The extinguishing of the Olympic flame recently signalled the end of the 30th Modern Olympic Games, which will be remembered for a long time by a lot of people in many respects. The British surpassed themselves, so to speak, with the organisation and running of the games. They proved just how important careful and detailed preparation is for every event. And this is no different for canine events, although even our biggest events can nowhere near match the participation and response levels of the Olympics, of course. You have to wonder why even little known sports can lure so many viewers to the TV screens while our major events, which undoubtedly exist, are mostly well and truly ignored by the TV stations. This topic was dealt with to some extent during the scientific symposium held last year, at which ways were demonstrated in which this aspect can be improved. It is now up to us to analyse and improve this situation. The likely answer to this question is “action”. Nowadays, this requirement would appear to be best met by the Agility discipline, which can usually also attract large numbers of spectators.

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Hans W. Müller
FCI President
Five questions for a Show: an interview with Mr Miguel Ángel Martínez, President of the Federación Cinológica Argentina

Are you happy about this year’s edition ?

This is the show we traditionally put on for four days, with shows by all the clubs specialising in different breeds on the Saturday. It all went so well that the judges were full of praise not just for the exhibitors and managerial staff but also for the show itself, as they were impressed by the quality of the sets and the way the FCA looked after them, so yes, it was a great success.

How "international" can this event be considered (in terms of judges, exhibitors, etc.)?

It is an international event as we had a full complement of FCI judges from Europe, South America and North America. Unfortunately Mr Horst Kliebenstein from Germany was unable to take part because he had to undergo emergency surgery three days before our show. We had exhibitors from Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Peru and Argentina, and the panel of judges was made up of Salvatore Tripoli (Italy), Elena Agafonova (Russia), Mario Di Vanni (Chile), Fernando Da Costa Maia (Brazil), Jaime Ganoza (Peru) and Ricardo Saldaña (Mexico).

What is your strategy (if any) to attract more exhibitors, public and medias’ attention?

The FCA has its own TV programme which is broadcast both all over the country and on various channels in Latin America, plus radio programmes, newspapers and our website.
We have direct connections with breeders and puppies get a free registration for an FCA show when they get their pedigrees.

Did you have to take into consideration specific circumstances (social, economical, country-specific, etc.) when preparing and organising this big event?

Yes, of course, we always take what is going on both in our society and our country in general into account.