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 and whippets). Along with partner, Joseph Minor, Place has participated informally in coursing for almost 30 years, and competitively for about sixteen years. Place and Minor (Arabesque Salukis) 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. In addition to the coursing aspect of sighthounds, Place and Minor became interested in the show aspect, and they acquired another afghan and, later, a borzoi, which they showed in the ring. In 1988, Joseph and Robert acquired their first saluki, Sara, who lived to almost 17 years of age. 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, Eastern Slope Coursing Association, among others. Place is currently vice president of The Coursing Conservancy (TCC), president of Southwest Coursing Club (a NOFCA affiliate), and past president of Eastern Slope Coursing Association (ESCA), an ASFA affiliate club. Past assignments include the NACA Fall Borzoi Classic (2004), the NACA Whitetail Invitational (2005), the NOFCA Grand Course (2004), Empire Saluki Specialty (2006), Central Arizona Saluki Specialty (2006), Muskogee Kennel Club All Breed shows and AKC lure trials for the Indian Nations Basenji Club in Oklahoma (2006), Huron Valley Saluki Specialty, AKC lure trials for the Seattle-based Cascade Coursing Club, the NACA Borzoi Classic (2009), AKC lure trials for the Afghan Club of Austin (2010), Albuquerque Whippet Fanciers Association, (2011 and 2012), Canadian Valley Kennel Club (2011), Houston Area Hound Association (2012) , and many others. In addition to the honor of judging the AKC lure trial at the 2012 SCOA National Specialty Show, Dr. Place will judge the SCOA Western Regional Specialty Show (Redmond, WA) on August 23, 2012.
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