Donated to the Whippet Community by Don Frames, Bardon Whippets
GROOMING THE WHIPPET FOR THE RING
Eugene L. Jacobs
(Reprinted because of many requests from June 1963 WHIPPET NEWS )
There is literature and a lot of handed down information about grooming the long coated breeds for exhibition in the conformation ring. However, there is little information about grooming the smooth coated breeds, especially Whippets, for the ring.
Though it isn't absolutely necessary to groom some Whippets before they are exhibited in the conformation ring, it may help their appearance considerably if you "tidy" them up. Take the breed in mind, and in preparing for the show ring, do everything to emphasize the clean-cut outline, absolutely free from any mussyness. As you look at your Whippet from head to rear, remove all the extra hair that spoils the outline. With scissors, cut the whiskers and eyebrows. Also trim the long hairs along the inside edge of the ears where they are attached to the skull. Most!. Whippets have a "cowlick" type hair line running up and down the neck. One might use several tools successfully to clean this area of upstanding hairs.
In most cases, thinning shears work very well, but if not, cut the hair flush with the neck with a regular pair of barbering scissors. After you have cleaned the neck with scissors and if the neck still looks mussy, carefully clip the long hairs at the front of the neck, or the throat, with an electric clipper (#10 blade), working with the hair. Scissor away the fringe hair along the tuck-up.
If you have an electric animal clipper, a number 10 blade can be used. Removing the tuck-up hairs will emphasize a clean tuck-up line already present, and if the Whippet is inclined to be heavy in this area, it will help slim him down. Generally speaking, most Whippets have flag hairs up and down the rear quarters and these should be removed, preferably with scissors or thinning shears. If an electric clipper is used on the rear quarters, it gives the Whippet an over- groomed, clipped appearance. However, we have found an electric clipper (blade #10), worked with the grain of the hair, excellent to remove the long hairs on the underside of most Whippet tails. In grooming the Whippet for the show ring, the idea is to present a clean-cut looking dog, but at the same time, he is not to look obviously clipped or barbered. The Whippet should look natural. If a Whippet is in good health, his body coat should not require much more than a soap and water bath. However, if the dog is in the process of shedding for one reason or another, his coat may look rough and a little extra care may be necessary.
If this is the case, assorted stripping combs are extremely good tools for pulling out this longer, rougher hair that may be present. Work one of these combs through the coat with the natural grain of the body coat, not using it as a stripping comb, but as a regular comb. Very often, a towel or grooming pad will remove the extra body hairs. However, the palm of the hand is one of the best tools available for putting a coat in proper shape.
On October 20, Mrs. Newcombe, Miss Judith Shearer and myself met with Mr. Dick of the A. K. C. Although all members of the American Whippet Club board were invited to this informal meeting, notice was sufficiently short that it was impossible for other members to attend. This summary represents substantially the
matters discussed with 1:r. Dick and the A.K.C,'s views with regard to our current problems: the question of board members participation in club decisions vis a vis their geographical ability to attend board meetings, and, the formation of affiliate clubs.
In essence, the A.K.C,'s viewpoint with regard to parent breed clubs is as follows:
1. The obtaining of a quorum representing the interests of a club is more practical if the number of board members is not too small. The number of directors should be definite, e. g. 10, not "no less than 8 nor more than 12".
2. This board should meet in person. Questions of general club interest such as elections of officers and directors, revisions in standards and changes in bylaws, can be handled by mail, but the main governing body -- the board -should meet in person to assure free discussion of major issues. As currently constituted, our club can not have directors vote by mail.
3: If board meetings are required for transaction of club business, geographical representation, while desirable, is not always practical. A parent club can encourage and promote interest in its breed in various sections of the country, by encouraging the formation of local specialty clubs in areas where the interest is sufficient to warrant a club being organized. Such clubs through contact with the parent club, can give their members all of the benefits that would normally accrue, were an area of breed interest to be represented by a person on the board of the parent club, plus numerous other advantages that would not accrue from representation on the board.
These local specialty clubs in actual practice go directly to the A. K. C. for their specialty events. A local specialty club and the parent club, working together can do a tremendous job in promoting breed interest in a particular area.
A local specialty club need not feel that it is in any way secondary to a parent club, particularly since the objectives of both clubs are identical. while it is necessary under A. K. C. rules that the parent club consent to the holding of a specialty by one of its local clubs, it need not be felt that this provision places a local specialty club in an inferior status. The A. K. C. rules provide that in the event a parent club withholds its consent, the local club has the right to appeal directly to the A. K. C.
It became evident that our by-laws should be updated. However, a revision of the by-laws need not be a laborious task, since the A. K. C. has prepared a simple outline of a constitution for a specialty club with a nationwide membership, which is the result of many years of contact with club by-law problems.
In summary, our Nominating Committee should choose persons to fill board vacancies who will be able to attend most of the meetings of the board. Because of the growth of the breed and the non-commercial nature of this growth, the A. K. C. will look favorably on the organization of local Whippet Clubs as the best way of serving the needs of geographical factions. Traditionally, the majority of the membership of such newly formed clubs will continue to belong to the parent club as well.
All RICAN WHIPPET CLUB EASTERN SPECIALTY
September 25, 1964
PUPPY SWEEPSTAKES Judge: Mr. Heywood R. Hartley
Nine Puppies Competing
Puppy Dog Sweepstakes, 6 to 12 months, four shown. First, Jane M. Holmes' Sheldegren Prince Johnny (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren) Second, Joan M. Bartlett's Sheldegren Explorer (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren) Third, Calvin Perry's Appraxin Drummer Boy (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelie O'Lazeland) Fourth, Meander Kennels' Meander Lochinvar (by Ch. Locksley O'Lazeland ex Eyleland Prune Whip)
Puppy Bitch Sweepstakes, 6 to 12 months, five shown. First, Nathalea V. Torrey's Sheldegren Sugar Blues (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren) Second, Estate of Donald P. Hostetter's Good Hoping O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, Janet C. Koch's Sheldegren Lucky Penny (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren) Fourth, William Schmick's Calendonia Lady In Red (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Best Puppy In Sweepstakes to Sheldegren Sugar Blues. Second to Sheldegren Prince Johnny. Third to Good Hoping O'Lazeland. Fourth to Sheldegren Explorer.
REGULAR CLASSES Judge: Mrs. Margaret P. Newcombe
Puppy Dogs, 6 to 9 months, five shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Tear's Stoney Meadows Sharp Sword (by Stoney Meadows Sharp Blade ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Tale) Second, Meander Kennels' Meander Roll Your Own (by Stoney Meadows Marlboro ex Meander Pavia. Third, Donald W. Frames' Piperkins Rambler (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Picardia Poltergeist) Fourth, Donald A. Frames' Piperkins Courser (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Picardia Poltergeist)
Puppy Dogs, 9 to 12 months, three shown. First, Calvin G. Perry's Appraxin Drummer Boy (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelie O'Lazeland) Second, Jane N. Holmes' Sheldegren Prince Johnny (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark's Wendy of Sheldegren) Third, Joan M. Bartlett's Sheldegren Explorer (by Ch. Renpark's Jeff of Sheldegren ex Ch. Renpark(s Wendy of Sheldegren)
Novice Dogs, two shown. First, Thomas L. Kirchner's Bettebrook Nevermore (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess) Second, Marion H. Woodcock's Silver Sun of Suntan (by Eyleland Double or Nothing ex Ch. Silver Song of Suntan)
American Bred Dogs, three shown. First, Meander Kennels' Meander Hindsight (by The Baron of Birdneck Point ex Meander Carless) Second, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Sharp Blade (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Stoney Meadows Icecapade) Third, F. Julia Shearer's Meander Bunco (by Ch. Just Richard ex Meander Come On)
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, Meander Kennels' Meander Watermark (by Ch. Just Richard ex Meander Come On) Third, William Schmick's Eyleland Plum Pudding (by Ch. Eyleland Cinnamon Roll ex Ch. Eyleland Hepzibah) Fourth, Julia Shearer's Stoney Meadows Marlboro (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Winston ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen.)
Winners Dog to Stoney Meadows Sharp Sword. Reserve to Meander Roll Your Own.
Puppy Bitches, 6 to 9 months, one shown, Meander Kennels' Meander Smoke Rings (by Stoney Meadows Marlboro ex Meander Pavia)
Puppy Bitches 9 to 12 months, seven shown. First, Victor & Margaret Renner's Penfield Christie (by Eyleland Homer ex Ch. Eyleland Crepe Suzette) Second, Estate of Donald P. Hostetter's Good Hoping O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Third, William Schmick's Caledonia Lady In Red (by royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland) Fourth, Estate of Donald P. Hostetter's Dolly O'Lazeland (by Royal Coachman O'Lazeland ex Lorelei O'Lazeland)
Novice Bitches, one shown, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Wild Rose (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox)
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches, three shown. First, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Paisley (by Stoney meadows Epic ex Meander Ribbons) Second, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Stoney Meadows Daylily (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Rufus ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Fairy Fox) Third, Julia Shearer's Meander Badger Game (by Ch. Just Richard ex Meander Come On)
American Bred Bitches, five shown. First, Richard Reynolds' Eyleland Foolscap (by Stoney meadows Epic ox Ch. Stoney Meadows Ice Folly) Second, F. Julia Shearer's Meander Maybe So (by Ch. Meander Pickpocket ex Ch. Meander Cygnet) Third, Barbara Eyles' Eyleland Imprudence (by Meander Indiscretion ex Eyleland Prune Whip) Fourth, F. Julia Shearer's Meander Symmetry (by Ch. Just Richard ex Ch. Meander Cygnet)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, Mrs. W. P. Wear's Seven League Soprano (by Ch. Meander Good As New ex Ch. Seven League Songbird) Second, Victor & Margaret Renner's Bettebrook Lilliput (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Harbridge Suede)
Winners Bitch to Seven League Soprano. Reserve to Meander Smoke Rings.
Best of Winners to Stoney Meadows Sharp Sword.
Specials, seven shown, Ch. Picardia Poltergeist, Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland, Ch. Stoney Meadows Hell's Bells, Ch. Stoney Meadows Beauty Queen, Ch. Stoney Meadows Ferdinand, Ch. Beachfire O'Lazeland, Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess.
Best of Breed to Mrs. W. P. Wear's Ch. Stoney Meadows Beauty Queen (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Winston ex Ch. Stoney Meadows Snow Queen) Best Opposite Sex to Stoney Meadows Sharp Sword.
SEVENTY-THREE WHIPPETS ENTERED AT
SECOND ANNUAL EYLELAND PARK NATIONAL RACE MEETING
RALPH EYLES had Eyleland Park in tip-top condition for the fine entry of severity- three of America's top race Whippets. Beautiful crisp fall weather, along with a firm deep turf track, made racing conditions virtually perfect. This outstanding day of sport was brought to a close with an excellent outdoor buffet prepared by the female members of the Mid-West Coursing Associations headed by MRS. GARY MORGAN.
It takes well trained people, as well as, well trained Whippets to put on a major race meeting. We wish to thank our judges MESSRS. CONRAD, SAUSMAN, and KORNBLEITH for their accurate decisions on the line. MR. EYLES and MR. GIBEAU, lure operator and starter, had only one false start when the lure handle broke away from the lure machine. MRS. EUGENE JACOBS and MISS KAREN SAUSMAN did their usual fine job in helping with the operation of the grading system and paddock duties.
PUPPY RACES - All starters under 12 months of age; 8 entries; 2 complete race programs; distance 175 yards; fastest time 12 seconds; all races scored
1st - 5 pts., 2nd - 3 pts., 3rd - 2 pts.
TRAYMATT CASPER and WHIPOO'S ONE AND ONLY were closely matched with CASPER moving into a clear lead in the last 30 yards to win by a length. MARCH RARE, a California bred, showed fine speed in his second race and won easily. There seems little to choose, from a racing standpoint, between these three fine young racing prospects.
ADULT RACES - 54 entries; distance 200 yards; turf course; 2 complete race programs; 22 races; 3 Grade A or High Point Races scored 1st - 8 pts.,
2nd - 5 pts., 3rd - 3 pts.,; 19 races scored 5 - 3 - 2; National Points same as Pagebrook Downs
EYLELAND HOMER racing in his very best style was unbeaten in his two races. HOMER won his first race in 11.9 seconds for 200 yards over the deep turf, beating the pace-setting CH. ROUGET O'LAZELAND by some two lengths, with CH. EYLELAND CINNAMON ROLL some three lengths in back of ROUGET. The second High Point heat found EYLELAND HOMER beating GRAVE DIGGER by a length in 12.6 seconds, with TRAYMATT FLOOR BOARDS third. CH ROUGET O'LAZELAND won his second race, a High Point race, in 13 seconds beating MARIAL'S WAR PAINT and CH. CREPE SUZETTE.
There were several cases of fighting and roughing. All of us at times own fighters and, on rare occasions, even honest racers will turn their heads. Those owners who own known "FIGHERS" should not run these Whippets in National scored events. Chances of several honest racers were destroyed because of intentional interference by another Whippet in the race. Whippets marked for interference should school without bumping or fighting before they run again in a regular race meeting.
*You will note that where the Standard Grading System is used that in the second complete race program, the winners of each race (in the first complete race program) meet either the first and/or second dog from the original Grade A race programs. This is the same as a show where the class winners meet for either Best Dog or Best
Bitch. In this second series of races, certain higher grade Whippets, who did not win in the first or second series, are dropping down -- thus the second complete series does not give the true racing grade of all racers. After a third or fourth series, virtually all Whippets have been graded up or down by their actual performance which is indicated by the Point System. To allow for this second series variation, those racers with and asterisk beside their names are those Whippets who have not reached their proper grades based on their past activities as racers.
You will find listed the results of each race -- but only the first three Whippets in each race are listed in the exact order of finish.
First complete adult race program:
(Only first three Whippets placed in order of finish.)
1st - Grade A -- 1 Homer; 2 Rouget; 3 Cinnamon Roll; Rooster Boy; Bluestone; peppermint Boy.
2nd - Grade B 1 Limerick; 2 Henry; 3 MacArthur; Black Shadow.
3rd - Grade B -- 1 Floor Boards; 2 Quick Fire; 3 Fox Fury; Grey Flash.
4th - Grade B -- 1 Grave Digger; 2 Cri Corker; 3 Lulu Belle; Ponderosa Pine; Iron Fly.
5th - Grade C 1 Mercury; 2 Patton; 3 Pirate of Kashan; Blue Smoke; Lars Vom Burgfried; Silver Streak.
6th - Grade C 1 Easter Egg; 2 Pagebrook Lady; 3 Traymatt Nancy; Bernard; Big Tarnish.
- Grade C 1 Sumo; 2 Yellow Varmint; 3 Spade; Vara Rasmus;:Toast; Brown N'Serve (Int.)
8th - Grade D 1 Hawk of K.; 2 Brendola; 3 Mirandy; Ginger Creme; Julia; Boric Sue (Int.)
9th - Grade D 1 King Cole S; 2 Ch. Cinnamon Toast; 3 Natasha; Red Fawn.
10th - Grade D 1 War Paint; 2 R. Reginauld; 3 One More Time; El Capitaine; Galloping Ghost.
11th - Grade D 1 Ch. C. Suzette; 2 Bibiana; 3 Sege Tiger; Phynki.
12th - Grade D -- 1 Transgression; 2 Alley Cat; 3 Little Silver; Shade; Brenda Breeze; Natalie.
Second Complete Race Program:
1st - High Point -- 1 Homer; 2 Grave Digger; 3 Floor Boards; Limerick, Mercury; Easter Egg.
2nd - High Point -- 1 Ch. Rouget; 2 War Paint; 3 Crepe Suzette; Sumo; Hawk; King Cole Silhouette.
3rd -- 1 Pagebrook Lady; 2 Reginauld; 3 Bibiana; Yellow Varmint; Brendola; Cinnamon Toast.
4th -- 1 Cinnamon Roll; 2 Henry; 3 Cri Corker; Quick Fire; Patton (Int.)
5th -- 1 MacArthur; 2 Pirate; 2 Fox Fury; Lulu Belle; Alley Cat; Nancy.
6th -- 1 Mirandy; 2 One More time; 3 Natasha; Sege Tiger; Little Silver; Spade (Int.)
7th -- 1 Bluestone; 2 Peppermint Boy; 3 Rooster Boy; Black Shadow, Grey Flash; Ponderosa Pine.
8th -- 1 Bernard; 2 Silver Streak; 3 Iron Fly; Blue Smoke; Lars Vom Burgfried; Big Tarnish.
9th -- 1 Tost; 2 Vara Rasmus; 3 Ginger Creme; Red Fancy; Red Fawn; El Capitaine; Julia (Int.)
10th -- 1 Phynki; 2 Natalie; 3 Brenda Breeze; Galloping Ghost; Shade.
MRS. EUGENE JACOBS 14111 trail checks to all owners whose Whippets finished First, Second, or Third in the second complete race program. All entry fees are paid back to these owners in the form of purse money.
Chagrin Valley Kennel Club, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
August 23, 1964 Judge: Mr. Elbert E. Vary
Puppy Dogs, one shown, Richard L. & Phyllis Becker's Geoffrey O'Pinecliffe (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Sports Extra ex Ch. Love Letter O'Lazeland)
Open Dogs, seven shown. First, Louise A. Evans' Seven League Sunday Punch (by Ch. Bander Good As New ex Ch. Seven League Songbird) Second, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Rooster Boy (by Stoney Meadows Peacock Pie ex Traymatt Matchless Monica) Third, Thomas L. Kirchner's Bettebrook Nevermore (by Ch. Rouget O'Lazeland ex Ch. Pennyworth Ebony Princess) Fourth, Leonard Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Star Maestro (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Ch. Pennyworth Tigrine)
Winners Dog to Seven League Sunday Punch. Reserve to Traymatt Rooster Boy.
Puppy Bitches, one shown, Victor & Margaret Renner's Renfield Christie (by Eyleland Homer ex (Ch. Eyleland Crepe Suzette)
American Bred Bitches, one shown, Victor & Margaret Renner's Renfield Cinderella (by Eyleland Homer ex Ch. Eyleland Crepe Suzette)
Open Bitches, seven shown. First, Pennyworth Kennels' Pennyworth Heatherbelle (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess) Second, Lois Loeser's Auvant Bianca (by Oberon of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Avon Jessica) Third, Juanita Bayless' Barbree Birdie O'Lazeland (by Ch. Ravenslodge Solitaire ox Lorelie O'Lazeland) Fourth, Betty Gamber's Pennyworth Bay-Starlight (by Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth ex Stoney Meadows Snow Princess)
Winners Bitch to Pennyworth Heatherbelle. Reserve to Auvant Bianca.
Best of Winners to Seven League Sunday Punch.
Specials: two shown, Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, Ch. San Saba Swiftwing.
Best of Breed to Pennyworth Kennels' Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth. (by Bellavista Barry ex Myhorlyns Anita) Best Opposite Sex to Pennyworth Heatherbelle.
Greeley Kennel Club, Inc., Greeley, Colorado
September 5, 1964 Judge: Mr. James W. Trullinger
Puppy Dogs & Bitches, one shown, Kathleen Beargie's Whipoo's Stonecrest Sprite (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon)
Open Dogs & Bitches, two shown. First, Bettye K. Scott's San Saba Snedley Snedley (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel) Second, Mrs. Joan Ashby's Winterfold Penniesworth (by Ch. Fleeting Falcon ex Ch. Pennyworth Blue Iris)
Winners & Best of Breed to San Saba Snedley Snedley. Reserve & Best Opposite Sex to Whipoo's Stonecrest Sprite.
Manitowoc County Kennel Club, Manitowoc, Wisc.
September 13, 1964 Judge: Dr. A. Mitten
Open Dogs, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marial's War Paint (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
Winners Dog to Marial's Tar Paint.
Novice Bitches, one shown, Mary Strauss' Marial's Natasha (by Big Tarnish ex Sege Little Silver)
Open Bitches, one shown, Barbara & Josephine Steinberg's Traymatt Matchless Monica (by Ch. Stoney Meadows Monocle ex Ch. Pennyworth News Girl)
Winners Bitch to Traymatt Matchless Monica. Reserve to Marial's Natasha.
Best of Winners to Marial s War Paint.
Specials, one shown, Ch. Traymatt Nancy.
Best of Breed to Ch. Traymatt Nancy. Best Opposite Sex to Marial's War Paint.
Saskatoon Kennel & Obedience Club, Saskatoon, Canada
Sept. 19, 1964 Judge: Mr. W. Semple. Sept. 20, 1964 Judge: Mr. A. Burden
(Results the same in breed judging)
Winners Dog to Mrs. Gillespie' s Wildwhick Wizard.
Winners Bitch to Mrs. Lewerenz's Wings Watch My Smoke.
Best of Winners to Wings Watch My Smoke.
Specials, one shown, Can. Ch. Sanna Rockabye Baby C. D.
Best of Breed to Can. Ch. Sonna Rockabye Baby, C.D., who went on to win second in the Group the first day and third in the Group the second day.
Heart Of The Plains Kennel Club, Lubbock, Texas
Oct. 3, 19614- Judge: Mrs. Marie B. Meyer
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Betty K. Scott's San Saba Snedley Snedley (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ox Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel) Second, Julius A. Schallenmuller & Sam Hearn's Blue Diamond of Stars (by Ch. Bull O' The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex March Hare of Blue Beaver) Third, Canyon Crest Kennels' Canyon Crest's Red Fox (by Ch. Bull O’ The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Fourth, Ingred & Ken Dunnagan's The Phantom of Flying W. (by Ch. Tuff of Blue Beaver ex Ingmar Blue Beaver Butterfly)
Winners Dog to San Saba Snedley Snedley. Reserve to Blue Diamond of Stars.
Novice Bitches, one shown, Gene Hawes' Briarwyn's Be Ready (by Ch. Bull O' The (by Ch. Bull O'The Woods Blue Beaver ex Ch. Briarwyn's Bridget)
Open Bitches, two shown. First, John A. Guzevich & Sam Hearn's Joh-Cyn Bebe of Blue Beaver (by Ch. Bull O' The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Lady Bird Of Blue Beaver) Second, Ingrid & Ken Dunnagan's Blue Beaver Felina of Flying (by Kiowa of Blue Beaver ex Briarwyn's Bobby Soxer)
Winners Bitch to Joh-Cyn Bebe of Blue Beaver. Reserve to (not marked)
Best of Winners to San Saba Snedley Snedley.
Specials, three shown, Ch. Tubara's Simply Simon, Ch. Ringmore Finisterre, Ch. Tuff of Blue Beaver.
Best of Breed to Sam E. Hearn's Ch. Tuff Of Blue Beaver (by Ch. Windswept Thunder Bobby Soxer) Best Opposite Sex to Joh-Cyn Bebe of Blue Beaver.
West Texas Kennel Club, Odessa, Texas
Oct. 4, 1964 Judge: Mr. G. A. Plummer
Open Dogs, four shown. First, Bettye K. Scott's San Saba Snedely Snedley (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's Tar Heel) Second, Canyon Crest Kennels’ Canyon Crest's Rod Fox (by Ch. Bull 0’ The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex Ch. Canyon Crest's Surprise) Third, Ingrid & Ken Dunnagan's The Phantom of Flying W (by Ch. Tuff of Blue Beaver ex Ingmar Blue Beater Butterfly) Fourth, Julius A. Schallenmuller & Sam Hearn's Blue Diamond of Star S (by Ch. Bull O’ The Woods Of Blue Beaver ex March Hare of Blue Beaver)
Winners Dog to San Saba Snedley Snedley. Reserve to Canyon Crest's Red Fox.
Windswept Thunderbolt ex Red Yang of Blue Beaver)
Winners Bitch to Reinzucht's Blue Beavor-Fleta. Reserve to Tinged Joy of Blue Beaver.
Best of Winners to Blue Diamond of Star-S.
Specials, two shown, Ch. Briarwyn's Benjamin, Ch, Tuff of Blue Beaver.
Best of Breed to Sam Hearn's Ch. Tuff of Blue Beaver (by Ch. windswept Thunderbolt ex Briarwyn's Bobby Soxer)
Ch, Tuff of Blue Beaver went on to place first in the Hound Group.
From Britain's WHIPPET. NEWS – Mr. D. Hine, a joint editor of the British Whippet News, has resigned because of business commitments. The magazine is being carried on by Mr. Ron Massey, 97, Heaton Road, Paddock, Huddersfield, Yorks, Eng.
In the last six months a number of racing clubs have been formed, and the position in this field has never been stronger. A national meeting is to be held in November to attempt to form a national body to govern racing. It is hoped that progress will be made. Visiting the Northern Counties Show at Leeds recently, it was nice to make the acquaintance of many readers, especially our breeder writer, Mrs. Catherine Hodgson.
Northern Counties Whippet Club Championship Show
(From English Whippet News, Catherine Hodgson at the shows)
230 entries from 129 exhibits. This was the sixth championship show to be held by this club, but the first to be organized by Hr. F. Clark, who took up the reins as secretary in March. Mr. Fisher and Mrs. Sheffield judged dogs and bitches, respectively, and must have been delighted to find such a grand entry. Major Glover, as referee, was not required throughout the necessary process of awarding the trophies and many special prizes or in deciding for best of breed, which went eventually to the dog, Tantivvy Diver, owned in the partnership of the Mesdames Robinson and Crocker. He is 20 months old and an attractively marked brindle and white by Ch. Laguna Ligonier ex Fleeting Fancy Free and was bred by Miss Clay, whose prefix of Tantivvy is famous in Dalmation circles too. This win meant a first C.C. for Diver and his thrilled owners. No less thrilled on the day was Mrs. Gollan, who had piloted her fawn brindle bitch, Peppard Premium Bond, to win her third C.C. and therefore the coveted title of Champion with the distinction of being the first of this color for some time to gain a crown. Owner bred, her sire is the famous Ligonier, too, ex Peppard Tit-Bits. Reserve best of sex in dogs was won by Mrs. Argyle's Ch. Harque to Conniel Carry On; in bitches, Princess Pat of Oakridge won the award.
Best puppy in show went the way of Mrs. Lewis' Dancing Girl of Test, owner bred, by Gaynose Festival of Allways ex Call Girl of Test. Mr. Bucklow's Danegeld Pipers Tune won the big puppy dog class. Bred by Miss Hinde, he is by Peppard Topflight ex Danegeld Andromeda. Airs. Argyle won the junior classes with litter brother and sister, Harque to Gamecock and Harque to Gazelle, the latter also topping 20 entries in novice bitch class. Rhadamanthin Rhapsody kept up his winning ways by winning the limit class. Owned by Mr. Hoyle, but I think it is Mrs. H. who so ably handles the dog in the ring.
The Junior Handler's competition for the Knotkum Shield, always a feature at the Northern Club shows, this year attracted a line up of boys and girls from the age of six to sixteen.
It is with deep regret we report the sudden death of John Berger on Saturday, October 17, 1964 at his home in Marysville Ohio.
Betty Kirchner from Marysville, Ohio, writes –
The spice is gone out of the Whippet stew here in mid - Ohio with the passing of John H. Berger. He argued, aggravated, cussed and discussed, but he made us all think and we all benefited by knowing him, whether for a short time or a lifetime. He will be sadly missed by all of us.
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OHIO WHIPPET RACING HAS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL
AFTER LAPSE OF 25 YEARS
By Louis Pegram
The morning of October 24, 1964, found station wagons rolling into Marysville, Ohio, with license plates from Wisconsin, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio, carrying cages of slick, well-conditioned racing and show Whippets. The Whippets would compete during a two day period for both show and racing honors. When entries were counted for racing, some 77 Whippets were represented, while 25 Whippets were entered in the Delaware Kennel Club Show, Delaware, Ohio, establishing without doubt that racing and showing of Whippets go hand in hand in the improvement of the breed.
Full credit for the successful revival of Whippet racing in Ohio goes to MR. and MRS. VICKER REIINER, Mr. and MRS. TOM KIRSCHNER, MR. and MRS. JOHN BERGER and Mr. ANTHONY GUTILLA, Officers of the Central Ohio Whippet Club. Naturally, it also takes the full support of the many Whippet owners and officials, whose names appear as a necessary part of this article, to show fully the healthy growth of Whippet activities in the Midwest. If I were asked, "What are the two big differences between Whippet racing in 1964 versus Whippet racing some 25 years ago"--the
answer would be simple: 1. Better type Whippets; 2. Replacing the hard almost bitter challenge one Whippet club would issue to a rival Whippet group. With the present day friendly understanding between rival Whippet owners (who for the most part realize under NATIONAL - WHIPPET RACING RULES), all Whippets get much the same equal opportunity. Human element has been eliminated for the most part from Whippet racing, except for the benefits an owner might give his Whippet in pre-race training. Once the doors of the starting box fly open, it is up to the individual Whippet regardless of whether his owner is a rich man or a poor man. Whippet racing today has no place for favored individuals. It is strictly a sport which is controlled by the actual performance of the individual racing Whippet.
We now have numerous fine places to race Whippets in America, but never has it been my pleasure to see a better organized race meeting, or more formful racing, than was presented at the Central Ohio National Whippet Races. The home stretch of the Marysville Harness Track was used, offering an outstanding racing surface. The Marysville Whippet Group had a new six dog starting box with the one piece English flip-up spring type door, that gives the cleanest starts possible. The front of this box was of very heavy welded wire giving the Whippets full view of the lure at all times while they were in the starting box.
Mr. EUGENE JACOBS, as lure operator, and MR. TOM KIRSCHNER, starter, did an absolutely perfect job through four complete racing programs with no false starts. Paddock responsibilities were handled in a fine fashion by MRS. BETTY KIRSCHNER and MRS. MARGARET RENNER. The judges were DR. LINZINMEIR, R. WETTERMAN and AR. KING BURNS who did an outstanding job at the finish line. Timers were MR. WILLIAM SCHMICK and R. WILLIAM CONRAD. MISS KAREN SAUSMAN took full charge of the identification board and along with MR. GUTILLA acted as assistant racing secretary. RALPH EYLES took movies and many still pictures of the races. Trophies and ribbons were presented to the many High Score Whippets. A program was printed in advance so that owners and spectators could write in the name of the Whippets in each of the four complete race programs. This program was dedicated to Mr. John H. Berger who passed away the week before. John had always been a great booster of the Whippet as a show dog, race dog and pet, plus one of the organizers of the CENTRAL OHIO WHIPPET CLUB. We, who knew Mr. Berger will miss his ever willingness to help in all phases of the Whippet industry.
MRS. VICTOR RUNNER and MRS. TOM KIRSCHNER along with other lady members of the CENTRAL OHIO WHIPPET CLUB deserve much praise for their preparation of the fine food, refreshments and party held during those big two days of Whippet activities. As you can see from these brief notes, every detail was covered to make the revival of. Whippet racing in Ohio an outstanding success.
It is most important that those who believe in the Whippet as a combined race and show individual understand the National Grading System listed below are the results of the four complete race programs. The first race program is determined by past race performances of adult race Whippets as printed in "The Whippet News!; plus any changes in "Grades", as seems necessary by the Racing Secretary. The following three Programs, both from the order of post position and order of grouping of Whippets in each race, is determined strictly by The National Grading System based on points.
RACE PROGRAM I – Graded
1st race - Grade A --- 1 Homer, 2 Bluestone, 3 Grave Digger, Rooster Boy, 12.6 seconds.
2nd race - Grade A --- 1 Rouget, 2 Cinnamon Roll, 3 Floorboards, War Paint- 12.8 seconds.
3rd race - Grade B 1 McArthur, 2 Limericks, 3 Lulu Belle, Pagebrook Lady, Tost- 13.5 seconds.
4th race - Grade B 1 Big John, 2 Fox Fury, 3 Mercury, W. Andrew- 13.7 seconds.
5th race - Grade B --- 1 Quick Fire, 2 Cri Corker, 3 Easter Egg, Red Varmint, Sumo - 13.3 seconds.
6th race - Grade C 1 Reginauld, 2 S. Streak, 3 Pa:ton, 4 Charles, Fedora - 13.4 seconds.
7th race - Grade C 1 Kimbrough, 2 Trangession, 3 Babe O'Woods, B. Shadow, Mirandy - 13.6 seconds.
8th race - Grade D --- 1 Bonita, 2 Samson, 3 Natasha, Lars, W. Fortune, Quicksteps-13.1 seconds.
9th race - Grade D 1 Rauel, 2 Jet Stream, 3-D. Biscuit, Irene, Patricia, Natalie - 13.6 seconds.
10th race - Grade D --- 1 Quick Silver, 2 Bibiana, 3 Royal Red, L. Carmel, Phynki, Vedor - 14.2 seconds.
11th race - Grade D 1 Day Break, 2 Nevermore, 3 Wonder, Christy, Julia, L.D. Ned - 13.3 seconds.
RACE PROGRAM II - Point System
1st race - High Point - 1 Rouget, 2 Homer, 3 McArthur, Big John, Quick Fire- 12.5 seconds.
2nd race - High Point - 1 Bonita, 2 Blue Stone, 3 Regnauld, 4 Kimbrough - 13.3 seconds.
3rd race - High Point - 1 Cinnamon Roll, 2 Day Break, 3 Rauel, 4 Quick Silver- 13.1 seconds.
4th race--1 Floorboards ,2 Grave Digger, 3 Cri Corker, Trangression, Fox Fury, Limerick.
5th race - 1 Nevermore, 2 Samson, 3 Jot Stream, Streak, Bibiana.
6th race - 1 Royal Red, 2 Doudor, 3 Patton, Babe O'Woods, Natasha, B. Biscuit.
7th race - 1 Lulu Belle, 2 Easter Egg, 3 Mercury.
8th race - 1 Red Varmint, 2 War Paint, 3 Tost, R. Boy, Andrew, Pagebrook Lady.
9th race - 1 B. Shabow, 2 Mirandy, 3 Lars, Sumo Charles, Fedora.
10th race - No starters finished.
11th race - Christi, 2 Julia, 3 Vedo, Lady Carmel, L. D. Kid.
RACE PROGRAM III - Point System
1st race - High Point - 1 Homer, 2 Rouget, 3 Cinnamon Roll, Bluestone, Bonita, Day Break, 12.6 seconds.
2nd race - 1 Nevermore, 2 Floorboards, 3 McArthur, Reginauld, Rauel.
3rd race - 1 Grave Digger, 2 Lulu Belle, 3 Royal Red, Samson.
4th race - 1 Fire, 2 Cri Corker, 3 Big John, Quick Silver, Kimborough, Jet Stream.
5th race - 1 Wonder, 2 R. Varmint, 3 Easter Egg, Christy, B. Shadow.
6th race - 1 Limerick, 2 Mercury, 3 Fox Fury, Patton, Trangression, S. Streak.
7th race - 1 War Paint 2 B. Biscuit, 3 Julia, Bibiana, Mirandi.
8th race - 1 Tost, 2 Babe O'Woods, 3 Natasha Vedo,
9th race - 1 Pagebrook Lady, 2 Andrew, 3 W. Fortune, Quick Step, S.D. Kid.
10th race - 1 Charles, 2 Patricia, 3 Fedora, Natalie, Phynki.
RACE PROGRAM IV - Point System
1st race - High Point - 1 Rouget, 2 Homer, 3 Cinnamon Roll, Bonita, Nevermore, 12.6 seconds.
2nd race - 1 Bluestone, 2 McArthur, 3 Grave Digger, Floorboards, Day Break, Lulu Belle.
3rd race - 1 Quick Fire, 2 Cri Corker, 3 Donder, Royal Red, Reginauld, Rauel.
4th race - 1 Big John, 2 Red Varmint, 3 Limerick, War Point, Easter Egg, Mercury.
5th race - 1 Tost, 2 Black Shadow, 3 Kimbrough, Christy, Quick Silver, Samson.
6th race - 1 Pagebrook Lady, 2 Fox Fury, 3 Babe O'Woods, Julia, Jet Stream, Charles.
7th race - 1 Patton, 2 S. Streak, 3 Natasha, Trangression, Bibiana, B. Biscuit.
8th race - 1 Mirandi, 2 Andrew, 3 Patricia, Vedo.
9th race - 1 W. Fortune, 2 Lars, 3 Phynki, Fedora.
(Only the first three Whippets are necessarily listed in exact order of finish).
* 41 races were run. ...... Two Whippets won three races. Seven Whippets won two races. Thirty-two Whippets won one race.
*These results should clearly point out that the National Grading System does group, on an impartial basis, Whippets based on their actual ability as racers. It in no way favors the better Whippets over the slower individuals.
*These Whippets could not receive an accurate grade at this meeting.
CH. ROUGET O'LAZELAND, reversing his usual front running style, came from behind in his last two races to nip Eyleland Homer at the wire giving Ch. Rouget high score for the two days consisting of three wins and one second in four starts. EYLELAND HOMER won over Ch. Rouget in his second start giving him a total of two wins and two seconds in four starts. EYLELAND CINNAMON ROLL showing great improvement after his injury gave both RULER and ROUGET a real battle in the final highpoint race on Sunday, but had to be content with a third placement after setting the pace for the first 150 yards. BRIARWYNS BLUE STONE must be rated the fourth best racer at the meeting. BETTEBROOK BONITA, the outstanding puppy racer of the winter season, moved from grade D up to successfully running with Grade A and B racers. EYLELAND QUICK FIRE won three races, but met defeat in her high point race.
Puppy Races - All starters under 12 months of age - 13 entries, 4 complete race programs - 10 races - all races scored 1st - 5 pts., 2nd - 3 pts., 3rd - 2 pts., Distance 175 yards - Fastest Race - 11.7 seconds, Slowest Race - 12.8 seconds.
JOHN JOHN, a fine big long striding pup should be hard to beat as a grade A racer next year as an adult. MARCH HARE and TRAYMATT CAS-PER repeated their fine performances shown at Eyleland Park two weeks ago, and they too should make top racers as adult Whippets.
All Whippets marked for interference were called by three foul judges and approved by the Racing Secretary as definitely interfering.
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 Yews 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 and opinions of the editor 4r the American Whippet Club.
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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
There is little to report about shows at this season, as there ate no more shows
in this country until Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. Racing is also finished for this year. After a long lovely warm spell of autumn weather, winter has come suddenly, cold and miserable at the moment. For the dogs it is a most exciting time, as the hedgerows begin to get bare and accessible, rabbits are easier to
find. Rats come into the farm yard after the harvest, and there is a continuous rush on every morning, about the barn and the woodpile. Excitement mounts as rats are caught and tossed in the air. Whippets are really fine ratters, even with
the handicap of long legs. Is there not a theory that they were originally bred for this rather. odd sport, when there was tremendous betting on how many rats a dog could kill in a certain time in an enclosure. Terriers, it was thought, could be speeded up if bred to Greyhounds. One animal it is better for a dog not
to get mixed up with is a badger. They can really take a dog to pieces, especially one the size and weight of a Whippet. There are a number of badgers near here, with large systems of dens just above the river. The dogs here must go down to investigate this badger town every day, and luckily all have the good sense not
to try to face the badgers. I have never seen any of my Whippets turn away from any wild animal, including once a bear, once a very angry large doe with a fawn. It seems sensible enough of them to realize the badgers just can't be managed. I hope they continue to feel this way.
The death of an old dog is always very sad, but not quite as bad if they don't linger and suffer. My poor old Millicent (Am. Ch. Great Circle Bewitched) was happy and running about chasing rabbits until the day before she died. She just suddenly stopped eating and her heart failed. We put her down before she suffered. She was a great dog, as brave as a lion. I'm sure many people who will read this have had to do with some of her descendants.
M 0 C Kennel Reports
These last few months have been busy ones here. We have been very involved in building an oval track. After much labor, many headaches and much discussion, a working product came forth. We feel rather proud of our accomplishment, though we still find improvements are desired.
The oval brings some surprises in the finish of a race. Most of the dogs at first run very wide on the turns and of course loose precious time. Some seem to become very wise to the lure also - if it gets very far in front, they try to cut across or wait for it to come around again. Several tried to attack the lure box. It is amazing the association these animals have - the second they hear the lure tighten they are at attentions
Recently we were fortunate enough to find a leather machine and decided to purchase it so we are now making muzzles. We intend to offer them to others since there is such difficulty in getting them made, now that Red is unable to supply them. We hope to provide a good quality muzzle and are having much fun making them. with the addition of muzzles, we now offer a full line of race equipment.
We are wondering if anyone can give us information as to the whereabouts of a profile painting (on china) of Solitaire? It was *offered at the Midwest Specialty 1963.
Showing has been off our list this year for there just was not enough time; we hope to be back in the ring next year. We have a couple of very promising puppies coming up, also a couple race animals developing. So we will be looking forward to seeing everyone next season. We hope to be able to make the Ohio shows and races the end o Oct., but have to see what General Motors decides to do first!
Whipoo Kennel Reports
Good news from Kathleen Beargie in Colorado!! She writes that her puppy bitch, Whipoo's Stonecrest Sprite (by Ch. Lysander of Briskways ex Ch. Whipoo's White Chiffon) was Best Puppy In Match at a match given by the Colorado Kennel Club August 30. There were approximately 200 puppies entered.
We wonder why the Puppy Sweepstakes at the recent A.W.C. Eastern Specialty was judged with only 9 puppies entered when the rules for the Puppy Futurity (Sweep- Stakes) stated - "No less than ten puppies to have entered the Futurity Stakes at the Specialty entry closing date or the class will be canceled and money refunded."
Following is our reply to the request of "Information Please" made by Mary Strauss –
Dog breeding has a rather haphazard past. Many years ago, scientific breeding methods were not generally practiced and as a result, "performance in the field" was probably the valid reason two dogs were bred. In the early development of Whippets, how well the dogs in question performed was important while the animal's physical make-up, color and type were not too important. Through the development of the Whippet, performance has remained THE important requisite. In recent years, dog breeding has become an arm chair science and genetical knowledge is being employed. As our population expands, there is less space for hunting. Because of this fact, actual "performance in the field" has become a less important requisite in Whippet breeding.
With the development of dog shows and the sport of exhibiting dogs, the physical make-up, color and type of the Whippet has become important. The contemporary Whippet must give the visual impression he is a swift, capable runner. If the individual is attractively colored or marked, he will be more attractive looking and thus give a more pleasing impression. Depending upon one person's interpretation of the ideal breed standard, "this" dog or "that" dog is the correct Whippet type.
With this brief historical background in mind, we think contemporary Whippets are at a cross road in their development. The breed has not been scientifically bred long enough for physical construction, color or type to be firmly established and on this account, we do not feel there is a true link between performance and
physical make-up, color and type.
In our opinion, the most important ingredient for a "performer" at hunting or racing, is the correct mental make-up. The "correct" mental make-up should be competitive, cooperative and emotionally stable. So far, this mental make-up does not correspond with consistent physical types or colors. For an example, we have observed small, physically poor specimens of the breed race well. To race as well as they did, the dogs surmounted great physical odds and raced well because they had a highly competitive state of mind. We have seen Whippets who had everything in physical make-up, but because they lacked a competitive mind, either refused to race or raced poorly. These examples aren't uncommon, but fortunately, most Whippets today have retained their natural, competitive instinct and this is probably because "years ago", performance was the valid reason for breeding Whippets.
According to our American Whippet Standard, color is not important. To our knowledge, the unimportance of color has always been a part of the American Whippet Standard. As a result, coat color has not been developed and more or less out of indifference to color, Whippets are bred. Only recently has there been any effort to more or less breed genetically for color. However, if there is a performance- color link, we believe there is a tendency for the yellow-fawn and fawn-brindle Whippets to be on an average, better performers and all in all, closer to the generally accepted correct Whippet make-up and type.
Occasionally, all white animals are deaf. This is not new knowledge, it has been general knowledge for many years. Not too many years ago we knew of an all white Whippet who was totally deaf and recently we became acquainted with at all white Toy Poodle who is totally deaf. A great lack of pigment seems to go hand in hand with a lack of hearing.
Frequently, all white Whippets or individuals who are predominantly white, are attractive, classic looking representatives of the breed. They can often be described by such elusive terms as "quality", "class" or the result of "intended, thought out breeding." However, our observations are either white Whippets are generally good or such poor specimens of the breed they can hardly be recognized as pure-bred Whippet; As a rule, yellow-fawns and fawn-brindles aren't so extreme - even undesirable specimens have enough type to be recognized as Whippets.
Along the same color thought, black Whippets are rather like white Whippets. A black Whippet is a good representative of the breed or the individual can hardly be recognized as a pure-bred Whippet.
As more people undertake thought out breeding practices and eventually establish a line dominate in characteristics, definite structural, color and type patterns will become formed. In all likelihood, certain breeders will eventually become identified as having Whippets with more or less certain structural features and generally speaking, within a certain color range.
To compare Whippet breeding with popular breeds today is not too logical. Many of the popular breeds are man made animals and haven't the years of haphazard breeding in back of them. The promoters of many popular breeds aren't trying to retain a natural instinct because the breed is so recent, it has no clear cut job to do or because the work it could do has become obsolete. Fortunately, Whippets still have a strong instinct to perform the task they were created to do and the trouble is keeping the hunting-race instinct and yet breed attractive looking Whippets through sound breeding programs. In our opinion, the best way to keep the Whippet a performer and a representative of the breed, is to continue racing Whippets in competition. In the breed ring, there is plenty of opportunity to evaluate the animals structurally. Unfortunately, there aren't an equal number of race meets to evaluate the animals on performance.
In summary, we do not think there is a concise linkage between color and how it effects temperament and conformation in Whippets. In Whippets, color has never been important or binding and as a result, there has been no effort or restrictions color-wise in Whippet breeding. Only recently has there been any effort to more
or less "color breed" and as yet there have been no appreciable results one way or the other. Because of this fact, a good Whippet will appear in one litter and be fawn and in the next litter, the best puppy might be a predominantly white Whippet. As we've stated, a good performer is a state of mind and as yet, a good state of mind does not accompany any one color.
Midwest Coursing Club
20th Sept., 1964 Racine Coursing Association Track, Racine, Wisconsin, Oval Track.
Puppy. First, Buckaroo, Swistak. Second, Sam Sam, Blackstone.
Class D. First, Mary, Blackstone. Second, Silver, Strauss. Third, Chetah, Strauss.
Class D. First, Spade, Blackstone. Second, Ginger, Drew. Third, Natasha, Strauss. Fourth, Bisquit, Strauss.
Class D. First, 'Candy, Strauss. Second, Dinky, Strauss.
Class C. First, Cri Corker, Blackstone. Second, Sarah, Swistak. Third, Yellow Varmint, Blackstone. Fourth, Tost, Eyles.
Class C. First, Streak, Morgan. Second, Fox Fury, Morgan. Third, Tiger, Blackstone.
Class B. First, Mercury, Swistak. Second, Quick Fire, Conrad. Third, Big Tarnish, Blackstone. Fourth, Blue Smoke, Blackstone.
Class A. First, Tonto, Strauss. Second, Flash, Katz. Third, Rollo, Lyles.
Second Heat Many dogs were scratched as the weather became unfavorable and the hour late, so I shall not take up the space to include these. Tonto was undefeated, and as of this writing still remains winner on this track. Many of the dogs were new to oval racing and many were too wise. The track unfortunately, is 100 yards,
so 2 1/2 cycles made a race. Several decided to wait for the lure when it got ahead of them.
Since our club was formed we feel the dogs have benefited much. re have Greyhound, Borzois and Afghan members as well as Whippets. re strive to have a race meet
once a month during the season. October 18 will close our race meets. We hope to be able to do some extra things in the near future. Our races are open to anyone in sight hounds and we welcome visitors and new members.
Judy Morgan, Secretary
Selwyn Blackstone writes - included is the race results of a fine afternoon of racing the Midwest Coursing Club had. I think it is noteworthy to mention that over 35 entries were by the Midwest Coursing Club members at the Ohio race meet.
The weather was clear, day warm, track fast and the dogs excited, as usual. There were 142 entries. The first three in each race will be mentioned.
Class A. First, Cinnamon Roll. Second, Rooster Boy. Third, Briarwyn's Bluestone. Class B. First, S. Ii. E. Tost. Second, Transgression. Third, MacArthur.
Class B. First, T. Floorboards. Second, M. Blitz. Third Mo-C Fox.
Class C. First, T. Patton. Second, T. Tracy. Third, Vere Rasmus of K. Class C. First, Mo-C Lulu Belle. Second, Pirate. Third, Easter Egg.
Class D. First, First, M. Natasha. Second, Por Little Angel. Third, T. Bibiana. Class D. First, B. Bernard. Second, T. Rab. Third, 11, Dinky.
Puppy. First, S. March Hare. Second, T. Casper. Third, T. Buckeroo(This race was not counted)
Final. First, Cinnamon Roll, Second, Lulu Belle. Third, Floorboards. Semi-Final. First, T. Rooster Boy. Second, Transgression. Third, Pirate. First, E. Tar Paint. Second, B. Bluestone. Third, T. MacArthur.
First, Kashan's Hawk. Second, Mo-C Mercury. Third, T. Bibiana. First, T. Sumo,: Second, Mo-C Streak. Third, Cri-Corker.
First, S. Silver. Second, T. Natalie. Third, Brendola.
First, Easter Egg, Second, M. Handy. Third, E. Olive Oil.
Puppy. First, T. Casper. Second, S. March Hare. Third, T. Buckeroo.
From THE CHASE NEWS Fred Cooper, Editor
Whippet races are always exciting and this year new records were constantly made and broken. At the Chase Trials, Traymatt Rab held the record for a short time, clocked at a flat 18 seconds. Then one fine day Traymatt Rooster Boy broke the finish line at 17.1 seconds. After watching several races and participating in several others, Traymatt MacArthur said to himself "I'll show you how it is done boys" and off he sped to a 17 second finish. He holds the Chase Whippet record to date. At the Whippet National Races at Eyleland Park I watched a truly great racer, Eyleland Homer romp to victory. Say, Homer come on out to the Chase Trials next summer, Traymatt MacArthur wants to show you how to cut corners and all the tricks he's learned.
These final events of the racing season provided thrill after thrill for dogs, owners and spectators. host of the dogs have learned a great deal about racing this year and great strides have been made in stimulating interest in the sport of racing dogs.
When Does A Dog Run His Best Time?
Our records of each race for the last two years show that every dog bettors his own time in his second race of the day. The records also show that the dogs that have rested a minimum of two hours between the 2nd and 3rd race will better their time again in the 3rd race. Last year the championship races were run in very poor time. However, this was the only time up the track for those dogs that day. This year Lynx set her track record by running two schooling races in the morning. Her record was set some four hours later in the afternoon.
From the Australian WHIPPET WORLD
Journal of the Whippet Club of New South Wales
On Saturday night, July 4th, at the invitation of the N.S.W. Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association, the Whippets again gave three exhibition races at Harold Park to a delighted "Greyhound" audience. There is no doubt that the Whippets were a star attraction sufficiently powerful to entice the would be Greyhound bettors away from the bookmakers for a short time.
With a chilling wind coming off the mountains, the dogs were keenly anxious to race, and after consultations between the racing committee and the manager of Harold Park, it was decided to let the dogs go from the starting boxes.
This special Greyhound meeting was a testimonial to Mr. Cyril Saxon, formerly an original member of the Government Greyhound Racing Control Board. hr. Saxon has been connected with Greyhound racing since he was 11 years old, and at the time of his incapacity was a supervisor for the Newcastle Branch of the Board. He has also been a director of Harold Park.
1)Mr. Saxon expressed keen interest in the Whippets at our last exhibition in 1963 and since then has acquired and trained a Whippet for racing. A specially selected Whippet from the Club, Ch. Waddellie Rendezvous, was chosen to race against Mr. Saxon's dog; however, Hr. Saxon's training programme was too good for Rhonda, who was keenly beaten into second place.
(Times of the three races over 180 yards were 10.7, 10.9 and 11.5 seconds)
THE MAIL BAG
Selwyn Blackstone, Franksville, Wisconsin, writes: I've noticed at the race meets that everyone and everything is going along much better with each passing meet. This is probably obvious to everyone, but I'm wondering if it is as obvious to everyone that this is mostly due to the time and mighty effort of one man. 'There he finds the time, energy and patience to promote, instill spirit, organize and then perform the arduous tasks that would take several people to otherwise do, I don't know. I do know that Louis Pegram deserves a great thank you from all of us, and an offering of our services whenever we can be of help to him.
Well, after much experimenting we finally got our oval track operating officially the Sunday after Labor Day. We've run every Sunday after that on the same location of Seven idle Fair on 194, Racine County. These grounds are operating every Sunday during the spring, summer and fall and we hope to be running regularly there next year.
We (Gary Morgan and I) know it would never have been possible without the fine, outstanding help of many people interested in sighthound racing. Such people as the Strauss family, Gary Gabeau and family, who contributed most of their free week ends and some week days toward the erection, made it possible for us to have a track we can run on regularly. Others who traveled far to give us a full entry on Sunday afternoons for the spectators have our outstanding vote of thanks also.
As with most of you, I look forward anxiously to the Whippet News and when finally receiving it, I usually thumb through it quickly, sometimes even before getting it back into the house after going down to the mail box for it. Then later sitting down to read it thoroughly. Almost immediately, the wording of an advertisement caught my eye. "Advocating bench champions who can race, and racing for the pet." This was by Hr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Jacobs of Whipoo Kennels. It is a thought, I believe, that most breeders believe in but haven't said so in such a concise way. The thought is simple and sensible. Let the Whippet do what it was originally bred to do and should still be bred to do, races How I haven't heard this statement as often lately, but it came in a piece of correspondence to me - "Racing will spoil the breed." Considering some of the violent reactions and statements by some of the non-racing people, it is most noteworthy of the Whipoo Kennels to come out with this, and I for one congratulate them for a finely worded advertisement.
Anyway, as all who know me understand, I believe racing is good for the breed. Besides the basic reason that It gives an outlet for the non-showable Whippet who would ordinarily make a small kennel grow out of proportion, or having to "put them down" as some do. It brings out into the open people who would ordinarily have little or no interest in the Whippet as it is other than just another dog. I have found that most of the homes who receive unshowable stock become stimulated more deeply in interest toward the breed when brought in contact with the many breeders and winners at race meets. They have in turn either gotten showable stock or have bred for and sometimes produce showable stock. This has to be good for the breed!
This year, the month of October has produced some of the finest racing weather I have ever encountered. Whether in years to come we will be as fortunate is a mute question. The huge turnouts at the fall race meets certainly show that everybody tried to make the most of it. Whippet racing certainly has become smoothly organized. I know that a great amount of planning and even more work went into the October 24 and 25 affair down at Marysville, Ohio. The Ohio group certainly is entitled to words of congratulations for the fine job they did for their first encounter with staging a National Whippet Race Meet.
There was a note of sorrow hovering over the meet as the loss of such a great and well known breeder as John Berger is a stunning loss. Our sympathy goes out to his relatives. This coupled with the loss of Donald Hostetter, who I believe should have memorial trophies set up for him as was suggested in the last Whippet News, I hope this is to be sent through the Whippet News, and I will pledge something. I certainly hope some news of the fund raising set up is coming soon.
Mr. & Mrs. William Brenner, B. C., Canada, writes: Oct. 8, 1964: We have a Whippet male which my wife finished with a 5 point group first, and now have a bitch puppy and are expecting another pup as a stud fee. The dog has also been in two Obedience trials and has two steps towards his C. D., with scores of 1P9.5 and 198. He is from Pamela Arthur's kennel and is called Rockabye Bright Prospect. We will show him as a special next year as all the shows except two are over in western Canada for this year. We will enter him in an Obedience trial in December in Vancouver and finish his C. D. degree and then take him out of Obedience until his showing days are over.
Sam Hearn, Lawton, Oklahoma, writes: As another year of shows draws to an end in our part of the country, with some wins, some loses, another year of experience and lots and lots of fun and new friends to enjoy, we around Blue Beaver still feel dog people are tops of all the people we know. We have met many new people in the breed this year, entries are up a little and the Whippet seems to be slowly but surely becoming better known.
The weather is cooling off, shows slowing down, so the starting boxes have bees placed on the track, and the races will soon be starting each Sunday. Last year we had some wonderful times with the races including Whippets, Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds and Borzois, some Sundays having as many as thirty dogs. Time permitting, we should do even better this year, and surprising enough on the 200 yard track the Whippets ran ahead of some very good Greyhounds. Having the track on my own place I am sure the Whippets were a little better schooled than most of the Greyhounds.
Bernice Strauss, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, writes: October 27, 1964 - First of all our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs. John Berger in her loss.
What a perfectly wonderful time we had in Ohio this past week end. We experienced "southern hospitality" at its bests It was pure pleasure from the time we got there until we left. Our whole family enjoyed it--even out 7 year old Ricky who usually prefers toy cars to dogs.
We did appreciate the personal attention we all received in regard to our sleeping quarters, eating accommodations and concern for our comfort. The Central Ohio Whippet Owners deserve no end of credit in seeing that the week end was such a success! The racing program and everything was so well organized--they even had the weather man provide just perfect weather for it all, too.
We were impressed with the new starting boxes. They seem to be much simpler to make and easier to keep in good shape. It seems they would be less distracting to the dogs and there would never be that chance that some box would accidentally be locked for a race, requiring a re-run. I have always been a little concerned about the possibility of the doors either opening too far or not far enough, maybe injuring the dog on the other starting boxes. This new door would eliminate that chance. Egad, it occurred to me, what if this door would accidentally drop while opening? Guess I worry too much.
Mr. Jacobs operated the lure both days perfectly and what an accomplishment that was!, It's always such a disappointment when there are lure troubles though anyone deserves credit for doing their best, anyway. I'm sure you must have to be a real artist to do such a good job. Speaking of artists, we were able to compliment Mr. Jacobs, in person, on the perfectly delightful covers he makes for the perfectly wonderful Whippet News. We have enjoyed the covers almost as much as the contents.
We received the prize money for the races at Eyleland Park, Oct. 11 and noticed as in the check for the International Races, the Jacobs made out the check and notice with it. One can't help but feel they go way out of their way with labor and time spent to make dog racing the fun it is for the rest of us. It's most appreciated!
Ire also think Mr. Pegram does an outstanding job in making up the race programs and an excellent job in announcing them. His work is most appreciated, too.
How our Whippets have changed our way of living!, For the last fifteen years we have disliked motoring to such an extent we rarely left town for a trip once or twice which still wouldn't add up to more than 3000 miles for the whole year. Now since May, we have put on more than 6000 miles on our wagon mostly in the pursuit of dog events--racing and shows. We even gave up the comforts of driving in a car for the more uncomfortable travel in a wagon to make it easier to take the dogs with us. Needless to say, we love every minute of it or we wouldn't do it. Me couldn't help but feel we were slightly "off our gourd" to even consider the almost 800 mile round trip to Ohio this past week end. As it turned out, we had such a good time, we wouldn't have missed it for anything.
We owe a debt of gratitude to so many people for making this past summer such a fun one for us. First of all, especially to Mr. Blackstone for introducing us to Whippet ownership with our elegant Sege Little Silver. He has been so helpful and patient in answering our unending questions. We are grateful to Barbara and Josephine Steinberg who invited us out for race training our pups three consecutive Sundays before the International. Without their help beforehand, I'm afraid our pups would have made a rather dismal showing--they were just 7 months old then.
Me thank Mr. Eyles, so much, for allowing the MWC Club to use his excellent track for our monthly meets. He provides way more than his share in making the race meets possible. 170 have also enjoyed meeting other Whippet owners. It has been a wonderful summer for us, especially, since it has been an activity the whole family could enjoy together.
Now things here will quiet down, dogwise, to be replaced by Boy Scout and PTA work, already underway, until next spring when we will look forward to another summer of dog events.
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