What does the AWMA do for you?

And what can you do to help support the AWMA, an all volunteer organization and the only working dog organization devoted to the Malinois. Read more...


There are several longstanding and important contributors to the success of the working Malinois in the United States. Their commitment has been both vital to the growth of the Malinois within the sport, as well as the prominence of the breed as a winning dog. They have reflected well on the breed and this organization and should be recognized for their efforts.

A lifetime achievement award is an excellent way for this organization to demonstrate thanks and offer recognition to the people who have made a positive impact on the breed and the sport.

Ivan Balabanov is one such person. Over the past 20 years Mr. Balabanov has committed himself to the working Malinois. As a competitor he has won numerous championships, represented the US expertly in international competition and consistently demonstrated the breed’s unique and compelling nature in competition. As a breeder he has produced countless dogs that have gone on not only to earn titles, but win championships themselves.

His contribution is longstanding, his impact tremendous. Bestowing the inaugural AWMA Lifetime Achievement Award upon him sets a high bar for those to come.

Ivan and MalinTrois

FMBB Uniform Sponsors

Uniform sponsors for the 2017 FMBB Championships!~

Online Newsletter

Our first newsletter in a while is now available online! Thank you Katie Finlay for your hard work on this!

And thank you all for your support of AWMA!

AWMA Membership Chair

2016 FMBB team

2016 AWMA FMBB team members!

01-33-01 Ivan Balabanov Ebor ot Vitosha USA
01-33-02 Samantha Almeida Lola van het Dreiland USA
01-33-03 Benny Barmapov Insane van de Berlex-Hoeve USA
01-33-04 Susan Miller Leo vom Rheurdter Land USA
01-33-05 Cynthia Wiley Callaway Cam ot Vitosha USA
01-33-06 Steve Gregalunas Quade ot Vitosha USA

Don't forget!

AWMA members - you will be receiving email reminders about your membership renewals. Our membership year begins June 1. It is convenient to renew through Zooza and remit on line. If you are not currently a member but have or support the working Malinois, consider joining us. Dues are reasonable at $30/year with reduced cost for families and free youth membership.

AWDF High Team

Team AWMA is amazing at the AWDF. Ivan and Ebor HIT 287, 3rd Steve Gregalunas and Quade 281, 4th Tim Karchnack and Goose 279, 5th Bridget Carlson and Moolah 278. Mario Gomes with his GSD Caribou was second with 284. Congrats to everyone!

High team at at the AWDF - team AWMA!

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2016 AWMA National Championship

The 2016 AWMA IPO Championship will be held October 13-16 in Saco, Maine.  Host club is Southern Maine Working Dogs and the contact is Monty Ellison.  It is anticipated that all tracking will be on Friday, October 14 and stadium work on Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16.  The host hotel is the Wagon Wheel Motel.  For reservations contact Cynthia Morse at 2017-2015-0063 and mention AWMA2016.  Cost is $65/night.  Website is www.2016awma.com.

2016 National Championship

The 2016 AWMA National IPO Championship will be held October 13-16 in Saco, Maine at the Timber Ridge Farm. It is anticipated that all tracking will be on Friday, October 7 and obedience and protection on October 8 and 9. The host is Southern Maine Working Dogs and the contact is Monty Ellison. Website and other details will be available soon. In the meanwhile, mark your calendars, get those vacation days settled, and we'll see you there!

If you are ready to commit, here's the hotel information:

Hotel is blocked of with 40 rooms from Sunday, October 9 to Sunday October 16

Hotel Name:
Wagon Wheel Motel
726 Portland Road.
Saco Maine, 04072

Contact Person
Cynthia Morse

Rooms are $65.00 a night
Use Code AWMA2016 When you call.

Link to Wagon Wheel Motel

Waine newest AWMA judge!

Congratulations to Waine Singleton for completing his apprenticeship program and being endorsed by the AWMA Executive Board to become a probationary AWMA judge!