We have had an exceptionally good IKGH year in many respects. We now have many new clubs that have affiliated for 2018, but sadl
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We have had an exceptionally good IKGH year in many respects. We now have many new clubs that have affiliated for 2018, but sadly I think we have lost one (the IPGD from whom we have had no contact or membership fee). The new clubs are a mixture of new European clubs and countries, other clubs across the world and of course some new that have been spawned from grievances within existing member clubs. In any case, welcome to all clubs.
The details of all the clubs will soon be available on the IKGH website. Peter has been doing a very fine job of the website and we owe him a continuing debt of gratitude. Thank you very much Peter. I would also like to thank Peter Eder and Lubomir Smiga for their contribution and support as Vice Presidents
you to all the clubs that organised the EC shows in 2017 and also thank you to all the breeders who took part. I hope to organise certificates for everyone that took part. Congratulations to the winners. We are intending to award the 2017 trophies at the EC show in Belgium early in the show schedule for 2018.
The allocation of the 2018 European Competition show status has been organised together with the European show calendar which only has a couple of unavoidable discrepancies, especially compared to the 2017 schedule that included several overlapping shows and problems caused by the ‘two week between shows’ rule. The new schedule is not quite perfect, but very close.
We have also agreed to accept the Halfmoon into the IKGH standards, the greatest pleasure of which, for me, was the almost complete participation of all members in the vote. This proves that the whole membership is active and willing – a good sign in any organisation.
There are other reforms and changes for the IKGH that are needed to be discussed and debated, and we will be having a meeting in the spring time before the show season begins. There will obviously be no changes to the show rules before next year now, but we will need to get organised sooner rather than later.
Finally, I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and successful 2018.