The Rhodesian RidgebackWorld Congress is sort of like the Olympics for our breed: Every four years, Ridgebackers from across the world gather for a conference that includes two days of Ridgeback-specific lectures and presentations followed by an official World Congress Dog Show. It’s a rare chance to immerse yourself in Ridgebackdom and meet all the breed’s global “movers and shakers.”
The first Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress was held, appropriately, in South Africa, in 1984. The latest one is slated for Lund, Sweden, on June 28 to 30, 2016, with more than 200 people registered to attend (including yours truly!). To get a sense of the scope of the events, visit the 2016 RRWC website at www.nordicrrwc.org.
The 2020 World Congress will be held in Germany. And at the end of this year’s Congress, we will vote for the location for 2024. It seems very, very far away, but comes up quicker than you might think!
Here is the complete list of Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congresses to date, and their locations:
1984: Johannesburg, South Africa
1988: Hilleroed, Denmark
1992: Warwickshire, England
1996: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2000: Garderen, Netherlands
2004: Dallas, Texas, United States
2008: Portumna, Ireland
2012: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2016: Lund, Sweden