Mrs Julie Meakin
Dennis and Dorothy Meakin have been producing Whippet Champions with remarkable consistancy since the 1960's They aquired their first whippet from the famous Bobby James' Samarkands Kennel for the princely sum of eighteen pounds, a fawn bitch Samarkands Sun Corona. From this beginning the Oakbark Kennel went from strength to strength. Their first Champion was Oakbark Dondelayo Storming. They have combined lines from other great Kennels with their own with success and their own lines have been used by many breeders both in the UK and abroad to produce Champions for other Kennels.
Both Dennis and Dorothy awarded CCs in the breed and both served on Northern Counties Whippet Club Committee until Dennis' retirement in 2004, Dennis held the position of both Chairman and President and were both made honoury life members of the Club.
Dennis sadly passed away on 19th February 2014 age 88
He will never be forgotten by his loving family and all those in the world of whippets.
Whippets were part of daughter Julie's life from a very early age, they were her special playmates and the puppies a delight she has never grown tired of.
Julie began handling at a very young age and judged her first Open Show at age 15.
Her first Champion was Ch Cottonmere Personality of Oakbark
followed by her first homebred Champion Oakbark Generation Girl
Julie first awarded CC's in the breed in 1988 and was honoured to be asked to judge the whippets at Crufts in 2012
Julie is the second generation of the Meakin family to enjoy her lifetime hobby with this wonderful breed, she is joined by her daughter Sarah , now breeding and handling her own Oakbark whippets.
Claire Newcombe --- Pennyworth Kennels since 1940
I am the daughter of the late Margaret (Peggy) Newcombe of Pennyworth Kennels. As most know, I have been raised around purebred dogs all my life. I come from a very rich history of dog people. My mother and my grandmother ( Claire Knapp of Clairedale Kennels) are the only mother/daughter team ever to go Best In Show at Westminster K.C. My grandmother in 1936 with a Sealyham and my mother in 1964 with the whippet. Pennyworth is the oldest whippet kennel still in existence in the U.S..
I believe I was raised in a whelping box instead of a crib like most children. I have always loved dogs of all breeds, but my true love is the whippet. I started showing at the age of 8, that's when my mother would send my sister and I into the Jr. Showmanship ring to lead break puppies for her. My mother had a kennel of 60 plus dogs back in the 50's and 60's. I was brought up around terriers, chows, greyhounds and of coarse whippets. In 1970, we moved to Florida and took a handful of dogs with us, one of them being, Eng. & Am. Ch. Courtney Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, Ricky as he was called.
We bred a couple of litters, which I handled to their championships. In 1986 we started breeding again in New Port Richey, Florida. I managed the breeding and show kennel of 30 plus whippets and showed multiple specialty winner & MBIS Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood, Ch. Pennyworth Light My Fire, Ch. Pennyworth Ou La La, Ch. Pennyworth Success Express, Ch. Pennyworth U Wouldn't Believe, & NS & MBIS Ch. Patric's Personal Agenda, just to name a few. I have lost track of how many dogs I have finished over the many years. Mother had always taught me, that it's not the numbers that count, it's the Quality that you are striving for when breeding and showing.
Even though I do not breed anymore, I do attend as many dogs show as possible and have had my whippet judges license since 2005. I have been very honored to have judged all over the world and our 2007 A.W.C. National Specialty and 2016 A.W.C. Western Specialty. I am currently working on getting more hound breed so that I may continue to do what I love!
Thank you and it is such an honor to judge your show.
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