Input sought on who can enter our IPO Championship

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Input sought on who can enter our IPO Championship

Postby annecamper » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:19 pm

At the AWMA General Board meeting there was discussion about our National IPO Championship and who should be allowed to enter. Several years back there was a vote to generally phase in a restriction that only FCI registered dogs could compete. Since that vote was taken, there has been debate about whether this should take place and a modification was made. In July this past year, the board voted to allow all FCI registered Belgian Shepherd Dogs with an AWDF recognized scorebook to enter, along with any dog that has an AWMA issued AWDF scorebook that lists the dog as a Belgian Malinois, regardless of whether it is FCI registered or not (see our policies and procedures page). The intent of this was to recognize that the other Belgian breeds are eligible to participate at the FMBB and we have already agreed to allow all Belgians to submit their applications to participate on the agility team.

The discussions at the general board meeting moved towards the possibility of opening our Championship to all dogs, regardless of their breed. There are pros and cons to this, with pros being generally that there would be increased competition and revenues at the event and cons being that the AWMA is a breed club and the event should be for our breed. Knowing that this is an important topic for the membership, we are seeking comments from everyone to include in our deliberations on the direction to take - keep the event for Belgians or open it to all breeds. If you have comments or feelings, please send them to anyone on the board or respond here.

Thanks for your input,

Anne Camper
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Re: Input sought on who can enter our IPO Championship

Postby annecamper » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:52 am

After seeking input from the member clubs and individuals, the concensus was to maintain the current situation of allowing all Belgians and Malinois with scorebooks listing them as Malinois to enter the AWMA Nationals. Note that this will allow non-registered Malinois that have an AWMA scorebook acquired via the process listed on the website. Thanks to everyone for their input.

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