A special thanks to Terry Schwartzman of Travlin' Whippets for the Historic contribution to the AWC
Conscientious breeders of any livestock require a means of comparison and evaluation. This is the raison d' etre for dog shows. For what is wrong when the following remark can be overheard at any show ring? "With my prefix and that handler under those judges, he'll finish in no time." What "evaluation" or "sport" takes place here?
Whether a judge accepts a fee for an assignment or judges for fun matters little in his unconscious desire to encourage a repeat of my large individual entry at some future show. It is the judge that draws a good entry who gets the invitations. With cool logic, sincere conviction, and spotless integrity, the judge often selects for the value the best of a multiple entry from one exhibitor over a somewhat better solitary entry from another exhibitor. To the onlookers this appears to be neither "sport" nor "evaluation".
An infinite variety of similar situations can be recited by any ringsider. Let us not obscure the issue with a display of righteous indignation when reminded of the shortcomings in our game. Let us do something to correct them. Before showing dogs can become a true sport, we must devise a means, on the one hand, of protecting our less powerful exhibitors from lapses in integrity in our judges, and, on the other hand, of shielding our sensitive judges from pressure by unscrupulous exhibitors.
We must not blame the judges; they are human. We simply need more just like them. (Unless something radical is done, we will soon b e few qualified experts willing to judge.) We cannot blame the handlers. As a group, they are irreproachable. The present superintendents and point system form the very foundation of our "sport".
What we do need is to make the showing of dogs a sport by correcting a basically faulty conception of evaluation and competition. Now we are merely accommodating our activities to a foolish notion about competition.
By definition of the terms, no one can make a purely objective decision between entries if he can identify or recognize any owner or handler. If our own dignified national government can be built upon an elaborate system of checks and balances, we should not apologize for guaranteeing objective decisions in our sports. From more mature forms of competitive exhibitions, such as poultry, cat and flower shows, we can learn to prohibit any identification of entry with owner or agent. This means instigating anonymous entries in non-handled point classes. Public identification of dogs with owner or handler should come only in specials classes (including the best of winners), variety groups and best-in-show line-ups.
Dogs cannot be judged at the benches, being handled by official stewards as is done in some countries, and still make the shows entertaining to the American gate, but with very little change in ring procedure, dogs in point classes can be identified only by number and not by owner or handler. In other words, while in the ring, the dog must have a disinterested stranger on the other end of the leash.
In its simplest terms, such an arrangement would work like this: Owner, handler or agent would prepare the class dog and bring it to the show ring. The assistant steward would transfer the dog, leash and all, to a showing committee man or another exhibitor already bearing the proper armband. This "walker" would lead the animal into the ring, gait it and stop it in line at the direction of the judge. No 'walker" would touch his unknown exhibit, unless to assist the judge in viewing the mouth. The judge would be required to evaluate each exhibit au natural, unless he himself wanted to set it up. After placements, the dog would be returned to owner or agent outside the ring. The owner, agent or handler in turn would serve as "walker" in another class - as many times as he might wish, but at least the same number of times as he himself had class dogs entered. This service would be considered obligatory, and not as a favor to other owners or the sponsoring club.
Objections to this scheme might be anticipated below:
1. "This plan suggests that our judges lack integrity." If this be so, then many distinguished experts and scholars who judge other animal and plant competitions have their integrity questioned repeatedly, as in many cases, they are not allowed to see the owners or handlers of exhibits!
2. "I don't think an owner or handler would like others to handle his dogs." Naturally not, especially if he knows the judge. Certainly, horticulturists would like to display their flowers or plants personally; poultrymen would prefer to present their own coops; cat fanciers might expect to handle their own animals - but they are not allowed to! A dog judge is no godlier than any other type of judge.
3. "I breed pekes and wouldn't know how to control a dane." A peke owner would likely volunteer to "walk" other pekes in other classes, or help with another toy breed.
4. "Wouldn't this mean that two people would be present at the ring for each dog?" In most instances the exhibitors present would be enough to take turns and serve as "walkers" for one another (under the direction of the stewards only, and not as a predetermined arrangement). Several extra "walkers" provided by the club would be available for single entries in a breed or multiple entries from only one owner. These "walkers" could be secured from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, 4-H and Service Clubs. In effect, some of us even now employ 'walkers" when we build points with a multiple entry: how often on the spur of the moment we ask a ringsider to handle some "padding" while we ourselves, or our favorite professional handlers, pilot the desirable point winners!
5. "No one else can effectively hide my dog's faults." Only an extremely naive person thinks that he ever covers a bad fault from any of our current judges. All dogs would be shown in point classes without any handling. The dogs would be on their own. The opportunities would be equal for all dogs.
6. "I'm a professional handler. This plan will ruin my business." Not at all. A handler or agent would still be required to condition, groom, train and transport class entries to the shows, as well as show any animals eligible for the specials classes, including the ultimate best of winners, or the dogs in the group or Best-In-Show line-ups. It is only fitting that after a dog wins points or a championship incognito, it should be shown at its best advantage by its own handler or owner.
7) "Won't this confuse judging?" Some judges are now asking for entries to be left natural without setting up. This program would simply assure equal advantage for all. Think of the many novices who would show, knowing that their own lack of guile and subterfuge would not count against their dog!
We must do something to make it apparent to everyone that showing dogs ranks as a true sport. Establishing a policy of anonymity in non-handled point classes should go far in assuring integrity in our sport. The fringe benefits accompanying such an innovation might Include: 1) greater interest and suspense for the judge, not knowing to what owner he was giving the blue; 2) a widening acquaintance with different breeds by exhibitors serving as "walkers"; 3) an excitement appropriate to a sport dependent upon unbiased judgment (unbiased as to owners, not as to conviction of quality); 4) a camaraderie among exhibitors as a result of sharing in common the uncertainties of good, clean competition; 5) a spectator participation for those who wish to serve as "walkers" which would not only provide some doggy contact for the frustrated dogless dog lover, but also provide an intimate stimulus for breed promotion and sales. 6) In the case of judges who at one time were professional handlers, the anonymous entries would relieve them of any obligations, real or fancied, to former generous clients. ?)Because so many sensitive, experienced breeders now refuse to judge for the very reason that under the present casual conditions a judge must weigh friend's dog against friend's dog, an adoption of showing incognito might bring forth a new field of experts from which to secure qualified judges.
GIST: The judge must not obviously know the identity of a dog, its owner or handler, in the point classes.
It would be the duty of the assistant steward to give each entry to a "walker" whose own dog was not in that particular class, and who had no apparent connection with the said entry. The assistant steward would instruct the "walkers" in the procedure used by the judge. This steward would be responsible for checking exhibit and leash for any identifying mark or peculiarity and make any corrections necessary.
The judge's table should be placed so that when the judge is seated his back is toward the area in which dogs are given to "walkers". The dogs in this area should be somewhat screened from the judge's table. A low canvas draped along ring ropes, portable wooden screening sections, decorative fencing, or even unused chairs could be employed.
Any query about age from the judge would be answered by the steward.
The judge must be willing to correct a "walker" who moves or conducts his charge improperly. The judge alone is responsible for ring procedure and conduct. He should be conscious of making evaluations for an interested and informed ringside.
Unfortunately few show giving clubs could now suddenly undertake such a procedure as above at their matches or point shows. Timid or complacent members, skeptical owners, high-powered kennels, indignant dog editors, hesitant judges and a few boycotting handlers might pr event it. However, if clubs would try such a plan at informal puppy breed matches, they could correct any impractical details and perfect its operation. While so doing, they could influence opinion and establish the precedent firmly enough so that in a few years
anonymous class showing would be an accepted arrangement and a desirable revamping for major dog shows via the American Kennel Club. This regulation should lessen the frequent accusation by the critical lay public, journalists and professional writers, that the showing of dogs is nothing but a racket."
We must admit, that in the eyes of the public, as long as a judge can identify owner or handler of any entry in a class, there can be no objective comparison of the dogs themselves in that class. Any step toward anonymous, non-handled class entries will enhance the validity of prizes won at dog shows. Let us make it obvious to all concerned, that we are competing with our dogs, not our handlers, owners or kennel names.
Walter A. Wheeler, Jr. Windsprite Whippets
The above article was sent this past summer to a number of all-breed and specialty clubs throughout the country. It was written because there are those of us here in the East who are disturbed at what goes on under the guise of "competition" in the American dog show ring This treatise contains very little original material. Most of the ideas are now practiced in foreign countries. In England, a dog is often shown by different handlers in different classes at one show. In some Latin American countries, judging takes place with official
stewards handling the entries at an hour when the public and exhibitors are not present. According to Princesse Amedee de Broglie in the June, 1962, POPULAR DOGS, in France dogs must not be touched by their handlers while being judged in the ring.
"Sour grapes" has not prompted this essay. We all have finished dogs to their titles and in various degrees have been active in the game for many years. I exhibited at my first dog show in the late 1930's and bred my first champion (a shetland sheepdog) in the early 1940's. The response to the article in some areas has been most encouraging for the future of our sport. A nationally known judge from the West Coast writes: "Let me say personally that I think that your idea has a great deal of merit and I would enjoy judging a dog show put on with the same specifications as outlined in your folder, and I am quite sure that the results would be most enlightening."
American Whippet Club Eastern Specialty
The annual Eastern Specialty of the A.W.C. was held at the farm of Mr. & Mrs. D, R. Motch, Keswick, V a., on Sept. 28th, with great success, a wonderful entry for judge Harry T. Peters, and weather that no one could possibly improve upon. Our hosts had gone to extremes to make the site attractive and especially convenient for each exhibitor.
The Futurity had a very good entry of 20 puppies, judged by Miss Judith Shearer. She found her winner in the very attractive fawn, senior puppy bitch, Whipoo's Met of Lemon, bred by Louis Pegram and owned by Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs.
Up from the senior puppy bitch class at the actual Specialty came Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells, bred and owned by Mrs. W. P. Wear, to Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and on to Best of Breed over a class of fourteen top Specials. Mrs. Wear is to be further congratulated in that by going Winners she also retired the Mardormere Challenge Trophy. With three wins, those of Snow Queen, Golden Apple and now Hell's Bells, the trophy now becomes her permanent possession.
The Winners Dog came from the Open class, Locksley O'Lazeland. His win also retired the Pennyworth Challenge Triphy for Winners Dog, the previous Lazeland winners having been Surfrider and Fisherman, the latter the sire of Locksley, who went on to Best Opposite Sex.
Many of the exhibitors expressed a desire to hold the 1963 Eastern Specialty and races in this area, and I can speak for all Virginia hosts and hostesses in saying we would be delighted.
I want to thank Mr. & Mrs. Motch again for the use of Cismont Manor, and also to express my sincere appreciation to each and every person who, through trophy fund donations, their entries, or actual services, made this, our 1962 Specialty, the most successful ever.
Donald P. Hostetter, President
American Whippet Club Eastern Specialty
September 28, 1962
Judge: Miss Judith R. Shearer
Puppy Dogs and Bitches 6-9 months,seven shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Henry (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Third, Anthony S. Ramsey's Glenhavens Wild Fortune (by Ch. Glenhavens Wildwind ex Ch. Julie of Stoney Meadows) Fourth, Barbara Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Hannah (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester)
Puppy Dogs 9-12 months, five shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Sharp Blade (by Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Second, Lazeland Kennels' El Capitan O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, Lazeland Kennels' El Cid O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Lazeland Kennels' Lucifer O'Lazeland (by Ch. Beachfire O'Lazeland ex Whipoo's Dark Venture)
Puppy Bitches 9-12 mo., six shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist of Lemon (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Serenade O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Fourth, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells (by Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade)
Beet Puppy in Futurity, Whipoo's Twist of Lemon. Second, Eyleland Homer. Third, Serenade O'Lazeland. Fourth, Stoney Meadows Sharp Blade.
Judge: Mr. Harry T. Peters, Jr.
Puppy Dogs 6-9 mo., six shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Henry (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Third, Lazeland Kennels' Eyleland Heritage (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Fourth, Anthony S. Ramsey's Glenhavens Wild Fortune (by Ch. Glenhavens Wildwind ex Ch. Julie of Stoney Meadows)
Puppy Dogs 9-12 mo., five shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Sharp Blade (by Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Lucifer O'Lazeland (by Ch . Beachfire O'Lazeland ex Whipoo's Dark Venture) Third, Lazeland Kennels' El Capitan O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Lazeland Kennels' Commando O'Lazeland (by Ch. Beachfire O 'Lazeland ex Whipoo's Dark Venture)
Novice Dogs, two shown. First, Meander Kennels' Meander M. O. (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Eyleland Plumb Pudding (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)
Bred By Exhibitor Dogs, five shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows
Medallion (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Model) Second, D. R. Motch's Seven League Something Else (by Ch. Seven League Saddler ex Ch. Windholme Mother Goose) Third, Janet C. Koch's Sheldegren Grey Ghost (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Windsprite Aphrodite) Fourth, Meander Kennels' Meander Ten Four (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Ch. Dizzy Blond of meander)
American Bred Dogs, two shown. First, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Meander Good As New (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Meander Hidden Meaning) Second, Meander Kennels' Eyleland Milliboy (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Bewitched)
Open Dogs, seven shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Locksley O'Lazeland (by Ch. Fisherman O'Lazeland ex Ch. Windholme Mary Contrary) Second, Meander Kennels' Meander Glazer (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster) Third, Victor A. Renner's Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Janice Pimble's Appraxin's Sambo (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Tale)
Winners Dog to Locksley O'Lazeland. Reserve to Meander Good As New.
Puppy Bitches 6-9 mo., two shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland. Hannah (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Second, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Jennifer (by Ch. Glenhaven's Wildwind ex Ch. Julie of Stoney Meadow
Puppy Bitches 9-12 mo., eight shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells (by Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist of Lemon (by Whipoo ' s Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Third, Doris Wear's Stoney Meadows Aurora (by Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Fourth, Juanita E & Victor A. Renner's Pepite (by Bergers Happy Jacques ex Whipoo's Chablis Elegance)
Novice Bitches, three shown. First, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Meander Cygnet (by Ch. Meander Bob—White ex Ch. Baroness of Birdneck Point) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Larkspur O'Lazeland (by Ch. Liebeskind O’Lazeland ex Pennyworth Forget—Me—Not) Third, Meander Kennels' Meander Pavia (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster)
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Aunt Jemima (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Legacy O'Lazeland (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Summertan O'Lazeland)
American Bred Bitches, three shown. First, Mardormere Kennels' Sapphire of Mardormere (by Ch. Lucky Number of Mardormere ex Ch. Solitaire of Mardormere) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Stoney Meadows Snow Princess (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen) Third, D. R. Motch's Seven League Striped Paint (by Ch. Meander Pin Boy ex Ch. Meander Wet Paint)
Open Bitches, ten shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Tale) Second, Joan C. Weber's Glenhavens Tarn O'Shanter (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Third, Pennyworth Kennels' Winterfold Penniesworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Fourth, John H. Berger's Eyleland Cinnamon Toast (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)
Winners Bitch to Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells. Reserve to Meander Cygnet.
Best of Winners to Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells.
Specials, fourteen shown, Ch. Seven League Songbird, Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren, Ch. Stoney Meadows Moonlight, Ch. Wanderlust O'Lazeland, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, Ch. Selbrook Highlight, Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere, Ch. Stoney Meadows Winston, Ch . Eyleland Cinnamon Roll, Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah, Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind, Ch. Pennyworth Periwinkle, Ch. Meander Fin Boy, Ch. Beachfire O’Lazeland.
Best of Breed to Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells. Best Opposite Sex to Locksley O’Lazeland.
Get Class First, Meander Kennels' Ch. Meander Bob—White. Second, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Ch. Meander Pickpocket. Third, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Stoney Meadows Epic. Fourth, D. R. Motch & Lazeland Kennels' Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire. Produce Class, First, Lazeland Kennels' Lorelei O'Lazeland.
Brace Class, First, Miss F. Julia Shearer's Ch. Meander Flip The Dip & Ch. Meander Pickpocket.
FORTY-FIVE WHIPPETS ENTERED FOR RACING AT EASTERN SPECIALTY
by Louis Pegram
CH. EYELAND CINNAMON ROLL owned by RALPH AND BARBARA EYLES, Antioch, Illinois again proved that he is the number one challenger to the great EYELAND PEPPERMINT BOY for national racing honors for 1962. CH. CINNAMON ROLL won both heats at the Eastern Specialty, which was held the day before the actual AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB SPECIALTY. His first heat victory was by some eight lengths, but over the strenuous full 200 yard course of the second heat, CH. CINNAMON ROLL tired badly in the last thirty yards, and had not ROUGET O'LAZELAND interfered slightly near the finish with CH. CINNAMON ROLL, ROUGET might have won this second heat causing a runoff for top honors of the day. CH. CINNAMON ROLL ran very true and was the clean-cut champion, living up in every respect to his pre-race form which made him the logical dog to beat for top racing honors in the East. ROUGET had a total score of eight points as did CRACKER, thus in the runoff for second and third ROUGET proved his superior speed winning by nine lengths drawing away from CRACKER a most promising young racer.
BOBBY MOTCH has a small white bitch of tremendous early speed in SEVEN LEAGUE SPOT. If she comes to Chicago in 1962, SEVEN LEAGUE SPOT should be a tough contender over the shorter hard track which is only some 170 yards in distance. The W. C. FRENCH entry of SEVEN LEAGUE WHIPPAH and SOLAR SYSTEM running under the Rebel Entry both won their first heat easily and were close up in the final high point race. MRS. DORIS WEAR uncovered a real speedball in the young black bitch, STONY MEADOWS FAIRY FOX. This young lady, very small if you please, broke fast on the out side out in front of the entire pack giving away some seven lengths, and then won drawing away to win by five. MRS. JACQUELIN PIMBLE deserves much credit for bringing STONY MEADOWS OTHELLO. This proven top black race dog had gone off in condition during the past few days but made a very game try.
The combination of RENNER and BERBER from Ohio again proved that they know how to condition young race dogs, with the RENNER owned PEPITE winning both puppy heats over the one hundred yard course, in a very easy fashion. WILLIAM H. SCHMICK was not kidding last winter when he told me to watch BIG JOHN as a puppy racer. BIG JOHN and LITTLE BROTHER both tied for second high score with seven points each. EUGENE AND SYBIL JACOBS won a heat and finished second in a heat with their pups, WHIPOO'S SILVER SONG and WHIPOO'S TWIST OF LEMON.
Bench Champion EYELAND CINNAMON ROLL won the adult dog race, and WHIPPOO'S TWIST OF LEMON won the AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB PUPPY SWEEPSTAKES, which should leave little doubt in the mind of anyone that Whippets can be shown and raced without hurting either quality.
DONALD HOSTETTER, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB, was the real champion of the Eastern Race meeting as he had constructed the first permanent race course in America since the old Brooklandville track operating some thirty years ago. This turf course track is a full 200 yards slightly uphill which requires Whippets of speed and bottom to win. The track known as PAGEBROOK DOWNS (and ups) has two starting boxes, one is at the 200-yard mark and the second six-dog starting box can be moved from place to place on the course for shorter races. Both sides of the track are fenced with a rail which keeps the public back from the dogs, and the owners of race dogs in each race must go out of agate at the finish line, thus, there is no one on the track to walk up or call their Whippets. Whippets must run the lure at PAGEBROOK DOWNS and not their owners, as is the case at some of the tracks.
JOHN BERGER from Ohio was kind enough to clock all of the races. The track was muddy from the rain, but as the turf had already begun to take a good stand, mud was held to a minimum. Time was probably from one second to a second and a half slower than would be the case, if it had been a fast track. Times for the 200 yards ran from 13.2 to 13.8 seconds for the 200 yards, while the 100 yard course run only by the puppies had time recordings going from 7.4 to 7.9 seconds.
MRS. VICTOR RENNER again did a fine job as paddock judge, MRS. JACOBS AND MRS. SCHMICK assisted in the drawing for the races, MR. SELWYN BLACKSTONE was again kind enough to furnish his board which designates the dogs in the various races. MR. POTTER WEAR and MR. ROBERT MOHRMAN of St. Louis, Missouri acted as head judges assisted by various owners when they did not have a Whippet racing. DONALD HOSTETTER and a large group of his Virginia friends deserve no end of thanks for the valuable assistance in seeing that sufficient help was available for every detail in connection with the races.
The afternoon racing at PAGEBROOK DOWNS drew quite a large and enthusiastic group despite rain much of the afternoon. The quality of Whippets, both puppies and adult dogs alike, was better than at any meeting we have had to date in the East or Midwest.
It was particularly gratifying to see that these little race dogs fight to get the foxtail lure once it has been checked after the race. Despite the mud and water, these little race dogs fought to tear the lure to pieces, just as would a terrier with a rat. In one race, MISS JULIA SHEARER was almost knocked from her feet trying to pull MEANDER FLIP THE DIP off of the lure. Meander Whippets were always noted for their natural guts and coursing ability on live rabbits, even cats, and certainly they do not seem to have lost this most desirable trait.
After the races, the MISSES SHEARER and MR. HOSTETTER gave a cocktail party and buffet dinner for those people who attended the races. Certainly this most enjoyable party and the afternoon of racing did much for the betterment of the breed as well as bringing people from many sections of the country together to talk Whippets and relax.
It would be a tremendous boost to the breed if PAGEBROOK DOWNS could put on an annual race meeting. Racing conditions are virtually perfect at this track and the actual turf track is such that it takes real track Whippets to win. It would now be possible to again start hurdle races which are very spectacular, and over the years I can only recall one dog that was ever hurt going over the jumps.
Whippet In Advertising
Many readers of the Whippet News will have seen the Pontiac advertisement in the Oct. 12 issue of LIFE and several other national magazines which included a picture of a Whippet. Since I have already had several inquiries about the dog (as other Whippeteers probably have too), I thought that all the readers of the News might like to know the circumstances surrounding the picture.
The dog is Lynridge Lady Fair, bred by Ronald W. Bachmann, and owned by John D. Stanz of Glen Arbor, Mich. Many of you have seen her, since I showed her for about a year with moderate success (Reserve Winner, 1957 Chicago Specialty, and several point wins), but she was retired to raise puppies for The Chase, and a broken leg put a definite end to her show career. Since then, she has been the house pet of the Stanz's.
The picture was taken this summer when the Pontiac people spent several days on the Sleeping Bear Dunes getting material for their 1963 advertising campaign.
Mr. Stanz has a bulldozer, and was hired to haul the cars to various locations--- no, they don't drive those pretty, new cars in sand. While taking interior shots it was mentioned that something was needed to add interest to the scene. John went home and got his Whippet, they put her in the car, and that is the picture that you have seen. It is interesting that of the many hundreds of pictures taken on the dunes, the one of the Whippet is one of only three or four used. Of course, we feel that she "made the picture.
It is always fun to see Whippets where they are least expected, and this time it is a great pleasure to know that it is our lovely "Sandy" who has gained such wide attention for the breed.
C. Chase Arnold
Mt. Baker Kennel Club
(Bellingham) July 1, 1962, Judges Mr. Haskell Schuffman
Puppy Dogs, 6-9mo., one entered, J. Brazier's Whirlwind Boomerang.
Winners Dog to Whirlwind Boomerang.
Puppy Bitches 6-9 mo., two entered. First, R. Wetson's Whirlwind Silver Dart. Second, Mrs. E. Stewart 's Whirlwind Rising Star.
Winners Bitch to Whirlwind Silver Dart. Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Whirlwind Silver Dart. Best Opposite Sex to Whirlwind Boomerang.
Whirlwind Silver Dart went on to place fourth in the Hound Group under O. Carley Harriman.
N.B. All Puppies are by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Eng. & Can. Ch. Dawnstar of Test.
Seattle Kennel Club
July 29, 1962, Judge: Mrs. Martha Lingler
Puppy Dogs and Bitches 9-12 mo., three entered. First, Mrs. Ena Stewart's Whirlwind Rising Star (by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Eng. & Can. Ch. Dawnstar of Test) Second, Robert Watson's Whirlwind Silver Dart (by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Eng. Can. Ch. Dawnstar of Test) Third, Mark Webster's Whirl wind Genevieve (by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Eng. & Can. Ch. Dawnstar of Test)
Open Dogs and Pitches, one entered, Pearl Baumgartner's White Acres Shawnee (by Oh. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. White Acres Sea Shanty)
Winners and Best of Breed to Whirlwind Rising Stet, who went on to place third in the Hound Group.
Reserve Winners and Best Opposite Sex to White Acres Shawnee
Olympic Kennel Club, Renton, Washington
August 18, 1962, Judge: Mr. Kenneth Given
Puppy Dogs 6-9 mo., two shown. First, Mrs. Pamela Arthur's Rockabye Smoky Joe (by Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Rockabye Peace Pipe) Second, Linda Webster's Rockabye Gunslinger (by Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Rockabye Peace Pipe)
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Jennifer Anson's Gypsy's Kelly C.D. (by Ch. White Acres Silver Spice ex Ch. Rockabye Gypsy) Second, Pearl Baumgartner's White Acres Shawnee (by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. White Acres See Shanty)
Winners Dog to Gypsy's Kelly. Reserve to White Acres Shawnee.
Puppy Bitches 9-12 mo., two shown. First, Mrs. C. Watson's Whirlwind Silver Dart (by Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Dawnstar of Test) Second, M. Webster's Whirlwind Genevieve (by Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Ch. Dawnstar of Test)
Open Bitches, one shown, White Acres Kennel's White Acres Rebecca (by Ch. White Acres Silver Spice ex Harbridge Evening Star)
Winners Bitch to Whirlwind Silver Dart. Reserve to White Acres Rebecca.
Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Gypsy's Kelly, C.D.
Central Canada Exhibition
Ottawa , Can. , August 25, 1962, Judge: Alva Rosenberg
Open Dogs, one shown, Howard R. Custer, Jr.'s Stoney Meadows Rob Roy (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen)
Winners Dog to Stoney Meadows Rob Roy.
Open Bitches, one shown, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Brooks' Tip Top Alluring Deer (by Ch. Seagift Singing Grass ex Ch. Zelda)
Winners Bitch to Tip Top Alluring Deer.
Best of Winners and Best of Breed to Stoney Meadows Rob Roy, who went on to place third in the Hound Group.
Ottawa Kennel Club, August 26 at Hull Quebeck, Judge: Mr. Wm. McDermott, same as above except Stoney Meadows Rob Roy placed fourth in the Hound Group.
Central Canada Exhibition Obedience Trial, Whippet, Stoney Meadows Rob Roy, Score 188 out of a possible 200 points, for first leg toward Canadian C.D. Judge, Mr. Gerald McNally.
Corn Belt Kennel Club, Bloomington, Illinois
September 3, 1962, Judge, Mrs. W. P. Wear
Puppy Dogs, three shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Henry(by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Second, Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Oldemill Crown Derby (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Third, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Orange Bitters (By Whipoo's Bengal ex Meander Mata Hari)
Bred By Exhibitor Dogs, three shown. First, Anamary E. Compere's Oldemill Royal Sevres (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Homer (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Third, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Plywood (By Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Traymatt Fides, C.D.)
Open Dogs, five shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Iron Fly (By Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Fell) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Bengal (By Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit) Third, William E. Fields' Oberon of Briskways (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Eyleland Buttercup) Fourth, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Appraxin Ariel (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon)
Winners Dog to Eyleland Henry. Reserve to Traymatt Iron Fly.
Puppy Bitches, four shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon (By Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish) Third, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Julia (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind) Fourth, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Orange Slice (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Meander Mata Hari)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Eyleland Easter Egg (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tost)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Matchless Monica (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Pennyworth Mews Girl) Second, Jack Stone's Storm Warning Grey Cloud (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Storm Warning Dart of Meander)
Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Twist of Lemon. Reserve to Whipoo's Silver Song.
Best of Winners to Whipoo's Twist of Lemon.
Specials, five shown, Ch. Whipoo's Avon Jessica, Ch. Bull O' The Woods of
Blue Beaver, Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon, Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind, Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah.
Best of Breed to Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Ice Folly) Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Henry.
Glendale Kennel Club Show
Sept. 9, 1962, Judge: Mr. A. E. Van Court
Puppy Dogs, 6-9mo., two shown. First, Dorothea Frames & Liz Scott's Hollypark Highland Fling, Second, R. Scott & Mrs. W. Cruson's Tinkertum.
American Bred Dogs, two shown. First, Dorothea Frames Piperkin's Robinson, C.D. Second, Paul Sykes' Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tim.
Open Dogs, two shown. First, E. R. Hasting's Hollypark Hobgoblin. Second, Jack Boosalis & Boyd Onstott's Gay Wolves Pride.
Winners Dog to Hollypark Highland Fling. Reserve to Hollypark Hobgoblin.
Bitches 6-9 mo., one shown, Harold & Janice Schlintz's Swiftshore Sophisticate.
Bitches, 9-12 mo., one shown, Paul Sykes' Eyleland Crescendo.
Open Bitches, one shown, Bob Davis' Strathoak Velvet Mist.
Winners Bitch to Strathoak Velvet Mist. Reserve to Eyleland Crescendo.
Best of Winners to Hollypark Highland Fling.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland, Ch. Meander Finale.
Best of Breed to Ch. Meander Finale. Best Opposite Sex to Strathoak Velvet Mist.
Beverly Riviera Kennel Club
Sept. 15-16, Judge: Mrs. A. Van Court
Winners Dog to E. R. Hastings' Hollypark Hobgoblin.
Winners Bitch to Mr. &. Ruwisch's Ruheim's Pamela.
Best of Breed to Ch. Meander Finale.
Santa Ana Kennel Club
Sept. 23, 1962, Judge: Mr. G. A. Plummer
Puppy Dogs, 6-9 mo., one shown, Dr. & Mrs. C. Turner's Swiftshore Secret Agent.
American Bred Dogs, one shown, Paul Sykes' Eyleland Stoney Meadows Tim.
Open Dogs, two shown. First, E. R. Hastings' Hollypark Hobgoblin. Second, Libby Bush's Von Der Busch Little Joe.
Winners Dog to Hollypark Hobgoblin. Reserve to Von Der Busch Little Joe.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Marion Woodcock's Silver Song of Suntan.
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Bob Davis' Strathoak Velvet Mist. Second, Lady Swift of Piperkins, C.D. owned by Dr. & Mrs. Turner. Third, Paul Sykes' Eyleland Crescendo. Fourth, Marion Woodcock's Sunday Slippers of Suntan.
Winners Bitch to Strathoak Velvet Mist. Reserve to Lady Swift of Piperkins.
Best of Winners to Hollypark Hobgoblin.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise, Ch. Harbridge Hallmark.
P est of Breed to Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland. Best Opposite Sex to Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise.
Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland went on to place fourth in the Hound Group.
Virginia Kennel Club, Richmond, Virginia
September 29, 1962, Judge: Mrs. Albert E. Van Court
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' El Capitan O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Novice Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Eyleland Plum Pudding (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)
American Bred flogs, one shown, Meander Kennels' Meander Glazer (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Whipoo's Showy Luster)
Open Dogs, five shown. First, Calvin G. Perry's Seven League Skybluepink (by
Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Seven League Boots) Second, Lazeland Kennels' Locksley O'Lazeland (by Ch. Fisherman O'Lazeland ex Ch. Windholme Mary Contrary) Third, Piss F. Julia Shearer's Meander Good As New (by Ch. Meander Bob–White ex Meander Hidden Meaning) Fourth, Victor A. Renner's Rouget O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Winners Dog to Seven League Skybluepink. Reserve to Locksley O'Lazeland.
Puppy Bitches, two shown. First, John H. Berger' s Laura O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist of Lemon (by Whipoo's Rengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
American Bred Bitches, three shown. First, Mrs. Clare C. Hodge's Clare Mar's Folly
(by Playmate of Allways ex Ch. Butterfly of Test) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Aunt Jemima (by Oh. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Third, Pennyworth Kennels' Winterfold Penneisworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Penny worth Blue Iris)
Open Bitches, eight shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Legend O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Tale) Third, NancyJane Jackson's Whipoo's White Reflection (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of
Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon) Fourth, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Silver Song (by 'Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
Winners Bitch to Legend O'Lazeland. Reserve to Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox.
Best of Winners to Legend O' Lazeland.
Specials, five shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, Ch. Pennyworth Periwinkle, Ch. Beachfire O' Lazeland, Ch. Meander Pin Boy, Ch. Selbrook Highlight.
Best of Breed to Mrs. Clare C. Hodge's Ch. Selbrook Highlight (by Ch. Robmaywin Stargazer of Allways ex Porthurst Creme de Menthe) Best Opposite Sex to Meander Kennels' Ch. Meander Pin Boy (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Ch. Meander Monotype)
Old Dominion K. C. of Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Va.
September 30, 1962, Judge: Mr. Laurence A. Horswell
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' El Capitan O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Novice Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Eyleland Plum Pudding (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah)
Bred By Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Martha Love's Westmoreland's Charles (by Palmers cross Goldrush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Rooster
Boy (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Traymatt Matchless Monica) Second, Calvin G. Perry's Seven League Skybluepink (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Seven League Boots ) Third, Lazeland Kennels' Locksley O'Lazeland (by Ch. Fisherman O'Lazeland ex Ch. Windholme Mary Contrary) Fourth, Wesley Christopher's Stoney Meadows Rufus (by Ch. Meander Bob-White ex Laguna Leonie)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Rooster Boy. Reserve to Westmoreland's Charles.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Twist Of Lemon (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. ''Whipoo's Tarnish)
American Bred Bitches, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Aunt Jemima (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Winterfold Penniesworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)
Open Bitches, five shown. First, Lazeland Kennels' Legend O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Second, Nancy—Jane Jackson's Whipoo's White Reflection (by Ch. Whipoo's Spattarib of Meander ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon) Third, Pennyworth Kennels' Stoney Meadows Snow Princess (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen) Fourth, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Silver Song (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's Tarnish)
Winners Bitch to Legend O'Lazeland. Reserve to Whipoo's White Reflection. Best Of Winners to Legend O'Lazeland.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint, Ch. Pennyworth Periwinkle, Ch. Beachfire O'Lazeland.
Best of Breed to Calvin G. Perry's Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Marathon ex Stoney Meadows Snow Bird) Best Opposite Sex to Pennyworth Kennels' Ch. Pennyworth Periwinkle (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Pennyworth Black Orchid).
N. R. Hodgson, Hon. Secretary of the Northern Counties Whippet Club, writes:
I enjoyed my judging engagement in London on July 28th, the show was held in Olympia and run by "The Ladies Kennel Association" (all breeds). A lot of the Whippets were quite new to me and I was delighted to find such a lovely young Whippet as "Carina Mia" for such high honours. My report on this show: Barnes' Teighways Tiger Tim, I have never seen this well known particolour looking so well, excels in front neck shoulders and outline, in herd condition, moved well, I was pleased to award him his first CC. Rolle's Carina Mia, dark silver fawn, 11 months, CC and Best of Breed; viewed from any angle, this youngster filled my eye, outstanding in feet, front, bone, neck, shoulders, depth of body, loin and quarters making a lovely outline, daisy cutter with the right amount of power going away, sound and nicely muscled in the right places, in beautiful coat and condition, to top all this she must have a lovely temperament, having had two handlers on the day, neither being her owner, I was told this afterwards. I did hesitate a fraction before awarding her the CC on account of her age, on reflecting her type, quality and soundness swayed me, these she will never lose. Yes, I found a fault a mere detail as far as I am concerned, she may grow out of doing it.
We had a most enjoyable Championship show and a good entry. The Best in Show winner, Mr. A. E. Halliwell's Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot is a very attractive fawn and white particolour and he was winning his seventh CC, quite good going as he is only two years old and competition is hot at the moment, but it quite made my day when Mrs. Whitwell, who was judging the bitches, and as you well know is a highly respected judge of long standing, awarded the bitch certificate to "Carina Mia".
Northern Counties Whippet Club Championship Show
September 29, 1962
Judges: Dogs, Mrs. M. V. F. Blaney; Bitches, Mrs. D. F. Whitwell, Referee,
Major L. H. H. Glover.
Dog C.C. Mr. A. E. Halliwell's Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot (by Ch. Bellavista Barry ex Myhorlyns Anita) Reserve C.C. to Miss E. M. Hawthorn's Ch. Deepridge Masquerade (by Myhorlyns Gay Cavalier ex Ladiesfield Shadow)
Bitch C.C. to Mrs. A. Rolle's Carina Via (by Santes Toby ex Porthurst Salad. Days) Reserve C.C. to Mrs. M. F. Sheffield's Hillgarth Sunstar (by Hillgarth Snowboy ex Hillgarth Spun Silk)
Best of Breed to Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot.
We are pleased to receive the news sheet, Whippet Whispers, issued by the Whippet Club of New South Wales. This is a new venture for the Club and we will be pleased to forward the issues to anyone interested. Also, we will include appropriate items from the news sheet in the Whippet News.
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The Whippet News c/6 E. L. Jacobs Mahomet, Illinois
AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB EASTERN SPECIALTY
SEPTEMBER 28, 1962
AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB EASTERN SPECIALTY
SEPTEMBER 28, 1962
STANDARD OF THE BREED
General Appearance - The Whippet should be a dog of moderate size, very alert, that can cover a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, a true sporting hound. Should be put down in hard condition but with no suggestion of being muscle-bound.
Head - Long and lean, fairly wide between the ears, scarcely perceptible stop, good length of muzzle which should be powerful without being coarse. Nose entirely black.
Ears - Small, fine in texture, thrown back and folded. Semipricked when at attention. Gay ears are incorrect and should be severely penalized.
Eyes - Large, intelligent, round in shape and dark hazel in color, must be at least as dark as the coat color. Expression should be keen and alert. Light yellow or oblique eyes should be strictly penalized. A sulky expression and lack of alertness to be considered most undesirable.
Teeth - White, strong and oven. Tooth of upper jaw should fit closely over the lower. An undershot mouth shall disqualify.
Neck - Long and muscular, well-arched and with no suggestion of throatiness, widening gradually into the shoulders. Must not have any tendency to a "ewe" neck.
Shoulders - Long, well-laid back with long, flat muscles. Loaded shoulders are a very serious fault.
Brisket - Very deep and strong, reaching as nearly as possible to the point of the elbow. Ribs well sprung but with no suggestion of barrel shape. Should fill in the space between the forelegs so that there is no appearance of a hollow between them.
Forelegs - Straight and rather long, hold in line with the shoulders and not set under the body so as to make a forechest. Elbows should turn neither in nor out and move freely with the point of the shoulder. Fair amount of bone, which should carry right down to the foot. Pasterns strong.
Feet - Must be well formed with strong, thick pads and well-knuckled-up paws. A thin, flat, open foot is a serious fault.
Hindquarters - Long and powerful, stifles well bent, hocks well let down and close to the ground. Thighs broad and muscular, the muscles should be long and flat. A steep croup is most undesirable.
Back - Strong and powerful, rather long with a good, natural arch over the loin creating a definate tuck-up of the underline but covering a lot of ground. Tail - Long and tapering, should reach to a hipbone when drawn through between the hind legs. Must not be carried higher than the top of the back when moving. Coat - Close smooth and firm in texture.
Color - Immaterial.
Size - Ideal height for dogs, 19 to 22 inches; for bitches, 18 to 21 inches. These are not intended to be definate limits, only approximate.
Gait - Low, free moving and smooth, as long as is commensurate with the size of the dog. A short, mincing gait with high knee action should be severely penalized.
Approved November 9, 1955
NEW CHAMPIONS. This section is a regular feature of the Whippet News. Each issue we will present a three generation pedigree of new champions, with colors of the dogs when possible. Owners of new champions should send in the pedigrees as soon as the confirmation is received from the American Kennel Club. Please include the name of the dog and color, breeder, owner, date of birth, as well as the colors of the dogs in the pedigree. The pedigrees are presented on a first come basis and no more than two pages will be presented each issue.
Eyleland Kennel Reports Ralph & Barbara Eyles October, 1962
Antioch , Illinois
We read, with interest, Bobby Motch's article in the last issue of the News on more breeder articles, less racing news". His idea is fine and there SHOULD be more information from breeders on the whys and wherefores of a mating and their successes and mistakes – but we don't think the News (or its editors) should arbitrarily allow so many pages devoted to racing and so many pages devoted to breeding and like subjects. The Whippet News is the only organ we have for free expression or discussion and its general tone is determined by the material received. Any attempt to restrict or edit its content would only be a detriment.
Probably the reason there is so much racing news is that, in most instances, the outcome of a race is clear cut and final. In a race, the first dog did FIRST and so on, down the line. Some people may want to dispute, at the time, that their dog was bumped or the finish would hate been different if this dog or that hadn't interferred – but they finish, one, two, three, four – and that is that. Anyone can take his dog to the races and know where that dog stands in any given group – the finish is not subject to anyone's opinion or whim. In the ring, a group of dogs can place one, two, three, four one day under one judge, and in reverse order the next, under another judge – a fact which tends to embitter some. Also, we and friends very often get together on a pleasant afternoon, have some races and practice some puppies, and generally have a nice time. People with a penchant for ouch things like to write about it – and do. People with a more technical turn of mind like to go into such details as timing, performance, and so on. We personally think the timing of races is completely inaccurate until some standardized and accurate means for timing dogs, from start to finish over a given number of yards and on the same surface, is devised.
It would be nice to see more news of pups, breeding and why one person did this or that and what they did or did not get, but it is up to the breeders to send in the articles – NOT up to the News to portion out the pages. Most breeders are probably hesitant to express their views on such subjects for fear others will look with acorn on their ideas or react with "oh ha ha, what does so and so know about it!" Then too, sometimes a person breeds with only a vague hope in mind, sometimes with a definite idea – for any number of reasons, some carefully thought out and some stemming from sheer confusion.
Were it possible for each breeder, large or small, to accurately appraise his own kennel, both the good and the bad, the successes and the failures, it would be invaluable to others. It is human nature, however, to be critical of a fault in someone else's dog and lenient of the same fault in one's own dog. Articles of this nature would have only as much value as one's ability to evaluate one's own dogs.
It is surely up to the breeders to send in their news of their breedings, hopes, theories and plans with as much eagerness and enthusiasm as they send in their racing news and with the betterment of their breed at heart, they should try to do so. Admittedly it is a much more difficult and mystified than racing results, but most people, ascertain it, are trying to breed a better Whippet rather than just dog they can say travels an inaccurate second faster than the next person's dog. It is up to the breeders themselves, NOT the Whippet News, to bring the News more in balance by sending in interesting and informative articles of a varied nature.
Dorothea Frames Reports September 27, 1962 Sunland, California
Next Sunday twelve Whippets are entered in the Maria–Obispo show in Santa Mario. I understand there are even more at the Reno show the same day. Quite a few will probably be on the Texas circuit also, so we ere somewhat spread out. Then send results as soon as possible.
Liz Scott and I have had a most exciting experience with our jointly owned puppy, Hollypark Highland Fling. He has finished his championship with three 5 point majors out of the 6-9 mo. class. He is by Great Circle Kerry out of Pennyworth Orange Blossom. He is to be retired now until the first of the year.
My other news is also very happy for me. My Ch. Piperkin's Patience and Ch. Meander Finale have given me a lovely, even litter of six (3 males, 3 females).
All are nicely colored and at twelve days old still very even in size. This makes the fifth litter in a month in southern California, with one more due in October. With all these puppies maybe we can get our Specialty up to 75 next July.
Next month my first Whippet, Great Circle King o Hearts, C.D., is celebrating his tenth birthday, as is his litter sister, Picardia Priscilla, U. D. It is wonderful to see Patch at age ten still like a puppy himself.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
Waterford , Eire
This kennel of Whippets has done a great deal of moving about recently – until its keeper could decide where to buy a place and settle it down. What appears to be the last move has been to a small farm outside the town of Dungarvan, which is suitable from all points of view. Dungarvan is an ex seaport, now silted in, which retains the relaxed yet bustling atmosphere of its past – is inhabited by many pleasant people, has excellent sea fishing, sailing and golf. This sounds like a travel brochure, but its really very pleasant. This farm is up in the hills outside the town about ten minutes. We are three miles from the highway down a long Bohereen, which is Irish for a Laneway, in this case a rather rough one, a dead end. Since I am the only person on it with a car there is little worry about the dogs getting run over. They have various tours in the hills, and know every crossing of the banks and hedges of the surrounding farms. Rabbits and hares are coming back now, seemingly with developed immunity to inixomytosis, and the whole lot keep very busy and consequently very fit.
For many reasons it has been necessary to move in here before we had the benefit of water, electricity, or of course telephone. It has been six weeks so far of enforced tuition on the subject of life in the past century. Better times are here. The well is almost dug, the poles for light will go in next week, and there may be a telephone next year. If I had any choice of what not to be without – its water. Rain barrels, trek to the river with buckets, remembering to bring home the drinking water from town – is all very tedious. Friend's bathtubs, helpful neighbors, mitigate the situation though, and you would be surprised how you rapidly gain efficiency in dealing with it. The dogs were very fussy about the cold at first - so I made them a large raised bench in front of the hearth, which was so comfortable I made part of it into a chair for myself, where we now sit. In due course the cottage will be enlarged, kennels built etc., but at present it is a peaceful, simple life with nothing to bother with except the basics of food and warmth and keeping as clean as possible.
Unfortunately though, at the start of all this I had five bitches due to whelp - some temperamental and two too old for comfort. Here the complication of water and light was abetted by the fact the nearest veterinarian who does dogs is in Dublin, 150 miles away, so a phone would have been little use except for complaint and comfort. It was all full of alarm and disasters. Some description might be of interest, just to show what can happen when everything goes wrong in the middle of the night and you have pituitrin, but can't really see what is happening and aren't sure whether to use it.
Wise Child, a maiden bitch with a poor inheritance about whelping-, was the first. All was given up for lost - when eleven days late, I repeat eleven, she produced a single pup - a lovely fawn dog - with no trouble at all. Xenia followed, She went five days over and then disappeared. I found her with great difficulty about half a mile away in a fox burrow. She had made a fine nest there and had one puppy. Since it was very cold at night and she had already been there 48 hours I brought her home and she had another. Then came poor old Holiday - a thoroughly difficult whelper even in her youth - with a lot of howling and running about in the night she produced a litter of 5, of which 2 were saved by giving them to Wisechild. A few days later Holiday's milk came in and she took them back. Her six year old maiden daughter followed - Little Alice - who had a genuinely frightful time. With a lot of assistance over 24 hours she had four pups - all of which lived - then, after eight days along comes Holiday again with a dead pup she nonchalantly dropped on the floor while rushing to go outdoors. The final whelping was very sad, old Bewitched, who has never had trouble, had a whole litter born dead and was totally upset by it. This was remedied by giving her Wise Child's pup, Wisey was beginning to get bored with him anyway. At no time during all this, except when actually whelping, did any bitch go off eating or get infection. Not surprising. Net result - nine of the best looking puppies I had ever had in the house, a pitiful number for so much trouble. It was all because they had been moved about so much I think. The pups are amazingly marked - brilliant brindle on white in some cases - one all white bitch with brindle eye patches exactly even. I have them advertised elsewhere in this issue - but if anyone in America wants one, the expense of shipping is not bad at all. I just sent a far heavier Greyhound pup to California for approximately $75.
All the Specialty excitement will be over by the time this is out. I would love to be there - and wish everyone connected a happy day and a lot of success.
Madcap Kennel Reports Norman Westlake Ellis
October 7, 1962
Having read with avid interest D. R. Motch's letter in the last Whippet News, I should like to side, at least part way, with Hr. Motch. As he implied in his letter of July 3lst, most breeders are infinitely more interested in making champions than in winning the first and final races at Santa Barbara. Though I must admit it is nice to do both and many bench champions are great race dogs.
The IMP R O VEMENT OF THE BREED should be foremost in the breeder's mind. As Mr. Motch said, this is our only breed publication. What he did not say is this: Very few breeders write commentaries, reports or even letters on facts, figures or suppositions on BREED IMPROVEMENT. Whereas many racing enthusiasts, myself included, have written about racing or of racing results. From this is one to assume that we are more interested in racing than breeding the perfect Whippet? I doubt it.
Although I suspect that the Jacobs are overworked and underpaid, I also know that they would be as generous in giving space to any articles on BR E ED IMPROVEMENT as n11 as to racing. It does seem that there has been an almost overpowering and often redundant amount of racing information in the W . N., but then, the Whippet is a race dog.
I should like to see (the Jacobs will hate me!) a little less on racing, more on IMPROVING THE BREED, and more on COURSING. Even though some woman in Alameda, California seems to think that my only time in the coursing field was with some inept Borzoi, I would prefer even that hilarious letter to no word on COURSING what-so-ever.
Louis Pegram Reports
St. Louis, Missouri
I received the following letters from Jim Young, Altadena, Calif:
Dear Mr. Pegram,
I am enclosing a couple of programes of Whippet racing. One was in England for the British championship and the other was held in Boston. Now the bitch that won in England, named the Critic, Mr. Eddington bought her and named her the Ghurka, we had her out here for six months and she was a darling, 14 lbs., a rough coated like an Irish Terrier, but as fast as they make them. Mr. Eddinghton wanted to sell her to Mr . Ford, but he had all the fast dogs out here so we shipped her back east. By that time the racing had gone sour. I think my own Kerry Line would have given her a good race. She weighed 14 1/2 lbs. and keen on the rag. When she finished she would grab the rag and I would swing her up right under my arm. That saved her from getting savaged from other dogs because they didn't wear muzzles in those days so we had to look out for those dogs that fought at the finish. When one of my dogs wasn't interested in the rag at the finish I got rid of him or her. We had some wonderful times out here from 1924 to 1938, when we couldn't take our dogs around on account of a Rabies ban on all dogs in the Los Angeles County and that put the finish to racing. There isn't any of the old gang around, unless Mrs. Woodcock, she has a couple of pups by my Sandy that she shows and races when we have the races, but they are too long apart. The trouble out here is that we all stay too far apart to enjoy the sport the way that the dogs need it for experience. Dr. Scott is up in Stockton, Monty Long is up in Oakland, Frames is up in Fresno along with Mr. Newell. They could get together and stage some races. I have plans this summer to get a box made and a lure and go down to the Rose Bowl where we had the track in years gone by and run my dogs. My daughter Christine Cormany will help me out and Jack Towne and Dot Frames will come down with their dogs and get them keen on the lure. When once they are keen on the lure they will always put up a good race so here is hoping my plans work out. You don't have to send the programs back, you can add them to your collection. Hoping to meet you some day say at Santa Barba for the races. Mr. & Mrs. Eyles will tell you all about them.
Dear Mr. Pegram,
It is with the most interest that I read your article in the Whippet News. You are so right in stating that, about having a Whippet Specialty one in the east, one in the mid west and one in California. Thanks to Mrs . Howell, the California has got to be considered. She was the one that started the Whippet racing out here and I think that the Whippet racing is the thing that started the Whippet fancy out in California today. I know it started me in Whippets in 1911. I saw a Whippet race in Winnipeg Canada, and I thought I would like to get a Whippet. Folks were coming out from Glasgow so I wrote them to try and buy me a Whippet. My brother got in touch with a fellow that ran Whippets and sold him a bitch. I named her Sathcona Girl after a Hockey team in Winnipeg. She was a real nice bitch of the racing type. She ran around 18 lbs., true to the rag and a wonderful pet. I took her down to Toronto on 1912 from Winnipeg to run at Toronto. I was a green horn then. She had just been in season but I wanted to make the trip so I entered her in the races. M r . West the Greyhound man from the states and Charlie Keys a Fox Terrier man had entered two of their dogs. Mr. West had his own trainer and slipper and Charlie Keys had the same. Me, a green horn, had to depend on an outsider to slip my dog. I got fourth, but I wasn't disappointed, I had a wonderful time, In those days the bitches had to give the males two yards, so my first didn't do so bad after the likes of George West comes over with his trainer and slipper. I was real proud of my first Whippet. I am still in the Whippet game but George West and Charlie are out of it. It was a passing fancy with them, but it was real with me. Like you, I have been burned many times since 1912, but as what you say, the attraction of the flame still burns bright and it still burns bright in me. All credit must go to Felix Lesser for the part he played in promoting Whippet races in the east. It was he that made the Whippet a most popular dog. It gives me great pleasure in reading your article of the old time races. We had to put our dogs in shape to compete with the other Whippets, it just wasn't a case of putting our dog in a race to fill the heat, we were after glory to win. I really liked the old way of racing to the rag. It was more work for the runner up, but he enjoyed it. At the Pasadena races I would have to run up for my dogs about four heats, two semi—finals and two consolation races, so you see a fellow had to be in pretty good shape to do that. I was, in those years. Donald will tell you some of the good times that we had in Pasadena. He is a wonderful guy and will do a lot of good for the Whippet breed. So in closing I hope you and Donald will keep the Whippet in your mind as a wonderful pet, or companion, or race dog, or show dog, they are all there. I must close in thanking you for your article in Whippet News. It is a wonderful paper and a boon to Whippet fanciers from coast to coast. When Mrs. Howell started this racing out here I told her that it was lazy mans Whippet racing, but it has caught on so let it go at that. It is a great sport. So I will close with the best of regards to you in bringing oldtime racing to the fancy that has forgotten the starting of Whippet racing.
Seven League Kennel Reports
D. R. Motch
Keswick , Virginia
Mall, another Specialty is past, and I need not dwell on it other than to say that we were blessed with a beautiful day, a marvelous entry in Virginia, and WHIPPETS of great quality throughout for Mr. Peters. The only flaw in the whole proceedings was that the day couldn't have lasted so that we could have had more opportunity to chat with our old pals and get to know our new ones better. Maybe next year. We salute Mrs. Wear and Mr. Hostetter on their beautiful BOB puppy bitch and BOS open dog respectfully. Their quality and general excellence were certainly undeniable from ring side, or ring center, where we were lucky enough to be for a while.
Now for news of the SEVEN LEAGUES. Having tragically lost our "Rita" (Meander Chatter) from a normal dose of tape worm medicine, I was particularly anxious to repeat, the breeding which produced CH. SEVEN LEAGUE SONGBIRD and CH. SEVEN LEAGUE SERENISSIMA. Doris Wear was kind enough to lease me Meander Chit Chat, a litter sister to Chatter, and the only remaining bitch of that breeding. Naturally, I bred her to Ch. Meander Bob-White, Songbird's sire, and what was the result? One live puppy -a dog. He looks lovely at a week, being very well marked, but how we would have loved another bitch. Incidentally, Chatter and Chit Chat are by Ch. Meander Kingfisher who is Ch. Bob-White's litter brother. Very close breeding, but we certainly got the cigar with Songbird.
For news of the other litters, we were very fortunate to get a lovely dog and two lovely bitches from the Solar System O'Lazeland litter out of Ch. Songbird. At six months they exceed in elegance and PROPORTION, with the nod going to the dog. The bitch that we are selling is perhaps the finest made up of the two, but who knows? Theirs is an interesting pedigree for both sire and dam are out of full sisters, the sire being by Eng. & Am. Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire and out of Donald's ill-fated Ch. Meander Liat O'Lazeland, who had everything including a Specialty and three Groups. Liat was a sister to Chatter. Ch. Meander Mockingbird, herself the winner of the 1959 Specialty, has a beautiful litter of 2 dogs and 5 bitches by Stoney Meadows Seven League (by Ch. S. M. Red Fox, by Ch. M. Kingfisher) who needs but a point to finish. I'm terribly high on one dog puppy, but there's not much to choose, really.
With young litters being weaned in the fall, I've always had troubles with coughs, etc. and once Distemper, which I know was caused by the weather change. Does anyone have any ideas on how this can be safeguarded against? It seems that no matter what, with the onslaught of cooler weather, the youngsters are sickness prone. How about some suggestions?!? That is all for this issue, see some of you at Philadelphia, others at New - York , and still others at Chicago. In the mean time, let us all try to breed the PERFECT WHIPPET:
Storm Warning Kennel Reports
September 27, 1962
St. Louis , Missouri
The combined June and August Summer issue of the Whippet News was certainly a fine one. It arrived so clean end untorn in its' own envelope. As an interested subscriber, I would gladly pay the small fee required each issue to mail it in this manner. I'm sure that other recipients could make a "token donation" to help cover this additional cost, along with the regular expenses involved in producing our fine paper.
I enjoy the articles about racing but concur with M r . Motch. There is a definite need for future articles about breeding problems, theories and actual experience not wined by reading available text books. Others experiences in Whippet breeding can become invaluable, especially to the newcomers. I would so much like an article or two about color breeding in Whippets.
Strathoak Kennel Reports
October 8, 1962
Two more shows under our belts and two more champions for Southern California, Holly Park Hobgoblin, owned by Bob Hastings, bred and handled by Dot Frames, and Strathoak Velvet Mist, owned by Bob Davis and recently handled by Bob Hastings. This makes 1 champion each for the two litter sisters, Ch. Strathoak Starsheen and Ch. Strathoak White Velvet. Two new faces turned up at the Santa Maria show under Frank Ward, Strathoak Bit C' Blarney owned by Rex Williams and our own Strathoak Kerry Dancer. These two youngsters were out for the first time and just over 8 months they behaved remarkably well for puppies. At the Pasadena show, they were joined by their litter brother, Strathoak Irish Rhapsody, owned by Lindy Patrick, who was at the local horse show taking top honors. Rhapsody kept it in the family and took Reserve to Hobgoblin, making it a very big winning week end for Lindy as we heard she did very well with her jumper and conformation horses.
We are of course enjoying our two new litters, now 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 weeks old! They are so much fun at this age! The Starsheen litter by Charioteer are the most forward and tantalizing group I've seen for a long time, and already they are after the lure"! We are keeping a little black bitch, naturally, a blue male and a silver female have already been sold, but of course not delivered at this tender age.
In the Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Storm Warning Sorceress, we have Strathoak Odyssey and Strathoak Iliad, and so "mama" won't feel put out, we have Strathoak Magic Touch. The former is a striking white male with brindle head markings. Magic Touch is a lovely white and blue girl, she hasn't decided whether she wants to stay that way or develop into a brindle! They are a retiring little group, full of fun in their own way, but when put in with the "wild ones", they are mistaken for little "bunnies" and get almost "shook to death"! We have to stand by and offer quick assistance when one gets into trouble, but feel in another week or so they will be knocking the heck out of the "wild ones"! They are fun and not much work gets done around here on weekends and my day off from work!!!
We discovered today the Starsheen puppies are very fond of the new cat kibbles put out by Purina (please note, Mr. Pegram!) and left a dish full for them this morning when departing for work and left their poor old mother in the fenced yard with her older son, Kerry Dancer. They really didn't care whether they got her milk tonight or not!! However, they ate their evening meal with relish.
We note with interest the letter last month from Mr. Motch. His remarks about feeding, raising puppies etc. would be very interesting to a newcomer, and they would probably find the same as I did, Whippets are as easy to raise as any other breed, sometimes easier, and we've found then a hardy breed. (Maybe our So. Calif. climate lends itself to easier raising of the breed!) It would be interesting though, if some of the new breeders and the old ones too, would send in a resume of what they attribute their success to, and seeing Mr. Mo t ch started this, we'd like him to lead off!! There are many phases to a successful breeding program, some have the advantage of following it through and attain their goal in a very short time whereas others, due to circumstances, must take a longer time in reaching their goal. One must also decide what their goal is, then work towards it. As to racing, it was at its height back in the early '30's and was almost a regular feature at nearly every show here on the west coast, then the horses came to California, the Greyhounds took to Caliente and the Whippets took to their back yards! We haven't noticed too many items about minor wins, but we, out here, are interested in the major wins, because who knows, west might meet east on their own ground some day and we've got to keep an eye on our competition. What would interest us, and I'm sure I speak for the majority of us Whippet folks in So. California, is the times and the terrain the races are run on, grass, soft or hard packed soil, etc. The type of course can make a difference in the time, also, whether it is a full 200, more or less. As to type of dog that runs, he should be no different than a good show dog, and a show dog should be no different than a race dog, take Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy, C.D., Ch. Harbridge Hallmark, Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll, Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland, all bench champions and all winners of big races. Canesco Charioteer, winner of the Santa Barbara races, has not been shown too often, but he has the makings of a good show dog and no doubt will bear the title. However, NOT ALL Whippets are born with the incentive to run, and if they take to it eventually, they do so with half–a–heart, however, we have one that has refused On several occasions to take an interest, and we made this point yesterday to a prospective buyer, he wanted to know if he had to race the dog to keep it happy. When told that the mother hadn't started racing until last year, and shown the one that didn't run at all, he was very happy and is a new recruit for the breed and his puppy will be shown, yet we both know if given the chance this puppy will take to the track if asked to, he is already playing with a racoon tail, the type used on bicycles! However, this puppy will be happy without racing. Racing was unheard of from the late '30's until the mid '40's when Wendy Howell started her group with informal rabbit chases, then exhibition at the shows, racing for fun all year 'round. It is because of the interest in racing as a fun–sport, that we feel the interest in the breed is on the incline. A new recruit is probably as delighted with his dog finishing 3rd in the heat race as we are with a Reserve win at a big Specialty show. He's more apt to keep "at it" than the exhibitor in the breed ring who keeps getting 3rd in the classes because he is having more fun! AND he is a prime prospect for a faster dog next time and will probably buy a good looking bitch and raise his own racing and show champions, all in the same litter! What does he attribute his success to? Probably because someone took the time and effort to help this lonely soul along the road, helped him see the good things about his current dog, not mentioning the bad things, end helped him find a bitch that would help correct the faults of his dog, maybe his first litter he'll be lucky and hit the jackpot, the repeat breeding may be a fizzle! I've had that happen before!!
As to the show results in the News, it is true we can get these from the Gazette, but maybe many of the News readers are not subscribers to the Gazette. We also do not get the breedings, only unless they make their championships, and we can follow the wins of litter mates, top siring dogs, top brood matrons, champions or otherwise. In the Gazette they are just names, in the News they are "someone" and sometimes I've met an old "doggy friend" through the Champion page.
It is a big wonderful job the Jacobs are doing and we are so glad the new mailing method has been approved, this will make it much easier we are sure for the Jacobs and much easier on us gals who tear our finger nails each time trying to get out the staples!!! Oh yes, we finally came down to using a pair of plyers.
Thanks to our many friends who have sent such kind words about our picture page last issue. Of course Kerry Dancer is a bit bigger now, and Sorceress and Starsheen have since become "mothers"! We may have another display soon, when our "little futures" are old enough to be "taken"! We had thought of a third litter possibly out of our black bitch, Sonna Black Magic, but decided two is enough for the time being! As the saying goes "enough is enough"!!!
Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl & Gene Jacobs October, 1962
We appreciate the good support of the Whippet entry at the Bloomington, Illinois all breed show on Labor Day. Thanks to everyone who entered their Whippets with the resulting entry of 25 for judge Doris Wear, The club was very pleased and will be interested in hiring a qualified judge for Whippets again next year.
We agree with the thoughts expressed by Louis Pegram last issue in his lead article. It is our hope that everyone will do as Louis suggests and let the President of the American Whippet Club know his feelings on the subjects do clearly discussed by Louis. Along the same line of keeping the President informed of your wishes, is the need to keep your Director informed of how you think. There has been an effort to have the nine members of the A. W. C. Board of Directors representing all sections of the country. To have this effective, the members in the various sections of the country should let their local Director know how they feel about a subject and then, of course, the Director should report at the Board meeting how the club members in his area feel, whether this agrees with his own personal thoughts or not. Then, to include the distant Board members who cannot be at the Board meeting, we believe the topics for discussion and decision should be discussed at the meeting, but voted on by mail ballot to all the Board members. The motions up for vote could be sent to all the Directors for a yes or no vote. This would give real meaning to the election of a Director from Calif. and other areas that should have representation and a voice in the directing of the A. W. C. Whippet ownership, interest and exhibition is no longer confined to any one section of the country and the A.W. C. should expand in the same way.
Whippet Racing In America
Around 1933, Whippet owners began to realize that as Whippets increased in size, as a group, they made better racers, as the type resembling the Greyhound was superior in stamina and racing ability to those resembling the toy type of Italian Greyhound. The rough coated Whippet was fast becoming a thing of the past, and it was at this period that the Meander type of Whippet, as bred by Julia and Judith Shearer, became the most sought after type for both show and race purposes. Whippets were also brought down from Canada and a number of these dogs were particularly outstanding, especially from the standpoint of just sheer "guts". Perhaps the best of this group were Merry Legs and Rogue, both black in color.
As Whippets were given more attention by their owners, and more attention was given to racing type and temperament, a larger type of Whippet developed, with some few race Whippets going as high in weight as 30 lbs. Some breeders, feeling that size was the entire answer, used from one–quarter to one–half Greyhound, often showing dogs as large as 38 lbs. These dogs showed to ho great advantage, so it can be said that Whippets have not increased in size, as a breed, since 1933.
Between 1935 and 1942, there were some 350 Whippets in and around Baltimore, Maryland, which probably represented 75% of the total Whippet population in the United States. Whippet racing flourished on a nightly basis during the summer months, and at the time, three tracks were in operation at the same period. Greyhound racing on the circular tracks was also moving up in popularity and soon after Greyhound racing was ruled illegal in the state of New Jersey, a circular track was built for Whippets between Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland, known as the Revere Beach Track. Earlier it was mentioned that few Whippets were registered with the American Kennel Club. This lack of registration led to the organization of the Maryland Whippet Breeders Association, who worked out a registry system and organized Whippet owners into a group to better advance uniform racing conditions in Maryland. People such as Clinton A. Cole, William Ward, Gilliam Bergtold, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Weiss, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Quante, Dr. and Mrs. John Moss, Dr. John Engle, Dale Cole, deserve much credit for establishing better racing conditions for Whippets in America. Captain John Hatfield, Dolly Goldberg, Jim Blizzard and John Larkin also played a major part in seeing that Whippet racing was made possible on a sporting basis.
As Whippet racing grew during the 70's, so did the need for having Whippets registered with the American Kennel Club. Julia Shearer, representing the American Whippet Club, and the writer of this article, representing the Maryland Whippet Breeders Association, asked the American Kennel Club to open their registry to Whippets who we felt were eligible for registry with this organization. This opening of registrations by the American Kennel Club on Whippets, did much to create a better relationship a nd understanding between the racing group and those people who were interested only in Whippets for show and pet purposes. It also improved the breed, as many of those dogs allowed registration have contributed much to our present day show and race Whippet.
Most people connected with Whippet racing during the 1 30's began to make some profit from the sport, except the actual Whippet owner. We ran just for the sport, but when we asked for purses to help cover expenses, this request was refused by track operators. It took an actual strike and refusal to run their dogs by members of the Maryland Whippet Breeders Association to be guaranteed purses on a nightly basis. Our first purses were $ 3 first, $ 2 second and $ 1 third in regular races with a purse of $5 first, $ 3 second and $2 third in the feature. This purse schedule improved as time went on, but Whippet racing remained largely on an amateur or sporting basis in Maryland.
Once purses were established, racing became e much cleaner sport. Up to this time there were many fixed races, ringers and other methods used to win or lose races, as betting was the only source of income to the actual dog owner. Relationship between track operators and Whippet owners improved greatly after purses were paid. Many of us who raced dogs were hired in official capacities, thus Whippet racing was cleaned up and was a progressing sport going into World War 11.
Circular track racing greatly increased interest in Whippet racing. The Whippet took to circular track racing and the mechanical rabbit just as quickly as did the Greyhound. There were enough Whippets in Maryland to operate two tracks during the summer months and races were run at the following distances: 1/8 mile, 280 yards, 385 yards, and 550 yards. Strange as it may seem, the Whippet is much slower than the Greyhound at any of these distances, but shows to a considerably better advantage over a longer distance of ground.
During the period 1935-40, there was also straightaway racing with a mechanical drag lure and all Whippets started out of a one unit starting box. This type of racing is still carried on today by those people who desire to use the Whippet as a race dog.
It was during this period that Rosslyn Terrhune of the Baltimore Mews Post arranged match races between Baltimore, Maryland, and Cleveland, Ohio, at the Morris and Essex Kennel Club Show where Mrs. Geraldine Dodge offered $1,000 in purses. Baltimore had so many outstanding Whippets at that time that many of the best were not allowed to compete as each owner from Maryland was allowed to bring only two dogs, as we tried to make this a sporting event, rather than selecting the very best from this area. When we arrived at the show, many of us were greatly surprised to find that the Cleveland group still had the old type English and Irish Whippets, many still showing rough coats. The results were very one-sided, with the Baltimore group winning $900 of the $1,000 offered. Cleveland did not win a race, but did have a few seconds and thirds. Edward Cooper's great straightaway race Whippet, Heel Fly, by Ch. Red Wagon-Helen Lee, easily won the championship and again took these honors the following year at this same event. Cleveland showed to a better advantage in their second year, as they secured some of the racers from the Baltimore group.
Whippet racing managed to hold on reasonably well during the early years of World War 11, but gas rationing and other restrictions did much to limit racing, and the breeding of Whippets was kept to a minimum. William Bergtold, President of the Maryland Whippet Breeders Association, did a magnificent job in trying to hold this organization together on a basis of amateur sport, after the war, but the heart and money had been taken from Whippet racing in Maryland.
Decline of interest in Whippet racing could be traced directly to 1) failure to legalize pari—mutual betting on the Whippets on at least two occasions by a very narrow margin in the state legislature, 2) the decline of purses due to legalized night harness racing and decline of local option betting in counties around Baltimore, Maryland, 3) gradual loss of interest by those key people who fought to establish Whippet racing as a major sport in America.
Before closing this rather brief history of Whippet racing, it is most important to mention some of the people who did take actual part in making Whippet racing possible during this period. Dr. Jay Knoblock, Jack Wilson, Raleigh Burrows, Mrs. Theodore Pedersen, Teddy Cox, Ed Cooper, Al And Joe Sesky, Buddy Rosenheim, Herman Duker, Charles Saunders and Marvin Goldberg.
These were exciting, challenging, competitive, desperate years for many of us who lived through them. So called experts on the Whippet as a race dog were generally challenged by the rather harsh sounding "put your money where your mouth is", but after all, is this truly not the best way to put true racing ability on a realistic basis.
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WHIPPET RACE RESULTS
BY LOUIS PEGRAM
RACES - Pagebrook Downs, Cobham, Virginia, September 27, 1962 -- 15 Whippets entered one year or younger. Races scored 5 points to winner, 2 points second,
point third. Distance 100 yards - Track muddy to slow. Fastest time 7.4 seconds slowest time 7.9 seconds. High point winner: Pepite, 10 points, owner Renner; race for second at 7 points, Big 'John and Little Brother both owned by Schmick.
WHIPPET RACE RESULTS
BY LOUIS PEGRAM
LT RACES - Pagebrook Downs, Cobham, Virginia, September 27, 1962 -- 30 adult whippets. Races scored 5 points to winner, 3 points second, 2 points third, 1 point fourth. Distance 200 yards - Track muddy to drying out. Fastest time 13.2 seconds slowest time 13.8 seconds. High point winner Ch. Cinammon Roll, points, owned by Eyles; runoff for second and third with Rouget O'Lazeland placing second (owned by Renner) and Cracker finishing third (owned by Harding), both whippets had 8 points at time of runoff race.
THE MAIL BAG
Pamela Arthur, B. C., Canada, writes:
In the latest litter to arrive here, from
Can. Ch. Sonna Rockabye Baby, there are two puppies that puzzle me! They were born with Doberman Pinscher markings. They even had tan eyebrows. Now the tan has spread a little so that they look like German Shepherd markings. T he rest of the litter (there were 9) are all normal Whippet colours of white, red, fawn, etc, but these two defy describing. Is this normal in Whippets? Does anyone else own a black and tan Whippet?
There is a lot of black behind Baby and also the sire of the pups.
I would like to see the Western Specialty of the American Whippet Club located a little further north than Santa Barbara, as it is one mighty jaunt from here to there. We could produce about 15 — 20 dogs for showing and racing but most people can't afford a week off, which we would need to do Santa Barbara.
Joan Brazier, B. C., Canada, writes:
October 10, 1962, Thank you very much for the latest Whippet News. What an interesting edition. We thoroughly enjoy all sections of the News.
I arc enclosing some results from a few of the Pacific Forth West shows that we attend. We were very disappointed not to be able to go to the A. W. C. Western Specialty this year, but hope to get there again next year.
Enclosed is a small ad for the News.
We have had an enjoyable season in both showing and racing. The Anson's tragic fire depleted their stock, but by the end of the summer, between us we had managed to get together enough dogs and puppies to put on a display at our Fall Fair, Personally, I feel that the racing training our Whippets get is invaluable in conditioning them for the show ring.
We have had great pleasure watching the first litter from our imported bitch, Eng. & Can. Ch. Dawnstar of Test, make their debut this season. These puppies were sired by Am. Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father. So far, while still in puppy classes, Whirlwind Rising Star has placed first and second in Groups in Vancouver, B. C., and third in Group at Seattle, Wash. Her litter sister, Whirlwind Silver Dart, placed fourth in Group at the Mount Baker Kennel Club show at Bellingham, Wash. We all really enjoyed meeting Jack Stone when he visited here this summer. It is so interesting to meet other Whippet people. We hope more of them decide to take a holiday in Western Canada soon.
All good wishes.
N. Martin Collings, Surrey, England, writes:
October 5, 1962, We are eagerly awaiting news of the A. W. C. Fall Specialty. We so much enjoyed this fixture last year, as well as meeting the charming crowd of American Whippeteers.
Although our return to England was made with the intention of settling here again, we find that we are increasingly homesick for the "other side" — especially the States, and as soon as we can, hope to come back, this time for good. If and when we do, I am hoping that it will not be without a small nucleus of one or two good Whippets with which to start up breeding again over there. So far, in the almost five months that we have been back, I haven't been able to find a really good Whippet that is on the market — although I have seen one or two real °flyers" at the shows.
With best wishes.
John W. Kreutziger, Denver, Colorado, writes:
October 6, 1962. I particularly enjoyed the June — August issue of the Whippet News, especially the pictures. Seven League Kennel Reports dated July 31, 1962, by D. R. Motch particularly attracted my attention. The sentence "I hope I'm getting across", was apropos. I felt he did get across; across to the other extreme. The soundness of the editorial policy of other breed magazines doesn't necessarily concern the Whippet. Mr . Motch continues, "these magazines are devoted to the improvement in type and soundness of their particular breed and not to the working pets!" How unfortunate. Let us hope that the Whippet News will be devoted to the improvement in type and soundness of the breed through the demonstration of our pet's ability to work. One must not loose sight of the fact that the Whippet breed standard was developed to fit the type of dog that several centuries of selection for speed and coursing ability had produced (along with a size that would fit in the average home of the poor people who developed the breed). When Mr. Motch suggested trying to "breed a better looking one rather than a faster one" he has separated the Whippet into two halves. "That is covered very well", he continues, "by the Coursing News." This is true — if one is interested in Greyhounds.
As to the advisability of inbreeding, line breeding and out crossing. I think one must keep certain facts in mind. The appearance of an individual is no assurance of his genetic composition. Only an appraisal of all of the individuals brothers and sisters, and if possible, sons and daughters, can give one an approximate estimate of the genetic worth of the individual. Second, line breeding or inbreeding will tend to increase homozygosity, thus making individuals within the line more alike (good as well as bad). Outcrossing will do the opposite. Generaly speaking, one should line breed, but only within a line with outstanding average quality. One should outcross only for a reason, not just to see what will happen. The usual reason is to introduce genetic material to correct a short coming of the line one has. When out crossing, one should try to locate a line with as many of the qualities that your own line possesses, plus the one or ones you wish to acquire. Now comes the long, difficult and expensive process of developing a new line. Since most people cannot afford the luxury of progeny testing and maintaining a large enough population to assure en adequate level of selection pressure, they must compromise and try to guess, rather than estimate the individual dog's genetic worth. Considering this, possibly one should take the negative approach, that is, breed against defects, rather than for an ideal. This is why dog breeding tends to be an art, rather than a science.
Liz Scott, Sunland, Calif., writes:
Finishing his championship last month was Hollypark Highland Fling, owned by Dot Frames and Liz Scott. This dog won his championship in three five point majors. He went up at Ventura the day before the Specialty, to Best of Winners from the puppy class (6-9).The next day at Santa Barbara, Mr . Hostetter put him Winners Dog. Then in Sept. of this year, he finish ed under Mr. Fran Court . We are retiring him for a few months now as he finished before he was nine months old. We will be bringing him out as a Special sometime after the first of the year.
Dot Frames is making quite a show for herself as a handler par-excellence with her Whippets. She has finished three since April, 1962. First, Meander Finale, then Fling and now she has just finished Hollypark Hobgoblin. With Fling (we call him White Fang) finishing so fast, she will have to retire also for a while until her litter is ready to show. The litter was by Finale, and Picardia Patience there are six lovely puppies, three of each. Now Dot will have to be patient a while and let them grow a little before playing dog show.
It looks like a lot of fun coming up next year, with three local litters to be shown. Christine Cormany has a litter, then Jack Towne's, besides Dot Frames. Our most recent show, Pasadena K . C., with the honors going to Jack Towne's Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland; he went on to go fourth in the group.