Dear Ridgeback friends,
when we held our first "International Symposium on Rhodesian Ridgback" (now known as the Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress RRWC) in Halfway House, South Africaback in 1984, notices and invitations were still sent by post. The meeting place was a communal building and there was meat from the Grill and homemade salads to eat. For each of us, about 40 participants, that was all quite normal, because it was important for us to talk and discuss the contents of the presentations.
In 1984, the program of the symposium was divided into 3 sections:
These core themes have been a recurrent theme throughout our congress programs for the last 35 years. And I would like to use the 10th
RRWC in 2020 as an opportunity to present the results of the 1984 exercise today:
to Section 1: To what has our breed evolved?
to section 2: What have we achieved in respect to hereditary diseases and their control?
to section 3: What is our breeding goal nowadays and how do international special breed judges interpret the standard of our breed?
In addition, we will look at the results of recent studies, such as
and additionally, we will hear further presentations on current topics.
But we do not just want to hear but also to see. Therefore, we will present some international, top winning dogs 'life' ans ask our international judges from different continents for their comments on the questions:
In this section, all our participating breeders will receive valuable information for the desired breeding goal.
We kindly ask for your understanding that while we are still waiting for just a few confirmations of the above mentioned speakers, the program may still be subject to change.
And we are glad to take on other topics of interest -- the 'call for papers' hasn't closed yet (see below).
Dear Ridgeback friends,
the RRWC serves to communicate and to maintain contact with like-minded Ridgeback enthusiasts, as well as to exchange their experiences. That's why we're launching “the call for papers”, which is a call to contribute presentations, lectures and reports for the World Congress 2020.
In order to share your experiences as breeders, breed judges, veterinarians or scientists we would like to invite you as a lecturer or participant in a panel discussion. But also exhibitors, dog trainers or just plain lovers of this breed are welcome to actively participate in our discussions.
Below is a rough lecture list:
We are interested in your experiences and observations of the development of our Ridgebacks over the past four decades. What did the breed develop into?
- Did this development have an impact on health and functionality?
- Did the methods of molecular genetic testing do us any good?
- ... or did we leave everything as it is and were just lucky?
- Did our discussions at the previous World Congresses lead to unify the Interpretation of the standard?
- What should be our considerations for the future in our breeding?
We are looking for a summary of all these aspects since the beginning of our discussions in 1984 at the 1st RR World Symposium in South Africa, and would be very pleased for your active participation.
All feedback is to be sent to .