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Conflict between FCI/VDH and WUSV clubs
Clarification on the outcome of the court proceedings in Germany:
The SV and the non-FCI WUSV clubs won in substance all legal proceedings in Germany. The courts stressed unequivocally that FCI and VDH violated competition law by implementing illegal and anti-competitive rules. As a result, FCI and VDH were forced to change these rules. Claims by FCI and VDH that they won these proceedings are simply wrong.
The courts ruled:
SV judges are allowed to judge at events organized by non-FCI clubs. The FCI/VDH instruction to SV to prevent its judges from judging at non-FCI events was illegal. The underlying FCI/VDH rules are null and void and must not be implemented.
SV is allowed to include non-FCI members of German Shepherds in its studbook provided, of course, that these dogs fulfil SV’s strict criteria for pedigree dogs. The underlying FCI/VDH rules are null and void and must not be implemented. Breeders, their dogs, and their offspring from non-FCI clubs must not be discriminated against.
FCI and VDH seem to have trouble in accepting that they lost the “judges’ embargo” case and the studbook case. However, the judgments and their consequences are clear:
• There must not be any restrictions on SV judges when judging at non-FCI events. They are allowed to judge at non-FCI events and to issue the relevant judgments.
• SV must not be prohibited from entering non-FCI dogs in its studbook. Rather, the courts consider such a prohibition to be a "by object" restriction and thus a particularly serious restriction of competition. It is illegal that breeders from non-VDH/FCI worldwide have not been able to register their German Shepherds in the respective studbooks, even if their dogs meet the strict SV requirements and they are just as purebred as dogs with VDH-FCI-recognized pedigrees.
• Breeders, their dogs, and their offspring from non-FCI clubs may not be discriminated against.
Non-FCI clubs have no intention to issue pedigrees with FCI logos. Any such claims or statements from FCI and / or VDH are simply wrong.
SV and WUSV meet the strictest criteria in the examination of the pedigree of the German Shepherds, their health and character traits as well as their characteristics as working and family dogs within highest animal welfare standards. As a result, not entering such dogs in the SV studbook would result in a clear discrimination. In addition, the SV studbook would leave out some of the best purebred German Shephards. This is clearly not in the spirit of the Rittmeister von Stephanitz.
With best regards
Professor Dr Heinrich Meßler
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My friend wants a German Shepherd ...
We've all heard this question – but not everyone knows where to send them. Whether they are looking for show, sport, or companion – place your ad in the magazine that folks will hand to their friends next time they hear – “I want a dog like yours.”
Calling all Breeders! Advertising Opportunity
Shepherd Sports is planning a deluxe edition – a showcase issue to highlight and promote the GSSCC and the German Shepherd Dog. It will be a larger issue, full color, and we plan to be able to offer it to people who are interested in the sport but not yet members. This is an excellent opportunity for you to create some lasting advertising that is highly targeted to both German Shepherd Dog and working and sport dog enthusiasts, as well as those who do not yet know that they will be enthusiasts.
Full page, half, and quarter-page ads as well as Business card sizes are available. If you have an existing ad layout – we are happy to use that, but if not, we have talented volunteers who can help you.
We are offering this opportunity at significant discounts to GSSCC members.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mon ami veut un Berger Allemand ...
Combien de fois avons-nous entendu cette question! Mais ce n'est pas tout le monde qui sait vers où les référer. Qu'ils cherchent un chien de show, de sport ou un compagnon - placez votre annonce dans le magazine que les gens passeront à leurs amis la prochaine fois qu'ils entendront "je veux un chien comme le tien!"
Appel à tous les éleveurs! Opportunité publicitaire
Shepherd Sports est en planification pour une édition deluxe - une vitrine pour mettre en valeur et promouvoir le GSSCC et le Berger Allemand. Cette édition sera plus grande, 100% couleur et nous prévoyons l'offrir aux gens qui sont interessés au sport mais ne sont pas encore membres. C'est une excellente opportunité pour vous de créer des publicités qui vise directement les amateurs de Berger Allemands, et les amateurs de chiens de travail ou d'utilité et de sport, en plus de viser ceux qui ne se sont pas encore découvert cette passion!
Vous avez l'option d'une pleine page, demi-page et quart de page ainsi que la grandeur d'une carte d'affaires. Si vous avez déjà des pubs de faites nous serons heureux de les incorporer, si non nous avons une équipe de bénévoles bourrés de talents qui peuvent vous aider à en créer!
Nous offrons cette opportunité à grand rabais pour les membres du GSSCC.
Veuillez svp contacter email@example.com pour de plus amples informations.
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Based on the information from the Regions the GSSCC Board of Directors announces the following:
Ontario 2021 Call for Nominations
Election is for the positions of Regional Trial Director and Regional Show Director in 2021.
A nomination form completed as per the instructions on the form and signed by the respective parties as indicated, must be received by the Election Committee Chairperson no later than midnight April 16, 2021.
Nomination forms are found on the Ontario Region website at https://ontarioschutzhund.com/home/member.info
Each candidate will be notified in writing upon receipt of the nomination.
Elections will be conducted electronically.
Election Committee Chair
Cassandra Levy» Read less
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Dear WUSV Member Clubs:
Please be informed that due to the uncertainties that the Covid 19 pandemic still entails we saw no other remedy but to postpone the WUSV World Championship (Universal) 2021 from the month of June 2021 to later in the year. The event shall take place from October 31st, to November 07th, 2021. The venue will be the town of Lerma in the community of Burgos which belongs to the autonomous region of Castilla y León in the northern part of Spain. For details please refer to
The judges who were appointed for the event remain the same. Details shall be published on the WUSV homepage in a timely fashion.
By the same token, the WUSV World Championship (IP) that was originally scheduled to be held in Finland in the month of September 2021 was decided to be postponed to November as well. Also, the venue was changed since travelling to Finland requires to go either by ship or plane which might turn out to be likewise difficult and unreliable in these times we are currently living at. Thus, it was decided to have the WUSV World Championship (IP) 2021 also hosted by the WUSV member club in Spain from October 31st, to November 07th, 2021 with venue in Lerma as well.
The judges’ availability is currently under review and details will be published on the WUSV homepage in a timely fashion. By the same token, please be informed that a WUSV World Championship (IP) in Finland is planned to be held in 2022 instead of Austria. And it goes without saying that the event shall also be held in Austria at a different time – the schedule hereof is still under review but the planning would be 2026. The pandemic has put our world up-side down for quite some time, now, but we are getting better at coping with this situation and promise that we will get it all sorted out.
We kindly ask for your support in terms of the registration planning. Please let us have a preliminary overview of the teams you are planning to register for both events in Spain and send your answer to the WUSV Secretariat General by the end of the month of March 2021 at the latest. A form for your convenience will be attached for both events. Thank you very much for your efforts.
If further information is needed please do not hesitate to contact the WUSV Secretariat General in Augsburg. Please kindly pass this information on to all of your members and to whom else this might concern.
We are looking forward to hearing from you again and send kindest wishes from Augsburg,
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World Union of the Associations of German Shepherd Dogs (WUSV) e.V./ registered association
- Secretariat General -
phone.: +49 (0) 821 74002–15, Fax: +49 (0) 821 74002–9915
World Union of the Associations of German Shepherds (WUSV) e.V., street name: Steinerne Furt 71; town & postal code: 86167 Augsburg/ Germany
- represented by the board of directors, which is represented by the General Manager Mr. Hartmut Setecki
Register of Associations VR Augsburg 2404
Seasons’ Greetings 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen
Dear WUSV Member Clubs
There is no doubt – the year 2020 was extraordinary in every sense of the word and calling it a major challenge would almost be a euphemism. As we learned from a number of phone calls and correspondences, many of you or family members and friends were affected by the pandemic and beloved ones were lost. By the same token, places of work and businesses went lost with all the eco-nomic consequences such a calamity does entail.
And the same was true for our club lives and ac-tivities. Many of you had to cancel most of your events, examinations for trial and show could not be taken. Also, our major international events – the WUSV World Championship in Hungary and the Universal Championship in France needed to be cancelled. A decision that was hard on us but we unanimously agreed that not a single life should be lost because an enthusiast visited one of our events. Also, the WUSV General Annual Assembly was no longer possible to be held – first of all because it would have been impossible to maintain the required distance between around 130 attendees and secondly because the authorities in Germany would not have approved of such a reunion, and then again – what would have been the point without the BSZ Conformation Show that was likewise cancelled. In other words – the canine world as we knew it in the past came to an almost complete standstill, and let us hope against hope that next year – or the year there after at the latest – will allow for a little more of a normal life – regardless of the colours this will bear.
But there was also good news to be reported. The legal proceedings against the VDH – the German branch of the FCI – was all the way successful and we could send out judge releases to our member clubs abroad again which are – for whatever reason – not a member to their national FCI club. Thus, facts were created and we now enjoy legal certainty in this respect. Good news was the chance to postpone the deadlines for breed sur-veys as approved of by the SV and which will miti-gate the consequences of cancelled events due to the pandemic at least to a certain extent. Also, I was equally impressed to learn how clubs did their very best to carry on – if only at a very reduced pace. For the time being I cannot give you a clear outlook of what will still be ahead of us but I am confident that we will master this situa-tion with the usual drive and stamina coupled with enthusiasm for our cause.
I wish you restful season holidays, merry Christmas, and a fresh start into a healthy and happy New Year 2021.
With kindest wishes,
Professor Dr Heinrich Meßler» Read less
Hello GSSCC Members,
On behalf of the GSSCC Judges Committee along with the GSSCC Board of Directors we would like to announce that Darin Clarke has fulfilled all the obligations of his GSSCC Probationary Judges License and as of Oct 1/20 he receives his Full GSSCC Performance Judges Licence #12 so please join us in congratulating him
GSSCC Head Judge
Share Your Covid Stories!
This season has been one for the history books. As Covid restrictions gradually ease (and we prepare for a possible second wave), the next issue of Shepherd Sports will focus on how GSSCC members — and dogs — have coped with the pandemic. What have you been doing to keep yourself and your dog(s) sharp and ready to go when things return to normal?
- How has the cancellation of events affected you and your dog(s)?
- Has joining online seminars and watching training videos helped?
- Are you a healthcare professional, a first responder or someone else who has been working on the frontlines while trying to continue training?
- Are you a parent who has been coping with schooling your kids and training your dog(s)?
- Are you a club member who has pitched in to help clubmates weather the storm?
- What did your club do to stay active and connected?
- Did your club host a trial? Do you have tips to help others ensure that trials run smoothly in the time of Covid?
Tell us about your experiences. The highs and lows. The funny and not-so-funny. What worked. What went wrong.
Share your stories, both personal and club-related, with your Schutzhund friends. And of course, photos are welcome. This issue will be online only, so images don’t need to be super high-res — but higher-res is always better.
Deadline is October 26*. Email your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* For clubs planning trials after Oct. 26, this deadline is flexible. Just email email@example.com to let me know whether to expect a report from you.» Read less
Great success for the non-FCI affiliated WUSV clubs: The Düsseldorf Court of Appeals confirmed in its final judgment of 7 September 2020 that VDH is in breach of competition law. VDH must not order SV to exclude non-FCI affiliated WUSV members from obtaining SV judges for national and international events. Such order restricts competition and is void. Also, the underlying provisions of the FCI and VDH regulations are null and void. VDH revoked the unlawful order immediately and in total after the judgement was issued. For more details click here
The GSSCC will update you on the next steps that will be taken.
Darin M. Clarke
President, GSSCC» Read less
Following SV standards and organization, the GSSCC has just appointed its first ever Breed Warden and Breed Committee to assist in the development of the German Shepherd Breed within the GSSCC. The breed Committee consists of:
Breed Warden – Hank Bowden
Show Coordinator- Jurgen Fischer
Head Judge- Andrea Duggan
Breed Survey Advisor- Sandy McAllister
GSSCC Director – Peter Haslett
Congratulations and thank you for volunteering your time to the German Shepherd Dog.» Read less
Great news from the IT committee! The new GSSCC website is now live! This website has a mobile-friendly user interface for better display on smartphones and tablets. Pages navigation and content have been revised to provide quick access to the most visited sections. It also provides enhanced security and storage back ups.
Thanks to Brian Asmussen / Asmussen Photography for providing us with outstanding photos for our website.
The committee is making excellent progress on GSSCC 360 and it will be live soon as well.» Read less
Date: Effective August 3, 2020
Purpose: Create healthy and safe trial environment during COVID restrictions.
Object: Provide a detailed plan with responsibilities for all GSSCC members to follow.
Restrictions: Government in the Province/Region where the trial will be held must allow outside gatherings of at least 50 people and allow low/minimum contact sports. If restrictions oppose this, then no trial will be allowed.
People must follow the social distance (2 metres) or wear a mask/face shield
When reporting in and out maintain the 2 metre distance
Articles are not handed over to the judge or track layer
Handlers can use their own dumbbell(s)
Handler will not turn over the stick to the judge
Handler can wear a glove when they receive the stick from the helper and either give it back to the helper or lay it on the ground after they report out
Handler MUST wash their hands after every critique and before trialing in each phase
Ensure no more than the maximum number of people allowed by the province are in attendance including all officials, handlers etc..
The club must ensure everyone follows the social distance rule and/or wear a proper mask and/or face shield
They will not sell food or drinks
They must have washroom facilities where social distancing can be adhered to
They must have hand cleaning stations and ample hand sanitizer at the tracking field and field for obedience and protection
They must have a supply of proper masks and/or face shields for all volunteers working the trial.
Ensure the trial manager receives dumbbells from the handler and that the handler has their name on them.
It is up to the judge if they want to attend the trial (i.e. flying, staying at a hotel etc..)
Must follow local government restrictions if in place (i.e. 14-day quarantine)
Must follow the social distance rule or wear a mask/or face shield
Will not require the handler to report in or out within 2 metres
Will not take the stick from the handler to give to the helper, the handler will either give it back to the helper or lay it on the ground after reporting out
Will not take the found articles from the handler, will just observe them
When completing the trial summary sheet wear a mask and/or face shield
Trial Manager Responsibilities:
Must follow the social distance rule or wear a mask and/or face shield
Ensure the committee responsibilities as previously detailed are met
When giving the trial paperwork to the judge and when completing the trial summary sheet, wear a mask and/or face shield
Will receive the handler's dumbbells and ensure they are properly marked with the handler's name OR
If a handler does NOT have their own dumbbell the club must ensure the dumbbells are properly cleaned/ disinfected after each use.
Must follow the social distance rule or wear a mask and/or face shield
Must wear a mask and/or face shield when within 2 metres of the helper, such as picking up the dog at the helper, disarming the helper, side transport, etc..
A mask or face shield would NOT be required for exercises where no one is within 2 metres of the handler, example such as the blind search
Must wash hands before reporting in and after the critique.
Before the trial begins if the handler has their own dumbbells (all levels) they can use them. Ensure they are marked with the handler's name and given to the trial manager. If they do not have their own dumbbells the club must provide disinfected dumbbells.
Will bring their own water or if its provided by the club the outside of the bottles will be disinfected
Can wear a mask and/or face shield if they wish but not mandatory
No spitting anywhere
Can wear a glove as per trial rules
Special restrictions for each phase
Everyone must maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other or wear a mask and/or face shield (when measuring tracking lines, when temperament tests are being done etc..
Tracklayer will scent articles as per rules but wash their hands and sanitize after laying the tracks
The handler will keep the articles after the track and just show them to the judge
The handler will place the found articles in a bag separate from other equipment and then wash/sterilize their hands
The handler can use their own dumbbells
Everyone must maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other or wear a mask and/or face shield (when temperament tests are being done etc...)
The handler will report in and out no closer than 2 metres from the judge
The group must maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other or all wear a mask and/or face shield
The handler will report in and out no closer than 2 metres from the judge
When the handler picks up the dog from the helper and completes the exercise disarming the helper and side transport they will wear a mask and/or face shield
A mask or face shield would not be required for exercises where no one is within 2 metres of the handler, such as the blind search
The handler can wear a glove when they receive the stick from the helper and either give it back to the helper or lay it on the ground after they report out
The helper can wear a glove as per trial rules
All awards must be disinfected and placed on an awards table prior to ceremony and handler will approach individually to receive any award. Everyone must maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other or wear a mask and/or face shield.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Affected clubs of the WUSV have secured an important legal success in litigation against the VDH (the representative for Germany in the FCI). The Dortmund District Court has granted a preliminary injunction to prohibit the VDH from sanctioning or threatening to sanction the SV, directly or indirectly for releasing their judges. The court ordered that the VDH may not exclude or threaten to exclude WUSV members not affiliated with FCI from obtaining SV judges for national and international events.
VDH - FCI are accused of abusing their dominant position in the relevant market by threatening sanctions against organizations and judges to prevent them from participating in events organized by non - FCI affiliated WUSV clubs. The injunctive proceedings serve the purpose of enabling us to hold our events with SV judges immediately.
This matter will also be referred for action to the European Commission for a review of FCI - VDH abuse of its regulatory powers. It is another essential step to set a permanent lawful foundation for the operation of the cynological market.
All clubs that wish to engage SV judges should now submit their requests through standard procedures.
Darin M. Clarke
President, GSSCC.» Read less
The GSSCC Board of Directors has unanimously approved the following reciprocal helper agreement between the GSSCC and the UScA.
Helper reciprocal agreement between USCA and GSSCC.
(1) All helper's must comply with the hosting club's( USCA or GSSCC) organizational Helper regulations and policies.
(2) Helpers wishing to do helper work in a Reciprocating organization's trial must have:
- Letter or email from the their Helper Committee Chairman stating the current classification of the helper and that the helper is in good standing. This must be turned into the hosting organization's Helper Committee Chairman a minimum 14 days before the event they want to work.
- For club level events: the helper must be classified to work front and back half of club level trials in their member organization.
- Letter from the their Helper Committee Chairman stating the current classification of the helper and that the helper is in good standing. This must be turned into the hosting organization's Helper Committee Chairman a minimum 60 days before the event (for Regional Championships) or deadline of selection submission (National Championships).
- Helper must submit copies of their entire helper book to hosting club's organization's Helper Committee Chairman a minimum 60 days before the event (Regional Championships) or deadline of selection submission (National Championships).
- For helpers wishing to work a Championship event, the helper must submit a video of a trial that they have worked within one year of the submission . This must be done a minimum of 60 days before the event (Regional Championships) or deadline of selection submission (National Championships). The video must be submitted to the hosting organization's Helper Committee Chairman. All helpers must meet the minimum practical requirements and ability of the hosting club's Helper Program in order to be approved to work a Championship event.
To the GSSCC membership:
A lot has been going around about recognized titles.
Please note - The GSSCC recognizes titles from all WUSV countries/organizations and also FCI judges from WUSV/SV affiliate countries. DVG titles earned in Germany under a DVG German judge are the only DVG titles and judges recognized by the WUSV/SV. Therefore, that is what the GSSCC recognizes. No DVG judge or title outside of Germany has or will be recognized by the GSSCC.
If you have an FCI title from a non-recognized WUSV country then you must get a new title under a recognized judge for a breed survey.
If anyone has any questions please contact me directly.
Yours in the sport
GSSCC Head Judge.
Attention GSSCC members- Important information from the SV regarding SV Breed Surveys and dogs being sent to Germany for training and titling.
New requirements to obtain an SV Breed Survey:
1) The Character Judgement (Wesensbeurteilung -- also referred to as ZAP Part 1) is for dogs 8 to 13 months of age. This is now a MUST for dogs born as of July 1, 2017.
2) The ZAP (Zuchtanlagenprüfung -- also referred to as ZAP Part 2), i.e. Breed Characteristics Examination will be for dogs (born after July 1, 2017) over 18 months of age. The trial regulations for this are still being worked on, and this will be finalized and presented at the SV official meeting in May 2018.
Certifications for evaluators for the Character Judgement and the ZAP are done by the SV Executive.
The SV indicates that they are still at the very beginning of this project, there are still details to be worked out, especially with regards to the effect of these requirements on foreign countries. They are requesting our patience as they work things out. They currently can't provide us with all the regulations yet and details are not yet available in English. As far as having evaluators tested and certified in other countries, this is something that is being worked out together with WUSV member clubs. The GSSCC Board of Directors will be discussing what if anything the GSSCC will put in place for this. As more details become available, the SV indicate that information will be posted on the WUSV website.
SUMMARY - to obtain an SV Breed Survey: (as of May 2018, when the ZAP trial rules become official)
- a) the dog must have proof of a Character Judgement (for dogs born after July 1, 2017)
- b) the dog must have proof of a ZAP (for dogs born after July 1, 2017) OR proof of IP01 under an SV judge with a minimum 80 in protection OR proof of an HGH (herding) title under an SV Herding Judge OR proof of an RH2 (rescue dog) title.
- c) the dog must have proof of an AD title under an SV judge (not required for HGH titled dogs)
- d) "a" stamp or appropriate hip certification
- e) ED elbow certification (for dogs born after January 1, 2004)
- f) the dog must have proof of a minimum "Good" show rating under an SV judge
To GSSCC members. The GSSCC Board of Directors asked our insurance provider BLF Canada four questions in writing (in black). The four questions were answered from BLF Canada exactly as typed below (in red):
(1) GSSCC members that do not belong to local club (which they are not required to be) are they covered under our insurance while they are training at various locations? If not, what needs to be done for them to be covered?
~ Yes they are covered since GSSCC do not required that members be part of a club
(2) Are GSSCC club members covered under our insurance when they are training outside of their club grounds? (i.e. at indoor facilities or a soccer field). If not, what needs to be done for them to be covered?
~Yes they are covered
(3) Are minors of GSSCC members in a GSSCC club covered under our insurance if something happens at the club?
~There is no age limit under the policy as long as it follow GSSCC regulation.
(4) Are our GSSCC judges covered by our insurance when they are judging out of the country? (i.e United States).
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