Cora Miller picked “Handy” out at 8 weeks and wondered at the time if a solid black could be specialed.
At that time I suggested that we wait and see if we could finish him first. We didn’t have to wait long. Handy’s show career basically started at 6 months and 2 weeks of age where he was Winners Dog 3 days in a row. The first day Winners dog& the next 2 days Best of Breed over Specials and a Hound Group 1 all from the 6 - 9 puppy class. He finished at the age of just under 8 months at the Hudson River Valley Hound Assoc. This was an AWC supported entry and Handy won a 5 point major to finish under breeder judge David Samuelson, “Dashing”, again from the 6 - 9 puppy class. In total, he finished in 3 weekends.
He was then shown some as a puppy where he won the Chicago Specialty on his first birthday!! The following April at 17 months of age, he was Best Opposite Sex at the American Whippet Club Nationals under breeder judge, Bo Bengtson, “Bohem”. Two months after the Nationals, he won an all-breed Best In Show under breeder judge Shelly Hennessy, “Chapparral”. Other nice wins for Handy included BIS at the Central New Jersey Hound Association over many of the top Hounds in the US at the time, under Afghan breeder-judge Mr. Ed Gilbert Jr, and SBIS at the North Central AWC Specialty under breeder judge Isabel Stoffers, “Runners”. He has been shown twice at Westminster, earning BOS in 2007 and Award of Merit in 2008. In all, Handy won 110 BOBs, 51 Group placements, including 10 Group 1sts, and 2 Bests in Show (1 All Breed, 1 Hound Show). His Group placement record of almost 50% is amazing for a solid black dog, and is a testament to his quality, personality, and showmanship.
We knew he was pretty special from the beginning and he did live up to our expectations. He was the Top male whippet all systems in 2006 and 2007. Sadly as a young dog it was discovered that he had a mycoplasma infection. Although he was treated, there was damage from the infection that rendered him unable to reproduce. His brothers were all tested and are fine and it is so unfortunate that Handy was the only one affected. This is the reason for Handy’s early retirement. Our next hopeful is the black and white Knickers, Shamasan Hound Hill Birthday Suit---Handy’s full brother from a repeat breeding of Rags and Nellie. In 35 years, this is the only repeat breeding I’ve ever done.
This Spring, a trip to the World Show in Sweden was very exciting. With the Standard there calling for a smaller dog, it was not known how they would receive Handy, at his 21 3/4 ". Turns out he was not at all the largest dog there, and he was awarded an “Excellent” and then placed 2nd. When he came back into the ring it was as though he was a “Rock Star” with all the camera flashes and the crowd going crazy over him. He is now home and we are looking for other venues for him. He earned points at both of the only 2 AKC Field Trials he has entered. We hope to do more of that with him.
Phoebe Booth and Handy....
BIS, SBIS Ch Shamasan Hound Hill Body & Soul JC
Handy’s sire is Ch Hound Hill Classical Rag CD JC and his dam is the AWC Specialty winning Ch Shamasan Flame 'N Queen ARX DPCX CR JC ROM VWW---- Handy and his littermates were named after the Jazz Pioneers & Handy being after W. C. Handy who recorded the classic tune Body & Soul & thus Handy’s registered name.