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Prides Hill Afghan Hounds USA
By - Steve Tillotson, May 2012
This is one of those challenging and large projects. I have just recently obtained some interesting photographs of one of the Prides Hill foundation Afghan Hounds - Ch Badshah Of Ainsdart, so am just putting this up as a "starter page" and will develop and expand it as time permits. Steve
Photograph of Badshah taken at Westminster Kennel Club Show (New York) in 1935
At the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1934 there was just ONE Afghan Hound entered. The next year (1935), there were FOURTEEN Afghan Hounds entered. This is a measure of how rapidly Q A Shaw Mckean of Prides Hill Kennels helped the breed become established in the USA. Here is a report from the 1935 Westminster Kennel Club Show of 1935.
"Just one lone specimen of the Afghan Hound was on the bench last year (1934) and in marked contrast was the entry of fourteen grand specimens of this strikig animal shown under Vinton P Breese. The Afghan has become a prime favorite in certain circles in New England and few who were at the Estern Dog Club show last February will ever forget the impression made by the teams of four shown by Qincy A. Shaw McKean of Prides Crossing, Mass.,
Mr McKean is one of the staunchest supporters of the breed, and with Baynard Warren another Bay Stater, was the backbone of the exhibit here. Mr McKean had four benched and three were shown by Mr Warren. The former scored in dogs with his grand imported dog Badshah Of Ainsdart, which won the open class and went on to winners, best of winners and best of breed. Mr Mckean was reserve with his home-bred Kundah of Prides Hill, a year and a half old. Mr Warren took the honors among the bitches with another home-bred, his Barberryhill Dolly, the imported McKean Afghan bitch Asra Of Ghazni placed in reserve.
(Source New York Times, February 1935)
Another photograph of Badshah taken at Westminster Kennel Club Show (New York) in 1935
(FIRST SHOW REPORT) AFGHAN BEST IN DOG SHOW
Badshah Of Ainsdart Wins Premier
Award at Myopia Club
HAMILTON, Mass., Aug 25 1934
Q A Shaw McKean's Afghan hound Badshah Of Ainsdart won the best in show prize in list of 633 entries at the inaugural exhibition of the North Shore Kennel Club before 2,000 spectators at the Myopia Hunt Club today.
Badshah Of Ainsdart, making his debut in the United States, was handled by Mr McKean. He was pushed for the title by Miss Elizabeth Loring's Newfoundland Waseeka's Sea King, a veteran performer in New England.
The victor is nearly four years old and had the find reord of winning his championship abroad in two months.
ANOTHER REPORT ON BADSHAH 1935
"Providence County KC, March 17, 1935, Afghan Hounds
It was interesting to admirers of the Afghan Hound, a breed that is rapidly coming to the fore, to note that Quincy A. Shaw McKean's famous imported dog Badshah Of Ainsdart has no rival on this side of the waster. Badshah was outstanding at Westminter, went on to win at Boston and came back here today to top his breed. He was in splendid show form"
BADSHAH AND TUFAN OF AINSDART CRUFTS CATALOGUE 1932
In the news reel clips below you will see Badshah on the move in London (1932) and New York (1935). Herebelow is a scan/copy of the London 1932 Crufts Catalogue Show Entry. You will notice both Badshah and his litter brother Tufan Of Ainsdart were entered in the same (puppy) class. Tufan won the class, Badshah was 2nd
BRITISH PATHE NEW REEL FOOTAGE OF BADSHAH
Here are a couple of links to British Pathe New Reel footage of Badshah Of Ainsdart on both sides of the atlantic
Badshah at CRUFTS 1932 (Four Leggers 1932)
Badshah at WESTMINSTER 1935 (Portrait Of A Gentleman! 1935)
To be continued......
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