Call to take part in the FCI Centenary Champion of Champions event

Half of the FCI Centenary Year has now gone by and we can already look back on two very successful centenary events: the FCI Centenary Winner Show in Dortmund and the FCI Centenary World Dog Show in Paris. The next major event, shortly to be taking place, will be the Centenary European Show in Leeuwarden (NL). We would like to take this opportunity of wishing the organisers every success.

The culmination of the Centenary Year will be the FCI Cynological Days, to be held in Brussels on 11-14 November. We would like to recommend the following events to member and partner countries: the symposium on 11 November and the FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions (CoC) competition on 12 November 2011 (open to qualified dogs), together with the Centenary Gala Evening (for delegates from national kennel clubs and invited guests). We recommend exhibitors not to miss the FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions event on 12 November. Entries for this event will be accepted and processed by the Union Royale Cynologique Saint-Hubert in the period 5-30 September 2011. Reminder: Qualified dogs are those having gained a CACIB at either the Brussels Show in December 2010 or at one of the Centenary shows (Dortmund, Paris or Leeuwarden) in 2011. Also entitled to take part are all "FCI international champions" (CIB and CIE). With the CoC event in Brussels a "once in a blue moon" event, we hope to see as many qualified dogs as possible taking part. The more dogs entered, the more interesting the competition will be. We are counting on your being there!

Yours sincerely,

Hans W. Müller
FCI President
June 3rd, 2011 - The FCI launches its mascot in Thuin !

The Belgian weather honoured us with a magnificent sunny day on June 3rd, the date we had chosen to introduce our mascot, Cobby, to the local press and our close partners in Thuin. The venue was the Distillery of Biercée, located at only a few kilometres from the FCI headquarters.

We started at 5 p.m. with a press conference. About fifty persons answered our invitation to get to know Cobby, still a newborn, since its very first similar social experience was on May 6th, in the framework of the FCI Centenary Winner Dog Show.

Some representatives of the local press attended; we were happy to read about Cobby and the FCI in several newspapers during the following days.

The local TV channel Télésambre also shot a report : it is available here.

The presentation was followed by a pleasant walking dinner which could take place in the terrace of the distillerie.

Later in the evening, a very special guest joined us for the occasion: Jacques Stotzem - a Belgian guitar player with international recognition – played for the audience and led us through his high-colour repertoire. Part of it was performed together with the singer Géraldine Jonet.

To conclude this introduction of Cobby, we had a party which – I must say - was highly appreciated by fans of the music of the eighties. More than one guest only resigned to leave the dance floor late at night...

It will be worth leafing through our gold book, inaugurated on this special day, to read the nice notes left by our guests...!

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Photos : Sabine Segers / Karl Donvil