IN THE WINGS
HP103713/02. 05/07/04. Breeders: Elizabeth & Ron Crait.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude x Ch. Tiarc Sirianni Rafala.
Owners: Rhonda & Lyndell Ackerman. (Agent: Jack Jones)
Handsome parti boy who is not happy about being here. Has a pretty face and nice topline. Looks like he could move well but needs an attitude improvement.

Bred By Exhibitor Dogs (3)
1st SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER
HP105410/07. 06/04/04. Breeders: Owners.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Wanda L. & Pamela J. Sirianni.
Lovely red dog, moderate size, moderate front and rear, very true coming and going, light on his feet, beautiful topline and easy floating gait with proper tail carriage. Very balanced, nicely muscled dog. Looks like he could cover miles without breathing hard. A ‘Wow!’ dog.
2nd TIARC’S SKYWALKER’S IMAGE
HP103713/05. 05/07/04. Breeders: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude x Ch. Tiarc Sirianni Rafala.
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait.
3rd CONAN OF ALDECAR
HP075055/04. 7/16/03. Breeder: Alden J. Foote.
By Ch. Miriah’s River Runs Thru It x Salish’ Sheika of Aldercar.
Owner: Alden J. Foote.

Open Dogs (3)
1st TAVANAI AS SAMIR A STARBABY
HM994906/04. 12/04/01. Breeders: S. Price & R. Power.
By Ch. Odi Et Amo Cazpar Elessar x Tavanai Kala Lakshmi Sunabre, JC.
Owner: Rosemary Power. (Agent: Skip Edwards)
Nice cream dog who could lose a few pounds, true coming and going with very nice side gate. Moderate rear and nice shoulders and length of underarm.
2nd BASRA KYZYL KUM TELEK
HP063191/02. 07/21/03. Breeders: William & Cynthia Brown.
By Ch. Kyzyl Kum Pepper of Basra x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Syarina of Basra.
Owners: Wendy & Brian Duggan.
3rd FAROUSI MI OZDREAM
HP089577/01. 04/20/03. Breeder: Mrs. Marilyn Manley-Smith.
By Elbahrani Xalted Ozihero x Farousi Shahil Raqqasa.
Owner: Marcia Jean Schoppe.

Winners Dog
SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER

From the Bred By Exhibitor class. This dog could not be denied today. He was a standout.

Reserve Winners Dog
SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN

From the 6-9 Puppy Dog class. Would have taken this puppy home. Couldn’t help myself loving his un-Saluki attitude.

Puppy Bitches 6 mos. and under 9 mos. (4)
1st AL SAYAD ACE ATHENA
HP130228/05. 12/03/04. Breeders: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett & Gina Hayden.
By Ch. Bel S’mbran Darby Sterling Silver Rose x Burydown Vogue D’Al Sayad.
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.
Fawn, smooth puppy girl that is well put together at this age. Nice coming and going as well as side gate. Pretty face and good ear set. Nice neck and shoulder placement.
Pretty little girl.

2nd AL SAYAD ACE ADITI
HP130228/03. 12/03/04. Breeders: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett & Gina Hayden.
By Ch. Bel S’mbran Darby Sterling Silver Rose, JC x Burydown Vogue D’Al Sayad, SC.
Owners: Jan Priddy & Fiona Bennett.
3rd MIRIAH DONT SAYA WORD SALISH’
HP128648/03. 11/13/04. Breeder: Maureen Clark.
By Ch. Miriah Poetic Justice x Miriah’s What Dreams May Come.
Owners: Shawn M. Davis & Paige Davis.
4th AL SAYAD TIGRIS WILLOW
HP125380/04. 11/08/04. Breeders: Jennifer Trefonas & Fiona Bennett.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x DC Chubasco Koochikoo, SC.
Owners: Jennifer Trefonas & Fiona Bennett.

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (1)
1st SRINAGAR SWERA
HP128909/03. 7/16/03. Breeder: Srinagar Kennels.
By Srinagar Sattva Govinda x El-Ubaid’s Imateb.
Owner: Afton Blake.
Black-fringed, cream girl with a sweet personality. Nice sidegait and topline. Toes out a little today and could use fill between front legs.

Junior Bitches 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (3)
1st SADIK BAHIA DRISANA
HP106271/03. 5/30/04. Breeder: Catherine L. Chapman.
By Ch. Hajji-Reignbeau Int’L Reign, JC x Ch. Sadik Midnite Aurora, JC.
Owners: Jak, Kathy & Thais Anderson & Catherine Chapman.
Tall, black-fringed, red girl. Could use a little more depth of chest.
Truest movement in this class.

2nd SIRIANNI RED LACE SM
HP105410/03. 06/04/04. Breeders: Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Val Hiller & Pamela Sirianni.
3rd ZANSKAR WINTER GRACE
HP090594/01. 01/03/04. Breeders: Anne Mayea & John Skupny.
By Ch. Zanskar Summer Squall, JC x Ch. Ziba Talitha, JC.
Owners: Anne Mayea & Cynthia Bethke.

Bred By Exhibitor Bitches (7)
1st CARMAS MYSTERIOUS IMAGE
HP006518/14. 03/08/02. Breeder: Lisa Conlon.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Carmas Tiger Lilly, JC.
Owner: Lisa Conlon.
Lovely golden/cream bitch. Pretty face, nice ear set. Very smooth coming and going.
Covers ground nicely.

2nd KYZYL KUM GRAINNE
HP055856/02. 03/26/03. Breeders: Owners.
By Ch. Kyzyl Kum Pepper of Basra x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Oksana.
Owners: Wendy & Brian Duggan.
3rd D’ANSOR’S SHIYR PORTIA
HP084244/06. 11/28/03. Breeders: G. Hayden & F. Bennett.
By Ch. D’Ansor Gladiator of Zanskar x Ch. D’Ansor’s Masada Al Sayad.
Owners: Gina & Erin Hayden.
4th RED SONJA OF ALDECAR
HP075055/02. 07/16/03. Breeder: Alden J. Foote.
By Ch. Miriah’s River Runs Thru It x Salish’ Sheika of Aldecar.
Owner: Alden J. Foote.

Open Bitches (10)
1st NEONAURA ARTEMIS AZHARAANI
HP042503/02. 04/13/03. Breeders: B & C Lewis.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Phaedra.
Owners: G Hayden & F & D Bennett.
An absolutely exquisite, black and tan smooth bitch. Balance front and rear, lovely face and ear set. Loved her size, length of neck and it’s flow into the shoulders. Feminine with nice topline, underline and depth of chest. Beautiful, graceful side gait.
2nd BEL S’MBRAN DARBY AMAZING GRACE ROSE
HM980493/03. 09/18/01. Breeders: George & Sally Bell.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Bel S’mbran Favory Babek, JC.
Owners: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.
3rd JAMORA BAHIA SNOWBIRD, JC
HM939910/02. 01/05/01. Breeders: R & J Morrison, K Morrison Anselmo & S. Morrison Forsyth.
By DC Jamora Bahia Tuscany, SC x Ch. Par-k Jamora Piper Sonoma.
Owners: Jak & Kathy Anderson & R & J Morrison.
4th DADAELIS BZANTIUM GRECIAN COIN
HP103022/05. 01/24/04. Breeders: Sue Anne Pietros & Marilyn LaBrache Brown.
By Ch. Dadaelis C’Dei Art Deco x Ch. Dadaelis Hapi Apres al Monab.
Owner: Susan Manthou.

Winners Bitch
NEONAURA ARTEMIS AZHARAANI

From the Open Bitch class – She could not be denied this win.

Reserve Winners Bitch
CARMAS MYSTERIOUS IMAGE

From the Bred By Exhibitor class – This was a difficult decision as both of these bitches are deserving. One of those rare times that, as a judge, you wish you had two Winners rosettes. Both were sound and both were lovely to look at. Hard choice.

Junior Veteran Dogs (2)
1st DC JAMORA BAHIA TUSCANY, SC
HM662143/05. 08/05/96. Breeders: J & K Anderson, K Anselmo & S Forsyth.
By Ch. Par-K Jamora Blanc de Noirs, JC x Ch. Bahia Jamora Natani.
Owners: S & J Forsyth, K Anselmo & J Morrison.
Handsome cream-fringed red dog who still has his wonderful side gate. Nice coming and going. Wonderful shoulders, upper arm and topline. Win was pushed by handsome grizzle dog. Not an easy choice here.
2nd CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC
HM625075/03. 02/28/96. Breeders: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.
By Ch. Snowynde Frankly My Dear x Ch. Mystery’s Flair’s Jazz.
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.

Junior Veteran Bitches (2)
1st CH. TIARC TAVANAI PIPPI LONG SOX
HM627926/06. 03/15/96. Breeders: Ronald, Elizabeth & Nicholas Crait & Rosemary Power.
By Ch. Snowynde Frankly My Dear x Ch. Sirianni Aajah of Tiarc.
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait & Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.
Lovely black-fringed red bitch. Holding her age well with nice topline and true movement.
2nd CH. MYSTERY’S DIXILANDS JAZZ
HM625075/01. 02/28/96. Breeders: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.
By Ch. Snowynde Frankly My Dear x Ch. Mystery’s Flair’s Jazz.
Owners: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.

Senior Veteran Bitches (2)
1st CH. ZIBA TALITHA, JC
HM601729/03. 05/12/95. Breeders: Tracy & Jerzy Skupny.
By Indra-Khan Sawahin x Ch. D’Ansor Jerzy’s Jeep.
Owners: Anne Mayea & John Skupny.
A 10 year-old, grizzle bitch. Holding up very nicely. Nice topline and moves well. Win was pushed by lovely 13 year-old cream bitch who still moves like a dream.
2nd SAMSARA OF MYNE, JC
HM398457/01. 01/29/92. Breeders: Mintie & Ronald Myers.
By Ch. Jataras Irish Baalee x Myne’s Winddancer Al Talat.
Owners: Sharon & Chris Kincaid.

Coursing Bitches (2)
1st FC STARLITE SHEER COURAGE AL SAYAD, SC, FCH, CC, CM
Owners: Dr David & Fiona Bennett.
Gray smooth grizzle with a very pretty face and nice length of neck.
Balanced front and rear.

2nd BURYDOWN VEVAY, JC
Owners: Susan Schroder & Gary Ellis.

Stud Dogs (2)
1st CH. CARMAS HEY JUDE, JC
Owners: Lyndell & Rhonda Ackerman.
Very nice cream dog who was consistent in throwing nice toplines, exceptional movement and lovely heads in his get. Representatives from three litters stood behind him and were wonderful examples of a sire. Sire of Winners Dog. Win was pushed by a handsome grizzle smooth dog who was the sire of my Winners Bitch. Not an easy choice for first.
2nd CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.

Brood Bitches (2)
1st CH. TIARC SIRIANNI RAFALA
HM892575/02. 04/29/00. Breeders: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait & Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.
By Ch. Sirianni Hakuna Matata, JC x Ch. Tiarc Tavanai Pippi Long Sox.
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth.
Cream parti bitch who’s three produce standing behind her are almost identical in style to her. She passed on her wonderful ear set, length of neck and nice topline to these children.
2nd CH. ZIBA TALITHA, JC
Owners: Anne Mayea & John Skupny.

Extended Generation Class (2)
1st CH. MYSTERY’S AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, JC
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.
Handsome smooth grizzle dog who’s characteristics have been passed down through the generations. There has been discussion on how this class should be judged. On consistency or on improvement through the generations. I choose to judge on consistency.
2nd CH. TIARC TAVANAI PIPPI LONG SOX
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait & Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.

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Best of Breed Competition (6 dogs, 3 bitches)

Best of Breed
NEONAURA ARTEMIS AZHARAANI

Best of Winners
NEONAURA ARTEMIS AZHARAANI

Best of Opposite Sex
SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER

Awards of Merit
CH. SALISH’ LEGACY BEY
HP060207/03. 05/04/03. Breeder: Shawn M. Davis.
By Shamar’s Graphite Salish’ x Ch. Miriah Salish’ Baywatch.
Owner: Shawn M. Davis. (Bitch)
DC JAMORA BAHIA TUSCANY, SC

Best Puppy
SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN

Best Bred by Exhibitor
SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER

Best Veteran
DC JAMORA BAHIA TUSCANY, SC

I had many fine examples of the breed before me in the Best of Breed ring. The challenge of making the choice of the best Saluki on this day was thrilling and on another day the results could have been very different. On this day my Best of Breed went to the exquisite Winners Bitch, NEONAURA ARTEMIS AZHARAANI. I could not resist her. Best of Opposite went to the Winners Dog, SIRIANNI RED OCTOBER. These are two Salukis that I wish I could say that I had bred. They are two that I could have in my home and be satisfied to just look at them like pieces of artwork.

I had two Award of Merit rosettes to distribute and wish I had more. They went to two other exceptional Salukis: CH. SALISH’ LEGACY BEY - a beautiful black bitch that could have easily be my Best of Breed any other day. She has a lovely outline and moves beautifully. DC JAMORA BAHIA TUSCANY, SC – my wonderful veteran dog who held up throughout the long day.

My overall general impression: This was a wonderful entry with diverse styles and quality represented. I saw a few light eyes where I would have preferred a darker eye. I saw a few round eyes where I wish were more oval in shape. I saw wonderful temperaments and when puppies came in for Best Puppy it made me think that if these represent the future of the breed, the breed is in very good shape. I saw nice feet and nice headpieces with good ear set.

Probably, the one thing that I would like to correct on a number of dogs, and represents problems in a number of sighthound breeds, is lack of forechest or fill between the front legs. It may be just an overall narrowness of the dog itself. Although it is not addressed in the standard, it is important to a coursing dog that we want to be able to do what they were bred to do.

It was an honor to judge the Willamette Valley Saluki Club 17th Specialty Show. Thank you so much for inviting me, and I thank all the exhibitors who attended.

Sincerely,
Barbara O’Neill


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