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Whippet of the Year
and Puppy of The Year Contest 2002

Whippet of the Year was Mrs Pamela Marston-Pollock's Ch Bescott Standard Lady of Falconcrag. Runner up was Mrs Ivy Pott's Ch Klondyke Starlight JW. Starlight was also winner of the Puppy of the Year and Runner up to her was Mr Fred Nicholas' Lowglen Special Reserve, handled as usual by Mrs Jean Shaw.

The Whippet of the Year and Whippet Puppy of the Year Contests 2002 were held at the Canine Academy, Tollerton, Nottingham on Sunday 10th November, writes Margaret Dixon.

There were about 100 people present and from the comments received, the day was much enjoyed, even by those who were not successful.

Entry was by invitation only to CC, RCC and BPIB (Ch. Shows). Puppies which had also been awarded CCs or RCCs were eligible for both contests. We had a full uptake of the 64 dog places allowed under KC rules with the inevitable last minute absentees. We finally ended up with 21 in the puppy contest and 44 in the adults. The event was run on a match basis.

The three judges, chosen by secret ballot, and whose identity was know only to the Breed Council Secretary prior to the event, were: Mrs Betty Beaumont and Mrs Annette Skelley (breed specialists) and Mr Robin Searle (allrounder). Breed Council Chairman, Mrs Shirley Rawlings, was MC and also aided Mrs Jo Davies with stewarding.

Prior to introduction of the judges, the puppy contest entrants paraded. Following the puppy contest a very good lunch was enjoyed by all. Before the parade and judging of the adult contest, the dog CC record holder, Mesdames Gilmour & Ross's Ch Khabaray Single Malt at Dumbriton was paraded.

As he had previously been retired from breed competition he was not entered for the contest but it was good to see him looking well, on his usual sparkling form, and for his achievement in breed competition to be acknowledged.

We are grateful to Firbeck Promotions for sponsorship of crystal trophies for the puppy contest and to Nutro and Hills for product prizes.