National Specialty

2020 American Whippet Club National Specialty

Important Notice (Updated!):  Due to a recent mandate put out by the Governor of Illinois and the declaration of a national emergency by the President due to COVID 19, we have chosen to be socially responsible and have made the difficult decision to postpone our National Specialty. Our National is now scheduled for October at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel.

Dates: October 10-17, 2020

Location: Decatur Conference Center and Hotel 4191 US 36 West (Wyckles Rd) Decatur, IL 62522

Additional Event Location Changes:

AGILITY - The agility trial previously scheduled for Agility at the Farm in Campton Hills has been cancelled and all checks were shredded. the new date for our back to back Whippet Specialty trials will be October 10th at the Triune Canine Training and Event Center in Wood River, IL. Judge Change to Lisa Potts from Springfield, IL and our new secretary will be LabTested. A new premium will be available this Summer for entry into the Fall trials.


Notes from our Local Show Chair - Dr. Lisa Costello:

"The Decatur Conference Center and Hotel is a little older, located in a small town in the center of Illinois and somewhat out of the way to travel to. It has a four story towwe with newer and larger rooms and ground floor room. There are also two older 2 story wings that will be remodeled by Fall. These have smaller rooms. the hotel has over 100 additional rooms compared to the Embassy Suites in Peoria so we do not anticipate the same issues with reserving rooms.


For the show we will not be in a ballroom per se, but will have a huge beautiful space in their center atrium complete with a fountain and smaller balroom space to use as well. There will be plenty of room for vendors, club tables, health clinic, welcome party, banquet and although a slightly smaller show ring, a beautiful setting in which to hold our show. The bonuses of this facility include 28 acres of private grassy walking area, an enclosed tennis court to exercise dogs, room for over 100 RVs, close proximity to a State Park full of walking trails, more reasonable room rates and food prices and a staff that is incredibly happy to host our event. The dates coincide with the Fall color change in the Miswest so it should be beautiful. This will be the FIRST dog event for this hotel and they can't wait!"



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