Celebrate the Whippet Breed

Recommendations for Getting a Race Club Off the Ground

Suggestions by Del Wasso, Delphi Whippets - Experienced Racer and Lure Courser in Illinois


The Dog in the photo is Whillo-B's Patriot CRX IV, owned by Del & Maggie Wasso. He is 21" & 31 lbs in the photo (fits easily under a bitch wicket), and in top race condition. He is pointed in both WRA sprint racing & NOTRA ovals.

#1. on your list would be to call a few people, not wait for them to call you! And find a lure to practice with. (Box work will come later.)

#2. you have to take a look at one of the racing org's web sites & down load their rules & reg's.

#3. start looking for a location while you're putting everything together. That could be a state fair, dog show, town or city celebration or private property. Someone in your area might have a few acres.

#4. Find out where & when you can have your meet, & ask the sanctioning org if that date is in conflict with another club's date.

If you have gotten this far, ask one of the existing clubs to sponsor your meet & supply equipment, if you can't yet afford to get your own. If there are any questions, you're not sure, ask, someone knows & will help!

But nobody is going to do your foot work for you, that's up to you & only you!!! If racing has your interest, you're not alone. LOOK for other people, don't expect them to look for you!



Recommendations for Getting a Race Club Off the Ground

What's Required for Race Practice

Suggestions by Jen Jensen, Whippet Owner and Racer

The first thing you need is a lure machine. you can buy one, you can make one, or, if you're extremely fortunate, you can be given an old one that needs rebuilding.

There are plans for making lure machines available on In-joy's site at http://www.injoy-1.com/info_2.htm

If you're not handy and want to spend a buck or two, you can buy one from In-joy (http://www.injoy-1.com/catal_1.htm). it's much cheaper to build one.

You do need to buy line and you can get that from In-joy as well. (http://www.injoy-1.com/catal_2.htm) they sell two different types of string and, although it's a tiny bit more expensive, i would highly recommend the braided polyester. it doesn't stretch as much as the braided nylon which means you'll get a long life and less fraying out of your purchase.

You will also need at least one pulley. we've got one we bought as a model and all the rest we've got were made by wayde on his lathe out of scrap wood.

And that's it.

For lure-training dogs, you do *not* need a starting box. you can hand slip the dogs (two dogs per handler).

As for the 'where' question, you need to remember that you don't need 200 yards to practice. there are a couple of local parks that we go to when we train our dogs; one of them has about a 125-150 yd run and the other one we can get 200 yds with run-out on. we walk on to the field, set up the lure machine, run the dogs, and then go home. we're usually not there longer than an hour. the most time is spent waiting in between 'programmes' so that the dogs have a long enough cool down period.

Basically, if you can find a soccer field, you've found enough room to practice.

Cheers, Jen


Recommendations for Getting a Race Club Off the Ground


Suggestions by Jack Lewis, Reata Whippets

Here in Utah, our property is about 6 1/2 acres in total. Our race field is on about 3-4 acres on the back side of our property. We are fortunate that it is fairly flat, though there are a few dips that have defied filling due to the natural runoff of water that comes from other properties. Since we are located on "river bottoms", we found that once we mowed down all the high growth of weeds/vegetation - and kept it mowed with our initially 12hp, now 15hp lawn/garden tractor; natural grass took over and the high water table provided all the moisture it needed. We run a 300 yard Oval track layout (128 foot radius on the arc); did not have enough room to make a 350Meter oval as that required two 128 foot arcs. We run our 200 yard sprint track through the middle of the oval track and have about a 50-75 yard run out past the finish line.

With the garden tractor we mow the field like a regular lawn. Oval tracks can be dirt as well, as long as they are free of rocks, and the soil is moist enough to keep the dust level down.

Like Colorado, we also have limited local interest, but the locals who do come work hard; and when the meets are finally held, they are due to the out of staters who come to make minimum or more entries. And they work too in handling, judging and boxing. LGRA has also brought us local participation and great folks willing to help us with the chores.
Hope that helps!

Jack Lewis
Reata Whippets