Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
The big Whippet week-end of '63 is all but upon us. An exciting and rewarding one it should be for all of us interested in our breed. The main attraction, of course, is our Eastern Specialty Show, to be held in conjunction with that of the Greyhound Club of America, again at the lovely Cismont Manor Farm of Mr. & Mrs. D. R. Match, Keswick, Virginia. We are very fortunate in having Mrs. Augustus Riggs IV of Woodbine, Md. as judge for both breeds, and Mrs. Ralph Eyles to do the annual Whippet Futurity. Luncheon will be available on the grounds during the show, and a dinner for club members and exhibitors is planned again at the Keswick Hunt Club following the show, Friday, September 27th.
On Thursday, racing will be conducted on the track at Pagebrook, Cobham, with cocktails and dinner immediately following, at the house. This is a measured two hundred yard track and a fine test for your dogs. Mr. Louis Pegram, our Secretary, will conduct the racing under the rules for National Whippet Racing, with puppies six to twelve months running one hundred yards. You will find your racing entry form in this issue of the News.
Saturday following the Specialty Show is that of the Virginia Kennel Club at Richmond, where Mrs. W. Potter Wear will officiate, and Sunday is the Old Dominion Kennel Club of Alexandria, where we have Mrs. Marie Meyer.
Mr. William J. Christopher, 2018 duPont Building, Wilmington, Del., is Secretary for our Specialty, and the Superintendent for both Richmond and Alexandria is Mansfield Dog Shows, Inc., P. O. Box 3097, Alexandria, Va.
This is an excellent opportunity for triple points, top racing, and we hope a very enjoyable week-end for all, so please make a point to join us in Virginia, September 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Donald P. Hostetter, President American Whippet Club
AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB WESTERN SPECIALTY Santa Barbara Kennel Club, Sunday, July 28, 1963 Judge: Mr. William W. Brainard, Jr.
Puppy Dogs 6-9 mo., one shown, Canesco Kennels' Canesco's El Capitan (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Harbridge Pepper Corn)
Puppy Dogs 9-12 mo., five shown. First, Billie Mays' Hollypark Hopscotch (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Piperkins Patience) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Third, Earl H. Gullikson's Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Fourth, Don Ide's Hollypark Fledge Hopper (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Piperkin's Patience)
Novice Dogs, two shown. First, Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Webster's Rockabye Gunslinger (by Ch. Pennyworth Pilgrim Father ex Rockabye Peace Pipe) Second, Mrs. R. L. Scott & Mrs. W. G. Cruson's Tinker Tum (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Canesco Kennels' Canesco1 s Charioteer (by Tubara's Choir Boy ex Ch. Harbridge Nocturne)
American Bred Dogs, three shown. First, Bob Davis & Frank Kubisch's Whirling Down's White Clown (by Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet) Second, John. P. Towne's Eyleland Double or Nothing (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Double or Quits) Third, Lindy Patrick's Strathoak Irish Rhapsody (by Harbridge Blarney Stone ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Open Dogs, nine shown. First, Norman W. Ellis" Madcap Bold Minstrel (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Second, Marion T. Darling's Ring- more Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldowa Mimosa) Third, Mrs. Agnes Langdon's Mopalo's Gay Blade (by Ch. Mopalo's Speaker of the House ex Ch. Phyllis Johnson) Fourth, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Black Diamond (by Ch. Canyon Crest's Teardrop ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Jet Princess)
Winners Dog to Madcap Bold Minstrel. Reserve to Whirling Down's White Clown.
Puppy Bitches 9-12 mo., three shown. First, Dorothea Frames' Whirling Downs Whistle Bait (by Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet) Second, John P. Towne's Towne's Magic Dragon (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust) Third, Mr. & Mrs, Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Trademark (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon)
Novice Bitches, three shown. First, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak Auriga (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Second, G. J. Hooft's Rosie From Meander (by The Baron of Birdneck Point ex Meander Come On) Third, J. Andre Legere's Hollypark Hurdy Gurdy (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Ch. Piperkins Patience)
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak. Summer Breeze (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
American Bred Bitches, five shown. First, Marion Woodcock's Sunday Slippers of Suntan (by Meander Magna Carta ex Wing Foot Molly) Second, Edward Hauff's Whirlings' Cinderella (by Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet) Third, Richard Freeman's Madcap On and On (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Fourth, John P. Towne's Towne's Twinkie Namer Nod (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Open Bitches, ten shown. First, Randolph M. Duncan's Humble Acres Snow Cloud (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tarheel) Second, Norman W. Ellis' Madcap Stand Fast (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Third, Richard Reynolds' Seven League Syndicate (by Solar System O'Lazeland ex Ch. Seven League Songbird) Fourth, Gertrude & George Ruwisch's Ru-Heim's Pamela (by Ch. Wingedfoot Dominic ex Ch. Speedy Gonzales)
Winners Bitch to Humble Acres Snow Cloud. Reserve to Madcap Stand Fast.
Best of Winners to Humble Acres Snow Cloud.
Specials, Ch. Great. Circle Skibbereen, Ch. Picardie Poltergeist, Ch. Great Circle Made Hatter, Ch. Hollypark. Hobgoblin, Ch. Hollypark Highland Fling, Ch. Meander Finale (six shown)
Best of Breed to Norman W. Ellis' Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen (by Ch. Great Circle The Scot ex Ch. Great Circle Holiday) Best Opposite Sex to Humble Acres Snow Cloud.
Stud Dogs. First, Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen. Second, E. R. Hastings' Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin. Third, Dorothea Frames' Ch. Meander Finale. Fourth, Miss Jennifer Anson's Gypsy's Kelly.
Brood Bitches. First, Strathoak Kennels' Ch. Strathoak Starsheen.
Brace Class, two shown. First, Strathoak Kennels' Brace, Strathoak Auriga & Strathoak Summer Breeze. Second, Donald W. Frames' Brace, Ch. Picardia Poltergeist & Picardie Pandemonium.
Cheshire Kennel Club, Keene, New Hampshire July 10, 1963 Judge: Mr. Elbert E. Vary
Puppy Dogs, two shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Snow Prince (by Ch. Pennyworth Ebony King ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess) Second, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Little Red Fox (by Ch. Pennyworth Ebony King ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess)
Winners Dog to Pennyworth Snow Prince. Reserve to Pennyworth Little Red Fox.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Temptress (by Ch. Pennyworth Ebony King ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess)
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Walter A. Wheeler, Jr.'s Windsprite Brocade (by Ch. Pennyworth Sunset ex Ch. Hillgarth Shot Silk of Pennyworth.
Winners Bitch to Windsprite Brocade. Reserve to Pennyworth Temptress. Specials, one shown, Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth.
Best of Breed to Pennyworth Kennels' Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth (by Bellavista Barry ex Myhorlyns Anita) Best Opposite Sex to Windsprite Brocade.
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CANADIAN WHIPPETS SWEEP CALIFORNIA SPECIALTY RACE FINALS
The success story of the British Columbia owned, bred, and trained Whippets at Santa Barbara Polo Field on July 27, should be contributed directly to extremely fast race dogs, superb condition and excellent training. The undefeated finals winner was the red bitch, SONNA ROCKABYE BABY, owned by MRS. PAMELA ARTHUR. ROCKABYE BABY was by far the fastest Whippet shown, ,winning all. three of her races very easily. This bitch, medium to large in size, covers much ground, is beautifully muscled and looks like a real race bitch--both on and off the track. She has good speed out of the box and continues to get stronger as a race progresses. ROCKABYE BABY also received a leg on her obedience title at Santa Barbara and is a top show bitch, again proving the versatility .of the Whippet- in all fields.
The. second high point adult racer with two wins and a second in the final was CANADIAN CHAMPION GYPSY'S KELLY, C.D., owned by JENNIFER ANSON, also of British Columbia. KELLY is the father of ROCKABYE BABY, so top race honors for adults was a family affair.
ROCKABYE BRANDSNAP, also owned by PAMELA ARTHUR, easily won both of her puppy races to tie down honors as top juvenile racer of the day. Competition was especially keen with the young racers, and it is my feeling that quality of young racers was superior to that shown in the Midwest and East so fat in 1963. Introductory heat winners in the puppy races found the following Whippets winning their heats:
1. STRATHOAK BLUE COMET, owned by G. WHITTLE;. 2. STRATHOAK SUMMER BREEZE, owned by CHRISTINE CORMANY; 3. ROCKABYE .BRANDSNAP, owned by PAMELA ARTHUR; 4. ROCKABYE CALAMITY JANE, owned by. B. WEBSTER,
The California group still race not more than four Whippets to the heat. There were seven introductory allowance heats, and in every case the heat winner won by a wide margin. First heat winner was the top black race dog, CANESCO'S CHARIOTEER, owned by. DR. SAM SCOTT. CHARIOTEER was considered by many the - outstanding West Coast racer of 1963, and he won this first heat by some eight: lengths. The second heat winner was TUBARA'S CHOIR BOY, owned by DR. H. 'HEISER, JR. CHOIR BOY raced with our best in Chicago several years ago and seems to have retained his natural speed. ROCKABYE GUNSLINGER, owned by MR. AND MRS. R. M. WEBSTER, British Columbia, Canada was another easy winner. CANADIAN CHAMPION GYPSY'S KELLY, C.D., the J. D. ANSON owned star, won his introductory race and was a semi-final winner over the above heat winners. This semi-final race was very close with less than two lengths separating the four introductory heat winners. DR. HEISER'S promising young racer, TUBARA'S BALLADEER, easily won the fifth introductory heat, while SONNA ROCKABYE BABY was the galloping winner of the sixth. The seventh heat found the added starter SANDBAR winning easily. The last three Whippets named composed the second semi-final race with ROCKABYE BABY making a show of her competition.
Certainly those people who plan these combined Whippet, Afghan and Saluki races deserve much credit in organizing a fine afternoon of racing. EARL M. STITES, Race Chairman, should receive special credit as he has been the leader in this revival of sight hound racing in California, It is easy to see that he has spent many hours helping In the training of racers and their owners to make.. such an event possible.
During the past thirty years it has been possible for me to visit, and in most cases race dogs, at virtually every Greyhound or Whippet track in America. This was, however, my first visit to California when a Whippet Race Meeting was actually in operation. It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to visit with many of my old acquaintances, as well as personally meet the many people who seemed virtually lifelike through the pages of "THE WHIPPET NEWS," or personal letters. It is my hope we can again get together in 1964 or still better, that more and more of the California Whippet owners will come to the Midwest and East for our major racing events.
NATIONAL ADULT WHIPPET RACE RATINGS FOR 1963
We are on schedule in our planned Whippet racing activities, and have reached the point where Whippets can be classified for outstanding racing performance in 1963. The point score system listed below, clearly shows the six outstanding placements for Whippets that have raced at each of our four largest scheduled race meetings. We still have two more major race meetings to cover, thus based on these six nationally advertised Whippet race meetings, we hope to have an impartial factual record that will establish our regional high point race Whippets and we hope certain individual Whippets will establish records so that they may receive "National Awards of Racing Merit."
This being the first national attempt to factually honor race Whippets on proven racing ability, it may be necessary to change certain point ratings in 1964, depending on changes in racing conditions at the various Whippet tracks where National Racing Honor Points are awarded. 1963 ratings will be as follows with a brief explanation
of ratings for each race meeting.
1. INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB RACE MEETING, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - 4/6/63 - 4/7/63 National Rating Points: First - 900 points; Second - 600 points; Third - 300 point, Fourth - 200 points; Fifth - 100 points; Sixth - 50 points. -- Four graded race programs;largest Whippet entry in U.S.A.; track slightly short of 200 yards.
2. PAGEBROOK DOWNS COBHAM VIRGINIA (EASTERN SPECIALTY MEETING) - 9/26/63 National Rating Points: First - 800; Second - 500; Third - 200; Fourth - 100; Fifth - 50; Sixth - 25. -- Two graded race programs; ideal racing conditions with 200 yard track. (Results will be found in next issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS)
3. EYELAND PARK, ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS - 10/13/63
National Rating Points: First - 800; Second - 500; Third - 200; Fourth - 100; Fifth - 50; Sixth - 25. -- Two graded race programs; ideal racing conditions with 200 yard track. (Results in next issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS)
The National Race Ratings are quite easy to follow. Just check past copies of THE WHIPPET NEWS for the first six high point adult racers in the Handicap Division. Whippets racing in an Allowance Division will have an "A" beside each name. They receive only one-half score of the Handicap Division race dogs and are rated only 1-2-3. All Whippets tied in points for a placement will all receive identical National Rating Points in line with their identical grading system point rating. There is always a chance that the point system might not clearly indicate "THE TOP RACE WHIPPET OF MERIT". During the year 1963, Donald Hostetter, Eugene Jacobs, and Louis Pegram will act as a national judging committee, should such a close rating occur.
It appears that CH. EYELAND CINNAMON ROLL has a clean-cut advantage on points going into the fall racing season with 1475 National Rating Points, while EYELAND HANNAH is second with 850 points, and CH ROUGET O'LAZELAND is third with 600 points. TRAYMATT FLOORBOARDS is in fourth place with 400 points, showing slightly ahead of CH. B. BLUE STONE with 350 points. The National Point Race is at this time, however, still wide open as a Whippet winning high point score at Pagebrook Downs and high point score at Eyeland Park could total 1600 points or the margin needed to be the top National Race Whippet.
It would seem that local West Coast honors are securely held by SONNAR ROCKABYE BABY with 500 points. Unless this speedy female comes to either:Pagebrook Downs or Eyeland Park. for national honors, she has automatically tied up Western High Point National Rating Honors.
We will have final results of national ratings in the next issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS. Check and see if your choice turns out to be the National High Point Winner for 1963.
WHIPPETS RACE ON CIRCULAR TRACK AT UNION GROVE FAIR
Selwyn Blackstone one of the hardest workers for Whippet racing in America, reports that some 40 Whippets were entered for circular track racing at the Union Grove Fair in Wisconsin. The circular track is rather small but in spite of the sharp turns Selwyn reports that both the Whippets and the spectators enjoyed the racing.
There were three racing categories and the high score racers were as follows:
Selwyn Blackstone is already contacting various county and state fair officials attempting to secure a more complete racing circuit for 1964. We suggest that people interested in such a program write to:
3501 Highway 41
Selwyn Blackstone Writes –
Comments: Traymatt Rooster Boy, who was runner up last year to Cri-Corker on the oval track, was unbeatable in his first three races, and really did well on the short turns. Cinnamon Roll improved greatly each race, and probably ran harder than I've ever seen him run. All the dogs running improved with each race and showed that given time, they can adapt to the shorter turns.
Probably the most hotly contested class was the Limit class (limited to Whippets under 24 lbs., and under 20 inches at the shoulder) in which no one entry was dominate. There really was very little to choose between the first and second place winners, Rasmus and Lulu. Their rivalry began in St. Louis where they ran off second place, and it was definately "nip and tuck" between them at Union Grove. Rasmus was the winner of this class last year at State Fair:
I want to thank all who participated and made up the fine entry of 36 Whippets. The fair officials definitely plan better facilities for this event next year, and hope it grows into a big annual event. With this knowledge I will put quite
a bit of effort in planning for this during the winter months, so as to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes around again next summer.
Sun Maid Kennel Club, Fresno, Calif.
April 6, 1963 Judge: Dr. Rex B. Foster
Puppy Dogs 6-9 mo., one shown, E. H. Gullikson's Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Puppy Dogs 9-12 mo., one shown, Y. W. Ellis' Madcap Bold Minstrel (by Ch. Greet Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Open Dogs, three shown. First, M. T. Darling's Ringmore Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldowa Mimosa) Second, D. W. Frames' Piperkin's Robin Goodfellow (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Picardia Priscilla U.D.) Third, Canesco Kennels' Canesco's Charioteer (by Tubara's Choir Boy ex Ch. Harbridge Nocturne)
Winners Dog to Madcap Bold Minstrel. Reserve to Ringmore Finisterre.
Puppy Bitches-6-9 mo., two shown. First, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak Summer Breeze (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Second, L. Spring's Echo of Lori's Indian Love Song (by Great Circle Kerry ex Eyleland Taffia)
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, two shown. First, S. C. & C. H. Turner's Lady Swift of Piperkin's C. D. (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Picardia Priscilla U.D.) Second, R. Freeman's Madcap On-and On (by Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, D. W. Frames' Picardia Poltergeist (by Ch. Mopalo's Speaker of the House ex Ch. The Lark of Meander) Second, Canesco Kennels' Canesco's Double Date (by Harbridge Blarney Stone ex Harbridge Passing Fancy) Third, Y. W. Ellis' Madcap Stand Fast (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca)
Winners Bitch to Picardia Poltergeist. Reserve to Strathoak Summer Breeze. Best of Winners to Picardia Poltergeist.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Veloce of Dapplegray and Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen.
Best of Breed to Flakkee Kennels' Ch. Veloce of Dapplegray (by Sir Cecil of Wiltrick ex Bianca of Dapplegray) Best Opposite Sex to N. W. Ellis' Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen (by Ch. Great Circle the Scot ex Ch. Greet Circle Holiday)
Kern County Kennel Club, Bakersfield, Calif.
April 7, 1963 Judge: Mr. William H. Pym
Puppy Dogs 6-9 mo., one shown, E. H. Gullikson's Strathoak Chuck—A—Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen)
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Y. T. Darling's Ringmore Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldowa Mimosa) Second, N. W. Ellis' Madcap Bold Minstrel (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Third, D. W. Frames' Piperkins Robin Goodfellow (by Ch. Meander Robin ex Picardia Priscilla U.D.)
Winners Dog to Ringmore Finisterre. Reserve to Madcap Bold Minstrel.
Puppy Bitches 6-9 mo., two shown. First, Strathoak Kennels' Strathoak Summer Breeze (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Second, L. Spring's Echo of Lori's Indian Love Call (by Great Circle Kerry ex Eyleland Taffia)
American Bred Bitches, two shown. First, R. Freeman's Madcap On—And—On (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Second, S. C. & C. H. Turner's Lady Swift of Piperkin's C.D. (Ch. Meander Robin ex Picardia Priscilla U. D.)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, N. W. Ellis' Madcap Stand Fast (by Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen ex Great Circle Tosca) Second, J. P. Towne's Towne's Twinkle Hamer Nod (by Ch. Homeric O'Lazeland ex Ch. Strathoak Stardust)
Winners Bitch to Madcap Stand Fast. Reserve to Towne's Twinkle Warner Nod. Best of Winners to Ringmore Finisterre.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Veloce of Dapplegray.
Best of Breed to Flakkee Kennels' Ch. Veloce of Dapplegray (by Sir Cecil of Wiltrick ex Bianca of Dapplegray) Best Opposite Sex to Ringmore Finisterre.
Badger Kennel Club, Madison, Wisc.
June 30, 1963 Judge: Mr. William L. Kendrick
Puppy Dogs,three shown. First, Barbara 8; Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Patton (by Traymatt Floor Boards ex Traymatt Eyleland Easter Egg) Third, Ronald Klemmedson's Peregrine Pirate of Kashan( by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Ebonwood Goldfinsch O'Kashan)
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Irin Fly (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Second, Martha Love's Westmoreland's Charles ( by Palmerscross Goldrush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Iron Fly. Reserve to Westmoreland Charles.
Puppy Bitches, two shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Seven League Sunrise (by Ch. Seven League Skybluepink ex Ch. Seven League Serenissma)
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches, one shown, Martha Love's Westmoreland's Christy (by Palmerscross Goldrush ex Palmerscross Stolen Love)
Open Bitches, one shown, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Paisley. Reserve to Westmoreland's Christy. Best of Winners to Eyleland Paisley.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Westmoreland's Kimbrough and Ch. Roanbar Son of Cachalong.
Best of Breed to John R. Hutchins, Jr.'s Ch. Roanbar Son of Cachalong (by Roanbar Cachalong ex White Fire Princess) Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Paisley.
Champaign Illinois Kennel Club, Urbana, Illinois
July 15, 1965 Judge: Mrs. W. P. Wear
Puppy Dogs, six shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Woodcut Artist (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day Dream) Third, Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Jacknife (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit) Fourth, Louis Pegram's Strictly Selfish (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon)
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, S. R. Blackstone's Sege Tiger (by Traymatt Plywood ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
American Bred Dogs, one shown, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Rab (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Traymatt Eyleland Betsy)
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Iron Fly (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Second, Mrs. Patricia A. Rickard's Ballagan Viking (by Ch. Allways Wingedfoot Running Fox ex Ballagan Venus of Allways)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Iron Fly. Reserve to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine.
Puppy Bitches, five shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Seven League Sunrise
(by Ch. Seven League Skybluepink ex Ch. Seven League Serenissima) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs' Whipoo's Trademark (by Whipoo's Bengal ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon) Third, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic
ex Meander Ribbons) Fourth, Waldwyn Kennels' Wings Babe O' The Woods (by Ch. Bull 0' The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Pennyworth April Fool)
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Randolph N. Duncan's Humble Acres Snow Cloud
(by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tarheel) Second, Kathryn & Scott Fields'
Avaunt Cassandra (by Ch. Oberon of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Avon Jessica) Third, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Hannah (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester) Fourth, Robert J. O'Keefe & Helen J. O'Keefe's Lady Carmel of Keith (by Harbridge Chamois Ru Sell ex Masked Princess of Spen Cere)
Winners Bitch to Humble Acres Snow Cloud. Reserve to Avaunt Cassandra. Best of Winners to Humble Acres Snow Cloud.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll, Ch. Eyleland Henry, Ch. Whipoo's Avon Jessica.
Best of Breed to Humble Acres Snow Cloud. Best Opposite Sex to Ralph Eyles' Ch. Eyleland Henry (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Ch. Great Circle Hester)
Humble Acres Snow Cloud went on to fourth in the Hound Group under Edward D. McQuown.
Judge's Critique of Whippets shown at Champaign, Illinois Kennel Club
Doris S. Wear
Champaign Illinois show, July 13, 1963 - Whippet entry 25 - 3 absentees. Of the remaining 22, 11 were in the puppy classes - 6 dogs, 5 bitches. The day the drought broke - pouring rain, easy on judge high and dry under tent, hard on dogs and exhibitors:
In line with the thinking that judges of Specialties and shows with "supported entries" should write critiques, I herewith present my impressions of the entry in general with specifics about some of the dogs that stand out in my mind as this is written almost a week later.
Frankly speaking and of what use IS a critique unless it IS frank?), I found nothing in the puppy classes that gives promise of great things to come. However, later in the day two young bitches appeared in the Open class, one, a ten months old puppy, the other just thirteen months, that put a more promising outlook on the young entry.
Traymatt Ponderosa Pine, 91 months, eye-catching, flashy white and brindle dog puppy won the class quite easily in my opinion. His virtues - nice head, beautiful bone and feet, good rib cage. His faults - too short in all his parts, neck, loin, needs more angulation at both ends. If this dog is to finish he must do it fast. He is over-done for his age and gives every indication that he will thicken with advancing maturity. Still and all he presented quite an attractive picture on the day and went on to Reserve Winners.
Singletons in Bred By Exhibitor and American Bred that did not offer enough positive virtues to comment on.
Only two in Open dogs. I was pleased to be able to award first place in this class and subsequently the points to Traymatt Iron Fly, an honest little all white dog that I have always liked and have been forced to treat "unkindly" on previous occasions. A nice, fluid mover and well balanced with the proper outline, this
fellow would be helped by some mascara around his eye rims and a slightly more "mannish" outlook.
Ballagan Viking, bred in England, did not appeal in general type and outline. Head not at all what we want over here and tail carried over back when moving did not help the picture.
Puppy Bitches — a more encouraging group than the dog puppies, but a green and "skittish" lot, minding the wet and flapping tent. Gait had to be disregarded and they were placed on their virtues and faults seen standing.
Seven League Sunrise, red with white trim, looked all quality here. Virtues — lovely swan—like neck set on right, long flat muscled shoulder blades, good top line presenting pleasing, balanced picture of correct type. Faults — a bit short of loin and a bit steep in croup, could do with more driving quality in hindquarters.
Whipoo's Trademark, pale fawn and white, a nice quality bitch, bigger with more substance, good head and well arched neck. This bitch still has some growing to do, was just at her gawky stage. When/if she developes more arch over her loin should be a right attractive girl at maturity.
Eyleland Paisley — yellow brindle bitch, only one in class who showed her way of moving and it was good! Nice body and loin and good, driving hindquarters are her virtues and not to be discounted. Her faults were "up front" — neck slightly "ewed" and she lacks underjaw, giving her that "needlefaced" look. Small size with no promise of further growth and her (to me) lack of the quality shown by the first two, moved her into third place.
Open bitches — What a joy for ye judge: For here were not only one, but two bitches that in my humble opinion are of the highest type and quality that one could wish for in a Whippet bitch:
Humble Acres Snow Cloud — solid, dazzling white, extremely feminine bitch of lovely size, if she grows a mite more it won't bother her. Though only 10 months old she was mature enough to look the part in the open class yet gives no hint of ever going coarse. She possesses all the virtues in her individual parts, but most important, they all fit together to make the picture of elegance, symmetry and grace that, to me is the epitome of what is wanted in a Whippet bitch. I fell for this one like a ton of bricks and made her Best of Breed: The only real clue to her tender age showed in her gait which needs to tighten and probably cost her a higher placement in the group where she was fourth, at this, her very first show and under the handicap of being full in her first season and with bad weather conditions! It gave me quite a "kick" to have the pleasure of starting this lovely Whippet off to what I hope will be an auspicious show career: Avaunt Cassandra — just over puppyhood, white and fawn, close behind the winner, also excelling in quality and type. She was beaten by the aptly named Snow Cloud in length of hindquarter, ground coverage both standing and moving and quality of bone. Not quite as dead true as the other when viewed from the front. However, the degree of difference was slight and she too is a bitch that I would be more than happy to own. In fact, I'm frankly covetous of both!
Eyleland Hannah, solid fawn, huge bitch, built to get there fast (and does!). Well balanced with nice quality for one her size, reachy neck, good running gear and lovely mover, she is just Too Much Bitch. Given an Alice—In—Wonderland shrinking pill, she should finish more easily than she probably will.
Three Specials, 2 dogs, 1 bitch. The latter, Ch. Whipoo's Avon Jessica, who's "if" is lack of length in loin and hind quarter, particularly in second thigh, still is a very nice bitch and is worth her weight in gold if she can keep producing the caliber of Cassandra, who's dam she is. Ch. Eyleland Henry, white with brindle head markings, beautiful bone and substance and a glorious mover (as are most of the Whippets from this kennel). His hatred of shows and the resultant sulkiness puts him out of the running for Best of Breed in tough competition. However, his "class" shines through however hard he tries to hide it and he was an easy Best Opposite Sex.
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, England, writes:
Aug. 13, 1963. Many thanks for Whippet News received last week, I have not yet had time to go right through it, but as usual it is full of interest.
In England now, in the industrial areas of middle and northern England there is a great revival of racing. However, it appears that Whippets differ there, very much from the quality of Whippets raced in the south.
The secretary of Braeswood Racing Club has been on a touring holiday and went to several of the midland and northern tracks. She was not impressed with the Whippets. In fact, at one meeting she said none were true Whippets. Also, some of the clubs race to the rag in lanes. Her dog "Sante's Bimbo" is a large cream (22" at the Shoulder) bred from my own "Sante's Toby" and he is a fair racer. Put on these tracks he jumped the lanes and raced alongside. At another he beat the fastest dog in the first heat and was handicapped 15 yards in the second. The track being 140 yards, he was unable to pull back those 15 yards. For all that, they enjoyed the trip and continued up into Scotland, returning last Saturday for Sunday's meeting at "Echo" sports ground.
Windsor came and went, it pelted rain all day, the first wet Windsor in thirteen years. Mrs. Margaret Wigg judged the dogs; Dragonhill Woodpecker gaining his C.C. and crown, very remiss of me but I forget the bitch C.C. winner. My husband and I were very busy, so please excuse me.
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(HUMBLE ACRES SNOW CLOUD, BEST BREED CHAMPAIGN, ILL. K. C., JULY 13, 1963 JUDGE: MRS. W. P. WEAR HANDLER: SIBYL B. JACOBS)
TO THE JUDGES WHO GAVE HUMBLE ACRES SNOW CLOUD HER GLORIOUS WINS: MRS. W. P. WEAR WHO PUT HER BOB AT CHAMPAIGN FROM THE CLASSES AT 91 MO. MISS JUDITH R. SHEARER WHO PUT HER We AT VENTURA.
MR. WM. W. BRAINARD, JR. WHO PUT HER OVER 44 DOGS AND BITCHES TO BW & BOS AT THE AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB WESTERN SPECIALTY AT SANTA BARBARA JULY 27.
SHE WAS 10 MONTHS OLD THAT DAY.
BUT ABOVE ALL, WE WANT TO THANK SIB AND GENE JACOBS FOR STARTING US IN WHIPPETS, FOR TRUSTING US TO DO RIGHT BY THEIR LOVELY BITCH, WHIPOO'S TARHEEL, FOR THEIR INTEREST AND HELP IN GRADING THE PUPPIES, FOR THEIR GENTLE PATIENCE WITH OUR ENDLESS QUESTIONS - WHIPPETS ARE DIFFERENT FROM AFGHANS AND POINTERS - AND HOW - FOR SIB'S WONDERFUL HANDLING OF "JILL" WHO IS RANDY'S BELOVED HOUSEPET
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HE DID PRETTY WELL FOR HIMSELF, WE THINK. OUT OF NINE PUPPIES, SIX ARE SHOW QUALITY.
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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 even. Teeth 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, held 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 definite 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 definite 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
Eyleland Kennel Reports Barbara & Ralph Eyles August, 1963
Some thoughts on this and that....Sam Hearn's article in the April issue was most interesting but I can't find myself in agreement on his reasons for "knee snapping". We did not make his demonstration piece so I may be speaking out of turn but I cannot see that a poor rear would have any effect in producing hackney action in front. A dog with a better rear than front tends to crab when moving, to get the front feet out of the way of the driving rear feet. A dog with good movement in front and poor drive in the rear just carries his rear end along. There is no particular reach in front due to lack of drive in the rear and certainly not a hackney gait caused by interference - the hind feet just don't reach far enough TO interfere. A straight shoulder assembly, such as a terrier has, produces a straight legged movement in front similiar to the pendulum of a clock. It doesn't seem that a straight shoulder, alone, would produce hackney action in a Whippet since it does not produce it in most terriers. Obviously, a straight shoulder in a Whippet would limit the amount of reach a dog could possess but by itself I don't think it could produce hackney action. Possibly a dog with a good driving rear would tend to pick up his front feet to get them out of the way but it doesn't seem to me that a POOR rear would, in any way, be responsible for high action in front.
We have often wondered where this peculiarity comes from and look closely at dogs possessing such action. I still don't KNOW - but they seem to have one of two types of shoulder - either a short shoulder in relation to the length of leg or exaggerated angulation in the relation of the upper blade to the humerus, similiar to the shoulder construction of a Dachshund, though not as pronounced. A higher action is often noticed in dogs of English extraction - could it possibly be due to the height restriction? Most English dogs tend to have the point of the elbow considerably farther under them than American dogs, thus changing the relation of the angles of the shoulder construction and bringing down the height. There is no more different shoulder construction than in the Dane which has been bred for height and the Dachshund which has been bred "down" and it seems to be primarily a difference in the relation of the angles from the top of the blade to the ball and socket joint to the point of the elbow.
Occasionally, one sees a dog with what appears to be a perfectly adequate shoulder assembly, standing still, that still picks up his feet when moving. What causes this? Can someone, with more knowledge than I possess, solve the problem?
Personally, I don't think Mr. Wheeler can ascribe the comparative entries at dog and flower shows to the reasons that he does. One might say that a flower is a flower is a flower while a dog is a living object, complete with personality, temperament and intelligence. No one can raise a few dogs in the space they would raise a few flowers. People who breed or own dogs are also personally attached to them and who can be devoted to a flower, no matter how perfect? Flowers are a universal hobby, almost everyone raising some sort of greenery in his apartment or backyard. People flock to flower shows to see what THEY could do, themselves, with a bit of time and effort. No horticulturist could possibly be personally devoted to a flower but dogs are different Dog shows are much the same as baby shows in the matter of personal involvement - and neither one draws a large entry or gate. And when I say this, let NO WE think we regard our dogs as children - we DON'T. Anyone and everyone can and does raise flowers but not anyone or everyone can or does raise dogs - and I don't think it has a thing to do with the anonymity of the entry. Re the poultry show observation, poultry breeding is a strictly commercial venture and there is money to be made and money at stake — entirely different than the labor of love most dog breeders engage in. I note he does not compare the relative attendance figures of the poultry show and the dog show in Boston. Whatever the merits of his idea, I think Mr. Wheeler is going far afield from his original article and doing his subject nothing but harm.
What a busy summer! Tending puppies by the score, cleaning kennels, our perpetual building projects plus routine maintenance - there is just not enough time to go around. There has not even been enough time to go to many shows — and that IS a strange state for us to be in.
At present viewing, we like much of what we have in our litters. It seems like a lot of pups but when we consider that we went to California last year instead of raising some pups, it doesn't seem so bad — this year's abundance should really be spread over two years. It certainly enables us to be more selective. With the exception of one litter of two pups, which was a complete lack of success, we have pups in each litter that we think are quite promising. Time will tell, of course, but it is more fun to narrow down from a group that we like rather than the reverse.
Donald Frames Reports
A note of warning to anyone connected with a show giving organization that is registered as a non—profit and tax exempt organization. The Internal Revenue has been checking kennel clubs and it has proved costly to some in southern California. The Kern County Kennel Club had the dubious honor to be the first investigated. Kern County had been registered as exempt under the 1939 code, however, under the new code of 1954, the section which covered this exemption was gone. Essentially under the new code the annual dog show was regarded as an outside business and therefore all proceeds (gate, entry fees, etc.) were regarded as taxable. Faced with paying at least three years back taxes and being taxed in the future, the club hired a firm of tax lawyers and determined to fight. The need to fight proved unnecessary as Internal Revenue accepted an opinion of the law firm and we regained
our former status. Other clubs have not been so fortunate. Undoubtedly our success is based on the fact that we had an excellent set of books and could demonstrate that the club had operated as a truly non—profit organization, including an annual donation of 1,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. If you think that your organization may become involved with the Internal Revenue make sure your books are in perfect order. If you do become involved be sure to get a firm specializing in tax matters and let them know Kern County has established a precedent.
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
Co. Waterford, Eire
In default of any organized Whippet racing yet coming off at Tipperary Town - these dogs have been going racing at a local so called Terrier Track. A stimulating experience to say the least. The track is a scant 100 yards - straightaway and uphill - entirely bad distance for any of these Whippets who are all bred to be stayers. In spite of it all they have done well enough.
These races take place in the lovely summer evenings and are well attended by the locals. Anything and everything runs - after a mechanical hare with a winding machine. Because of their speed the Whippets have been running with the Lurchers, who come in all sizes up to about 55 lbs., and are as close to Greyhounds as you can get outside of the book.
We pulled off a good double the other evening with Badgewood Annie Oakley (17 1/2, 13 lbs.) and Wingedfoot Domenic now rising 6 years, who may be remembered in America as racing champion 1960 and in Holland as National Champion 1961. How the mighty have fallen - or perhaps not - as he won by half the track and paid 3 to 1. In this country it is considered bad form to have a dog or other animal with a Saint's name. This one loses twice - as his call name is David. Whether the form on his title - he was heavily backed by all locals as the price remained so attractive. We avoided the queue waiting to be paid off and made a hasty exit. Another one that took the bookies was Carmen - who ran for Holland as Isolde in 1961- winning the International at Neuss Germany. She is by David and fairly outdid him coming in handely at 2 - 1. All this is starting to sound like a racing paper - and perhaps is quite shocking to our friends in the USA - but this is a country that is too poor for its people, and animals well, not to live by their wits and performance. The Whippets are showing in terms understandable here that they do have the speed they're supposed to and the courage to battle it out and win from far larger and sometimes ferocious dogs. Believe me though, I'm ready to catch them at the finish line. Another winner - and most unexpected as he is only 11 months old, was a charming puppy called Great Circle Himself. He is a solid color fawn, son of English Ch. Laguna Ligonies ex Irish Ch. Great Circle Wise Child.
Now that the hay is cut I've put a little 175 yard track here on the place. It has one bend at the corner of the field with a long straightaway to finish. Still using Earl Stites' lure machine from California and the ancient starting boxes - really not very good anymore, I bought years ago from Mr. Short of New York state.
How they have travelled! I'll never forget the first trip with them in the heighth of a hot summer - all the way across from California to the Jacobs in Illinois.
It was a marvelous trip - camping all the way - really the best method of travel with dogs - and there were six of them - the form was to get up at sunrise and drive till a town about mid morning - there purchase steaks, tomato juice, ice, tonic waters, etc., find a lake or river bank and swim and sleep under the trees. Another burst of a few hundred miles in the late afternoon - and then the steaks and bed for one and all besides another river. I'll never forget the lovely cool root cellar to which I retired at the Jacobs. It was all great fun - and I know the dogs enjoyed themselves tremendously as well, especially in the west where they could be off for hours in the evening after Jackrabbits. After you get to the middle west going east - camping is no longer very possible and it becomes a dreary battle with Motel keepers over the dogs - sordid restaurants and traffic.
One of the last crop of puppies by Laguna Lamplighter ex Am. Ch. Great Circle Holiday has gone off to California to Mr. Young. She went with a Greyhound pup for Roger Saltmarsh of San Francisco. I have recently heard they arrived all right, though I would have doubted it by the state of mind of the poor little things when I last saw them at the Cork Airport. For one reason or another I was late getting off to Cork and drove madly to make it. In spite of tranquilizers they were hideously car sick and very sorry for themselves on arrival. They should have had a good trip though, as the Air Lines man worked out a good schedule. They left Cork at midday and they had a three hour rest in London before boarding the plane, direct by jet across the pole to San Francisco — where they were supposed to arrive about nine that evening — due to the 10 hour difference in time. For anyone's information, the cost of shipment was about $78. for the two. That seems awfully reasonable to me - there is really no need to hire all these expensive shipping agents and customs clearers provided your shipper at this end is prepared to do a little work.
As per an ad in this issue of W News, I take pride in announcing that my bitch, Am. Ch. Great Circle Little Alice not only was top Whippet here in 1962 but finished her Irish Championship at Monkstown under Peadar Crowley, August Bank Holiday Monday 1963.
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormany
Ventura-Santa Barbara Gleanings
Although I haven't my catalogues beside me, I believe the entry for Judith Shearer was 45 with one or two absentees. Results of the judging will appear elsewhere for both shows. A most successful morning although we were done at 8:00 A.M. However, this gave some of us who had started out early in the wee hours to go to our motels and catch a few dog—naps before going on to the Polo Grounds for our afternoon of racing. Jack Towne's young white and grey—brindle male looked at his best and this youngster should do well now that he has gained a little more confidence in himself. Humble Acres Snow Cloud, who took the bitch points both days and capably handled by Sibyl Jacobs made a most lovely picture and one of the few who has been able to win three majors and 14 points in 3 straight shows, most of us are lucky if we finish in a years time and sometimes it takes two years:: Congratulations to her owners.
The races left a lot to be desired, although thanks to Jayne Langdon who was "coat custodian" we did manage to get the Whippets to the starting boxes and off on time, however, there were too many green dogs, although a couple of them did surprise their owners by making a good run of it and finishing. Only 6 puppies out of 15 starters actually crossed the finish line, one of these was disqualified for malicious bumping the full 200 yards and his litter mate was disqualified for the same thing in the puppy final. The four puppies who made the final (we had
no semi—final actually as there were not enough puppies who finished!) were puppies who have been schooled and schooled weeks before the races. Although we haven't mentioned any names and really don't want to, but we have found that a dog who has been known for his little bit of bumping and was disqualified for same at Fresno, Mr. O'Toole, had been schooled at least once a week and sometimes twice a week, racing by himself. He was entered with tongue in cheek and hoped he would run clean. He did, although he came in last he was not an outdistanced last, but this proves that a dog must be schooled by himself until all he knows is to run that lure and other dogs can go to heck. Once they get the notion that the lure is there and develop a keenness for it, they will run a straight line. Mr. O'Toole was close enough to the 3rd place dog to have bumped if he wanted to, but he just kept going. Like some horses, we think he was carrying too much weight!! The two puppies disqualified have been running rabbits in the field and although a lot of horsing around is usually done, we don't think this is best for a dog who is going to do any actual racing, unless he is schooled on the track and breaks clean from the box and runs a straight line after the lure. The puppies from Canada showed by their performance that they were ready for this day and the adult dogs from Canada actually slaughtered "The Polo Grounds" (not 10th Avenues) and as the two dogs in the final were owned by the same family as the puppy final winner, she ran in the main final and of course the Arthurs and Jennifer Anson just walked off with the most handsome silverware you can imagine: Our heartiest congratulations to them all. They really deserved it, their winning dogs had a rough trip down, different climate, water, feed etc., can all lead to upsets of the digestive system, but these dogs were geared for racing and they went into the highest gears they could find!: We understand they are coming back next year, we hope they do and we also hope we'll have a top California entrant to give them a good challenge. I presume the race results will also appear elsewhere.
Mrs. Jerry Birmingham made the drive up from Arizona just to watch the judging of the Specialty only to find we were done at 2:00 P. N. instead of the early 8:45 A.M. we have enjoyed(?) before. An interesting highlite of the Specialty wins, and I don't know if it occurred to anyone else, probably has, but the BOB winner, Ch. Great Circle Skibbereen, owned by Norman Ellis, has the last two years been BOS, this time he made it: 1961 under Peggy Newcombe, Norman and "Scotch" came up from the classes to go BOS. Norman was also Reserve Winners Bitch. 1962, Scotch now a Specials, was BOS. 1963 a son of Scotch was Winners Dog, a daughter of Scotch was Reserve Winners bitch and "Papa" BOB, also he won a strong Stud Dog class, so congratulations Norman. If memory serves me right, I believe this finished Norman's young male. So, the West Coast Specialty saw a champion finished and the Ventura show saw another started.
We had a delightful two days after the show weekend with the Jacobs and their daughter Della. We were glad to hear that dear old White Noire is still with them and we do hope they found her well on their return home.
Many thanks to Jayne Langdon for helping me with the coats and muzzles and seeing the coats returned to the proper place, but Jayne, no matter how hard we tried, we're missing 4 racing coats: Please, if any of you racing that day have a coat you don't know what to do with, please return to me. I am also missing a muzzle, this shouldn't be hard to find as it has my name on the inside as well as "Tessie". "Lost" ad herein will give the address of where to return found articles. Thank you. Thanks again, Jayne, at least we tried!! It was fun working with you
again and hope we can do the same some other time.
I guess we enjoyed most of all chatting with our out of state friends, people we knew "by mail", Louis Pegram, of which we talked of the "old Gazette Column" days!
I also found he has a soft spot for black Whippets! Jack Stone, who was on vacation from St. Louis, maybe next time he comes he bring an entry. Miss Shearer, our Ventura judge, who was unhastened with her judging and gave each individual a good going over in spite of the large entry of other breeds to follow. We hope she has an early return. We were pleased with our little rascals and with maturity and time we hope they will do a bit better next year. Our little Tessie ran her race and won under most trying circumstances and gave the Canadian puppy winner a good race. We are satisfied with her performance and although she has a couple of scars we are sure they or a bulldozer will not deter her from going after the lure. As they are just short of 11 months, we will now let them sit back, rest, mature and try to learn to be LADIES (if possible!) and not harem-scarems!!! We love 'em though and enjoy them as they are, they are a delightful pair.
Hope we see all of our friends out again next year and maybe a few more will pay us a visit.
Whipoo Kennel Reports Sibyl & Gene Jacobs August, 1963
Many thanks to all who entered at the Champaign Illinois show on July 13, under Doris Wear. Twelve individual owners made up the twenty five entries, a good spread, we think. There were three absentees. A special thanks to Barbara & Ralph Eyles for bringing down the starting boxes, to Louis Pegram for the race trophies, ready, had we been able to have the planned races and to Selwyn Blackstone for the trophy for the show. Thanks also to all who helped throughout the rainy day!
While on the subject of trophies, a special thanks to Barbara & Ralph Eyles for their donation for the Bloomington, Illinois show. We apologize for the error in the premium list, made sometime after our list was sent to the club. The Whippet Best of Breed should read — Rare Book, Stonehedge — On The Greyhound, offered by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph G. Eyles.
Notice. We found a "Bill Fields" made Whippet collar after the festivities here at Whipoo following the Champaign show. This collar, found amid some papers in a waste basket, is dark brown and very supple from use. Owner please claim.
After several years of speculation and plans that went astray, we finally made it to the Western Whippet Specialty! It was a long, hot trip and getting to our destination took us through some very desolate country. However, once we arrived in California we were dazzled by the population, the Freeway, vegetation and "the smog". During the Specialty and Santa Barbara all breed shows we were very pleased to meet many of the people who had just been "names" on the Whippet Yews mailing list. After the shows we visited Mr. & Mrs. James Young and Christine & Dick Cormany, and very much appreciated the charming guest cottage of the Youngs and the hauling around for sight seeing by Christine.
While we visited with Mr.& Mrs. Young, Jim Young showed us photographs of Whippets and Whippet Races taken in the 1201s. According to the photographs, those early Whippets must have been something to behold and generally speaking they were animals with upstanding ears, wide chests, wide-set, rather bowed front legs, and actually they were more Bull Terrier in type and make—up than Whippets as we see them today. It is really amazing to look at these pictures and see the great strides Whippets have made toward the look and proportion of a small Greyhound. One thing we do like about the old time Whippets is the rough coated variety, and wish they were still being bred today, what with their whiskers, eyebrows and wire coat, they look like small Deerhounds!
On our way back to Illinois we had a pleasant stay in the Denver area with Kathleen and Herb Beargie, including a night at the Greyhound races.
We did as much camping as possible on this trip and found it great fun and much the best way to travel with dogs and child. We have our Volkswagon bus fixed so we have sleeping accommodations in a matter of minutes. The camping also gave us a chance to really see the country and we especially enjoyed our stay on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and a lovely camp site in the pines near Colorado Springs.
Windsprite Whippets Report Walter A. Wheeler, Jr. August, 1963
A DEBATE: SHOULD THE JUDGING SETUP REMAIN UNCHANGED?
PRO: Showing dogs may now be called a racket by the uninitiated, but we, as exhibitors, want no change. We harm no one by working our way into the top prize bracket. Vie certainly strive hard enough and pay heavily enough to earn every ounce in silver trophies which we can collect. Non-doggy outsiders, of course, scoff at our craze for the top spot, for they cannot understand the satisfaction of buying or breeding a good specimen; investing large sums in its conditioning and training; putting it out with one of the popular handlers; then, for the benefit of the judges, advertising in the dog magazines what we have achieved, paying dearly for every picture and line of news. This is our hobby, business, and means of tax deductions.
Unfortunately there are some judges who do not seem to appreciate the great expenses we undertake in following them about the country, giving them big entries. We encourage a few of these judges to drop out of the picture, because our handlers and big kennels provide the decisive entries which support the show giving clubs. Our handlers' art of distributing entries is well known, however, some of our individual breeders also help the discipline by placing (or denying) large entries in a single breed. This constitutes a regulating. factor over the judge. Some hardy judges, however, steadfastly continue to close their eyes to the owners and handlers of the dogs in the show ring. They prefer assignments away from their own circle of acquaintances so that they cannot be held responsible for putting up the wrong owner.
The greatest weapon, in safeguarding our best wins from an invasion of small time exhibitors, is the American Kennel Club itself. The A. K. C. staunchly upholds the existing regulations and procedures, some details of which are not accepted in other countries. In France, according to Princesse Amedee de Broglie,in the June 1962, POPULAR DOTS, exhibitors are not allowed to handle their entries while they are being judged in the ring! Imagine how our animals would look, if our talented handlers were not allowed to brace up the American show dog!
Not even owners in some South American countries may keep an eye on the proceedings for in these countries, judging takes place at an hour when the public, exhibitors, handlers and owners are not allowed near the judging area. Only the judges and official stewards, who handle the dogs, are present when the animals are inspected and awarded prizes. Only the dogs themselves count and judges have no idea to whom they are giving the choice placements.
We have the A.K.C. to thank for keeping the situation out in the open in America, where owners and handlers are easily and quickly recognized and where the important prizes can remain, for the most part, in the hands of those who pay so willingly for success. After all, ours is a young "game". We must not let it go the way of older competitive exhibitions, such as flower, cat and poultry shows. In 1962, -Boston held its 50th Annual Dog Show, and its 114th Annual Poultry Show. To quote from the poultry premium list: "While the judging is in progress, no person shall be in the aisles except the judges and stewards." The identification cards are so designed that the bottom forms a tab which folds up and is securely stapled over the owner's name before and during the judging.
In January, 1963, Boston held its 134th Annual Camellia Show, the oldest continuous flower show in the country. Since 1809 the exhibitors usually have come from distinguished local families whose extensive greenhouses and corps of gardeners could produce the beautiful japonica blossoms. At the most recent show a school teacher submitted six pampered entries amongst the hundreds of impressive blossoms from traditional exhibitors. With these six entries raised in a hobby greenhouse the interloper won four first prizes and a second: This incident can be blamed on the fact that the entries were completely anonymous.
In areas where the camellia thrives outdoors, shows are becoming vulgar one and two day annual community projects. The Men's Camellia Club of Shreveport, Louisiana averages 12,000 entries and 50,000 visitors at its yearly show. (In 1961 the Shreveport Dog Show had 183 dogs in competition.) Boy Scouts end Girl Scouts "handle" the camellia entries to their correct tables, where the blossoms are displayed anonymously with cards having only the variety names visible.
Judging takes place without benefit of exhibitors, gardeners, agents or spectators. State, county and city police direct the one—way traffic of crowds. Representatives from the State Agricultural Department keep blooms from leaving the building and check for disease. Such an invasion by the public of a hallowed pastime is possible because entries are anonymous, because the setup employs Sunday School ethics, and because the judges can consider nothing but the entries themselves.
How dull dog shows would be if the intrigue of influence were denied the major exhibitors now in the responsible positions.
CON: Our ailing game of showing dogs needs some effective hygiene. Some dog show exhibitors enter their stock in competition in order to evaluate the progress they have made in breeding. These breeders want an objective, unbiased decision between the dogs presented to the judge for comparison. The current unethical setup for judging, however, as enforced by the A.K.C., makes the judging of dogs a racket with the exhibitors vying with each other for favor and influence. The dogs are not the only things judged in the show ring today.
No matter how honest and expert a judge may be, so long as he can recognize one owner or handler before him in the ring, he cannot make a technically objective decision between the dogs themselves. If the judge puts down a good dog recognized as belonging to an important club official, he may expect no invitations to judge for that stub. If he fails to put up a famous dog recognized by its handler and promotion, his reputation suffers. If he ignores an entry from a "big" exhibitor, that exhibitor may scratch his string from the judge's next show. If this is repeated several times, the judge becomes "unpopular", no longer pulls the big entry, and is soon out of the game.
Some dog clubs bemoan the fact that communities at best are lukewarm toward their shows. The lay public evidently distrusts the lack of equal opportunities in our competition. It perhaps resents the private clubbiness of our game; and may scorn what it considers meaningless awards. If only dogs could be judged solely on their own merits, as are, for instance, the previously mentioned camellias! Put only the dog before the judge for competition and we might have community supported dog shows of overwhelming entries and popularity.
Other types of competitive exhibitions in the United States, and dog shows in other countries, prohibit the identification of entry with owner, agent or handler. Judges are not allowed to see who the exhibitors are. Why can't we do something like this?
During 1961, one plan for this anonymous type of showing, entitled SHOWING DOGS INCOGNITO, was formulated. It was discussed on the dog editor - show superintendent level. In 1962 it was published and sent to some of the major kennel clubs throughout the nation. The plan was printed in the October, 1962 issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS, and has prompted many spirited articles therein. The following is its gist:
"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 committeeman 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. A 'walker' would not 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 'walkers 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.
"All dogs would be shown in point classes without any handling. The dogs would be on their own. Opportunities would be equal. Winners would revert to their own handlers for group judging."
Among the responses to the plan, only one objection seemed prevalent. This was the danger of an unreliable dog biting a "walker." This danger will remain a problem for the individual exhibitor to solve, regardless of the judging setup.
As breeders, we strive to improve temperament as well as type. If one of our dogs is so unreliable that it cannot be trained to show without attacking its handler, "walker" or judge, that dog should not be shown; it should not be bred; it should not be sold as a pet. It should be destroyed.
The following are two pertinent responses to the plan. Several months before his death, Col. Ernest E. Ferguson, noted breeder, exhibitor and judge, wrote:
"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."
An official of an important eastern show-giving club (which in turn is a member of the A.K.C.) writes: "As an individual, I would like to say that I do not think exhibitors want honest judging. They prefer a game of power politics with the dogs as pawns. Dog show people could clean their own house simply by staying away from the shows. But not enough do this or care. I am very pessimistic about the situation. Your plan is well formulated. Perhaps some club will have the courage to try it out."
Let us have faith that something can be done to rescue our judges from their present dilemma. Vie must make it possible for the less courageous ones to be strong, and the honest ones to be objective. By revitalizing our judging setup, we might still make the showing of dogs a respected and popular activity for the devoted breeder, the one dog owner, the family and community as well as the enthusiastic "big time" exhibitor.
For the benefit of those Whippet News readers who charge that any heartfelt criticism of the dog game is mokery and for those who ridicule any sincere attempt to remedy the ills of our judging setup, I would like to quote a few paragraphs from the observations of another writer. Though the original article concerns Poodles, it is applicable to other breeds.
On pages 64 and 66 of POPULAR DOGS, August 1963, Dr. H. Ivens, Jr., writes:
"The really fun type show, of course, is the raffle show or the grabpbag one. Here everyone is off to an even start and the ribbons are handed out with great flair
to whomever is handiest; neither dogs nor handlers really count. Winning here is like getting brass rings on the merry-go-round and there is never any real resentment at these shows, but rather a great air of unabashed enjoyment. These
shows are not too easy to put on because for them to be a smashing success ALL the judges must be honest - but incompetent - and this is a hard combination to get
all through the whole show. Honesty is the essential thing here, while incompetence is often easy to find.
"There are many articles written in defense of the handler - that they win because they have the better dogs, that their dogs are better put down and better presented. It is presumed to be sour grapes for the person who does not use a handler, to say that any dog can win with a name handler.
"So that I personally could say with conviction the aforesaid statement, I sent a dog to a prominent handler a few years ago. This was a dog I had taken as a stud- fee puppy and had not sold. He was easily below exhibition standard; he was low- stationed and long-backed, very throaty and lippy with a plain head and light eye. His tail was practically cut off. He was sound, but had enormous feet that spread, and heavy bone.
"His virtues were his lovely black color, a profuse coat of proper texture, also his most charming personality and great intelligence. He finished in about six weeks with 2 BOV and a BUJ at a specialty. It cost me around 900. to be able to self that a "name" handler can finish any dog if it has hair and can stay off its belly in the ring. The described dog was given away as a pet before its arrival home as a champion.
"This is not an attack on the professional handler but on the situation that prevails where so many judges persist in putting up the handler, no matter what the quality of the competition might be. It seems I have gotten 4,900. worth of fun in being able to tell this tale whenever I feel like it, with full conviction."
Obviously, the handler above could also be an "important" breeder, or a "powerful" kennel owner.
The Whippet Club of New South Wales
Max Krumbeck, Hon. Secretary
RACING THE SHOW WHIPPET
Mrs. Catherine Hodgson, Secretary of the Northern Counties Whippet Club, answers a topical question on racing the show dog. Mrs. Hodgson and her husband Rex, if we may quote from the Northern Counties Year Book are the "guiding lights ...who have nursed the club through its infancy right up to the present pinnacle which it enjoys".
The member asked for some expert views on the advantages or otherwise of coursing/ galloping excercise for show dogs, as she frequently is being told that such energetic activity as coursing will certainly be the ruination of a show Whippet, vague mention being made of loaded shoulders, out at elbows, and stilted action. She is finding this advice hard to swallow and says they have never had a dog with good conformation go wrong an any way through galloping.
In her reply, Mrs. Hodgson says:" I personally go along with this on the understanding that if a Whippet is made right and has the correct shoulder placement, feet and pasterns, it is most unlikely that coursing will have a detrimental effect, but I do strongly recommend caution in allowing a youngster unlimited galloping. One intended for show will benefit most by being given road work on a lead with an occasional gallop in a confined space until it reaches the age of 12 months. After that, barring accidents and within reason, coursing excercise is beneficial in the muscle department, especially the rear end. After all, a running dog should be built for this kind of exercise and not be ruined for show by doing it."
EASTERN WHIPPET SPECIALTY
TO DRAW TOP RACE STARS ON SEPTEMBER 26, 1963
Donald Hostetter, President of the American Whippet Club, announced that Whippet racing will be held at his track, Pagebrook Downs, Cobham, Virginia, on Thursday afternoon, September 26th. Post time has been set for 2:00 P.M. and there will be two complete race programs during the afternoon -- thus each eligible racer will run twice, plus any run-off tie scores where trophies are offered.
This year Whippets will be graded in three classes.
Winners of puppy races, now over 12 months of age, are eligible for Allowance Division, if they have not won an adult race. (The Racing Secretary reserves the right to move any Allowance Division winner, who might outclass his field in time equal to the average time of the Handicap Division, into the high point Handicap Division race. Second dog in said Allowance Race would then move into high point Allowance Race with five points.)
CH. EYELAND CINNAMON ROLL was the high point race star for the spring and summer season, but there are many fine handicap Whippets who will be on hand to prove their superiority over "The Roll." Based on past performance, those that seem to have an outstanding, chance for top honors of the year are: EYELAND HANNAH, EYELAND HOMER, ROUGET O'LAZELAND, PEPPERMINT BOY, CH. WANDERLUST O’LAZELAND, SOMETHING ELSE, CH. B. BLUE STONE, TRAYMATT FLOORBOARDS, TRAYMATT ROOST R BOY, VARA RASMUS OF KASHAN, CH. S.M. FERRY FOX, SEGE TIGER, LUTETIA O'LAZELAND, MEANDER TEN FOUR, TONIO, CH. BEACHFIRE, O’LAZELAND, SOLAR SYSTEM, CH. FLIP THE DIP, and many other young dogs who have shown great improvement during the summer months.
The Puppy Division should set an all-time high for juvenile stars in America. The Puppy Futurity show which will be held the following day, should draw many young racers from the show ranks. STONEY MEADOWS NORA and the RED VARMINT who were the leaders during the summer and spring racing season are now adults -- so the field is wide open for promising young prospects.
For the first time there will be a special engraved trophy for the winner of the Handicap Division which becomes the permanent property of the owner of the winning Whippet. There will also be trophies for other division winners, but we badly need donations as well as trophies for racing. Please advise Donald Hostetter and we will certainly give credit when results are reported in THE WHIPPET NEWS.
There will be some slight variation for winners of trophies other than the actual winner of each classification. The Racing Secretary will select up to 6 of the high score race Whippets in each division for a run-off for second and third, etc. where trophies are offered. This run-off race does not change the grading score based on the two races, but it will be used for the awarding of trophies. This being only a two race program, it gives the better Whippets a chance to receive their just trophy award.
Many owners from all sections of the country have expressed their desire to race at
Pagebrook Downs. This is a full 200 yard course with excellent turf footing and it should be considered in every respect a classic type of race course. It takes a Whippet with lots of strength and bottom to win such races and certainly any dog winning top honors at "Pagebrook" should be given serious consideration as one of our leading Whippets of the year. This particular track also offers car service to the owners who are driven from the starting boxes back to the finish line, rather than having to run down the track as is the case at most tracks. Owners are not allowed on the track during the running of the race until the lure has actually been stopped. This keeps owners from unconsciously moving toward the finish line in an effort to make their dogs run faster. In most cases this actually is unfair to the other dogs and often causes the lead Whippet to check when seeing an owner moving up toward the finish line.
It is most important to get your race entries in as early as possible. Please fill out class 1, 2 or 3 on the entry blank as we will draw for entries on the morning of September 26. Late starters and changes will be made before post time, but we hope to have most entries posted on the identification board in the paddock by 1:00 P.M. on Thursday. Again, please get your entries in early and please see that they are filled out in their entirety.
This will be a very full four days with racing on September 26; the American Whippet Club Specialty on September 27; the Virginia Kennel Club Show, Richmond, Virginia, on the 28th; and the Old Dominion Kennel Club Show, Alexandria, Virginia, on the 29th. We will have schooling races on the morning of the 28th between 9:30 A.M. and noon for those Whippet owners who are not going to the Richmond, Virginia Show, but would like to again race or school their Whippets.
These are four, full days of Whippet activities - so y'all come:
Material for the Whippet News is always welcome from all readers and all the news that is received is presented with a minimum of editing, so as to retain the individual style of the writer. Each issue of the Whippet Yews is the result of the materiel sent in by the readers and reflects the interest of the readers. It is not the policy of the editor to assign, reserve or give space in the Whippet News for any article, subject or topic.
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WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
"Pagebrook Downs," Cobham, Virginia Thursday, September 26, 1963 Post time 1:30 P.M.
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING. ALL WHIPPETS MUST BE REGISTERED OR ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE A.K.C.
-- Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INFORMATION ON ENTERING YOUR WHIPPET FOR RACING:
1: Give full information when filling out entry blank.
2. Send with entry blank $1.00 for each racing Whippet not entered in A.W.C. Specialty on September 27, 1963.
3. Race entries close Monday, September 16. (Post entries and changes can be made between 10 A.M. and noon at track on September 26.)
1. Puppy Division - Whippet puppies not over 12 months of age as of September 26, 1963
2. Handicap Division - Any adult experienced race Whippet in good standing.
3. Allowance Division - Any adult experienced Whippet in good standing who has not won more than one adult regular or fun race where twelve or more adult Whippets competed under a grading or handicap system. (See full details in current issue of THE WHIPPET NEWS.)
Mail entries to:
RALSTON PURINA COMPANY Checkerboard Square St. Louis 2, Missouri
EYELAND PARK WHIPPET TRACK
INAUGURAL RACE PROGRAM
SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1963
Ralph and Barbara Eyles announce that their new 200 yard straightaway Whippet track will have its formal opening starting Sunday afternoon promptly at 1:00 P.M. Mr. and Mrs. Eyles have put in many hours of hard work bringing the racing strip into top condition, and as Eyeland Park is located in beautiful rolling hills surrounded by massive shade trees, it offers an ideal spot both for racing Whippets and their owners. The track is also ideally located from the standpoint of those people driving longer distances to race their Whippets. Eyeland Park is less than two miles from the four-lane super highway that connects Chicago and Milwaukee, thus making driving conditions excellent from most locations in the East and Midwest.
The Eyeland Park inaugural race program on October 13 will be another planned ram where all Whippet owners are invited and encouraged to take part in line with our expansion program in Whippet activities. This date is ideal as it follows the Eastern Specialty and many of our outstanding race Whippets should take part to more firmly establish their rating for "National Racing Honors of Merit for 1963." It is highly possible several Whippets will be tied for top honors of the year and a victory at Eyeland Park will do much to establish definite superiority. National point ratings will be the same at Eyeland Park on October 13 as will be the case at Pagebrook Downs on September 26. Final high point winners receive first-800 points, second-500 points, third-200 points, fourth-100 points, fifth-50 points and sixth-25 points.
We especially hope for a large race entry to welcome Eyeland Park to the ranks of permanent Whippet tracks. We also urge those people who have a Whippet, either puppy or adult, who is a constant fighter not to enter in this particular event. This does not refer to any Whippet who might have on an occasion bumped other dogs or turned his head. The important thing here is not to enter a Whippet which constantly prefers to bump, push or fight rather than actually chase the lure.
Eyeland Park will operate two complete racing programs with racing starting promptly at 1:00 P.M. with the grading system being used. The divisions will be: Puppy Division, Allowance Adult Division, and Handicap Division, with conditions governing these races listed below:
1. Puppy Division - For young race Whippets over eight months and under sixteen months of age as of October 13, 1963. (Entry fee $1.00.)
2. Adult Allowance Race Division - For Whippets who have not won more than one adult race during 1963 at any one race meeting or accumulated over 7 points where two race heats were held on one given day under the grading system. Example: Whippets can have won more than one race at different race meetings during 1963, but must not have accumulated more than 7 points based on the grading system where two heats were held on any one day. (Entrance fee $1.00.)
3. Adult Handicap Division - For any eligible race Whippet. (Entry fee $1.00.)
There will be an entrance fee of $1.00 per dog and all entry fees will be returned in the form of purse money. Purses will be determined based on number of entries received. Mr. and Mrs. Eyles will donate six Whippet leash and collar combination.
WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
(RAIN OR SHINE)
Eyeland Park, Antioch, Illinois Sunday, October 13, 1963 Post time 1:00 P.M.
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RUMS AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING. ALL WHIPPETS MUST BE REGISTERED OR ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE A.K.C.
Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INFORMATION ON ENTERING YOUR WHIPPET FOR RACING:
1. Give full information when filling out entry blank.
2. Send with entry blank $1.00 for each racing Whippet. All entry money to be giver as purse money.
3. Race entries close Monday, October 7. (Post entries and changes can be made between 10 A.M. and noon at track on October 13.)
4. Special trophies for all final heat winners.
1. Puppy Division - Whippet puppies under _16 months of age as of October 13, 1963,
2. Handicap Division - Any adult experienced race Whippet in good standing.
3. Allowance Division - For Whippets over 16 months who have not won more than one adult race during 1963 at any one race meeting, or accumulated over 7 points where two race programs were held on one afternoon or evening under the grading system. (Example - A Whippet can have won more than one race at different race meetings during 1963, but must not have won more than one race at any one meeting or accumulated more than 7 points at any one meeting.)
Mail entries at once to: Louis Pegram, RALSTON PURINA COMPANY,
Checkerboard Square, St. Louis 2, Missouri
THE MAIL BAG
Pamela Arthur, Canada, writes: Thank you, to all the Whippet people we met at the Western Specialty, Santa Barbara, We had a really marvellous time and did enjoy meeting all the "names" and "dogs" that we have read about for so long. The racing at the Polo Grounds was very exciting, I don't think I've ever seen so many hounds at one meet. The conditions were perfect for racing and I think our dogs were really delighted to run on turf instead of stoney hard-baked mud. A special thanks to Paul Sykes who looked after us all so well, and took us on the most tremendous "hunt" after the shows. This took place at Coronado and I think there were over 20 Whippets out. We don't have any coursing in B.C. and I think our dogs were very surprised to see their first Jackrabbit. A total of 11 Jacks were killed in one morning and then we had a very successful cook-out on the beach (weiners not rabbits!). After this the energetic ones went water skiing.
The entry of Whippets at the Specialty was a wonderful sight to see. The classes were so well filled and I saw many dogs that I would like to own. Thank you again to the Whippeteers of California.
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, England, writes: Aug. 13, 1963, This Sat. Aug. 17th is Southend Open Show, my husband is judging Whippets and has an entry of 32 dogs and bitches in six classes. We have no idea yet who has entered but are very flattered to receive such a good number. This show is the only one to put on. racing as well, and as the organizer defaulted we have been asked to do this also, so far we have about 30 entries. Will write later telling you the results of both activities. Good luck to all Whippeteers.
Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, Stockton, California, writes; June 27, 1963, Our son Harvey Wheeler has a new Whippet female fawn puppy from the Tubara Kennels. She is Tubara's Peggy-0. We have the Borzoi and course them in the fields, but so far Peggy-0 has stayed home. In the fall she will be old enough to travel with the larger dogs.