As the President of the World Dutch Shepherd Federation (WDSF) it is a great honour for me to welcome you to the 2nd World Championship IPO for Dutch Shepherds !
I would like to start by thanking the RHH for hosting this event. I know first hand how much time and afford it takes to organise and host such an event, so my thanks goes out to everybody who did their part to make this three day competition possible.
A special thanks to Lars Czylwik for putting so much time and energy into the organisation.
We are all here this weekend because we love the Dutch Shepherd and the IPO- sport. My heart lies with the IPO sport too, but to limit the Dutch Shepherd to this would be a mistake.
Our beloved breed is so incredibly versatile.
It is our goal as WDSF to promote the Dutch Shepherd to a larger public as the all rounded working dog it is. They deserve the recognition, and that it what we work for to acquire.
It would be great to see a Dutch Shepherd in all kinds of sports and activities; agility, tracking, obedience etc. I hope one day… soon!
When we founded the Federation a year ago, we never dreamed we would get the amount of positive feedback and encouragement we did, but we could always do with extra help.
If you have any ideas about how to promote our breed in the sport or if you would like to help us in achieving our goals, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This IPO World Championship is only the first step and we are very happy to be able to say that, thanks to a cooperation agreement between the FCI and the WDSF, the winner of this years Championship will receive a wildcard for the FCI World Championships. What a great honour to be able to represent the Dutch Shepherd there!
As you can see, there still is plenty of work to do, but right now I am just happy to be in beautiful Sweden, enjoying spending time with old friends from the Dutch Shepherd community and meeting many new friends.
I am looking forward to a long weekend filled with great dog sports.
I would like to wish the organisation and officials a lot of success.
I wish all the participants lots of luck and most of all, I hope you have a great time with your fabulous Dutchie friend.
Hello and Welcome to the 2015 WDSF IPO World Championship!
This is and exciting time for the Dutch Shepherd. With the newly formed World Dutch Shepherd Federation (WDSF), we are succeeding at showing the World the amazing working talents of the Dutch Shepherd and helping to keep this wonderful dog breed alive for generations to come.
The Championship host club is very busy behind the scenes with preparations to make this a memorable event for competitors and spectators alike. We hope you'll join us in Sweden and share in the experience they are creating.
Please take a moment and check out the Championship supporters and sponsors. Without them, events like this are extremely hard for the hosting club to put together. We hope you'll show them thanks for their support by visiting their respective Web sites and supporting their businesses and kennels.
Whether you are a competitor, a spectator, or an official in some capacity, The WDSF and the host club are committed to providing a safe, fun, and competitive experience for this 2015 event. We hope that you will join us in the sport we love and help us to be good ambassadors to the public who may not be aware of what we do with our dogs.
We thank you for your support, wish all competitors the very best of luck.
Les Flores – Vice President
World Dutch Shepherd Federation