The leading Agouti fancier in the 1940’s was arguably Mr. Jack Smith who was Agouti Cavy Club President and Panel Judge. His ‘Elmdene Stud’ of Golden, Silver & Cinnamon Agoutis achieved numerous awards throughout the country during this period with many at leading events, including being the first person with a Silver Agouti to achieve the ultimate accolade of Best in Show at Bradford Championship Show in 1943. The first of just three B.I.S.'s at this prestigious event for the Silver Agouti.
The two photos have been very kindly donated by Graham Phillips. The first is of Jack’s 1948 winning Silver Agouti, “Elmdene Silver Supreme” a double champion and winner of the American Blue Ribbon,Welburn Bowl, Fernie Bowl and Best in Show at the National and Agouti Stock Shows
Jack Smith's Double Champon "Elmdene Silver Supreme", winner of the American Blue Ribbon, Welburn Bowl and Fernie Bowl.
The photo is very interesting and shows how much longer the ticking was then. Jack had a full page advert in the Agouti Cavy Club Handbook 1946. This shows some of the numerous awards achieved in the early 1940’s, including Best Agouti at Bradford Championship Show on three consecutive occasions. Yorkshire man Jack earned his living (as many did) as a miner. He often travelled the country with Graham Phillips (the most successful cavy exhibitor in history) showing their pigs, this being mostly by train as due to the lack of road links and cars, rail was a regular method of travel. Despite the very long shifts which were worked in the pits Jack found time to prepare his pigs and pick greens for his stock, which was more readily available then and safer with the lack of car fumes and chemicals used. Sadly Jack’s life was tragically cut short, being killed in a mining accident in the early 1950’s.