2017 Top Hounds Awards Plaques

Due to some misunderstanding with myself and the awards company the plaques are ordered from, the plaques were not shipped out in November directly to winners  as planned. The good news is that I have contacted the company and the completed awards were shipped to me and I will get them to the hounds/owners this week.

Sorry for the delay.

NOTRA Ballots & Club Voting

This year's rule change proposals and ballots have been sent to your club NOTRA rep. If you are a member of a NOTRA club that has scheduled or held a NOTRA race meet this year (2017) your club is eligible to vote. Contact your club representative if they have not made the rule proposals available for you to review. All club members have equal voting rights.

The ballot to be returned by no later than midnight (PST) December 10, 2017.  Ballots received after December 10th will not be counted.

OB Online Database

The database contains information about individual hounds, owners, titles earned, and certificates printed and mailed out. 

 Database Reports

JOR Participation Titles SORC2 Titles Titles by Year (Sorted by Breed)
SOR Participation Titles SORC3 Titles  
ORC Titles SORC4, 5, 6, 7 Titles  
SORC Titles    

The database includes all dogs who have run from Jan 2012 through December 2016. I have also added dogs who earned titles in the past 5 years (approx). You can sort by breed, by dates that titles were earned, by FTE dates. You can also check on titles earned in recent years and whether the certificate was mailed out to the owner.
Please check to make sure that the owner's name is correct, I use the owner contact information I have in the database to mail the titles/certificates earned each year. The primary owner is the owner where the dog resides, if there are co-owners that do not live in the same household then that name is listed where it says "Co Owner".

Use this form to submit any updates to Owner contact information:


If you are still owed a certificate for a title earned in the past few years and never received it please get in touch with me to see what the problem was.
If you view the Titles you can see whether the certificate was mailed out. If it was not received then most likely we have the incorrect address on file.
Check the owner's database above to review the current address on file. Thanks!


NOTRA History

Related by Jack Lewis, Reata Whippets

Whippet sprint racing started as a professional sport after WWI, with its height in the 1920's & 30's (Maryland being the biggest location), but pretty much died out as a result of WWII.

In 1957 the Northern California Whippet Racing Assn and the Central States Racing Assn of Illinois combined to organize amateur Whippet racing.  They put on a great show at the International Amphitheater in conjunction with the Chicago International all-breed dog show in 1958.  That and other similar events convinced the American Whippet Club to sponsor whippet racing as a amateur sport and breed improvement program.

In the early '60s the AWC's Official Rules and Regulations for National Whippet Racing were drawn up (becoming the National Point Racing or NPR program).  They added their Award of Racing Merit program in 1967 and ARM winners were considered AWC's Sprint Racing Champions.

NOTRA was founded by David Rosenstock in 1975 and the first two meets (Aug 3 & Dec 6, 1975) were hosted by the Northern California Whippet Club.

In 1983, The Stampede City Whippet Club of Calgary, AB, Canada hosted the first NOTRA meet to feature other breeds - Afghans, Borzoi and Greyhounds joined the Whippets.  "Minor Breed" Clubs came on the scene in 1986 to join the Whippet Clubs.

The "Other Breed" entries really took off after Sam Banks convinced David Rosenstock to allow hand slip starts (waiving the starting box requirement), and further, when Sam revised the Other Breed Scoring Process to allow the OBs to attain an ORC before old age set in (heretofore Whippets/OBs shared the scoring process meaning no ORC points were awarded until 15 entries were met, a rare occasion for OBs at that time).

For a detailed history of NOTRA racing download this 4 page pdf file.