Willamette Valley Saluki Club

June 23, 2006

Specialty and Sweepstakes Results

Puppy Sweepstakes Judge: Suzanne Morrison Forsyth

I would like to thank the Willamette Valley Saluki Club for inviting me to judge sweepstakes at its 2006 annual specialty. This speciality is one I have enjoyed several times as an exhibitor. I was equally delighted to participate as one of its judges. The lovely show site and cool weather were ideal conditions and the wooded ring area is always a wonderful background for the Salukis.

I would also like to thank my ring steward for his efficient handling of the ring details and keeping things moving on such a brisk morning. And finally, thank you to the owners and exhibitors who shared their beautiful entries with me.

I was looking for an elegant and moderate Saluki of pleasing type with balanced proportions, light and effortless gait, and the promise of a functional hound. The overall quality of the entry was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most Salukis, youngsters and veterans alike, possessed clean teeth, well kept nails, and were presented in acceptable weights and conditioning. Temperaments were a factor in a couple of entrants. Most Salukis were sound. The most common faults were front assemblies placed too far foreword and straightness in shoulder and upper arm.

My comments below are my observations on the day as the entrants were presented to me.

Puppy Dogs 6 mos. and under 9 mos. (1)
1st HOUN’ HOLLOW HALATION
Owners: James & Lesley Thomson & Romane Switch.
Grizzle puppy whose exuberance got the best of him and was difficult to evaluate. More weight and maturity will smoothen out his topline.

Junior Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (1)
1st ULURU TAGNIK’ZUR PHAROAH’S SUN
Owner: Lori Olson.
A gold dog of considerable substance with nice feathering and eye shape. I regret that his fearfulness was a major factor in his ability to relax and be evaluated.

Junior Dogs 18 mos. and under 24 mos. (2)
This class had two entrants of excellent quality, lovely temperaments and medium-build males, a size I really like.
1st SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN
Owners: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.
A very nicely balanced, masculine grizzle puppy with pleasing expression, good topline, bone, and lovely side movement. Very nice neck into shoulders, deep brisket and underline. What most impressed me about this dog was his ability to use everything he had while in motion and he improved with each turn around the ring while at a moderate speed. I was pleased to award him Best Puppy in Sweepstakes.
2nd SUNDARA’S HOWLING WOLF
Owners: Tracey & John Skupny.
Another very nice grizzle puppy. I liked his balance and size yet he did not use himself as freely and completely on the move as No. 1.

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 2 mos. (2)
1st UZIDUZIT SECOND AMENDMENT
Owners: Laruen Chen & Vicky L. Clarke.
A feminine, petite black-fringed red grizzle bitch of deep quality. Nice width through the front and side movement. A lovely team.
2nd UZIDUZIT TULA-RU TO KAREV
Owners: Melissa Forbes & Vicky Clarke.
A less mature gold bitch with a little more height and more narrow throughout than #1. Nicely presented.

Junior Bitches 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (2)
1st KYZYL KUM INDIA
Owners: Wendy & Brian Duggan.
Lovely pale grizzle bitch with more substance and maturity than #2. I liked her balance, wonderful front fill and moderate angulation at both ends. I was pleased to award her Best of Opposite Sex Puppy in Sweepstakes.
2nd SNOWYNDE VERITABLE QUANDRY
Owners: Bonnie A. & Lois Boucher.
Smooth grizzle bitch, more feminine to my eye than #1 with a pretty head and expression, hocks low to the ground, effortless side movement with wonderful carriage. Not quite as sure of herself at this age as #1. Beautifully presented.

Junior Bitches 18 mos. and under 24 mos. (1)
1st AL SAYAD ACE ADITI
Owners: Jan Priddy & Fiona Bennett.
Black-fringed fawn with lovely face and sweet temperament. I found her a bit narrow all throughout, especially through the pelvis. At this time she lacks soundness of front movement yet was more cleanly moving in the rear.

Best in Sweepstakes (Puppy)
SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN

BOS to Best in Sweepstakes (Puppy)
KYZYL KUM INDIA

Veteran Sweepstakes Judge: Suzanne Morrison Forsyth

I found a wonderful cross-section of lovely types in these veterans and, despite the small entry, the quality was deep. Obesity in older Salukis is a concern and their owners should be proud for keeping them in such good condition. I felt privileged to judge these dogs, all beautiful examples of the breed.

Junior Veteran Dog 7 years and under 10 years (2)
1st CH. ZANSKAR SUMMER SQUALL, JC
Owners: Anne Mayea & Cynthia Bethke.
Lovely black fringed red male with a most exotic expression and eye. Exquisite head and type, well balanced and moderate. I was pleased to award him Best of Opposite Sex in Veteran Sweepstakes.
2nd CH. ASPEN’S WIZARD, JC
Owners: Marie & Don Anti & C. Gregory.
Handsome and very masculine black and tan male with more substance and bone than No. 1.

Junior Veteran Bitch 7 years and under 10 years (1)
1st CH. KYZYL KUM PHAEDRA
Owners: Bill & Christine Lewis.
A beautiful tri-colored smooth bitch. What most impressed me was how smooth and flowing she was from neck into shoulder and topline, her well-sprung ribs and width of pelvis. Shown in lovely condition, this bitch showed a typical light and effortless side movement. I was pleased to award her Best in Veteran Sweepstakes.

Senior Veteran Bitch 10 years and over (1)
1st CH. TIARC TAVANAI PIPPI LONG SOX
Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth Crait.
Lovely petite red bitch with the most haunting sweet expression and elegant type. A credit to her dam, one of my sentimental favorites from many years ago.

Best in Sweepstakes (Veteran)
CH. KYZYL KUM PHAEDRA

BOS to Best in Sweepstakes (Veteran)
CH. ZANSKAR SUMMER SQUALL, JC

Conformation Classes Judge: Patrick Garcia, Jr.

I wish to thank the Willamette Valley Saluki Club for the opportunity to Judge their Specialty. It was indeed an honor. The weather was beautiful and did not stress the dogs. For the most part the quality of entries was good.

Personally, when writing a critique, I look for the good points about a dog, as I also do in judging. I place a lot of emphasis on movement because it is a test to the dog's conformation. I evaluated dogs with good toplines, beautiful heads, nice fronts with good shoulder layback and strong rears with good second thigh. A good example was my winners dog, although just a puppy presented type, balance and function. For a dog so young he showed presence and made me smile at his joyous disposition. I evaluated each dog on its merits and chose placements on those merits. All had good bites and underjaw.

Exhibitors as well as spectators indicated to me, after judging was complete, that they believed I had a difficult task of selection due to so many good dogs. They were right. But by reviewing AKC standards before judging it made my job achievable and fun. Also having so many quality dogs was a compliment that I will never forget. To each exhibitor, you should be proud of your Salukis because they were fine examples of the breed and in my opinion all gave 110% effort.

In addition to thanking the President and members of the WVSC, I want to especially thank the Show Chairman for providing my transportation and wonderful hospitality. And, thank you to my ring stewart for his help in managing my ring.

Sincerely,
Patrick Garcia, Jr.

Puppy Dogs 6 mos. and under 9 mos. (1)
1st MIDBAR SHENHAV B’SHEMESH
HP179747/04. 10/15/05. Breeder: Gail Goodman
By Midbar Or M’Bustan Ha Galil x Midbar Kesem Calanit.
Owners: Cheryl Myatt.
A very handsome feathered fawn puppy with magnificent type. This dog caught my eye from first entering the ring. He has a beautiful head piece with ears set on high and great expression. A beautiful outline with correct angles all around and nice underline. An efficient smooth well balanced mover. This is a great dog who I would like to see in one year.

Puppy Dogs 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (1)
1st HOUN’ HOLLOW HALATION
RS061674. 9/11/05. Breeders: Karl & Kathryn Latonja & Srinagar Kennels.
By Ch. Jen-Eff Cheval Rouge x Ch. Srinagar Raga Asawari.
Owners: James & Lesley Thomson & Romayne Switch.
A nicely balanced feathered puppy with well angled front and rear. Nice shoulder layback. Moves soundly fore and aft, although a little restricted when viewed front the side. Good feathering between toes.

Puppy Dogs 12 mos. and under 18 mos. (1)
1st ULURU TAGNIK’ZUR PHAROAH’S SUN
HP160503/02. 5/7/05. Breeder: Kimberly Stewart.
By Khalils Katra, SC x Elbahrani Xklusiv Taby, JC.
Owner: Lori Olson.
Handsome feathered puppy. Pleasing head and expression. Good shoulder lay back, well balanced. Nice underline. Strong rear. Long and well muscled neck.

Bred By Exhibitor Dogs (4)
1st AL SAYAD TIGRIS DRUID
HP125380/05. 11/8/04. Breeders: Fiona Bennett & Jennifer Trefonas.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavinn’ x DC Chubasco Koochikoo.
Owners: Megan Robertson & Fiona Bennett.
A deserving black and tan smooth who had a pleasing outline with an excellent neck flowing nicely into his shoulders and strong topline. He had a good depth of chest along with a well developed rear. Lots of type and nicely presented. He fit the standard.
2nd SUNDARA’S FAITHFUL RAVEN
HP133756/04. 11/5/04. Breeders: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.
By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Sundara’s Keep The Faith.
Owners: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag.
This dog had a nice head with parallel planes. He had a well developed neck and good shoulder layback. A well balanced dog both standing and moving. Good muscling in the hindquarters which he used well on his go around.
3rd MIRIAH’S SHALL WE DANCE
HP128648/02. 11/13/04. Breeder: Maureen Clark.
By Ch. Miriah’s Poetic Justice x Miriah’s What Deams May Come.
Owner: Maureen Clark.
This dog has nice type. He is well balanced with moderate angles who showed good movement around as well as down and back. A nice dog.
4th AMRIKA ZAKU.
HM899906/00. 5/8/03. Breeder: Cheryl Myatt.
By Ch. Dadaelis Ra’She Joie De Vivre, JC x Ch. Andi Raj Talai.
Owner: Cheryl Myatt.
A handsome deep red dog with lots of type. A typical male head with nice planes. Having good length and return of upper arm but needing a bit more depth of brisket.

Open Dogs (6)
1st SADIYA GALAL SARIYAH
HN002148/03. 6/4/02. Breeder: Linda Larsen.
By Ch. Aspen Allah’s Crusader, JC x Ch. El-Char Malika al Jamal, JC.
Owner: Linda Larsen & Barbara Bookwalter.
A feathered tri dog with lovely layback of shoulder fitting smoothly into his correct topline. He has a deep brisket and nice underline. Soundly moving fore and aft and moves with a light and easy gait on the go around. Would like a little less pastern bend.
2nd SIRIANNI RED JUMAH BIN NOEL
HP105410/01. 6/4/04. Breeders: Wanda L. Sirianni & Pamela J. Sirianni.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Dennis Capik.
This black fringed red feathered male has a lovely expression with a nice long neck. He has good upper arm return that balanced his hindquarters. A good mover that was true down & back and covered ground from the side. A very nicely balanced dog.
3rd SALISH’ SCIMITAR BEY
HP060207/01. 5/4/03. Breeder: Shawn M. Davis.
By Shamar’s Graphite Salish’ x Ch. Miriah Salish’ Baywatch.
Owner: Cathi Steiner & Shawn Davis.
A black fringed cream feathered dog who is shorter coupled in type. He moved in good balance. This dog is well muscled and has a strong top line with proper croup.
4th OBI-WAN PHENIX TRIBAL MOJO
HM921994/01. 10/14/00. Breeder: Sharon Walls.
By Shalom Phenix Blackbird Jett x Obi-Wan Berber-Ann.
Owners: Vicky Clarke & Lauren Chen.
A black and silver feathered dog with a strong neck flowing into well laid back shoulders and good topline. He had a pretty side gait but was unsteady on the down and back

Winners Dog
MIDBAR SHENHAV B’SHEMESH

Reserve Winners Dog
SADIYA GALAL SARIYAH

Puppy Bitches 9 mos. and under 12 mos. (2)
1st UZIDUZIT SECOND AMENDMENT
HP166955/02. 7/5/05. Breeders: Vicky L. Clarke & Karon Mosher.
By Phenix Firecracker Joe x Amala Zelia at RFR.
Owners: Lauren Chen & Vicky L. Clarke.
Real pretty red grizzle bitch. Lovely expression. Moderate yet balanced. Well developed front with nice shoulders and a good top line.Very nice go around however not consistant on down and back. Needs more bend of pastern but should settle with age.
Pretty little girl.

2nd UZIDUZIT TULA-RU TO KAREV
HP166955/01. 7/5/05. Breeder: Vicky L. Clarke.
By Phenix Firecracker Joe x Amala Zelia at RFR.
Owners: Melissa Forbus & Vicky L. Clarke.
Very typey light red bitch with lovely head and espression. Nice neck and shoulder placement. Proportionately balanced front and back with strong topline and lovely underline. A bit narrow in the front and a little restricted on side gait

Bred By Exhibitor Bitches (12)
1st AL SAYAD TIGRIS WILLOW
HP125380/04. 11/8/04. Breeders: Jennifer Trefonas & F. Bennett.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x DC Chubasco Koochikoo, SC.
Owners: Jennifer Trefonas & F. Bennett.
A very typey smooth grizzle bitch with a pretty head and ear set. Well proportioned quarters and good underline. She was sound in all directions and had an effortless movement with confidence and elegance.
2nd KYZYL KUM INDIA
HP155865/01. 2/16/05. Breeders: Owners.
By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Seramarias.
Owners: Wendy & Brian Duggan.
A pretty feathered grizzle bitch with a lovely head piece and expression. Her arched neck flowed nicely into her well layed back shoulder and strong topline. A balanced Saluki with a nice outline. Good movement on the go around. A sound rear however crossed over in front on the down and back.
3rd GAZELLA NARUBA STAR PRINCESS
HP153068/02. 12/7/03. Breeder: Karen Doyle.
By Ch. Gazella Equine Spectacular Bid x Ch. Lazy Acres’ Painted Harlot.
Owner: Karen Doyle.
A golden feathered bitch with lovely ear carriage. She has a strong topline with correct croup angle. Has a lovely rear with a good second thigh. Her side gait was free and easy. Presented well.
4th AL SAYAD ACE ADITI
HP130228/03. 12/3/04. Breeders: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett & Gina Hayden.
By Ch. Bel S’mbran Darby Sterling Silver Rose, JC x Ch. Burydown Vogue D’Al Sayad, SC.
Owner: Jan Priddy & Fiona Bennett.
An attractive grizzle feathered bitch with a beautful head and ear set. A nice sound mover all around. Would like to see a little less pastern bend.

Open Bitches (7)
1st SIRIANNI RED SCIMITAR
HP105410/05. 6/4/04. Breeders: Wanda & Pam Sirianni.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Cathi Steiner & Wanda Sirianni.
A beautiful red and white parti-color bitch that was presented well. She has a lovely long neck with good shoulder lay back fitting smoothly into her topline having a slight rise over the loin. Good depth and breadth of chest. She has an easy ground covering side gait. True down and back. The upper arm is of good length however could use more return. Lovely outline.
2nd SIRIANNI RED LACE SM
HP105410/03. 6/4/04. Breeders: Wanda & Pamela Sirianni.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Valerie Hiller & Pamela Sirianni.
Also a beautiful red and white parti-color bitch. Equal to my #1 bitch in conformation and type. She had better upper arm return however crossed over a bit on her come back. Also, a lovely outline.
3rd SIRIANNI KAMIRA NYSSA
HP034578/03. 2/11/03. Breeders: Wanda L. Sirianni & Pamela J. Sirianni.
By Ch. Sirianni Tiarc Rummaaniy x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Pamela Sirianni & Mary Baker.
Parti-color feathered bitch that moved free and easy on the go around. She has good upper arm return and good bend of stifle for balance. Would like to see less exaggeration of breastbone.
4th BO KISMET HADI EL BASHER, JC
HP039262/01. 6/15/02. Breeder: Daniela Van Der Lichte.
By Yazzeeoo Sawahinx Benhaze as Sadisah Ahari.
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett.
A black fringed fawn bitch with nice head plains and good shoulder layback onto strong topline. A well conditioned bitch of moderate type. Nice side gait however crossed over on the down and back.

Winners Bitch
AL SAYAD TIGRIS WILLOW

Reserve Winners Bitch
UZIDUZIT SECOND AMENDMENT

Junior Veteran Dogs (2)
1st CH. ZANSKAR SUMMER SQUALL, JC
HM850887/05. 6/21/99. Breeders: Anne Mayea & Cynthia Bethke.
By Ch. Bagdad Talk of the Town x Lois Will of the Wind.
Owners: Anne Mayea & Cynthia Bethke.
A red feathered dog in fine condition with a nice head and gentle expression. He still has a strong topline and good muscling with lots of front fill and a powerful rear. He was able to hold it together and did a nice job on his go around.
2nd CH. ASPEN’S WIZARD, JC
HM802617/03. 11/25/98. Breeders: Catherine Gregory& S. Simson & J. Flaningan.
By Ch. Aspen’s Munaqqat x Ch. Aspen’s Jaz Faraashah.
Owners: Marie Anti & Don Anti & C. Gregory.
An admirable tri colored dog with moderate angulation. Well balanced. He has kept his topline and retained a reasonable underline. Good side gait but a little off down and back. Very nice veteran.

Junior Veteran Bitches (1)
1st CH. KYZYL KUM PHAEDRA
HM769336/08. 5/26/98. Breeders: Wendy & Brian Duggan.
By Ch. Ziba Indus x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Nimcha.
Owners: Bill & Christine Lewis.
I loved this tri smooth bitch with her very pretty head. She had a nice chest and deep brisket. A balanced and well conditioned bitch with a strong rear and good second thigh. A pleasing topline and underline. Her gait was a little restricted.

Senior Veteran Bitches (1)
1st CH. TIARC TAVANAI PIPPI LONG SOX
HM627926/06. 3/15/96. Breeders: Ronald, Elizabeth & Nicholas Crait & Rosemary Power. Owners: Ronald & Elizabeth.
A lovely black fringed red bitch with a pretty head and neck. Her topline is strong for her age. I love the shoulder set and angulation fore and aft. Very good side movement but a little off down and back.

Coursing Bitches (1)
1st NEONAURA GAIA GAMMARAY
HP042503/01. 4/13/03. Breeders: Bill & Christine Lewis
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Phaedra
Owners: Bill & Christine Lewis.
A smooth grizzle bitch with an absolutely beautiful underline with a great tuckup. An elegant neck well set into her shoulder. Wonderful extension on the side gait. I know she could do her job.

Stud Dogs (2)
1st CH. SIRIANNI TIARC RUMMAANIY
HM892575/05. 4/29/00. Breeders: R. & E. Crait & W. & P. Sirianni
By Ch. Sirianni Hakuna Matata, JC x Ch. Tiarc Tavanai Pippi Long Sox
Owners: Pamela J. Sirianni & Wanda L. Sirianni.
A handsome black fringed red feathered dog with nice head and parallel plains. He has good qualities that he has passed on and improved on to his get. Including soundness, balance, movemnent and type.
2nd PHENIX FIRECRACKER JOE
HM854676/03. 9/6/99. Breeder: Vicky L. Clark
By Ch. Moshire RFR Red Sky x Ch. Phenix Fire’Ice Ruth
Owner: Vicky Clarke.
This fine red male also improved on himself by his next generation. His pretty cream and red girls have wonderful conformation but not as similar in type. Both stud dogs produced nice get.

Brood Bitches (3)
1st CH. KYZYL KUM PHAEDRA
Owners: Bill & Christine Lewis
This tri brood bitch is nice in so many ways. Her babies kept her qualities. There is real consistancy in her get and an improvement in movement.
2nd CH. SUNDARA’S KEEP THE FAITH
Owners: Michelle, Michael-Paul & Reily Haag
This feathered grizzle bitch stamped her get with good heads and strong rears and moderate type.
3rd 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 Crait.
Hard to place 2nd or 3rd. This cream parti-color bitch also produced real consistancy. She passed on her wonderful conformation. They were lovely get.

Brace Class (1)
NEON AURA PROTEUS PULSAR
and NEON AURA GAIA GAMMARAY

Owners:Bill & Christine Lewis

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Best of Breed Competition (5 dogs, 7 bitches)

Best of Breed
NEON AURA PROTEUS PULSAR
HP042503/08. 4/13/03. Breeders: Bill & Christine Lewis
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Phaedra
Owners: Bill & Christine Lewis (Dog)
A smooth grizzle dog who's outline presented a nice picture. His handsome head and strong neck flowed into clean shoulders and strong topline with a slight rise over the loin. His forequarters and hindquarters are balanced for efficient movement. He had good bone and nice conditioning. He was presented well and worthy of his placement.

Best of Winners
AL SAYAD TIGRIS WILLOW

Best of Opposite Sex
CH. KYZYL KUM JINGHANI
HM987546/01. 12/3/01. Breeders: Owners
By Ch. Kyzyl Kum Djinn x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Patissa.
Owners: Wendy & Brian Duggan. (Bitch)
A beautiful elegant smooth grizzle bitch with a lovely headpiece, strong neck and feminine lines. She shows soundness and symmetry in her effortless side gait. She exudes elegance and breed type.

Awards of Merit
CH. NEONAURA ORION AL SAYAD
HP042503/04. 4/13/03. Breeders: Bill & Christine Lewis.
By Ch. Mystery’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, JC x Ch. Kyzyl Kum Phaedra, SC.
Owners: Dr. David & Fiona Bennett & Bill & Christine Lewis. (Dog)
A handsome smooth grizzle male with a nice headpeice and neck which sets well into shoulders and strong topline with a good croup angle. He has fill of chest and nice deep brisket and lovely underline. He has balanced forequarters and hindquarters allowing good movement. Very nice and worthy of an Award of Merit.

CH. SIRIANNI RED DAWN SM.
HP105410/04. 6/4/04. Breeders: Owners.
By Ch. Carmas Hey Jude, JC x Ch. Sirianni Tiarc First Noel SM.
Owners: Wanda L. & Pamela J. Sirianni. (Bitch)
Exquisite red and white smooth parti bitch. Moderate and balanced with lovely lines from head to croup. She has a wonderful depth of chest and underline. She has a great expression and ring presence. Easy ground covering side gait and sound down and back. A strong competitor worthy of her Award of Merit.

Best Puppy
UZIDUZIT SECOND AMENDMENT

Best Bred by Exhibitor
AL SAYAD TIGRIS DRUID

Best Veteran
CH. ZANSKAR SUMMER SQUALL, JC


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