1st January 2022
Pam Marston-Pollock hands over the reigns of the Breed Education CoOrdinator role to Editha Newton, after an extremely successful and highly appreciated term in office.
The Whippet Breed Council
On 24th November 2021
Ann Beckett-Bradshaw sadly resigned as Chairman
The Breed Council wishes to thank Ann for the
enthusiasm, dedication, leadership, ideas and
suggestions she has brought during her term in office.
Breed clubs have given their support to Jan Wood the vice- Chairman who is now
the interim Chairman until our annual meeting on 20th February when
a new chairman will be elected.
Breed clubs have been asked to nominate candidates for the post no later than 23rd January 2022.
Sometimes in life you cross paths with perfection personified - Ann you will be dearly missed
Chairman's Synopsis June Meeting
Eight of the ten paid up member clubs were represented at this meeting, as well as one observer being present. The Breed Health Coordinator (BHC), Breed Education Coordinator (BEC), Vice-Chairman and three of the Clubs’ representatives were unable to attend.
The Chairman opened the meeting with a reminder of the correct protocol regarding Breed Councils. A minute’s silence was held in remembrance of Whippet friends who have sadly passed away since the last meeting.
The Secretary read minutes of the previous meeting, these were approved by the member clubs present. There were no matters arising. It was noted that some action points from previous minutes still required completion:
The BEC needs to know of entry numbers for shows if supporting a candidate for assessment as there has to be the correct number of dogs for the assessment to be carried out.
The definition of Racing and Lure Coursing classes requires attention. A number of people have been put forward as a sub-group to take this forward.
As the BC Treasurer had tendered his resignation after the nomination cut off date for the Annual Meeting an Interim Treasurer was put in place at this meeting, George Poole was duly appointed as Interim Treasurer until the Annual Meeting in 2023.
The online events programme was discussed, and it was agreed that it should be continued, clubs were asked to come up with ideas of topics. The BHC had agreed that once the Breed Health Conservation Plan has been produced, she will lead an online event on the subject.
Whippet Of The Year was discussed and Alayna Allen (EAWC) reported that the WOTY group had a meeting planned in the near future and would give feedback at the next meeting.
The BC hard working secretary has kindly offered to add the tasks of running the BC Facebook Page and Website to her list of duties, all were in favour of this idea, and she was thanked from the floor.
Pam Marston Pollock is Hound Representative on the Breed Standard Stud Book Committee and asked BC to consider some changes in wording of the Whippet Breed Standard regarding movement. It was decided that this was a topic that needed to be taken back to Club Committees for further discussion.
Editha Newton the Whippet BEC advises that BAD & MCE days have started to appear on the KC chances to learn webpage. EAWC & NEWS have had theirs with much success, MWC is to follow on 13th November. Other Clubs will confirm their dates in time. BAD & MCE can be held in conjunction with an Open or Limit show, this reduces costs for all concerned.
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Jan Wood Chairman UK Whippet Breed Council
Chairman's Synopsis: October Meeting
Nine of the ten paid up member clubs were represented at this meeting, as well as the Breed Health Coordinator (BHC), Breed Education Coordinator (BEC) and one observer being present.
The Chairman opened the meeting with a minutes silence in remembrance of Peter Hinchcliffe, Stefan Raghamer, Judith Prigg, Mimi Brown and Sylvia Marston, Whippet friends that have sadly passed away since the last meeting.
The minutes of the previous meeting had been previously circulated and were approved by the member clubs present.
In matter arising it was noted that a new definition for the Racing and Lure Coursing classes at shows had not been progressed very far and it was decided that the R & LC sub-group needed further structuring in order to progress this matter.
The KC criteria for judges being nominated to award CCs for the first time was further discussed and the Breed Liaison Officer was asked to look at the merit of taking this item to the Liaison Council.
Online events for the Autumn and winter were discussed and it was suggested that a further talk on heart issues in whippets would be useful.
It was reported that there had been no interest in running a lunch at the Kennel Club this winter.
The Interim Treasurer, George Poole gave a clear and concise update on finances of the BC and was duly thanked.
The Breed Health Coordinator advised that the KC Breed Health Conservation Plan has been produced but at present lacks the much needed Statement on Hearts, she has reiterated the need for continued heart testing sessions under Cardiologists that understand the type of hearts that whippets have.
The Breed Education Coordinator reported that BAD and MCE days were being well attended and that the Northern Ireland Whippet Club are planning an online BAD and MCE, with the help of BC Secretary Mel Sampson. This event is sold out.
Clarification on breed booklets available through BC was discussed and agreed upon. This will be posted on the BC Facebook page and Website.
Whippet Of The Year was discussed and Alayna Allen (NWA) reported that the WOTY would be taking place at Boston Championship Show immediately after the judging of whippets.
The BC Secretary updated the meeting the BC Facebook Page and Website which she is now responsible for and was thanked from the floor.
The proposed changes in wording of the Whippet Breed Standard regarding movement had been taken back to the Clubs and those Clubs that fed back at the meeting didn't want change, the remainder have been asked to please submit their decisions by email prior to the next meeting.
The next meetings of the UKWBC will be held on Saturday 18th March, Annual Meeting at 10.00 am followed by an Ordinary Meeting. These will be held via Google Meet.
Jan Wood Chairman UK Whippet Breed Council