The Daily Whippet

Rather Be Right Around the Ring for Veteran Sweeps Win

by Julie Ouska

Ah, Veteran Sweeps, one of the very best and most tearful competitions of the entire Whippet National. What could be better than bringing out the oldsters, who are at least seven years old, some much older? A few of them are still shown in breed now and again, but most of them have retired to the couch and backyard. Wednesday night, they reminded us that they still know how to show! The evening began with a reception with appetizers and cash bar in the ballroom lobby, which added to the festive nature of the evening.

One of the best things about Veteran Sweeps is that every dog is applauded. The accolade helps the dogs show better and makes the people showing and watching happy. Judge Mary Jean Odron was considerate, gentle as she went over the dogs and smiled at every single dog. She clearly loved what she was doing, and every dog received her thorough consideration. Her veteran competitors seemed to enjoy their trip in the ring; they stacked, they gaited, they baited with sheer happiness. Most of them acted as though it had only been weeks since their last trip around the show ring, not years. For students of the breed, veteran sweeps is a great opportunity to see dogs that may have just been a name in a pedigree.

Pior to announcing her Best in Sweeps and Best Opposite in Sweeps, Judge Odron addressed the crowd and the exhibitors. Holding back tears, she thanked everyone for bringing out their special ones. Her choice for Best in Veteran Sweepstakes was GCH Winfield I’d Rather Be Right, from the 10 years and under 12 years dog class. Sired by Ch Strebor’s Energize and out of Ch Winfield Carnaby Street, he was bred by Barbara Reilly and Ginger Miller and shown by Kathy Searles. Kathy commented after the win that “he is an amazing dog and so fun to show.” She added, “he is everything I would want on the end of the lead and I am honored to be at the end of his lead.”

Best Opposite in Sweepstakes was Ch Mason Hill Timeless, by Ch Sporting Fields Rock On JC and out of Ch. Summit Unforgettable, from 7 years and under 10 years bitch class. In a multi-generational showing, Unforgettable was in the 12 year and older class. Timeless’ co-owner and handler Stephanie Dycha said that “she had a great time showing and it was an amazing win.” She added that “the judge was great to show to.”   Stephanie’s mother chimed in that it was great to see her daughter have such a nice win with her “heart” dog!

After her assignment, Judge Odron commented that it “was a wonderful, wonderful group of veterans.”  She noted that her Best in Sweeps Veteran winner was a magnificent dog.   Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who brought their veterans to show.