FCI in transition

We are living in a changeable world. Politically the last 25 years have been characterised by very big changes: New countries have emerged, others have dissolved and new state formations have appeared.

This has of course affected the FCI and our whole organisation. We have become many more members and before long we will probably pass a total of 100 full member countries, associated countries and contract partners. And not many years ago we were “only” 70 countries.
As most people will know, our statutes are based on the principle “one country – one vote” and this principle will surely be challenged in the coming years, as the rapid increase in the number of members with a lot of quite small kennel clubs is diluting the influence of the large and middle-sized countries; those countries that pay for almost the entire running of the FCI (the 5 largest contributors pay more than 1/3 of the total income of the FCI).

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Jørgen Hindse
23rd FCI IPO World Championship in Roudnice nad Labem (Czech Republic)
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The 23rd FCI IPO World Championship was held on 19-22 September 2013 in the stadium of the the beautiful city of Roudnice nad Labem. “nad Labem” means next to the river Elbe.
In June of this year, the Elbe overflowed and the stadium and surroundings were covered by 4 meters of water. This means that, after the water was gone and the situation was back to “almost” normal, the organisation had a tremendous lot of extra work to do, to get everything in order in time. They have done a very good job, everything was ready in time and even the hotel, next to the stadium was repainted and ready for this event. Chapeau!!!

There were 125 competitors coming from 37 different countries and we could see the work of German Shepherds, Malinois, Giant Schnauzers and a Tervuren Shepherd. All days of the competition, the weather was perfect for all the dogs to show their abilities.
The tracking was done under the supervision of Hari Arcon, a well known Slovenian FCI judge and the judge for tracking was Zdravco Klicek from Croatia.

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The tracking fields were equal for all dogs and the tracks were laid very well. A lot of dogs could get a good result in this phase and we have to thank the tracklayers for their work.
The results were: 32% Excellent, 38% Very Good, 25% Good, 2% Sufficient and 3% Insufficient. All these results were given by Zdravco Klicek from Croatia who has done a excellent job.

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Under the Supervision of Wilfried Schäpermeier from Germany the performances in the stadium, obedience and protection were shown.

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In obedience, judged by Lene Carlson from Denmark, we could see a lot of good handling and the judge made it clear that dogs with a good spirit and free working together with the handler were rewarded for that. Stressed dogs got, according to the rulebook, a deduction for that behaviour. The results in obedience were: 7% excellent, 34% Very Good, 43% Good, 13% Sufficient, 2% Insufficient and 1 Disqualification.

In protection, judged by Alphons van den Bosch from Belgium, we could see some very impressive and a lot of very good working dogs. Almost half of all dogs got the rating “good“.

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Although some think that “good” is not good enough, we can say that getting a “good” on an FCI World Championship is indeed a good result.
The results of the protection trial were: 9 x Excellent, 31 x Very Good, 62 x Good, 11 x Sufficient, 8 x insufficient, 2 x Disqualification and 1 dog had to stop the protection work because of an injury.

Individual FCI World Champion 2013 is Josef Adamuscin with his German Shepherd Chris Spod Lazov with a total of 293 points. The 2nd place was for Mathias Dögel with his Belgian Shepherd Malinois Holle vom Holzhäuzer Flur with also a total of 293 points and the 3rd place was for Mario Verslijpen from Belgium with his Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Hasco van de Duvetorre with a total of 290 points.

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The best team and 2013 FCI World Champion is Slovakia. The 2nd place was for the team of the USA and 3rd was the German team.

With once again a big “Thank you” to the Czech organisation, we already look forward to the 2014 FCI World Championship in Malmö, Sweden.

Frans Jansen
President of the FCI Commission for Utility Dogs