1996 AWC National Specialty
Photos and Articles about the 1996 National
Best of Breed
The First International Whippet Congress &
10th Anniversary AWC National Specialty
The 10th annual American Whippet Club National Specialty show was held following the 1st International Whippet Congress at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont on April 16-21, 1996. There was an entry of 458 Whippets making 657 entries, with Mrs. Julie Holm (Terrace Hill) judging all specialty classes (113 class dogs, 169 bitches, 90 specials 141 dogs, 49 bitches], 85 non-regular entries); Mrs. Carolyn Mountan (Wistwind) judged the 108 Futurity entries and Ms. Carol Willumsen (Willcare) the 28 in Veteran sweepstakes. The 50 Obedience entries were judged by Mr. Ken Buxton and the 16 Triathlon entries by Mrs. Betty Stites.
Thanks to Show Superintendent Eileen McNulty for results and catalog and to Tom Nutting for official win photographs.
BOB - Ch. Patric's Personal Aggenda (Ch. Chelsea Legerdemain x Ch. Patric's Except No Substitute). Breeder Patrick J. Pettit. Owners breeder & Pennyworth Knls.
BOS - Ch. Red Cloud Quintessence (Ch. Delacreme de la Renta x Ch. Kezo's Seafoam Florescence, JC). Breeders owner & Doris Bandoian. Owners Robert & Barbara Nyby. Agent Mary Dukes.
WD & BOW - Nasusa Cacique (Ch. Starline's Reign On, JC x Nasusa Raise The Curtain). Breeders Carla & Susan Badick. Owners Carla Badick, Kevin & Eileen Shupenia.
RWD - Sporting Field N' Erin Piano Man (Ch. Topaz Jazz Singer x Sporting Fields Simplicity). Breeders Mrs. James Butt & Dionne Butt. Owners John & Meghan Lyons & C. Morton.
WB & BP - Appraxin Wilhaus Renaissance (Ch. Mahtrow's Just In Time x Appraxin Dame Edna). Breeder Calvin G. Perry. Owners Kitty Williams-Wilcox & breeder.
RWB - Paris Beatrix of Tiber (Ch. Broadstrider's Gorgeous George x Ch. Paris Princess). Breeder & owner Sharon Sakson.
Select Awards of Merit: Ch. Pennyworth Light My Fire, Ch. Surrey Hill's Sanibel Sand, SC & F.Ch., Ch. Watch Me Ruby Red Slippers, Ch. Hallmark's Back To The Future, IC, Dual Ch. Sporting Fields Winsome Won, SC & F.Ch., Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford, F.Ch., Ch. Sporting Fields Jazz Fest, Ch. Jade's Ice Dream Man of Whyme, Ch. Starline's Reign On, Ch. Delight's Country Devon Air.
Class winners & entries:
Puppy D. 6-9 mo. (12): Crestfield Winter Reign (Ch. Starline's Reign On x Ch. Crestfield Rhea of Limerick).
Puppy D. 9-12 mo. (23): Amazone's Cherokee Bee (Ch. Edelweiss Baccarat Allstar x Ch. Woodsmoke's Crack of Dawn).
Junior D. 12-18 mo. (17): Sun Run's MVP (Ch. Raintree's Carrington x Ch. Saxon Shore Flashing Lights, IC).
Novice D. (6): Hamrya Fitzroyal (Ch. Hamrya Moonvark x Ch. Hamrya's Teacher's Pet).
Bred by Exh. D. (18): WD above.
American-Bred D. (11): Affire On A Clear Day, SC (Ch. Broadstrider By George x Ch. Jade's Simply Irresistible).
Open D. (26): RWD above.
Jr. Veteran D. (6): Best in Sweeps below.
Sr. Veteran D. (4): Ch. Seaspell's Echo of the Sea, F.Ch. (Ch. Fenwick of Whippoorwill x Sporting Fields Star Gazer II).
Lure Coursing D. (12): Dual Ch. Seaspell's Black Hills, F.Ch. & SC ( Ch. Sporting Fields Kinsman x Ch. Heatherlane Hello Dolly, F.Ch.)
Racing D. (3): Chauncey of Wheatland (Ringdove Quasar x Willoughby of Windsor).
Puppy B. 6-9 mo. (21): Chelsea Calibri (Ch. Red Cloud Quintessence x Ch. Chelsea At Tiffanys).
Puppy B. 9-12 mo. (33): WB above. Junior B. 12-18 mo. (23): RWB above. Novice B. (10): Hamrya's Golden Slippers
Winners Bitch & Best Puppy
(Ch. Starline's Golden Opportunity x Ch. Hamrya's Four Leaf Clover).
Bred by Exh. B. (27): Merci Isle Escape to Seafire, JC (Ch. Merci Isle Burncoat Babylon, SC x Merci Isle Black Heart, SC).
American-Bred B. (14): Lurdie's Fire When Ready, JC (Ch. Anndra's Measure For Measure x Ch. Topnotch Wildfire, JC).
Open B. (42): Eclipse Pennies from
Heaven (Ch. Paris Persuasion, SC x Sporting Flds Victorian Lace).
Jr. Veteran B. (12): Ch. Prophecy's Promises Promises (Ch. Shilo's Satisfaction Gar N'Teed x Morshor's Calypso).
Sr. Veteran B. (4): Ch. Saxon Shore Chase The Sun, CD & F.Ch. ( Ch. Plumcreek Chase Manhattan, CD x Ch. Rafina Rhianda of Kamara).
Lure Coursing B: (13): Ch. Winwood's Capucine SF, SC & F.Ch. (Ch. Topaz Jazz Singer x Dual Ch. Sporting Fields Winsome Won, SC & F.Ch.)
Racing B. (1): Loco's Relentless Barracuda, ARM, ROC, F.Ch. & JC (Hamlin's Rowdy of Windyglen, JC x Allegro Touch of Intent Loco, SC ORC & F.Ch.).
Stud D. (9): Ch. Starline's Reign On (Ch. Hamrya's Lucky Charm x Ch. Ringmaster's Gold Fever).
Brood B. (10): Ch. Sporting Field's Winsome Won ( Ch. Sporting Fields Strider x Ch. Gold-Dust's Champagne Parti SF).
Stud D. Extended gen. (2): Ch. Starline's Reign On (see above).
Brood B. Extended gen. (2): Ch. Surrey Hill's Savannah (Whippoorwill Moonstone x Ch. Whippoorwill Surrey).
Brace (6): Leila Downen with Paris Anahita Diablesse Ruad & Ch. Paris Diablesse Quinn, F.Ch. & SC.
Team (2:) Leila Downen with Paris Diablesse Count Vassili, Paris Anahita Diablesse Ruad, Paris Diablesse Duc Zilmos & Ch. Paris Diablesse Quinn, F.Ch. & SC.
Best of Opposite Sex
Winners Dog & Best of Winners
Winners Bitch & Best Puppy
Judge's comments — JULIE HOLM:
IT IS VERY HARD to put on paper what is in your heart, but I have tried to express my feelings the best I know how. I hope this will show the Whippet fancy how much I appreciated being allowed to judge their wonderful dogs.
Judging the AWC National Specialty was the most exciting, emotional and fulfilling experience of my dog show career. Never have I seen so many beautiful dogs in one place in my life. I felt so honored and it was a privilege to have been selected to judge the National. I feel that the World Congress really added a wonderful international feeling. The AWC and all the people who helped to make it such a success should be congratulated.
The withdrawal symptoms were beginning to set in with not being able to judge or watch (as closely as I would normally) Whippets for over a year. I need my hands on Whippets just to survive!
All the people at the show were so supportive and the show committee led by Dale Healy was outstanding. Everything was handled with great care which made the whole event go so smoothly. A special "Thank You" to my great stewards Pat Dresser and Karen Rockwell; they made my "job" so much easier for me, and at no small task, getting the dogs in and out of the ring.
Quality was in great abundance in the large classes and to have to cut, and to cut again, to only four in each class was very hard. In some classes I could have given seven or eight ribbons. The ones that did not place, I am sure will go on to finish without any problem.
I hope the spectators at ringside could follow my choices as I was definitely looking for an ideal Whippet in my mind. I don't want exaggeration of any kind. I was looking for smooth flat muscles and not too curvy or too long and flat toplines, good underlines, well balanced front and rear combined with elegance. The down and back movement is very important, as well as the smooth covering ground without lost motion going around.
I was so happy to see the beautiful large Whippet eye on almost all the entries. The heads were for the most part very good, but I found a few very large bulky ones. And speaking of bulky, this was my only real problem with many of the dogs: they were not smooth. The size was not the problem, as I only measured a couple of dogs, but bulky muscles and thick necks and bodies was not what I wanted to see. We need elegance in our dogs as much as our bitches.
And now to the winners
6-9 mo. puppy dogs: Crestfield Winter Reign. A very exciting dark red brindle and white. Very sound on the down and back and moved around the ring with great presence for a puppy.
9-12 mo. puppy dogs: Beautiful class of twenty. Hard decisions. Amazone's Cherokee Bee. Very sound parti colored, almost water marked, beautiful head and neck. Moved well down and back and gorgeous side movement.
12-18 mo. puppy dogs: Sun Runs MVP. Fawn and white with a beautiful dark round eye, very sound down and back, no question he was going to be number one in the class.
Novice Dog: Hamrya Fitzroyal. Almost solid brindle with nice expression and good movement, down and back and around.
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs: Nasusa Cacique. Gorgeous light brindle and white. One of the most sound dogs I have seen in a long time, great topline and not exaggerated in any way. My eventual WD and BOW.
American Bred Dogs: Affire On A Clear Day. Fawn brindle and white. Very sound going down and back and around.
Open Dogs: Sporting Field N'Erin Piano Man. Beautiful brindle and white, mostly white. Very moderate dog, nothing exaggerated with gorgeous side movement. My eventual RWD.
Jr. Veteran Dog: Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford. A wonderful fawn and white, very masculine and yet not coarse. He still moves around the ring like a young dog. He eventually was one of my Selects. I have loved this dog since he was a puppy and I gave him his first point.
Sr. Veteran Dog: Ch. Seaspell's Echo of the Sea. A very sound dog even at almost 11 years. He moved down and back and around very well.
Lure Coursing Dogs: Dual Ch. Seaspell's Black Hills, F.Ch.
Racing Class: Chauncey of Wheatland, ARM,ORC.
6-9 mo. Bitches: Chelsea Calibri. Dark red brindle and mostly white, totally in proportion, beautiful head and expression, very good down and back and around.
9-12 mo. Bitches: Appraxin Wilhaus Renaissance. Light brindle and little white, gorgeous head and expression, very good movement down and back and around. So balanced, so smooth and eventually my WB.
12-18 mo. Bitches: Paris Beatrix of Tiber, red fawn and white. Dark eyes and expression to die for, beautiful ears, moved very sound down and back. Eventually my RWB.
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches: Merci Isle Escape to Seafire. Beautiful light fawn brindle and white, just the right size, very nice going around, not quite as much extension as I wanted in front but she was overall very nice.
American Bred Bitches: Lurdie's Fire When Ready. Parti-colored with nice head, lovely expression, beautiful front and rear, goes around the very smoothly.
Open Bitches: This was a class of 38, but what I found in each one was not all that I was looking for in the finished product. Eclipse Pennies from Heaven. Gorgeous fawn and white, beautiful head and nice movement down and back and around.
Jr. Veteran Bitches: Ch. Prophecy's Promises Promises. A beautiful light brindle and white, lovely expression. Still could win in the ring today.
Sr. Veteran Bitches: Ch. Saxon Shore Chase The Sun, CD, F.Ch. Still a gorgeous fawn and white bitch at 10 1/2 years. Moved around the ring like a youngster. This brought tears as I remember her as young bitch.
Lure Coursing Bitches: Ch. Winwood's Capucine SF,SC,F.Ch. Lovely brindle and white and a great mover, beautiful expression and ears.
Racing Class Bitches: Loco's Relentless Barracuda, ARM, ORC, F.Ch., JC. A nice dark brindle and white with almost white head with a good dark eye.
Best Jr. Showman: Jill Johansson. Best Stud Dog: Ch. Starline's Reign On.
Best Stud Dog Extended Generation: Ch. Starline's Reign On.
Best Brood Bitch: Ch. Sporting Field's Winsome Won.
Best Brood Bitch Extended Generation: Ch. Surrey Hill's Savannah.
Best Brace: Paris Anahita Diablesse Ruad, Ch. Paris Diablesse Quinn F.Ch. SC.
Best Team: Paris Diablesse Count Vassili, Paris Anahita Diablesse Ruad, Paris Diablesse Duc Zilmos, Ch. Paris Diablesse Quinn F.Ch., SC.
Best of Breed: Ch. Patric's Personal Aggenda. Orange brindle and white, beautifully put together dark eyes, wonderful expression, so sound front and rear and going around. Just the right size with no exaggerations.
Best of Winners: Nasusa Cacique.
Best Opposite Sex: Ch. Red Cloud Quintessence. A gorgeous fawn and white with beautiful Whippet eyes and so smooth. Also not too big and very sound. Really covered ground with no effort.
Selects: As I have mentioned before these dogs and bitches were in no special order, and on another day any one of them could have won Best of Breed. Dogs — Ch. Drakkar of Oxford (Jr. Veteran), Ch. Sporting Field's Jazz Fest, Ch. Jade's Ice Dream Man of Whyme, Ch. Starline's Reign On, Ch. Delight's Country Devon Air. Bitches — Ch. Pennyworth Light My Fire, Ch. Karasar's Preference, Ch. Watch Me Ruby Red Slippers, Ch. Hallmark's Back to the Future, Ch. Sporting Field's Winsome Won.
Best in Futurity - Heavens Above De Sud (Ch. Kindred Spirit de Sud x Ch. Chelsea Oxford Sunday Silence, JC). Breeders Kathy Armato Deann Christianson. Owner Katharine S. Armato.
No BOS awarded.
Class winners & entries:
Puppy D. 6-8 mo. (4): Windborn Take A Bow (Ch. Starline's Reign On x Ch.
Windborn Blu Passion, JC).
Puppy D. 8-10 mo. (7): Merci Isle Sleight of Hand (Ch. Merci Isle Meridian, JC x Ch. Merci Isle I See Delight, SC & LCM).
Puppy D. 10-12 mo. (16): Summit Shotgun Willie (Ch. Chelsea Just One Look x Ch. Summit Jasmine).
Junior D. 12-14 mo. (9): Paris Plainsman of Tiber (Ch. Broadstrider's Gorgeous George x Ch. Paris Princess).
Junior D. 14-18 mo. (13): Broadstrider's Brascal (Ch. Seaspell's Rip Tide x Ch. Broadstrider's Georgie Girl).
Puppy B. 6-8 mo. (9): BIF above.
Puppy B. 8-10 mo. (13): Chelsea Summit Soprano's Flight (Ch. Chelsea Antipodes x Ch. Woodsmoke's Bold N' Dramatic).
Puppy B. 10-12 mo. (16): Debmar Jocora Southern Glory (Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford x Ch. Jocora Caressa).
Junior B. 12-14 mo. (7): Paris Beatrix of Tiber (see RWB above).
Junior B. 14-18 mo. (14): Bohem Whiporwill Angel Wings (Ch. Chelsea Whippoorwill Hudson x Ch. Bohem La Boheme).
"I have a dual purpose background, so I was not only looking for conformation and movement, but also for a fit and athletic specimen,"
Futurity comments — CAROLYN MOUNTAN:
To SAY I WAS honored to judge the 1996 National Futurity would certainly be an understatement. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the AWC, Jo Meister for her help and support, and my able steward, Karen Rockwell, who kept things rolling. Most of all I'd like to thank those of you who presented a dog to me and for your good sportsmanship.
I would like to give a brief overall view of the entry and highlight some of my class winners. Generally speaking, I was quite pleased with the entry. As many of you know, I have a dual purpose background, so I was not only looking for what I thought was correct as far as conformation and movement goes, but I was also looking for a fit and athletic specimen. Although at times it was difficult to get the dogs in the correct placements, I did not have a problem choosing what I considered to be the best representatives of the breed for that age group.
On the downside, I saw quite a few exhibits with loaded shoulders, especially in the younger age groups —which makes me wonder what will happen by the time they mature! I also saw some very straight pasterns and even more almond "squinty" eyes. On the upside, almost all but a handful of exhibits were presented in nice, fit condition. Temperaments were great, with not one shy or squeamish exhibit, which is as it should be. Movement, especially on the down and back, was better than I had expected.
6-8 mos. Dog (4). My first place winner, Windborn Take a Bow, was pushed hard by my second place fawn and white dog, Saint Simon De Sud, but eventually won for his cleaner front movement on this day. 3rd and 4th were littermates.
8-10 mos. Dog (7). The winner of this class, Merci Isle Sleight of Hand, is a light fawn, very sound moving, upstanding male with a good bit of bone. He had beautiful large, round, dark eyes. The second place dog, Whippoorwill Firebreak, was very sound coming and going.
10-12 mos. Dog (16). In this class 1st and 2nd place were littermates, as were 3rd and 4th place. Coming out on top was Summit Shotgun Willie, a brindle and white heavily marked parti-color, who is moderate in size and an outstanding sound mover. He has nice length of body and beautiful neck set. The second place dog, Summit Court and Spark, was also a nice mover but was a bit rough over the shoulders. Also deserving mention are Debmar Jocora Simply Southern (3rd) and Debmar in High Cotton (4th). Both dogs are elegant and nice movers and I feel that with a bit more maturity they have a very promising future.
12-14 mos. Dog (9). Paris Plainsman of Tiber won this class on his beautiful balance and soundness of movement. Although I would like a bit more length of body, this solid fawn was presented in tip-top fit condition and could not be denied this class. He was pushed by the elegant white and fawn Sun Run's MVP. Third and fourth were littermates.
14-18 mos. Dog (13). The first place dog in this class, Broadstrider's Brascal, is a mostly white dog with a brindle patch at the left elbow. This is a very sound, well put together pup — a nice dog to get your hands on. He has nice depth of brisket, good front fill, and a pretty outline. He did not put a foot down wrong. Pennyworth U Woodn't Believe and Pennyworth Frequent Flyer (2nd and 3rd respectively) were elegant littermates with the second place dog showing more depth.
6-8 mos. Bitch (9). This was a very deep class. The 1st place bitch and eventual Best in Futurity winner, Heavens Above De Sud, a fawn and white, was presented in nice fit condition. She is an exquisite bitch with soundness every which way you looked. A smooth, fluid mover, with nicely flexible pasterns, she has a beautiful neck, smooth shoulders, plenty of front fill, depth of brisket, and nice length of loin. On the go-round she just floated around the ring and had plenty of rear drive. Her littermate, Forbidden Fruit De Sud, who went 2nd in this class, was also a fluid mover, but lacked her sister's curves and femininity.
8-10 mos. Bitch (14). Chelsea Summit Soprano's Flight came out on top in this big class. She is white with fawn markings with a gorgeous face and eye, and beautiful pigment. Although her topline flattens out a bit, I found her to be the best mover on this day, especially in the rear. Second place went to the fawn and white Sonsteby's Seventh Heaven, a very nice bitch in her own right. Littermates Merci Isle Moveable Feast (3rd) and Merci Isle McAllister's Moxie (4th) are nice balanced bitches and I feel that with a bit more maturity, they should do some winning of their own in the future.
10-12 mos. Bitch (15). 1st and 2nd placements were again littermates. These two could switch places on another day. 1st place was Debmar's Jocora Southern Glory, a white with red fawn markings. She is long and elegant. She moved better on side gait and coming and going than the 2nd place bitch, Debmar's Jocora Southern Charm, a brindle and white parti. My 2nd place bitch had better front fill than 1st, but did not use herself as well on this day. I think these two lovely young bitches have a very promising future.
12-14 mos. Bitch (7). 1st in this class went to a very attentive and very athletic red fawn, Paris Beatrix of Tiber. She has lovely sidegait and floated around the ring. A very balanced bitch.
12-18 mos. Bitch (14). Bohem Whippoorwill Angel Wings, a white with brindle patch on her off side, won this class while being pushed by 2nd place winner Whippoorwill Scarlet Oak. The 2nd place bitch held her topline better, but her rear was not as strong as 1st. The first place bitch had great depth of brisket and was using herself better on this day.
Best in Futurity went to the 6-8 mos. puppy bitch Heavens Above De Sud.
Best in Veteran Sweeps - Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford, F.Ch. (Whippoorwill Moonstone x Ch. Chelsea Saffron). Breeders & owners Lee & Deann Christianson & Diane Bowen.
BOS in Veteran Sweeps - Ch. Bohem Delacreme Demoiselle (Ch. Delacreme de la Renta x Ch. Whippoorwill Sonatina). Breeders B. Bengtson, M. Dukes & B. Henderson. Owner John Richardson.
Class winners & entries:
Veteran D. 7-10 years (4): Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford (above).
Veteran D. 10-12 years (3): Ch. Seaspell's Echo of the Sea, F.Ch. (Ch. Fenwick of Whippoorwill x Sporting Fields Star Gazer II).
Veteran D. 12 years & over (1): Ch. Stormbay Flin (imp. Australia, by Eng. & Am. Ch. Solotown Simeon, imp. UK x Ch. Stormbay Thisbe).
Veteran B. 7-10 years (14): Ch. Bohem Delacreme Demoiselle (above).
Veteran B. 10-12 years (5): Ch. Cygnet Watch Me Ms Whitney, CD & JC (Ch. Delacreme de la Renta x Ch. Saxon Shore Kelly Girl).
Veteran B. 12 years & over (1): Ch. Shamasan Minnie Mouse (Ch. Stoney Meadows North Star x Ch. Westgate The Enchantress).
Highest Scoring in Trial - Paris Smart Alec, CD (Ch. Paris Seaworthy Simon, LCM x Sporting Fields Willow II). Breeders Richard Smith & Sharon Sakson. Owners Judith & Stephen Byron. 192.5 points.
Class winners & entries:
Novice A (6): Ch. Hound-Hill Cheerio (Hound-Hill First Light x Ch. Hound-Hill Rebecca), SC & F.Ch., 187 pts.
Novice B (16): Hound-Hill Classical Rag (Ch. Locar's Martini On The Rocks x Ch. Hound-Hill Footlights), 190 pts.
Open A (3): HIT above.
Open B (3): Chaparral Cool Hand Luke, CDX (Ch. Sporting Fields Kinsman x Ch.
Chaparral Corazon, CDX & SC), 181 pts. Utility A (1): not qualified.
Graduate Novice (9): Ch. Shamasan Bitterblue Columbia, CD, SC & LCM (Ch. Bitterblue's Loco Weed, CD, SC & LCM x Ch. Runner's Here Comes Charade), 186.5 pts.
Versatility (2): Ch. Norika's Holiday Treasure, CDX, CGC (Ch. Azalea Hills Dream-Maker x Ch. Norika's Wild Flower), 145 pts.
Veteran (7): Ch. Buncrana's Sligo, CDX & LCMX (Ch. Whippletree's Isaac, CD & LCM x; Polly Hinders of Kristobell, CD & LCM), 192 pts.
Brace (2): Ch. Chaparral Corazon, CDX SC & LCM and Chaparral Cool Hand Luke, CDX.