Fågelhundsklubbarnas Arbetsutskott (FA) , is a federation associated with The Swedish Kennel Club through The Swedish Gordon Setter Club, SGSK, the Swedish Irish Setter Club, SISK, the Swedish Pointer Club, SPK, the Swedish English Setter Club, SSK , and FA was founded in 1969 primarily to look out for the breed clubs interests vis-à-vis the Swedish Kennel Club and other authorities.
The four breed clubs SPK, SSK, SISK and SGSK jointly manage FA aided by a secretary, a cashier and several committees. All decisions taken has to be unanimous, one breed club, one vote.
FA has Sweden divided into nine Regional clubs, Lokalklubbar, each governed by its own elected board.
FA is responsible for the field trial rules, education and authorization of field trial judges, the administration of membership fees and the publication of a paper, Avance and a Yearbook called Årsboken, and to co-ordinate time and place for field trials arranged by FA´s nine Regional clubs.
FA is also responsible for the most prestigious trials held each year: Svenskt Derby (The Swedish Derby) , Fjällpokalen and Svenskt Mästerskap (The Swedish Championships)
AVANCE and ÅRSBOK(Publications)
The journal, Avance, is published four times a year and contains information on upcoming events, field trials as well as the results from recently held field trials, annual meetings and notices like puppies for sale etc.
The Yearbook, Årsboken, contains SGSK, SISK, SPK and SSK summaries of the previous year activities, their lists of members and studbooks . It also contains ,from every trial , the written judge-reports of each dog that participated in trials arranged by either the different breed clubs or the regional clubs during the past year. Summaries from the Danish, Norwegian and Finnish breed clubs activities are also included.
COMMITEESIn order to coordinate trials, education of judges, rulechages, publicatios (yearbook) and game issues, five different committees are established. Representatives from each official breed club contribute to this work.
REGIONAL CLUBS (Lokalklubbar )
The purpose of the nine regional clubs is to arrange field trials, shows, training courses etc. for the members of SGSK, SISK, SPK and SSK who live in the region.
Membership in Regional clubs
New members of SGSK, SISK, SPK and SSK are by FA ,assigned a regional club membership depending on residence. There are no membership fees.
WHICH ORGANIZATION HANDLES WHAT QUESTION?
The general idea is : if you have a question that is specific for your breed, turn to your own breed club, if you have a problem concerning field trial regulations or other things of common interest, regardless of breed, turn to FA. If you want more activities such as field training and handling, turn to your regional club.