Here we have Peggy Newcombe with 2 of her 3 daugthers, Claire and Barbara. This picture was taken a year after Peggy and the girls moved from Newington, New Hampshire down to Sarasota, Florida... Peggy had disbanded her large kennel in Newington, and only brought with her a handful of dogs... One of them being Ricky ( Fleetfoot) who now was 14 years young...
The 1960's and 70's
In 1966, Peggy imported Eng. Ch. Tantivvey Diver of Pennyworth (Ch. Laguna Ligonier x Fleeting Fancy Free). Although he was not shown often in the United States he did finish his championship here and become a good sire. Peggy's main goal with Diver was to go back into the Fleeting line, to cross the breeding to create her own line.
During the 1960s and early 70s, Pennyworth produced many top winning Whippets. Among these are the following that hold special places on the Pennyworth Kennels website:
Multi SBIS & BIS Ch. Pennyworth Mother Goose (MBIS Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth x Ch. Legend 0' Lazeland). 'Goosie,' as she was called, won three American Whippet Club specialties. Back in her day there were far fewer specialties than today, just one in California, one in Chicago and one in Rock Creek. Well, leave it to Goosie, who screamed breed type and movement, to go out in 1967 and win back-to-back specialties at Chicago and then Rock Creek. The Chicago show was won under the late Mrs. Doris Wear of Stoney Meadows fame and Rock Creek was judged by the late Mr. Peter Knoop. Her third specialty BOB was the following year, 1968, at Rock Creek again, where she retired the The Donald P. Hostetter Memorial Trophy. Goosie not only won specialties, she also won her fair share of Best in Shows and Hound Groups under such noted judges as Mr. Percy Roberts, Mr. John Cook and Mr. Peter Knoop, to name just a few.
Ch. Pennyworth Starlet (Ch. Dragonfly's Wingedfoot x Ch. Pennyworth This One Is Mine). Starlet was a double Fleetfoot granddaughter. She was bred by Mrs. Jackie Kubat of Dragonfly Kennel. Peggy picked Starlet for her stud fee puppy from Jackie.
Ch. Pennyworth Caroland Connie (Ch. Pennyworth Would You Believe x Ch. Pennyworth Alice Blue Gown). Breeder and owner was Carol Willumsen, Willcare Kennels. Connie was Winners Bitch at Westminster Kennel Club in 1971. Connie is the great-great-great grandmother of SBIS Ch. Willcare's Aged In Wood.
Ch. Pennyworth Merrie Xmas (Eng. & Am. Ch. Tantivvey Diver of Pennyworth x Ch. Pennyworth Burning Dream). This lovely bitch was bred by Pennyworth, and later sold to Peggy's dear friend, Mr. Calvin G. Perry of Appraxin Kennels. She finished very quickly and picked up numerous breed and group wins while at Pennyworth and then with Calvin. She won the breed at Westminster Kennel Club under the late Mrs. Doris Wear, Stoney Meadow Kennels, handled by Calvin.
Peggy found great success breeding Fleetfoot daughters and granddaughters to Diver, the sire of Merrie Xmas. Must have been something in that English blood.
What is Peggy's secret formula for breeding generation after generation of top winning and producing Whippets? She likes to select her puppies when they are six months of age or older, rather than the eight to ten week age when so many other breeders make their selections. Peggy has been lucky to have the facilities to grow out her youngsters for so many months. "There are several factors that go into my breeding. The first is pedigree. I study them well. Second, the individual animals - do they suit each other? What one dog lacks, is the other dog strong in, and vice versa? While I have done both outcrossing and inbreeding, I prefer to outcross to strengthen the weakness that inbreeding will only accentuate. I repeat breedings only when the first litter is outstanding. The most important characteristics are type, movement, and overall balance of the dogs."
Peggy's last litter during this decade was whelped in 1974 by Ch. Sheldegren Delcon out of Ch. Morshor's Martini On The Rocks: Pennyworth Better Watch Out and Pennyworth Watch Out Now, completed their championships. Peggy had disbanded her kennel in Newington in late 1969 and moved with her children to Sarasota, Florida in the first part of 1970. She took only a few Whippets with her, including Ricky, who was fourteen years old at the time.
CH. Hound Hill Right As Rain
Sire: CH. Pennyworth Would You Believe - Dam: Stoney Meadows White Hot..
Right As Rain is being shown here by her breeder, owner, handler, Mrs. Cora Miller of the famed Hound Hill Kennels.. The show is Westminster Kennel Club, February 12-13, 1973.. The judge is none other than Mrs. Peggy Newcombe.. This lovely bitch although big for back in that day, would definitely win in today's show ring. She shows and has all the essence of the breed that we are loosing in the ring today!!! She has that beautiful S-shape with no lumps, bumps or breaks in her topline or tubbiness in her underline.. I can't say enough good things about this beauty, she just screams WHIPPET, thru and thru!!!!!
CH. Runners Creme De La Creme
Sire: CH. Misty Moor's Chalmondoley - Dam: CH. Runner's Our Own Charisma.
Darcy as she was called was bred by Mrs. Isabell Speight, Runner's Kennel... She is being shown
here with a very young Mary Dukes ( Delacreme Kennels). Mrs Peggy Newcombe is the judge, giving Darcy and Mary, Best Of Breed at
Westminster Kennel Club in February, 1979.. She was a very Classic bitch and produced 3 of the top producing sires in the history
of whippets... Ch. Delacreme Avant Garde, Aust. Ch. Delacreme Dragonslayer, and finally Ch. Delacreme de la Renta..
This is Ch. Willcare's College shown winning B.O.B. at A.W.A Supported Entry under judge Peggy Newcombe- Handler Roberta Krohne- College is Aged In Wood great grandmother. You see where Aged In Wood got her beautiful topline and underline besides other great qualities.
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