2004 AWC National Specialty
American Whippet Club National Specialty
April 4.10, 2004
Reflections and critique by Espen Engh
Wow, what a show! Indeed after seventeen years of judging quite extensively on all continents, this was easily the most enjoyable show and the most enjoyable entry I have ever judged. Both the quantity and the quality of the Whippets over those four days were just overwhelming.
It was a great honour and an even greater pleasure to be selected by the membership of the American Whippet Club to judge your National Specialty. It was especially flattering to be the first foreign judge ever to judge this show, and perhaps even more so as I cannot even claim to be a Whippet breeder. I had judged three Whippet specialties in the
The quality of the Whippets over these days was just overwhelming, but they were not at all evenly distributed between the classes. In several classes I would have been happy to place ten or more dogs, in others it was a bit of a struggle to find four.
The traits that impressed the most were first and foremost the overall quality, that look of being thoroughbred and not coincidental. There were a lot of beautiful heads and expressions, and even if we Europeans on the whole are not quite as focused on heads as most American fanciers, we still appreciate outstanding heads when we see them.
I was amazed that there were so many Whippets with beautiful curvy underlines. I think this is an essential trait in creating true Whippet type, and on previous judging appointments I have been less impressed with this. Coupled with straight upper arms, a straight underline detracts so much from Whippet type which soon drifts towards the Fox Terrier. The straight upper arms are still there in a lot of dogs, but again this fault seemed less apparent then before. And lack of layback of upper arms alone (as opposed to coupled with a lack of underline), is not nearly as objectionable as the combination. Still, I must admit that lack of front angulation tends to throw the dog out of balance and me off the dog.
Above all I was impressed with the movement of a number of dogs and would say that there were at least 20 Whippets that I would classify as great movers in this entry, and that is a lot more than I have ever seen in one place before. The correlation between excellence in side movement and coming and going was remarkable. Most of the ones that moved very well from the side also moved well coming and going. This has not necessarily been the case in the past. Indeed the last time I judged in the
I must mention how impressed I was with the quality of your black Whippets. Outstanding blacks came into the ring in one class after another. I saw more beautiful black Whippets over these four days than I have ever seen in my life up until this show. I confess to finding the colour attractive, but not to the detraction of other colours - and maybe it was a magnet for owners of blacks that I have previously given a big specialty BOB to a black bitch. Still, I was totally amazed!
So what did not impress? I have mentioned the layback of
upper arms. I would add lack of forechest in a great many of the dogs. I was
also puzzled to find a number of dogs that both stood and went very wide
behind. Some of these dogs I tried to correct on the table, but it was
impossible. I have never seen this before and did not care for it at all and
doubt that any of those dogs made the placements or even the cuts.
Another thing that did not impress was the craze for showing ears. Of course it is lovely when a Whippet uses his or her perfectly shaped, thin rose ears. But when they have either big, thick ears hanging flat to the skull, or tulip ears, or even worse prick ears, then I would advice the handlers to try to hide the ears rather than encourage the dog to flaunt
its imperfection. But no such thing, the worse the ears, the more eager the handlers seemed to be to point them out!
I also objected to some very obvious trimming of the coat. This is not a breed that should need trimming. If you need to trim your Whippet heavily, then try to breed for a better coat quality. And if you need to trim anyway, please do it in a subtle and non-offensive way.
Some may presume that judging an entry of this quantity and quality is difficult, but I can tell you that it is really not. Indeed it is much easier to judge outstanding dogs than mediocre or bad dogs. It is also easier because you can say "thank you" to the few not-so-attractive and all those middle-of-the-road dogs and in most classes keep only the ones that really impress you. In an entry like this you can really use your priorities and in almost all classes there was at least one, and in most classes several or even many, that satisfied most of my priorities. On previous occasions I have found quite a gap in quality between the "classes" and the BOB competition, but this was not the case at this show.
You can imagine that THIS WAS FUN! I hope you had fun too!
When asked to do both an oral and a written critique from the show, I thought it would not be not to do both. Well, I was wrong! In
However, as I was also to do the notes for this written critique after the oral critique and while the steward was calling dogs into the ring, I was left with absolutely no breaks between the well-filled classes. I am not sure I would recommend doing both an oral and a written critique in an entry as large as this one and think a choice between the two has to be made.
I am not much of a diplomat. And I happen to believe that the purpose of writing a critique is to tell honestly what I think about the dogs and give indications as to the reasons for their placements. The virtues of the dogs should always be the main emphasis, but on the other hand the imperfections are there needing to be improved for future generations and should be spelled out as well. I am well aware of the fact that you do not have much of a tradition for our Scandinavian-style critiques in
In the very large classes it took a truly lovely Whippet to even be considered for a placement. A certain level of qualities was required for a placement. This included a certain degree of excellence of type, proportions and outline, a combination of substance and elegance and soundness and suppleness of movement. Most of the dogs that were placed met these main criteria and this critique will have to mirror this fact. Thus the individual critiques may seem rather similar in many instances, as were the dogs themselves. This will, however, not be merely a conventional critique, but will be supplemented with a few comments and thoughts as well. When judging day in and day out, a lot of thoughts pass through your mind. Likewise when you study the catalogue afterwards. I would like to share some of these thoughts.
Puppy Dogs, 6-9 months:
A very strong class with plenty of excellent puppies. A grand opening of the show and a hard act to follow!
1. Andauer Am I Gonna Be A Star
Very beautiful white and brindle dog with a wonderful neck, great outline and balance. Excellent head, well-shaped ears. Moderate lay-back of upper arm and needs to go on developing in forechest. Moved very well from the side with lots of class and style, and great balance, parallel coming and going.
Beautiful male with lots of quality. Beautiful head, fine ears, excellent expression. Excellent body proportions, combines substance and elegance. Not quite the neck-set of the winner, but has excellent body shape and a very handsome mover from all directions.
3. Broadstrider Soul of My Soul
Almost solid brindle dog who excelled in proportions and impressed for side movement. Head not his foremost fortune, powerful neck, well angulated in the front. Deep and capacious chest for age, so very supple in side movement, really striding out, but rather narrow behind at this age. (Interesting to see that he comes from an A-I litter from a famous English sire, there was another lovely brother from the same litter.)
4. Debmar Yorktown Smoke And Mirrors
Strong, beautiful white and brindle puppy. Excellent head, long and strong neck. Deep and capacious body. Awaits his mature shape at this age. Moved well from the side and from behind, but needs to stabilize in front. Has a lot of substance for his age and should not gain any more of it. (Also selected in this strong class was a particularly outstanding
predominantly brindle dog of outstanding type, quality and movement. His ears were hanging flat to his head on the day, which I could not overlook in such strong competition. Otherwise he made a very strong and very positive impression. The same handler came back with dog after dog in class after class, one better than the other. These dogs won or placed second in several classes and ended the day with Winners Dog. After a long day I discovered that this was Linda Larson of the Plumcreeks. I had not seen her or her dogs in some 20 years since the days of her great studs Chimney Swift, Chase Manhattan and Walk on Water. The current group of Plumcreek males are just as outstanding and combine that exciting "novel look" that Plumcreek introduced in the late 1970's with an even more (at least in my eyes) Whippety type and every one of them were great movers! Hats off to a great breeder!)
Puppy Dogs, 9-12 months:
Another good class, but with a few notable exceptions not quite up to the previous class.
4. Cloud Nine Right on the Kisser
Well-balanced white and brindle dog, combining substance with elegance. Well angulated both ends. Deep and capacious body with a very pleasing silhouette. Unfortunately he had been badly bitten and did not quite want to show off his qualities to his advantage, still moved OK.
12-18 months Dogs:
This can be an awkward stage for Whippets, especially males. Most of the dogs in the class were awaiting their mature balance.
1. Plumcreek Hollowell Proclaim
Brindle dog with plenty of curves in the right places. Not a big dog, very well made front, very good neckset, very good topline even if I would prefer some more length of loin, especially good underline. Moved very efficiently from all angles.
White and brindle dog who came into his own in movement, but rather anonymous standing still. Excellent neck, very pleasing flow of lines, but I would prefer some more substance in body and muzzle as well as better lay-back of upper arm.
3. Seaspell's Stingray Point
Masculine, substantial dog, strong neck and well developed body, moderate but balanced angulation both ends, very good, strong head. Not quite the overall elegance and virtues of those above him.
4. Bohem Macho Mambo
Well-made white and brindle dog with a lot of substance and enough elegance. Powerful head, strong neck, well angulated both ends, deep and capacious. Falling off a bit too much over the croup. Reasonable mover from all angles, but rather wide behind.
Very mixed class
1. Whippoorwill Ice Sculpture
White and dark brindle, well balanced and well constructed with smooth, flowing lines, combining substance with elegance. Pleasing head, strong and well-shaped neck, very good front, deep chest, excellent proportions.
2. Shamasan Lumos Solarum
Handsome red dog, big enough for his 10 months, covering plenty of ground and a smooth mover. Needs more shape of topline and is at this stage too greyhound like in movement. Plenty of bone, well developed body, very well angulated behind.
3. TnT's Dynamo
Powerful, masculine dog with enough elegance. Nice head, strong neck, would prefer more fill in forechest and especially a more relaxed topline. Tends to fall off in the croup and thus does not have quite enough drive in hindquarters.
4. Plumcreek Answered Prayer
Pretty brindle dog with white trim. Beautiful head and overall quality, but not enough substance and not as masculine as I would prefer.
Bred by Exhibitor Dogs
A very strong class with a number of excellent dogs.
1. Sporting Field's Hot Topic
Black and white dog, a real eye-catcher, especially on the move. He is very powerful, big enough and I would not want any more of him. Masculine head, long and strong neck which he uses to perfection both standing and moving. Deep chest, excellent forechest, plenty of body, indeed bordering on too much. Excellent underline, could have a little more topline when standing, but had an amazing outline and balance on the move and moved with plenty of suppleness, reach and drive and such an engine it looked like he could go on all day. (This dog raised an interesting question in my mind; is this movement correct for the breed or is it overdone? As always I tried to focus positively, and I mentally went through the words of the standard: "Low, free moving and smooth with reach in the forequarters and strong drive in the hindquarters. The dog has great freedom of action when viewed from the side; the forelegs move forward close to the ground to give a long, low reach; the hind legs have strong propelling power". How could I penalize this dog for his movement with the standard in hand? The answer was; I could not!)
2. Plumcreek Hollowell Go
Brindle and white dog with outstanding outline, so smooth and polished. He covers excellent ground, he is well angulated both ends, has a beautiful head, elegant neck, excellent curves in both top- and underline. Not quite as well filled in the front as the winner and possibly not quite yet at his peak. He moved with long, efficient and supple strides. Not easy to separate these two and could possibly change places on another day.
3. Strebor's Life of the Party
High quality white and brindle dog, more moderate all over, but very well made and balanced within himself and lots to like about him. Noble head, long neck, enough body substance, excellent legs and feet. He is moderately angulated both ends and moved very light on his feet and very coordinated.
4. Longlesson Elysian Kilkenny
Brindle and white dog of very appealing type. Powerful and elegant. His head is not his main fortune and ears could be smaller. Strong neck, very well angulated in front, deep chest, pleasing outline, strong thighs. Moved very well from the side and from behind, needs to stabilize in front.
American Bred Dogs:
Overall not the most impressive of classes, but with some nice quality dogs.
1. Draco's Keeper of the Stars
White and brindle dog, all moderation, including shape. Excelled in substance, but would prefer some more elegance. Very pleasing balance between the front and the rear and a balanced mover - also coordinated most of the time. Excellent legs and feet.
2. Wilhaus Sowagla Swift Wing
White and fawn dog, another altogether moderate model, very pleasing type, but some more smoothness of outline. Pleasing head and expression, enough neck. Moved quite well from the side, wide in the front which he also was when standing still.
3. Cherche Jump in the Fire
Upstanding red dog, elegant and with an imposing neck, but for me too high on legs and would benefit from some more layback of upper arms. Excellent coat. Moved light on his feet and coordinated.
4. Woodsia Wind on the Water
Powerful and masculine white and brindle male. Very sound and well angulated, but in complete opposite to the former, he appears too short on legs. Well-filled forechest. Moved soundly enough from the side, but also in movement needed more distance to the ground.
Another very strong class, but still not the most even line-up, the best dogs excelling in different traits.
3. Windsong Appraxin Rajah
Very elegant white and fawn dog with plenty of class and style, looking more European/Australian than almost any other Whippet at this show. He excelled in his classic outline with smooth, elegant flow of lines. Not nearly the underjaw of the two above him. Very light on his feet and coordinated in side-movement, rather narrow as seen from behind.
4. Tru-Luv Star is Windborn at
A big and very eye catching white and brindle dog with lots to like about him. I would prefer him a little less up on legs. Very good head, long neck which could be a little smoother set. Well-shaped body, covering very good ground. Used his hindquarters particularly well and presented a very attractive overall picture on the move.
Puppy Bitches, 6-9 months:
A good class, but overall not up the corresponding dog class.
1. Cove Creek Spanish Dancer
Powerful white and brindle bitch with an outstanding balance. Still quite puppyish in her silhouette as one would expect at her age, her puppy fat has not quite left her yet. Very well angulated both ends. Her head needs to fine down both in profile and head-on. Deep and capacious body, excellent proportions. Easily the best mover in the lass, just floated forward when she put her mind to it and was also parallel coming and going.
2. Meisterhaus Goldie Hawnd
Beautiful bitch of top quality. Deep and capacious body, excellent silhouette. Beautiful head and lots of detailing. Good front angulation, excellent behind. Needs to stabilize in front, both standing and moving, but moved very well from the side. A beautiful bitch who will be hard to beat when given a few more months to firm up.
3. Delacreme Angels Camp
Brindle and white bitch who excelled in combining substance with elegance. Very pleasing head and neck, enough angulation in the front, well angulated behind. Moved well coming and going, OK from the side, but tended to raise her bum to look a bit high behind.
White and brindle bitch who was very eye catching, even if she was probably the smallest one in the class. Very elegant and feminine, she did not have the substance of those above. Neckset not quite her fortune. She moved very well: supple, energetic and with long and low steps to make an impressive picture on the move.
Puppy Bitches, 9-12 months:
Very impressive class with plenty of very promising puppies.
1. Sporting Field's Dream of
Most impressive black and white bitch. Powerful, yet elegant and feminine. Strong neck, excellent front angulation, deep and capacious chest, curvy underline making for a beautiful outline. Outstanding mover from all angles. I thought she would be hard to beat for Winners Bitch, but in the line-up she looked not mature enough as could be expected from her age. One for the near future!
2. Oxford Tobell Whats In It for
Lovely white and fawn bitch, very elegant and feminine and with a beautiful silhouette created by a smooth, curvy underline and excellent proportions. Would prefer some more underjaw. Very beautiful mover from the side, tended to toe in slightly.
3. Karasar's Essence
So well balanced, beautiful type with lovely balance and type. Excelled in head. Beautiful body with lovely silhouette. Moved parallel coming and going, very good from the side, but still not as outstanding in profile movement as the two above her.
4. Albelarm Extra Edition
Very beautiful white and brindle bitch with lots of quality. Lovely curves, moderate body length, deep chest, balanced angulation in front and behind. Moved very well from the side, but has definite potential for improvement coming towards you.
12-18 months Bitches:
Like the males, most of the bitches in this class looked in between stages.
1. Summit Divine Miss M.
Powerful white and brindle bitch with enough elegance. She excelled in front construction, including layback of upper arm. Great depth. Beautiful head and expression, strong neck. Pleasing proportions, long enough in body. Excellent legs and feet and an excellent mover.
2. Holy Kinship's Ray of Light
Brindle bitch who combines power and elegance. Very pleasing outline. She has grown a bit too much up on her legs at this time and awaits settling down. Moved parallel coming and going, nicely from the side. Excellent legs and feet.
3. Northwind's Sojourn De Sud
Another feminine and elegant brindle bitch, but with white trim. Lovely quality. Beautiful head and expression. Too straight in the front and needs to develop in forechest. Moved very well, especially from the side.
4. Sporting Field Stone of Destiny
Powerful and well developed brindle bitch with ample body and excellent front angulation. Would have preferred a cleaner and more elegant neck. Very strong bone.
A variable class, but with some very nice specimens.
3. Surrey Hill's Caribsea
White and fawn bitch of lovely type, curvy and smooth in outline. Very beautiful head and a lovely expression. Normal neck, moderately angulated in front and needs to develop in forechest. Synchronized in movement, but would prefer some more suppleness.
4. Sowagla Celtic Tapestry
Very feminine, elegant and curvy bitch with lots of quality, but I would prefer some more bone and substance overall. Moderately angulated in the front, good neck and shoulders. Beautiful underline. Moved quite well, but again I would prefer more suppleness.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches
Lovely class, separating the first two was a real headache.
3. Lightfalls Will-O-Wisp
Black bitch with white trim, powerful and especially well constructed. Strong head, would prefer some more elegance of neck, well angulated both ends. Just the perfect coat quality and such shine! Moved very well indeed, especially from the side.
4. Northwind's Cresta Run De Sud
White and brindle, beautiful, but youthful looking. Outstanding head and expression, long neck, still needs to develop quite a lot in forechest. Smooth and streamlined top- and underline. Moved very well from the side and from behind, not quite settled in front. A beauty and one for the future.
American Bred Bitches
A more average class where the winner stood out.
1. Saesi/Wpndr Ov'rnyt Sensation
White and brindle bitch with quality aplenty. Curvy and beautiful, feminine and elegant. Beautiful head, long neck, especially well angulated in the front, deep chest making an excellent starting point for a very shapely underline. Moved most efficiently and with plenty of suppleness from the side, but can perfect her act coming and going.
2. Karasar's Polaris At Jaama
Dramatic, powerful and eye catching white and fawn bitch with lots of quality. Deep, long and with very nice curves. Beautiful head, long neck. Somewhat overangulated behind and would prefer more flexion of the hocks in movement, but reasonably parallel coming and going.
3. Tru-Luv Windborn She's Baack
White and red bitch with substance and elegance. Beautiful head and expression. Strong neck. Moderate, but balanced angulation both ends. Deep chest, curvy underline. Could do with a bit more topline. Moved OK from the side, not too impressive coming or going.
4. Halston Nonsuch Charlies Angel
White and brindle bitch with excellent body proportions, deep and capacious chest. She is strong, solid and covers good ground. Would prefer a longer neck. Moved q quite well from the side, but movement coming towards me left a lot to be desired.
Outstanding class, I was totally spoiled for choices.
1. Brushwood Moxi of Endeavor
Fantastic white and brindle bitch, such an eye-catcher, just teeming with quality. She is very elegant and feminine, but still has bone and substance to match. Excellent size that would make her next to unbeatable anywhere in the world. Top class head and a true bright and alert expression. Such a character, she never missed a chance to brag about herself. Her neck is absolute perfection both in length, shape and so smoothly set into her shoulders. Balanced shoulder and upper arm, enough forechest. Perfect depth of chest and perfectly balanced body with great shape. She had plenty of energy in her movement, never missing a beat when taking the turns with great suppleness, keeping her perfect shape, balance and outline at all times. Totally sound coming and going. From the second I saw her, I knew she would be the one to beat - and in the end it turned out that nobody could. Winners Bitch, Best Of Winners and BOB. (This bitch reminded me of some of the outstanding
2. English Lavender De Sud
White and fawn bitch of outstanding type and quality, powerful, deep, excellent construction with perfect angulation both ends and a stunning silhouette covering good ground. She looks like the future mother of many champions! Moved very well from all angles, but without the verve of the winner.
3. Sporting Fields Soft Rock
Brindle and white bitch of excellent type, curvy and dramatic and a real eye-catcher. Long neck, deep chest, the best of legs and feet. Very effective and supple in movement, even if she sometimes breaks her stride.
4. Fortune Plumcreek Paint the Sky
Brindle bitch of stunning type, lovely, feminine head, very long neck, but it could be smoother set and her shoulders are not quite her fortune, but she is totally unaware of that and defies it on the move where she is absolutely outstanding in side movement, a bit narrow behind. Moderate length of body. She appealed to my heart even more than to my brain.
Veteran Dogs, 7-10 Yrs.
1. Ch. Sporting Field's Jazz Fest
White and brindle dog, incredibly fit for his almost 10 years old, it is almost nine years since our only previous encounter in the ring. He is a moderate dog with a lovely balance. Beautiful head, good neck, moderate and balanced angulation both ends. He moved like a dream, impressive from all angles and such a showman.
2. DC Wildwood's Espirit De Core
Almost 9 year old white and brindle dog, outstanding standing and very balanced. Powerful yet elegant. Long and strong neck, standing more generous in his hindquarters than the winner, but could not compete with him on the move.
3. Ch. Seaspells River Dance
Eight year old white and brindle dog who especially impressed in movement. Nice in head and neck, could use more angulation in the front and more forechest, excellent hindquarters. Came to his own in movement which was impressive from all angles and much better than his construction might suggest.
4. Ch. Coppercreeks Hold in One
Seven year old white and red brindle dog, well balanced and did not look like a veteran at all. Beautiful head and neck, nicely angulated in the front. Tended to fall away in the topline. Moved very well from the side, but not stable coming nor going.
Veteran Dogs, 10-12 Yrs.
1. DC Locar's Ferrari SC
Very impressive, powerful, masculine, strong and healthy black and white male, looking half his age and just amazing for his 10.5 years old. Especially well angulated behind, not quite as perfect in front. Great shiny black coat. Strong, masculine head, powerful neck. Exceptional mover from all angles and really gave it all.
2. Ch. Strebor's Energize
Another impressive brindle and white, powerful and masculine, very well made and balanced. Beautiful head, strong neck. Well angulated both ends. Deep and capacious body. Moved cleanly, but not particularly enthusiastic, who can blame him at 10.5 years old?
3. Ch. Whippletree's Wild Colonial
Mainly white dog, very elegant and in very good shape for his age, running on 12. He did not quite want to put weight on his front and appeared a little empty in his forechest. He has a lot of quality and lovely type, shapely body and moved very well from the side.
4. Ch. Affire On A Clear Day MC
Another 11 year old, in many ways similar to the former, which is not surprising as they are half-brothers. He is very elegant and moved very well from the side, but does not cover as much ground on the stack as the ones above him. (I was interested to find when studying the catalogue afterwards that the sire of the last two in this class,
Broadstrider By George, seems to be a common denominator close up in the pedigrees of most of the outstanding movers over these four days. I well remember By George himself from judging him years ago - he did not win, but he certainly impressed in movement.)
Veteran Dogs, 12 Yrs & Older
1. Ch. Sayland's Starman, JC
A very beautiful dog with a great body: deep, capacious and with a great underline. His handler claimed that he was 15, but according to the catalogue he is running on 13 - which is more than impressive enough. Beautiful head, wonderful expression, strong neck. Very well balanced and moved well from all angles. Exceptional and most impressive for his age.
2. Ch. Sporting Fld Leader
White and blue brindle dog, 13.5 years old. Very powerful, masculine, strong bone, exceptionally angulated in the front. Moved as well as can be expected from his age.
3. Ch. Sportingfield's Painted
13 years old white and brindle with the brightest of eyes and wonderful expression. Very elegant, beautiful head, elegant neck. Not nearly the movement of his youth, I am sure, particularly not from behind, but happy and seemed to enjoy his day out.
Veteran Bitches, 7-10 Yrs.
Excellent class with several beautiful bitches that would have looked at home in the BOB-class.
1. Ch. Watch Me Frolic at DenGayle
Exceptional 8.5 year old white and brindle bitch, combining substance and elegance, well angulated both ends and so balanced. Excellent head and expression. Great body even if she is not the most curvy, deep and capacious and with excellent proportions. Outstanding mover from all angles.
2. Ch. Bohem All About Eve
White and brindle bitch of lovely type, running on 8 years old. Beautiful expression and neck, nice enough front, great depth of chest, excellent curvy underline. To be critical I would give her a little less arch of topline. Great hindquarters. Excellent mover.
3. Ch. Summit Enchanted Evening
White and red bitch with especially outstanding front and depth. At seven she hardly looked like a veteran. Excellent legs and feet, very sound all over. Not quite optimal in balance of outline, but moved very well with long and effective strides.
4. Ch. Kachina Magic Phyre
Eight year old white and brindle bitch of lovely type. Well constructed, deep and with plenty of substance. Moved very well from all angles. Not in optimal condition, carrying too much weight.
Veteran Bitches, 10-12 Yrs.
1. Ch.Timbrel's Music of the Night
Feminine brindle bitch, 10.5 years old, combining substance and elegance, possible to miss when she is standing still as she does not make the most of herself, but impossible to miss on the move where she truly excels and then looks very shapely. One I recalled having judged before, it was very nice to see her again.
2. Ch. Simbali's Scandal at Priory
Classical, well-made white and red bitch with soft outline, excellent proportions and balance, beautiful head and good movement, still not up to the winner in that department.
3. Ch. Winwood's Capucine SF, MC
Small white and brindle bitch with full speed forward at almost 11 years of age. A lovely personality. Beautiful head and expression, good neck. Could do with a little more length of leg and more angulation behind, but still moved efficiently.
4. Ch. Chelsea Oxford Sunday
Very powerful, brood-bitch like, soundly constructed bitch with deep and capacious body. Well angulated front, strong thighs. Moderately angulated behind and has lost the drive in her movement, but who can blame her at almost 12 years young?
Veteran Bitches, 12 Yrs &
Sorry, but I cannot find my notes from this class and can only comment from my memory and only on the first two.
1. Ch. Winemall Part Time Lover
Simply outstanding predominantly brindle bitch that I have raved about before. At more than 14.5, her outstanding qualities are still amazingly obvious. Perfect combination of substance and elegance, outstanding balance and shape, she has retained most of her perfect movement that made her a model for the breed.
2. Ch. Paris Sirius Hottime
Predominantly brindle bitch, amazingly youthful for her 12.5 years old. She is very elegant and feminine. Lovely expression with plenty of life and sparkle. Moved well.
3. Ch. Oxford's Limoge at Festiva
4. FC Chesara Seaspell's Charade MC
The first three stood out in the class.
1. Marial Wistwind Color Me Quick
Powerful, masculine, sound and well constructed white and red dog with very pleasing quality. He stood very firmly on his sound legs and feet and moved well.
2. Ch. Wheatland Cab Calloway
Black male with a beautiful head and expression. Long neck, average angulation in the front. Good length of body, moved well and excellent coat.
3. FC Domino Pop Goes the Weasel
Red male with very pleasing type and quality, beautiful head, average neck, elbows out and would prefer some more length of loin. Correct coat. Strong, broad thighs.
4. Windyglen Fog Cutter at Oceana
Blue dog, very strong and needs more quality and refinement. Quite well constructed. Did not quite want to show the best of himself.
Again the first three stood out.
1. Ch. Windsheen Dashing Shelbeee
Top quality white and fawn bitch of excellent type. She has what it takes to be competitive in most competitions; beautiful head, long and well-arched neck, plenty of curves - just stunning on the stack, but merely average in movement.
2. FC Capetown
White and brindle bitch, all over moderate, pleasing combination of substance and elegance, nice curves and good neck. Very good legs and feet, pleasing mover.
3. Tyra of Wyndsor FCh.
Black bitch with a stunning silhouette and wonderful coat. Just lovely curves which are enhanced by her coat and colour. Balanced angulation in front and behind. Unfortunately did not use her hindquarters on the move.
4. Windyglen's To Di For FCh.
Blue bitch of nice type, but not in quite the same league as the other three for overall quality. Nicely balanced and normal angulation. Moved quite nicely from the side, but tended to side-track.
Lure Coursing Dogs
Strong class with quite several excellent dogs
1. DC Debmar Mudbug of Jamal FCh
Very supple white and brindle dog covering excellent ground. Excellent type and lots of quality. Well angulated both ends. He is very striking and has a lovely presence about him. His tailset is not at all his fortune and he could be a little smoother for perfection. Beautiful head, deep body, generously angulated behind. Impressive mover, he made the cut in the BOB competition.
2. DC Surrey Hill's Pep Talk
Powerful and very masculine white and light brindle dog of excellent type, I would not like any more of him at all, but then he is 7 years old and has for sure stopped growing. Nice head, strong neck, good front angulation, very generously angulated behind, bordering on too much. Covers plenty of ground. Moved well, but not as well as the winner.
3. Ch. Dashing Bette Your Bottom
Red male, who is very typey due to his smooth and curvy silhouette, but I would like some more length of body. Beautiful head and expression, excellent ears. Normal neck. Well angulated both ends. Impressed in side movement, but not when seen from behind.
4. DC Karasar's Pretender at Jamaa SC FCh.
White and brindle dog with a powerful, masculine head which is well shaped, but appears big for balance or rather that he does not quite have the body to match. He needs more weight and to develop in forechest. Very good neck, excellent legs and feet, excellent mover, particularly from side.
Lure coursing Bitches
Another very pleasing class.
1. DC Bayberry's Cat in the Hat
Very curvy and typey white and red bitch with lots of quality. Exceptional head, ears not quite her fortune. Impressive body, so shapely. Moved very well from the side, and parallel coming and going, she made the cut easily in the BOB competition.
2. Ch. Merci Isle Wild Blue Yonder
Light brindle bitch, in several ways quite similar to the winner, but in a totally different colour, also very Whippety and shapely. Beautiful head and expression. Moderate neck and angulation behind. Moved very well from all angles.
3. Wistwind's Finesse FCh
White and lemon fawn bitch with a lovely head and expression, strong and deep body. Very nice shape and a pleasing mover from all angles..
Bluestreak Belle Du Lou FCh
Classic fawn of English model, she is very well made without any exaggerations. Perhaps not the optimal expression, but fully acceptable for this colour. Elegant neck and shapely body, she tended to be high behind in movement, but moved light on her feet. (Indeed an import from one of the very top kennels in the
I felt that this was in several ways an anticlimax. I felt it was a waste that there were not more groups appearing in the stud dog competition and that the competition was held so early in the morning that hardly anyone was there to see it. I also feel that this would be much more useful if more progeny were required to compete in the class. In
1. Ch. Plumcreek Come Fly With Me
A stud dog who has passed on his great type, optimal combination of substance and elegance, perfect proportions and movement to his sons. Any one of them would be welcome in my house!
2. Ch. Spring Fever de Sud
3. Ch. Sportingfield Tori at
4. Ch. Wenrick's With Rhyme N Reason
1. FC Ch. Northwind's Poetry in Motion
A group consisting of a mother with two almost identical offspring, both refined, elegant and beautiful. Moved very well from the side. Beautiful heads and expressions. Need more front fill and lay-back of upper arm.
2. Ch. Summit Enchanted Evening
3. Ch. Brushwood Saxon Shore
4. Ch. Saxon Shore Rambling Rose SC
Extended Generation Stud Dog
Sorry but I failed to write notes on this class.
1. Ch. Locar's
2. Ch. Paris Templar of
Extended Generation Brood Bitch
Sorry, but no notes here either.
1. Ch. Kachina Magic Phyre
2. Ch. Andauer Star-Spangled
3. Ch. Emerald's Dakota of Shasta
4. Erdelied Bunns and Roses JC
The BOB competition
An absolutely amazing class of Whippets. We just managed to squeeze the 140 or so contestants in the ring. The quality was just outstanding. From having judged the breed quite extensively in almost 50 countries around the world, I feel very confident about stating that nowhere else is it even conceivable to present such a line-up of outstanding Whippets. It was down to minor degrees of details to separate the contestants, and >especially so in the last cut. I had been told to keep in only the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch, BOB, BOS and the 10 Select Awards and decided to place them in order from the behind. I could probably write the same critique on all of them without exception, but still there were some details that separated them:
Select Award # 10: Ch. April Violets De Sud:
A stunning, feminine, very classic, typey and well-constructed white and fawn bitch of outstanding quality and shape. She would appeal to Whippet lovers all around the world, excelled in side movement, but moved rather narrow behind and carried slightly too much weight.
Select Award # 9: Ch. Ableaim
Dixie Chick JC:
In several ways quite similar to the previous for both excellence and slight imperfections. Another very beautiful, classic white and lemon fawn bitch of excellent type and quality, very well proportioned and with a beautiful balance, excellent head and neck. She carried even more weight than the previous and moved narrow behind too, but beautifully balanced in side movement.
Select Award # 8: Ch. Seaspell's
Point Cabria JC:
Very eye-catching, elegant and feminine white and brindle bitch of maximum quality. Beautiful head and expression, long and clean neck, excellent legs and feet. Excellent proportions. Outstanding mover from all angles, I would give her some more fill in the front and she probably has not quite yet reached her very best. Just lovely to rest your eyes on.
Select Award # 7: Ch. Chelsea Melt
Top class white and fawn bitch who excels in construction and substance. Beautiful head, strong neck, excellent return of upper arm and forechest, deep chest, body covering plenty of ground. I would prefer some more drama to her tuck-up. Very sound mover on sound legs and feet. Interestingly the only one in the final line-up that I have judged and rewarded before.
Select Award # 6: Ch. Watch Me
Frolic at DenGayle:
Totally sound and totally well constructed white and brindle veteran bitch, she was unable to put a foot wrong standing or moving as she was in complete balance with herself. Excellent combination of substance and elegance, outstanding proportions and superb balance of angulation fore and aft. Beautiful head and expression. Not in quite the shape of some of her younger competitors, but most impressive for her age, or for any age for that matter.
Select Award # 5: Ch. Sporting
Lovely black and white bitch who is so very hard to criticize seriously as she really does not have any serious flaws at all. She is elegant yet substantial, feminine, shapely, well proportioned and well angulated and she excels in movement from all angles. Her downfall was that where she only scored 8.5 to 9 in some aspects, her main opponents scored inner 10's. Nevertheless a stunning bitch.
Select Award # 4: Ch. Plumcreek
Come Fly With Me JC
Fantastic brindle stallion of a dog, just my type of Whippet. Outstanding dog who excelled in everything that is important in a Whippet: type, construction, proportions and movement from all angles and of extreme quality - just nothing left to coincidence. After a long week he was appearing to fall asleep in the ring and did not display enough of that bright and alert expression that is also part of the Whippet. Might otherwise have pushed the winners to the very end.
Select Award # 3: Ch. Brushwood
Zoom of Tanglewynde
Stunning feminine white and brindle bitch who excelled in proportions, type, elegance and showmanship. Outstanding head and expression, excellent length of body and very shapely. She never put a foot wrong or gave up performing for a second. I would give her a smoother neckset for absolute perfection, but she made a great impression.
Select Award # 2: Ch. Tivio's
Strong and substantial bitch with optimal type, outstanding construction, shape and balance. Well-shaped head, excellent expression, model-book front angulation with perfect depth of chest and good forechest. Excellent legs and feet. Very sound and efficient mover, but not quite the suppleness of the winners. I was happy to be told that she is currently among the top hounds in the
Select Award # 1: Ch. Sporting Field's Priceless:
I fell totally in love with this black and white bitch. She had lots of character - a real showbomb, super quality all through, ideal combination of substance and elegance, great construction, perfect balanced angulation and moved like a dream with optimal carriage, balance and suppleness to die for, totally in sync with her young handler. Unfortunately not quite in optimal condition and tended to loose her topline slightly on the stack, making up for it by being very shapely on the move, but still enough to lose the BOB rosette on the day. I would bring her home any day.
BOS: Ch. Sporting Field's Rock On:
Very charismatic dog of outstanding quality. Standing still it is fully possible to lose him, but when he started to move, my jaws dropped a few inches as he is simply perfection on the move from any angle; totally in balance with himself on a loose lead, never has to take an extra step, so supple, so flexible, so outstanding, parallel coming and going.
Beautiful head, eye and ears. Long and crested neck, which he also uses to advantage on the move. Moderate front angulation and front fill, great underline, excellent legs and feet, standing he tends to fall off over the croup more than I like, but this is simply wiped out in movement. A lovely Whippet with a lot to offer the breed.
BOB: Brushwood Moxi of Endeavor.
And here she was, after four days and eight hundred Whippets, BOB was Winners Bitch. I still could not take my eyes off her, she had the superb type, the outstanding quality, the optimal elegance, the great neck, the perfect silhouette both standing and moving - and on top of that, a never-give-in attitude, bright and alert at all times. It was like the lights were shining extra on her, always demanding attention. She got plenty of that, as well as the BOB rosette to boot.
There were some 10 more that I would have been delighted to give BOB to in any other competition and who made the second cut. Among these, there was a white and fawn male that took my breath away standing. He was as outstanding as any Whippet can be on the stack, and if someone can teach him to move as his construction suggests, he would be impossible to beat.
I believe he was a Meisterhaus dog - possibly Camelot. Sheer perfection and absolutely stunning!
Again, thanks for the wonderful memories and especially to all the sporting exhibitors who made it all possible.