International Windsprite Club

Windsprite, Silken Windsprites



8 November 2016


The Board of Directors of the ILWC recommends to the membership of the ILWC that the name of the breed be changed [from Longhaired Whippet] to "Windsprite" as of January 1, 2017.

Results of ballot
Eligible votes = 129
Total ballots cast = 90
FOR = 65 (72%)
AGAINST = 25 (28%)
Count conducted and verified by Deanna France
Independent Auditor



23 April 2021

Calling all Windsprite Owners!

The Board has created a Health Survey to document the health of our breed. The more surveys we receive, the better picture will emerge regarding the overall health of Windsprites. This will allow us to identify any areas of concern for the long term benefit of the breed.

If you have ever had the joy of sharing your home with a Windsprite, please complete one survey for each Windsprite, living or deceased.

CLICK HERE for the online survey form.


4 November 2022

The International Windsprite Club proudly supports Embark DNA testing for the Windsprite.

The IWC is proud to announce a new breed club partnership with Embark, the world's leading canine genetics company. Embark for Breeder DNA tests are >99% accurate on mutation tests and are the only genetic COI% test available for breeders. The International Windsprite Club has chosen to work with Embark because of our shared values of responsible breeding and commitment to canine health. Embark offers a comprehensive product for breeders that includes all the relevant genetic information you need to better manage breeding programs: genetic health risks, physical traits, genetic COI, and breed ancestry.

As part of this partnership, our club members will earn a 10% rebate on all breeder kits purchased through our affiliate link. In addition, Embark will offer our members up to $35 off the Embark for Breeders DNA kit using the club's affiliate link and Promo code.  (To access the affiliate link and promo code, please see the announcement on our official 'IWC Members' Facebook page, or the email sent to all members announcing the IWC/Embark partnership.)

Rebates earned by the club will be provided back to our members who genetically test their dogs– a win-win for the club, our members, and our beloved breed. Your very first Embark for Breeders DNA kit is just $99 with code TRYEMBARK99! 

This partnership also provides our club with expert educational content, access to Embark experts such as veterinary geneticists, the opportunity to offer input on future research, and event support. 

Embark for Breeders DNA kits offer breed-specific health conditions affecting the Windsprite, as well as results for 215+ genetic health conditions, 35 physical traits, and genetic COI% all with one swab. For more information visit:


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27 October 2022

IWC Breed Club Partnership with Embark

I am pleased to announce that the IWC has a new Breed Club Partnership Agreement with Embark.

Yes this is indeed our second such agreement. Over the past year or so, Embark restructured their partnership agreements and has offered us this new partnership agreement to replace our initial agreement with them.

Please read the attached agreement, I will just list a few highlights below:

Embark will periodically produce a "state of the breed" genetic health report for our breed using data from Windsprites in their database.

Embark will support IWC events. Those of you who attended the NH show know that Embark donated an "Embark for Breeders" test kit for the raffle.

Embark may invite us to participate in research to support the development of new tests, and also ask us to identify new possible areas of research.

We will have a dedicated account manager who will (among other things) fast-track our requests for information such as the results of DNA parentage verification tests.

The largest benefit is that IWC members will receive a substantial overall discount for any Embark for Breeders test kit purchased.

Embark is giving us a discount on the per kit price, and in addition, the club receives a 10% commission/kit which we will kick back to the purchaser. AND in addition, the IWC board has voted to subsidize each test kit purchase with a $25 rebate. We are currently working to create a portal for ordering these test kits and the most streamlined method to send the savings to the member. The final discount pricing including shipping to one address is as follows (list price in parentheses):

1 kit ($159) >> $113.60

2 - 10 kits ($139) >> $95.60

11-20 kits ($129) >> $86.60

We will provide additional details in the future as they become available.

-Tricia Conklin (VP)





January 2023

IWC Keystone Winter Specialty, January 15, 2023


Thank you to all the exhibitors who came out on a beautiful, sunny, windy day to support the club and the Keystone Winter Specialty. With a ON TIME START before and after our late lunch, everyone made it easy for us by being ready.
We appreciate you, and are grateful we have such a great group who also pitched in to help in some way.
Deep gratitude to my co chair Jackie, and our mentors Tricia, Sidney, Claire, and Donna.
Special thanks to:
-Kathy Petack for helping at the desk
-Jim Petack for all the photos he took
-Jamie Ohman for the bookmark artwork, and helping out with the food
-Sara Martin for taking care of the raffle
-Donna DeVoist for helping at the desk in the afternoon
-Pat Klinger for her judging, handling tips, and aerobic classes! 🤣
-EVERYONE who helped at the end of the show to break down

We hope to see you all January 14, 2024 for our next Keystone Winter Specialty!

Kim Wilson





October 2022

IWC New Hampshire Specialty Show, October 15-16, 2022

Another spectacular fall weekend in NH spent with a bunch of friends, dogs and beautiful foliage. Thank you to owners, handlers and pups that helped to make the last Specialty of the year such a success. Keep your eyes peeled on FaceBook for more photos from our amazing show photographer, Jim Petack.

Alayne, Jean and I want to thank Barb Burri and Ray Johnson for taking the time to judge our Rally and Conformation events. Both judges were so kind and thoughtful in the comments and encouragement that they provided to us and our dogs. Other than the sprinklers interrupting our race day (thanks to Milford DPW for turning off the water); it was an amazing day of races and competition. Thanks to Donna DeVoist and Jean MacKenzie for running the lure on the big course and our starters and finish line judges. The High Point race had an amazing finish! Additional thanks to Jean McCord for running the puppies, FEOs and Windsprites with her new fancy machine on the smaller course and to Sara Martin for another smashing success with our Raffle.

Our Specialty Shows can only be successful with the help of volunteers keeping activities on track. Whether it be helping at the tables for Conformation, Agility, Rally or Racing; there is no way we would be able to keep track of everything without your help. We even had some new folks help out for each of these events. Thank you so much for being willing to step in to help with keeping scores, timing, and the judges in line for the events. Lastly, to the folks that helped with Set Up and Break Down of events and the food tables through out the weekend… another big thank you for starting your day earlier or ending it a little later to help us.

We are looking forward to next year! Until then… below are the final results from the weekend

Andrea Cooper






July 2022

IWC New York Specialty Show, July 15-17, 2022

It was a beautiful weekend to hold an outdoor show and we enjoyed every minute of it. There were many people who volunteered to make the show run smoothly and we appreciate every one of you.

Thank you to our judges John Arvin (Conformation), Melanie Hoover (Rally), Jessica Stier (Triathlon Conformation), and Kathy Petack and Kent Roberts (Racing Finish Line).

There were 62 Windsprites entered in various events! In addition, 15 Windsprites earned their CGC titles, the first time the CGC test was offered at our show. Well done! On Friday afternoon, puppy and individual racing runs were offered. It’s so much fun to see the next generation of racers figure out the game. Racing on Sunday was exciting with many close races. We hope to see everyone next year.

Donna DeVoist, Show Chairperson

Thanks to Jim Petack we have LOTS of photos of the events.



Results are in! Click here to see results.


May 2022

IWC MidAtlantic Specialty, May 28-29, 2022

So wonderful to see so many members of our Windsprite family and friends at the recent show in Pennsylvania. Seemed like such a long since our previous show last fall, it was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones!  The weather gods were smiling on us this year for a change, it was a lovely weekend.

Thanks to all the exhibitors (and friends) who pitched in to keep things moving along efficiently, we could not have done it without your generosity, willingness, and energy! Course builders, bar setters, timer, scribe, ring stewards, handlers, slippers, catchers, line judges, scorekeepers, everyone who helped with set up and tearing down and cleaning up... Too many to name individually, but you are all awesome and hugely appreciated!!  But special mention must go to my amazing co-show secretary Claire Conklin, our incomparable show photographer, Jim Petack, our lure operator/race secretary extradorinaire, Donna DeVoist and our enthusiastic raffle coordinators Sara Martin and Andrea Cooper, for an awesome and abundant selection of envious raffle items!

Special thanks to our wonderful judges... Lois Mark for setting fun agility courses and for her good humor and enthusiasm for all our agility exhibitors. Renee McCartin, our conformation judge, was awesome at putting dogs and handlers at ease while doing thorough and thoughtful evaluations of the dogs, and keeping a sense of fun in the conformation ring throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately, our rally judge had a family medical emergency just hours before the start of the show so sadly we were unable to hold the rally competition this year, but look forward to seeing her next year.

All in all, a nice start to 2022!

Until next year,

      Sidney Hoblit, Show Chairperson






October 2021


IWC New England Fall Specialty Oct 15-17, 2021

What an amazing weekend!  We were so lucky with both the weather and sunset still being just a little later for our Saturday conformation finish.


A big thank you to our judges; Cathy Ford, Amee Abel and Jean McCord for not only giving us great feedback in the Rally ring but taking the time to review our breed standards and being enthusiastic in the conformation ring.   Thank you to Donna DeVoist for coming in early on Friday for QTR/Individual Runs and doing an awesome job on Sunday.


We had some amazing volunteers step up to help over the weekend.   I always run the risk of forgetting someone because I don’t always see EVERYTHING going on.  My apologies in advance if I did, but here goes the list of “Thank You’s”.   First up to Alayne Brandt for her work on the Show Program and her dedication to the Judges table during conformation.  You kept us going and on track.  Thanks also to Sandy Sherman for wanting to learn what to do, Tricia Conklin and Donna DeVoist stepping in to help at the table when Jean MacKenzie and I weren’t there.   Thanks to Donna for getting all the placement pictures for Conformation.  Jean McCord with your manual lure machine to get those puppies running and chasing the lure.  You had some great help from Jenny Ford and Jesi Allen to keep everything going.  Marie Silverberg and Jessica Stier, thanks for keeping the racing programs running efficiently and results tabulated correctly.  Thanks to Steve Caldwell and Kent Roberts for the many races that you judged.  Additional thanks to Andrea Rogers, Max Lipson and Grace Allen for getting the lure back to the start line.  Thanks to Rachel Lipson for the donut deliveries both days; very thoughtful and nothing beats a pumpkin donut in October.


There were lots of other folks; all the starters for racing - including Kim W, the releasers and the catchers.  Everyone helped each other so that our dogs had a chance to run – thank you!  Thanks to those who chipped in for set up and break down of all the “stuff” – Andrew, Polly, Tricia, Sidney, Donna, Jean McC, Kathy, Tim, Pat, Arnie (you saved us on the EZ ups), Rachel W, and Sara. 


We wanted to try something new for volunteering at this show; and hopefully the process will continue to get better with each subsequent show.  We placed a “jar” with tickets on one of the tables…and asked volunteers to fill out tickets each time they volunteered.  Some saw it, others didn’t (here’s the improvement opportunity – to make it more noticeable).  If people didn’t put their names in, as I saw people volunteering, I filled out tickets and put them in the jar.  Volunteering is hard, people are tired and it’s been a long day – we thought it would be nice to acknowledge the extra effort when contributing to the show’s success.  I drew a name from the jar – Kathy Burke.  The prize?  Entry fees waived for one dog at the next show.  Congrats!


After a decidedly ugly 2020 and not getting to see anyone for shows, it was so nice to end 2021 in NH with great weather and be able to see friendly faces and pups.  We’ll see you all in 2022… starting in January!








7 August 2021

IWC New York Summer Specialty, July 24-25, 2021

It was exciting to see so many members of our Windsprite family at the New York show. There were 65 dogs entered in the various events – that’s a large turnout! We needed many volunteers to make the show run smoothly and people stepped up – some to do jobs they were familiar with and some to learn new jobs. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Our conformation judge, Lynn Kaier, and Triathlon/Versatility judge, Sue Nichols, stepped in on a day’s notice after our scheduled judges became ill. Thank you both for your thoughtful assessments. Thanks to Melanie Hoover, our Rally judge, and Abbie Tamber, our agility judge, for creating fun courses with hidden challenges. We enjoyed them!

A huge thank you to Tricia Conklin for performing the daunting task of Show Secretary. We appreciate the many hours that go into getting every dog entered, producing the catalog, running the conformation steward table, and reporting the results. We are eternally grateful.

Jim Petack was present with his camera to capture the fun and excitement of the 4 events. The results of his creativity can be viewed in the photo albums he creates and posts. Jim, I may be your favorite president of anything, but you are my favorite photographer of everything. Thank you from all of us.

Many people volunteered to help set up the agility field, the race course, the show site, and then fill in the jobs to make those events run smoothly: Gina Babcock, Christine Chady, Pete Chady, Marie Silverberg, Alayne Brandt, Dick Brandt, Sidney Hoblit, Sue Nichols, Connor Kingfisher, Kathy Petack, Linda Centurelli, Jackie Wright-Minogue, Pam Roberts, Marsha Durbin, Eileen Tran, KC Caswell, and Rick Jones for delicious brownies – apologies if I haven’t mentioned your name, I didn’t get to see everyone who volunteered.

As the Race Secretary, I want to mention how smoothly straight racing was run this year. People were on time for roll call and were available and ready to step up as the starter, as releasers (not an easy job with some dogs [mine]) and as catchers. We could not run our race meet without the knowledge and organization of Valerie Stier, Jessica Stier, and Marie Silverberg. It’s complicated to organize the dogs into the proper races, and they did it expeditiously and with good humor. We also couldn’t run it without finish line judges and Kent Roberts and Dick Brandt made themselves available to judge all the races. Thank you all.

Pam Roberts took an amusing photo of four of us “doing math” to score the Triathlon and Versatility. My hat goes off to Marie, Tricia, and Sidney for that feat of mental acumen.

With appreciation to all,

      Donna DeVoist, Show Chairperson




June 2021

A huge shout out to all the exhibitors and friends who braved the cold and rain to came out for the Memorial Day IWC MidAtlantic Specialty Show. Yes, rain and nearly freezing temperatures in late May!! But we were fortunate in the end... Other than an hour rain delay for agility Saturday morning, the rain eased enough for us to hold our agility trial, conformation show, and rally trial (all outdoors) on Saturday, and the Sunday race meet. While the weekend continued damp and a bit soggy, we did not encounter any significant rain during our actual events.

Thanks to all the exhibitors (and friends) who pitched in to keep things moving along efficiently, we could not have done it without your generosity, willingness, and energy! Course builders, bar setters, timer, scribe, ring stewards, handlers, slippers, catchers, line judges, scorekeepers, everyone who helped with set up and tearing down and cleaning up... Too many to name individually, but you are all awesome and hugely appreciated!!  But special mention must go to my amazing co-show secretary Claire Conklin, our incomparable show photographer, Jim Petack, our lure operator/race secretary extradorinaire, Donna DeVoist and our enthusiastic raffle coordinator Dawn Strawn, for an abundant selection of envious raffle items!

And of course very heartfelt thanks to our wonderful judges for dealing with the less than ideal weather conditions with patience and grace and a sense of humor. Jeff Kase, our agility judge, kept things fun and was cheering on all the dogs. Sara Webb set up a fun rally course, and was especially helpful and encouraging to all our inexperienced handlers, as was Melissa Schnyder who did an awesome job judging our conformation classes, keeping things light while giving careful consideration to each and every dog.

Thanks again to everyone, hope to see you all again next year (with a little more sunshine!)


Show Chair







15 September 2020

The Board has approved a motion that puppies born in 2019 and 2020 have TWO years from their date of birth to earn their Junior Championship, and all points toward the JRCH title can be earned either from independent individual evaluations or a comibination of individual independent evaluations and evaluations earned in the ring at an IWC show. At least one of these evaluations must occur at 8 plus months of age.

Current approved evaluators include: Michelle Henninger, Jean MacKenzie, Sue Nichols, Sidney Hoblit, Donna DeVoist, Patricia Conklin, and Jessica Stier. Additional evaluators are expected to be added soon, please check back for updates to the list.



31 August 2020

The results of the first IWC Virtual Match Show are in! I'm happy to report that we were able to raise over $500 for the club's genetic health testing project. Thank you to everyone for your entry fees and donations, I'm excited to see what we'll be able to do for our breed with these funds!

Another big thank you to our three conformation judges Marietta Kühne, Adriana Vaneková, and Caroline Wells, and our rally judge Jacob Ragusa for your time and expertise!

Finally, congratulations for all of our winners! The link below will send you the Google Drive folder where I've uploaded the results for rally and the 3 shows. Thank you to everyone who participated, and I hope you had fun!! Although it doesn't make up for an in-person shoe, it was so lovely to see all of your beautifyl dogs.

Claire Conklin

The big winners:

BISS Show A (Marietta Kühne): Aurai Treasure Island "Simon"

BISS Show B (Adriana Vaneková): Stone House Heart Throb "Redford"

BISS Show C (Caroline Wells Cope): Stone House Milagro "Milo"

(tie) HIT Rally (Jacob Ragusa): Stone House Kyanite  "Kite"

(tie) HIT Rally (Jacob Ragusa): Stone House Heart of Gold "Trevor"

HIT Puppy Rally (Jacob Ragusa): Aurai Wild Air "Lark"

HIT Veteran Rally (Jacob Ragusa): Tova's First Light of Aurai "Roxy"

Trick Trial: Aurai Treasure Island "Simon"

Puppy Trick Trial:  Stone House Happy As A Lark "Ava"

Veteran Trick Trial: Tova's Gotta Dance "Bea"


Photography Contest:

1st Emily Conklin

2nd Max Scott

3rd Emily Conklin

4th Rachel Waugh

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24 June 2020

Please check out our new publication! (Available at

Windsprite Chronicles - Memories, Narratives & Visions

International Windsprite Club, Inc. Publications, No. 1

The idea of the first book of the International Windsprite Club, Inc. (IWC) was born in July 2019. One year later Silke Kuske (IWC member) and Donna DeVoist (IWC president) are able to share the experiences of Windsprite breeders and friends from the perspective of those who had accompanied the development of the breed and those who will be possibly Windsprite breeders in the future. By conducting interviews, they gathered their experiences and thoughts together in this book. Windsprite Chronicles gives insights into how Windsprite breeders and friends see the past, present, and future of the breed. It provides a comprehensive view of their experiences, values, and thoughts. This book gives an insight in the Windsprite’s history, its present, and future from the personal perspective of selected members of the International Windsprite Club that breed and/or love these wonderful Windsprites in the United States. Their views are enriched by photos and historical documents.


Nine interviews were conducted to gain an insight into the colorful picture of the United States Windsprite world. The book contains the origin of the breed, their behavior, and their beauty. It contains narratives about the IWC, European collaborations, and lessons learned about breeding. A scientific insight, thoughts about breeding, and breeding values invite the reader to discuss the future of the breed. Enjoy reading this wonderful book. It is planned to be the start of an IWC book series. The proceeds will go completely to the International Windsprite Club. We thank Silke Kuske and Donna DeVoist for their engagement to make this book project happen.


International Windsprite Club, Inc.

12 January 2020

The third annual IWC Winter Keystone Specialty is now part of history! And unbelievably for the third year in a row we lucked out on the weather. I'd like to thank several people for helping make this show a success. And I apologize if I am leaving someone out.

First I would like to thank ALL the members who took the chance on weather in the Poconos in January and entered their Windsprites in this show. The show would not have existed without all you participants! And a big thank you to all for being on top of things and helping make the show move along smoothly, and (several of you) for staying to help clean up at the end.


I would like to thank Jannette Moura for taking the plunge and agreeing to be the main show secretary. Jannette pulled together all the entry information from JotForm into classes, assigned armband numbers, and put together the show program. This took many hours. Thank you Jannette!! A big thank you goes out to Linda Deutsch our conformation show judge for your experienced eye and balanced judging of our dogs. I look forward to reading of your overall impressions of our dogs. Thank you to Maureen English for being the main steward of this show. It was a huge help to have you working the table, the show was in very good hands with regards to the record-keeping. As always a special thank you goes out to Jim Petack our talented show photographer. I can't wait to see the show through your eyes in the coming weeks! And Jim thank you also for keeping us fully caffeinated with your Keurig! Jenny Wolffe thank you so much for taking care of the placement signs throughout the entire show. Thank you to Sidney Hoblit for bringing the ribbons, supplying a few tables and for the paperware for lunch. Thank you to Donna DeVoist for bringing the all important white board and all the winner's certificates. Thank you to Melissa LoPinto and Claire Conklin for making the lovely martingale leashes as special prizes for the "top winners". Thank you to Diane Kardel for your facility help (such as coming at 8 am to turn on the heat!) and also the Tri-State Obedience Club in general for allowing us to rent your facility. It is perfect for this show.

Last but not least I would like to announce the major winners of the Third Annual IWC Keystone Winter Specialty (photos will be added at a later date):

Best Junior: Zoe Callahan

Best of Winners (Smooth): Blue Mist Ghost From Our Past “Patty”

Best of Opposite (Smooth): Blue Mist Ghost From Our Past "Patty"

Best of Variety (Smooth): Tova's Raven's Wing of Sherwood Forest “Raven”

Best of Winners (Longhair): Tova's Ashuelot to the Sea “Jigsaw”

Best of Opposite (Longhair): Stone House Kyanite “Kite”

Best of Variety (Longhair): Blue Mist Ben Solo “Kylo Ren”

Best Puppy in Show: Claybrook Never Say Never "Evie"

Best Veteran in Show: Tova's First Light of Aurai "Roxy"

Best in Specialty Show: Tova's Raven's Wing of Sherwood Forest “Raven”


~Tricia Conklin, Show Chairperson

                                    CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SHOW RESULTS

                                       CLICK HERE FOR SHOW PHOTOS by Jim Petack

3 October 2019

Once again, the IWC NH Fall Specialty Show wrapped up our 2019 show season with beautiful weather, lots of ribbons and many happy, tired Windsprites.

Special thanks to our judges, Cyndi Bussey for Conformation, Dana Chenier for Rally and Elizabeth Shattuck for Agility.  They certainly were engaged with our dogs and helped to make sure that everyone had fun while competing.

So many people helped to keep everything running smoothly, whether it be for lunch or dinner set up, bringing pot luck items or helping to keep food and paper goods organized and available. All owners and visitors were so flexible and helpful throughout both days.  It is a pleasure to put the show together knowing that people will step in where needed.

I’m so grateful for the support and sincerely hope I don’t offend anyone if I missed thanking you either publicly or privately.  Alayne Brandt did an amazing job with the program; it’s the first time in recent memory that we’ve had it for a NH show and it looked awesome.  Marie Silverberg rocked the raffle – love the big bags from the Christmas Tree shops - and it was spectacularly organized.

As for activities; let’s start with our agility team – scribes, timekeepers, leash runners, stewards, course set up and breakdown, bartenders…sorry, I just think that is a way better job description than bar setter.  Kathy Petack, Sidney Hoblit, Donna DeVoist, CJ Dame, Marie Silverberg, Alayne Brandt and Pam Roberts – you all kept us organized, on time and scored correctly.  Conformation would not have run as smoothly as it did and that was due to Claire Conklin, Tricia Conklin, Alayne and Donna working the judges table to ensure she had her judging forms and ribbons (Thanks Sid!) and more importantly, keeping the placement forms updated. 

Subway certainly disappointed when we learned they would not be able to provide us with the lunch that we ordered.  A HUGE thank you to Dick Brandt for making the trip to 2 Subway restaurants to try to pick up our lunch and then a quick hop over to Milford House of Pizza for a pick-up of pizza to fill the gap and supplement all the pot luck offerings.  I appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and flexibility as we worked through that.   More thanks to everyone who stayed late on Saturday night to help clean up at Mojo at the close of Saturday’s activities. 

Sunday was a beautiful day, and another opportunity for our club members to be flexible.  While the lure ~pulling machine wasn’t working (thank you anyway to Andrea Rogers for bringing it and your gator)…. we were able to compensate with the now Popeye-sized arms of Dick Brandt and Jean McCord for cranking that wonderful manual lure machine.  Thank you Jean, for bringing it.  Our grand plans for saving time using it on the puppies ended up saving the day by using it to give all of our dogs a chance to RUN!  Thank you to Valerie and Jessica Stier for racing roll call and for keeping the race scoring organized and accurate.  Claire Conklin and Marie Silverberg – thanks for working the scoring table so that all of you could fit in racing your dogs.  Tricia and Alayne, thank you for your roles as Tally Ho/Go and Starter.  Diane Gibbons brought her electric bike so that we could get the lure back to the starting line quickly – Jamie Ohman and Rachel Waugh certainly jumped at the chance to try that out.  Thanks to the 3 of you, I don’t think we have ever had the lure brought back more quickly!  Kathy Petack, Pam and Kent Roberts – thanks for hanging out at the finish line and doing a great job at recording the results.

I’m sure there will be lots of pictures on Facebook (and hopefully submitted for the annual IWC calendar) thanks to Jamie Ohman, Rachel Waugh, Andrew Green and, of course, Jim Petack.  Jim – I can’t wait to see how the pictures come out with your beautiful back drop and table that you built especially for the show.  I hope to be able to take advantage of it in the next show. I’m sure you have thousands of pictures to go through to be posted for us to see – it’s clear how much you love the breed by the beautiful pictures that you put out there.

Lastly, as always, a big thank you to Sid, Tricia and Donna for your continued guidance and support.

~Andrea Cooper,

     Show Co-Chair and Show Secretary

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                                   More show photographs will be posted as soon as they are available.

26 July 2019

IWC New York Specialty July 20, 2019 – Thank you from the Show Chairperson

This year’s show was not treated kindly by Mother Nature. The heat wave forced the cancellation of agility, rally, and racing, and prompted us to move the show indoors. Even though the air conditioner in my classroom struggled to keep up with 50 people and 60 dogs, we managed to remain somewhat comfortable with the addition of several fans that Gina Babcock and Christine Chady brought from their homes to keep the air moving. Thank you both so much.

There are many people to thank for a successful show.

Our conformation judge, Calley Rupp, Falconeer Kennel, was efficient and gracious in the ring. Claire Conklin, Trial Co-Secretary, and Jake Ragusa, Chief Ring Steward, kept the show moving along without delay. Tricia Conklin, Co-Secretary, produced an attractive, comprehensive show program. She also worked with an artist to create beautiful, distinctive prizes for the Best of Variety and Best in Show. Plus, she will sort out reimbursement due to cancellation of events.

Jim Petack was our unobtrusive photographer and took his remarkably lovely photos of our dogs.

Jamie Ohman helped set out racing posts during the hot Friday afternoon and then along with Tricia Conklin helped set up the new location for the show. Eileen Tran volunteered to order, pick up, set up and clean up lunch. Thank you, Eileen, for taking charge and getting it done. Alayne and Dick Brandt and Jean McCord organized dinner and cleaned up after – a task made more difficult without a real kitchen. Thank you for getting us fed.

Ann Marie Silverberg, assisted by Kristina LaPage and Rachel Waugh, put together creatively-themed raffle baskets and sold lots of tickets.

The exhibiters deserve a big round of applause for enduring warm temperatures without complaint and with suggestions for making it cooler. Exhibitors helped each other set up and clean up, kept an eye on the dogs of others, and made safety a priority by voting to cancel Sunday’s racing.

I personally owe a huge thank you to Sue Nichols for bringing the sweltering weekend weather forecast to my attention. Because of her experience in outdoor shows, she recognized the potential problems and offered several suggestions to deal with the heat. Thanks to Steve Benjamin, my mentor and proprietor of the classroom, for allowing us to use the space on short notice.

Donna DeVoist, Show Chairperson



7 June 2019





















IWC MidAtlantic Specialty Show, May 25-26 2019

The 2019 IWC MidAtlantic Specialty Show on May 25-26 was another huge success. We had a fabulous turnout, the weather was agreeable, we had good times with old friends and new.


A total of 62 WIndsprites entered the show, with 61 in Conformation, 37 in Rally, 24 in Agility, and 33 in Competitive Racing, along with an additional 21 for individual or puppy runs!  Very special thanks go out to our fabulous judges, Patricia Spinazzola of Panache Whippets for Conformation, Dawn Peterson for Agility, Arlene Powers for Rally, and Cynthia Schmidt for the massive Triathlon Conformation class. And of course, our amazing and well organized Show Secretaries Patricia and Claire Conklin, Lure Operator extradordinaire Donna DeVoist, totally awesome Show Photographer Jim Petack, and extra special thanks to Donna DeVoist for coordinating our Saturday evening dinner.

Thanks to Cynthia Schmidt and Melissa LoPinto for an informative and helpful handling seminar before the start of the conformation show on Saturday, they both provided some wonderful tips and individual instruction for the participating handlers.

As always, it is a big undertaking to organize and run an event like this, and as usual, I am so grateful to ALL the exhibitors and friends who stepped up to help. Special mention must go to our visitor and new  best friend Silke Kuske, who came all the way from Germany and worked tirelessly and cheerfully with preparations on Friday and throughout the show, handling dogs in the show ring, taking photographs,  slipping dogs at the races, and generally jumping in with a smile to help with whatever anyone needed. We were delighted she was able to join us this year, and hope to see her again soon.

Polly Hornberger did a fabulous job again with our raffle, with several big baskets of wonderful prizes. Huge thanks to all who donated items for the raffle! Thanks to Claire Conklin, Chief Ring Steward for the Conformation ring, for keeping all the Conformation classes organized and moving along.Jamie Ohman,  Andrew Green, and Silke Kuske shared all their fantastic photographs from the show. Kim and Sharon Shepherd were invaluable in setting up tables and tents and setting out the food for our meals. Thanks to our excellent agility scribe Donna DeVoist and timer Kathy Petack. Alayne Brandt does a terrific job as starter at the races, and her husband Dick deserves kudos for dragging the lure back down the field after nearly every race. Thanks to Jessica Stier, Ann Marie Silverberg, and Claire Conklin for scorekeeping at the races.

The list goes on and on , I can't possibly thank everyone by name (I think I would have to list every single exhibitor...and their family members!) And I don't even know who did many of the jobs, I just know they got done! So to all who pitched in - course building, setting bars, gate stewards, handling dogs for those of us with multiple dogs in conformation classes, holding dogs, helping set up food and clean up after, coming early to help set up for the races and staying late to tear down after, slipping and catching dogs at the races, everyone who brought all that wonderful food for potluck lunch, who helped set up and take down the rings, the pop up tents, the tables - you are all amazing and much appreciated. I thank you all!

And finally, heartfelt thanks to Judith Shoemaker DVM for generously offering her lovely Fincastle Farm for our Saturday afternoon and evening events, to Donna Schafetz of Fincastle Farm for her assistance with set up, clean up, and bringing coolers of ice and drinks to the races, to Becky and Will Anderson for hosting our Agility competition at their lovely property, and to the rangers and maintenance crew at Nottingham Park for preparing the race area so beautifully.

Let's do it all again next year!

~Sidney Hoblit, Show Chairperson










April 2019

IWC New England Specialty Conformation Show April 20, 2019




17 January 2019

As I sit to write this on Jan 17, almost a week has gone by since the 2019 IWC Keystone Winter Specialty on Jan 12 in Shohola, PA. Last week we were packing and prepping and this week we are anticipating a big Nor’easter. Thank goodness that the show isn’t this weekend!

Forty-seven Windsprites graced us with their presence this year, up from only thirty-two entered at our first winter specialty in 2018. To EVERYONE who came, thank you for your decision to enter your dog(s), you are what made this winter “conformation only” show a success. Thank you to our wonderful judge Rebecca Gardner (Willowisp) for your expert eye, your interest in our breed, and your friendly help in the ring for those of us who are less than expert handlers. Thank you Sidney Hoblit, the secretary for this show, for the stacks of paperwork (before, during, and after) and the ribbons that you organized so well. Thank you Jim Petack for being the official show photographer and capturing so many images from this show for us all to enjoy. And the backdrop that you and Donna put together for the placement photos was above and beyond! And Jamie Ohman, thank you also for your photography, together you and Jim help us all to remember the weekend, and also provide images to enjoy for those who live far away. Thank you Kathy Petack (and Bronson) for all your work at the table. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to our club president Donna DeVoist for your help both with placement signs as well at the table and for making sure that all the results were recorded correctly! Thank you to all those who handled dogs for others, your help is invaluable to those with more than one dog entered. Thank you Kim Fredericks for doing a litter evaluation as an impromptu lunch time seminar (and thank you Amy Stier and Valerie Stier for providing the puppies!). Thank you Johns of Arthur Ave. (although we did pay you!) for the XXXL pizzas, especially the sweet chili chicken. And thank you everyone for bringing such an overabundance of yummy food. And finally, a big thank you to Diane Kardel and Tri-State Obedience Club for the use of your wonderful facility.

































Only 128 days until the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Spring Specialty Show!

~Patricia Conklin, Show Chairperson




































































7 October 2018

The IWC NH Fall Specialty Show wrapped up our 2018 show season with beautiful weather, lots of ribbons and many happy, tired Windsprites.

The Show would not have been a success without our judges, Sarah Power for Agility, Ray Johnson for Conformation, Kim Wilson for Rally and Jean MacKenzie for Triathlon/Versatility Conformation.  Additional thanks to Jean for standing on that stepladder all day Sunday to run the lure.  Thank you Donna DeVoist for hauling the equipment to NH from NY.

After a long day on Saturday (and a few technical issues with the equipment), Tricia Conklin still had enough energy as our guest speaker to present an interesting and popular seminar on coat color genetics – “Why did my fawn Windsprite have a parti color puppy?”.   Thank you Tricia, and to our technical support team that was able to figure out how to get the presentation on screen….

I’m grateful to everyone who helped keep things running smoothly; and hope that I didn’t miss anyone. Polly Hornberger who took the time Friday night to provide a final quality control check for the paperwork, then set up the baskets and organized the Raffle.  Our Agility team – Kathy Petack on the clock, Jean McCord as scribe, Sidney Hoblit and Donna DeVoist with scoring tallys, and Alayne Brandt and Ann Marie Silverberg with course set up and break down.  Conformation would not have run as smoothly without help from Alayne, Sid, Tricia, Jean MacKenzie and Donna taking turns at the Judges table or being ring stewards.  Ann Firestone, thanks for the Subway run and helping to set up the lunch.  Everyone participated in making sure that the food, utensils, plates, etc. were available for folks to use and that the food tables stayed relatively organized.  Robin & Steve, a special thank you for organizing all the food at the end of the night so that it was easy to transport and have at the field for Sunday’s munchies.  For Race day, thank you to Jean McCord, Kathy Petack and Gloria LaPage for hanging at the finish line to record the races; Alayne Brandt for being our Starter and Dick Brandt for working the finish line and pulling that lure back to the start line.  Thanks to our scoring team, Donna DeVoist, Jessica Stier, Ann Marie Silverberg and Rachel Waugh, who worked together to ensure that we were able to successfully run and score 3 racing programs.  Donna and Sid were then able to quickly pull all of the results together to present the Versatility and Triathlon results.

Jim Petack – what can I say?  Your photos demonstrate your love for the breed and always seem to capture every important moment that we, as owners, want to see.  We all appreciate the work it takes to get those photos on the site as quickly as you do. 

Lastly, a big thank you to Tricia, Sid and Donna for your continued guidance and support.

Andrea Cooper, Show Secretary and Co-Chair.








Links to more show photos coming soon!

11 August, 2018

IWC New York Specialty Show, July 21-22, 2018   Campville NY


The IWC NY Specialty, July 21-22, 2018, was a great big success – emphasis on BIG. There were 64 Windsprites entered in conformation, 33 competed in agility, 21 competed in rally and 34 competed in racing.  This was the largest show of Windsprites in North America in history, according to Michelle Henninger. We needed lots of people to set up and run the show, and everyone stepped up to help out.

A special thank you to our conformation judge, Michelle Henninger of Claybrook Farms. Without her, there would be no Windsprites in the US. She got her first Windsprites directly from Walter Wheeler, the originator of the breed, founded our club, and developed a breeding program that is reflected in the pedigrees of our dogs. She gave a thoughtful appraisal of all the dogs presented to her.

Thanks to Melissa LoPinto, a former Jr. Handler in the club, for judging our Jr. Handlers.

Thanks to Judy McManus who set up a fun Rally course and patiently explained the signs to those not so familiar with Rally. And thank you, Jamie Ohman, for arranging the rally judge and helping her with the score sheets.

Thanks to Kim Fredericks who stepped in as our Triathlon/Versatility judge, a difficult task she handled with ease and good humor.

Pam Sturtz, our agility judge, created nested courses that were fun and challenging to run.

In no particular order, I express my appreciation and gratitude to those who happily took on tasks and who jumped in when needed.

Claire and Tricia Conklin – our extraordinary show secretaries and paperwork wranglers

Linda Centurelli – raffle organizer

Everyone who contributed to the raffle, especially Marietta Kuhn who sent items from Germany: club cookbooks and collapsible water bowls.

Sidney Hoblit – ring set up, ribbons

Jim Petack, Pamela Bennett, Jamie Ohman, Rachel Waugh – photography. Their gorgeous photos appear on IWC Friends Facebook page, and links to their albums will appear here.

Donna Nugent, Claire Conklin, Gina Babcock – conformation stewards

Rick Jones – organizer of Saturday and Sunday food – and the crew who set up and cleaned up lunch and dinner – I’m sorry I can’t name all of you because you were so efficient, I didn’t see who you were.

Ann Firestone, Diane Gibbons, Sue Nichols – set up and clean up – and thanks Sue for garbage duty.

Our agility crew: Gina Babcock, course builder; Linda Centurelli, scribe; Polly Hornberger, timer; and Ann Marie Silverberg, scorekeeper

Racing on Sunday was exceptionally efficient, especially with the large number of entries. Thank you to Ann Marie Silverberg who helped set up the race course poles on Friday (and we got them straight on the first try!). Competitors were roll called and ready to race by the time our lure operator, Lynn Kiaer, arrived. Thank you so much, Lynn.

Many thanks to our dedicated finish line judges, Susan Edwards, Jacob Rugosa, and Jim Conklin.

Jim also made sure the lure was brought back to the start line without any delay (ask him how many miles he walked).

Valerie Stier and Jessica Stier were racing stewards and set up the racing programs and kept score. Thank you for your expertise.

Alayne Brandt, Marsha Durbin, Tricia Conklin (and did I miss a few others?) made sure the dogs were ready at the start line and signaled the start of each race.

Thank you to everyone who released a Windsprite for racing (especially Ann Marie for releasing my motley crew). Without you, we couldn’t have raced at all.

Our Windsprite family is large, generous, inclusive, supportive, encouraging, and loving. I am honored to be part of it.

Donna DeVoist, Show Chairperson













PHOTOS BY RACHEL WAUGH . . . coming soon

28 May 2018

IWC Mid Atlantic Specialty Show, May 26-27, 2018  Nottingham, PA

In spite of some weather issues leading up to the show forced the re-location of our Sunday racing, and nasty stormy weather predicted for the weekend which fortunately never materialized, the show was a big success. I'd like to send huge thanks to our wonderful judges, Lois Mark for agility and Terri DeLuca for conformation. And a very special thank you to Bonnie Dalzell for offering to be our lure operator for Sunday races at the last minute, when our original venue beame unavailable. And also to the Park Rangers and administrators at Nottingham Park, who welcomed our races and beautifully prepared the area of the park for us with only a few days notice. Also of course, big thanks to Dr Judith Shoemaker of Always Helpful Veterinary Services, and Becky & Will Anderson, for the use of their wonderful sites for our conformation and agility competitions, and Jim Petack and Jamie Ohman for literally many hundreds of photos from all events at the show.  What an amazing group of people!

More thanks to our show secretary and chief ring steward, Claire Conklin, and Polly Hornberger, raffle coordinator, and Rick Jones, who provided us with incredible food! And of course a big THANKS to all the exhibitors who participated and supported our event, and to the competitors, family, and friends who helped throughout the show. You are all awesome, and made the show a resounding sucess.

It was wonderful as always, to meet up with old friends, and to make new ones. It was very nice to have quite a few new faces, some with Windsprites, and some who came to get to know more about Windsprites and meet some in person. Thanks to all who attended, hope to see you again at future events!











16 January 2018

IWC Keystone Winter Specialty  January 14, 2018  Shohola PA

The First Annual 2018 IWC Keystone Winter Specialty is now part of club history. I suspect that there will be a “Second” next winter! Results are posted below.Thank you to everyone who took a chance on this winter specialty in the Pocono mountains, and I hope that everyone had a safe drive home. Without everyone who came and entered their Windsprites (or came to spectate!), this show would not have happened. I especially wish to thank the show’s secretary Sidney Hoblit for her flawless paperwork, Claire Conklin for her time and organizational skills at the table (I think you only got up to show a dog or eat), Kim Tudor Fredericks for being a wonderful enthusiastic and thoughtful judge, Donna DeVoist for agreeing to dip her feet into judging and carefully evaluating all the puppies in the ring (and for bringing a large number of show supplies in her famous big black bag), Jim Petack and Jamie Ohman for taking many photos, and Linda Husson and the Tri-State Obedience Club for offering the use of their awesome facility. The judge Kim was impressed at how well we all got along and helped each other, with zero negativity. It is all about our wonderful breed, Windsprites!




30 October 2017

IWC New Hampshire Specialty October 14-15, 2017





5 August 2017

IWC New York Specialty, July 22-23, 2017

It takes a dedicated group of club members to put on a successful weekend show and I do have many wonderful people to thank for making the IWC New York Specialty so much fun. On Saturday morning, we held an agility competition judged by local agility competitor, Brenda Sylvester. Thanks for designing flowing and challenging courses. Thank you Sue Nichols for judging conformation with a discerning eye and for sharing helpful comments and compliments on the development of our breed. Jaime Ohman created a novice rally course for our dogs and spent the afternoon judging dogs as they became available during the conformation show. Thanks to Tule Manyon who judged Triathlon conformation and had to rank 19 Windsprites. Our show secretaries and chief scorekeepers, Tricia Conklin and Claire Conklin, aided by Gina Babcock, kept the conformation ring running smoothly and recorded the scores for the agility, rally, racing, triathlon and versatility competitions. A delicious and abundant Saturday dinner was catered by Mary Cummings – thank you for keeping us fed and happy with enough leftovers for lunch at straight racing on Sunday. Jessica Stier and Valerie Stier worked the racing score table and tabulated the results and organized the races efficiently so that we were able to have three racing programs, hold two runs for all the puppies and individual racers, and be done by 2:30. I couldn’t have run the lure and raced my dogs without the aid of Ann Marie Silverberg. She made sure my dogs were dressed and ready for each race, were released and caught, and were cooled down. She and Kristina LaPage are learning to run the lure, too. (I am happy to teach anyone else who wants to learn.) Thanks to our eagle-eyed finish line judges, Dick Brandt, Sue Nichols, Gloria LaPage, and trainees Susan and Nancy Edwards. Alayne Brandt started most of our races, and as lure operator, I appreciated her very clear start signal when the racers were ready. And thank you for walking that lure back so many times. On Friday afternoon, many people pitched in to set up the show site. Thanks to Ann Marie Silverberg, Sidney Hoblit, Sue Nichols and Tricia Conklin. Kristina LaPage created five raffle baskets for some very happy raffle winners. Gina Babcock and Norm Wylde organized cleaning up the pavilion at the end of the show and Norm carted equipment, tables and show supplies home. And Ann Marie Silverberg deserves a special shout-out for hauling a carload of garbage to the dumpsters. 
Official photos of the International Windsprite Club Specialty Show taken by Kyle Reynolds of KRNatural Photo (CLICK HERE to view). Thanks Kyle for being with us for two full days of activities. These photos will show happy and dry participants because, while the weather was warm and muggy, IT DIDN’T RAIN! 
Thank you to a the Windsprite lovers who participated in conformation and showed off their lovely dogs, especially those with new puppies who only came to watch and meet people but who were convinced to take their puppies into the ring. I see a bright future for our breed.

from Donna DeVoist, show Chairperson



  BISS and Best Windsprite Smooth         Best Windsprite Longhair            Best of Opposite Sex Longhair

    CH Tova's Tinsel of the Hunt               CH Blue Mist Rhine of Tova             GrCH Aurai Defying Gravity

                 "Sprite"                                              "Kaylee"                                           "Newton"


 Winners Dog and Best of Winners                   Best Puppy                                  Best in Field (tie)

    Wylde Kitsunegari of Aesir               Tova's Queen Aisling of Faylinn       CH Aurai Treasure Island &

                  "Kyu"                                                 "Aisling"                         CH Stone House Skor'd By Bronzite

                                                                                                                              "Simon" & "Skor"             





7 June 2017

IWC MidAtlantic Specialty Show May 27-28, 2017

I'd like to thank to all our exhibitors and spectators who came from near and far to make this show a wonderful success, and to everyone who pitched in to help keep things moving along. Special shout outs to our fabulous judges, Jeff Kase for agility and Cynthia Schmidt, our conformation judge. Also to Lure operator extraordinaire, Donna DeVoist, and fantastic show secretary Tricia Conklin!

A super huge THANK YOU goes to Polly Hornberger for organizing the AWESOME raffle baskets...WOW! And thanks also to everyone who donated items for the raffles!!

Thanks to Lauren Green and Diane Gibbons for timing and scribing every agility class, and Sue Nichols and Kristina LaPage, our finish line judges at the races. And of course to Rick Jones, for going above and beyond in feeding us all extremely well (as always)! We are very appreciative of Judith Shoemaker, DVM, for the use of the lovely site for the conformation show and opening her house and her kitchen for our exhibitor dinner, and to Becky and Will Anderson for providing us the ideal, beautifully manicured fenced agility field. And lastly, I want to thank whoever was responsible for convincing the rain to [mostly] hold off on Saturday, and until after we finished the races on Sunday!

And a HUGE HUGE HUGE *THANK YOU* to Jim Petack, our amazing, awesome, tireless photographer. Jim was there for every event, from before the start to after the finish each day, and has gone waaaay above and beyond with his sorting, editing, perfecting, and posting his fabulous photos!

Putting on a show like this is truly a ‘team’ event, and I especially want to thank each and every one who came out and supported our show…all the exhibitors who pitched in to help where needed and made the show possible, and the spectators who came out to enjoy and support our event. Many of our ‘regulars’ were at the show, but also lots of ‘newbies’…it is great to see so many new faces and make new friends!

I hope everyone had a good time, and look forward to seeing you all at our future events!








7 May 2017

The International Windsprite Club is pleased to participate in GenSol Diagnostics Club Discount Program. IWC Club members will receive a 10% discount on any test, including their Everyday Bulk Discount when ordering 5 or more test kits. Club members should contact Tricia Conklin for the coupon code needed for the discount.

20 March 2016

The International Longhaired Whippet Club has partnered with Paw Print Genetics to promote genetic testing among our members. A discount code will allow 20% off any order including disease, coat color and trait tests and 25% off two or more tests in your dog. To maximize your discounts, group your order based on the same number of tests per dog. For example, order all dogs together for which you want two or more tests to get 25% off and group those dogs with only one test per dog together in a separate order to get the 20% off. The discount is valid through December 31, 2016 and cannot be applied to a previous order, cannot be combined with other discounts and cannot be used on DNA Parentage or Profiling. Please contact the laboratory if you have questions at or 509-483-5950. To order, call the laboratory or go to .


Please note that this discount is only for ILWC members! The code for the discount may be found in the files section of the ILWC Members Yahoo group, or members may contact Sidney Hoblit for the discount code.

2016 ILWC Capital Districty Specialty, Altamont NY, Oct 22-23, 2016

I want to thank everyone who "blew in" to the show in Altamont! It was great seeing old friends and meeting several new ones! Despite the wind, rain and cold, a postitive attitude was cheerfully maintained by everyone!I especially want to thank Chelsea James, our wonderful conformation judge, for her patience and quick yet practiced eye, Alayne Brandt and my daughter Claire Conklin for their steadfast service at the judging table, Donna DeVoist for planning and executing a great alternative to the straight racing competition (and also helping out more than a little at the judging table), Ian (Jin) Chan for his hard work as our show photographer, Maureen Bardwell for the fabulous "winners" prizes, and all the newbies who got into the ring with their new puppies!

        ~Patricia Conklin, Show Chairperson



2016 ILWC New York Specialty, Campville NY, July 29‐31, 2016

It was a lovely summer weekend for a show in New York – hot, sunny, rainy, hot – typical Upstate New  York weather. Through it all the dogs showed off their beauty and the handlers showed off their  resistance to changeable weather. You made it all worthwhile.

Congratulations to Best in Show CH Aurai Treasure Island “Simon” owned and shown to perfection by  Claire Conklin. CH Renaissance Mystic Cruise “Cruise” owned by Pam Bennett was Best Veteran in Show,  and Tova’s Jack Went Up the Hill “Jack” owned by Marsha Durbin was Best Puppy in Show. Best in Field  was CH Stone House Skor’d by Bronzite “Skor” owned by Pam Bennett, who also owned the Best  Veteran in Field CH Renaissance Mystic Cruise “Cruise”. High in Trial Rally was CH Aurai Treasure Island  “Simon” handled by Claire Conklin. High in Trial Veteran was CH Tova’s Obi Wan Kanobi “T.Obi” owned  and handled by Gina Babcock. Congratulations again to Simon who won both the Triathlon and  Versatility competitions, and to Cruise who won the Veteran Triathlon and Versatility competitions.  Complete results are linked below.

My thanks go out to all the people who made this show a success: Tricia and Claire Conklin for taking  entries and doing all the paperwork, Linda Centurelli and Tricia Conklin for stewarding the conformation  ring, Norm Wylde for delivery, set up, and cleanup of all the food, my friend Joyce Golden who has  Britany Spaniels for giving up her Saturday morning to scribe the agility event, and Dick Brandt for timing  every run. Thanks to Sidney Hoblit for setting up the rings, helping to score the agility results, and  presenting ribbons. The Sunday cleanup crew of Pam Bennett, Polly Hornberger, Sidney Hoblit, Norm  Wylde, Rachel Waugh, Tricia and Claire Conklin, Jessica and Valerie Stier, and ‐ please forgive me if I’ve  forgotten to mention you.

Thanks to our judges: Pam Sturtz who kept a keen eye on our agility runs, Sandy Call who gave our dogs  a thorough evaluation in conformation, Beth Levy who set a nice Rally course, and Danielle Nuzzo who  gave another thorough evaluation of our dogs entered in Triathlon and Versatility. 

Thanks again to Dick Brandt who was a finish line judge on Sunday’s racing event and to Norm Wylde  who stepped in when Dick had to leave. Thanks to Sue Nichols who was finish line judge for the  complete event. Thanks also to Jessica and Valerie Stier who got the racers organized and roll called, set  the second racing program, and collated the final results while I ran the lure for the individual racers and  puppies. 

We are looking forward to doing it all again next year, so mark your calendars for July 28‐30, 2017 and  we’ll see you there.

~Donna DeVoist, Show Chairperson

(And extra special thanks from all the exhibitors to Donna DeVoist, lure operator extraordinaire! Donna, you made it happen!)








I'd like to thank to all our exhibitors and spectators who came from near and far to make this show a wonderful success, and to everyone who pitched in to help keep things moving along. Special shout outs to our fabulous judges, Maggie Savory-Posselius for agility and Kari McCloskey, our conformation judge. Also to Lure operator extraordinaire, Donna DeVoist, and fantastic show secretary Tricia Conklin! I'd also to especially thank our visitor, Megan Kenny, who graciously worked as timer and/or scribe for *every* agility class. And of course to Rick Jones, for going above and beyond in feeding us all extremely well (as always!). We are very appreciative of Judith Shoemaker, DVM, for the use of the lovely site for the conformation show and opening her house and her kitchen for our exhibitor dinner, and to Becky and Will Anderson for providing us the ideal, beautifully manicured agility field. And lastly, I want to thank whoever was responsible for convincing the rain to hold off until well after we finished the races on Sunday!

Putting on a show like this is truly a ‘team’ event, and I especially want to thank each and every one who came out and supported our show…all the exhibitors who pitched in to help where needed and made the show possible, and the spectators who came out to enjoy and support our event. Many of our ‘regulars’ were at the show, but also lots of ‘newbies’…it is great to see so many new faces and make new friends!

I hope everyone had a good time, and look forward to seeing you all at our future events!

Click here for CONFORMATION results.

Click here for AGILITY results.

Click here for RACING results.

Click here for TRIATHLON results.


The Central New York contingent of Longhaired Whippets (plus one from Boston) made an impressive showing at the Finger Lakes Kennel Club AKC B Match on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Paws For Thought Farm in Groton NY. Even though LHWs are not an AKC approved breed, the FLKC issued a special invitation, approved by the AKC, to show our dogs in conformation as a Rare Breed, in all breed Puppy Variety Sweepstakes, in Junior Showmanship, and in Adult Handling.

Judge Brooke Burlingame of Black River, NY was presented with an extraordinary array of Longhaired Whippets. She began the judging with the puppy classes.

Puppy Male 3-6 month -1st place "Jack" Tova's Jack Went Up The Hill (Marsha Durbin, owner/handler)

Puppy Male 6-9 month - 1st place "Wally" Wylde Little Blues Whistler (Ann Marie Silverberg, owner/handler)

Puppy Female 6-9 month - 1st place "Wink" Wylde About Them Boogie Woogie Blues (Donna

     DeVoist, breeder/owner/handler)

BEST PUPPY - "Wink" Wylde About Them Boogie Woogie Blues (Donna DeVoist,


Novice Dog

1st place - "Indi" Windchime's Independence Day (Sue Nichols, owner; Gina Babcock, handler)

Open Dog

1st place - "Simon" Aurai Treasure Island (Claire Conklin, owner/handler)

2nd place - "Newton" Aurai Defying Gravity (Tricia Conklin, owner/handler)

3rd place - "T.Obi" T.Obi Wan of Woods Edge (Gina Babcock, owner/handler)

Novice Bitch

1st place - "Ruby" Aurai Sun Also Rises (Dana & Jeff Wardlaw, owners; Claire Conklin,                            handler)

Open Bitch

1st place - "Moxie" Wylde Best Young Rider (Donna DeVoist, breeder/owner; Ann Marie               Silverberg, handler)

2nd place - "Cleo" Wylde Windswept Island Girl (Donna DeVoist, owner/handler)

3rd place - "Prim" Wylde Polka Dot Jersey (Caleb George-Hinant co-owner/handler)

4th place - "Hannah" Windchime's Havana Brown (Gina Babcock, owner/handler)

Open Junior Handler

1st place - Caleb George-Hinant with "Prim" Wylde Polka Dot Jersey

Novice Junior Handler

1st place - Claire Conklin with "Simon" Aurai Treasure Island

4th place - Mackenzie LaPage with "Latera"  Tova's Latera of the Forest

Wink and Wally participated in the all breed Puppy Variety competition, and Wink took first place in the 6-9 month puppy class against 9 other puppies.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for participating in the match.

Donna DeVoist

Announcement from ILWC Board

10 December 2015

Dear Club members and friends of Longhaired Whippets/Silken Windsprites,

The board of the ILWC spent the past two months discussing registration regulations that will serve to promote and support the recognition of the breed internationally. The breed is now recognized in national kennel clubs in three countries and efforts are being made to obtain that level of recognition in the USA. The number of LHW/SW worldwide is increasing as the breed gains popularity. In recognition of these events, the ILWC has adopted registration regulations that take effect Jan. 1, 2016. The registration moratorium is lifted as of Jan 1, 2016.

Below please find the new registration regulations. Registration application forms are to be found on the 'Club' page of this website.

Also, the ILWC will subscribe to Annual BioPet Discount Club Membership for 2016 so that ILWC club members in good standing will be eligible to obtain the discounted club rate for BioPet DNA parentage testing ($9.95/dog). We will send out information as soon as the subscription is active.

We remain committed to promoting the health and welfare of our lovely breed.










































The following 6 regulations for registering litters of Longhaired Whippet/Silken Windsprite dogs take effect January 1, 2016.

1) Membership in International Longhaired Whippet Club (ILWC): The Breeder must a Member in good standing of the ILWC.

2) ILWC Registration for litters born in countries that do not officially recognize Longhaired Whippet/Silken Windsprite as a breed (at this time all countries except Germany, Slovakia, and Czech Republic):

2.A. ILWC registration is granted if both the sire and dam have ILWC registration numbers and regulations 4 and 5 below are met.

2.B. ILWC Registration for litters whelped with one ILWC registered parent and one non-ILWC registered parent who is Longhaired Whippet/Silken Windsprite (LHW/SW) or Smooth Whippet of Longhaired Whippet Descent (SWLWD) or Whippet. Such litters are eligible to receive ILWC registration numbers if at least one of the following two documented conditions is met for the non-ILWC registered parent:

2.B.1. The non-ILWC registered parent is registered in either the DWZRV (German Sighthound Club), the Slovenska Kynologicka Jednota (Slovakian Sighthound Club), or Českomoravská kynologická unie (Czech Republic Sighthound Club) and other clubs to be added as breed recognition is achieved.

2.B.2. The non-ILWC registered parent has a four-generation pedigree from another club that includes (at most) whippets, SWLWD, and LHWs/SWs; and has CEA and MDR1 genetic test results (not required for Whippets) and DNA parentage verification provided from a certified genetic testing laboratory.

3) DNA profile: A DNA profile, provided from a certified genetic testing laboratory, on the sire, dam and litter to establish identity and parentage must be filed with the ILWC.

4) MDR1 and CEA: These genetic tests, provided from a certified genetic testing laboratory, will be required for all litters when the sire or dam is a carrier or affected (homozygous mutant) for these genetic diseases. If the genetic test results of the sire and dam are on file with the ILWC and the MDR1 or CEA genotypes of all the puppies can be determined unequivocally by parentage, the relevant genetic testing does not need to be performed on the puppies.

5) Individual registration: When the owner of an unregistered LHW/SW, SWLWD, or Percent LHW wants to register the dog, the following must be provided: a four-generation pedigree that includes (at most) whippets, SWLWD, and LHWs/SWs; and provides CEA and MDR1 genetic test results (not required for Whippets) and DNA parentage verification provided from a certified genetic testing laboratory.

6) Application: These regulations apply to litters whelped in all countries except where the breed is officially recognized.

ILWC New England  Specialty Show, October 2015

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Announcement from ILWC Board

31 August 2015

The ILWC Board has voted to institute a moratorium on the ILWC registration of all Longhaired Whippet litters whelped outside North America, beginning on 15 November 2015 and ending on 31 December 2015. By the end of this period, the Board will announce new restrictions and requirements for the ILWC registration of litters whelped outside North America.

ILWC New York Specialty Show, July 24-26, 2015











































Thanks to everyone who helped to put on a great ILWC New York specialty July 24-26, 2015: Tricia Lehman Conklin, Emily Conklin, and Claire Conklin, our efficient show secretaries, Linda Centurelli and Sue Nichols our show stewards, Abbie Tamber, the agility judge, Terri Frenia, the conformation judge, Mandy Armitage, the Triathlon conformation judge, Rick Jones, Sue Nichols, and Jessica Stier the finish line judges for racing, Jannette Moura for helping set up rings on Friday and Andrea Milville Cooper for taking down the racing course on Sunday. Special thank you to Rachel Waugh who created the beautiful etched glass prizes. We have a very generous and cooperative group of club members who gave willingly of their time and effort to make sure the show ran smoothly: they built the agility courses, handled dogs in the ring for others, and released and caught dogs for racing. Thank you EVERYONE! We held the show at Campville Commons and enjoyed great upstate New York summer weather - sunny, warm, with only 3 drops of rain (but lots of dark gray clouds) after racing on Sunday. We ate well, too. Pizza on Friday and Italian buffet on Saturday from Donoli's, with enough left over for lunch on Sunday. Congratulations to Blue Mist Rhone of Tova - Best Puppy, CH Renaissance Mystic Cruise - Best Veteran, BIF Veteran, Triathlon Veteran, GrCH Wylde Blue Star of Tova - % BOB, Tova's Tinsel of the Hunt - Smooth BOB, JrCH Wylde Best Young Rider - Longhair BOB and Best in Specialty Show, CH Tova's Kneesa of the Forest - BIF, and CH Aurai Defying Gravity - Triathlon.

CLICK HERE for Conformation Results

CLICK HERE for Agility Results

CLICK HERE for Racing Results

CLICK HERE for Triathlon Results

ILWC MidAtlantic Specialty Show May 23-24, 2015











































What a fabulous weekend at our MidAtlantic Specialty in Nottingham PA! The weather couldn’t have been nicer, we had a great turnout and some marvelous competitions. Huge congratulations go out to ‘Wylde Polka Dot Jersey’ (Prim) and owner-handler Caleb George-Hinnant for winning BOB Longhair and the coveted “Best In Show” award! And also to our Best In Field winner ‘BIF CH Aurai Defying Gravity’ (Newton)!

I want to thank our fabulous judges, Diane O’Reilly, who set some fun agility courses, and conformation judge Leila Anchini, who was wonderful about explaining her choices and offering useful tips and advice for our less experienced handlers. Special thanks must also go out to Tricia and Claire Conklin, our amazing Show Secretaries (and T-Shirt and raffle coordinators). Also to Linda Centurelli and Donna DeVoist for keeping our conformation ring running smoothly and results recorded accurately, and again to Donna DeVoist, racing coordinator and lure operator extraordinaire!

Thanks to club members Rachel Waugh, who designed and custom made gorgeous etched glass treat jars for all our major prizes, and Marsha Smith for donating a stunning custom made ceramic plaque of a running LHW for the BIS winner. Mary and Peter Young went above and beyond in preparing an amazing meal for our Saturday night “Exhibitor and Friends” dinner, then delivering leftovers to the race meet on Sunday. We certainly were well fed all weekend!

And I don’t want to forget to thank everyone who donated items to our magnificent raffle – the big dog bed filled and overflowing with all sorts of prizes and treasures – and to everyone who purchased raffle tickets, providing a nice windfall for our club treasury!

But putting on a show like this is truly a ‘team’ event, and I especially want to thank each and every one who came out and supported our show…all the exhibitors who pitched in to help where needed and made the show possible, and the spectators who came out to enjoy and support our event. Many of our ‘regulars’ were at the show, but also lots of ‘newbies’…it is great to see so many new faces and make new friends!

I hope everyone had a good time, and look forward to seeing you all at our future events!


    ~Sidney Hoblit, show chairperson





Congratulations to all our winners!

Greyhounds in Gettysburg Apr 24-25, 2015

   Our Longhaired Whippets had a big presence at the "Greyhounds In Gettysburg" event again this year, and we all had a great time! There were at least 10 LHWs there on Saturday, and as usual, they all drew plenty of attention and admiration, as well as quite a few conversations and interest. There were some fabulous vendors, most with LHW size or appropriate items, always fun to spend the day shopping and visiting with our Greyhound 'cousins', and seeing some LHW's and their folk that we don't get to visit with nearly often enough!

ILWC New England Specialty Show, October 18-19, 2014

Results are in!

Click here for Conformation Results

Click here for Agility Results

Click here for Racing and Triathlon Results

ILWC MidAtlantic Summer Specialty Show, July 19-20, 2014

Another spectacularly successful specialty show! The weather gods smiled on us, with a nice break for the weekend from the extreme heat, humidty, powerful thunderstorms and power outages that plagued the area the week before and after the show.

We had a pleasant social time Friday night over pizza after finishing setting up. The show started in earnest with the agility competition Saturday morning. Some great runs, and all the dogs had fun. We moved up to lawn at the lovely Fincastle Farm for lunch, followed by a fabulous mini handling seminar given by Nancy Reiter. Her comment were very helpful to our exhibitors, we all picked up some useful tips.

The conformation show was Saturday afternoon, judged by Charlene Stone of AgStone Whippets, who did a terrific job. The Silent Auction held on Saturday raised some funds for the club with the auction of a variety of cool items. And Rick Jones treated us to another totally spectacular dinner for the exhibitors and guests.  We finished off the evening hearing about Dock Diving Whippets from Charlene Stone.

Sunday was racing at Nottingham Park - a perfect location. Lots of trees and shade for parking, beautifully maintained grass for the dogs. All the park rangers were exceptionally nice, and went out of their way to accomodate our group. Lots of great runs, and special thanks to Donna DeVoist, our lure operator extraordinaire!

Some highlights of the weekend included a litter of puppies hanging out at the show both days, they had a wonderful time playing with and entertaining everyone. Even the park rangers got in the ex pen to play with the puppies. (Great socializing to friendly men in uniforms!) We also had quite a few visitors, guests, and spectators, several who came quite a distance (Iowa, Virginia, and New York!). It was so nice introducing them to our breed and our dogs, and making new friends.

Very special thanks must go out once again to our able and efficient show secretary, Tricia Conklin and her assistant Claire Conklin. And to Donna DeVoist, lure operator extraordinaire, and steward for much of the conformation show. And to all our helpers, at all 3 events. Especially to everyone who helped with the racing, including the visitors we pressed into service. Also kudos and thanks to Rick and Donna Jones, who not only brought and prepared incredible homemade meals for us each day, but also organized the Silent Auction, and stayed after the show to help with taking down and cleaning up! Thanks to our judges, Joanne Jones for agility and Charlene Stone for conformation, and to Nancy Reiter, our handling seminar instructor. And to every one who pitched in to help the show run smoothly and efficiently, we couldn't do it without you! But mostly to all our exhibitors and their lovely dogs, who made the show possible. Thank you all!


Sidney Hoblit, Trial Chair

CLICK HERE for Junior Handler Results

CLICK HERE for Conformation Results

CLICK HERE for Agility Results

CLICK HERE for Racing Results

CLICK HERE for Triathlon Results

ILWC New York Spring Specialty Show, May 24-25, 2014











































     Thanks to the hard work and dedication of club members, the spring specialty was a huge success. There were over 50 dogs entered in the show. Our conformation judge, Darryl Hurst, gave them all a thorough evaluation and put up lovely dogs. Robin Stawasz designed fun, yet challenging agility standard and jumpers courses. Even the puppies had fun and success in the ring. Robin praised the handlers for keeping things fun in the ring for the dogs. Dr. Sydney Moise from Cornell University College of Veterinary Science conducted heart screenings on our dogs so that the club will have a database of information on the incidence of cardiac murmurs in the breed.

     The pizza party on Friday provided a relaxing opportunity to meet and talk with both old and new friends. The weather cooperated and we had sunny days for outdoor agility and racing. All dogs who wanted to learn to race had the opportunity on Sunday between the racing programs. And those who already knew how to race just flew up the course. It was a beautiful sight to see from atop my perch on the ladder.

     The show wouldn’t have been the success it was without the help of Tricia and Claire Conklin who did the entries and prepared the paperwork for the show, Gina Babcock and Joyce Jaskula who staffed the steward’s table and recorded the conformation information under the supervision of Sue Nichols, Joyce who organized the silent auction (proceeds to the health fund), Theresa George who picked up Saturday lunch and dinner, Rick Jones who cleaned up after the meals and prepared Sunday lunch, Linda Centurelli, Gina Babcock, the LaPage family, and the Stiers who helped set up on Friday, everyone who helped with the racing on Sunday so that we had enough finish line judges, foul judges, and a dedicated starter (thanks Claire), Linda Centurelli and Jean MacKenzie for scribing the agility classes, (sorry – I don’t remember who was the timer), Sue Nichols who kept the heart screenings organized, Mary Cummings for the informative and detailed grooming workshop, and Tara Baxter for the presentation on genetics and canine behavior that even I could understand. We are fortunate to have such a spacious and comfortable venue provided by Janet Frand at Pawsitively Fun Training Center. In addition to the individual thanks, I want everyone to know that your participation and help were essential and valued. It was a community effort to produce this specialty and I thank everyone who was there.  See you next year!

Donna DeVoist, Trial Chair

Click here for Conformation Results

Click here for Agility Results

Click here for Racing Results

Click here for Junior Handler Results

Click here for Triathlon Results

Click here to see show photographs by Jenny Lynn Furtography


The Central New York contingent of Longhaired Whippets made an impressive showing at the Finger Lakes Kennel Club AKC B Match on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Even though LHWs are not an AKC approved breed, the FLKC issued a special invitation, approved by the AKC, to show our dogs in conformation in the Miscellaneous group, in all breed Puppy Variety Sweepstakes, in Junior Showmanship, and in Adult Handling. Several of us also took advantage of the handling seminar offered by Renee Strong before the match began.

Taking part in all the fun were:










































Sue Nichols with “T.Obi” Tova's T.Obi Wan of Woodsedge, “Hannah” Windchime's  Havana Brown, and “Indie” Windchime's Independence Day;

Gloria and Mackenzie LaPage with “Latera” Tova's Latera of the Forest;

Donna DeVoist with “Cleo” Wylde Windswept Island Girl and “Moxie” Wylde Best Young Rider;

Caleb George-Hinnant  with “Prim” Wylde Polka Dot Jersey;

Tricia Conklin with “Newton” Aurai Defying Gravity;

Emily Conklin with “Cricket” Tova's Cricket Song of Ardmoor Farms;

Claire Conklin with “Journey” Tova's Don't Stop Believin' of Aurai;

Melissa LoPinto with “Roxy” Tova's First Light of Aurai, “Juliet” Windchime’s Rose by Any Other Name, Finn (whippet) and Reddi (Saluki); and

Linda Centurelli with “Colby” Willowwind's Ebony and Ivory.

Moxie and Prim competed against 6 other dogs in the 6-9 month puppy bitch class in Puppy Variety under Judge Renee Strong. Moxie took first place and went on to compete in the Best Puppy class.

Junior Showmanship was judged by Ray Scott and three of our Junior Handlers placed in their age groups: Caleb and Prim were third place, Claire and Journey were first place, and Melissa and Finn were first place. Makenzie and Latera represented our younger junior handlers.

Judge Ray Scott of Pennellville NY was presented with an extraordinary array of Longhaired Whippets. He began the judging with the puppy classes.











































6-9 month dog, Colby took First Place

6-9 month bitch, Moxie took First Place and Prim took Second

Best Puppy went to Moxie.

Novice dog: Newton took First place

Open dog:  Indy took First place and T.Obi took Second

Open bitch: Latera took First place, Cleo took Second, Cricket took Third, Juliet took Fourth, with Journey and Roxy rounding out the class.

Best of Breed was awarded to Latera.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for participating in the match.


Donna DeVoist

ILWC New England Specialty Show, Oct 5-6, 2013  RESULTS











































CLICK HERE for Conformation Results

CLICK HERE for Agility Results

CLICK HERE for Racing/Triathlon Results

FOR SHOW PHOTOS by Blue Amrich Studio

CLICK HERE for Conformation and Agility Pictures

CLICK HERE for Racing Pictures

ILWC Mid-Atlantic Summer Specialty Show, Knoxville MD   August 10-11, 2013 











































We had a very busy but very fun ILWC Specialty show in Maryland, and I want to thank everyone who came out in spite of the heat (though it was quite pleasant inside the building!) and distance, and I was thrilled to see several new exhibitors and dogs…our ranks *are* growing.  :-)

I especially want to thank Tricia and Claire Conklin for handling all the entries and  paperwork, and a HUGE thanks to Donna DeVoist for stepping in as show chairperson at the last minute when I had some personal issues that prevented me from dealing with all the details of running a show. Also to Donna, for again bringing the lure equipment, and for being our lure operator extraordinaire. Tricia and Donna spent a lot of time during the show keeping records of results, handing out ribbons, and tabulating all the scores for Triathlon and Versatility competitions. Thank you both!

Thanks to Polly and Lisa, for helping with the menus and preparing some of the excellent food for our exhibitor dinner Saturday night, and to everyone who brought food for the potluck lunch on Saturday. We definitely ate well all weekend!

Thanks to Melissa LoPinto for giving an informal handling seminar before the conformation show for all our inexperienced handlers.

We had a great group of judges…Thanks to Melissa Schnyder, of Center Valley PA, for doing a great job with the conformation show (and making sure the dogs had a fun experience in her ring!) and for generously staying late to evaluate several litters of puppies. Charles Burdick, of  Needham PA, our rally judge, for a fun rally course. Connie Day, our agility judge, for some fun and fast agility courses (several dogs, including a couple of mine, maybe had a little TOO much fun!) And our racing Finish Line Judges Andrew and Barb, who patiently sat in the hot sun for hours during the racing competition.

Bonnie Dalzell, of Hydes MD, gave a very interesting, entertaining, and thought provoking presentation after dinner on Saturday on ‘High Speed Locomotion & Canine Athleticism’ with some awesome demonstrations and slow motion videos.

Ann Hereford, of HereForDogs Photography, took some fabulous pictures throughout the weekend, also spending hours in the heat to photograph our races. Please check out all her show pictures at her website: .

And the BIGGEST THANKS of all to Mary Windolph for inviting us to use her lovely facility. Huge building with great ventilation where we could set up agility, conformation, and rally rings all at the same time, and with plenty of room just outside the building for our races. All in a gorgeous setting with incredible views. We couldn’t have asked for more!

Gosh, the list is going on and on… I apologize for any individuals I have missed. The show could not have happened without all these wonderful people, and all our fantastic exhibitors! I especially want to thank every single person who came to the show. In a small show like this, it is a collaborative effort. Everyone pitched in, helped each other, things ran smoothly, I think we all had a great time.  Thank you all!


Click here for Conformation Results

Click here for Agility Results

Click here for Rally Results

Click here for Racing Results

Click here for Triathlon/Versatility Results

Click here for show photos by Ann Hereford, Here For Dogs Photography

ILWC Specialty Show, Freeville NY   May 25-26, 2013

We had a wonderful weekend of LHW's, competitions, social gatherings, educational name it! In spite of some cold and wet weather leading into the show, we were fortunate to have no rain on actual show days, though it was unseasonably VERY cold and windy. We were also extremely fortunate to be holding the show at Janet Frand's Pawsitively Fun, a fabulous indoor facility in Freeville NY. Many thanks to Janet for her hospitality and generosity! We had a busy schedule, with agility competition Saturday morning, Rally and Conformation shows Saturday afternoon, a fabulous catered dinner followed by a fascinating talk by Tricia Conklin on Epigenetics Saturday night, then a full day of straight racing on Sunday. We had a great turnout, with over 40 dogs entered. There was also another silent auction on Saturday (Thanks to Joyce for organizing!), which raised nearly $300 for the club. HUGE thanks go out to Donna DeVoist and Patricia Conklin, our co-chairpersons, for putting on a tremedous event.

Click here for Conformation Results

Click here for Junior Handler Results

Click here for Agility Results

Click here for Rally Results

Click here for Racing Results

Click here for Triathlon and Versatility Results

Click here for photos from 'Candid Canine Photography'

Click here for photos by Emily Conklin

We hope many of you will also come to our next upcoming specialty Aug 10-11, in Knoxville, MD (near Frederick). Full slate of events there too, in an indoor facility at Periland. Looking forward to it!

October 6-7, 2012  ILWC Specialty Show, Nottingham PA

What a fabulous fall weekend in Nottingham PA! We had 40 Longhaired Whippets entered, in Conformation, Agility, Rally, and Racing. Special thanks go out to our judges Michelle Henninger of Shippensburg PA, Lauren Zizza of Piscataway NJ, and Sharon Wendelgass of Chester Springs PA. Carol Thompson of Auburn NH was our chief Finish Judge for Racing, and Donna DeVoist of Chenango Forks NY was our Racing Scorekeeper. It was especially gratifying to see so many puppies and young dogs attending.

Our traditional Silent Auction had some fabulous items, and we raised almost $200 for the club. Thanks to Sue Nichols for organizing the auction and presenting the prizes.

A super huge thank you goes out to Mary and Peter Young, who prepared an awesome meal and welcomed us all to their home for our Saturday night exhibitor dinner, and a chance for the dogs to burn off some steam and have some fun running and romping together in their dog field before dinner.  And to top it all off, Mary brought us (warm!) leftovers to the racing site for lunch on Sunday.

The forecast for rain on Sunday changed our plans from Lure Coursing to Straight Racing, but fortunately the heavy rain did not materialize, and our racing event went off without a hitch. The dogs all had a blast.

I want to thank every single person who attended, for all your help and support throughout the show. There are too many people who helped in so many ways, to name every person and every task, but know you are all deeply appreciated. YOU all made the show happen! Thank You All!!!







May 19-20, 2012  ILWC Specialty Show   Campville NY

What a lovely weekend in Campville NY! Over 45 Longhaired Whippets attended, it was wonderful to see many new faces and make new friends (people and dogs!) as well as visit with all our old friends and acquaintances. We held an All Breed Puppy, Veterans, and Junior Handler Sweepstakes Saturday morning, followed by our Longhaired Whippet conformation show in the afternoon, and ran Rally throughout the day. We also sponsored an All Breed Match Show which ran concurrently Saturday afternoon. Special thanks go out to our ILWC judges, Rachel McCandlish of Rushville OH, Mary Cummings of Johnson City NY, and Lynn Kaier of Argyle NY, and to our Show Chairperson, Sue Nichols.

A Silent Auction on Saturday had an amazing array of fabulous items, and raised $370 for the club. Congratulations to all the auction winners, and a huge 'Thank You' to auction organizer Joyce Jaskula!

Sunday was Straight Racing - the highlight of the weekend for many of our dogs! Some fabulous competition and adult individual runs, and all the puppies got a chance to chase the lure. What fun to see instinct kick in as they got the idea!  Special thanks to Lynn Kaier and Donna DeVoist, our lure operatiors, and to all the exhibitors, friends, and others who helped with slipping, catching, judging, etc.!



Links to Pictures:

     Emily Conklin photos  (ILWC conformation, All Breed Sweepstakes and Match)

The first few pages are from the match show - pictures from the actual ILWC show start at the bottom of page 3. Enjoy!

     Candid Canine Photography   (Beth Adams)   Race Day photos

     Carol Thompson photos

January 13-15, 2012   Philadelphia Pet Expo, Oaks, PA

The ILWC was pleased to participate in the Philadelphia Pet Expo January 13th-15th, with a booth at the event showcasing our Longhaired Whippets. Our dogs also participated in an agility demo Friday evening, participated in the Parade of Breeds, and put on a demonstration of Nosework and Wag It Games in the main arena on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The event was a resounding success for us, with tons of interest in our dogs. Our booth was absolutely one of the busiest at the entire event (and it was a BIG event!)


September 19, 2011  ILWC Mid Atlantic Specialty, Nottingham PA

We had a wonderful turnout for our MidAtlantic Specialty over the weekend, and after weeks of rain and more rain, the weather gods were [mostly] favorable to us. We had a total of over 50 dogs entered, including 42 competing in conformation, 25 entries in Agility, 27 in Rally, 15 in the Lure Coursing competition, and an additional 22 who participated in individual lure coursing runs. I am especially proud to report that 16 dogs qualified in the Triathlon competition (conformation + lure coursing + rally OR agility), and 9 qualified in Versatility (must complete all FOUR events!) We truly do have a talented and versatile breed!

Special congratulations go out to Wylde Windswept Island Girl (Cleo) and Donna DeVoist, BEST IN SHOW, and winner of the TRIATHLON. Also to Tova's T.Obi Wan Kenobi (T.Obi)  & Gina Babcock for BEST IN FIELD and winner of the VERSATILITY award, GrCH Tova's Take A Bow (Tony) & Sidney Hoblit for RALLY HIGH IN TRIAL and BEST VETERAN IN FIELD, and GrCh Claybrook Dartmoor (Teddy) and Sidney Hoblit for VETERAN VERSATILITY Award.

And one of the highlights of the show was watching Pam Sleeper run both her dogs in agility while riding a Seqway - how cool is that!! (pictures in Emily's photos, link below)

Special thanks to all our judges (Deirdre Petrie, Mary Cox, Jean MacKenzie, and Karen Lee), our seminar presenter, Dr Judith Shoemaker, and to Joyce Jaskula for another amazing silent auction, this time benefitting club and board member Sue Nichols who suffered devastating losses in the recent floods in NY. Also special thanks to Dr Shoemaker for the use of her lovely Fincastle Farm as our main show site. Thanks to all who came and participated, hope to see you all again next year!

CLICK HERE for complete show results




September 16, 2011 - VOTING RESULTS










































from Jean MacKenzie, President, International Longhaired Whippet Club

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments and willingness to discuss the name change issue. The name will stay as is, below are the ballot results. 

Do you want to change the breed name of the Longhaired Whippet to a different name?
Yes change the name:         20 (37%)
No, don't change the name: 34 (63%)
abstain:                                   3
total # of votes: 54, plus three abstentions
(1 person did not vote)
The total number of members in ILWC: 61: 58 voting members, 3 minors
July 26, 2011 


To longhairedwhippet friends:

ILWC club members will be asked to vote on an important club matter at the end of August. At that time, members will be asked to vote on whether or not the ILWC should change the name of our breed.

Between now and the end of August, we look forward to much productive discussion on this matter. A Yahoo group for club members only has been set up to discuss this and future club matters.

July 2-3, 2011   ILWC Specialty  Auburn/Bow/New Boston NH

Conformation, Agility, Lure Coursing, Silent Auction

We had 33 entries for this 9th annual NH specialty show. The weather was great (not too terribly hot, no rain!) and we all had a fabulous time. Our Silent Auction added over $200 to our Treasury. Many thanks to Joyce Jaskula for organizing the auction, and to all those who contributed such great items!


FOR PHOTOS, Click Here   (Thanks to Jean MacKenzie!)

FOR MORE SHOW PHOTOS (mostly coursing), Click Here  (Thanks to Emily Conklin!)

May 28-29, 2011   ILWC Specialty, Owego NY

Conformation, Rally, Racing

It was a great weekend. The weather was good, the grounds were lovely, the Bring
A Dish to Pass Lunch was fabulous and our first ever Chinese Auction brought
almost $100.00 into our Treasury from lots of great items!!!



User name and password both = may2011



May 21-22, 2011   Silken Windsprite Specialty, GERMANY













































(To access the photo album, click on one of the photos)

March 19, 2011   NAKC Shows, Reading PA











































8 LHW's and their owners and families turned out for 2 of the NAKC conformation shows in Reading, PA. It was quite a day, and great fun to be competing with other breeds.



September 25-26, 2010   ILWC Mid Atlantic Specialty Show, Nottingham PA

Conformation, Agility, Lure Coursing, Rally Obedience, Seminar

FOR SHOW RESULTS, click here

TO SEE PHOTOS, click here

July 3-4, 2010  ILWC Specialty Show, Auburn NH











































Conformation, Agility, Racing, Silent Auction

FOR SHOW RESULTS, click here

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