Social media has fundamentally changed the way we interact with our public at large and, even more, in our sport. What started as an innovative way to approach our target has become an essential tool for marketing, public relations and services. But as easy as social media has made it to connect with our customers and friends, it does come with some drawbacks.

There is no control on social media. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow anyone and everyone to share opinions which makes for interesting conversation, but it can be very dangerous. Social media must be continuously monitored to maintain a positive content.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
FCI Commission for Sledge dogs - Activity report

In 2016 the FCI Commission for Sledge Dogs continued its work and met in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 21 and 22 May. A perfectly well organised meeting thanks to the organisers, Mrs Laura Baryte and the Lithuanian Kennel Club.


The Commission welcomed three new countries participating now in its work, namely Latvia, Lithuania and Switzerland, increasing the number of participating countries to 16.

The meeting started with some explanations on the work already done by the commission, the guidelines approved in 2014 that were also approved by FCI General Committee. New participants took the opportunity to express some views and remarks on these guidelines.


Then the work of the commission focused mainly on the discussion, on a coherent basis, of two different but complementary issues, the drafting of a set of rules for the delivery of CACIT for sledge dogs possibly on snow races, and another one to establish the requirements in order to be able to get the title of International Working Champion.


As these rules would be FCI rules once adopted by the FCI General Committee, a long discussion took place about the possibility for FCI Member countries to be allowed to organise CACIT races on dryland races for countries that do not have snow. Many other issues were discussed like the minimum result on show to be eligible to the delivery of a CACIT as well as the minimum distances per class on CACIT races.

It is foreseen to be in the position to discuss and possibly finalise the drafts for these two sets of rules at the next meeting of the commission.


The next meeting of the commission is planned to be held on 27th and 28th May 2017 in Budapest.

Franco Mannato
President of the FCI Commission for Sledge Dogs