Hot running in September!

It was a very HOT TN early fall meet. Saturday we had 27 adults and 4 puppies. Saturday match winner under Kitty Williams and high combined both days was Ember. Sunday match winner was Horton under Cindy. Meet winner both days was Torino. Saturday match placements were Ember, Helga, Minnie and Horton. Sunday was Horton, Minx, Ember and Minnie. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to Kitty and Cindy for judging our match.

We all survived the high heat and humidity with fans, pop ups and lots of water.  The most wonderful thing about where our meet is, is the lake! Along with the provided spray jugs and baby pool, the dog’s also could go swim in the lake. At the end of the day we would do a group swim with them to finish off a exciting day of racing. 

As always, we thank everyone for coming. We have the greatest group that comes here. We are looking forward to getting many more new people involved in the area. 

May meet a success!

It was hot hot hot!!!! After a cold winter and very cool spring, we sprang straight into TN summer. Thankfully, we are on the lake at Beale park. Though, SMART was wonderful with a cold baby pool and mister for dogs as they came off the track. Despite the searing heat, the dogs were able to recover and keep cool. We had tent city in the parking lot providing lots of shade and a hardware store of fans going in cars. Dog people are full of ingenuity!  Kim Otero came all the way from Southern California, which was a treat to have her AND her beautiful ribbons. 

Saturday our meet winner was Lovey! Our match winners were 1) Helga 2) Horton 3) Lovey  4) Batman. High combined went to Lovey. Just a side note, Lovey was handled by Naddia Talo, who is 11 years old. She did a great job presenting her.  Thank you to Pat Hodges for judging for us

Sunday our meet winner was again Lovey! Our match winners were 1) Minnie 2) Horton 3) Ember 4) Helga  High combined went to Ember! Thank you to Kristen Addington for doing a great job judging. 

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March Meet in the books!

SMART had our first meet of 2018 on March 17th and 18th. We had the threat of severe storms and instead, we had beautiful warm sunshine(well, after a little mist in the morning) The field was in wonderful, soft, but not soggy condition.  Truly the weather couldn't have cooperated better than it did.
We completed our 3rd official meet in Tennessee! Thanks to all for a successful weekend. A highlight of Saturday was the wonderful Holy Smokin' BBQ food truck that came. So delicious and made lunch so easy to deal with! 

Saturday was a little rough due to weather and some equipment issues but everyone was patient, thank you! It really takes a willing village to pull these off, and that’s what showed up. 
Congratulations to our meet winner for both days, Mudbug!  With 10 A racers in the meet there was a lot of completion for the top spot, but he held it!
Congratulations to all our point winners this weekend: Mudbug, Pogue, Red, Remy, Torino, Batman, Vito, Clyde, Bonnie, Oak and Cherish! 
Congratulations to our Conformation winners, Horton on Saturday owned by Cathy Williams, Weston on Sunday owned by Peggy Hodge! Both are beautiful dogs. 
Congratulations to our High and Combined Winners, Oak on Saturday and Brooks owned by Cindy Parsons Hatcher! 
Thank you to our fabulous match judges Eddie Kominek and Sharron Lane! They did a wonderful job judging for us

We are thankful to all who came to help, run and watch. We could not do this without all that participate. Here is to many more meets in East TN!

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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