Sunday 6th February 2005
Winner of Best In Match and the June Cross Memorial Trophy was Silken Image, with Monarch of the Glen taking home the Dumbriton Bronze for Best Opposite Sex
THE WHIPPET Stars Supermatch - formerly known at the Whippet of the Year and Whippet Puppy of the Year Contest - was held at Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire, when it was attended by approximately 100 whippet enthusiasts.
As always, the judges were chosen by ballot from a list of suggestions made by the eleven whippet breed clubs, their identity being a closely guarded secret until the day. This method of selecting the judges, enables even the organisers to enter their whippets, if qualified. The judges do not confer in any way, each reporting his or her winner of each match to the steward. All judges proposed must award CC’s in whippets. They were: Miss Susan Baird and Mrs Barbara Robinson (breed specialists) and Mr Colin Ashmore (all-rounder).
Chairman of the organising sub-committee was Cathie Brown. As part of her duties Cathie employed a caterer who tempted our taste buds at lunch time with beef bourguignon, Thai green curry, quiches and accompaniments, followed by a scrumptious apple crumble tart and all washed down with a glass of wine or juice. Cathie also obtained tremendous sponsorship for the event which enabled everyone attending to go home with a ‘goody bag’ containing several items including 2.5 kg dog food, a £5 voucher for herbal remedies, and a sample bottle of dog shampoo - representing good value in an all-inclusive ticket price of £10!
We must take this opportunity to say thank you to our main sponsors – James Wellbeloved, Dorwest Herbs, Quistel, and Arden Grange. In addition to the trophies and food products, winners rosettes and prizes were given by Marion Knight’s Rosettes, Peggy Crosse of Jaycoats, and Doreen Paige.
Master of Ceremonies - and very competent on the PA system - was Danny Gilmour and Chief Steward was Mrs Jo Davies, ably assisted by Richard and Dawn Mason. Breed Council Chairman, Mrs Shirley Rawlings, played host to the judges.
Entry was by invitation only to CC, RCC winners and BPIB at Ch Shows throughout 2004. The contest was run on a match basis and with the inevitable last minute absentees, the final number of whippets present was 48, which made for some interesting matches.
The morning saw the Puppy Match of 20 entries - the Gladys Sage Memorial Trophy for Best Puppy eventually being awarded to Miss Margaret Dixon’s bitch, Hammonds Mary Rose over Millwold and the runner-up Ms Y C Long’s Roedeane Runaway Bride - the first time these two met in the ring was at the East of England, when their placing were the other way round!
The afternoon programme started with a treat for all, when Mrs Eva Yacoby paraded her daughter Lynn Yacoby-Wright’s Ch Cobyco Call the Tune – Crufts Best in Show 2004.
‘Dee Dee’ is looking great and received a sustained round of applause in recognition of her wonderful achievement. Thank you Lynn for trusting your mum to bring her for us all to see once more – although I am sure that there were sighs of relief when it was realised that she was only parading and was not entered in the match!
After lunch we commenced with the Dog Match with 14 dogs present, producing as a winner Mr & Mrs Dave King’s homebred young dog Daleko Monarch of the Glen JW. A consistent class winner throughout the year, he must now be in especially fine form, having gained his first CC at the Whippet Club of Wales in December. Runner up to him was Mrs June Minns’ well known Ch/Can, Am, Nor, Dan Ch Airescot Ruby Rascal.
Then followed the 14 bitches where the winner was found in Miss Jane Wilton-Clark’s Ch Shalfleet Silken Image. Gaining her title in 2003 she was only lightly shown in 2004, but certainly looks as good as ever. Runner up to her was Mrs Molly Head’s Demerlay Band of Gold. At the end of the day top honours of Best In Match and the June Cross Memorial Trophy went to Silken Image, with Monarch of the Glen taking home the Dumbriton Bronze for Best Opposite Sex.
So many people helped on the day, with everything from setting up to the raffle to the washing up, that they cannot all be named, but their efforts in making this an enjoyable day was much appreciated by all.