Joint sponsors of the Great Britain
Agility Team for the FMBB World Championships
Following the BSD Team Selection Day held last autumn, a squad of eight
dog/handler partnerships were chosen to represent Great Britain at the FMBB
World Championship in April 2017 in Halle/Saale, Germany. The event last took
place there in 2010.
Paul Sensky with
Tiber - Groenendael (D)
with Zero - Tervueren (D)
with Ebony - Groenendael (B)
Gina Scott with
Robbie - Groenendael (D)
Pen Sensky with
Tribble - Groenendael (B)
Bev Hall with Spy
- Groenendael (D)
with Chaos - Malinois (D)
Tina Simpson with
Phoenix - Terveuren (D)
The majority of the Squad was able to attend a training session with Lee Gibson,
which we all enjoyed, especially after it was known that we would be running on
Preparation for the trip included taking clothing for all weathers as
last May in mid-France had been cold and wet and this was still April. We all
met at Sainsbury's by the M20 in Ashford for fuel at 06.30am. Some participants
had travelled from as far as Cornwall and West Yorkshire. We were soon heading
for the Channel Tunnel - six vehicles, 13 people and 11 dogs. Despite all
checking-in together, two of our party didn’t get on the 07.50am departure, but
soon we were all heading along the coast road in France. Only one hour was
'lost' due to CET (Central European Time). Then into Belgium through Antwerp
and the Netherlands and Germany for the overnight stop at Neheim beyond the vast
conurbation of the Ruhr, some 315 miles, where we all arrived at a similar time.
We settled into the Ibis Stiles Hotel and ate at a nearby restaurant booked for
It was an early start the next morning for continuation east, passing Kassel for
the Am Stadion venue at Halle (Saale), near to Leipzig, some 225 miles. Both
Cruise Controls and sat navs were useful again.
Those arriving first had the job of finding the entrance to the venue - no easy
task due to the lack of signage. We then had to assess the site and figure out
where to put up our tents. This year there was very little room and a slope
around the training pitch didn't help, but we managed to find one before all the
space was taken.
The venue hotel was the TRYP Wyndham in Neustadt, located in an area of
high-rise flats and shops which appeared to have been totally taken over by the
event, or so it seemed at breakfast times and for the evening meals. Luckily,
there was a park for exercise virtually opposite although we did need to cross a
dual-carriageway and unprotected tram routes in both directions. Parking could
have been a problem with 2.00m headroom to the underground garage and ramp down
but, with typical British resolve, we commandeered the coach parking area.
the show begin
Wednesday was Registration and then Thursday was the Official
Practice, a frantic 12 minutes for us with just one and half minutes per entry
on the course. This required skilful use of two halves of the course which were
set out for acclimatisation with the equipment supplied and running surface.
This included thin aluminium poles held together by two magnets with similar
holding cups to the wing, so easily ‘pinged’’.
Then came the the Vet Check. It was imperative that our records were all in
order and microchip would read. This was followed by the Team Leader Meeting. It
was a chaotic affair with everyone trying to speak at once and decisions being
make on the hoof - so no change from previous years - with the main one, the
height, being agreed at 600mm.
Buffet breakfast was early on Friday, and it was a splendid spread as is
often the case in Germany. Then it was a short journey along local roads with
those arriving first keeping spaces so that as many of us as possible could park
together. Course building soon followed, and then came the Course Walking. We
were split into groups with eight minutes for each, all done at a pace unlike at
home, with a strict running order as we have in Championship while wearing of
your number. This rotated after each course with a new walking and running
order. Even the Germans got in a muddle over this, and the paperwork became more
and more complicated as the day went on. Special thanks to all the Grooms who
helped get everyone in the right place at the right time and assisted with the
FCI Rules applied for what were, for us, longer courses, comprised 22 or so
obstacles with 5-7 metre distances so opportunity for distant handling! Two
German Judges, Lena Blascke, Alexander Beitl, and our own Graham Partridge set
some fast and complex challenges that seemed to catch out most competitors even
those from countries where they compete over FCI courses and train together. And
are well sponsored! Unfortunately we don’t always have the opportunity to run
FCI Courses during year.
started with Jumping Individual 1 where Tony 5F, Kate 10F, Paul 15F, Gill 20F
with Es for Pen, Bev, Tina and Gina. Agility Individual 1 followed where Paul
15F, Bev 20F with Es for Pen, Gill, Katie, Tony, Tina and Gina. Then Jumping
Team where Gina CR (clear round), Tony CR, Paul 5F and Gill 25F, leaving GB at 9th.
Saturday started with Jumping Individual 2 where Gina 5F, Bev 5F and Gill 10F
with Es for Paul, Kate, Tony and Tina. Agility Individual 2 followed where Tony
CR, Gina 5F, Paul 25F with Es for Bev, Gill, Kate and Tina. Then Agility Team
where Tony CR - there were only 10 - with Es for Paul, Gill and Gina.
This left GB at 13th, finishing 11th overall on the
combined Results, the top 3 scores being used. The Team Competition was won
again by Finland, followed by Estonia in 2nd and Italy i 3rd place.
Under FMBB Rules, the top 10 unqualified dogs from the four Individual Rounds go
through to the Final on Sunday with one 'Best of the Rest' from each competing
country. Paul and Tiber represented GB, having the highest place from the
Individual Combined Results followed by Tony, Gina, Gill, Bev and Katie, with a
great effort by all competitors. Both the Jumping Final, judged by Graham
Partridge and Agility Final, judged by Alexander Beitl were stunning. Paul was
unfortunate to have Es in both. There was a tremendous win for Spain (Malinois)
followed by competitors from the Czech Republic (Groenendael) and Belgium (Malinois).
Then there was time for a final bit of shopping and retrieving our Record Books
and Pet Passports before the Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony where all
Countries parade around the main Arena in their Team Kit and behind national
flags. Sadly we missed the Opening Parade around the town held once the other
disciplines had started - Cani-X/Bikejörging, IPO, Mondioring, Show and
We stayed the Sunday night before undertaking a similar Return journey. Monday
it back to the Overnight Halt at Neheim, allowing time for an enjoyable visit to
the historic centre of Halle and a restful walk for both participants and our
dogs before we left. Monday was a Public Holiday in Germany so it was difficult
to find anywhere open but a Café in the main square yielded the most enormous
meals we had ever seen, and a memorable evening for everyone! On Tuesday we
were back to the Channel Tunnel through traffic of the Ruhr and Antwerp,
arriving in good time for Pet Reception and then soon back on the congested
roads of Kent and beyond.
It was such a wonderful opportunity to see and compete against the
best in the world as far as Belgian Shepherd Dogs are concerned. An enormous
thank you to the BSDA of GB and WBSDS for their invaluable support and for
assistance from The Kennel Club and Eurotunnel. Thanks also to the Deutscher
Malinois Club for all their endeavours in organising the show and my wife Eva
for putting up with even more paperwork!
Next year the host country will be Slovenia, to be confirmed by the FMBB, having
taken the place of Italy. For all those BSD handlers, the Selection Day for the
2018 FMBB Championships, will be held on Sunday,, 19th November in
Warwickshire. Details to follow.
FMBB BSD World Champs 2015
The Working Belgian Shepherd Dogs Society (WBSDS) and
Belgian Shepherd Dog Association (BSDA) are planning to send a team to next years BSD World
Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015
Anyone with a KC Breed registered Belgian Shepherd, grade 3
(who meets the minimum criteria) or higher may apply to attend the selection day to be held on
12 October at Sandbourne House near Pershore, Worcestershire
If you are interested, please contact Michelle Griffiths by
email on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring m.
07751 830654 before 20 September 2014.
GB Agility Team World Championships 2014 Announcement
was confirmed that the 2014 FMBB (Belgian Shepherd) World Championship would be held in
Finland, the options for travel to the event were investigated and a summary was presented to
eligible potential team members. Because of the time and distance involved for competitors and
their dogs, nearly all of them decided they would not be prepared to go.
were not enough people to make up a team the World Championship Committee, made up of
representatives from BSDA of GB and WBSDS, decided not to enter the competition in 2014.
BSDA and WBSDS are committed to supporting future training, selection and teams.
BSD Team 2013 Selected
and WBSDS are very pleased to announce that the Great Britain agility team for the 2013 Belgian
Shepherd World Championship is:
Team and Individual
Bacon with Jet (Louandi Diamond) - Tervueren
Michelle Griffiths with Jazz (Minka Phoenix Jazz) - Tervueren
Griffin with Fin (Heidron Fins Chasing Time) - Groenendael
Parmiter with Jess (Jetaime Elegance Du Futur) - Groenendael
Knight with Asgard (Heidron Timelord Chaser) - Groenendael
Raddings with Cash (Minka Prospect Cash) - Tervueren
Samantha Hatcher with Kita (Kelluki Rhapsody) - Tervueren
of the Team the BSDA and theWBSDS would like to thank Andy Brown for an excellent day and Helen
Brown for the hospitality and white dog.
2013 BSD World Championships
2013 FMBB World Championship will be held at
Koper (Slovenia) from 1 – 6 May 2013.
This year it
is planned that a full squad of eight dogs will represent Great Britain.
Team Manager Mike
'The BSD World Championships have been
held in Slovenia before and the team found that it is a very beautiful and amazing country.
Nearly everyone spoke very good English and they were very friendly and helpful.'
The selection day for the Great Britain
Agility Team will be held on Sunday, 17 February at Sandbourne Stables, Baughton Hill, Earls
Croome, Worcestershire WR8 9DG. The judge will be Andy Brown. All KC registered Belgian
Shepherd Dogs Grade 3 and above that have a top 10 place in jumping and agility in the previous
year are eligible for selection.
Registrations close 1 February 2013.
The aim of selection is to match the type of competition
experienced at the World Championships so courses are FCI type and challenging. Although it is
usually Grade 6-7 dogs that get into the team. Grade 3-5 handlers are encouraged to take part
in order to get an idea of what is involved and to prepare for future years. There have been
some notable exceptions with some outstanding lower grade dogs taking to the FCI courses and
The selection is solely based on the performance on the day, and
it is in two parts. First is the team selection there are 2 agility and 2 jumping runs where
the selectors are looking for consistency. So the dogs with the best four scores overall make
up the team. This has proved very successful with Great Britain twice winning the team event at
the World Championship and frequently getting very good places. The dogs in the team are
automatically entered in the individual heats as well. However, another four dogs can take part
in the individual heats only. So the second part is looking for those four dogs. At the World
Championships only the best 10 from 2 x Jumping and 2 x Agility runs get through to the
individual final. The standard is very high and the dogs are very fast, so the selectors are
looking for the four fastest dogs that still go clear for for Individual event.
year the whole team will travel together by coach. The coach will leave Kent early Tuesday, 30
April and be back in Kent on Tuesday evening, 7 May. The entry fees, coach and hotels will be
paid for by the funds raised by BSDA and WBSDS. As the funds are raised at agility shows run by
BSDA and WBSDS, it is expected that people taking part in selection help at the shows.
the FMBB Belgian World Championships
The BSD World Championships is a fantastic event held every year in a different country in
Europe. In addition to Agility, there are the following events. An IPO competition which is
the FCI rules for Schutzhund Mondio, a protection dog sport. FCI obedience at all three grades
and also showing classes. Representatives from Great Britain will be competing in IPO and
The FMBB has 35 member countries. At the
World Championships there are 450 – 500 dogs representing all four varieties of Belgian
Shepherds. More information can be found at
For more information and registration forms email the Team Manager
Mike Bacon at email@example.com
First published 26 January 2013