Upcoming race meet! November 11th and 12th!

Join us for our SECOND race meet!  Lots of fun and friends, dogs and competition. Join us in beautiful East TN on the banks of the TN river.  Take a vacation and visit the Smokies during peak season!


– Remember your dog(s) need CWA numbers in order to run at our Race Meets – Click here to REGISTER YOUR DOG w/ CWA

– CWA also has a list of all CWA meets across the U.S. as well as, results, Current Top 10 running and conformation, and your


current grade…follow this link to the CWA home page – The Contential Whippet Alliance


CWA has an on-line publication called LINE & LURE. Lots of articles, race results and Ads! BTW they are very inexpensive ads!

This meet will be dedicated to the memory of Ellen Feldheim.

We will have an annual spirit award in her honor

The Spirit award will be done through a drawing.  We thought this would be better than a winners award so everyone had a chance to receive it. Let’s be honest there are those of us that will never have a meet winner. 

Ellen was a huge part of getting SMART started and she’s going to be very very missed by all of us. Our meets will never be the same without her so the best we can do is honor her memory.

Please join us on November 11 & 12. We have great conformation judges for the match and great prizes.  Of course best of all, the fun and comradery.

Box training available on Friday afternoon before the meet or contact one of us about possibly this coming weekend for practice at the Brown’s farm. We will try to accommodate everyone.



Upcoming meet November 11th and 12th  at  Beal Park.

 Conformation judges:


Warren  Quinn

In the mid 1970’s, I purchased my first Afghan Hound. Unfortunately, he was not show quality. I, however, was soon introduced to Tom Kirstein, and we instantly became friends spending many hours discussing the breed standard and dog shows in general. A few months later, I met Mary Lou and Norman Benjamin of Shikari hounds. From them, I purchased my first show dog and bitch. From my first litter, I produced four AKC champions and truly became hooked on both the breed and dog shows. Tom, who also had whippets, introduced me to Dianne Bleecker and Cal Perry. I begin to selectively show for Dianne and obtained championship titles on several of her whippets. Dianne was a great mentor for me! From this point on, I developed an everlasting love for both breeds finishing numerous AKC champions. Professionally, I own a catering business that has too often taken me away from the show ring. My future plans are to retire in the immediate future and pursue what I truly enjoy in life–breeding and showing my beloved hounds!



Chris Durance Watkins 

My passion for dogs began in 1983, when I was only 12 years. My first breed was Afghan Hounds and Greyhounds. While lure coursing one day I fell in love with whippets. My first whippet was Ch. Shaman Sherry on Ice, CGC, LCM. Sherry won BOB at an AWC supported (Midwest Specialty) entry defeating over 200 whippets. She went on that day to win the Group defeating the top hounds in the county at one of the largest shows in the country, at the time. She went on to place in the Top 10 in both show and lure coursing. From there I was HOOKED . . . for my sixteenth birthday, Dr. James R. Gray of Elysian whippets gave me a silly red brindle puppy, named Perry. NSBIS & Multi SBIS Ch. Elysian A-Few Perrier, LCM, CGC, ROMX. Perry became one of the top Specialty winning whippets of his time. Then I was honored to be given Thelma, 2x NSBIS, 4x SBIS Ch Whippletrees Icy Affire, FCh, JC, ROM. She broke the record for the top number of AWC regional specialty wins (which has since been broken) and became the first whippet to win back-to-back National SBIS, the first being from the classes. From our foundation dogs Cherche’ produced the 1988 Futurity Winner, Ch. Cherche’ Touch Me, FCh., SBIS & National BOS Ch. Innenduo’s Peaches and Cream, Fch and 2x SBIS, NBOS Ch. Cherche’s Wizard of the Wind (the first 2x SBIS winning black whippet), and AWC Supported (Southern Specialty ) winning Ch. Cherche’ The Memory Remains, JC , SBIS Ch. Hycks Hollow Heart n Soul, Top 20 and Peoples choice winner GCH Cherche’ Bearfoot Hooker, her son AWC Futurity and SBIS GCH Cherche’ Walk on the Wildside and her, daughter AWC National WB, and SBIS DC Cherche’ Arborlea Something’s Afoot, MC.
In October 2006, I married my soul mate, David Watkins, who enjoys the dogs as much as I and enjoys hanging out with us crazy dog people. In 2010, a group of us created Georgia Rag Racing. Another straight racing group who share the same passion as SMART. Thank you for allowing me to judge your CWA match.


These three are dog friendly non sketchy hotels.  

Our host hotel is the LaQuinta in Alcoa. Please tell them you are with SMART Whippet Racing. Negotiated rate is $79, no pet fees

LaQuinta Alcoa 4 miles from Beal Park

Quality Inn Alcoa 5 miles from Beal Park

Red Roof Inn Papermill Rd  15miles from Beal Park

Directions to Beal Park:

From I-40 to Alcoa Hwy: (Best if coming from the  the north or east such as KY/ NC)

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 386B for U.S 129/Alcoa Hwy
0.6 mi
Continue onto US-129 S/Alcoa Hwy
6.9 mi

Turn right onto TN-333 S/Topside Rd

Destination will be on the left

From I-40 (Best if coming from the south such as Chattanooga)

Take exit 376 to merge onto I-140 E toward Maryville

9.7 mi

Take exit 9 for TN-333/Topside Rd

0.3 mi

Turn right onto TN-333 S/Topside Rd

Destination will be on the left

Get ready for our June 3rd and 4th meet!

We are so looking forward to having a great turnout for June!  There will be breakfast items and lunch on the field. Please enter early so we can be prepared. We are still getting the hang of running a meet. The earlier you enter, the better we will do.  

Please bring shade!! EZ ups are a must at this site. There is no natural shade available.  This site does not allow for motorhomes. There is a campground down the way, but you will need to tow a car. I realize this is a real pain, but it is a public park and these are the rules we must abide by.  We do ask everyone pick up after their dogs and themselves.  I know everyone will, but again, we are being allowed to use this space generously by the town of Louisville. 

The track is wonderful and the site is gorgeous. Please come join us!  

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Friendly meet a wonderful success!!!

It was a beautiful day at Beal Park with great friends, both new and old. The meet ran perfectly and all had a great time. We are ready for our real meet June 3rd and 4th!

Here are some photos and results:

Meet winner:  Stannis “FC Shannon Down Ours Is The Fury  SC, FCh, OTR, PR, ARX”  Bred by Shannon & Krystal Lyons, owned by Ellen Feldheim

High Combined: Helga “UKC CH, US CH Aperture Go Big or Go Home  THD, CGC, SC”   Bred and owned by Julie Poole

Match Winner: Ginger “Cherche’ Hycks Hollow Kiss My Grits”  Bred by Chris  Durance-Watkins & Crystal McNulty and owned by David Watkins  & Chris  Durance-Watkins

Match Placements:  Ginger, Helga, Minnie and Brooks

Turtle winner was Frodo, who was a FTE at 7.5 years old 🙂 GCH Sugarrun Jazzy Blue Note bred and owned by Dave and Erica Cowles


Enjoy some of the meet photos!

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May 13th Friendly meet at 10:00am

Join us on Saturday the 13th at 10am for our first run through meet! Ellen Feldheim is the conformation judge.  It will be a fun and relaxed day of racing.  We are gearing up for our June 3rd and 4th meet which will be our first real meet! Cannnot wait to see everyone!  Please send in your entries via the online entry page. Doing our best to get the tags made up. Thank you and hope to see you!

Welcome to SMART whippet racing!!!

We are all so excited to bring CWA racing to East TN.  Please follow along with our clubs events. Just in the planning stages but so far, looks like our Friendly meet will be end of April/First of May and we have applied for the June 3 and 4 dates for the first official race meet. 

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