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1983 American Whippet Club National
Pages 51 through 75
Wants to congratulate her children and grandchildren:
TRAVLIN' SUNDANCE ZORRO (out of Sundance Power Charge)
FOR COMPLETING THEIR AWARD OF RACING MERIT1. SUNDANCE DREAMS DIE FIRST, ARM
2. SUNDANCE DREAMS OF FORTUNE, ARM - Meet Winner F Top 20 NPR
TRAVLIN' SUNDANCE ZANNA ANNA (sired by Ch. Sundance Super Devil, F.Ch.)
FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE RING, ON THE TRACK & IN THE FIELD
1. CH. SUNDANCE HAUTE BRION, F.CH.
2. SUNDANCE H'ARTFUL DODGER, F.CH.
3. SUNDANCE HARPER OF TRAVLIN', F.CH.
TERRY SCHWARTZMAN 7904 STEVENSON RD., BALTIMORE, MD 21208 (301)484-7978
1ST SWEEPSTAKES 6-9 MONTHS AT WESTERN SPECIALTY OVER CLASS OF 11
TASIA WILL BE SHOWN, RACED AND COURSED IN 1984.
AND THE FUTURE:
LITTER BROTHER - TRAVLIN' TANNER YE TORO
DUE TO AN INJURY AS A PUP, TANNER CAN ONLY BE A STUD DOG AND LOVED AS A PET.
HALF SISTER - TRAVLIN' ZAZOO ZING
WILL BE BRED TO ROUGH LUKE, A MIDWEST RACE DOG AND A SHELBY GRANDSON.
TERRY SCHWARTZMAN 7904 STEVENSON RD., BALTIMORE, MD 21208 (301)484-7978
HARPER IN HIS SPARE TIME IS AVAILABLE TO APPROVED "LADIES" FOR STUD.
TERRY SCHWARTZMAN 7904 STEVENSON RD., BALTIMORE, MD 21208 (301)484-7971
Sundance At Best Run 'N' Free, ARM
We want to thank Stimmie's many friends for their support on the track and in the show ring. Stimmie is now major pointed with only limited showing. He stands 22" and weighs 42 lbs. Stimmie has one litter on the ground doing well in both areas and has several litters planned for this year worth watching for those interested in a dual purpose whippet.
RUN'N'FREE TRAINING KENNEL
Rich Briscoe 705 Orange Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016 (201) 276-5874
EASTERN WHIPPET ASSOCIATION 1983 IN REVIEW
As encouragement to owners of B, C and D grade racers, the EWA instituted the Qualified Racer Program in 1982. Now in its second year, fifteen Whippets earned Qualified Racer certificates; six Whippets from the first year's awards continued racing to earn Blue, Silver and Gold Stars. This program is limited to EWA members only, and certificates are awarded to Whippets who race eight heats in one year in the true and proper manner of a racing Whippet. Stars are awarded in subsequent years to certificate holders earning 20 placement points (Blue), 30 points (Silver) and 40 points (Gold) in one year.
Four EWA race meets were held, all at the Bridgewater, New Jersey grounds. The season opener, on May 22 (Mare's Head Golden Image Memorial), saw Janie's John Boy da Toro ARM finish high-point, undefeated, from a field of 34 adults. Sundance Dreams of Fortune, owned by Mike and Gail McCullough (VA), earned 4 ARM points; Sundance Advocator, owned by the McGownas (DE), earned 2 ARM points.
The July 10 meet was the largest of the year, with a field of 44 adults. The West Coast sensation, Trylson of Wyndsor ARM, owned by the Pratts (OR) was undefeated. Texas Contender of Wyndsor, owned by the Koch's (TX) earned 5 ARM points, Sundance Dreams Die First, owned by Julia Fincke (MD), earned 3 points and Magpi's Big Bird (Maggie Delaplain Morgan, NY) earned 1 point.
August saw 30 adults compete, with Sundance Dreams of Fortune hitting his stride and winning it all, plus 4 ARM points. Texas Contender of Wyndsor was second overall, for 2 ARM points. Fortune was again top dog in a field of 40 adults at the September 25th (Magpi's Salida del Sol Memorial) season wind-up, earning 5 ARM points. Sundance Advocator earned 3 ARM points; new AKC Champion Magpi's Big Bird earned 1.
October saw Whippet racing return to Virginia, with the EWA and the Hampton Roads Whippet Club as co-sponsors. Fortune again won it all, from an entry of 30 adults. The 4 ARM points earned here completed his title. Advocator added 2 ARM points to his total.
The EWA would like to thank the non-members who have supported our
NPR meets over the past year and the hard-working members of the EWA.
(Ch. Kindochaline's Tartan x Pikop's Wayward Wind, 7/21/82)
CH. WILDFIRE'S BLAZE OF TARA GLEN finishes with BOW - 5pts. - Congratulations to the Chapmans
WILDFIRE'S HIGHWAYMAN - Beloved "Butch", now we can only hold you in our hearts. Lovingly remembered by Wildfire and the Sandhursts.
2524 East Becker Lane , Phoenix, Arizona 85028 (602) 971-6887
1983 HAS BEEN A VERY REWARDING YEAR, IN RACING AND SHOWING.
1984 SHOULD BRING MORE SUCCESS IN THE OBEDIENCE ARENA AS WELL AS SHOW & RACE. ALTHOUGH IT'S WONDERFUL AND GRATIFYING TO WIN, THERE IS NOTHING QUITE LIKE A WARM WHIPPET HUG, A WET WHIPPET KISS OR A WIGGY-WAGGY WHIPPET TAIL.
Lee & Chris House
2390 Redlands Drive , Newport Beach, California 92660
Introducing: The Fast Ladies
OUR WINNING PAIR
Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem
(Eng.Ch. Novacroft Madrigal x Eng.Ch. Belinda of Hardknott)
Shown winning BOB at the American Whippet Club supported show at Farmington Valley KC on June 9, 1983, in an entry of 70-plus of America's finest. Left to right: AWC president Mrs. P.S.P. Fell, judge Mr. M. Magder ( Canada), owner-handler Barbara Henderson and AWC secretary Carol Willumsen.
'Max' was imported from England in late 1982 and made his American debut by going WD & BOW while still a puppy. He then finished in six straight shows, winning BOW at Westminster and two Breeds over specials from the classes. Before 2 years of age and only sporadically specialed, Max now has 14 BOBs (always over specials competition), a Hound Group and several Group placings. In a two-day visit to Canada he won all the points required for the Canadian title and BOS at the Whippet Club of Eastern Canada specialty; he now needs a third show to confirm his title.
Puppies from Max's first litters will be shown in 1984.
A Comparison of the Australian and the American Whippet,
with an Emphasis on the Standard
By Phoebe Jordan Booth
As presented at the American Whippet Club Seminar in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, August, 1983.
The Australian Whippet would compare favorably with his American counterpart. He is a dog of perhaps a slightly different make, and yet he would not only fit in well, but readily complement his American cousin.
The Whippet has been bred in Australia for many years. His emergence as a competitor in all-breed competition can be compared to that of the American Whippet. In the early post-war years, there were but a few dominant kennels who preserved, maintained and improved the breed and left their legacy with the kennels of today. The kennel prefixes Wadellie (M. Waddell), Amersham (I. Payne & J. Karas), Flashing (McGoriens), the dogs of Mr I. Davies, and a little later the Martiniques of Mr B. Doherty and Mr T. Crowley, can be likened to the Meanders (Shearer sisters), Mardormeres (Mrs Anderson), Stoney Meadows (the Wears), and the Pennyworths (Mrs Newcombe) of the U.S.
The Whippet population of Australia, though spread out in an area as great as the U.S., is not nearly as large in number. In addition, since the major population centers are all coastal, transportation costs and distances are greater. These factors might result in a far greater concentration of the gene pool (and sometimes do), if it weren't for the regular importation of fresh English dogs and bloodlines into the established strains, by many of the dedicated breeders. This situation is not unlike the regular importation done by the American breeders of the '40s, '50s, and '60s.
Since the Australian Whippet is bred in adherence to the English standard, of course the English Whippet is the import of choice by the Australian importers and breeders. But equally as great a factor is the strictness of the quarantine laws. Australia is an island continent where rabies is unknown, and among her greatest resources are her livestock (a hub of the Australian economy), and her wildlife. An outbreak of rabies, and the decimation that could result, would be devastating. Since the U.K., too, is an island nation relatively rabies-free, the new quarantine laws involve only 2 months quarantine and one month certified residence before release. In contrast, exporting American dogs to Australia would involve 5 or 7 months of quarantine and certified residency in either Hawaii or England prior to 2 to 4 months of quarantine in Australia. These considerations make it impractical to import from anywhere but England.
But, interesting enough, that does not mean the Australian Whippet is a clone of his British brother. Although he adheres to the same Standard, as I mentioned earlier, it appears that he has a look of his own, somewhere in between the smaller, old-fashioned English Whippet, and the tall and flashy American. Quoting an article appearing the the Feb. '83 Australian "National Dog" magazine, by Frank Pieterse, a well-known Australian breeder, co-owner, and importer of the top English Champions Dondelayo Statue and Dondelayo Reinette, "... (the) news is that the English have done a complete about face and gone in droves back to the 'old-fashioned whippety' type of Whippet. Exaggeration is out --- everyone wants plain plain plain whippets and running around the show ring with your dog is frowned upon, I'm also told this trend is heading towards Australia, and that our alleged tendency towards exaggeration ( USA style) is heading for disaster." Mr Pieterse goes on to discourage mediocrity as a form of exaggeration in itself. His point is well-taken, and I, for one, found his comparison to be valid.
The Australian Whippet seems to have attained the best of both worlds, and if my personal observation of about 50 of their Whippets was a good indication, they are of the very highest quality. Generally speaking, heads were long and well-balanced, with no suggestion of heaviness, plainness or coarseness. Eyes
In comparison, the American Whippet is often a longer bodied dog and not as shapely. That isn't to say that there aren't shapely Whippets in the U.S., just that the average Whippet here is longer and less "curvy". I am told that the most beautifully headed Whippets are American. I believe it. We often see Whippets with long, well-balanced and well-chiseled heads with lovely full, dark, round eyes conveying that melting expression we find so desirable. I feel we are seeing too many ewe necks in the U.S., and these are probably directly resulting from our over emphasis on length of neck, coupled with front problems. But we do often see long, elegant, well-set-on necks, and they complement our lovely heads, when correct.
But the Whippet is supposed to be an athlete, and unfortunately it is in shoulder that we run into problems. Quoting Dr James Gray in an article published in "The Whippet" magazine, "During the past several years there has emerged a huge family of Whippets, including many sub-strains, with a very serious front problem. These dogs have the entire shoulder assembly, scapula and forearm, attached too far forward on the thorax. Some have proper layback of the scapula, and proper length and angulation of the forearm, and some do not. In all, the foreleg is forward of the center of gravity and improperly supports the anterior weight of the dog. In silhouette, it appears that the "forelegs fall off of the chin", as one well-known breeder remarked. It is impossible for the animals to have adequate fill of chest and the neck is almost always ewe-necked to some degree.
"I think the problem has been tolerated and perpetuated because these animals almost always have smooth attractive musculature over the shoulder, and almost all are TIGHT KNIT with forelegs moving true and parallel when moving toward the observer. The gait as viewed from the side, however, is always somewhat restricted in extension, even though some animals may "throw" their forelegs into apparent extension by 'lifting' their weight. These dogs always draw back and the paws fall short before striking the ground. It remains a serious problem of improper weight support and incorrect forward extension, and is widespread in the breed."
I find too that these individuals' faulty fronts sometimes extend down the forearm to the pastern where we see a short, upright pastern, sometimes to the point of knuckling over, an almost unforgiveable fault in a running hound. These problems are not exclusive to the American Whippet, nor do all American Whippets display them - many are quite sound. But I strongly agree with Dr Gray that the problem is widespread enough to cause great concern to us.
It seems to me that the American Whippet is rarely lacking breadth of body and rib spring, but I often see long, flat or "lumpy" toplines. My own personal pet peeves concern an aspect of anatomy that is all-but-forgotten in the modern American Whippet, and that is UNDERLINE. It is all too rare that we see the "S" curve coupled with a deep brisket and well filled front. It is an important Whippet trademark, and one that many breeders need to be reminded of, or so it appears.
On the other hand, hindquarters on the American dogs are usually outstanding. Our dogs do tend to be more angulated in the rear than the Australian dogs, and are usually very sound. When we do encounter problems, I would generalize that they are usually due to too much, rather than too little, angulation, a problem of excess. But it is interesting that at one end, we never seem to have enough balance and angulation between the humerus and scapula, and at the other end, we have consistently balanced rears, with lots of sweep, if anything, sometimes too much. I wonder, if we do manage to get our fronts "fixed", will our rears suffer?
But let's go back now to the Australian Whippet.
The Australian Whippet's resemblance to the English is exemplified in several areas. His compactness is one of them. To many American breeders, he may be viewed as a shorter-coupled dog. I, for one, though, found it difficult to be too critical of him in that regard. In my view, one of the problems of the short-coupled dog is that he is usually lacking the desirable ground-covering stride of his longer counterpart. This did NOT happen to be the case with the Australians. Britons have been famed for the soundness and movement of their livestock, and the Australians have certainly maintained that quality in their Whippets. Shoulders were a revelation with a depth of brisket and fill in front that I have never seen in the U.S.
The Australians Whippets' similarity to the British did not end there. As I said, his hindquarters were certainly strong and sound, but lacking the extreme angulation we often see here. There were also more solid colors, fawns and brindles, than we usually see in the ring over here. And, although I do not wish to get into the "dilute" controversy here in the U.S., I do want to point out that although many of their dogs would technically be classified by us as dilute, colors were rich, sometimes brilliant, and pigment and eye color was extremely dark So, although the Australian Whippet owes his compact and shapely outline, soundness and color to his British breeding, he also has a bit of the American look about him. Solids were indeed in greater evidence there, but parti-color
I have described in the most general terms how I felt the Australian Whippets differed from ours and where they were alike. It might be interesting
The British Standard is a shorter, more concise Standard than ours. One might say that it is less well-defined, but, on the other hand, it is notably succinct. There can be valid arguments on both sides of the question of verbiage. But there can be no question that the breeders in each of the countries
Under General Appearance, both Standards have a clear description, but note that the English Standard stresses that exaggeration is to be avoided. This is something that the American Standard does not mention. I bring it up as I have heard numerous foreigners describe American dogs of all breeds as tending toward exaggeration, and I do think that we Americans sometimes have a "some is good, more is better" approach to things.
Although I understand that heads are not of the utmost importance in England, they must be considered more important in Australia, as they were usually elegant and typey. Ears are definitely a consideration in Australia (though they don't emphasize them as much as we do) and they are usually good, too. Incidentally, I much prefer the concise and correct description of the ears in the British Standard than that in the American one.
Eyes are certainly a point of controversy. We address the size, shape and color that we feel is desirable. The English only call for a bright, keen expression. This shouldn't be difficult to interpret, but the Australians related to me a story of a recently visiting American judge. Apparently this judge went on in his (or her) critique about desiring a larger, darker eye on a certain Whippet he or she judged. The Australians were justifiably piqued. Although I saw a handful of Whippets who would be considered over here to have a smallish eye, I felt that I probably saw as many kind, sweet, true "Whippety" expressions as I would see in the same sized representative group here. I would be curious to know if the same were true in England.
I think that the greatest contrast between the Standards can be found in the sections that can be put under the heading of "Forequarters". Both want well laid back muscular shoulders, and neither Standard wants a wide or loaded shoulder, or a front too narrow. But there are some major differences. The English/Australian Standard says that the shoulder should be "closely set together at the top". The American Standard says, "moderate space between shoulder blades at the peak of the withers", and "a very narrow shoulder . . . should be penalized". The English/Australian Standard asks for a "chest very deep and plenty of heart room, brisket deep and well-defined". The American Standard calls for the brisket to be "very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow." However, the English Standard calls for the elbows to be "well set under the body", while our Standard says "legs set far under the body so as to create a forechest . . . should be strictly penalized".
I do find it interesting that the greatest difference I found between the Australian and American dogs related directly to the greatest difference between their Standards. And I honestly felt that, on the whole, their fronts were superior to ours. I am not certain that it is possible to have a truly deep and
I think the color controversy exists there as it does here. I said earlier that I probably saw a higher percentage of solids than I would usually see here, but the particolors were definitely the preferred colors. Interestingly enough, the Australians did notice the advertisements in "The Whippet" magazine where some whites, white faces, or mostly whites were pictured winning, and indicated that they didn't feel that whites or mostly whites would be successful in the show ring down under. So perhaps, in that regard, we are a little more open minded.
And now we come to the last great controversy that has surrounded the Whippet throughout his history, and that is size. I have to say that I feel that the
in type. Not so with the Australians. They were truly little versions of big Whippets, with lovely sturdy bone, and real Whippet type. Nothing flimsy about these! I found them quite nice, and certainly very correct in the eyes of their Standard. It has been mentioned numerous times in numerous articles that there
To sum up, I feel that although the British Standard is not as explicit as the American Standard, the Australian Whippets are more uniform in type and general appearance than ours. Perhaps this can be explained by the geography of the U.K., that is, that there are a greater number of dogs concentrated in a smaller area. Those that are exported to Australia generally become spread out, but they still carry the more concentrated genes. Or perhaps it can be explained that the early breeders knew exactly what they wanted, and were able to leave the type of Whippet they wanted to perpetuate in the hands of more capable newcomers, whose desire was to conform the dogs to the existing Standard, not change the Standard to fit the dogs. Or perhaps it is as Mr Lewis Renwick, a pioneer of the Whippet, stated in 1957, in the "Whippet Handbook", "The British race, and especially those living on our island, seem to have a genius for the breeding of all kinds of pedigree stock. You have only to travel to other countries to recognize this as a fact. Be it horses, cattle, sheep, or any other animals or birds, British stock has a market for export; and without periodical replacements from their mother country foreign stock soon loses its type."
And yet, things have changed a great deal since 1957. The Americans have made great contributions to purebred dogs, and the American influence is being felt internationally through some very important and influential exports. We have problems certainly, but that is what makes this business and sport of purebred dogs so challenging and exciting. Quoting Miss Anna Katharine Nicholas in an article published in "Kennel Review" magazine, "From where I sit, with half a century in the dog show world to look back upon, I cannot ever find sufficient words with which to pay tribute to the intelligence, expertise, and achievements of the American breeders. Back in the 1930's, if one wanted a top show dog, one imported it from England, and, almost without exceptions these dogs "swept the boards" over the American-breds of that year. How the picture has gradually changed over the decades is a saga in itself, with American-breds steadily increasing each year in excellence until now they can hold their own against com petition from anywhere in the world. How did this happen?? It was done by BREEDERS. By the kennels and individuals who used this English stock judiciously in breeding to their own stock, gradually creating, generation after generation, more beautiful dogs and dogs in closer conformity with their standards."
I think that the Australian breeder and the Australian Whippet has achieved a similar accomplishment, and has a great deal to offer the breed. He retains enough of the qualities of the English Whippet to be of genuine type and soundness, but adds to that the elegance and showmanship to put him in the forefront of all-breed competition.
The Whippet, it appears, is indeed alive and well all over the world!
1983 Midwest Show Report
The 1983 Mid-West Specialty was again a huge success. We continued to stress education along with our competitive events by sponsoring an other Whippet seminar which was very well attended, and well presented. Thanks are to be extended to Cora Miller, Phoebe Booth, John Shelton, and Mary Beth Arthur for devoting so much time and effort to this excellent project.
Special thanks must again go to Pat Dresser and Wendy Clark whose ideas and assistance are the wheels that turn the machine behind the Specialty weekend. Without their generous effort, the weekend would never come off.
We would like to invite you all to enjoy our hospitality and our fun times in 1984. Among the events planned for the '84 Specialty weekend is the first ever AWC sponsored futurity, in addition to our Specialty and supported entry. Time permitting, we will also be offering another educational event. Make plans to join us now on August 23-26, 1984. C'mon, join the fun, and the warm, Mid-Western welcome!
You didn't see us entered at very many shows in 1983, because we were busy at home with:
(Ch. Hound-Hill Brattleboro, CD x Ch. Shamasan Minnie Mouse)
AND - THESE GUYS:
( Ch. Marial's Padneyhill Illusion, ARM x Ch. Stoney Meadows Topaz
But, in 1984,
LOOK OUT WORLD, 'CAUSE HERE WE COME!!!
Morshor Cross the Water
(Ch. Plumcreek Walk On Water x Ch. Morshor Royal Bid, LCM)
"Taking a Biggie" - 5 point major under breeder-judge Mrs. Betty Fell at the M.A.W.A. supported show.
Ch. Shamasan Bugs Bunny shown doing what he likes to do the best - taking it easy - Thanks to Phoebe Jordan Booth for starting me out with a very Special Buddy - Timmy and Amy too!
Linda Johnson - Patricia D. Edwards, DVM - Drew Edwards
2655 Greenvalley Rd. , Snellville, GA 30278
CARBETH WHIPPETS introduces –
Carbeth If By Chance
"Chance" is pictured at 5 months of age. Two litter sisters are available to serious breeder/exhibitors; "Leah", super sound and elegant fawn brindle and "Rachael", a flashy black brindle with white. Whelped 4/28/83.
CAROLINE E. KIRCHNER RD #1, BOX 368 , GLASSBORO, NJ 08028 (609)881-1533 or (609)428-7134
1983 a 'special' year
Ch. Oldlands Singing in the Rain
(Ch. Tulas Duststorm of Oldlands x Oldlands Serenade)
July '83 - "Rain" wins AWC Western Specialty at Santa Barbara under judge Mrs. Margaret P. Newcombe of Pennyworth Kennel fame - pictured.
Nov. '83 - "Rain" wins the Whippet Club of Eastern Canada Specialty in Toronto under Int. breeder-judge Mr. Max Magder.
We are proud of "Rain's" litter - 3 Champions to date and other Oldlands whippets that finished their Championships in '83 -
For whippets of true type and quality, contact us -
Mrs. Christy Gordon-Creed
ELYSIAN PEACHTREE PARADE
One of the winning youngsters from Frances Hembree's first litter by Ch. Hound-Hill Brattleboro, CD x the Group winning Ch. Elysian Glorya Rejoice, Parade now has 8 points, including a 4-point major. He is also proving to be an exceptional sire. His first litter out of Ch. Elysian Sunday Best produced the two lovely bitches Elysian Best Wishes and Elysian Sunday's Child. His second litter, out of Kirklea Pewter Plate and co-bred with Larry Shaw, contains some spectacular young pups, including two all-breed Best in Match winners and two Whippet "specialty" Best in Match winners. Watch for ELYSIAN FLASH- DANCE, owned by Mary Woulfe, ELYSIAN BAR NONE, owned by Cathy Price, and KIRKLEA COPPER KETTLE, owned by Larry Shaw and Jan Swayze.
Parade is at stud to approved bitches by private treaty.
James R. Gray, MD 4294 Graywell Drive , Lilburn, GA 30247 (404) 921-2160
. . . presents two pretty young ladies
Elysian Like An Angel
(Elysian Peachtree Parade x Ch. Elysian Sunday Best)
Owned and shown by Sandy Motz, Angel has a big 4-point BEST OF BREED win over 6 Specials under breeder-judge Betty Stites, and two more points under Bob Stein. We are looking forward to an exciting year for her.
Elysian Sunday's Child
(Elysian Summer Storm x Elysian Escapade)
"Lisa", at 10 months, her first weekend in the ring, was BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES at the AWC supported show with Kennesaw KC under judge Peggy Weigle. We consider this bitch one of our best and have planned a 1984 litter sired by ELYSIAN FLASHDANCE.
James R. Gray, MD 4294 Graywell Drive, Lilburn, GA 30247 (404) 921-2160
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