Continental Whippet Alliance (CWA) was established in 1990. It primary
mission is to promote, protect and preserve purebred Whippet racing
and to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment for sportsmanlike
competition. It is the objective of the CWA to play a role in the
preservation of the Whippet's athletic ability, sporting instincts
and functional breed characteristics; to foster future generations
of fit, versatile individuals that are true to the Whippet Breed Standard.
distinguishes the CWA from other organizations sponsoring racing or
coursing events in the U.S. and Canada is its emphasis on dual-purpose
objectives. Each CWA event includes a Conformation Match as well as
200-yard straight racing. At the conclusion of the Race Meet, the
top finishers of each starting grade (A, B, C, D, FTE & Puppy)
together with eligible supplemental entries (those satisfactorily
completing the Race Meet) compete in a Conformation Match to recognize
the Whippet's physical attributes in addition to their already proven
be eligible for CWA activities, a Whippet must meet eligibility requirements
to receive a CWA Registration Number. The CWA is patterned after the
British Whippet Club Racing Association's system of registration.
Application is made on a Registration Form and sent to the CWA Registrar.
In addition to possessing an AKC, CKC or other acceptable registration,
the Whippet must also have four generations of acceptable ancestry.
If within four generations there is a dog, or owner of a dog, that
has been banned by a purebred racing association, or there is a non-pedigree
or crossbred dog, it is ineligible to receive a CWA number. All 30
dogs appearing in the required four-generation pedigree must be purebred.
In addition, the Whippet must not possess either a Whippet Breed disqualification
or an AKC disqualification (deafness, monorchidism, etc). However,
spay/neutered Whippets are eligible to compete in both CWA racing
and CWA Conformation Match competition.
CWA is comprised of affiliated Clubs/Groups that must conduct a minimum
of one annual event (combined race meet and conformation match). Each
Club/Group appoints two members to serve on the CWA Board of Directors
to assist in election of Officers, eligibility criteria, rule changes,
appointment of special committees, etc.
its twelve years of activity (1991-2002) over 650 Whippets were registered
in the CWA and twelve different Clubs/Groups hosted 216 events in
British Columbia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio
and Wisconsin. In 2002, a record 31 race meets were conducted nationwide.
Over 190 different Whippet breeders/owners and dog experts served
as Conformation Match judges.
CWA awards five titles to deserving Whippets:
of Racing Proficiency (TRP) -recognizes Whippets demonstrating
a basic level of proficiency in racing.
of Racing Excellence (ARX) - recognizes Whippets demonstrating
a high level of performance and speed in racing.
Racing Award (SRA) - recognizes Whippets with exceptional
racing ability demonstrated over a number of years (accumulation of
75 national ARX points).
Purpose Champion (DPC) - recognizes those unique individuals
who have earned either the TRP plus achieved notable success in conformation
competition by earning an AKC or CKC Bench Championship or by winning
five (5) CWA conformation matches (spayed/neutered dogs are eligible).
Purpose Champion Excellent (DPCX) - the highest award attainable
in the CWA; it recognizes those unique individuals who have earned
ARX, plus achieved notable success in conformation competition by
earning an AKC or CKC Bench Championship or by winning five (5) CWA
conformation matches (spayed/neutered dogs are eligible).
its first twelve years of competition, the CWA has awarded 181 TRPs,
71 ARXs, 6 SRAs, 63 DPCs and 19 DPCXs. All five CWA titles satisfy
the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) pre-qualification
requirement for lure coursing. In addition the American Whippet Club
recognizes the ARX title for eligibility in the Racing Class at National
events are usually scheduled as Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders that
provide the opportunity to earn double points. Traditionally, the
host Club(s) sponsor potluck picnics, which encourages participants
to gather in a casual social setting. Annual CWA Fun Matches, Eye
Clinics, Tattoo Clinics, animal communicator sessionsand canine massage
therapy have also been conducted in conjunction with CWA events. An
annual CWA photo contest was begun in 2001.
typical CWA event begins on Saturday morning with measuring and inspection
of each Whippet for breed and AKC disqualification. A minimum of ten
(10) adult starters is required to qualify as an official CWA event.
After inspection, dogs are assigned to races by adult Grades A, B,
C and D. Starting grades are based on past performance; with grade
A being the fastest and grade D being the slowest. First time entered
(FTE) dogs begin in grade D or appropriate grade from a recognized
racing organization. Puppies only compete with puppies and must be
over 8 months and under 14 months of age. The record CWA entry is
54 adult starters.
racing, Whippets wear muzzles and identifying blankets. Starting from
scratch out of a six-stall starting box, adults compete over the 200-yard
straight distance; puppies 150 yards. Adults run four programs; puppies
three. Each dog, based on their finish in each program, earns race
points. After four programs, points are tallied and the Whippet with
the highest point total is declared first, next highest second and
so forth down to the last place finisher. The Race Secretary then
determines eligibility for the Conformation Match. The top two finishers
in each grade (A, B, C, D & FTE), Best of Opposite Sex and High
Point and Best of Opposite Sex puppies are automatically eligible.
Supplemental Match entries may be made only for Whippets that have
satisfactorily completed all race programs. The record CWA Conformation
Match entry is 20 Whippets.
conformation Judge selects 1st through 4th place, regardless of sex,
based upon conformance to the Whippet Standard for the Breed. Conformation
Match wins count toward requirements for the CWA Dual Purpose Championship
(DPC) and Dual Purpose Championship Excellent (DPCX) Titles. Following
the conclusion of the conformation judging, trophies are awarded and
the social activities begin.
on membership, Schedule of Events, CWA Newsletter Line & Lure,
copies of the Rules, etc are available from Doug Arthur, CWA Secretary,
12035 W Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224-1417 (phone 414-355-4776,
fax 414-355-4446, or marial @execpc.com).