"The best thing about a man is his dog."

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Dear Delegates

You can read the minutes and reports of the General Assembly held in Ottenschlag, Austria on 4 th & 5 th June 2016 HERE.




Dear Delegates

Here is  the program for the GA 2016 in Ottenschlag Austria
Please remember that if you want to have some proposal in the agenda to the GA 2016, you must send it before 1. May 2016 to the President and the secretary in FISTC
For accomodation in Ottenslag please contact the FISTC secretary.
Best regards

Pictures from EC MD/LT 2016


Some very beautiful pictures from the European Championship MD/LT 2016 are available: click here


many thanks to www.huskyslovakia.sk.

FISTC European Championship MD / LT 2016

 SACHTICKY (SK) 18-21 February 2016

Sunday 21st February

Yesterday evening we have had a nice musher dinner and dancing party offered by our Slovak hosts to all participants. In addition it has been snowing all night long and this morning all trails were in perfect conditions. Just a bit slower than yesterday.

In these conditions most positions were confirmed today.

For the longtrailers the new snow made the trail heavier and they enjoyed sledding with their dogs for a longer time. In LT-O the European Champion is Martin Brzek (CZ) and the Silver medal is won by Dieter Gramberger (A). Another Czech, Peter Gurega, musher wins the LT2 class and second is the French Gilles Bigot.

In Middle distance all mushers were happy with the new trail conditions. In Pulka, the title goes to Michel Decouteix (F) and his leader C Igor: In SJ 2 dogs, another Czech Jakub Urban wins the title and the Gold medal, while Slovaks get the silver medal with Igor Stefan and the Bronwe medal with Patrik Lucansky. In SJ 1 dog, the European Champion is Jan Neger (SK), silver medal goes to Roman Reistetter (SK) and bronze medal to Alexander Nesterov (RUS) with his Samojed named Ulrika. Junior Carla Reistetterova (SK) wins both the senior and junior medals in SJ women, silver medal going to Lenka Bickosova, also Slovak.

All sleds have been slower than yesterday, even Jean Combazard (F) who has been flying with his ten Siberian Huskies in MD O at an average speed of 20 km per hour over the all race. Second to him the excellent Roman Habasko (CZ), silver medal.

In A1 Class Doris Prohaska (A) wins the title and second is another Austrian lady, Renate Barwick. In A2 the French Thierry Narcy wins the title. In B1, the Slovak Maros Litvaj wins the title while the Silver medal goes to Richard Burda (CZ). Another Czech musher, Zbigniew Heczko wins the gold medal and the title with his six Greenland dogs: Second and silver medal is Vojta Nemec with six Samojeds, while the bronze medal goes to Nathalie Mannato (F) and her six Greenland dogs, followed by two Hungarian teams of Malamutes.

On the shorter trail of 23 km the C1 class the Italian Filippo Piccinini is the winner and European Champion, closely followed by the Frech Didier Fleury, silver medal and by Lukas Klima (CZ) bronze medal.In C2, Alain Diffort (F) wins the title, followed by ZuzanaDansova (CZ). In D1 the title goes to Blanka Csizmadia (HUN), while in D2 the French Junior wins the title and the silver medal goes to Harry Braeckmans (B).  

Finally this has been an excellent Championship that all participants praised. Branislav Slany and all his team have been doings a fantastic work and all the organisers have been congratulated by all participants for their work and their friendliness.

This year the FISTC succeeded in organising all its championships and they all were big successes.

See you soon.

Final Result >>>>






















FISTC European Championship MD / LT 2016


FISTC European Championship Mid and Long Distance 2016

SACHTICHY - Slovakia - 18 - 21 February 2016

MD LT2016


Here we are again. On Thursday evening, after a quite rainy day we had a beautiful opening ceremony like our Slovak friends know to organise it.


Unfortunately it has been raining all night so the first day of race on Friday was cancelled.


But in life you need a minimum of luck and sometimes miracles. As from Friday lunch time rain turned into snow and this morning we had almost perfect trails and we could start the race. While some small parts of the trail, at the start and finish area were not good enough for skiers, some mushers said they have had on of their best distance race...


In Pulka Class, the first is the French Michel Decouteix. IN SJ 2 dogs the Czech Jacob Urban is the leader, while SJ 1 dog men is leaded by Jan Neger (SK).


In MD O class, Jean Combazard (F) has been unbelievely fast, racing the 39 km in less than 2 hoursand has now a confortable advantage on Roman Habasko (CZ) second. In A1 class the first is Doris Prohaska, while A2 is leaded bz Thierry Narcy (F).


B classes like SJ classes race on 30 km and B1 is lead by Maros Litvaj (SK) and B2 Class by Zbigniew Heczko (CZ).


C and D classes race on 22,5 km. C1 is led by Filippo Piccinini (I) and Didier Fleury (F) is second. C2 is led by Alain Diffort (F) with four Greenland dogs. D1 is in the hands of Blanka Csizmadia (HU), while in Dľ Theo Kentzinger (F) Junior is first.


A really beautiful race that would be one of the most beautiful in Europe with a little bit more snow.


Tomorrow will be another beautifull race as we expect some more snow during the night.


But right now we all will enjoy the musher dinner and dancing party offered by our Slovak friends to all participants, mushers, handlers and friends.


Once again what a good race in such a nice atmosphere like you only find on Distance Championshps. 

FISTC MD/LT European Championship 2016




Dear Musher, here attached you find the final list with the numbers of partecipants at the European Championship  MD / LT  2016.

We'll look forward to meet you in Sachtickly.


Final list (click here)

FISTC MD/LT European Championship

Dear mushers,

we would like to inform you that the place of the race was changed. The new place of the race is a ski resort Šachtičky ( http://www.sachticka.sk/ ) which is 8kms far from Banská Bystrica. The snow conditions are good. The route of the race will be conducted between Sachticky and Donovaly. Accomodations at Sachticky are unfortunately full, but we provided the accomodation at Secondary vocational school - the address is: Pod Bánošom 80, 974 11 Banská Bystrica, contact to Mrs. Novakovicova is +421 915 396 712. The price of the accomodation is 9€ per night.

We would like to request mushers to send two pictures of their sled and greatest successes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They will be screened during the opening ceremony on giant screen.

More info:


GPS coordinates:
N 48°48´17.10"
E 19°08´59.15"

Google map

FISTC European Championship 2016

Saint Ulrich am Pillersee


Now are avaible some beautiful pics of the European Championship, thanks to Florian Astelbauer for the pictures.


Pictures of EC Saint Ulrich am Pillersee

FISTC European Championship 2016

Saint Ulrich am Pillersee

Day 3 Sunday 24th January


After the second heat, on Saturday evening we have had a very nice musher evening, with a good dinner and nice music. Many mushers enjoyed it and went on dancing late in the evening.

On Sunday morning, the weather was nice and sunny again. Thanks to the excellent work done by the trail boss, all trails were in perfect conditions and much faster than the day before. The race was again splendid, many changes occurred and finally we have had an excellent European championship.

Let's see the  results in each class.

In Ski-Joering 2 dogs Men, Sebastian Astelbauer was forced to leave one dog at a check point so unfortunately he could no finish the race. The winner, and European Champion, is Igor Stefan (SLK), the second and vice European Champion is Frank Brehm (GER) and the third and Bronze medal, is Marcel Matanin (SLK).

In S-J 2 dogs Women, the French Nathalie Roland made a fantastic race and won the title, as she was closely followed by Susanne Noppe-Haller (GER), vice European Champion, the Austrian Sylvia Perl taking the Bronze medal.

In S-J 1 dog 1, Roman Reistetter (SLK) won the title of European Champion despite the beautiful race done by Jan Neger (SLK) who finishes second and vice European Champion. The Bronze medal went t o Michal Ivanco (SLK) who finished third.

Ski-Joering is indeed a Slovak specialty, and in some cases also a family specialty as in S-J 1 dog Women, Carla Reistetterova won the gold medal and two titles as European Champion and also Junior European Champion. Austrian Elisabeth Smejkal-Hayn got the silver medal at the second place and Loriane Beaud (FRA), took the Bronze medal.

No changes on this third day in S-J 1 dog 2 Men where Klaus Bäumel (AUT) won the title with his Greenland dog, second is Jean-Michel Hoog (FRA) and third Sepp Brugger (AUT). While in the men's class 2 all competitors were racing with Greenland dogs, in the women class the ladies were competing with Alaskan Malamutes. In that class, the European Champion is Helga Obrist (AUT), while vice Champion and Junior Champion we have the young Emma Hoog. At the third place, with the Bronze medal we find Maria Pröll (Aut).    

In O class, Frans Weisscher (NED) is European Champion after a very beautiful race, second is Loris Bottega (ITA) and third Claudio De Ferrari (ITA). In A class the third day was very tough but Karl Rachbauer (AUT) has been able to keep the first place and is European Champion having been 39" faster than Onno De Jong (NED) second and vice European Champion. The Bronze medal was won by Knud Schmolz (DK) on this third heat with only 6" of advance on the fourth.

B1 class has been a Dutch story, won by Carel Vd Mortel (NED) first, the second being Andre Vd Brink (NED) and the third Arie Verschoor (NED). The first non Dutch musher arriving only at the seventh place and Simone De Ferrari becoming European Champion Junior ! In B2, Zbigniew Keczko (CZR) and his six Greenland dogs have won the title and were able to beat Bernd Sauerhöfer who only got the silver medal this year. With the Bronze medal we have Marco Visconti (ITA) with six young Greenland dogs too.

The C1 podium was also a Dutch story with Gudrun Vd Mortel becoming European Champion, Niels Havenaar vice European Champion and Lonneke Bom Bronze medal. An excellent performance for these Dutch teams. The C2 class was also won by a Dutch musher, Ron De Ruiter becoming European Champion, followed by two French mushers, Alain Diffort second and Jean-Michel Hoog third.

In D1, the young Valentina Durio (ITA) made a fantastic third heat and was able to catch the second and the first teams as she started third, so she won the race and the title of European Champion, while Sebastian Astelbauer (AUT) finishes second and vice European Champion and Thomas Reuter (AUT) got the Bronze medal. Helena Gaudagnini (ITA) got the gold medal in Junior class and Linea Pedersen (DK) was vice European Champion Junior.

In D2, while Bernd Kirstein (GER) won the title and the gold medal and Sabine Klein (GER) kept the second place and the silver medal, there has been a hard race for the third place but finally Marc Brocard (FRA) won the bronze medal, being 5" faster than Theo Kentzinger (FRA) who finished fourth but won the Junior title.

The Nations Cup this year was won by Austria !

The pricing ceremony was also perfectly organized by Eddy Nutz and Frans Weisscher and all teams were unanimous about the perfect organisation of these four days.

Now let's hope that we will have some snow for the next races and that we will be able to have our distance championships in Kraliky (SLK) in February. 

Final results list: page 1    page 2   page3 



Results of the Nations Cup 2016

1. AUSTRIA                         59.2    points

2. FRANCE                          46.8        "

3. The NETHERLANDS          45.4        "

4. GERMANY                       36.8        "

5. ITALY                             33.3        "

6. SLOVAKIA                       31.7        "

7. HUNGARY                       17.9        "

8. DENMARK                       10.5        "

9. CZECH REP.                      8.3        " 

10. SLOVENIA                      1.0         "




Ski-Jöring 2 dogs Men : Igor STEFAN  (SLK)

Ski-Jöring 2 dogs Women : Nathalie ROLAND (FRA)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 1 Men : Roman REISTETTER (SLK)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 1 Women : Carla REISTETTEROVA (SLK)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 1 Women Junior : Carla REISTETTEROVA (SLK)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 2 Men : Klaus BÄUMEL (AUT)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 2 Women : Helga OBRIST (AUT)

Ski-Jöring 1 dog 2 Women Junior : Emma HOOG (FRA)

O Class : Frans WEISSCHER (NL)

A Class : Karl RACHBAUER (AUT)

B 1 Class : Carel Vd MORTEL (NL)

B 1 Class Junior : Simone De FERRARI (ITA)

B 2 Class : Zbiniew HECZKO (CZR)

C 1 Class : Gudrun Vd MORTEL (NL)

C 2 Class : Ron RUITER (NL)

D 1 Class : Valentina DURIO (ITA)

D 1 Class Junior : Helena GUADAGNINI (ITA)

D 2 Class : Bernd KIRSTEIN (GER)

D 2 Class Junior : Theo KENTZINGER (FRA)

FISTC European Championship 2016

Saint Ulrich am Pillersee

Day 2 Saturday 23rd January


This morning in St Ullrich am Pillersee, when we woke up it was snowing, and it has been snowing all morning long. Temperatures were slightly higher than in previous days, but still cold and the wether was excellent for the dogs.

The trail, still perfectly prepared by Uwe Schott and his team were perfect but slightly slower than yesterday. While I thought they might have been more difficult for Ski-Joerers, in fact it was more technical but they all enjoyed it !


As we have several Ski-Jöring classes, let´s try to see what happened:

In SJ 2 dogs Men, Marcel Matanin (SLK9 the leader yesterday has been passed by three other competitors: Now Igor Stefan (SLK) is the new leader, followed by Sebastian Astelbauer (A) and Frank Brehm (D).

In SJ 2 dogs Women, Nathalie Roland (F) is still first but Susanne Noppe-Haller (D) as come much closer, 2" only behind, the third being Sylvia Perl (A).

SJ 1 dog 1 Men is still leaded by Roman Reistetter (SK) but Jan Neger (SK) is now second and Michal Ivanco, also from Slovak Republic, third.

SJ 1 dog 1 Women is still leaded by Carla Reistetterova (SK) who increased the advence on Elisabeth Smejkal-Hayn (A) and the young French Loriane Beaud.

Klaus Bäumel (A) remains leader in SJ 1 dog 2, in front of Jean-Michel Hoog (F) and Sepp Brugger (A). these three racing with Greenland dogs. While in SJ 1dog 2 Women the three ladies race with Alaskan Malamutes and Helga Obrist (A) is leading in front of Emma Hoog (F) junior, second and Maria Pröll (A) third.


Once the SJ classes were gone, trails were excellent for big teams...


In O class, Frans Weissher (NL) was almost as fast as yesterday, and 6´ faster than Loris Bottega (I), followed by Claudio De Ferrari (I).

In A class, Onno de Jong (NL) was much faster than yesterday and is now second and chasing Karl Rachbauer who remains leader. Hans Reich (D) has taken the provisional third place.

B1 class with six Siberian Huskie is a Dutch story... Carel Vd Mortel is first, Andre Vd Brink is second and Jan Groot Kormeling is now third, followed by another four Dutch teams, before the other country representatives can show up.

In B2 Class, Zbiniew Heczko (CZ) and his six Greenland dogs passed Bernd Sauerhöfer (D) who is now second with a team including one Malamute, The third being Marco Visconti (I) with his sixGreenland dogs, followed By Ernst Lippush (A) and his Samojeds and then Peter Lipcsei (H) with 6 Malamutes.

In C1, another Vd Mortel, Gudrun is leading the category, followed by two other Dutch teams, Niels Havenaar second and Lonneke Bom third. Another Dutch musher, Ron De Ruiter is leading the C2 Class with 4 Greenland dogs, closely followed by Alain Diffort (F) and Jean-Michel Hoog (F).

Sebastian Astelbauer (A) is the new leader of D1 class. Thomas Reuter (A) being second and Valentina Durio (I) junior who is now third. In D2 class While Bernd Kirstein (D) remains first and Sabine Klein (D) second, the thirs is now the French junior Theo Kentzinger, who passed Marc Brocard.


All mushers were really happy with today´s race and the third heat tomorrow will be really exciting because so many positions can change in so many classes.


Now we will first enjoy the musher evening with an excellent dinner and music, but I guess that not all teams will dance late at night if they want to get their titles tomorrow.

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