The Founder, President, and charismatic leader of the Salburun Federation is Almaz Akunov. With his endless energy and passion for traditional Kyrgyz hunting, Almaz-baike has nearly single-handedly built Salburun into the cultural force that it is today. He has helped write a definitive book about the taigan, the Kyrgyz hunting dog. He has worked on bow-and-arrow design and rebuilt archery, the pride of ancient Kyrgyz cavalries, into a viable new sport. He has brought together falconers from all over Kyrgyzstan for festivals and conferences, and as an ambassador for Kyrgyz sport he has traveled to Britain, Dubai and beyond. Almaz Akunov is known throughout Kyrgyzstan as the author of a new chapter of Kyrgyz culture.