Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
To the WHIPPET NES readers:
It is my sad duty to report the sudden and unexpected death of Donald P. Hostetter on Sunday, July 5, 1964 at his home, "Pagebrook", Cobham, Virginia.
Harry T. Peters, Jr.,
Secretary, American Whippet Club
The Historical Whippet
Walter A. Wheeler, Jr.
(First published in POPULAR DOGS, February, 1958, and reprinted here at the request of the WHIPPET NEWS, with the kind permission of the author and POPULAR DOGS magazine).
The supposition that the 'Whippet is a fairly recent variation in the Greyhound family is questionable when one considers the ancient origin of the large English Greyhound and of the tiny Italian Greyhound. It might seem more logical to presume that both extremes were developed from the moderate size Whippet. No one doubts, however, that during the breed history of most domestic animals, various outcrossings have been employed to instill desired traits and types. This outbreeding with spaniels and terriers evidently happened to the Whippet in England during the 19th century.
Various literary sources prove the existence of the term "whippet", "whappet" or "whippert" in the English language since the early sixteen hundreds. A composite of the following quotations taken from the volume on 9W" (1921-1928) of "A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles" (The Philological Society, Oxford, 1888) reveals a dog possessing qualities typical of the present-day Whippet: a small sporting hound used for coursing, but also most suitable as an urban pet because of its disinclination toward loud barking.
"Wappet - A small dog addicted to "wapping" or yelping:
1577: Harrison, ENGLAND,111, vii (1578) )48 - "The Whappet or prick- eard curre."
1622: S. Ward, LIFE OF FAITH (1627) 62 - "As the sturdie steed dashes out, the little whappet braines, so easily doth death with the least kicke . . . the stoutest constitution."
a. 1610: Healy, THEOPHRASTUS (1616) 75 - "If a little dog or whippet of his dye, o hee makes him a tombe."
c. 1615: VT. Goddard, MASTIFF WHELP G.3 - "Too loude thou barkest whelpe. I must haue whippets now, that doe but yelpe."
1630: J. Taylor (Water P.) DOGGE OF WARRE Wks 11, 232 - "The little curre, whippet or house-dogge."
1645: Milton, COLAST. 26 - "If a man cannot peaceably walk into the world, but must bee infested ... with bauling whippets, and shinbarkers."
1665: SPORTING MAG. XV11 10 - "To seize . . all such greyhounds, beagles or whipperts."
1841: Hartshorne, SALOPIA ANTIGUA 614- "Whippet, a dog bred betwixt a greyhound and a spaniel."
1844: ST. JANE'S GAZ. 18 Oct. 6/2 - "I found a man training a wiry racing dog • the whippet strode along with great ernestness."
1885: BAZARR 30 Mar. 1260/3 - "Fawn whippet bitch for sale."
1894: F. Lloyd, WHIPPET & RACE DOG, vii 145 - The National Whippet Racing Club, ibid, Xl. 72 - "A most important person on the whippet-track is the clerk of the scales."
There seems to be no doubt that the term "whippet" has been applied in literary usage to a small dog which may have resembled the modern Whippet in traits and instincts but we cannot be sure from mere literary references that the dog to which the earlier quotations refer was a small racing hound, smooth-coated and of Greyhound type.
Having thus traced the evolution of the English name for the breed, we must turn from literary research to the history of painting to ascertain the pre-existence of a Greyhound whose shoulder did not exceed a man's knee in height. (The kneecap of a man, six foot one-inch in height, wearing shoes, is about 22 inches above the ground, the maximum height stated in the American 'Whippet Club standard of the breed. It is to be remembered that as we go back in chronology, we find man's average height diminishing.)
For brevity's sake, paintings will be cited that hang only in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., but it is likely that more proof could be gathered with more conclusive results if this research were extended to the many great collections of art in Europe as well as America.
In the Adoration of The Magi (No. 10) by Benvenuto di Giovanni (1436-1518, Sienese School of the Mellon Collection, we find in the background panorama a nicely balanced white dog, very close in type to the modern show Whippet. The dog stands knee high to the man depicted nearby.
An unknown painter, identified simply as a Hispano-Dutch Master, painted an Adoration of The Magi (No. 1120), in the late XV century. In this panel of the Kress Collection two small Whippets are vividly depicted in careful detail in the immediate foreground. One is white, the other is black, but they are similar in their very refined type, suggesting that even then a uniformity had been achieved in the breeding of fancy stock. In spite of the artist's stylized manner in depicting them, they are obviously small, Greyhound-type animals, well below the human knee in height and possess the semi-pricked rose ear of the contemporary Whippet.
A fawn Whippet with white markings enjoys an important place in the painting Circe and Her Lovers in a Landscape by Dosso Dossi, No. 716 (Ferrarese School, c. 1479-1542) that is in the Kress Collection. This animal has an oddly painted ear placement but it is still undoubtedly a Whippet-type dog. Luckily the position of the animal on the canvas shows without a doubt that its height at the shoulder is somewhat less than the height of Circe's undraped knee.
An interesting anomaly appears in another Adoration of The Magi (No. 1085, Kress C Collection). This work by Fra Angelico (1387-1455) and Fra Falippo Lippi (11406- 1469) contains a cream colored dog of certain Whippet qualities in body, but not in head. The head is heavy, resembling that of a lion, and the ears are cropped. Painting conceptually from convention, rather than perceptually from nature, these early Italians recognized no incongruity resulting from the incorporation in one animal of two such diverse types.
One possible objection to the above data is the assertion that the artists may have been actually trying to paint Greyhounds but had, in each case, made a mistake in scale and had produced a Whippet instead. This is not a valid argument, however, because examples of full-size Greyhounds are frequently seen in works of painters who were generally no more competent draftsmen than the Above masters. One example of the standard Greyhound is sufficient. The grisaille by Giovanni Bellini (430-1516) depicting the Life of Publius Cornelius Scipio (No. 1090. Kress Collection) includes the detail of a Greyhound. Without weakening the composition through the use of a flat silhouette, and introducing depth while breaking up geometric forms with the flowing lines of a racing dog, the artist has ingeniously introduced a handsome, standard-size Greyhound.
Besides authenticating the existence of. Whippets at least as early as the fifteenth century, the above paintings have suggested three more theses:
1. The 'Whippet obviously was known in many countries besides England, for the above painters came gram Italian, Spanish and Dutch backgrounds. Further research would be necessary to ascertain the naps) applied in each country to this type of dog. The word "whippet" apparently is of English origin.
2. The coincidence of the Whippet's appearance in the Magi theme might indicate that the painters thought of these dogs as exotic, near-eastern animals.
3. The striking quality of the early prototypes might suggest the sobering thought that not only may present breeding failures be throw-backs to a motley ancestry in England, but that current winners may also be but throw-backs to an even dimmer past on the continent - recorded only by the master artists of the age!
It is likely that with further detailed research we may find Whippets recorded in the art of a still earlier age. However, the above examples should be sufficient to establish a lineage for this breed dating back to at least the 15th century in Europe.
Western Reserve K. C., Cleveland, Ohio
May 10, 1964, Judge: Mr. John H. Cook
Open Dogs, one shown, Darlene Roark's Talaria (by Ch. Rockabye Blue Boy ex Fawn Lady)
Winners Dog to Talaria
Novice Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistak's Forest Pagebrook Lady (by Ch. Red Letter O'Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Tony Swistak's Mercury (by Ch. Red Letter O’Lazeland ex Harbridge Lovely Lady)
Winners Bitch to Mercury. Reserve to Forest Pagebrook Lady.
Best of Winners to Talaria (one Specials shown) –
Best of Breed to Mrs. Clare C. Hodge's Ch. Greenbrae Barn Dance (by Laguna Ligonier ex Harbridge Lovely Lady) Best Opposite Sex to Mercury
Mississippi Valley K. C., St. Louis, Missouri May 17, 1964 Judge: Mr. Albert E. Van Court
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Waldwyn Kennels' Waldwyn Deputy Dawg (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine)
Novice Dogs, one shown, Louis Pegram's One More Time (by Ch. Eyleland Henry ex Eyleland Stoney Meadows Sara)
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Ponderosa Pine (by Traymatt Plywood ex Traymatt Midsummer Day) Second, Ronald Klemmedson's Briarwyn's Black Eye (by Ch. Briarwyn's Benjamin ex Briarwyn's Bunting) Third, Arlene Petersen & Ruth Tongren's Appraxin Lance (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Sprint ex Renpark's Tigress) Fourth, Jan & Katharina Knudten's Lars vom Burgfried (by Zoltan vom Burgfried ex Cara vom Burgfried)
Winners Dog to Traymatt Ponderosa Pine. Reserve to Briarwyn's Black Eye.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, William Fields' Eyleland Borice-Sue (by Eyleland Peppermint Boy ex Eyleland Doris)
Novice Bitches, one shown, Louis Pegram's Eyleland Quick Silver (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Martha Love's Westmoreland Irene (by Palmercross Goldrush ex Palmercross Stolen Love)
Open Bitches, nine shown. First, Humble Acre Kennel's Whipoo's Tar Heel (by Whipoo's Happy Time ex Whipoo's Tea Biscuit) Second, Barbara & Ralph Eyles' Eyleland Quick Trick (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Seven League ex Meander Double or Quits) Third, Waldwyn Kennels' Wings Babe O'The Woods (by Ch. Bull O'The Woods of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Pennyworth April Fool) Fourth, Margaret & Victor Renner's Bettebrook Bonita (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess)
Winners Bitch to Whipoo's Tar Heel. Reserve to Eyleland Quick Trick.
Best of Winners to Whipoo's Tar Heel.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Westmoreland's Kimbrough, Ch. Canyon Crest Surprise, Ch. Traymatt Iron Fly.
Best of Breed to Whipoo's Tar Heel. Best Opposite Sex to Ch. Traymatt Irin Fly.
Whipoo's Tar Heel went on to Fourth in the Hound Group.
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PACIFIC NORTHWEST WHIPPETEERS JOIN NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING
By Louis Pegram
Bob and Pearl Baumgartner's untiring efforts in establishing Whippet racing in the Pacific Northwest reached a climax on Sunday, June 21, when a fine entry of 31 Whippets competed under rules and regulations set up for National Whippet Racing.
The races were held on a portion of the beautiful Multnomah Greyhound Track which provided excellent racing conditions, and spectators used the grandstand to view the Whippet races. The greyhound track lure and starting box were used, and the greyhound track management furnished personnel to operate the starting box, lure, and timer.
Young ladies from the Whippet owners group acted as lead-out girls dressed in white uniforms and red scarfs. This was the best and most impressive type of operation I have seen in leading Whippets to the post. The public seemed to enjoy the racing and applauded after each race. The following day, while talking with greyhound owners and track officials, we found that they too were much impressed with the fine performance put on by the Whippets.
This being the first race program put on under National Racing Rules, there were a few minor points that should be changed next year, The programs were already printed in advance, thus there was a slight change in the order of rotating the Whippets after the first race program. This, however, did not interfere greatly with the standard grading system. Whippets also ran around one turn which would be a disadvantage to dogs who had not raced around such a turn. Next year it would be well to state on the entry blank the type of track to be used, or still better, use the fine turf in the infield of the greyhound track for a 200 yard straight course. These changes would only be necessary for a special race meet where outside Whippets were expected to run for National Racing Points, and under National Racing Rules.
Our Northwest friends (keeping in mind that the Whippet is an ideal individual for show racing and pet purposes) cooperated with the Oregon Dog Fanciers Association's all-breed show held on the same grounds by giving a fine entry of 13 Whippets. It was really no surprise to find that most of the Whippets in the show ring and races were definitely of "the American type" -- typical of the average Whippet bred and exhibited by Meander Eyles, and Jacobs Kennels. Most of the Whippets were well up off the ground with long graceful necks, plenty of length, and well muscled backs and hindquarters, giving them the appearance of great speed and power. Some were on the small side while others were slightly on the large side.
It is difficult to explain without actually seeing, the fine spirit and enthusiasm shown by Whippet owners from this area, both for racing and showing of the Whippet. We badly need new young progressive Whippet owners and breeders, and we have them in this area of the country. Many of our friends from Canada were also on hand for this event and their Whippets, as usual, showed to a fine advantage. We were, however, greatly disappointed to learn that Pamela Arthur had moved from the area taking with her CAN. CH. ROCKABYE BABY, C.D.
ADULT RACES -- Distance 200 yards around one turn - circular track outside rabbit - 2-1/3 race programs- 7 races - three Grade A or high point races scored 8 points for 1st -- 5 points for 2nd -- 3 points for 3rd. Four races scored 5 points for 1st -- 3 points for 2nd -- 2 points for 3rd -- 21 starters. National Racing Points scored same as Mississippi Valle Kennel Club St. Louis Mo. -- 500 points for 1st -- 300 points for 2nd -- 1 0 points for 3rd -- and 7 points for 4th.
CAN .CH. GYPSY'S KELLY, C.D. won two high point races and finished Second in his third high point race, giving him high score for the day of 21 points and 500 National Racing Points.WHITE ACRES CAROL'S FANCY met with severe interference from II.A.SAGE placing her out of the money in her first high point race. FANCY then won a 5-point race, taking on and beating CH GYPSY'S KELLY in the final high point race. KELLY runs wide and FANCY runs the rail, thus there was a thrilling race from start to finish -- with FANCY holding on to win by a slight margin from box to wire. ROCKABYE GUNSLINGER and WHIRLWIND BOOMERANG seemed best of the rest. WHITE ACRE SAGE showed speed enough to be the fastest Whippet in the Pacific Northwest, but elected to knock two racers from their feet.
PUPPY RACES -- All starters under 12 months -- 1-1/2 race programs -- three races -- 10 starters. All races scored 5 points for 1st -- 3 points for 2nd -- and 2 points for 3rd.
RINGO'S RINGO, a rather large white Whippet, showed best in both races. There was little to choose between FALCONER'S JENNY and HARK TO LISA for second high honors. All three pups run well and should show to an advantage at the Santa Barbara races. Several of the young racers ran very green and were slow in leaving the starting box.
Eastern Whippet Specialty
Harry T. Peters, Jr., Secretary of the American Whippet Club reports trophies and donations for the Eastern Specialty show are coming in generously from the members. Thanks are due to:
Mrs. C. E. Francis, London, writes - June 25, 1964, At long last a real June, beautiful long sunshiny days and very warm. It seems we shall be lucky at Windsor this year after that terrible wet last year effort. N. W. A. will be serving cold picnic lunch as usual to members and friends. Our judge is making her debut as championship judge of the breed. We’re all wish her the best of luck. 17111 write after the show with results and any highlights of note.
Last Sunday, June 21st, the Coursing Club had a race meeting for members and friends. Commander and Mrs. Stubbs' daughter, Amanda, was nineteen on the day and her parents presented a bottle of Champagne for winners of the Amanda Stakes for bitches. This was won by my own "Pearlie Girl", second was Miss Carpenter's Laguna Little Lucille. The dog winner was Mr. Bannister's "Porthurst Flarepath"; second was "Laguna Light Legend". Puppy class was also won by Er. Bannister with his home bred "Foley Fine Fighter" and second was his "Foley Fine Cracker". Quite a day for Hr. Bannister and a good days sport for all. There is quite a bit of racing going on at present. I understand the Duke of Bedford is allowing meetings at Wabren Abbey. More Later.
Highlights of the Championships
Catherine Hodgson Reports (from English WHIPPET NEWS)
Entries at the W.E.L.K.S., Bath and Glasgow championship shows were excellent, being held in successive weeks and evidently having no adverse effect, and I see that our next championship show, at Leeds, has an entry of 138 from 91 dogs for Mrs. Whitwell to run the rule over. Off hand, I think this is a record for this show.
Mrs. Blandy judged the W.E.L.K.S. entry and found nothing to lower the colours of Bob James' Ch. Samarkand's Greenbrae Tarragon, who was again Best of Breed. The bitch c.c. was won by Mr. and Mrs. Potter's Shalfleet Springtime, her third, thereby gaining the title much to the delight of her owners. As the prefix denotes, Springtime was bred by Mrs. N. F. Odell and is by Shalfleet Sensation ex Ch. Shalfleet Selbrook Daylight. She is a litter sister of the illustrious Ch. Shalfleet Story.
At Bath, Mr. E. Griffiths officiated and awarded the dog c.c. to Mrs. Chapman's Teistar Moon, his first after being reserve for the honour on several occasions. He is owner bred, by Ch. Playmate of Allways ex Moonchik. Best of Breed here vent the way of Mrs. C. C. Kerr-Peterson's blue and white bitch, Inadown Whispering Witch, her second. It will be remembered that this youngster won her first at Cruft's this year.
Mrs. H. B. Garrish made the long trip from Surrey to judge the breed at Glasgow, again making Ch. Samarkand's Greenbrae Tarragon Best of Breed - a repeat win of the 1963 Cruft's which was judged by Mrs. Garrish. Mrs. Argyle's Harque to Conneil Crown Jewel came into her own here winning a first c.c. Bred in Scotland by Mrs. Crawford with her litter brother, Ch. Harque to Conneil Carry On, also owned by Mrs. Argyle, they are by Connell Statley Fox of Knotkum ex Conneil Rosaline of Knotnum. Harque to Gamecock, from the same stable, walked away with the reserve c.c. at the tender age of 9 1/2 months - one to watch, no doubt.
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CAN CH WHIRLWIND SILVER DART.
CAN. CH. WHIRLWIND SILVER DART, SHOWN WINNING THE ROCKABY TROPHY FOR THE LEADING WHIPPET IN 1964 OWNED BY A MEMBER OF THE WESTERN GAZEHOUND CLUB. THE TROPHY IS PRESENTED BY MRS. PAMELA ARTHUR OF ROCKABY KENNELS.
OWNED AND HANDLED BY FIFTEEN YEAR OLD ROBERT WATSON, WINNER OF THE PEGGY REES JR. HANDLING TROPHY, SILVER DART. WHO IS BY AM. CH. PENNYWORTH PILGRIM FATHER OUT OF ENG. & CAN. CH. DAWSTAR OF TEST, WAS BRED BY MRS JOAN BRAZIER OF VANCOUVER. B. C. THIS YOUNG FEMALE HAS PLACED IN THE GROUP SIX TIMES IN CANADA, HAS FOURTEEN POINTS, INCLUDING THREE MAJORS AND ONE GROUP PLACING IN THE UNITED STATES.
" THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING "
CH KOBOLD FORMULA 1
FROM THE AMERICAN BRED CLASS TO DEFEAT THE TOP SHOW DOG OF 1963 FOR BEST IN SHOW
FROM CLASS D TO GLASS A RACING, DEFEATING ALL FEMALES AT CHICAGO RACES, 1964
WEIGHT, 25 LBS. HEIGHT, 19 1/8 IN.
UNDER TWO YEARS OF AGE WHEN RECORDS MADE. NOW BRED TO CH. KINGFISHER O'LAZELAND BREEDER AND OWNER: JOHN BERGER, NORTH CHERRY ST., MARYSVILLE, OHIO
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
Great Circle Kennel Reports
Wendell T. Howell
Co. Waterford, Eire
Saturday June 20 the first race meeting of the Whippet Racing Club of Ireland took place at the Schooling Track in Tipperary Town. We had a lovely day and a good crowd of people and dogs. Several of those present could not bring their Whippets for one reason or another. Mr. Keane of Kilusty had his Whippets poisoned, but happily they are now on the mend. 7e ran off two preliminaries and a final. Results and times follow. The races were run over 250 yards. This track is an exact replica of Shelbourne Park in Dublin, where a number of the Greyhound Classics are held. The hare runs on the outside rail, and the bends are wide and well banked and easy to negotiate, especially for a Whippet. It is closed to Greyhounds every Saturday, and Mr. Cranley, the owner, who is also chairman of our Club is kind enough to donate it for Whippet racing. We are starting in a very small way of course, but at least we have made a start. Our next meeting we hope to have on July 11th. It will be an evening meeting, starting at 6 PM and public. There will be sheepdog and terrier races as well, and a short card of Whippet races leading up to a finals which we will put on in August at the Tipperary Festival. All this will be well advertised in press and radio and there should be a large crowd. The leading Greyhound trainer in Ireland, Mr. Dick Ryan of Goolds Cross, has just bought a Whippet, and his enthusiasm and help at the races will be a great asset.
There was an interesting match race held after the Whippet racing on Saturday between a smooth haired Saluki, owned by Mrs. D.E.S. Bower, recently of Norfolk, now of County Wicklow. This dog stands 26 1/2 in. Last year ho won the Cleve Cup, the major event for coursing Salukis in England. He was not at his fittest last Saturday, as he has been let down after the coursing season, and not schooled out of a racing box. However, he was dead keen on the lure and a genuine runner. His Whippet opponent in the match was my 22 in. dog, Himself. The race was run over 325 yards, the time 20:55, the Whippet finishing first by a third of the distance. The match still stands for a fiver, when the Saluki is in coursing form, over any distance up to the 525 yards. One has heard so much about Salukis being faster than Greyhounds and all other animals, that I must admit to being a little nervous as to the outcome. However, I had seen the animal in motion before and his style of running is so entirely different to that of a Whippet or Greyhound, I felt he would not be able to get away in time or negotiate an oval track. Even on the straights he lost ground though, which surprised everyone. It isn't often that you got two top performers in different breeds in competition. Mrs. Bower was a very good sport about it, and I must again stress the fact that the Saluki was not in peak condition and unused to the box.
Mrs. John O'Shaugnessy of Glin, County Limerick had a great success with her young Whippet, Great Circle Feast Day (Laguna Lamplighter ex Am. Ch. Great Circle Holiday) at the recent Munster Canine Show in Cork City. The O'Shaugnessy's are owners and breeders of some very fine racing and coursing Greyhounds, having won the St.
Leger and various other classics. Their Whippet has held his own with a lot of kenneled Greyhounds since early puppyhood, and walked and ran with them always. They brought him in the night before the show and bathed him (he is all white) and the next day in Cork City he took the green star and Best of Breed from two champions (one international) and a lot of other good Whippets. He will be but is penalized for size here and in England from time to time (just on 20 in.)but is one of the most arresting, sound and altogether handsome "Whippet dogs I've ever seen. Mrs. O'Shaugnessy had never shown a dog before, but the dog never put a foot wrong and made her look anything but a novice. He is dead fit of course, with his upbringing and has ring presence that reminded me of Mrs. Anderson's dogs some years ago in the Hound Group at Westminster. This last he certainly didn't get from his dam's side, so I feel not unduly bold in mentioning it, though I am his breeder. There are two litter mates of Feast Day in California, one with Mr. Young and one with Mrs. Henderson. One hopes the same success for them all. Mrs. O'Shaugnessy plans to go on showing him, even though her husband, brought to a dog thou for the first time expressed some embarrassment and displeasure at the whole affair. Perhaps amusement is a better word than displeasure, but a show is really no place for a coursing man.
I must hasten to correct an appalling series of errors in my last advertisement in W.N. The dogs are almost all sold locally now, so it makes little difference, but for the few people in the U.S.A. who may remember my Whippets, it must have been most confusing. Hamster (Xenia) had a litter by David. Carmen (Isolde) had a litter by Scot. Annie Oakley had a litter by Scot. Hamster has never won a race in her life in any good competition. She was within one point of U. S. championship when I went abroad, and went 5th Best In Show at Amsterdam, the "Garden" of Europe. Carmen was only shown once in U. S. A. as a puppy and went WB for two or three points. She won a great many races on the Continent, as well as the Internationals at Neuss Germany. She holds what is thought to be the record for the 325 yards, 19:27 and is an altogether top race bitch. I should mention about Hamster that she won a very nice cup in Holland for being the fastest foreign Whippet at a certain race meeting. The only other foreign one was German. He unhappily fell down. I hope that is all the correction needed, but can't tell as my MT gets passed about the country and is gone. David's show name is Am. Ch. Wingedfoot Domenic, and Scot is Am. Ch. Great Circle The Scot.
Race Results, Inaugural Meeting of The Whippet Racing Club of Ireland. Patron, H. G. The Duchess of Devonshire. Chairman, Mr. T. J. Cranley, Hon. Sec., Mrs. Howell.
First Race, Distance 250 yards, time 17:10
Annie Oakley a head
Wise Child a head
Second race, Distance 250 yards, time 18:10
David a length
Caesar a length
Hamster a distance
Whiskey a length
Final, 250 yards, time 16:90 Annie a length
David a length
Wise Child a length
Alice a distance
Caesar a length
Strathoak Kennel Reports Christine Cormany June, 1964
A wonderful entry of 28 with 3 absentees for Donald Hostetter at the Harbor Cities show June 20 -21st. We were delighted to see Peggy Newcombe again and her lovely "Ricky" who took BOB and the Group and continued to add another BIS to his long string. Could this be a record of some sort, a Garden winner taking BIS at 3 of the largest shows from coast to coast it the same year? It was good to see Bob Forsythe again after several years. We were pleased, of course, with the win made by our recently sold Strathoak Auriga. We hope she will do as well now for her new owner, Selwyn Blackstone. Harbor Cities might be a good omen, her half sister, Ch. Strathoak Stardust, started her championship at this same show 3 years ago. Auriga has also been racing well and has been one of the better racing bitches here in the south. Liz Scott and I had a long talk with Louis Pegram and we all felt our plans for the National Races at Santa Barbara were pretty well under control and well organized. Accepting entries on experienced dogs only will make a difference also. The puppies in this area have been trained well and the puppy races look as though they will be more than "just for fuel There may be a hitch or two but in all probability these will be minor.
We are at the moment watching a lovely litter develope. This was more or less an experiment or gamble, and if all gambles turned out like this we'd try it more often! We had the good fortune of leasing from Jerry Birmingham, of Tuscon, Arizona, her red bitch, Appraxin Red Starlett (Ch. Stoney Meadows Red Fox ex Ch. Whipoo's 'Mite Luster) and she was bred to Lindy Patrick's Strathoak Irish Rhapsody, a Ch. Strathoak Starsheen son. We threw all thoughts of color and sex out the window, nut as the day approached we were a bit leary about the number!! On May 30th, Memorial Day, "Penny" presented me with 9 (8 surviving) bouncing rolly polly puppies, all weighing in at 12 ounces each except the last two; they weighed 10 ounces!! The first born was as unexpected as it could be, colorwise, a lovely black and white, should say white and black, male. I told "Penny" she could have any color and sex she wanted from then on in!! That followed was a white female with black patch on one eye, a solid black male, a solid fawn female, a white and fawn female, a fawn and white male and two white females with black spots, one has a perfect triangle on the back of her head; that is the ONLY spot she has. The other has a black patch on the side of her face, a spot in the middle of her back and one right on the rump; we call her, for want of a better name, Candy Spots!! Now that they are up on their little legs we are more pleased than ever, at L. weeks, in my biased opinion, there is really only one that would be classified as strictly pet type, but even she has something nice to see. This was the 'first" for both Penny and Rhapsody and they certainly did themselves up proud!!!! It is amazing how nature works; these little babes as soon as they could toddle found their way out of the box to clean themselves and at barely two weeks of age' Having them in the house until they were 3 weeks old gave us a chance to watch them grow and develope. They are now downstairs in the cellar where they can romp and play; soon they will be climbing the steps to their outdoor pen. They get the warm afternoon California sun which streams down the steps. They are a healthy, happy group and regular little scrappers. Forrest and I just sit and watch them for about 15 minutes each morning while they play tag and have a fight or two!! Nothing better for youngsters to grow up with then growing puppies!!!!
Our other "inmate" is a sweet brindle and white male pup we acquired from Paul Sykes, by his Traymatt Nolasco ex Ch. Eyleland Crescendo. we saw this pup when he was about 2 months old and just had to have him! Some of my friends felt I'd flipped completely, mainly because they know I don't care for brindles!! But there was just something about this pup I liked and regardless of colour I thought he would do something for me in the future. I still feel that he will, but right now he is in two pieces and just hasn’t learned to coordinate his rear with his front!! Racing him and walking him with the two blacks has done him a world of good, but he will need time and as I still have one black bitch we can leave 'Bugle" at home to develope and pull himself together.
We have been most pleased with the response to our book on the breed. It was two years in the making, starting out as a little 35 cents edition, then TFH decided to do the larger model! It was done, as most TFH books are, for the pet or first time dog owner, but some of the breeders have told me they have learned something new from it, so we hope it will help the newer breeders too. There is also a new English book out, my pet shop man called me the other day and said he had ordered one for me, knowing I'd be interested, so it is probably available through most any pet shop, it is by Mr. Daglish and has some interesting pictures of the present English show winners. Incidentally, contrary to some thinking, I do not receive a commission on each book sold as I received a lump sum prior to publication, and hope the book will stay on the market for some time to come.
By the time this reaches you, our big Specialty and National Races will be over and we hope will have made history. Liz Scott, Sam Scott and I feel we have things pretty well under control and we are looking forward to a wonderful weekend July 25th - 26th. Hope we meet YOU there!
Whipoo Kennel Reports
We received the following letter, dated June 11, 1964, from John N. Openshan, Hamilton, Bermuda:
"The news. Our Whippet, Dot, who is your Whipoo's Note Well, is now an American, Bermuda and Canadian champion. We sent her to Canada during the latter part of 1963 and we have since been advised that she was the top winning whippet in Canadian show competition for 1963. Naturally, we are very proud of Dot and know, that as her breeders, you will be it We have arranged for you to receive, with our compliments, a copy of the June issue of 'Dogs in Canada', which gives the details.
"Also, you will be glad to know that we have bred Dot once, two years ago, and from this litter came the first Bermuda Bred dog to go Best In Show (under Max. Riddle) at a Bermuda International Show since these shows started, 8 years ago. The same pup (Delight) was also Best Bermuda Bred in Show at all Li. shows under Li- different judges."
Winterfold Kennel Reports
June 17, 1964
Newington, N. H.
I think our kennel name might well have been "Gypsies" or "Nomad" or something of the like, since we always seem to be on the move/ From England to Canada seven years ago and five years after that back to England again only to return to the U. S. after another year& Now, we are on our way back to Canada again after a very happy year spent at Pennyworth. This time we are making for the wild shores of New Brunswick which, although somewhat "off the map" seems ideal country for our Pointers and Whippets. As we shall once again have horses - and to my way of thinking there is no finer way of exercising dogs than from a horse's back. I am hoping that this fact will help to make up for missing Peg and Brad Newcombe and all the goings on at Pennyworth!
We shall be a strange sight as we set off by car, with trailer behind, dogs literally oozing from every crack. With four very energetic, bouncing Pointer pups of 4 months old, their dam, a great hairy doormat of an English Springer Spaniel, 4 grown Whippets and a litter of 5, three week old Whippets PLUS all our worldly goods - it is hardly surprising that on several occasions during similar trips "en famille" we have been approached by strangers who politely enquire whether we "do an ace.' Yes, we really should change our kennel name.
Showing wise we have had a lot of fun lately. Although we are unable to make more than an average of one show per month we have enjoyed finishing our English dog, Ch, COVEYDOWN GREENBRAE WAYFARER. "Spike" finished with 4 majors and would be delighted to demonstrate at any time that, like many other good show Whippets, this "pretty pretty" stuff is purely incidental to his prowess as a hunter and killer of anything furry that crosses his path - except pussies, for whom he has a secret affection! With his enormous stride and keenness I am sure he would make a super race dog, BUT we seem to be moving to the wrong part of the world to enable us to find out!, However, it is still a thrill to watch Whippets hunt and course naturally and to see our fawn and white bitch puppy by "FLEETFOOT", WIINTERFOLD FLEETING MOMENT" catching on to the idea so quickly.
Last Sunday (June 14th) Peggy and I mustered as many of the "young hopefuls" on the place as we could and took them along to the Middlesex show at Concord, Mass. where Doris Wear was judging. How nice it was to have someone go over our puppies with the quiet thoroughness Doris employs. And it was a thrill for us all to see Betty and Lee Gamber (newcomers to Whippets) take BOW and BOS (over Specials) with their pretty bitch pup by Ch. COURTENAY FLEETFOOT. Still more excitement when "FLEETFOOT" ended up BIS. I think the Gambers are still floating around up there in the clouds!
AMERICAN WHIPPET CLUB MEMBERS be sure to send in your kennel reports for the next issue of the WHIPPET NEWS. The issue will be out the end of August, as we will be back on schedule after a late start with our first issue this year. Deadline is August 15, and mail to: THE WHIPPET NEWS, c/o Mrs. E. L. Jacobs, Mahomet, Illinois 61853.
WESTERN GAZEHOUND CLUB, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Our activities this year have been sadly curtailed by the almost continuous rain that has dogged all our efforts.
We were all very sorry to say "Good-Bye" to Pam Arthur on her departure to live in Manitoba earlier this year. She has been such a pillar of strength in all Club matters for so long that we are still finding it difficult to fill the gap. Regrettably also she has taken with her "SONNA ROCKABYE BABY", last year's overall winner at Santa Barbara races.
The weather let up sufficiently for us to have a very enjoyable day on June 6th at Langley B.C. where we held our annual Sanction Show and Race Meeting. The Show was highlighted by Mrs. Margaret White of Puyallup, flash. judging the Hounds, and selecting the 6 month old pup WILDWICK WILD WITCH owned by Robbie Watson and handled by Jennifer Anson to take the Whippets, and who was later judged Best in Show by Mr. George Donaldson of Victoria, B.C. Congratulations to Mrs. White for making such a discerning selection.
The Races were tremendously exciting, over 200 yards of very wet turf, in that they renewed the old rivalry between our Club and the Evergreen Sighthound Association of Washington. The final saw WHITE ACRES SAGE competing against WHIRLWIND BOOMERANG, ROCKABYE GUNSLINGER and CH. GIPSY'S KELLY. All four dogs finished within one length of each other in the very creditable time of 12.5 secs. "Sage" placed 3rd to "Boomer" and "Slinger". We greatly appreciated this fine entry of 7 fast whippets from the Evergreen Sighthound Association, together with an equally strong entry of Afghans.
June 21st saw the roles reversed in that we went to Portland Ore. to race on the Greyhound Track there, which provided a most beautiful setting for some very exciting races. The 200 yard track of heavily rolled sand provided a good racing surface, although it loosened up toward the end, and this combined with the fact that the Hounds were racing round one end of the oval probably accounted for some rather disappointing times. Our three stalwarts CH. GIPSY'S KELLY, ROCKABYE GUNSLINGER, and WHIRLWIND BOOMERANG placed 2, 3 and 4 in a field of six in that order behind WHITEACRES CAROL'S FANCY who finished in a time of 13.5 secs.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were delighted to meet Mr. Louis Pegram, who, as well as judging the races, imparted some very useful information to us, and probably laid the foundations for us to have a full scale Points Race Meeting here in Canada. We shall leave no stone unturned to bring this about.
In the meantime we are presently planning, and training, for a return visit to Santa Barbara. So far we have two car-loads (autos) including whippets, but we are hoping to increase this.
THE CHASE TRIALS
May 30, 1964, weather Cool, Dry, Windy, Track Distance 850 feet. Track Fast.
Sunday, August 23, For Whippets another Special $5.00 race where all entry fee for this is returned 60% win, 25% second, 15% Third. Open to all Whippets. Rules for this Special Race only: Each heat shall be a winner. Draws shall determine the heats dogs shall race in. Drawing shall determine your heat and number. Draws shall also determine money in each heat. Entries close 2:30 P. Y. Schooling from 11:00 A.M. until entry time.
Sunday, September 27. Entries close 2:30 P.M., schooling from 11:00
Sunday, October. 14.
Fred Cooper, The Chase Trials, Rt. 1 Church Rd., Algonquin, Ill. Take Northwest Tollway to Rt. 25 (Elgin). North to end of Rt. 25. Continue on blacktop north to Church Rd. Follow dog show arrows to the Chase Trials.
HIT TEST COURSING CLUB
Race dates -
August 16, Eyleland Park
October 11, American Whippet Club Races, Eyleland Park
October 25, Eyleland Park
WHIPPET RACING ENTERTAINMENT
(Rain or Shine)
EYLELAND PARK, ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS Sunday, October 11, 1964 Post Time 1:00 P.M.
RACES CONDUCTED UNDER THE OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WHIPPET RACING. ALL WHIPPETS MUST BE REGISTERED OR ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION WITH A. K. C.
-- Louis J. Pegram, Racing Secretary
INFORMATION ON ENTERING YOUR WHIPPETS 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 given as purse money. Make checks or money orders payable to Louis Pegram, Racing Secretary.
3. Race entries close Friday, October 9. No post entries. Changes cannot be made at track on October 11.
4. Special Trophies for all final heat winners.
1. Puppy Division - Whippet puppies under 12 months of age as of October 11, 1964.
2. Adult Division - Any adult experienced race Whippet in good standing. Grades A through D.
Mail entries to: Louis Pegram, RALSTON PURINA COMPANY Checkerboard Square, St. Louis 2, Missouri
or: Ralph Eyles, Box 180, Route 2 Antioch, Illinois
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 and/or Secretary 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 and/or Secretary, 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 NEWS.
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 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 t.) 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 a 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 unformful.
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.
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 OF 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 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 nonwinners.
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 - nonwinners - 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 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 Whippet 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 scores. 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.
PUPPY 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. We 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, Ralph Eyles, Louis J. Pegram, National Racing Secretary
Sectional Supervisory Racing Committee – 1964
Donald P. Hostetter, Ralph Eyles, Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs, Mrs. Pearl Baumgartner, John Berger, Donald W. Frames, Mrs. Dorthea Frames, Dr. H. W. Heiser, Win. Schmick, Dr. S. H. Scott, Mrs. Christine Cormany, James Young, Mrs. Wendell T. Howell, V. A. Renner, Miss Josephine Steinberg, Louis Pegram, Mrs. Richard Scott
THE MAIL BAG
Mr. Bo Bengtson, Alvsjo, Sweden, writes: April 19, 1964- There is some wonderful news for Whippet fans over here. We had a record entry at our Gothenburg show - 42 exhibits being present, which is the highest number ever. BOB was Bojars Bibbi, whose dam is a litter sister to Ch. Butterfly of Test, who I believe is in the U.S.A. Only smooth Dachshunds and Toy Poodles had bigger entries, and if I had been able to enter two of my dogs, we would have beaten the Toy Poodles/ That's not bad, considering those two breeds are the top two in Sweden just now!
Our registration figure for the last year was the best ever (200 approx.), but this is still not very impressive (smooth Dachshunds 3,600! Quite a differences) We have about half a dozen breeders working for the breeds, and many new ones are coming on. Although I have had Whippets for a few years now, I haven't applied for a prefix until recently, and have just been granted the prefix "Bohem". I hope to breed sound ''Whippets, able to win at the race course as well as in the ring, and so far I have bought four whippets from England, one of them from your former countryman, Mrs. Fell, "Badgewood", with more on the way. I let the bitches go to other breeders, however, as I can't breed puppies just now.
On May 30 - 31 we are having our annual Stockholm show, which is probably going to be bigger than ever this year, as our K.C. is celebrating its 75th a anniversary. Hope we can beat the Gothenburg record in Whippets, there is a "new" Belgian judge and you never know...
It is very nice to know what's happening in the American Whippet world. I know nothing more than what you can read about in "Dog world" the English dog paper, and that's not much!
Jan and Katharina Knudten, Frisia Whippets, Wauconda, Illinois, write: June 4, 1964
For those who have been curious about the name VOM BURGFRIED, which appeared at shows and races in the Midwest during the last year, we would like to submit the following article, which was sent to us by Mrs. Gerda H. Umlauff of Hamburg, West Germany. Mrs. Umlauff is a Whippet authority of 22 years experience. She has published several books, fiction as well as non-fiction on our breed and on sighthounds in general. In her capacity as official writer for the GERMAN SIGHT HOUND CLUB she has had opportunity to travel the continent and the British Isles and has exchanged information and views with sighthound breeders in various countries. This to introduce the writer, here now the article –
WHIPPETS "VON BURGFRIED", HAMBURG, GERMANY
The Whippet Kennels, "vom Burgfried" were founded in 1928 by Marianne von Watzdorf-Kirsten, who is now residing in Palm Beach, Florida. Two years later, in 1930, the kennels became the property of her mother, the late Baroness Frieda von Watzdorf, Hamburg-Poppenbuettel, Germany.
A large country house, situated in a fabulous park of about 5 acres, surrounded by meadows sloping to the banks of the Alster River, permitted the keeping of a basic stock of nine adults Whippets, who had the run of the house, whereas all puppies spent the first weeks of their life in kennels located on the south side of the property. Among the ancestors of the first von Burgfried litters we find the names of these bloodlines, "Wildfang","vom Rheinstrom", "Ussuri's", "vom Gruenen wog", "von der Hallerhuette" etc. The most deciding influence however on future breeding products of these kennels was brought about by three imported Whippets, the bitches "Peggy and Patricia du Zwanhoek" from Belgium and the famous dutch stud dog "Ankas Joe". A number of very well known Burgfried Whippets used from these initial mating's, among others, three highly decorated sisters of the F litter, "Fee", "Freude" and "Fliege vom Burgfried". Furthermore, "Diana vom Burgfried", who together with "Fliege" and "Gauner" formed a widely known, highly decorated "Zuchtgruppe" (i.e. a group of at least three dogs similar in build, type and color, coming from the same kennels, which is valued highest if resulting from as small a number of litters as possible).
During World War 11 (1939 - 1945) the breeding program was continued under great difficulties and many a personal sacrifice. During this breeding period no special color was preferred, since according to the German standard of the breed, all colors are permitted, except black and tan, which, however, rarely appears anywhere. Also, there was no breeding for the sake of beauty alone, but always the goal "Beauty and Performance". The requirements for this were met by the leasing of a large meadow bordering the property, on which a race track was established, upon which even prior to the end of the war, a very excellently organized official race meet was held.
Among the most important, and at shows and various race tracks, best known dog was "Hubertus vom Burgfried", who was unbeaten in the ring and on the track until he suffered a sad accident during race training. In spite of a slightly shortened and badly healed hind leg, this beautiful and well tempered male managed to help himself and others during the hard years of the war by going on frequent hunting trips in the cold winter nights and coming home carrying his prey, hares of 10 - 12 pounds weight. His best known son was the very handsome "Wirbelwind", who
won fame through his wins in Switzerland.
Other outstanding dogs of these kennels after the war were, or are: "Silberstern": "Zoltan", "Chanel", "Domino", "Draufgaenger" (the last two named are sons of the well known English stud dog "Tinribs Trotzki"), "Feodora", "Gunda", "Hanko", "Lars", "Leila", "Narziss" and "Original vom Burgfried".
The total accomplishment of these kennels after more than 30 years of breeding should be without equal on the European Continent. During the above period, not counting the war years, there came from these kennels 12 International Champions, 5 National - Years - and District Race Winners and 6 Derby Winners in national and international Derby Races (these Racing Titles are included in the official pedigrees the same as bench titles are).
Among the most remarkable trophies are the silver trophies of the Prince Rainer of Monaco and of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, as well as uncounted other medals, trophies, ribbons, etc.
In the year of 1963 after the passing of Baroness von Watzdorf, the kennels became the property of the writer, Mrs. Gerda M. Umlauff, who lived with the Baroness as a dear friend and co-worker for the last 22 years.
P.S. Three vom Burgfried Whippets, one dog "LARS" and two bitches "PATRICIA" and "QUEVEDO" were imported into the United States and are now living at the Frisia Kennels in Wauconda, Illinois. A litter is expected at the end of June by "Lars v.B." ex "EYLELAND JULIA".
Jayne Langdon, Alameda, Calif., writes: Enclosed is pedigree of Ch. Mopalo's Gay Blade, my mother's Whippet, who won his final points at the recent Pebble Beach show in May. He is about 3 & 1/2 years old and the reason he took so long to get his championship was that I did not show him too often. I wrote some time ago that we had gotten him as a companion for my Afghan Hound and just shoved the Whippet when we took the Afghan to shows or when I wanted to show something and didn't want to show the big dog. So Gay was something of an extra dog. He is now a champion and the Afghan never finished.
For hardly being shown, Gay has a rather unusual point record. He finished with four majors and 18 points. He won two 3 point majors, a 4 point and a 5 point. The 5 point major was won at Pebble Beach and finished him. He was bred by Patti Long of Oakland and she named him after a race horse. On the race track, I am sorry to say, he does not live up yo his name. He is probably the most consistent third place winner in our new Northern California Whippet Fanciers Racing Association. This is a little disconcerting because one of the reasons we got a Whippet was to race him with the Afghan Hounds. Of course, he always beat the Afghan Hounds on the track even when we handicapped him. He has been racing against the bigger dogs for nearly three years so that now that he is racing against his own breed, he always comes in third!
After I was in the hospital for major surgery this Spring, I have decided to get into Whippets. My Afghan is too old to show and even if I did decide to snow him I would hesitate to do so as a result of my recent illness. After years of grooming a big dog, going to shows with grooming table, brushes and combs, and trying to handle a bib vivacious dog, it is a real pleasure to take a Whippet into the ring. I must admit I really didn't give much serious thought to showing Gay; he was just the other dog we took to the shows. Now I want my own Whippet and have started to do some serious reading about the breed.
Pat Stoddard, Tecopa, Calif., writes: It has been some time since I've been to a dog show, but my main interest has been in whippets even though at present we have 5 Toy Poodles of which my husband is very fond. As we live on the desert, their barking annoys no one and they do keep down the snakes and rabbits, and mice!
I recently attended the Harbor Cities show in Long Beach and was surprised to see the wonderful entry. Last time I went to a show we were lucky to see 8, let alone 28! However, I was greatly amused at one particular handler, I understand he is a breeder - exhibitor and not a "professional", but when did they start showing,"Whippets on such a long leash and let them lead out like a German Shepherd!! It may be the thing to do in Shepherds, but it certainly doesn't look right in such a lovely self showing sedate breed as the Whippet. I've watched Shepherd judging in the past and I'm sure some of the novice handlers and owners find it most annoying when a "pro" lets his dog extend itself and overlap so the judge can't see the one being overlapped. This I saw happen in Whippets and although the dog wasn't overlapped, the one on such a long lead was pretty close up and the judge wasn't fooled because as a breeder - judge he knew what he was doing, but some judge that isn't sure of himself or doesn't know too much, might be taken in by these tactics and a good dog could be put down. To me it just doesn't seem "cricket" and I didn't think such handling lent itself to a Whippet. Nevertheless I thought the exhibits much better in quality to those of some years ago and after reading so much about the Garden winner, I was delighted at seeing him in the flesh.
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