Futurity and Maturity Stakes
What makes the Futurity competition different from other competitions is that this competition is not between owners and/or handlers, but between those breeders of the West Highland White Terrier who put their heart and soul and dreams of the future into the planning of a breeding program. It is the dream of the breeder to watch a breeding plan come to fruition and then place it into a showcase for others to see. Entering a Futurity displays the years of hard work and dedication as a breeder of the West Highland White Terrier and to the ultimate betterment of the breed itself and to the mission of breeding the perfect Westie! Breeders who enter the Futurity Stakes must have confidence in their breeding programs, their breeding knowledge and the quality of their dogs.
This process of nomination begins while the bitch is in whelp. The Futurity process begins when the breeder believes that his or her research into pedigrees and of the evaluations of the stud dog with his or her bitch is going to pay off, and these unborn puppies, these Westie puppies of the future will be spectacular. This is why the Futurity is so important and so prestigious.
The WHWTCA requires that all puppies entered each year into the Futurity must be litter nominated BEFORE the puppies are born or BEFORE 30 days of age. The nominating price differs as does the risk and anticipation. The price for nominating a litter before whelp is 25.00 and the price for nominating the litter after whelp BUT BEFORE 30 days old is 50.00
The next step during this process is to nominate the individual puppies from the litter PRIOR to them becoming 6 months of age. Not all pups need to be nominated; only the puppies deemed special from the nominate litter. This cost is 25.00 per puppy.
The breeder must calculate the time of conception with the time of the Futurity as the puppy must be 6 months of age and not after 18 months of age by the time of the event. In this case it would be October 2012.
As in a Sweepstakes, the classes are divided into dogs and bitches, with classes of puppy/6-9 months, Junior Puppy/9-12 months, Intermediate Puppy/12-15 months and Senior Puppy 15-18 months.
There is a Best in Futurity and a Best of Opposite Futurity.
As in all Dog Shows there is a cost for the entry that is Superintendent based which is spelled out on the premium list for the show.
The Stakes are high in the Futurity. The monies that are accumulated in the entries is considerable and is distributed to the class winners and to the Best in Futurity. In the past Best in Futurity has been awarded over 1000 dollars !! This award is both a reward of high privilege, honor and prize.
The Futurity Stakes will be open only to puppies from litters nominated and bred by members of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America, or members of the WHWTCA recognized regional clubs, co-owners included.
It is noted that bitches may be bred to multiple sires. The process still is the same, however the initial nomination must list both possible sires, with both AKC numbers. Once the puppy is entered individually, the futurity entry must be accompanied the sire’s name, AKC number and DNA number with a copy of the sires AKC, DNA certificate.
The WHWTCA offers a Maturity class as well as the Futurity. The Maturity is for Westies that were entered and eligible to be shown in the previous year’s Futurity. A Maturity Class provides the opportunity to see how last year’s puppies matured. Westies shown in the Maturity may or may not be champions. Again,if a puppy was entered the previous year in the Futurity, however not shown it is still eligible for the Maturity class.
Of course puppies entered in the Futurity need not be entered in the following year's Maturity; it is purely discretionary.
So I encourage all breeders to enter. This year the Futurity/Maturity Stakes is scheduled back to back with Sweepstakes! Make a day if it, showcase your pups and your breeding program!!
6-9 Junior Puppy
9-12 and 12-15 Intermediate Puppy
15-18 Senior Puppy
The Futurity Stakes will be open only to puppies from litters nominated and bred by members of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America, or members of the WHWTCA recognized regional clubs, co-owners included. A list of WHWTCA recognized regional clubs can be found on the club’s website (www.westieclubamerica.com/regclubs) and are also listed on the futurity registration form.
Step 1: Nominate the Litter
Official futurity forms for nominating a bitch, prior to whelping, or after whelping, can be downloaded from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America website or may be requested from the futurity chairperson.
You must nominate the litter either before whelping or within 30 days of the date of whelping. The fee is higher for litters nominated after whelping.
Prior to birth of litter (to nominate bitch/litter)
Within 30 days after litter is born
Step 2: Nominate the Individual Puppy
The puppy must be nominated before he/she is six (6) months of age.
You must complete the individual puppy nomination form, which can be downloaded from the West Highland White Terrier Club of America website or may be requested from the futurity chairperson.
Note: due to the fluctuation of show dates, it is possible that puppies may be older than 18 months on the day of the futurity. This difference distinguishes FUTURITY from sweepstakes.
Fee to register a single puppy from a nominate litter:
Individual enrollment of puppy (must be made before 6 months of age)
Step 3: Enter the Show
So your puppy (who was from a nominated litter) has been nominated for the futurity. Prior to the futurity, you will receive information (a premium list). You must enter the puppy in the futurity, just like any other conformation competition.
The Maturity is for Westies that were eligible to be shown in the previous year’s Futurity. A Maturity provides the opportunity to see how last year’s puppies matured. Westies shown in the Maturity may – or may not – be finished champions.Champions and Grand Champions are eligible to compete in Maturity. you do not need to have competed in the prior years' Futurity to show in Maturity, but yoiu need to have been entered in the prior Futurity.