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2007 National Specialty
          News Report
By Todd Miller, MD
AWC National Triathlon Chairman
The 2007 American Whippet Club National Specialty held in Overland Park Kansas began with 122 eager whippets running in an ASFA lure trial judged by whippet breeders Kay Nierengarten (Northwind) and Anne Billups (BobN).  After sorting through the competition, the Best in Field Run-off consisted of three incredible running bitches who won their stakes, Madonna (Open), Katie (FCh) and Riva (Veteran) The judges selection for Best in Field went to the finest courser of the day, Ch. Crisfield Affinity Dream On, DPCX, ARX, FCh.   “Katie” is a true ambassador for the whippet breed, having earned her championship in conformation, lure coursing and racing, owned by Cassandra Rogers, Carol Juelphs and Carol Chittum.  

The performance events continued with an obedience trial judged by Mr. Don Schemp with two qualifying scores in Novice A and an impressive seventeen qualifying scores in Novice B.  Schemp awarded High In Trial to Maverick Cowgirl Chic “Flair”, with an impeccable routine scoring a 196 ½ from the Novice B class.  Breeder/Owner Rachel Amado states that she has worked for over two years to get their team ready for competitive obedience and her clever Flair proved to the whippet community that hard work and dedication does pay off as they take High in Trial and
finish her CD which she did in three trials.  High In Trial in the Non-Regular Classes with a score of 194 went to Veteran Whippet Lucy Andrews, owned by Annie Andrews.

Agility judge Keith Harold was presented with some outstanding agility performances by our whippets. In the Standard competition, fourteen teams gave qualifying performances and the Jumpers with Weavers classes had thirteen qualifying teams.   The Rally competition judged by Rick Garvin rewarded 34 whippets with qualifying scores toward their titles.  The AWC Triathlon concluded the performance section of the Specialty.  To highlight the diverse talents within our breed, 32 whippets were scored in lure coursing and obedience or agility earlier in the week and a triathlon conformation class was scored by breeder Jodi Ellison (Windsheen).  This years Triathlon Winner and High in Triathlon conformation went to Ch. Wildhare  Cowboy Cadillac, CD RN FCh CRX CGC CAV  “Dutch” who is owned and trained by Dr. Lisa Costello and was bred by Dwight and Paula Caffee.  

The 2007 AWC National Specialty was held in memory of breeders Peggy Newcombe (Pennyworth) and Jack McManus (Fermanagh).  Prior to judging, a nice tribute was paid to these wonderful breeders
who have given so much to our breed and will always have a special place in the hearts of the American whippet fancy. Conformation judging began with a record puppy Futurity entry of 148,  judged by breeder Lesley Potts (Falconeer/Albelarm).  Potts found the overall quality of puppies to be superior and was delighted to award the 2007 Best in Futurity to breeder Phoebe Booth of Shamasan whippets with the 14-18 mo bitch winner, Marial’s Shamasan Taboo.   The proud owner/handler of the winner Mary Beth Arthur (Marial) was also surprised later in the week with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AWC.

Claire Newcombe (Pennyworth) started the specialty off with 117 male whippets. From her lineup of dogs, she chose an irish-marked blue brindle from the Open dog Class Merci Isle Touch Down as Winner’s Dog owned by Kim Gonzales and bred by Iva and Jeffrey Kimmelman.   Reserve Winner’s Dog was awarded to the the fawn and white parti-color 6-9 mo puppy dog class Windsorbrook Like Nothing Else, bred and owned by Alice Vandenbussche. Judge Newcombe examined 193 bitches and her verbal critique