Abu Dhabi International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition, yesterday announced that it will organise the ‘9th Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest' scheduled to be held during (ADIHEX 2014). The exhibition will take place from September 10th -13th September 2014 in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and will be open from 11 am to 10 pm daily.
Hamad Al Ghanem, Head of Committee for Arabian Saluki Beauty Contests & Traditional Races, Breeder & Registrar General Saluki of Arabia, said, "I am pleased to organise the 9th Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest. Following the astounding success of the previous editions, the contest is now established as a regional get-together for Saluki lovers and owners from all over the U.A.E. as well as other GCC countries. Approximately 100 Saluki owners have registered their hounds to participate in the past years.
He added that The Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest gives Saluki owners an opportunity to showcase their precious hounds – both smooth and feathered – on an international show level. The contest will be judged by International Show Judge: Cathy Smith from The Saluki Club of Australia.
All participating Salukis will be judged upon the characteristics of the standard of the breed (head; structure; general appearance; gait and movement; and overall impression). Unlike other dog shows, we do not only judge on the standards of the breed, but assess the Saluki's predominant purpose, i.e. is the hound used for hunting, chasing and guarding. Additionally, Salukis are judged on their mental condition, i.e. is the hound brave, dominant etc...
"We are pleases to announce a new addition to the contest which is a "Lure Coursing Show" which will take place on the September 13 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The lure coursing highlights the saluki's skills and capabilities in hunting. The winners and runners-up (first and second place) of each class will be eligible to enter their hounds in the Lure Coursing," Al Ghanem said.
Valuable prizes of cash money, medals, and trophies will be given to the winners of the following classes: Best in Show (first, second, third); Oldest in Show; Smooth and Feathered; light colour (white, sandy, red); dark colour (brown, grey, black). All participants will receive certificates for their participation.
Al Ghanem continued, "The show gives us the opportunity to highlight not only the incredible characteristics of the breed itself, but to further create public awareness in our proud Cultural Heritage, especially for the younger generations."