This time I want to tell you how our actions in the past year will affect the future of the FCI. I am not saying it is not important to summarise our achievements and to explain why we proceeded in a certain way, but I want to talk about our future as an international organisation, but most important about the future of our dogs worldwide.

Three aspects have been transcendental during the past year; cooperation and collaboration, innovation and preparation for the future. These three aspects will lead our organisation for the next year.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
FCI Commission for Spaniels - Activity report

The meeting of the FCI Commission for Spaniels took place on November 28th in Blingel (France), in the frame of the 9th European Cup for Spaniels which was held in Blingel on November 28th and 29th.

As was already the case in 2015, The Netherlands were unable to organise the European Cup in 2016. In an effort to address the shortcoming, France – who deserves our heartfelt thanks – stepped forward to take over the organisation of the 2016 edition.

The Commission’s meeting was successful and was attended by new countries: Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Italy were joined by Sweden and Finland.

We discussed the regulations in effect in various countries, which need to be aligned with the Standing Orders of the FCI so as to allow further CACIT trials to be organised.

As far as the “A” set of rules is concerned, the approved countries are: Belgium - France - Ireland and Italy; that of The Netherlands, which the Commission has endorsed, is in the process of being approved.

During the meeting, we discussed the possible amendments to the “A” set of rules and to that of the FCI European Cup.
The arguments will be reconsidered during the next meeting of the Commission, which will take place in Pisa on May 20th 2017. There, we expect the countries that apply the “B” Regulations of the FCI to be present, so they can let us know in what way they wish the Regulations to be amended, considering the significant volume of derogation requests.

The following countries took part in the European Cup for Spaniels: France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain.

The judges were:

  • Yvette Chavernac (France)
  • Jacques Pasturel (France)
  • Jan Luijendijk (The Netherlands)
  • Donato Grimaldi (Italy)
  • Tiziano Pavolettoni (Italy)
  • Jeff Verrees (Belgium)

The event was well organised. The venue was well-suited and the fields were perfect and naturally rich in game, among which lots of woodcocks. Everything ran smoothly, in full compliance with the rules, and to the satisfaction of the participants.

The results are as follows:

  1. English Cocker Spaniel

Individuals :

  1. Bishwell Scooby - J. Trublin
  2. Sunset d’Hell Isy - Patrice Raquin
  3. Sperrinside Dragon - Michele Rota Ex-aequo Monkslea Jade - Nicolas Bournisien

In teams:

  1. France
  2. Italy
  3. The Netherlands

Other Spaniels
Individuals :

  1. Nitro of Glharame - Gregory Palix
  2. Ginger Babe of Lisloran - Christophe Bonneville
  3. Great Jess - G. Dieu

In teams:

  1. France
  2. Belgium
  3. Italy

Andrea Cupini
President of the FCI Commission for Spaniels