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Whippet Racing

If you are interested with whippet racing in Utah, check out Reata Whippets web site for events and information.-www.reatawhippets.com

For practice dates and times, sign up on Reata's Yahoo list. Click on the link bellow then click on "Join This Group" Reata Whippet Yahoo Group

What is the difference between Whippet Racing and Greyhound Racing?
The first thing to know about whippet racing is that it’s a hobby sport. You do not earn any profit in whippet racing. Gambling is prohibited with all Whippet race clubs. You generally pay a fee to run in a race meet. Whippets only run for fun and are well cared for. Whippets will run a race in the day then go home to sleep on their owners bed or couches at night. They are our house pets and do not live on a track. Most Whippets that race will retire in the same home that raced them so it’s hard to find retired racers to adopt. Our Whippets are our favorite pets and we care about their happiness and health above all things. A sick, abused or lame dog will not find racing very fun. Whippets will not want to run if they are not cared for properly.

 

Whippet Racing
 


Why participate in Whippet Racing?
Whippets are born athletes and they love running. These events are perfect to drain that energy burst Whippets get from living in our homes. Whippet racing provides a safe fenced area for a healthy whippet to pour on the speed away from cars and traffic. Nothing wears puppy energy out more then being able to do short sprints down a field. You will have a much happier content Whippet if they are exercised.
 
Race Practice
Local race practices are the best way to train and get a novice Whippets. These are informal events that happen 1-2 times a month in Riverton, Utah. Jack and Mary Lewis with Reata whippets run these events on their property. (www.reatawhippets.com) If you are a novice that wants to try racing, this is the best time to come. Practices cost $3 per run which helps pay for gas and field maintenance. Dogs are allowed 2 practice runs down the field. Beginner dogs will run alone and there is always someone available to help you get started. You may even see other sighthounds or mixed breeds run at a practice. Once your whippet is a well-conditioned runner, you can choose to run them with another dog.

 

Race Whippet

 

What age can they participate in a practice?
Whippets can start participating in race practice at any age. For young puppies they only run a few feet or yards chasing the lure toy. As the puppies grow older the distance is increased. Once they reach close to a year old, they will be able to run the full 200-yard field. Old dogs are welcome to come and give it a try as well. The lure is able to slow down or stop sooner if they need a slow, short senior run.

 


 


Sprint Racing and Oval Racing
NAWRA, CWA, and WRA have puppy classes. You can enter a pup from 8 months until they turn 14 months when they have to go adult. However, once a pup starts an adult race, say on their first birthday, they cannot go back to puppy classes. Whippets have to be at least 12 months old in order to compete with the adults. Sprint racing uses drag lure with an squawker called the “bunny”. The Lure is pulled out manually and then reeled back in by a motor on strait sprints.  Oval racing uses a drag lure or continuous loop with the use of whit plastic bags as the bunny. This is operated by a motor and pulley system. Oval courses run the lure in a full circle on continuous loop. Whippets can run up to 5-6 dogs in a sprint race and 4-5 dogs on an oval. Roll Call is done prior to racing. Dogs are checked for breed disqualifications, lameness and season. They begin the race in a starting box. Once the box opens they run down the field and across a finish line where judges are standing. They receive placements for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on. Whippets receive points in the higher placements. They will run 3-4 times at a race meet and the whippet with the most points win. Champion and National points are given to placing dogs depending on the number of entries. The most common racing organization used in Utah is called the IWRO.




 
Racing Organizations

The Independent Whippet Racing Organization (IWRO) was formed in 2002, by Jack Lewis to encourage Whippet racing competition in geographic areas that do not have a Whippet Racing Population or Entry size to regularly facilitate "Major" Racing sanction events, i.e., under such sanctions as NAWRA, WRA, CWA and NOTRA.  The IWRO sanction yields to major sanction rules when entry size exceeds 14.  IWRO provides an Independent Sprint Champion (ISC) and Independent Oval Champion (IOC) award program designed to reward excellence in racing Whippets when they have met the necessary ISC and IOC point requirements. IWRO Racing offers six dog races from distances of 150 to 200 yards on a flat surface. Minimum of 2 whippets with a maximum of 14 are needed to hold the event.

For more IWRO information www.reatawhippets.com
 
Titles available:
ISC - Independent Sprint Champion – 15 points
IOC – Independent Oval Champion – 15 points

Iwro Racing


North American Whippet Racing Association (NAWRA) offers six dog races from distances of 150 to 200 yards on a flat surface. NAWRA is mostly seen on the west coast. Minimum of 15 whippets are needed to hold the event. The drag lure is used for NAWRA racing. All whippets wear race blankets and muzzles. Dogs will be measured with wickets to make sure they fit the whippet height standard. Four programs are run on the field. Dogs are started in boxes. All dogs wear blankets and muzzles. Line and foul judges are spaced down the track.

For more NAWRA information- www.nawra.com

Titles available:
RCH - The Race Championship - Whippets must earn 15 Championship Points.
SRC - The Supreme Race Championship – Dogs earn 50 Champion (“National”) Points; a bitch must earn 30 Championship (“National”) Points.
SRE - Certificate of Show & Racing Excellence (SRE). Certificate of Show & Racing Excellence - Whippets that have completed their conformation championship qualify for this title. These Whippets run in the regular race programs and are awarded SRE points based upon finish line placements.
Sprint Racer (SR) whippet earns 50 SR points
Sprint Racer of Merit (SRM) Whippet earns 100 SR points


Whippet Racing

 

Whippet Racing Association (WRA) offers six dog races from distances of 150 to 200 yards on a flat surface. These events are mainly seen on the east coast. Minimum of 15 whippets are needed to hold the event. All whippets wear race blankets and muzzles. Dogs will be measured with wickets to make sure they fit the whippet height standard. Four programs are run on the field. Dogs are started in boxes. All dogs wear blankets and muzzles. Line and foul judges are spaced down the track.

For more WRA information- www.whippetracing.org
 
Titles available:
CR - Companion Racer - 15 race points
CRX - Companion Racer Excellent - whippets not holding a WRCH or X gaining 60 race points.
WRCH - Whippet Race Champion - Awarded to whippets that accumulate 15 Race Champion points
WRCHX - Whippet Race Champion Excellent - 50 national points (dogs) 30 national points (bitches)

Whippet Racing

 

National Oval Track Racing Association (NOTRA) The lure can be drag or continuous loop. NOTRA has a minimum entry of 15 whippets to hold a trial. The distances can be from 220 to 440 yards. Four programs are run on the shorter distances. The 330 to 440 run three programs. Dogs are started in boxes.  Races consist of four dog races but can be five dog races. Races are drawn according to the dog’s grade. All dogs wear blankets and muzzles. Line and foul judges are spaced down the track.

For more NOTRA information- www.notra.org

Titles available:
ORC - Oval Race Champion - 15 ORC points
SORC - Supreme Oval Race Champion - addition 50 points (dogs) - 30 points (bitches)
OTR - Oval Track Racer - 25 score points
OTRM - Oval Track Racer of Merit - 100 score points
Both the OTR and OTRM are not championships. They are awards for participation and clean running.


 

Continental Whippet Alliance (CWA) is a straight racing organization that holds conformation match with it’s racing. CWA is the only club that promotes both conformation and whippet racing together. CWA does require a bench show champion in a 3-generation pedigree in order to compete which most race bred Whippets can't fulfill. They run 200 yards races.  It takes a minimum of 10 whippets for a meet.
 
For more CWA information- www.continentalwhippetalliance.com

Titles available:
TRP - Title of Racing Proficiency - Whippets competing in 10 adult CWA race meets and completing all four heats in true racing fashion.
TRPX - Whippets completing 25 adult CWA adult race meets completing all four heats.
ARX - Award of Racing Excellence - 15 ARX points for whippets that demonstrate a high level of performance and speed.  Points are awarded to the Top Finishers at each race meet.
NARX - 15 points NARX points are recognized for accumulation of National Points
SRA - Superior Racing Award - 75 National points
Dual Purpose Champion - DPC - dogs that earn a TRP plus accomplish an AKC or CKC bench championship or win 5 CWA meets.

DPCX - CWA Dual Purpose Championship Excellent - The highest level of CWA award. Whippets that earn an ARX are eligible for the DPCX by the same qualifications as the DPC with the exception that they must earn the title of ARX

CWA whippet racing

 
 
 
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