Proud to announce the following members of the AWMA team to the FMBB


  • Fabian Robinson and Graubaer's Boker
  • Sean Rivera and Daneskjold Iron
  • David Greene and Luigi du Dantero
  • Susan Miller and Axa Prima Sudo

Mondio (in partnership with the USMRA)

  • Melissa Mims and E'Lykos von Donnertal

Congratulations to all!!

Declarations for the 2013 FMBB Team

Declarations for the 2013 FMBB IPO and agility teams are due by February 1. We will be sending a team for IPO, agility (open to all Belgian breeds) and Mondio (in partnership with the United States Mondioring Association). Criteria for selection and information needed for the declarations can be found on the policies and procedures link. If you have automatically qualified for the team because of your score at the Nationals you still need to submit your declaration. Mondio declarations go to USMRA. We are also accepting requests for the IPO team captain.

We are also seeking donations for the 2013 team. If you would like to make a donation, there is a link on the right hand side of the screen for the paypal button that says "donation." Once you enter the donation amount you can click the button that says "please indicate what the donation is for' and enter FMBB 2013. You can also send a check to the to the AWMA treasurer with a note that it is for the team. Thank you in advance for all of your help.

GO USA!!!  

2011 AWMA National Championship

The 2011 AWMA National Championships were held in Leland, Illinois on Septemer 30- October 2nd. The judges were Hari Arcon, FCI and Michael Caputo, SV/USA. The helpers selected for the event were Joe Brockington, front half, and Marcus Hampton, back half. Waine Singleton was the helper for the IPO 1s and 2s.


All the results have been updated on the Championship Website ...



The AWMA wishes to congratulate all our competitors, helpers and judges and the host club on another great event.


Top Placements:

  • 1st Place - Sean Rivera & Daneskjold Iron - 94 - 88 - 96 (278 Overall)
  • 2nd Place - Joahn Soares & Vion la Maschera di Ferro - 92 - 94 - 91 (277 Overall)
  • 3rd Place - Terri Limbaugh & Phoenix du Ciel Rouge - 90 - 93 - 92 (275 Overall)

2011 FMBB World Championship

The 17th Annual 2011 FMBB World Championships were held June 1st thru June 5th in Nieuwport, Belgium. The team members chosen to represent the American Working Malinois Association were:


  • John Soares and Vion La Maschera Di Ferro
  • Benny Barmapov and Master De Alphaville Bohemia
  • Marina Shukh and L’Simba Du Loups Du Soleil
  • Brian Hendricks and Uras La Maschera Di Ferro
  • Sean Rivera and Daneskjold Iron
  • Christopher Kutelis and Mecberger hegel


Photo by Beth Koenig. L to R: Benny Barmapov with Master. John Soares with Vion. Team Captain Michelle Kutelius with the sign. Sean Rivera with Bruce. Chris Kutelius with Mauno and Jayme. Vika holding the American Flag.


Marina Shukh and Simba were not able to attend the Championship and Bryan Hendricks and his dog, Uras, suffered injury on practice day and had to pull from the competition. Starting with last year's World Championships, the FMBB has changed formats. The first three days of competition, each dog draws one phase per day and these scores go towards the World Cup. Then on the fourth day, the top 20 come back and compete in Phases B & C to decide who wins the World Championship (total score being based out of 500 possible points). The American Team did very well and the AWMA appreciates all the time and money it takes to go over and compete at this level.


Final Scores for IPO were:

Sean Rivera & Daneskjold Iron:    

  • World Cup: 95 - 96 - 89 = 280    
  • World Championship:  92.5 - 87.5 = 460   (5th Place Finish)

John Soares and Vion La Maschera Di Ferro:       

  • World Cup: 94 - 92 - 94 = 280  
  • World Championship:  87 - 84  = 451 (9th Place Finish)

Benny Barmapov and Master De Alphaville Bohemia:  

  • World Cup: 94 - 91 - 88 = 273  
  • World Championship: 86.5 - 82  = 441.5  (16th Place Finish)

Chris Kutelius and MecBerger Hegel: 

  • World Cup: 10 - 91 - 88 = 189


In the team competition, USA took SECOND PLACE amongst all the other countries! This is the highest placement USA has ever taken at the FMBB World Championships. Of our team of 4, three ended up in the Top 20 competition! Congratulations again to everyone who went over and represented the United States at the FMBB World Championships!


Photo by Beth Koenig. USA Team on the Podium at the end of the Awards Ceremony.

Agility Team

  • Kim Buchanan and Sprite’s Entertaining Choice “Emmy”
  • Shari Lipski and Amara von der Eichenquelle
  • Chris Libs and Rumba du Volant
  • Shari Lipski and Tisa du Banc des Hermelles


Photo by Beth Koenig. Left to Right: Kim Buchanan with Emmy. Team Captain Shari Lipski

center. And Chris Libbs with Rumba.

Shari Lipski will be writing a piece on the FMBB Agility Team for the upcoming issue of the AWMA Newsletter!

2011 AWDF Championship

Congratulations to AWMA Member Mark Natinsky and Edison ot Vitosha for winning the 2011 AWDF National Championship!


The 2011 AWDF National Championships were hosted by AWMA Member Club Motor City Working Dogs in Bowling Green, Kentucky. With 120 dogs entered, it was the largest AWDF Championship to date. The top dog of the weekend was Edison ot Vitosha with handler Mark Natinsky, who walked away with a score of 94-98-94.

2010 AWMA National Championship

The 2010 AWMA National Championship held in Slatington, PA, and hosted by Jim Honda and FreeDog!! concluded this weekend. Pictured above are the top five IPO 3 winners and our judges, Mike Hamilton and Dr. Bulos. The event photographer was Cindy Noland and other event photos can be found at

John Soares and Vion La Maschera di Fero were High in Trial, High IPO3, High Obedience, High Tracking, and High Handler-Owner Trained. Vion also won the Helper's Choice Award. Scores were 99/97/98 for a total of 294.

Second IPO3 was Benny Barmapovand Master de Alphaville Bohemia with scores of 96/96/96 for a total of 288.

Third place IPO3 was Sean Rivera and Bronson's Fekkai Rouge, with scores of 97/96/95 for a total of 288; she also received the High Scoring Female Award. Sean also had the sixth place dog, Danskjold Iron, 96/96/94, total 286.

Fourth place IPO3 was Marina Shuhk with L'Simba Du Loups du Soleil, with scores of 98/95/95 and a total of 288. Marina also won the High Female Handler Award/.

Fifth place IPO3 was taken by Ernest Chambers and Spit Fire Frith, with scores of 99/95/93 for a total of 287.

The IPO 2 winner was Jim Deem with Donivin Von Donnertal/, 79/77/88 for a total of 244.

The IPO1 top team was Michael McMahon and Ronan Sir Ronius with 70/92/97, totaling 259. In second place was Douglas Kowalski with Viky Du Loups du Soleil, with scores of 70/86/92 and a total of 248.

Congratulations to all!

2010 AWDF Winners

AWMA Member John Soares Wins the 2010 AWDF

National Championship!

Huge congrats to John Soares and his dog Vion la Maschera di Ferro for winning the 2010 AWDF National Championship with an impressive score of 99-97-97 ! Also congratulations to all the other AWMA Memebers who represented the AWMA with their Malinois at the 2010 Championship, including top placers Mark Natinsky with Edison ot Vitosha (4th overall), David Greene with Luigi du Dantero (6th overall), and Phil Hoelcher with Master de Alphaville Bohemia (8th Overall). To see full results, please visit

Recording Titles on AKC Pedigrees

The American Belgian Malinois Club (ABMC) and the American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) are pleased to announce the inauguration of a partnership to record working dog titles for Belgian Malinois on their AKC pedigrees. The program is retroactive to titles offered since 2000. Through this program, applicants will submit their information independently to the AKC and to the AWMA. The form to be sent to AKC can be found at this link and the form to be sent to the AWMA can be found here. Titles that can be recorded by the AKC can be found here. Titles must have been earned at an AWMA trial and the dog must have a scorebook that documents this title.


This program is the culmination of several years of cooperative activities between our two organizations. It is our hope that owners of Belgian Malinois will take advantage of the chance to promote the working characteristics of our breed by documenting these titles on their dog’s pedigrees.

16th Annual FMBB World Championships

The 16th Annual FMBB World Championships will be held in Cottbus, Germany May 19th through the 23rd. Events will consist of IPO, Mondio, Agility, Obedience, and Breed. You can follow the events by visiting


IPO Team

  • Ivan Balabanov & Rock OT Vitosh
  • Sean Rivera & Bronson’s Fekkai Rouge
  • Dre Hastings & Kaden OT Vitosha
  • Mike Morgan & Bacchus von Drachenherz
  • John Soars & Vion La Maschera di Ferro
  • Shawn Thompson & Cevin OT Vitosha
  • Vicki Keller, Team Captain

Agility Team

  • Shari Lipski & Tisa du Banc des Hermelles
  • Congratulations to our 2009 National Champions




    Left to right: Mark Natinsky and Eddy 4th, Sean Rivera and Rouge 2nd,
    Ivan Balabanov and Rock 1st, Dre Hastings and Kaden 3rd;

    Helpers Joe Brockington, Greg Doud and Dennise Bauer



    Ivan Balabanov with Rock ot Vitosha, 1st Place with a score of 283


    Sean Rivera and Bronson’s Fekkai Rouge, 2nd place with a score of 277

    Dre Hastings and Kaden ot Vitosha, 3rd place with a score of 276

    Mark Natinski and Edison ot Vitosha, 4th place with a score of 276


    *Photos 2009©SHELLSHOTS /