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Every year the Federation Mondiale du Berger Belg (FMBB), an international society for Belgian Shepherd Dogs, organises a huge competition of different events exclusively for Belgian Shepherd Dogs for all four varieties. It is held in a different country every year and run under the rules of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Great Britain has been sending a team to the BSD Agility Worlds since 2003.
Official Communication FMBB Championship 2020
We regret the decision to have to cancel the FMBB 2020 World Championship in May, following the current pandemic (COVID-19), and the health measures taken by all official instances which are only getting stronger every day.
France has been declared as a contaminated country. For the moment, gatherings of more than 1000 people in France are prohibited. Following the evolution and spreading of the coronavirus, the coming days, weeks, months, it will spread further and further over the world. A consequence is that we will have few competitors present due to the current and future restrictions imposed by the different authorities in many different countries.
Since we normally receive over 40 countries from different continents, we would put everyone at high risk. The FMBB acknowledges and assumes its responsibility in this matter. That is why the world Championship is cancelled.
We fully agree and confirm the views of our French organiser, the French Belgian Shepherd Association. They do not have to put their technical staff, volunteers (often elderly) at risk, whom we will put in contact with competitors, supporters, a large part of which will have crossed Europe and more. It is, therefore, preferable to make this wise decision to cancel or postpone.
Stop press... The French Club of the Belgian Shepherd Doghas agreed to postpone the FMBB World Championships to the week of 17 to 23 August 2020 on the Aubigny sur Nčre site, the same period as the French National Breeding exhibition Belgian Shepherds.
Selection Day News
The BSDA of GB and WBSDS would like to invite all eligible Belgian Shepherd dog agility handlers to register their interest for the GB Squad going to the FMBB World Championship 2020 being held in France at Aubigny-sur-Nčre between 12th and 17th May. The Selection Day is to take place on Sunday, 1st March at Steventon in Oxfordshire, a short distance from the A34 at Milton
Email your name together with Kennel Club/pet name of your dog, variety, gender, age, KC Grade/height and contact details to Tony Parmiter by Sunday, 2nd February 2020.
2019 GB Team Report
FMBB World Championship 2019 – Czech Republic
It was an early meet in Kent for Eurotunnel on the Sunday for our journey through France, Belgium and Germany and then an overnight halt at Würzburg (Bavaria.) Next day it was onward to into The Czech Republic to Písek in South Bohemia. The venue was an hour from our base in the Bechynĕ Golf Resort and weather mixed, sunny and breezy then cold with strong northerly wind and rain.
There were 154 competitors taking part in the Agility from 24 countries and 20 countries that qualified to take part in the Team competition.
Representing Great Britain were:-
Team + Individuals
Fitmin Open Cup (Jumping / Agility rounds)
World Championship (2 x Jumping / 2 x Agility rounds)
GB Team results
Tony and Ebony represented GB in the Individual Final.
Afterwards he told Agilitynet, 'I was so pleased with Ebony. We were clear in the Jumping round of the Fitmin Cup, but had an unfortunate E in the Agility and in the World Championship finished 11th overall after the four qualifying rounds (2 x Jumping and 2 x Agility). She worked really well, only clipping one pole (my fault) and missing an A-frame off with R blind after. We qualified for the Final, too. We were clear in both rounds ending up 23rd. I was especially proud as she hurt her shoulder a little in the Jumping due to the slippery conditions, and I had to take it steady in the Agility. We were the only GB pair to get both the Team Jumping and Team Agility Clear.
The return journey was through The Czech Republic back into Germany to an overnight halt at Aachen (North Rhine-Westphalia). Then, for obvious reasons, there was a brief visit to Tervuren in Belgium and onto France for Eurotunnel. It was a 2,000-mile round trip and the only delays (potholes) were once we got back to Kent the following Tuesday with inevitable queues/diversions on M26 / M20 / M25.
With many thanks from all within Team GB for the support given by the BSDA of GB and WBSDS. Special thanks to Jenny Kimber at Rogue Agility for her training input.
FMBB WC 2020 will possibly be in Romania or Spain and then in 2021 it travels to Greece.
Tony Parmiter (GB Team Manager)
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