American Whippet Club
1982 Whippet Annual
A special thanks to Heather and Everett Dansereau of Devonair Whippets for this great historical piece.
Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift
Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift is out of Plumcreek Black Ternstone by Ch. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley. Now five year's old, he showed much promise as a youngster and has more than realized our hopes for him. His contribution to the breed is seen in his numerous champion and group winning get. In our own breeding program, his special gift to us is his daughter Ch. Plumcreek Like The Night and his son Ch. Plumcreek Walk On Water. But more than this, Chimny is loved for his abounding zest for life in general and family and friends in particular.
Linda and Richard Larson
THE WHIPPET NEWS
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Winterwhip is elated by the quality of this litter born 11/22/81.
The breeding was a real "nick". We feel these whippets (2 males, 3 bitches) will figure significantly into the future of Winterwhip.
WINTERWHIP Katie Winters 45 Seca Pl., Salinas, CA 93908 (408)484-1558
Ch. Vagabonded Contender
(Ch. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley x Ch. Appraxin Tania)
WENDY CLARK - COLUMBUS, OHIO
Plumcreek Dunberry Holly
(Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift x Price-Patrick's New Venture)
WENDY CLARK - COLUMBUS, OHIO
Plumcreek Dunberry Lights.
At 9 months.
(Ch. Plumcreek Chimney Swift x Plumcreek September Romance)
Breeder/Co-owner: Linda Larson, Plumcreek
WENDY CLARK COLUMBUS, OHIO
AS BREEZES BLOW FROM WINDY HILL –
Ch. Windy Hill's Sandsprite
(Windsprite Schypwyc x Kejan Anchovy of Kristobel)
FINISHES HIS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS WITH A BOW UNDER JUDGE JOSEPHINE DEUBLER AT THE SUSQUE NANGO KENNEL CLUB IN BINGHAMTON, NY WITH HANDLER KIM SPRING.
Windy Hill's Pepperidge
(Ch. Coventry's Mood for a Day x Windsprite Sirocca)
GOES BOS UNDER JUDGE CAROL WILLUMSEN AT GREAT BARRINGTON KENNEL CLUB, HANDLED BY WINDY HILL'S FRIEND AND FELLOW WHIPPET OWNER, MARTY WILSON.
WINDY HILL WHIPPETS • 710 BAY STREET • STATEN ISLAND, NY 10304
A BRISK BREEZE FROM WINDY HILL
Windy Hills Bewitchery
(Windsprite Schypwyc x Windsprite Sirocca)
TAKES BOW FOR 5 POINTS AT BURLINGTON COUNTY KENNEL CLUB UNDER JUDGE THOMAS GATELY WITH MARTY WILSON HANDLING.
AND GENTLE ZEPHYRS, TOO.
Windy Hill's Misty Morn
(Windspri te Schypwyc x Kejan Anchovy of Kristobel )
THE KENNEL'S PROUD BLUE GOING BOW AT ELM CITY KENNEL CLUB UNDER JUDGE MARY NELSON STEVENSON WITH BREEDER-OWNER GORDON ROBERTS HANDLING.
WINDY HILL WHIPPETS • 710 BAY STREET • STATEN ISLAND, NY 10304
BLUE ROCK Tom and Cathy Yeager, 366 S. Greenwood St., Marion, OH 45840 (614) 387-3697
CHEHALEM Janet VanWormer, 25551 Hunter Rd., Veneta, OR 97487 (503) 935-1648
COURAGEOUS Dean and Pat Thompson, 5 Aloma Way, Fairfax, CA 94930 (415) 456-0754
DEVONAIR (reg'd) Heather and Everett Dansereau, 647 Mullin Way, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7L 4J6 (416) 632-0890
DRESS CIRCLE Pat Dresser, 1462 Granger Rd., Medina, OH 44256 239-1829
DUNBERRY Wendy Clark, 110 Tibet, Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 268-1848
FALLOWFIELD Connie Brunkow, 807 W. Washington, Champaign, IL 61820 398-5846
FLYALONG Dr. and Mrs. Charles Billings, 10460 Albertsworth Lane, Los Altos, CA 94022 (415) 948-7025
GOLD DUST Joan and Bob Goldstein, 5 Klinger Lane, Warren, NJ 07060 (201) 561-3833
LIDEMARA Judy Filler, 1960 Partridge Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035 (312) 831-3580
MILLRACE Cynthia Schmidt, 1961 Ridley Creek Rd., Media, PA 19063 (215) 566-4616
OF COURSE (reg'd) Bill Turpin Jr., 622 West 24th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., Canada V5Z 2B6 (604) 876-9868
RINGMASTER Paul and Sue Abraham, 5615 North Poplar, Fresno, CA 93704 (209) 431-3321
WYNDSOR Jean and Vince Balint, 2037 San Luis St., Fairfield, CA 94533 (707) 425-3314
A NEW WHIPPET PUPPY IS
A NATURAL HIGH
Leewayne Lileo's Cameo Lily
GIVES YOU 'MERIT'
AM.CAN.CH. BLARNEYSTONE'S WINTERHAWK
WATCH FOR US IN '83 !
Outstanding litter available. Inquiries invited.
R.L. and Beverly McKibbin
JUDGING — A BREEDER—JUDGE'S VIEWPOINT
D r . John C. Shelton
Anyone who has shown dogs has griped about the judge on more than one occasion. However, most people who show dogs have never been in the position of the judge. The following is meant to give you an idea of what is involved.
Not everyone is cut out to be a judge. There are classic examples of the breeder who can breed, select and present outstanding dogs, but can't do a good job of judging them in the ring. This is entirely possible since this breeder can use months and years to study and select a stud, and can use weeks and months to study and evaluate a litter to decide which one to keep. In the ring he has less than two minutes per dog to evaluate it and compare it with the rest of the entry (based on the usual rate of judging of 25 dogs per hour and allowing for assembling the classes, checking armbands, marking his book, having the classes leave the ring, photography sessions, etc.).
Likewise you may have known the judge who never bred anything worth owning, but he can do an excellent job of judging the breed. This judge, unlike the first example, can quickly examine the entry and make the comparisons with the other entries, coming up with a decision in the allotted period of time. He can sort out the multitude of factors, giving each its proper weight in the equation. In short, he can make decisions.
I should say at the outset that all breeder judges have some sort of bias in their judging. In a large sense it is the type they prefer, but in a finer sense there are small things that turn a judge on or off, giving an exhibit more or less consideration. I know of some judges who are turned off by light eyes or dilute pigment, for example. These are breeder judges, usually. I will not open this Pandora's box as it is another whole discussion as to the responsibility of the breeder-judge to reward or penalize the finer points of the breed. To other judges a long neck and a beautiful head are essential qualities of their winners. Still other judges cannot put up a dog that doesn't stop true in the front. And it goes on and on. I guess you could say that in each breeder-judge's mind's eye there are certain qualities that to them say "WHIPPET" loud and clear, and if that dog does not have it, he's not in the running for the blue.
Likewise there are some qualities that are less important to individual judges. But it is always a trade-off. It is extremely rare that you find all the desired qualities in a single entry. And if a judge spends too much time trying to decide whether entry A's poor front coming at him is less desirable than B's lack of reach and drive, he's probably already behind schedule and appearing confused.
Some people go into judging with the idea that they're going to be popular and loved by the masses. Then they discover that in an entry of 40 they have four exhibitors who are happy: those with Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, Best of Breed, and that novice who got second in American Bred bitches. (God forbid that you should have put up the same exhibitor for both W.D. and W.B.! You've cut down on your number of "happy people"!). No, the BOS wasn't happy. He thought he had BOB in the bag since you had him W.D. in Pocatello, Idaho, last year in an entry of ten.
You quickly discover who your real friends are when you judge, too. It's a rare show that you will judge that the entry is not heavily populated with your friends, famous breeders and handlers, acquaintances, and people you like. If you start to consider for a moment who will be angry with you, upset over your decisions, or who won't speak to you again, you're finished before you begin. If they are really friends and if they are objective, they will respect your opinion when you do what you feel is right. And if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, as a famous man from Missouri once said. So far as friends are concerned, I think the best philosophy is as I told a friend who had dumped me in the ring, explaining that we were too close as friends for him to put me up: "I don't expect to win under you because I'm your friend, but I don't expect to lose because I'm your friend, either." If your friend has the best dog, put it up. If not, don't. You will honestly know in your own mind as you ponder it later, and you have to live with yourself.
Judging is more physically demanding than most people realize. The first time you have judged 175 dogs in a seven or so hour period, walked miles, done a hundred deep knee bends, and made a thousand mental decisions using 10,000 pieces of data, you are physically and, especially, mentally exhausted. Of course it is at this point that the exhibitor approaches you to ask what it was that you didn't like about his 3rd in Open Dogs at 9:15 a.m. You are lucky to recall what breed it was unless he has it by his side, which he probably doesn't have. It is for this reason that many judges do a very good job early in the day and an erratic one later on.
So what does a judge go through in judging a decent size entry of Whippets? Let's assume that it's the only breed he's judging that day. He has to check in with the show superintendent to let them know he's there. He may have to pick up his judge's badge and book there or maybe they'll be at the ring for him. He has to be at the ring a bit early so as to start on time if the judge ahead of him is finished. Otherwise he has to wait around until his ring is free for him to start.
After introducing himself to his steward, he briefs the steward on his ring procedure: where the dogs should be lined up upon entry into the ring, where the award place markers are located if they are not where they should be, what to do with armbands of absentees, what to do about late arrivals and changes of handlers, etc. A good ring steward can give you much extra time to make decisions if he has the dogs ready to enter the ring promptly, lays out the needed ribbons, keeps you informed of absentees, etc. You must decide what pattern you are going to use to move the dogs. A triangle? An "L"? Straight down and back followed by going around the ring to the end of the line? It is important that you use the same pattern for all dogs of that breed. Are you going to use the table for examination?
This last point is a good subject for another article, but I will simply say that I prefer that the judge not use a table when I am exhibiting, but when I judge I prefer to use the table. I have found that the table saves time and much bending and stooping (and thus some aching muscles the next day). While it is a great advantage to the judge to examine teeth, ears, basic bone structure and muscle tone, testicles, etc, it is an injustice to the Whippet breed to evaluate them for out line and type on the table. This should be done on the ground when they are standing on their own.
It is extremely important to lay out your plan for your ring in advance to minimize walking. You must have the dogs stop near the table or place where you will examine them. You must move the dogs in an appropriate direction and pattern from near that same spot. It can be an exhausting disaster if you walk up and down the ring from the place where you examine the dogs to where you gait them. Where you line up the dogs, examine them, and gait them, depends on other factors too. Consideration must be given to the turf (are there holes, dips, rough spots, mud holes, etc?), location of the sun if it's an outdoor show, where most of the spectators are located, etc.
The usual procedure is to take a once over look at the entry as the handlers have them stacked in a line-up. Sometimes you can get an idea of any "stick outs" in the class at this point, those of unusual beauty and type. Then you take them around the ring, usually only once. The purpose of this is not so much to see who is the best moving entry, because it's usually impossible to evaluate this with all these fresh entries moving at the same time, though an unusually good entry might stick out. However, the usual purpose in doing this is to detect any lame dogs before you go any further, and to give the dogs a chance to loosen up. If it is a cold day sometimes I'll take them around twice to warm them up. Sometimes all these first impressions are valid and sometimes the exhibit which looks great at this time does not even place. Now it's time for the individual examinations and gaiting. You'd better note which dog is first in line so you don't try to examine it twice and make a fool of yourself!
A great deal can be "seen" with the hands during the examination. Between what the hands "see" and what your eyes tell you, you can get an idea of what the animal might move like. Sometimes you are pleasantly surprised and sometimes you are sadly disappointed. It is important to have a system or routine in your examination and movement. Most judges start with the head and work toward the rear of the dog. You check the teeth and jaw, followed by looking at the head in profile and musculature. Your fingers help you see the shoulder layback as they visualize the angle. They detect any protruding breastbone or lack of fill between the front legs. They detect any excess space between the elbows and the brisket and aid your eyes in evaluating the bone of the front legs. Your hands slide over the rib cage and down the back over the topline. You draw the tail through your hands, checking the set of the tail and relation of the hip bones at the same time you check the tail length. Your hands sweep the hind quarters, detecting bone, muscle tone and angles. Your eyes note the feet, but you might check the pads with your hands too. Where are the hip bones in relation to the withers? Where does the arch of the top - line begin?
Now to see how he moves. With a Whippet I like to move the dog straight down and back, allowing him to stand on his own as he returns to check how he looks with out the handler's hands. If he is not standing as he should, I ask the handler to walk him a couple of steps forward. On the down-and-back was the rear too close? Too wide? Hocked? Sometimes you see much of the front movement when the dog is going away from you surprisingly enough. Coming toward you, was he popping those elbows, winging, paddling, toeing in, sidewinding? O.K., take him around to the end of the line. Does he reach in front, drive in the rear? Does he move upright or lower himself a la German Shepherd? Is the head straight up looking at the stars, inclined forward, or straight out the front as though coming out between his front legs? What was the topline like in movement as compared with standing on his own?
Now remember all that and compare it with the next 20 dogs in the class. After you've done this with them all, you're most likely going to have to pull out the half dozen that you liked the best to the head of the line so that you have them together for comparison. Then check the rest of the group for a second look in case you've overlooked someone or in case of that potentially nice dog has finally pulled himself together and is going to "play show dog". At this point, however, you're going to have to concern yourself with what you've pulled out as the best. Maybe a quick down and back or around the ring again and it's zero hour. You've got to indicate your placements. It helps make your decisions clear if they are in the order you are placing them when you point. You should be clear! There can be ill feeling if two exhibitors both think they were number one. Check to see that they are standing as you wished at the markers. You should read the armband numbers as you mark your book and then give the ribbons. I think it's important to thank all the people for exhibiting.
I have heard an exhibitor claim that the judge hated his dog; he only gave it third. This may or may not be true. Once, in a large Whippet entry, I would have loved to have put any one of my first through fourth placements in the BBE dog class up as Winners Dog. Any one of them would have been a pleasure to win. But you can't put everyone first. And you must make a decision. Playing around won't make the decision go away.
Some judges put a dog up once and they are married to it. Others will not put up a dog a second time, but rather "pass it around". The best philosophy is to judge every dog as though you never saw it before. Don't try to "back yourself up" by putting it up again to prove you weren't wrong the first time. Sometimes when you put up a dog who is young and looked fabulous on that first day, it appears under you again later and looks entirely different. Don't judge from memories of yesterday. But if an entry is the best you have, even if you've put it up several times before, you must do so again.
I feel that anyone who exhibits to a great extent should at some point do some judging. It might mean applying for AKC approval to judge shows or maybe it's just judging at matches. He will gain an appreciation of what it's like on the other side of the ropes and will be less likely to be so critical, especially when it comes to subtle decisions which are made every time anyone judges.
Winner from coast to coast. His first season racing results in an unprecedented 8 consecutive NPR race meet wins, a total of 9 wins in one year! John is in contention for #1 in 1982.
Janies John Boy da Toro, ARM
Van Oorsoots Toro ARM x Epinards Sadalia
Look for a breeding between John and Flyaways Little Critter, littermate to Flyaways Delissa Delight ARM, ORC, #1 bitch in country. Reservations being taken.
TOM, CATHY & JESSICA YEAGER
366 South Greenwood St • Marion, Ohio 43302 • 614-387-3697
John is available for stud to approved bitches.
What a year for Stan - shown only part of 1982, Stan is #6 (The Whippet) whippet.
32 BOB, 2 BOS, multiple group placements including BIS June 6, 1982 - Monroe, MI over an entry of 1074.
Ch. Dress Circle Stanley , F. Ch.
A true dual purpose whippet, Stan went BIF at Region 6 invitational, Hobart , Ind. on Oct. 23, 1982, out of open class. He completed his F. Championship on November 14 in only 6 trials. We are very proud of Stan and his accomplishments in 1982.
TOM, CATHY & JESSICA YEAGER
366 South Greenwood St • Marion, Ohio 43302 • 614-387-3697
Rondo of Wyndsor ARM
A strong and consistent performer, Rondo was in the top 5, 9 out (12 NPR meets in 1982. This included a tie for 4th at the Santa Barbar NPR meet with an entry of 79 dogs.
Rondo of Wyndsor, ARM
Liza is a small bundle of dynamite, every lure trial she participates in results in a top placement. She completed her F. Championship in 5 trials with 3 firsts, 2 seconds and one Best in Field on September 12, 1982 at Sandwich, Ill.
Slades Liza of Lazebrook, F. Ch.
Liza is the dam of our first litter out of Rondo of Wyndsor, ARM. Her pups have the same desire and speed as she displays. She is well on her way to acquiring her LCM. We anticipate a great season for her in 1983.
Co-owner of Liza, Sabina Baumann at a lure coursing meet.
Congratulates her kids…
sired by Van Oorschots Toro, ARM)
IN MEMORY OF 'TRUCKER'
5 Meet Winners
5 ARM Winners
2 More on the way to ARM
Second youngest dog to finish an ARM (Trucker)
Repeat Breeding Planned in '83 !
Ridge Runner Whippets
proud home of
Ridge Runner Toast to Toro, ARM
Puppies Available Inquiries Invited
Jean & Bill Carter
FLYAWAY'S CACHET, ORC
Though mainly a racing kennel, Flyaway is proud to present our lovely Cachet, who has competed and won points in National Point Racing, Oval Track Racing, Open Field Coursing and now in the show ring. She is shown winning WB and BOS under breeder-judge John Shelton at her first show. Cachet has been bred to Uruhu's Diamond Reo, ARM and puppies are due in mid-December.
1982 again proved to be a good year for us. Flyaway Delisa's Delight, ARM, ORC again proved that she can run against the best and win, while her littermate Flyaway Spirit of Cachet, ORC and his Daughter Flyaway's Winsome Elvira picked up ARM points. Cachet finished her Oval Racing Championship while Regalstock Accel erator and Flyaways Genuine Risk picked up points. We were really pleased to see Flyaway Boomer of Fairfield (6 ARM points and 10 ORC points) hack racing after sustaining a broken back last fall - what heart!
1983 should be an interesting year as there were many good litters born in '82 that will bear watching. We had a super nice litter out of Critter of Destiny (dam of Delight) and Topper's Zoro, ARM and Flyaway Salome of Kentfield had a nice litter by the great Toro, ARM. We got a really nice bitch from Bill Turpin out of our old bitch Ch. Sporting Fields Honey and the 1981 Western Specialty Winners Dog, Can.Ch. Sailaways Northern Lights. Also, we have a heavily Topper bred male that is schooling out quite nicely. He is for sale to a racing home.
We anticipate '83 litters out of Critter of Destiny, Flyaway Delisa's Delight, ARM, ORC, Flyaways Genuine Risk (ARM & ORC pointed) and Flyaway's Calypso (ORC ptd.)
Standing at stud are Flyaway Spirit of Cachet, ORC ( Shelby x Critter), Flyaway Boomer of Fairfield ( Shelby x Critter), and Uruhu's Diamond Reo, ARM (Ch. Petti's Sir Frederick, ARM x Ch. Uruhu's Chelsea Girl).
Stacy Kinkade P.O. Box 1087, Gilroy, CA 95020 (408) 683-4295
We're very pleased to see Corky at the top in both events for the third year in a row. She continues to challenge the best of the big boys and has now run in over 45 official National Point Races of which she has placed in the top ten 41 times. She has carpeted in 25 official oval track meets, of which she has been in the top ten 25 times and has won 14 of those meets.
Corky will finish out the '82 season and will then take time out to have a litter by the #9 all-time racer Regalstock Panama Red, ARM. See you next year!
Flyaway Delisa's Delight, ARM, ORC
Flyaway Spirit of Cachet, ORC
Pictured on the oval doing what they do best, these littermates by Epinard Shelby of Wyndsor, ARM, PCC, FCh, CD became the first two Oval Racing Champions. They also hold the two fastest times on the 350 meter oval.
We're pleased that Blazer has proven to be not only a good racer, but a good sire as well. His daughter "Flyaways Winsome Elvira" picked up 9 ARM points in only three meets this year. He now has a fine litter of seven out of Regalstock Vampire, dam of 6 ARM champions out of her only litter by Blazer's sire Shelby.
Winner of the first annual Whippet Derby held during the big Santa Barbara week end, Blazer is also ARM pointed, FCh pointed and only needs an assisted take to finish both open field titles. We are looking forward to finishing these titles next year. Blazer has competed in 24 oval meets and has been in the top ten 23 times, and has won 8 of those meets.