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JUDGING WHIPPETS

Over the years I have been fortunate to judge some very interesting entries of both Whippets and other breeds in different parts of the world. Below are photographs from some of the shows and some of the Whippets I have had the pleasure to judge. – Bo Bengtson

2013 – In June I judged another Whippet specialty in Russia, and although this was only eight months after the previous assignment there were almost twice as many entries: 64, reportedly an all-time record. BOB was Ch. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, born in Russia but sired by U.S. export Ch. Aberdeen Remarkable In Paris x a Polish Tylko Ty bitch. (She was Best Junior Bitch at the previous show.)

2013 – The following week was the Finnish Whippet Club’s national specialty weekend in Tammela. There were about 200 dogs entered. My BIS was a U.S. export, Ch. Sporting Fields Jamaican Me Crazy (Ch. Harmony’s Pablo Picasso x Sporting Fields Beach Baby), bred by Debbie Butt & Amanda Giles, and owned by Jaana Ihainen. BOS was the Finnish-born young male Softouch Diamond Dust (sired by Remarkable in Paris, so a half brother to the Moscow SBIS winner). The previous day, at the national specialty, I judged bitches and put up the cream fawn C’mere La Boheme, also bred in Finland but by a U.S. sire, Ch. Leyenda’s Spongebobsquarepants. No photo available. Bart Scheerens judged BIS and put up the Russian-owned, Italian-bred Ch. Rivarco Teller of Tales.

 

Italy2012-BOB at the Sighthound specialty in Italy in late May, in a breed entry of 117, was the Junior bitch Sobresalto Ndringhete N’ Dra’, later a champion.
Canada2012-The National Whippet Club of Canada specialty in June had an entry of 88. BOB was the 5-year old bitch Am. Can. Ch. Snow Hill Onyx at Stoneledge.
W Canada2012-WD & BOS at the NWCC specialty was a younger half brother of the BIS winner, Snow Hill Dakota Bad Sneakers. He finished his championship on the day.
Canada2012-Winners Bitch & BOW at the Canadian specialty, Forgetmenot Miss Take.
Canada2012-Best Puppy at the NWCC specialty, Ch. Manorcourt Set Precedent.
Sweden2012-The Swedish Whippet Club held its national specialty at Tammsvik over two days in late July. BOB of the 252 Whippets entered was the brindle bitch Valanti Alberta, from the Open Bitch class. She later became a champion as well. Photo Jackie Bourdin.
Sweden 2012-BOB and BOS at the Swedish Whippet Club, Valanti Alberta and Ch. Twyborn Big Ben. Photo Malin Westlie.
Sweden 2012-The Breeders teams are always a highlight at Swedish shows. The winner at the Swedish specialty was a group from Mikael Wikström’s Twyborn kennel. Photo Elisabeth Flygar.
Russia 2012-The Whippet Club of Russia specialty in Moscow in September had only 34 dogs entered, which I was told was considered a good figure. BOB was the Veteran dog Ch. Tioplyi Veter Kazimir Malevech.
Russia 2012-I also liked the best Junior bitch and dog at the Russian specialty, littermates Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and All in the Golden Afternoon.
NCWFA 2012-The Northern California Whippet Fanciers Association at Pleasanton in October had an entry of 81, with BOB going to GCh. Endeavor’s White Roses On Nysa Hill.
Australia2011-Australia, Whippet Club NSW Inc. BOB was Grand Ch. Ridgesetter's Etain (brindle bitch), and BOS was Ch. Peperone New Sensation (fawn and white dog). There was an entry of 174 Whippets.
Germany

2010 - German Sighthound Club, Donaueschingen: I judged 125 Whippets on Saturday, and my friend Ingela Kyrklund (Colt's) from Sweden had almost the same entry the next day. We both made Ch. Tylko Ty Viking's Pride (left) best dog and Ch. Sobers Ingrid (right) best bitch. Ingela awarded the bitch BOB and the dog BOS; I had them the other way around.

WKC

2009 - Both Glory and Anna looked great in the group at Westminster!

WKC

2009 - I had judged at Westminster before, but judging Whippets there was a special pleasure. BOB was Ch. Sporting Fields Glory Bound, owner handled by Anna Stromberg.

Houndshow

2009 - My three top winners at the Hound Association: left Ch. Courthilll Cast A Shadow (CC & BOB), Barnesmore Red Rose at Palmik (Res. CC) and Roedeane Mona Lisa (Best Bitch Puppy). There was an entry of 326 Whippets, 185 of them bitches.

Houndshow

2009 - BIS at the Hound Association championship show in England was my Whippet bitch CC winner, Ch. Courthill Cast A Shadow, handled by Roger Stock. To the left is the dog judge, Magnus Hagstedt; to the right the BIS judge Michael Quinney.

Mexico

2008 - At the FCM international show in Mexico City I found a Whippet of international quality: the young Ch. D’Croda Argelia E Per Me. She won the Group and was Best Junior in Show.

Louisville

2008 – The Western Washington Whippet Association specialty had an entry of 90. Best Veteran and Award of Merit went to Ch. Summit Some Days are Diamonds. BOB was her daughter Ch. Summit All That Glitters (no photo available). Both were co-owned by Sue Vernon (handling) and Jennifer McEachern (right).

Louisville

2008 - At Louisville KC in the U.S. my WD (a 5-pt. major) with BOW and BOS over specials in an entry of 53 Whippets was the Polish-born Tylko Ty Viking’s Pride (a son of Ch. Wolf Tone Viking), handled by Joanne Boudreault from Canada. BOB (no photo available) was Ch. Tattershall Ticket To Fly.

Germany

2006 - The German KC (VDH) celebrated its Centennial and Whippet Club Deutschland held a specialty with 100 dogs entered. The two stars were the Best Bitch, who was also BOB and Group 2nd, Sobresalto Rendez Vous (left; later a champion) and Reserve Best Bitch, Ch. Daydream di Mahana.

AWC

Three snapshots of the top awards at the AWC National Specialty: from left, BOB Ch. Brushwood Moxi of Endavor, WD & BOW (and Best Puppy) Crossing the Rubicon De Sud, BOS Ch. Shamasan Hound Hill Body & Soul, and the Selects in descending order: 1. Ch. Yorktown Extra Vitamin C, 2. Ch. Seaspell’s Point Cabria, 3. Ch. Plumcreek Come Fly With Me, 4. Ch. Sportingfields Jazz Fest, 5. Ch. Chelsea Dangerous Beauty, 6. Ch. Wildcard N Snowcap’s Sovereign, 7. Ch. Summit La Signora Crystabell, 8. Ch. Andauer Am I Gonna Be A Star, 9. Ch. Sporting Fields Rock On, 10. Ch. Shamasan Flame ‘N Queen.

AWC

2006 – Due to my involvement as a publisher of dog show magazines I was unable to judge AKC shows for 20 years. I was reinstated officially in 2004 and judged the American Whippet Club national specialty two years later. BOB in an entry of 580 Whippets was Ch. Brushwood Moxi of Endeavor, one of the best Whippets I’ve ever seen.

Rock On

In 2004 I had the pleasure of judging the American Whippet Club “Top 20” tournament, together with Patti Widick Neale (left) and Barbara Wayne (center). The winner was unanimous: Ch. Sporting Fields Rock On, handled by Debbie Butt.

Sweden

2002 - Judging the Stockholm international show in Sweden again, BOB (and later my Group winner as well) was Ch. Hjortronblommas Gin Kelly (left, shown by Lars Ingvarsson). BOS was Wolf Tone Viking, who became a champion that day. He was shown by his owner and handler Elisabet Janzon. There was an entry of 121 Whippets.

NZ

2002 - It rained during the inaugural National Specialty hosted by the Whippet Club in New Zealand. BOB of the 76 dogs entered was Ch. Statuesque Toronndal; no photo is available of him, but BOS was this bitch puppy, Ronndal Ura Dream Cum Tru, later a champion.

UK

2000 - The Southern Counties championship show in England had 196 Whippets entered. I awarded her first CC and BOB to Marchpast Silent Wings Over Salatini. She later won the Group and BIS as well and became a champion a while later.

Australia

2000 - BOB in an entry of 80 at the 40th anniversary show of the Whippet Club of NSW in Australia was Ch. Skyeway Private Eye (left), and BOS was Ch. Meilandina Song For A Guy.

Finland

1996 - At the Finnish Whippet Club show, BOB (left) in an entry of 80 was the famous U.S. export Ch. Autumn Terra Bella I’m Redee. BOS (right) was Ch. Peperone Pilsner, imported from Scotland.

UK

1993 - At the East Anglian Whippet Club championship show in the U.K., Mrs. E. Third awarded the dog CC to Ch. Tilegreen Tornado (left). I gave the CC to a puppy, Nevedith Justa Jenie (right), who later became a champion and won 15 CCs. The dog was BOB. There was an entry of 230 Whippets.

Germany

1993 - The Open Bitch class at the specialty in Germany: Jackie Bourdin won the CAC with Huta du Manoir de la Grenouillère (left, later an Int. Ch.) and Res. CAC went to Mithrandir Coin of the Realm, an English-born litter sister to Ch. Mithrandir Panning For Gold.

Germany

1993 - Judging in Germany for the first time, my BOB in an entry of 126 was the French-born and Belgian-owned Ch. Gladys du Manoir de la Grenouillère.

AWC

1993 - The American Whippet Club Midwest specialty sweepstakes winner from an entry of 101, Karasar’s Preference, went on to become a champion and #1 Whippet. She was owner-breeder-handled by Kerrie Kuper.

Australia

1993 - At the first championship show hosted by the Australian Sighthound Association, BOB was Ch. Rothbury Cover Girl. There was an entry of 135 Whippets.

Nyköping

1991 - BOB from 85 Whippets at Nyköping in Sweden was Ch. Memoars Cineraria (left); BOS was her son Foxy’s Gråsten, later a champion. They were owner-handled by Monika and Peter Wounder.

Centennial

1989 - BOB in an entry of 158 Whippets at the Swedish KC Centennial show in Stockholm, Ch. Carmodey Moksiis, handled by owner Lena Hjalmarsson.

Sweden

1986 – The same weekend as the Swedish specialty, Whippets were also shown at the Sighthound Club show, with Mary Lowe judging dogs and I bitches. BOB was my best bitch, Ch. Scilling’s Bernicla. I have judged at Skokloster several times since then, but never Whippets.

Sweden

1986 - At the Swedish Whippet Club’s 20th anniversary at Skokloster there was a record entry of over 300 Whippets. My best dog and BOB was Bokella’s Robin Hood, later a champion (left). Mary Lowe judged bitches and found her winner in Ch. Lowerdon Dahlia (right).

AWC

1986 - The American Whippet Club’s Futurity is now held with the National specialty but used to be an independent event. When I judged it in 1986 the winner was High Flyer Glamorous Glennis, later a champion. She was shown by Linda Larson.

Crufts

1984 - Judging Whippets at Crufts was a great experience. There was an entry of 158, and my BOB winner was Ch. Houghtonhill Night Starry Sky of Chatwig. In those days a single judge could handle the whole entry; today entries have increased so much that two judges are required.

Sweden

1982 - The Whippet entry at the famous Skokloster show in Sweden was 141, and BOB was Ch. Blue Crazy Crazy. She was not crazy at all, but so badly handled that I tried to take over from her owner…

AWC

1982 - Dublin Lights on the move to BOB. The unofficial “runner-up” was Linda Larson’s veteran bitch Ch. Plumcreek Cinnamon Teal.

AWC

1982 - Just a few weeks after Santa Barbara I judged the American Whippet Club Midwest specialty in Ohio. There was an entry of 221 Whippets, more than AKC allows for one judge, so Peggy Newcombe took over some of the classes. BOB was Ch. Dublin’s Dancing Lights; I think the handler was Neil Schurman.

Continental

1982 - Coming back to Santa Barbara KC again, I judged an entry of 142 at the all-breed show, with BOB going to the top winner at the time, Ch. Runner’s He’s The Continental, handled by Michael Dougherty.

Madrigal

1981 - At the Whippet Club Championship show in England in 1981 I judged dogs and awarded the CC to Ch. Novacroft Madrigal, shown by Patsy Gilmour. He was also BIS, won a dozen CCs and was an excellent sire.

Canada

1981 - At the Whippet Club of Eastern Canada specialty my BOB winner was Ch. Sporting Fields Clansman, owner-handled by Debbie Butt — my first meeting with Debbie, although I had judged “Buoy” before.

World

1980 - FCI World Show in Italy: Another great English star in exile, Ch. Beseeka Knight Errant of Silkstone, Crufts group winner and exported to South Africa. He came to the World Show in 1980, won BOB and the Group under me, then BIS under an Italian judge.

Australia

1980 - At the Hunter Valley Hound Club show in Australia I had the pleasure of awarding BOB to the famous Eng. & Aust. Ch. Dondelayo Statue, handled by Graham Bailey.

Nita-Nee

1979 - That’s Barbara Henderson showing Drifts Token of Whippoorwill, later a champion, at Nita-Nee KC, Pennsylvania. Barbara and I had never met before but have worked closely together in later years.

Windsor

1979 - At Windsor, my first championship judging assignment in Great Britain, I awarded Belinda of Hardknott, shown by Miss Bennett, the CC and BOB in an entry of 187. Belinda later became a champion, and her son became Am. Ch. Hardknott Maestro of Bohem in the U.S.

Mexico

1977 - A week after the AWC specialty in California, I judged a Sighthound show in Mexico City — reportedly the first one ever in Mexico. Several of the Whippets descended from my own exports from Sweden. BOB was Ch. Baltazar del Azahar, third from left, with Christina Adenfors Rodriguez.

AWC

1977 - WB & BOW at the AWC Western specialty was Merci Isle The Sting, shown by Rosemary Sutton and owned by Iva Kimmelman. I think Sting won three 5-point majors during the weekend and finished that day. Rosemary is mostly famous for Afghan Hounds but owned one of the top Bohem Whippet winners in the 1990s. Iva still has the Merci Isle Whippets and judges specialty shows.

AWC

1977 - American Whippet Club Western specialty in Santa Barbara, California. In an entry of 180 BOB was Ch. Gold-Dust’s Twenty Four Karat, shown by Joan Goldstein, who is now active as a popular judge.

UK

1972 - The Whippet Club Open show, England. Left, my Best Bitch was Ch. Peppard Royal Victory with Mrs. Gollan. The dog judge was Caroline Brown, who chose Ch. Shalfleet Sailing Free, shown by Barbara Wilton-Clark (now Hannaford) as her winner. He was also BOB.

Flamboyant

1967 - Camberley Open show, my first time judging in England. Left, BOB Ch. Russetwood Portia, a Ligonier daughter who was winning a lot then; right, BOS Ch. Fleeting Flamboyant. Almost three years later Mrs. Garrish let Flamboyant come to live with me in Sweden. He is in the far back of all Bohem pedigrees.