American Whippet Club
1974 Whippet News Christmas Edition
Greetings of the Season
Sire: Can. Ch. Winterfold Hit Parade, a Ch. Tantivvey Diver son
Dam: Strathoak Summer Dance, a Ch. Greenbrae Barn Dance daughter
Watch for his racing daughter, Strathoak I Gotta Be Me ex Strathoak Spring Frolic (Litter sister to Strathoak Spring Intrigue ARM) owned by Mark Eisele — this speedy miss has been showing her heels to some mighty fine puppies — she should be well up there in 1975 as an adult!
AND HIS OTHER DAUGHTERS — Ch. Sea Aires Bit of Serenade and Sea Aires Spring Spectacular — who is well on her way with RWB at the Western Gazehound Specialty, Vancouver, B.C., WB & BOS at Intermountain K.C., Utah; and WB at Mt. Ogden, Utah.
"Bitsy"co-owned with the Leonard Shaws, started her career with RWB as an 8 month old puppy from the Open Class at the spring Las Vegas A.W.C. Supported show under Tom Stevenson and finished before she was 15 months old. These two sisters out of Strathoak Blue Serenade were bred by Robert & Ellen Maresca, 14671 Moran Ave., Westminster, CA 92683 . Phone (714) 894-6619
"Randy" at stud to approved bitches — Fee and Pedigree on Request
We are hoping for some new babes to offer early in 1975. Watch for them!
STRATHOAK KENNELS (Mrs. Christine Cormany) • 24819 Eshelman Avenue • Lomita, California 90717 • (213) 534-3238
Vol. 18 December 1974 Issue 6
The American Whippet Club
Founded January 11, 1930
Board of Directors and
Mrs. Patricia Dresser
Mr. Donald Frames
Mr. Walter Matheny
Mrs. Margaret P. Newcombe
Mr. Victor Renner Marysville, Ohio
Mrs. Isabell Stoffers Covina, California
DELEGATE TO AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
THE WHIPPET NEWS — 1975
To keep pace with modern times, there will be some changes in the publication of the Whippet News. To keep the membership informed on all current Whippet activities, shows, races, etc., starting in January, 1975 there will be a monthly newsletter, sent out first class mail. Included in this newsletter will be a page with space available on a classified advertising-type basis for the listing of puppies or grown dogs for sale, stud service or what-have-you. The cost will be $4.00 for two lines.
The Whippet News as we now know it with reports, articles, show results, race dog standings, pictorial advertising, new champion listings, and everthing else that makes it interesting will continue to be published, but on a different time basis. Plans are still being worked out on this, and when they are finalized, word will be sent out.
Please send any information for the News letter, material for the Whippet News, address changes and requests for non-member subscrip tions ($8.00/yr.) to:
Pat Dresser, Acting Editor Whippet News
R.D. 2, 1462 Granger Road Medina, Ohio 44256
FROM THE EDITOR. - Dear Friends,
With this Christmas issue of Whippet News, I bid all of you a fond "goodbye" as your Editor. I have met many whippet people thru the pages of this magazine, not only face to face, but thru the mail that has come thru my door. Because of these pages, and my assignments as a whippet judge, I came face to face with the people whose names I'd been typing for over 61/2 years.
I want to thank all of you who have supported the magazine throughout the five years I've been Editor, without your help it would not have been possible. I hope you will give the same amount of help and possibly more, to your new Acting Editor, Mrs. Patricia Dresser. Pat is a very dedicated person and she deserves your help and support. We are going to try and prevent casualties in missing issues, so please bear with us, we should have it all under control before the February issue. Mrs. Dresser will be letting all of you know her plans for 1975. By the time this reaches you, the donors will have been advised about their subscriptions and next renewal date.
A very special "thank you" to Arnold Ross, for his generous offer to financially support, layout, and oversee the printing of this issue. It is only because of his generosity, time and knowledge that we have been able to bring this "special issue" to you.
Again, many many thanks to the fine people I have enjoyed meeting face to face, for giving me the opportunity of knowing you and your dogs thru these pages. Perhaps at some later date we will meet again. We hope you will enjoy this Christmas issue as you have the past, it was a new venture and hopefully it will meet with your approval.
My wish for all of you this coming year of 1975, is the best of health, happiness, and prosperity, and many fine wins in all fields of whippet activity.
Christine Cormany Retiring Editor
ON THE COVER. -
Ch. Runner's Our Own Charisma, number 1 whippet and number 7 hound in the nation today poses with her owner/breeder Isabell Stoffers. See accompanying story on page 2.
— photo by Arnold Ross.
Cover Story ................................................................................ 2
Whippet Racing in Holland .................................................... 4
as seen by a Dutch Whippeteer ............................................... 10
Midwest Show Report ............................................................... 11
What's Right about the Whippet in America ....................... 16
How are the Whippets Doing ? ............................................... 58
Race Results ............................................................................. 59
Secretary's Report .................................................................... 67
It was a day for smiles - Chrisima - handled by her friend Mike Dougherty is shown going BOB at the Santa Maria K.C. under Judge Thelma Brown and then on her way to a Group II.
"It is an unforgetable thrill to own the 'number one' Whippet in the nation. And, there is the added joy and pleasure of having bred this fine Whippet." This is our cover Whippet — Ch. Runner's Our Own Charisma — who is shown with her breeder-owner, Isabell Stoffers.
Charisma just had to be a "special" Whippet. She is the chosen product of a true out-cross breeding, from an inbred (mother-son) dam and a veteran Champion producer of Meander and Stoney Meadows ancestors. This blending of outstanding bloodlines, created in Charisma a Whippet of beautiful balance, substance, and graceful flowing movement. She is 19 1/2 inches tall, and she is an orange-brindle and white parti-color. Her third birthday is this month.
Charisma is now #1 Whippet and #7 Hound in the Nation. She and her handler, Mike Dougherty, have become a familiar pair in the Breed and Group ring. Charisma and Mike are truly magnetic to watch and really compliment one another.
At the 1972 Western Specialty, her first AKC show, she was chosen BOS Sweepstakes puppy and RWB (entry of 106) when only 7 1 /2 months old. The following year at the Specialty she finished her championship, under Peggy Newcombe, from the Bred By Exhibitor class. The first time entered as a Special, with her breeder-owner handling, she won the Breed (Judge Pat Speight) and Group IV.
Her first Group I was taken at Del Sur, May 19, 1974, under Harold Schlitz (breed win, breeder-judge, Ann Gallup). Since then she has won a remarkable first in the Hound Group every month, for six months. In July she won the coveted Best In Show at Ventura K.C. (total entry 4036), the largest show in the US since Essex, in 1939. Her record to date (Nov. 2, 1974), Including this BIS, is: 6 Group I, 2 Group II, 1 Group III, 3 Group IV and 24 Best of Breeds.
Also from "The Home of The Runner" — Ch. Runner's He's A Buccaneer (litter brother to Charisma), finished his championship at Texas K.C., Sept. 22, 1974. Runner's Beau Geste (full brother to both), was BOW at Simi Valley K.C., Oct. 5, 1974 and High Point C Dog and winner of "Speed & Beauty" contest at S.C.W.A., N.P.R., Sept. 21, 1974. Both dogs are available for breeding to approved bitches.
Puppies expected in December, out of Tesuque, fully related to Charisma Inquiries invited.
20827 Mesarica Rd. • Covina, California 91724 • (213) 332-2190
My sincere thanks to my life-long friend,
Christine Cormany, for the many hours she
has spent in making possible the Whippet News.
Year-after-year for over forty years, Christine,
a wonderful lady, has made many contributions to
the betterment of the breed, and is still one of
the most enthusiastic backers of everything that
relates to the overall progress of the complete
Whippet as a pet, show and race dog.
Christine, speaking personally, as well as for the
many owners in the U.S.A., Canada and England, we
are proud that you and your father selected the
Whippet as your breed!
American Whippet Club
Whippet Racing in Holland
Actually, there is no specific whippet racing in Holland , as the whippets have to race under the same rules as greyhounds, afghans, and sometimes salukis, under the same conditions, at the same tracks, but it still is an amateur sport, without official betting or toto. Small money prizes are given to the finalists except in championship races where no money prizes are allowed.
The only limitation for whippets to join the racing is the maximum height of 50cm (19 11/16"). Measuring by a measuring wicket-system, taken over from publications in the American Whippet News, under control of a member of the Raad van Beheer (to be compared with your kennel club) is very accurate now.
All whippets should have an A-1 pedigree.
Age limits for racing are: beginning-bitches 12 months, dogs 14 months, which we personally consider too young (we start not earlier than 18 months racing at easy races not more than once a fortnight). Racing is allowed up til the 8th anniversary, and there are whippets that actually do good racing up to that date.
As the greyhound sets the standards, all racing is from scratch, bend tracks, mostly banked bends, track lengths 350 meters (382 yards) and sometimes (Amsterdam, Germany and Switzerland) 475 meters (520 yards).
We personally consider the 475 meters too long for the whippet, as typical sprinters, there are whippets which can do it, but they are more tending to the greyhound type and mostly at the upper height limit.
Starting boxes greyhound type and size, mostly six boxes.
Only 2 out of the 11 clubs are using electrical lure drive, all others manual drive with outside pulley-system, the lure returned by mini-motor.
The reliability and flexibility of this drive-system is up til now unsurpassed.
As we are a country of bicycles, driving machines are made from bicycle parts, the string being 2mm nylon string, the whole having a very high degree of reliability (several clubs racing and training a full year without a single lure breakdown).
Concerning whippets we are very keen at a flashing (jump) start, where the whippet can jump out of the starting box at the moment he sees the lure moving.
We obtain this by putting a loop in the string at the lure end in front of the trap-boxes, the lure drive starts pulling at full speed, and the latch of the trap door is pulled just before the loop comes out completely, actually just before the lure jumps off.
Stopping the dogs over the finish is a problem, as we use no weight classes and sometimes are running with six. Bigger and smaller dogs running together, coming in with rather large separation, may cause nasty collisions, sometimes fatal if the first dog at full speed overshoots the lure, returns and collides with another dog just coming in at full speed.
The solution generally in use is a pole, at least 10' long, with eye, the string passing through the eye, the lure stopped at the eye which is kept down at the turf, and very suddenly lifted, when the front dog is at about 5 yards from the lure, loses sight of the lure and lets himself run out, without stopping briskly and injuring his stopper-heels.
If the lure is lifted high enough there is no tendency for jumping either, and if some dogs may try, swinging the lure slowly too and fro, will keep them aiming at the moving lure and prevent jumping.
A disadvantage of this lifting the lure system, is a certain tendency to fighting.
Our whippets are running in three classes, A — the top class, and B & C class. All newcomers start after passing a test with two others to show they are clean (not biting or fighting with a competitor) at a provisional licensed race in B Class, and after three faultless races within a certain time-limit (three months) get their racing license.
When ending up in the finals he gets promotion points depending on the placing in the final, and with 60 points in total, is promoted to the next higher class, in this case from B to A class.
If they can't get from the heat into the semi-final, (mostly only the first two going over from the heat to the semi-final or quarter finals) according to the rules gets a second chance-run or "hope run" as the Germans call them. Winning the second-chance run brings them also in the semi or quarter finals.
If they can't get a second place in a hope run, the dog gets degrading points, and with sufficient degrading points, within a certain period, can degrade to a lower class, which may be especially useful for younger dogs and small dogs to regain self-confidence which was lost due to racing with big (nasty) competitors, sometimes with six, bumping them out in the bends which is the main disadvantage of our racing system without weight or size gradings, especially when pride-foolish owners are starting newcomers in big races where they have to race with six in severe competition, sometimes due to large entries with quarter finals which means at least 4 runs including the final.
In semi or quarter-finals there are no re-chance runs.
As in bend racing the place in the starting boxes influence the chances, there is a draw for the number of the box you start from, except for the national champion of the year, which always runs under the national colours and starts out of box 1 (except in International races, where he gets the normal racing colors). During the race muzzles are compulsory, light steel wire racing muzzles are used.
As this system means that a dog has to make at least three runs to end up in the final, it also means you can't have a whippet too lean and light for its size, otherwise, he may be fast in the first one or two runs, but lacks endurance for the last one(s). Secondly, a high thin dog may be pushed out in the bends easier. Also, a smaller dog has practically no chance against it's bigger brothers; which in turn results in breeding at the upper limit and many useless oversizes.
Especially for the long distance 475 meters, very heavy animals are wanted, spoiling the typical whippet type, in the breeding.
Only in International races, dogs and bitches run separately, so this again results in a tendency of breeding bitches just at the upper limit which is very undesirable. (In national racing only when the total number of entries in a class is 30 or more, dog and bitches are separated.)
Making the racing scheme may cause a lot of puzzling, and if at the racing day some competitors do not turn up you have to alter the scheme in a hurry.
To give an impression — some figures:
350 meteres double u = 0-track;
A class — fastest time 23.2 sec.; B class —about 24 sec.; C class — 24.8 sec.
A class—max. fl. 45.—U$ 18.-first prize
B class fl. 30.—U$ 12.
C class no money prizes allowed.
Entrance fee — A-class fl. 7-U$ 2.80; B-class
fl. 50-U$ 2.20; C-class fl. 4.4-U$ 1.60.
Holland and Belgium are the only countries in the U.I.C.L. area giving money prizes.
Racing at least once every week-end, sometimes up to three runs at different places. In Holland racing starts beginning of April, and lasts til' end of November. Holland is member of the U.I.C.L. — Union International des Clubs de Lebrier. International Union of Gazehound Clubs, which also has its racing section, every year organized the U.I.C.L. Open championships and the Europa races, where only four entries of every member country in every class are allowed.
In 1974 the U.I.C.L. races were on Saturday Sept. 14, Europa-Rennen on Sunday Sept. 15, at Hamburg-Farmsen racing track in Germany (360 meteres for Whippets). Results — Whippets —360 meteres.
U.I.C.L. races — bitches total number of entries 24, weather conditions poor.
(Ed. note: Fastest time was 24.4 by a bitch from Holland, they also placed 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th.
U.I.C.L. races — dogs, total number of entries 31.
(Ed. note: Fastest time and 1st was a champion from Germany, Holland placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, & 6th.
Europa-Rennen (European Championship 1974) 360 meteres-weather conditions fine.
Total number of entries — bitches 22, dogs 17.
1st and fastest time — Estrella of All Stars, 24.3 European Racing Champion 2nd time, also European Show Champion U.I.C.L. 1974.
Holland place 3rd & 6th.
Dogs — 1st and winner was 24.2 Sturmwind's Rust — Germany European Champion 1974. Holland placed 3rd & 4th.
In this sensational final, Lorbas, by far the fastest dog, doing the semi-final in 23.8, stumbled and spoiled his chance and that of Sturmwinds Rapid. (Ed. Note: They finished 5th & 6th respectively.)
Although no European Championship 1974, the Dutch Whippets can be proud of the results and will have to show their abilities in the races which will be held in Amsterdam October 13, 1974.
Whippets, Greyhounds, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks
D. Jay Hyman
Look for our litter from Rolling's Tina who has just been bred to Ch. Dondelayo Buccaneer
From all of us at FLYALONG,
Good Things in the Coming Year —
—For your dogs, good wins
- For your puppies, good homes
- For you, good health and happiness!
They told us California competition would be strong — and it is! We feel very fortunate to have received 15 points and 8 reserves during our first year here. Above, Flyalong Harrier and Flyalong Electra receiving WD-BOW and WB from Judge Glen Sommers at Oakland KC in October. Below: Flyalong Liberator, handled by co-owner Libby Jones, taking BOB on her way to Group 2 at the Westmoor Puppy Match at 7 months. This litter, by Diver ex Ch. Flyalong Demoiselle, now has 8 group placements in matches; Libber won the 9-12 puppy class at the Whippet Specialty in Santa Barbara during her first month of regular competition.
FLYALONG WHIPPETS, A.K.C. Reg.
Champion Wheeling gunshot
"Litter of the Year!"
GROUP 1 at Kansas City KC 9.29.74, with his NEW OWNER of just 1 month ! — MAJOR JOE ROGERS. Judge Forest Hall. Not only is "Barney" proving to be a top winner in the ring — 1GRP1, 1GRP2 under Mrs. Kay Finch. 6 BOB 5 BOS, more importantly he is proving himself as a sire. His first litter out of CH. WHEELING RED VELVET is THE WHIPPET LITTER OF THE YEAR! 3 out of a litter of 6 retained for showing, are ALL POINTED at 14 ms of age! and ALL under different ownerships!.
WHEELING GUNSMOKE — THE STAR of the litter — 7 pts (5 + 2 pts). At 12 ms WD & BOS OVER SPECIALS at the
WESTERN WHIPPET SPECIALTY! WHEELING SON OF A GUN — BW & BOS for a 3 pt MAJOR!
WHEELING CRIMSON TIDE — 5 pts (2 + 2 + 1 plus 2 major RWB) shown 5 times!
BARNEY'S 2nd Litter looks just as remarkable as his first! 5 Brindle & White males, 2 females — 1 black masked Brindle, 1 White & Fawn. ALL enquiries for this litter to *Mrs. Lila Colburn.
CH. WHEELING RED VELVET's 2nd litter due 11.15.74 by the TOP WHIPPET IN THE NATION for '72 & '73, B.I.S. winner CH. ALPINE SKI BUM!. ALL enquiries for this litter to *Mrs. Jean Ueltschy.
CH. WHEELING GUNSHOT will continue his show career with his new owners, where stud enquiries are welcome, pedigree & fee on request to:
Seasons reetings to all of you, from all of us!
Windance Kennels, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ch. Night Extra of Windance
His wins at nine months include:
1 All Breed Championship Best in Show
6 All Breed Championship Best Puppy in Show 4 Group 1sts, 3 Group 2nds & 1 Group 3rd
A very special thanks to you Mrs. Pat Miller who helped raise and train him
Mrs. Mary E. Daye who gave him his first BIS as well as to the following discriminating judges, Walter Jacob, Mrs. Evelyn Kenny, Peter Knoop, Ed McNeill, Ray Montague, Peter Smith, Henry Stoecker, Mrs. Yon Paul and Mrs. Van Court.
"Tufty" has quite a family. His father, Con. Berm. & Am. Ch. Night Talk of Woodsmoke, is a multiple BIS winner as are his grandparents, Ch. Greenbrae Barn Dance, Ch. Sirhan Great Expectations and Ch. Coveydown Greenbrae Wayfarer.
A repeat breeding is due November 15th, 1974.
Dr. & Mrs. Alan K. Pease
WATCH FOR HIM IN 1975!
WHIPPET-RACING IN ENGLAND
AS SEEN BY A DUTCH WHIPPETEER
Whippet racing has been done in England for over 80 years. The present situation is that there are two main racing groups in England both racing exclusively whippets.
The B.W.R.A.-British Whippet Racing Associa tion, where racing with crossbred whippet- greyhounds is allowed, until now, and the weight classes go up to 35 lbs at least.
The W.C.R.A.-Whippet Club Racing Association, affiliated to "The Whippet Club," where A-1 (Kennel Club registered) pedigrees are compul sory, rules are more strict and the max. weight for racing is limited to 30 lbs, max. height 21".
As in Holland racing without a pedigree is impossible, and the height limit of 50 cm (19 11/16") corresponds very well to the weight limit of 30 lbs. (The Dutch Samoem's Saga 49.7 cm a very good bend racer weighs a few ounces under the 30 lbs limit), and the W.C.R.A. was doing bend-racing as well (in Holland racing is exclusively bend racing) and as we had good contact with the British Whippet Club, it was this bend-racing that interested me.
The W.C.R.A. also races straight over several distances and with handicapping.
Just as in Holland the racing system was also in a stage of developing.
When I visited the first Bend Championships May 1971 at Bracknell, distance was 220 yards, U-shaped track, bend 180° with radius of 100', electric lure-drive trailing lure with inside pulley-system at the bend.
Very well constructed 4 box starting boxes. The whole built at a sportsfield.
Racing in weight-classes, weighing in with spring balance and weighing belt, which took rather much time.
Unfortunately, there was a strong wind blowing the lure into the inner fence several times, so that for some time the races had to be stopped.
Muzzles of light steel wire, same type as we use in Holland were compulsory.
Organization and technical details impressed me.
But I was most impressed with the weight-class system 16-30 lbs, 8 classes in 2 lbs gradings giving the smaller whippet of ideal height a fair chance, with less bumping and pushing in the bend as I was used to seeing in Holland.
Track length was 220 yards, and as most of the whippets were not used to bend racing, rounding the bend was not bad at all.
In the next years there was a development of the bend track, close cooperation with the Dutch whippet club and valuable advices of the late Norman Odell resulted in a bend track with variable radius, based on the principle that in the bend the animal loses speed and can round the bend with a gradually reducing radius (as tested out at demonstration racing tracks in Holland), outside pulley-system, the lure being carried around with a mini-motor, resulting in a good track fitting into a standard football (soccer) place, track length 240 yards, allowing to race safely up to 4 whippets.
Fortunately, we personally got hold of a sport-field of sufficient size near our living place, and built track equipment fitting in a car's boot, so we could exactly duplicate the track, use it for training purposes, and exchange experiences. On June 2nd, 1974, I visited the whippet champion ships, 240 yards, at that time, organized at a sporting field at Abbotts Ann.
I was amazed over the improvements and perfection compared to the racing I saw in 1971.
The standard track 240 yards, was carefully built, lure machine and electrical operated traps, pulley setting and returning the lure by mini-motor were top-class resulting in a tempo of 3 minutes a race.
A great improvement also was the weighing in with platform machine instead of spring-balance and belt, accurate, fast and without disturbing the dogs.
Unfortunately, the weather conditions were unfavourable with wind gusts and showers, but it proved on the other hand how organization and equipment could cope with it, in total only two lure failures over 63 races, a result a big track in Holland could be proud of under these weather conditions.
Also impressive was the sequence start ready, lure jumping off, and trap doors opening in a flash, allowing the whippets to jump off at the very moment he saw the lure moving off, and could act according to his nature, as a sprinter with an impulsive start jumping out of the boxes.
As several whippets had no experience in bend-racing, several ran wide but after the selection in the heats, in semi-finals and finals very good railing and overtaking in the bend could be seen.
Several breath-taking close finishes caused great tension and enthusiasm. Results were published at a board, number of race, sequence of finishings and time of first dog in 1/100th sec., so everybody could see the results.
Racing started at 14.00 hours and 63 races including two breaks were finished at 17.00 hrs. It was amateur-sport racing at its very best.
To obtain a championship the dog should join championship races, which are specially announced.
Weight classes are very strict.
Winning a final in its class gives points for a championship.
Winning 2 finals at Championship races give the dog the Racing Championship and the right to have the prefix, W.C.R., Ch. Whippet Club Racing Champion, at his name.
In total, 11 affiliated Whippet racing and coursing clubs entered their whippets, bringing the total of entries up to 114, not bad as the same day there was a championship show, so all well known breeders who normally join this racing were absent.
To join this Championship racing, a whippet should have done 3 faultless races beforehand, and of course an A-1 pedigree is needed.
All racing whippets are registered, in the registration all special features, as color of eyes, nails, coat, scars, etc. are registered (far more effective that a photo).
Entry forms are at the local club, paying the entry fee in advance avoids paying and loss of time at the racing day.
In the program, the colors of the coats give the placing in the starting boxes.
Racing is done in groups of maximum 4, often 3 dogs.
After the heats, there are no second-chance runs, normally the first two place themselves for the next round (semi-final) the other(s) are out.
The whole show is strictly amateur-sport at a technically very high standard.
All heat winners and finalists get prizes (in all classes the same), weight class winners engraved trophies, heat winners rosettes.
At the first page of the program you find the following notice:
The owner of a loose whippet shall be liable to a fine of 25.p.
The Judge's decision shall be final.
All dogs leaving the paddock en route to the traps should remain coated and muzzled for their race.
Once the dogs are in the traps, no persons are allowed in front of the traps. Only the starter will check that the dogs are ready.
BETTING IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
(Editors Note: Program also states any dog needing medical attention should contact either the racing manager for name of local veterinarian who has been advised of the meet. The names and addresses of the Chairman and racing manager are then listed.)
MIDWEST SHOW REPORT
PAT DRESSER, CHAIRMAN
Whippet-wise, 1974 was a very good year in the Midwest . We had healthy entries at all supported shows, and our overall entry for the Specialty — regular classes and Sweepstake — was the largest in the country. The first Whippet Symposium, held the day before the Specialty, was very well attended with people coming from many sections of the country. In particular, I wish to thank Bob Pruett who did an excellent job as moderator, and the Chairmen, Doris Wear, Bernice Strauss and Louis Pegram. They, and their panelists, prepared and presented informative material, and everyone there enjoyed them selves, both at the Symposium and the dinner held afterwards.
Plans for 1975 shows are now being formed, and as information is available, it will be passed on to you through the Whippet News. We do have the Midwest Specialty lined up. It will be held at the Ravenna Kennel Club show on Saturday, August 23, 1975. We have invited a well known California breeder-judge to do the regular classes, and a Massachusetts breeder to do the Sweep stake. Their names will be announced shortly. Make sure your summer show plans include the Ravenna Kennel Club.
Breeder — Editor — Judge
for her most distinguished contributions
to the breed.
Hound-Hill • RFD 3 • Gt. Barrington, Mass. 01230 • 413-528-3633
CH. KIRKLEA COURT OF LOVE
Ch. Courteney Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Kirklea Christmas Wind
HOUND HILL FABLE
8-month old bitch by Ch. Hound Hill Brattleboro ex H. H. Sure Thing, a double great-great- granddaughter of Court. Shown at Troy Kennel Club, October 20, 1974 going Best of Winners under judge Mildred Heald. Cora Miller, owner-handler.
Hound Hill • RFD 3 • Gt. Barrington, Mass. 01230 • 413-528-3633
HOUND HILL BEAUREGARD
8-month old male by Ch. H. H. Brattleboro ex H. H. Sure Thing, a double great-great-grandson of Court. Shown at Troy Kennel Club, October 20, 1974 going Winners Dog under judge Mildred Heald. Cora Miller, owner-handler.
Hound Hill • RFD 3 • Gt. Barrington, Mass. 01230 • 413-528-3633
ABOUT THE WHIPPET
There has never been a period in the history of our breed when so many things are right as it relates to growth and quality of Whippets in America . Inflation is our number one national Whippet problem, and continues to throw a dark cloud over what could easily be the very brightest future for the very versatile Whippet.
Inflation causing a tremendous rise in the cost of everything that relates to the breeding, showing and racing of Whippets, also has reflected in curtailment of individual registrations and litter registrations of many breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. The Whippet in the face of declining registrations hit an all time high with 1,036 Whippets registered in 1973. Current individual registrations January thru August 1974 show 713 Whippets registered as compared to 722 for the previous year. Chances are good, we can still top the all time record of 1973. Regardless, it seems almost a certainty that we will not fall behind the 1,000 mark for the year.
England for many years has done a better job in selling the Whippets for pet purposes than Americans. England, too, has felt the bite of inflation with a definite decline in individual registrations — 1972 — 2,033 registered as compared to 1,869 in 1973. Even with the decline, this tiny little island registers almost double the number of Whippets as the U.S.A. Strange, many Americans who complain about making the Whippet commercial in the U.S.A. never seem to mention the great popularity of the Whippet in England.
Some Whippet owners may object to this thinking. Our continuing problem within the breed is lack of Whippets in the U.S.A. with emphasis on owners who have the desire, knowledge, money, kennel room and time to stay in Whippets and remain objectively active in breeding, showing, and racing over a period of years. In the desperate struggle to find good homes for normal Whippets, we often forget most new owners started in this way, seldom buy additional stock once their Whippet or perhaps two Whippets become too old to compete in the show ring or in races. In many cases the reason is the owners do not have the room for additional Whippets, or are really not interested in continuing on with the breed. We have educated hundreds of owners to the merits of the complete Whippet, only to have them drop out once their Whippet becomes too old or is not of the quality to compete with success at higher levels of competition.
Field trials have expanded greatly in recent years and much of the answer to the success is many people owning field trial and hunting dogs have a reasonable amount of land around their homes. They can build small kennels on their property and these men and women think in terms of competition and replacement of stock for competition but they too love their dogs just as much as you love your Whippets.
Most American Whippet owner/breeders now agree that the Whippet is a sporting type sight Hound. This is the type that now wins most often in the show ring also on the race track. Progress has been great in establishing greater uniformity in type, making it easier for judges and breeders to better understand what it takes in Whippets to win. Owners who enjoy showing their Whippets are in an excellent position with the tremendous expansion of all breed shows making it possible for owners to enjoy the exhibiting of their hounds two to four times each month with limited driving. Much of the success in the growth of the Whippet as a show dog in recent years can be contributed to the ease of conditioning the Whippet for the show ring, and the many available all breed point shows in easy driving access for most owners.
A few Whippet clubs now exist in the U.S.A. Progressive growth in Whippet racing in most cases, relates directly to objective-minded individ uals, rather than the strength of a club as a whole. Some are not really functional clubs, but one or two members who dominate the club and use the club name and membership to further their own personal opinions and prestige. Most clubs were originated for racing but the membership on the whole are race/show oriented. Growth within these clubs based on members owning a larger number of well-trained race Whippets is very limited. Actually, Whippet racing reached its peak of popularity in line with the complete Whippet based on show, race and pet qualities in 1963. The constant conflict between individuals within some clubs and with other clubs has made it difficult to show proper growth. Again, the really big problem is lack of Whippets in any one area. It takes a bare minimum of 30 local Whippets in Grades A-excellent, B-above average, C-average, D- below average and M-non-winners to have a nucleus for a club that can operate offering weekly or bi-weekly schooling or training races. To this should be added at least 10 puppies being trained each year that would replace veteran racers and injured Whippets. There are very few spots in the U.S.A. where there is such a Whippet population.
Until we can build a few strong pockets with racing Whippet population, growth in Whippet clubs will remain small from the racing standpoint. Objectivity often becomes extremely lacking when the main source of activity within a club is confined largely to, "what is wrong with the Whippet and his owners rather than what is right." These comments in no way mean that all Whippet clubs are bad for the breed. There has been tremendous division of purpose, and lack of objectivity as it relates to progress with some local Whippet race/show groups. Unless we can find some way at a local level to increase Whippet population in key spots, progress will continue to be slow.
The Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club have found it extremely difficult in 1974 to communicate as they would like with the membership. Sickness has created some problems with a number of our most active Board members. Cost of attending special meetings, and covering shows or races, unless you are competing, is a major factor. The Board of Directors fully realize that communications must be improved, and hopefully in 1975 with new members coming on the Board we can have more activity and better understanding among Board members living in the same area.
The one danger here is that all conditions that relate to Whippets are not typical over the entire U.S.A. Any person on the Board of Directors should have a very thorough knowledge of the entire Whippet picture as it relates to the U.S.A.A Board member who is negatively opinionated, obsolete in his thinking as it relates to the Whippet of 1974, or who cannot work objectively with the majority of the Board, and Whippet owners in his area can make it difficult for constructive meetings and communications. We hope this condition can be improved in 1975.
As we end a year presenting many problems for all of us based largely on greatly increased costs, shortages, etc., the Whippet as a breed took few reverses. There is no time in the history of the breed that we more badly need knowledgeable, broad-minded people at the head of the American Whippet Club and local Whippet clubs that can offer objective leadership. We are fortunate to have many knowledgeable, well-balanced business individuals in the American Whippet Club. Hopefully, we can more successfully use their talents. We are also fortunate to have many new Whippet owners and should give much thought to day long seminars devoted entirely to the Whippet. Hopefully with additional information gained from such seminars some of the newer owners to the breed will go on to be multiple Whippet owner/breeders thinking in terms of long-term Whippet activities, and become individ uals who can take a greater part in leadership of the American Whippet Club. Local Whippet Clubs should emphasize the need for cooperation. Whippets are so very few in number that any division in thinking that causes boycotting of race meets or any other planned activities only hurt the entire breed. Today there is so much right as it relates to the Whippet. When we have more Whippets and more objective thinking owners in establishing larger Whippet population pockets with activities in local activities a constructive growth will be tremendous. Together, "We can make it happen."
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your Whippets.
Toro (no. 4) takes the lead with Shelby (no. 1) right behind in the first high point race of the day at the Southern California Whippet Association N.P.R. meet at Fountain Valley , CA , 21 September 1974.
CH. RENPARK HIGHLIGHT
(Ch. Greenbrae Barn Dance ex Renpark Desideratum)
THANK YOU, CHRISTINE,
RENPARK KENNELS, REG.
Irene K. Cetta 1201 West Crestview Drive Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042