Scottish Deerhound News and Articles
What a lot is going on in May. Take a look at the deerhound events calender for a full run-down.
For those in the UK during May there are lure coursing events taking place in
- Scotland, at Rumbling Bridge
- all breeds welcome Afgan coursing at Brands Hatch
- Deerhound coursing fun day, Newbury
- BSFA lure coursing, Newbury
Also, don't forget the the SDCA Speciality Show in the U.S. on the 11th to 16th May.
To avoid disapointment, please check with event organisers prior to traveling.
Photo by Ricky Bentley - see his blog here
Education Day, May 9th at Longstowe Village Hall, Longstowe, near Cambridge, UK.
- Talk by Joyce Bond on Hand Rearing Puppies.
- Preparing a dog for the show ring. Demonstration by Professional Groomer Betina Adams.
- Understanding the Breed Standard and Interpreting a Critique by Mrs Jean Blandford.
Fergal (Sorisdale MacManus) has just been declared the top lure coursing deerhound for 2009 at the BSFA (British Sighthound Field Association) meetings.
Lure coursing and long jump
Are you ready to run (again)! We’ve had two great ‘Fun Days’ now at Wash Common, near Newbury (BSFA field). It is a great chance to trial your dogs, especially if they have never tried lure coursing. We also set up a long jump, which is great fun for the dogs and spectators! The emphasis will be on ‘Fun’, meeting other deerhound owners, and teaching your dog to chase the lure.
Please arrive at 10 am to book your dogs in, so that racing can start at 11. There will be a charge of £1 per run, which will go towards BSFA funds. Rosettes will be awarded, and thanks to Jean and David Gilhooly a trophy will be awarded for the winning dog to keep for the year.
Deerhound Fun Day 2009 - Picture courtesy of Tracy Manning, Blue Hound Art
We will be holding a raffle, with money going to Greyhound Rescue (if you have anything to donate, please let me know, or bring it along!)
If you’re not on the show circuit it would be great to meet you and your dogs! Even if your dogs are too old to race, join us for a social day out. Bring and share a picnic with other Deerhound owners (and their dogs!). Some refreshments will be available.
Depending on time, your other sight-hounds should also be able to have a run. Stay over for Sunday 16th as that will be the regular BSFA meeting, which you are also welcome to join, but prior registration of your dogs would be required.
If you would like to make a weekend of it, there is camping/caravanning available at Oakley Farm Caravan Park also, in the past people have stayed at the ‘Hare and Hounds’ at Speen, where you are sure to enjoy their hospitality!
I hope to see you there. There’s no need to book for the Saturday, but please email or call if you know you are coming to help give us an idea of numbers!
Steve (CiCoch) came up with the great idea of getting a calendar made up featuring some of the best pictures from the site.
There are some fantastic photographers amongst us so please have a go! There is a minimal entry fee and winners will receive their calendar out of the proceeds. Any further monies gained from entry fees or calendar sales will be donated to the North Clwyd Animal Rescue.
We hope the end product should be something really special.
Full details can be found in Steve's forum posts including details of how to pay and enter.
If you'd like to take part please submit your photographs in any/all of the listed categories. The end result will be a printed deerhound Calendar featuring 13 photographs chosen (as the winners) by a panel of our 3 Judges (yet to be found, any impartial volunteers?).
The categories are as follows