Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
Surely all Whippet breeders and enthusiasts, all over the world, join me in heartiest congratulations to Peggy Newcombe on her wonderful win with English and American Champion Courtney Fleetfoot of Pennyworth at the Garden "Ricky" showed for all he was worth right through the breed, the Group, Best in Show and for several hours thereafter. This grand win, together with the eye catching picture in LIFE magazine just prior to Westminster, places our breed clearly and attractively in the public's eye as the wonderfully pleasant little fellows we so admire.
The 1964 Westminster Dog Show is one we shall always remember, but not nearly so clearly as will Brad and Peggy Newcombe, let alone Bob Forsythe, who has had so very much to do with "Ricky's" great success in this country. Congratulations all!!
Donald P. Hostetter, President American Whippet Club
AMERICAN -WHIPPET CLUB MIDWEST SPECIALTY SHOT
The show committee of the Midwest Specialty Show eagerly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on April 3 at the Stock Yard Inn. We are arranging to have a dinner at the Red Star Inn, one of Chicago's finest restaurants, after the cocktail party following the judging. Ralph Eyles and Bill Fields will take the names of those able to attend the dinner while the judging is in progress.
That way reservations and transportation will be easily managed. Please see that one of them gets your name at that time.
Dr. Samuel Scott
* Note: In cases where these figures disagree with the number of All Breed Shows as shown in the Gazette or other publications, it must be remembered that in some cases, so called All Breed Shows are limited as to Group (only Toys, only Terriers, etc.), or do not give Group or Best in Show awards.
Once again I offer my apologies for any dog, title or win which I may have omitted or reported incorrectly. I assure all concerned that it was not intentional. It will be noted that no attempt has been made to evaluate these statistics or the dogs concerned. This because I believe strongly that a purely statistical evaluation of a dog on the basis of its show record is very likely to be fallacious and is certainly based on poor statistical procedures. This does not mean that I doubt the quality of those dogs which compile a fine show record, but simply that in order to compare two dogs the dogs must compete with one another rather than having their statistics compete with one another.
Wisconsin Kennel Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
January 26, 1964, Judge: Mr. Charles F. Kellogg
Open Dogs, six shown. First, John Sheehan's Forest Slim Jim (by Ch. Red Letter O' Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Macarthur (by Traymatt Floor Boards ex Traymatt Eyleland Easter Egg) Third, Ronald Klemmedson's Briarwyn's Black Eye (by Ch. Briarwyn's Benjamin ex Briarwyn's Bunting) Fourth, Humble Acre Kennel's Humble Acre Side Bet (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Whipoo's Tar Heel)
Winners Dog to Forest Slim Jim. Reserve to Traymatt Macarthur.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Imprudence (by Meander Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune Whip)
Novice Bitches, one shown, Patricia R. Coyne's Sege Ken's Cleo (by Vara Rasmus of Kashan ex For Little Angel)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Sege Little Silver (by Cri-Corker ex Pennyworth Tar Queen)
Open Bitches, five shown. First, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Julia (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Ch. Eyleland Winter Wind) Second, Anamary Compere's Oldemill Classic (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland) Third, Chris Mack's Traymatt Nancy (by Ch. Traymatt Eyleland Herkimer ex Traymatt Necessary Nell) Fourth, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney Meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons)
Winners Bitch to Eyleland Julia. Reserve to Oldemill Classic.
Best of Winners to Eyleland Julia.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Traymatt Iron Fly, Ch. Roanbar Son of Cachalong.
Best of Breed to John R. Hutchins, Jr.'s Ch. Roanbar Son of Cachalong (by Roanbar of Cachalong ex White Fire Princess) Best Opposite Sex to Eyleland Julia.
Orange Empire Dog Club, San Bernardino, Calif.
Jan. 26, 1964, Judge: Mr. Harold Schlintz
Winners Dog Paul Sykes' Traymatt Nolasco. Reserve Jack Towne's Eyleland Double or Nothing.
Winners Bitch Dorthea Frames' Whirling Downs Whistle Bait. Reserve Paul Sykes' Eyleland Pianissimo.
Best of Breed to Traymatt Nolasco. Best Opposite Sex to Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work.
Westminster Kennel Club, New York
Feb. 10 & 11, 1964, Judge: Mr. Chris Shuttleworth
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs, one shown, Lazeland Kennels' Whipoo's. Paint Your Wagon( Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Ch. Whipoo's Wish Me Well)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Bold Venture (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Ch, Stoney Meadows Golden Apple) Second, Mrs. Clare Hodge's Greenbrae Barn Dance (by Laguna Ligonier ex Greenbrae Laguna Lucia) Third, Mardormere Kennels' Cherokee of Mardormere (by Ch. Lucky Number of Mardormere. ex Ch. Camille of Mardormere) Fourth, Louise Evans' Seven. League Sunday Punch (by
Ch. Meander Good As New ex Ch. Seven Leagues Songbird)
Winners Dog. to Whipoo's Paint Your Wagon. Reserve to Stoney Meadows Bold Venture.
American Bred Bitches, two shown. First, Mardormere Kennels' Lilah of Mardormere (by Ch. Citation of Mardormere ex Lucky Linda of Mardormere) Second, May Steiners’ Turner's Hill's Little Audrey (by Hill's Blue Boots ex Ch. Poppypinkpetal)
Open Bitches, six shown. First, Frank Hill's Seven League Snowscape (by Solar System O'Lazeland ex Ch. Seven League Songbird) Second, Mr. & Mrs. Willard Denton's Selbrook Fairylight. of Sunstorm (by Twinrivers Seas Holly ex Porthurst Creme de Menthe) Third, Irene K. Harris' Renpark's Tigress (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Renpark's Terry Merry) Fourth, Blair C. Guyer's Seven League SnowWhite (by Oh. Bull. O'The Woods: of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Meander Mockingbird)
Winners Bitch to Lilah of Mardormere. Reserve to Seven League Snowscape.
Specials, six shown, Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, Ch. Stoney Meadows Beauty Queen, Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland, Ch. Classic Beauty of Mardormere, Ch. Lucky Penny of Mardormere, Ch. Selbrook Highlight.
Best of Breed to Pennyworth Kennels' Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth (by Bellavista Barry ex Myhorlyns Anita) Best Opposite Sex to Mardormere Kennels' Ch. Classic Beauty of Mardormere (by Ch. Laguna Lucky Lad ex Ch. Honey of Mardormere
Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth went on to First in the Group and BEST IN SHOW.
Tucson Kennel Club, Tucson, Arizona
Feb. 28, 1964 Judge: Dr. A. A. Mitten
Open Dogs, two shown. First, Dorothea Frames' Singn' Little Buffalo Boy (by Ch. Eyleland Henry ex Eyleland Pianissimo) Second, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Red Fox (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise)
Winners Dog to Singn' Little Buffalo Boy. Reserve to Canyon Crest's Red Fox.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Robert Kelton's Hollypark Summertime Gal (by Ch, Meander Finale ex Hollypark Humoresque)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Snow Boots (by Ch. Bull O'The Woods of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Second, Liz Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom)
Winners Bitch to Hollypark Summertime. Reserve to Canyon Crest's Snow Boots.
Best of Winners to Singn' Little Buffalo Boy.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Briarwyns Bright Star, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre, Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work
Best of Breed to Marion T. Darling's Ch. Ringmore Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldown Mimosa) Best Opposite Sex to Bob Davis & Frank Kubisch' Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work (by Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet)
Sahuaro Show, Phoenix Arizona
Feb. 29, 1964, Judge: Mr. Kenneth Given
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Earl Gullikson's Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Second, Dorothea Frames' Singn' Little Buffalo Boy (by Ch. Eyleland Henry ex Eyleland Pianissimo) Third, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Red Fox (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise)
Winners Dog to Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck. Reserve to Singn' Little Buffalo Boy.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Robert Kelton's Hollypark Summertime Gal (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Hollypark Humoresque)
Open Bitches, three shown. First, Liz Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Second, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Snow Boots (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Third, Duncan Scott's Heidi Von Rozell (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom)
Winners Bitch to Sand Spiral Kindall. Reserve to (not marked)
Best of Winners (not marked)
Specials, two shown, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre, Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work.
Best of Breed to Marion T. Darling's Ch. Ringmore Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldown Mimosa) Best Opposite Sex to Bob Davis & Frank Kubisch's Whirling Downs Fancy Work (by Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet)
Superstition Kennel Club
Open Dogs, three shown. First, Dorothea Frames' Singn' Little Buffalo Boy (by Ch. Eyleland Henry ex Eyleland Pianissimo) Second, Earl Gullikson's Strathoak ChuckA-Luck (by Canesco's Charioteer ex Ch. Strathoak Starsheen) Third, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Red Fox (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise)
Winners Dog to Singn' Little Buffalo Boy. Reserve to Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck.
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Robert Kelton's Hollypark Summertime Gal (by Ch. Meander Finale ex Hollypark Humoresque)
Open Bitches, four shown. First, Liz Scott's Sand Spiral Kindall (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom) Second, Flakee Kennels' Flakkee Slip Stream (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Veloce of Dapplegray) Third, Canyon Crest Kennels' canyon Crest's Snow Boots (by Ch. Bull O’The Woods Of Blue Beaver
ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Fourth, Duncan Scott's Heidi Von Rozell (by Great Circle Kerry ex Pennyworth Orange Blossom)
Winners Bitch to Sand Spiral Kindall.
Best of Winners to Sand Spiral Kindall.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Briarwyns Best Yet, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre, Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work.
Best of Breed to Marion T. Darling's Ch. Ringmore Finisterre (by Bellavista Barry ex Tweseldown Mimosa) Best Opposite Sex to Bob Davis & Frank Kubisch's Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Ch. Hollypark Hobgoblin ex Ch. Strathoak White Velvet)
Saw Mill River Kennel Club, White Plains, N. Y. March 8, 1964, Judge: Mr. Louis J. Mum.
Open Bitches, one shown, Marjoire Siebern's Pennyworth Betony (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Pennyworth Black Orchid)
Winners Bitch to Pennyworth Betony
Specials, one shown, Ch. Stoney Meadows Rob Roy, C.D.
Best of Breed to Howard R. Custer, Jr,'s Ch. Stoney Meadows Rob Roy, C.D. (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen) Best Opposite Sex to Pennyworth Betony.
1964 VIRGINIA WHIPPET RACING SEASON OPENS
Beautiful spring weather and quality racing were the highlights of the first race program of 1964 held at Donald Hostetter's "Pagebrook Downs" which is located just outside of historical Charlottesville, Virginia.
The top adult races brought together last year's high score race Whippet, CH. EYLELAND CINNAMON ROLL, and the top Virginia racer, SOMETHING ELSE (better known as CRACKER). CH. CINNAMON ROLL won his first race from CRACKER, but in the final high point race CRACKER reversed his initial loss beating CH. CINNAMON ROLL by some three lengths. CRACKER, a small Whippet weighing not more than 25 lbs. soaking wet, cut a tendon in one front foot during the winter months, and is now handicapped by having a flat foot. As the records show, he still has the ability and speed to beat the 1964 racing champion.
The Puppy Races also brought forth a small but select and well trained group of young Whippets. Winner of both her heats was EYLELAND PAISLEY who had both age and experience to her advantage. LAREDO O'LAZELAND, who finished second, seems to be the most promising young racer Donald Hostetter has shown in recent years. Mr. and Mrs. William Schmick also had an outstanding puppy in CANDY SPOTS.
Hurdle racing again proved to be a real crowd pleaser. Mrs. Shirley Hammond's TONIO easily won both of his races to be the top hurdle dog of the day. CRACKER won his first hurdle race, but finished second to TONIC in the finals.
The Virginia group deserves no end of credit for the fine condition shown by their Whippets. Most of the Virginia Whippets ran both flat and hurdle races or a total of 800 yards in a period of not over one hour. The "Pagebrook Downs" track is slightly upgrade and it takes a dog with real stamina to run this particular course. Certainly Whippets do have stamina, as was proven at this particular race meeting.
Following the races Donald Hostetter held a cocktail party and dinner for all those taking part in the races. Speaking for the group present, all of us wish to thank Donald for his fine support of amateur Whippet racing
WHIPPET RACE RESULTS
We wish to thank Hr. William Schmick for his assistance in operating the Grading System. Mr. Donald Hostetter gave trophies for First and Second in the Puppy Race -- trophies for First, Second, and Third in the Adult Races -- and a trophy for top hurdle racer.
(from English WHIPPET NETS)
I often think what a lot I owe to my Whippets for the many wonderful friends I have made and the happy times I have spent seeing kennels in England and abroad.
And Wherever you are the remark is passed at some time, "Oh, we would not be without our Whippets for the world. "They certainly have a wonderful way with them for knowing how to get the best out of their owners.
During my three month trip to America I Motored up to Boston and down to Chicago and was lucky enough to get shows in, including Madison Square Garden, the equivalent to our Cruft's.
Whippets were, I noticed, a great attraction both in and out of the ring. There, most of the exhibits were handled by "professionals" and it outraged me at the way their owners would go ask how their dog was for the big event, as if they had a runner in the Derby.
Baroness Von Wortzdorf, from Germany, came over to judge us a few years ago. She herself kept Whippets for show and racing, and has travelled all over the Continent to compete at the international shows.
During my visit to Italy, two years ago when I travelled from London to Avoua by train with a large four month old Wolfhound to stay with Signor Brizzolise, I managed to attend dog shows and had the pleasure of meeting some of the exhibitors from various countries. Travelling 1,000 miles to a show is nothing to them.
My guest, Signor Brizzolisi, has two Whippets who follow him when he goes riding on his beautiful estate in the country, and in the winter they go with him to his flat in Rome. What a dog's life.
Mrs. D. Lewis
THE WHIPPET NEWS
STATEMENT OF EDITORIAL POLICY
Established by the editor with the concurrence of the Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club.
OBJECTIVES. To unite those people interested in the breeding, showing, racing and generally improving the breed of Whippets for the purpose of exerting effectually a combined influence upon all matters affecting the breed. To promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transaction of all business connected with the breeding of Whippets.
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 News is the result of the material 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.
The articles or material submitted for publication should pertain to Whippets in general, be constructive and free from personal animosities and grievances. Further, the material and not the contributor is the basis of acceptance, and the editor will decide the suitability of the material submitted.
NOTICE. The opinions expressed in the Whippet News are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views end opinions of the editor or the American Whippet Club.
THE WHIPPET NEWS is the official publication of the American Whippet Club and is available to non—members for a donation of $3 a year. There are six issues of the News a year, February, April, June, August, October and December. A.W.C. members are featured in the Kennel Reports section and non-members in the nail Bag. Ads and photographs are presented in the order in which they are received.
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ENGLISH & AMERICAN
COURTENAY FLEETFOOT OF PENNYWORTH
BEST IN SHOW WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB & ELM CITY KENNEL CLUB 1964
WINNER OF 11 BEST IN SHOWS, 22 HOUND GROUPS, SHOWN 38 TIMES AND WON
35 BEST OF BREEDS SINCE JULY 6, 1963
TOP HOUND (PHILLIPS SYSTEM) 1963
HIS TOTAL RECORD - 11 BEST IN SHOWS, 28 HOUND GROUP FIRSTS, 10 SECONDS, 4 THIRDS, 2 FOURTHS.
SHOWN 57 TIMES, HAS 47 BEST OF BREEDS, 10 BEST OPPOSITE SEXES.
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 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
John Berger Reports
March 11, 1964 Marysville, Ohio
Enclosed is Ch. Kobold Formula 1 's pedigree. Her placements are: 1 BIS, 2 Group placements, L. majors, 3 BOW, 2 BOS, for a total of 17 points, at 20 months of age. I believe she could have done better with a handler. We have received many compliments from both judges and ring siders.
Would be interesting to know how many times Whipoo's Silken Elegance appears as darn dam or grand dam of winning show and race dogs.
Hope we can make Chicago but the weather has been against us, and don't see how we can get ready for races this year.
Madcap Kennel Reports
Spring is here, the sea is calm and in the air the rustle of the April Whippet News. Happy Day.
Our California winter was mild with sunny frost tinged days. The dogs fared well health wise, sleeping nights in the house. This was the first time for crating at night and the dogs like it, and so do I. Sound sleep comes more easily with two dogs on the bed, rather than eight.
Last summer's crop of puppies sold, leaving room for Tosca's projected litter in late May. The Bat Lady is due to whelp in early April, in whelp to Skibbereen.
Under the guidance of Sam & Carmen Scott and Monte and Patti Long, the California Whippet Fanciers Association was formed in February. The first race meet was held at the initial meeting, after election of officers and formulation of bylaws. This club is mainly for training and racing registered Whippets. The next meeting will be at Pleasanton Fair Grounds, March 15th.
Spent a lovely afternoon at Marion Woodcock's Rancho Suntan a few Sundays back. Rich and Liz Scott, the Cruzons and some charming people from Lancaster brought Whippets for informal racing. Marion served a delightful lunch and we spent the remainder of the day examining her very handsome group of pups.
The subject of height in our breed seems to warrant some serious thought. A well known Greyhound breeder of some forty years or more, Mr. Robert Wing, remarked at a coursing meet a fortnight ago, that the Greyhound people would soon be down on the whippet people because the Whippets are beginning to approximate the Greyhound in sizes In the Madcap microscopic "kennel" are bitches from 18 to 20 inches, and dogs from 19 to almost 22 inches. When an 18 inch bitch stands beside a 22 inch dog the variance is more than striking.
One of the impressions gained by Californians visiting the Chicago Specialty last year was the large size of the Whippets there. I am of the opinion that the "Approximate" in the bred standard should be dropped and definite height limits imposed. If not, the Whippet is in danger of losing one of its most desirable characteristics: its attractive medium size. For those who want large race dogs let them get Greyhounds. It is nice to hold the Whippet under one arm, without straining back muscles. If you follow the old proverb about lifting a calf every day, etc., you may find it easy to tuck a 23 inch high, forty pound Whippet comfortably under your arm.
How perfectly wonderful, Mrs. Newcombe's Garden win with Courtenay Fleetfoot!
Bill Fields Reports
I cannot tell you how pleased I am that the Whippet News will resume publication under current management.
I was in complete agreement with the editor's policy. I believe she showed great dignity and courage in maintaining a "free forum" position and I am certain that only good will issue from this decision.
May I also express my admiration for the officers and Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club, who, on sensing they had made a hasty and patently dangerous decision, reversed themselves with a public apology. This, too, takes courage of an unusual order - it takes much more to admit your wrongs than to stand up for your rights.
Now that passions have abated, animosities healed and good will once again restored, may we return to breeding better Whippets?
I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it at the 'Midwest Specialty. Ralph Eyles and I will arrange a dinner at the Red Star Inn following the judging and a cocktail party on Friday, April 3. We will try to contact each exhibitor at that time and will arrange transportation to the Inn and back.
Dorothea Frames Reports
The opening of our practice track took place last month at Marion Woodcock's Rancho Suntan in Pearblossom. The weather was warm and the afternoon delightful. With the Pearblossom track and the North Hollywood meets the dogs are all showing considerable improvement and though we still aren't challenging anyone, we are certainly inviting them to join us at the Santa Barbara Races in July. Doris Wear is judging the Western Specialty for us and Kay Finch is scheduled for the Ventura show the day before. Kay did an excellent job on our Whippet Fun Match last year and will have her first assignment locally at Ventura.
Norman Ellis is working on plans for an after-the-races buffet for everyone at the El Sereno Motel. The plans were lovely - cocktails and supper on the spacious lawns of the motel just around the corner from the Polo Field. Then we discovered that the highway department may take part of the property for the freeway before the Specialty. Somehow or other we shall still get together but details will necessarily be postponed.
Jack Towne is chairman again for our second annual Fun Match to be held Easter Sunday, March 29th. Thelma Brown of San Diego will judge the Greyhound and Whippet entries. It will be held at Brookside Park, south of the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena.
Welcome to the new whippet Club members. Our new California members include Mr. & Mrs. James Case, Mr. & Mrs. Porter Washington, Mrs. Patricia Ide and Mr. Bob Hastings. All started out with one Whippet some time ago and now are rapidly increasing their households.
Orange Empire Dog Club Jan. 26, 1964, San Bernardino, Calif. hr. Harold Schlintz of Fresno judged and had an excellent entry of 26. Winners Dog was Traymatt Nolasco owned by Paul Sykes. Reserve was Eyleland Double it Nothing owned by Jack Towne. Winners Bitch was Whirling Downs Whistle Bait owned by Dorothea Frames and Reserve was Paul Sykes' Eyleland Pianissimo. Nolasco went on to take Best of Breed over four Specials and Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy Work was Best Op.
At the Tucson Show Feb. 28th, Dr. A. A. Mitten judging: Winners Dog was Singn' Little Buffalo Boy (Dot Frames) Winners Bitch was Hollypark Summertime Gal. Best of Breed to Ch. Ringmore Finisterre and Best Opposite was Ch. Whirling Downs Fancy work.
At the Sahuaro show in Phoenix, Arizona Feb. 29, hr. Kenneth Given gave Winners Dog to Strathoak Chuck-A-Luck and Winners Bitch to Sand Spiral Kindall. Hest of Breed was Finisterre again with Fancy Work Best Opposite.
The third show on the sunshine circuit, where it snowed, hailed, rained and gailed with winds leveling the show grounds at a 60 m.p.h. rate, was the Superstition Kennel Club show. Winners Dog was Singn' Little Buffalo Boy and Winners Bitch was Send Spiral Kindal. Best of Breed to Finisterre and Best Opposite to Fancy work.
Donald Hostetter will be judging Whippets at our huge Harbor City Show in Sure. After the 26 dog entry for Orange Empire and 12 at each of the Arizona shows, the local shows in April should all be majors. Then of course we may suffer when the May point schedule comes out.
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Pennyworth Kennel Reports Margaret P. Newcombe February 25, 1964
Newington, N. H.
This is not a kennel report exactly, it is an open letter to all of the many people all over this wonderful country, who have taken the time to write and congratulate me on "Ricky's" winning the Westminster Kennel Club show. Needless to say I am so proud of him I could pop, but more than that I am proud to own a breed that has so many wonderful people interested in it. My thanks to each and every one of you for being so marvelous and if you are patient you will receive a thank you note, in the very near future. Ricky has been and I guess will continue to be, very busy, but am sure that he would want me to thank you all for him as well.
Storm Warning Kennel Reports
March 9, 1964
ST. Louis, Missouri
It is certainly good to learn that everyone is happy again, (more or less). At any rate, our excellent WHIPPET NEWS will be continued. Just who would put the sweat and effort into it that the Jacobs have always so unselfishly done?
There is a new book, just published, HOW TO RAISE AND TRAIN A WHIPPET by Christine Cormany. As it only costs a dollar, I am stocking them to give to each purchaser of a puppy. A surprisingly large number of puppy buyers could really use the information and raising hints in this well - done, illustrated book.
The cover features a color photo of a Whippet puppy "Storm Warning Sorceress". (From my Storm Warning Dart of Meander --Chess' Domino litter) She is also used for illustrating purposes on pages within the book, plus Strathoak, Whipoo and other Whippets. The book is at most pet shops and department stores or can be purchased directly from the publisher: TFH Books, P. O. Box 33, Jersey City 2, N. J. Cost one dollar plus twenty-five cents postage.
I expect a litter of Whippet puppies here at "Storm Warning" about the fourth of April. There hasn't been a litter here since 1961, d o it is rather exciting. There should be some black and whites!
Deadline for the next issue of the whippet News is April 26 (by postmark). By the June issue we should be able to work on our old schedule of deadline the 15th of each publication month.
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The Whippet Club of New South Wales
Max Krumbeck, Hon. Secretary
NOTES ON CONFORMATION
( Article written by Mr. W. Lewis Renwick in 1950 for the Jubilee Show catalogue of the Whippet Club of England).
"The aim we breed for is based entirely on producing an animal who should have the necessary conformation to gallop at great speed over a short distance, and it is for that purpose that the standard was drawn up. Another important thing is what the breed is bred for. Firstly, he is not a lady's pet despite the fact that no more affectionate breed exists and no dog happier than when living in the comfort of his master's home. He is first and last a sporting dog, his conformation being for great speed over short distances, showing great intelligence at the same time. Anybody who has an eye for beauty of form and muscular development must admit there are few dogs so artistic to look upon.
"It is for these reasons that the standard of points for the breed was drawn up; the head having enough width for brain development, the eyes bright and keen with exceptional sight. The jaws and mouth should be strong and even, so that he can grip his quarry firmly when he catches it; neck should be strong, muscular and slightly arched to enable the dog to stretch and grab the rabbit, which jinks from side to side in flight. Shoulders should slope and be muscular, the back strong, long with strength in loin, to act as coupling between fore-end and hindquarters, which to function correctly must have a slight arch over the loin, front legs placed well back with elbows close to brisket, which should be deep and capacious to enable the lungs and heart to work well under pressure. Feet should be attached to pasterns which should have a spring and not be rigid and upright as in Terriers, thus enabling the Whippet to gallop over any country without jarring his shins, the feet having thick pads to act as cushions, with toes well arched and split up to enable the dog to grip the ground when turning.
"Hindquarters, from where the Whippet gets his galloping power, are very important and they must have broad and muscular thighs; the second thighs too, must have strength and be well bent to enable the hocks to function. When moving, a Whippet should do so without any sort of exaggeration, the front legs swinging straight forward, the hind doing the same, but in galloping coming outside and well forward of the front legs like a racehorse in action. A Whippet galloping is a free mover, head and neck having freedom to turn, the back able to arch itself as the hindquarters come to and pass the front ones, the tail appearing to act as a rudder."
NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
Louis Pegram, Racing Secretary
We will again operate National Whippet Racing in 1964, with the International Kennel Club, Chicago, Illinois, holding the first official races of the year. Other clubs will request special race meetings from time to time during 1964, and we will publish information on these races well in advance in the WHIPPET NEWS in order that race Whippets from all sections of the United States might have the opportunity to participate.
Any section of the country is eligible to participate -- provided they run under the standard rules of national Whippet races, report results to the National Racing Secretary in order that all adult race Whippets can be graded "A" through "D", and this grade can be used in grouping Whippets for their first race heats. From this point on, the standard grading system should be used.
It is our hope we can have some six to ten race meetings during 1964, held under rules drawn up for National Whippet Racing. Racing Secretaries can naturally operate local race meetings under any system they wish which best suits the Whippet population in their area -- not favoring one group over another from a personality standpoint. As a matter of fact, it is "hoped" that such local race meetings will be held often weather permitting. These added activities help increase interest in racing and it is this type of meeting that will stimulate interest in the breed as well as Whippet racing.
It is going to take time, dedication, money, and hard work to keep Whippet racing on the same high plane it has operated during 1963. Unfortunately there are many Whippet owners who do not like Whippet racing. Those people, dedicated to Whippet racing as a major factor in improving the breed, should not be fooled by those owners who constantly work toward the downfall of racing.
Naturally it is my hope that we will continue on with organized National Whippet Racing. The future of this sport, however, depends on the ability of those Whippet owners who wish Whippet racing to grow and prosper. It will be your decision and responsibility in 1964, to see whether we will have quality racing or let the Whippet decline to the point of other hound and sporting breeds -- who are today used only for pet or show purposes, having lost their ability to perform the task for which their breed was originated.
You will find, as a part of this article, a grading system of Whippets "A" through "D" representing the performance of all Whippets who raced in 1963 (except a few in California and puppies who do not take part in the adult grading system). All non-winners or puppies -- regardless of racing record as puppies -- who are now old enough to race as adults will automatically go in Grade "D".
Where Whippet race meetings are run under rules and regulations for National Whippet Racing during 1964, we will score on the following basis:
1. All Puppy or Juvenile Races will be scored 5 points - 1st; 3 points - 2nd; and 2 points - 3rd.
2. All Adult Races will be scored 8 points - 1st; 5 points - 2nd; and 3 points - 3rd in the Grade "A" or high points races. All other adult races will be scored 5 points - 1st; 3 points - 2nd; and 2 points - 3rd.
(Following are the Whippet Race Ratings for 1963)
Column 1 ----- National total racing points scored during 1963. (See back issues
of 1963 WHIPPET NEWS for scoring at each race meet where points were offered based on racing ability.
Column 2 ---- Number of race meetings a Whippet raced .. to score national racing
points or national grade of racing quality.
Column 3 --- Grade of racing ability, based on performance of Whippet at racing
meetings where national racing points were offered.
Grade A -- Excellent Grade B -- Above Average Grade C -- Average
Grade D Below Average
Total Whippets Graded --- 107
* Certain Whippets might have finished their Championships since these figures were tabulated, and certain entry blanks may not have shown Whippets as being A.K.C. or C.K.C. Champions on the bench.
Racing Awards of Merit for 1963
1. Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll raced at five of the six national meets where national race points were scored. Ch. Cinnamon Roll showed clearly best at four of these meetings, leaving no doubt that he is the outstanding race Whippet in America for 1963. Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll can run any distance on any type of track, and is outstanding over the 200 yard distance.
2. Eyleland Homer raced at three national meetings showing great class at all times. Homer showed ever increasing ability in his last two meetings, and must be placed over Eyleland Hannah as the Number Two race Whippet in America.
3. Eyleland Hannah. A gem of consistency since the very start, Hannah ran and beat the best, but did not show improvement in fall as did her litter brother Eyleland Homer. This is probably the greatest race bitch ever to run on American tracks. Hannah took on all contenders at five national scored race meetings.
4. Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland, a race Whippet of great speed and ability, showed well in three of our national scored race meetings. He has the speed and endurance but requires certain race conditions to give his best effort.
5. C. Ch. Sonna Rockabye Baby raced only in one of the scored meetings, and showed great ability by easily winning over all competition on the Pacific Coast. Lack of campaigning may not give true picture of this female's racing ability.
6. Eyleland Peppermint Boy, the great, lovable and undefeated race star of 1961 and 1962, does not have quite his usual speed -- but still is a great race dog regardless of competition
7. Traymatt Floorboards is a solid, honest Grade A track Whippet who gave his very best in three of our national scored events.
8. Ch. Briarwyn Bluestone was shipped in for two of our big race meetings. This Grade A racer is very strong and fasts and is especially strong once he assumes the lead. Distance is no obstacle.
9. Seven League Something Else. This little racer, known as Cracker, can run with the best up to 175 yards. His great early foot and courage keeps him in America's First 10.
10. C. Ch. Gypsy's Kelly C.D. showed superior to other Pacific Coast racers in his Santa Barbara races.
Ch. Whipoo's Whimsy C.D., our first great undefeated race star of modern Whippet racing, ran an exhibition race at seven years of age this summer, and was still able to show to a fine advantage against some of our top race Whippets.
It was possible for me to attend all race meetings where Whippets were scored on a national basis -- thus I assume full responsibility for all comments, gradings, errors, etc.
Louis Pegram Racing Secretary
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
as Approved by Racing Rules Committee of the American Whippet Club
INTRODUCTION: Any group of Whippet owners wishing to hold a major Whippet racing Program under the Official Rules and Regulations for National Whippet Racing should write to the President of the American Whippet Club, asking permission
to hold a racing program based on the Rules and Regulations set up by the National Racing Rules Committee of the American Whippet Club.
The President, after receiving requests, will contact at least two members of the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee and the National Racing Secretary to clear all details before full approval is granted. The requests should be placed well in advance of planned meetings in order to fully advertise the special races in THE WHIPPET NETS.
Racing groups should follow as closely as possible the following racing rules at all of their sectional racing meetings to standardize racing policy throughout the United States. These racing groups "Must", however, follow directly the rules listed below if they are to qualify for scoring Whippets on a national basis at one, or not more than two major race meetings in a given season.
TYPE OF TRACK AND EQUIPMENT
TRACK: When possible the track should be 200 yards in length for adult Whippets and not more than 175 yards in length for young Whippets. The track should be carefully measured as to length and exact distance established by at least two members of the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee. Width should be from 18 to 30 feet with satisfactory footing, and rails or fences should be on either
side of the track to keep all spectators off the track, as well as give the racing Whippets the feeling of racing security.
RACING BLANKETS: All racing blankets should be of exactly the same color as those
used at Greyhound tracks.
1. Red blanket - white number
2. Blue blanket - white number
3. White blanket - black number
4. Green blanket - white number
5. Black blanket - white number
6. Yellow blanket - black number
All racing Whippets "Must" carry these colors and numbers according to rules.
RACING MUZZLES: All racing Whippets must wear racing muzzles during regular races or schooling races. A standard racing muzzle giving racers full freedom is the only type to consider.
LURE: The lure should be of the type that can be kept at all times well ahead of the racing Whippets, but it must not be too far away or too close to the racers, in order that whippet racing can be formful. The lure should be of fur, and preferably two or three large fluffy fox tails that resemble a moving rabbit or squirrel. A second lure should always be available in case of breakdown.
The lure should always be brought to a full halt some 20 yards past the finish line, so as to draw the Whippets to the lure at the end of the race. This is most important in order to let the Whippet feel he has caught his prey and to make it easier for the owner to catch his racer at the end of the race. No disappearing lure is satisfactory unless a dummy lure is present to attract the racers at the end of a race.
STARTING BOX: The starting box should contain four or six units whose doors all open at the same time. All parts of the Whippet should be entirely housed within each starting box, with windows in the front of the doors which give the Whippet the opportunity to view the lure when it starts in motion. Whippets should be placed in the starting boxes from the rear where there is a sliding door. The box used for Whippet racing should be exactly the type as used by all Greyhound tracks, which are controlled by State Racing Commission.
1. THE RACING SECRETARY OR DIRECTOR OF RACING: To classify Whippets in line with the grading system used under the Rules for National Whippet Racing. The Racing Secretary or a party selected by the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee is to have final official ruling on disqualification of Whippets who interfere during the running of a race, failure to finish a race, or any other complaint that might infringe on formful racing.
2. PLACING JUDGES: These should number three (3) and should be thoroughly qualified to honestly place the first three dogs to finish 1, 2 or 3 at the finish of each race. Each judge should write his placement by number on a piece of paper immediately after each race, giving it to the head judge. Judges should quickly come to a decision on placements in order not to confuse the public and the decision of any two judges over the third judge will make the decision official. (Judges should place four dogs in case a dog or dogs are disqualified for interfering). Judges should report any fighting during a race, giving blanket number of the dog or dogs who interfered, but they do not have the authority to disqualify unless so approved by the Racing Secretary, Director of racing, or qualified person selected by the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee to judge the disqualifications based on fouls during the actual running of the race.
The decision of the three placing judges is final as to placement and is not to be questioned by those racing Whippets at any recognized race meeting.
Whippet owners may act as judges if thoroughly qualified, but should ask for a replacement in any race where one of their dogs is actually in competition.
3. PADDOCK JUDGE: This individual should be thoroughly qualified to see that racing Whippets are in the paddock area on time, properly blanketed and with racing muzzles on and properly adjusted. He should work closely with the Racing Secretary to see that races go postward on schedule.
4. LURE OPERATOR: He should be trained to properly pace the lure in front of the Whippets to give the best possible racing.
5. STARTER: This person should check all Whippets and racing equipment as they are placed in the starting box, tease the Whippets with the lure just before the box box is opened, report immediately to the placing judges any Whippets fighting, leaving the starting box or any other unusual things which might tend to make racing un formful.
6. TIMER: It is not necessary to have a timer, and it is most important, if one is available to have a thoroughly qualified individual with a stop watch. Or still better, an electric timer. Time is dangerous unless distance is exact, track conditions are thoroughly understood and proper vision of the race is available for the trained person operating the stop watch (a stop watch in the hands of an amateur is much like a pistol in the hands of a juvenile delinquent).
7. EXTRA OFFICIALS: When possible there should be at least three experienced people available to assist in the actual operation of the racing program. POSSIBLE DISQUALIFICATIONS:
1. If a Whippet or Whippets catch or pass the lure at any point from the starting box to the finish line, it will be declared NO RACE". The race will be rerun after a brief rest period.
2. If the starting box fails to open properly, giving any starters an unfair advantage, the race will be rerun after a brief period. This decision must be made by the starter, placing judges and the Racing Secretary.
3. A race will not be rerun except on rare occasions when there is undue roughness and less than three adult Whippets finish in the race. Any Whippet who fouls other racers based on unnecessary bumping, fighting or interfering will be disqualified from all placements in the race where the foul was committed. The dog or dogs causing the foul will not be allowed to race another race during that particular racing program.
4. Owners making frivolous claims of fouls not allowed by officials are subject to having their Whippets disqualified at that particular meeting and a full report covering frivolous claims published in THE WHIPPET NEWS.
5. Owners who walk towards their Whippets while a race is in progress and interfere with other dogs in the race can have their dogs disqualified, if so ruled by the racing officials.
6. No owner or trainer will be allowed to remain at the starting box while other owners are moving down the track, or be at the box while the starter is preparing to release the doors for the start of a race. (Such action can cause a disqualification of owner's 'Whippets in said race, when an owner remains at the starting box.)
7. Any Whippet who fails to finish the race, or finish in a true racing style will receive no racing score. The Racing Secretary may allow further racing of a Whippet in later races on that particular program, if said Whippet has not fouled other dogs during the running of the race where he did not complete the course or finish in a racing manner. This ruling applies both to adult Whippets as well as puppies.
OPERATION OP NATIONAL GRADING SYSTEM
OBJECTIVE: To match racing Whippets against each other based on actual racing ability without classification by height, weight, sex or color.
1. ADULT WHIPPETS: All whippets in the first "draw race" should have a grading of A through D which will appear in the WHIPPET NEWS. If a Whippet does not have a rating and has raced before, the Racing Secretary should assign him a rating of A through D either by schooling or knowledge of his racing ability at local racing meetings. Whippets of like grades should be grouped together in the first "draw race", then in all other races on a given program, Whippets of near or equal scores should be grouped together.
2. YOUNG WHIPPETS: All puppies, juveniles or saplings when old enough for Adult Racing first start in grade D. The same is true of adult non winners.
SCORING ADULT RACES:
1. Grade A or high point race scores first 8 points, second 5 points, third 3 points.
2. All other adult races are scored first 5 points, second 3 points, third 2 points.
Grade A - 16 to 10 points - Excellent
Grade B - 9 to 7 points - Above average
Grade C - 6 to 2 points - Average
Grade D - 0 points - non winners - maturing puppies - Below average.
SCORING PUPPY JUVENILE OR SAPLING RACES:
First 5 points, second 3 points, third 2 points. The purpose of this category is for training only and ratings do not apply in grading under National Whippet Racing.
NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING STANDARD SCORE SHEETS
Score sheets should be filled out for each race approved under the program for National Whippet Racing. The local Racing Secretary should send these completed score sheets to Louis Pegram, Ralston Purina Company, St. Louis 2, Missouri, for recording and publication in THE WHIPPET NEWS. These score sheets may be obtained from Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs, Editor of THE WHIPPET NEWS, Mahomet, Illinois or they may be reproduced on a local basis. Identical copies only.
SELECTION OF POST POSITIONS
The selection of post positions in the first complete race program of all races is by drawing the names of the individual Whippets entered from a container, Grade A through D. The first name drawn will get Box # 1 in the first race, the second name drawn will get Box # 2 in the first race, etc. If an owner has two entries in one racing division and both names are drawn for one race, the second entry is placed in the following race, etc.
Starting with the second series of racing programs, post positions are determined by the high racing score a Whippet receives in the first draw series races. High point WET pet in the first race receives post position No. 1, high point Whippet in the second race receives post position No, 2, etc. This selection of post positions based on high scores continues through the entire program. Dogs receiving virtually the same number of points should be grouped together. Races should when possible consist of six Whippets, but if racing points vary greatly, as the program progresses, it might be necessary to run four and five dog races to more fairly group the Whippets based on their racing snores. At least two members of the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee should always be present during the selection of post positions and the operation of the National Grading System.
PULPY DIVISION: For young Whippets over 6 months and not over 12 months of age the first day of any racing meeting where young Whippets are to race.
DUTIES OF SECTIONAL SUPERVISORY RACING COMMITTEE
The duties of the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee is to work with local Whippet groups to see that National Whippet Racing is carried out as outlined under the Rules and Regulations for National 'Whippet racing. The Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee should work with their local group to have from one to two meetings each year operated under the rules set forth under National Whippet Racing are strongly urge the members of the Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee to work with local groups to encourage national race meetings.
Strictly local race meetings should be held at least twice each month, weather permitting, and should be operated under conditions that best suit the local Whippet population. Local race meetings should not be confused with National Racing which does encourage Whippets to come from all sections of the country to compete and be graded on a national basis.
Louis J. Pegram
October 1, 1963
National Racing Rules and Regulations Committee – 1964
Donald P. Hostetter
Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs
Louis J. Pegram, National Racing Secretary
Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee – 1964
Donald P. Hostetter
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs
Mrs. Pearl Baumgartner
Donald IV. Frames
Mrs. Dorthea Frames,
Dr. H. W. Heiser
Dr. S. H. Scott,
Mrs. Christine Cormany
Mrs. Wendell T. Howell
Miss Josephine Steinberg