Celebrate the Whippet Breed
1964 Westminster Kennel Club Winner
"The Golden One"
Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth "Ricky"
"The Golden One"
October 13, 1960 - October 17, 1975
Owner: Peggy Newcombe
Sire: Eng. Ch.Bellavista Barry
Dame Mhyorlyns Anita
Breeder: Mr. A.E. Halliwell
Handler: Robert S. Forsyth
Born: October 13, 1960
"Ricky" was shown only from December 1963 to February 1965
29 Best in Show
54 Group I
12 Group II
3 Group III
2 Group IV
Top Hound 1963
Dog of the Year 1964 and The First Triple Crown Winner
Top Hound Producer and fourth amoung all breeds 1965
Top Producer All Breeds 1966
Kennel Review Hall of Fame Award 1972
Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth
Going BIS at Westminster (1964)
Len Carey, Judge, R Forsyth, Handler
Ch. Courtenay fleetfoot of Pennyworth "Ricky" from 1964
"The Golden One" A story by Peggy Newcombe.
Ricky finished his Championship in 7 shows, undefeated by any male Whippet. However he wasn't looking right, so on April 29, 1963, I brought him home to Pennyworth.
We started a vigorous rehabilitation program with him and finally, on June 15, 1963, Ricky re-entered the show ring. From that day on, throughout his career, I went to every show with him and brought him home every Sunday night. From Jan. 1, 1964, to Westminster K.C. on Feb 16, 1965, when he was retired, we were together constantly. In that period of time Ricky was shown 36 times, won 21 Best in Shows, 31 Hound Group firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third and 35 Best of Breeds (1 Best Opposite Sex at Trenton K.C. under the late Judith R. Shearer). Among his 21 Best in Show wins were; Westminster K.C., International K.C. of Chicago, Harbor Cities K.C., all in 1964. He won all four of the lovely renowned Long Island shows; Ladies Kennel Assoc. of America, Long Island K.C., Suffolk County K.C., Westbury K.C. plus Ravenna K.C., Maryland K.C., Kennel Club of Philadelphia and the Bronx K.C. The fantastic thing was his 6 Best in Shows in a row: Troy K.C., Mohawk K.C., Onondaga K.C., Maryland K.C., Philadelphia and the Bronx K.C. These lead him up to Westminster 1965 where he won the Hound Group for the second year but was beaten for Best by the Scotty, Ch. Carmichals Fan Fare.
From his first show to his last Ricky won a total of 29 Best in Shows, 54 Hound Group firsts, 12 seconds, 3 thirds, and 2 fourths. He was shown 87 times and won 76 Best of Breeds, 11 Best of Opposite Sex (these were attained before he finished, only 1 did he receive in 1964).
Ricky was top Hound in 1963, Dog of the Year in 1964, Top Hound Producer and fourth among all breeds in 1965 and Top Producer, all breeds in 1966 (Tied with the Yorkshire Terrier). He now has a total of 47 Champion get and more on the way. To mention a few of his Champion children: Ch. Pennyworth Mother Goose (winner of 3 American Whippet Club Specialties), Ch. Canyon Crest Bakara & Big Shot, Ch. Dragonfly's Wingedfoot, Fleetfoot and Sugarfoot all from one litter, bred by Jackie Kubat. The Bettebrook Kennels bred Ch. Bettebrook Suede, Many Splendored, Minx and Benchmark and Pennyworth bred 20 of his 47 Champions. These are only a few, for to mention them all is impossible.
His Grandchildren I have lost track of but cannot close without a word about Ch. Pennyworth Merrie Xmas, Best of Breed at Westminster K.C. two years running, one year from the Open Bitch class and the next year over 21 Specials. Ricky predominates in producing top quality bitches but he does have one Grandson that will leave his mark on the breed as a sire and that is Ch. Pennyworth Would You Believe. This dog is consistantly producing lovely get and is the father of such well known youngsters as Ch. Mor Shor's Martini on the Rocks, Ch. Mor Shor's Simpatico, Ch. Mor Shor's Happy Forcast, Ch. Mor Shor's Believe It or Not, ch. Mor Sho's Mischievous Imp and Ch. Westcliff's Proper Gander.
My hope for the future of the breed is that someone will breed another like him and have as much fun as I have had. However, unless you STOP SIZE (RICKY IS JUST 19 3/4"), LOOK FOR QUALITY and LISTEN TO GOOD JUDGEMENT,you will NEVER breed a "Fleetfoot".
P.S. In case you would like to know where I got the title for this story, it is the name given to Ricky by the professional handlers who knew and loved him. At his last shows he had this name on his crate instead of "Ricky".