In 2007 there
was the Saluki Festival in the UK. In 2008 a Saluki World Congress was
held in Finland. The Finnish Saluki Club started to plan the event in
2003 before it became known that the Britons are planning a similar
event. The idea
was to fund the event by organizing unofficial dog shows for puppies
(aged 5-9 months).
thing was to convince the members of the Saluki Club that it is
possible to gather enough funds to organize the Congress and that our
small club (of some
hundred members) is capable to make such a large event. Luckily, the
members believed in
the idea and so the fund gathering and the planning started.
The Congress was held during the last week of June – first week of July
in Mustiala (some 150 km from the capital city Helsinki, at the
Faculty of Agriculture). The Congress week consisted of seminars, three
an international Lure-Coursing Competition and an international Track
Being a small club we could not organise all events by ourselves and
thus we decided to look for co-operators to organize the coursing and
competitions. We are very thankful to Vintyt ry (the
organisation of the
Finnish coursing and racing judges) and Helsingin Vinttikoirakerho ry
(the Sighthound Club of
Helsinki) for organising the international coursing and the
international racing competitions of
the Congress week.
Some 150 participants from 16 different countries, including all
continents gathered together to enjoy interesting seminars about Saluki
On June 30 and July
The presentations of the seminar days will be published (as widely as
possible) at the Presentations-page.
It gave us, the members of the Finnish Saluki Club that had worked for
the congress a great pleasure to be with a large amount of saluki
from all over the world and to see how the enduring work of who had
the congress organisation.
From these pages you will find among others the results of the shows
and the international
coursing and track racing competition can be found at the
as photos from the
congress at the Gallery.