Events and Educational Seminars
AHA holds regular events, educational seminars and judging exams
On Easter Saturday the Afghan Hound Association repeated at Newbury their popular Spotlight on Sighthounds event, this year featuring Borzois, Deerhounds, Greyhounds, Afghans, Salukis, Azawakhs, Pharoahs and Cirneco dell Etna. A full house enjoyed a morning of short talks, a splendid lunch and plenty of time for discussion. The afternoon on a windy field featured a very homemade Fit for Function Fun Rally course with such tests as the Snow Leopard test, the Mountain test and the Aloofness test. Unfortunately the Tunnel test did not survive the wind long and was blown flat. Most hounds present had a go and were joined by a few ‘pretend sighthounds’. It provided a lot of laughs but also plenty of chances to see the dogs move around the course. Eventual winner was an Afghan, runner-up a Border Collie and Effort Prize to a Cirneco. This event has been successful in allowing people to make connections between breeds and hopefully many new friends.
Aloof Afghan Aloof Azawakh Dead Snow Leopard
Cirneco climbs the mountain Borzoi Sitting
Borzoi refusing jump Border Collie pretending to be a hound
Spotlight on Sight-hounds
In Chieveley on Saturday 5th April the Afghan Hound Association broke new ground by holding a day for Sighthound enthusiasts to explore the essential characteristics of their breed and to discover the unique differences between them. A panel of experienced guest speakers gave an insight into eight sighthound breeds, Irish Wolfhounds, Borzois, Sloughis, Whippets, Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Salukis and Ibizan Hounds with a guest appearance from a veteran Cirnec o Dell’Etna having a day out. The support surpassed all expectations with over 70 people attending from just about all over the country.
The day was packed, with speakers managing to cover the essentials before lunch and the audience very kindly holding their questions for the afternoon. Most of the speakers touched on the vexing question of exaggeration in conformation, resulting in a separation between working and show specimens of their breed, both in appearance, structure and ability to function correctly. The use of scent as well as sight when hunting was also explored by Pam Marston-Pollock with her Ibizan Hound.
After an excellent lunch the speakers and their hounds moved outside and everyone was able to look at distinctive movements, compare outlines, and get close up to all the hounds. A measure of the success of the day was that despite the rather ‘soft’ weather and after thanks had been given to the speakers it was at least another hour before most people decided to depart.
My personal thanks go to our guest speakers, to all the AHA Committee for their hard work and to all the people who turned up with their hounds to add to the day. I was grateful to everyone for their kind comments as they left.Susan Rhodes
9 September, 2012 - joint AHA / SAC Breed Lecture, Hands-on and Judging ExamCulverstone Community Centre, Culverstone, Kent DA13 0UJ link
Breed lecture by Mary Pascoe (Sarakhan)
If you wish to attend please contact either Susan Rhodes or Lesley Busby to secure your place.
Susan Rhodes tel. 01233 770256 email
Lesley Busby tel. 01304 827765 email
Breed Lecture booking form
31 March, 2012 - Fit For Function Fun Rally
Twenty dogs took part in our first Fit For Function Fun Rally: 18 Afghans, 1 Azawakh, and 1 Silken Windhund. All hounds and all their handlers deserve special thanks for their good humour. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Best in Rally – Terry & Zephir (Silken)
Best in Agility – Lyn & Marcus/Kye (a tie)
Best Dressed – Tracey & Fleur
Best in Showtime – Tracey & Jai
Best in Fit for Function – Julie & Ozzy
Overall Best in F4F Fun Rally – Vanessa & Lola
Reserve Best in F4F Fun Rally – Heather & Poppy
Judges Award for Special Commendation – Debbie & Ziggy (the singing Afghan)Judges prizes for Special Effort – Paul & Cartier, Lilly & Roxy, Dennis & Kazbek, Debbie & Ziggy
2 April 2011 - Breed Club Event
“Grooming and Presentation of Your Afghan Hound” talk by experienced handler and groomer Mariella Van Der Heyden (Belgium), followed by “Handling Your Afghan Hound in the Ring” class with championship judges and breeders Audrie Vansteelant Benoit (Belgium, Sayadeena), Liz Millward (Alouann) and Mark Cocozza (Freeloud)