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The Sloughi Moussem
Text and photos: Dr. Dominique
Crapon de Caprona
after I arrived in Morocco - having spent some time
in the back country visiting with hunters and their
Sloughis - the members of the Sloughi Club el Wafae
who had invited me, prepared for the long trip from
Khenichet to Marrakech. Many phone calls per
cellular phones later, owners from the area started
gathering with their Sloughis. Friday night
came and around 11 p.m. - it took a while-
eventually, Sloughis and people were sorted out
between the three vehicles. My little rented
car ended up taking five people and two puppies, and
I drove, like the drivers of the other two vehicles,
through the night. We arrived at dawn in
Marrakech, I was by then fighting a serious need to
sleep, and with the help of a “petit taxi” we
finally found the parking area and the show
grounds. We met there with the other
participants who, for the most part, had also driven
all night and were arriving one after the
other. People and Sloughis started unloading
from the vans. While we all waited for the gates to
the show ground to open, flat round breads were
distributed to all. Coming from a country
where it is rare to see one Sloughi shown at a show,
and then it is most often one of mine, it was quite
exhilarating for me to see the parking lot fill with
Sloughis and their owners as time went by. The
Moussem is the Moroccan Sloughi National Specialty
Show, it takes place once a year in a different
town, and in Marrakech it was included in a National
Dog Show where other breeds of dogs were shown
also. After a while, the gates opened and a
long line of people and Sloughis started entering
the show grounds, while occasionally the owners of
other breeds tried to squeeze through.
The show started with a very impressive parade of all the Sloughis around the entire field. The field was then split in two parts but with no separating fences. Dr. el Baroudi was judging the bitches and started with the junior class for bitches, while Mr. Basciano, who was judging the dogs, took on the junior class for dogs.
Judge Mr. Basciano
Junior Class: Excellent 1, Ghazal, owned by Mr. El Attar (Douar Aît Bourzoune).
Excellent 2, Faraj, owned by Mr. Moha El Omari of Boufekrane.
Excellent 3, Bobby, owned by Mr. Abderrahman Bekal of Tiznit.
Adult Class: Excellent 1, Rocky,
owned by Mr. Mouhssin (Douar of Benhamou Sidi
Slimane) of el Wafae.
Marrakech is in the South and soon it became very
hot. The Moroccans and their Sloughis seem to
have no problem dealing with the heat, but I surely
did and ended up quite sick by the end of the
day! I unfortunately missed the final line up
for the junior dogs and the adult dogs.
Some of the various coat
colors of the Sloughis at the Moussem in