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Seventh Ridgeback Congress

The Seventh Ridgeback Congress was held in Ireland at The Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club at Portumna in County Galway there was over 150 ridgeback enthusiasts attending from all over the world, writes Ann Gates.

The Irish had certainly pulled the stops out to try and make it both informative and enjoyable. I sure some of the subjects will have provoked some healthy discussions. Items under discussion ranged from Think about the Breed Standard, Canine Hypothyroidism, Maintaining Health Through the use of Homeopathy, The Origin of the Ridge and Associated Anomalies, given by Nicolette Salmon Hillbertz who is doing ongoing research on this subject.

Denis Flain who is chair of the Ridgeback club of the U.S Health & Genetics Committee gave a very informative talk on the ongoing Comprehensive Ridgeback Health Survey research being funded by this club which is open to all ridgeback owners world wide to enter all the details of their dogs born after 1995.

The original survey was developed by the American Spaniel club, which provided it free of charge to any bred club who wishes to use it There are nominal monthly charges for hosting and administrative tasks by the survey administrator however all information entered is strictly confidential and no personal information is sent to the Clubs participating in the survey’s.

The congress started on the Tuesday night with an Icebreaker reception and all the food and wine had been provided with a grant from the Irish tourist board, so many thanks to them as it was the best Icebreaker I have been to.The one thing the Irish team had not been able to organise was the weather as rain seemed to be on the menu for most days, however with so many lectures, we did not have much time to worry about this small problem.


The dog show was held on the final day and it had been decided that regardless of the weather it would be held inside in one of the function room of the hotel. There was a total of 67 dogs entered. Most of the exhibitors where from Southern Ireland, and the U.K. However we had exhibitors from Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

Ch Ikimba WatimuThe Green star in dogs & BOB went to Mr G Marek from Germany Ch Ikimba Watimu bred by Ms M Gellin from Sweden his sire is Australian Ch Caprivi Cool Hand Luke and his dam is Finsih Ch Ikimba Sambamba. The Reserve Green Star went to Kay Salmon’s Diamondridge Bakari of Zebrariver.

The Green Star in Bitches was won by Paul & lyn Hewson’s GB.Ch Int Ch, BelCh,Ir Ch Rekaylahn Blaze JW. SHCM and the Reserve Bitch Green Star was won by Mrs Harrower’s Jimanns Jiggy Jiggy flying the flag for Scotland. Best puppy was won by Julie & David Bates Gunthwaite Diamond Lil JW.