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Statement E / Debra Bénard, Fruzsina Wilheim, Christine Szakacs

Isn’t it time for all this to stop?

This controversy over every move made by the President of DDI, with vicious personal attacks on her integrity, is not worthy of this organization, which was founded so many years ago, and has such a great record of achievements.

The decisions of the Vorstand are constantly being rejected, as if we, the members of the Vorstand, are only the puppets of Carmen. Actually, that is not the case, and the Vorstand makes decisions democratically and in strict accordance with the Articles of Association of DDI.

The fact that some people dislike these decisions is unfortunate. The fact that they demand that we overturn these decisions is unacceptable.

Since I don’t and can’t listen only to German views, here are a few voices from outside this self-destructive controversy.

1: South Africa’s dogdance association would like to stop using their own rules and apply DDI rules to their competitions. Their judges and competitors are interested in more frequent exchanges with DDI judges and competitors.

2: Russian judges have been briefed on our rules and have judged competitions by them. Russian competitors are increasingly being invited to Europe to give seminars, and there may well be chances for them to compete in DDI competitions.

3: French competitors are increasingly turning to DDI competitions and to our rule system as a better alternative than the French rules and system.

4: Slovakia and Hungary are organizing a great many competitions using DDI rules, including European and national championships, starting in 2019. Should we not be promoting these events among DDI members instead of ignoring them in order to fight about German problems?

5: Italian dogdance has grown exponentially in the past few years, and there are more and more great competitions, at a very high level in Italy. This can be attributed to the great dancers from Italy but also to their competitions and exchanges with other dogdancers throughout Europe.

With all of these positive developments outside Germany, DO WE REALLY WANT TO DESTROY DDI? For what reason? Because a members’ meeting will be held in southern rather than northern Europe??? Because a qualifyer competition is held in one place instead of another?

By the way, let me suggest to you the Russian system for qualifyers. They have not one, but a number of such events, thereby ensuring that not one team of judges but two or more make the decision about who goes to Crufts, the OEC and the FCI World Championship. The Czech system also uses 3 or 4 qualifications, held over a period of a few months, with different judges.

As Vice-President of DDI, and a staff member of the United Nations, I appeal to all concerned to stop fighting and start negotiating some compromise solutions.

We all want to take DDI forward, but we can’t if we don’t stop destroying the organization from within.

Debra Bénard, Vice-President, DDI

supported by Fruzsi Wilhelm, Adviser to the Board, DDI

Additional words by Christine Szakacz, previous Vice-President of DDI:

We believe in DDI rules, in DDI competitions, in DDI judges and organisators of championships. The Vorstand works for the dog dancers and should have time enough to do this and not to answer of destructive arguments concerning only Germany.

We had just a wonderful championship at Stuttgart with dog dancers from everywhere – all in a very positive mood and very sportive. What do we want more than satisfied dog dancers as we could see in Stuttgart with a perfect organisation, very good judges and of course wonderful dogdancers who trained a lot for this event.

It's a pity not to see this and to be angry about things sometimes we really cannot change for the moment as the rule that only dogs with  papers can start at the FCI WM. I agree with the Russian system for qualifyers. In earlier minutes of the Vorstand, it can be seen that we proposed this. 

I agree with all what you wrote to stop this destructive social intercourse.