After years of having successfully shown all Rottweilers we owned (including obtaining several national titles and even twice the title of FCI-World Winner) and of intensely training our dogs (including my participation as a member of the Belgian team that won the 3th place of the IFR-worldchampionship 1997 in Chicago), canalizing this passion towards other levels came almost natural. In 2001 I was appointed both as conformation-judge for the Rottweiler and as IPO-judge. This has given me the opportunity to meet and judge the Rottweiler all over the world, literally on every continent, both in shows, breed-suitability tests and IPO-trials, including judging the IFR-worldshow in Mexico, Argentina and Cezch Republik and 2 x the protection part (C) of the IFR-worldchampionship IPO (Spain and Denmark). Besides this, I have judged many IPO-trials, both in Belgium and abroad, including several times the Belgian championship all breeds.
Further, since 2003 I am the president of the Belgian Rottweiler Club (VZW Belgische Rottweiler Klub - Club Belge Rottweiler), since 2006 until 2015 I was the Vice-president of the IFR (International Federation of Rottweilerfriends) and in september 2016 and may 2017 I was elected as President of the IFR. I have had the honor of chairing all IFR-congresses since 2006 and the annual IFR-judge's and breedwarden seminars.
It is not a secret that I am very concerned about recent evolutions in our beloved breed, in my opinion leading away from his original physical characteristics but also away from his specific nature and personality. I cannot tell what the future will bring, but I sincerely hope – and will do what I can to help achieve this – that it will be a future in which the Rottweiler will indeed prove to deserve and keep his place in our human society but always without losing the characteristics of the utility dog that in so important measure define him !
Afterwards, a meeting will organized between the before-mentioned persons and the team-captains during which the course of the trial can be discussed with the judges and the objects for the tracking will be shown." **