2017 Western Specialty

Sunday, July 30, 2017
In conjunction with the Pacific Kennel Club
Hazelmere Campground, Surrey, BC

Judge: Dr. Robert Place, Placitas, NM
Sweepstakes: Carole Adley, Qualicum Beach, BC

Debby Dillman, Specialty Chair | dillman.scoc@gmail.com

MEET OUR JUDGES

SPECIALTY:  Dr. Robert Place, Arabesque Salukis 

Dr. Robert Place is an approved NOFCA, NACA and TCC huntmaster and judge. He is also an AKC and ASFA lure coursing judge and AKC conformation judge (Salukis, Whippets, Greyhounds, Scottish Deerhounds). Along with spouse, Joseph Minor, Place has participated informally in coursing for over 34 years, and competitively for about 20 years. Place and Minor started in sighthounds in 1983 when they adopted a rescue Afghan and Whippet, which Robert and Joe would regularly free course. Soon Place and Minor became intrigued by the athleticism of the dogs and continue to pursue this functional aspect as a priority.

In addition to their interest in coursing sighthounds, Place and Minor became interested in the show aspect and have finished scores of dual and triple conformation/performance champions (lure and open field). In 1988, Joseph and Robert acquired their first Saluki and have since bred and raised multiple litters of award-winning dogs. As active members, Minor and Place belong to a number of coursing and conformation clubs including Saluki Club of America, American Sighthound Association, Southwest Coursing Club, The Coursing Conservancy (TCC), among others. Place is past president and a board member of The Coursing Conservancy, past president of Southwest Coursing Club (a NOFCA affiliate), and past president of Eastern Slope Coursing Association (ESCA), an ASFA affiliate club.

Past assignments include Empire Saluki Specialty, Huron Valley Saluki Specialty, the SCOA Western Regional Specialty Show (Redmond, WA), The AKC Lure Coursing National Championships, the Southern Greyhound Specialty show, and the NOFCA Grand Course (2004, 2014, 2015), to name a few. Place continues to have a heavy schedule of open field and lure course judging assignments for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

SWEEPSTAKES: Carole Adley, Hilerica Whippets and Salukis 

My real start in Salukis was in September 1961 when I met Hope Waters at Willesden Dog Show in London. It was a smalI open show and she was showing ‘Freyha’ and two others. When she learned I was interested in Salukis (besotted would be a better word), she invited my husband and me to lunch the next Sunday. We all became lifelong friends, and I had the incredible good fortune to get the world’s best mentor. In 1989 Hope moved to Canada and lived next door to me, then in 2000 we shared a home, until her death in 2009 year at age 97.

My foundation bitch was Ch. Burydown Calluna, a Freyha grand-daughter, and over the years I bred a total of nine Saluki litters, the last three co-bred with Hope. My aim, both in Salukis and my other breed, Whippets, is to preserve genetic diversity and the qualities of each breed that make it unique and valuable.

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