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My Hometown Shows in Farmington, Utah

We Utahans only get three shots a year to attend local all-breed shows. This makes it easier to narrow it down to a favorite, and for me the four-day cluster in Farmington, Utah, which includes two specialty days and two all-breeds, is easily my pick!

These shows are close to my home and the venue’s backdrop is just breathtaking, even for someone who lives here. With a view of the wide-open Rocky Mountains, what’s not to love?

A glimpse of the Rocky Mountains in Ogden, Utah.

In fact, the fun starts today with three specialty clubs! Kicking things off is the Intermountain West Working Group show that not only offers regular classes, but a Bred-by-Exhibitor Group, along with sweepstakes and veteran sweepstakes. This show will bring out an entry of 205 working dogs.

Next we have the Beehive Toy Group of Utah show, with an entry of 170 dogs. The biggest breed entry this year goes to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with 30 dogs. Can’t wait to see these little guys in the venue’s cool, literally, indoor space for smaller breeds.

And lastly we have Group IV Terrier Club of Salt Lake, with a smaller entry of 67. The largest Terrier entry will be in the Staffordshire Bull Terriers and the Norwich Terriers, pulling 11 dogs in each breed. This club also offers a Bred-by-Exhibitor Group and sweepstakes!

The same clubs continue on Friday for day two of the specialties, with the addition of regular veteran classes and Groups for Intermountain West Working Club and Group IV Terrier Club of Salt Lake. The Boxer Club of Salt Lake will hold two shows, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, pulling in over 50 entries! Also the entry for Beehive Toy Group of Utah will jump up about 30 dogs on Friday. These two days are just a warm up for the following two all-breed days for the Bonneville Basin Kennel Association. Entries for the weekend are just over 800.

Now that’s all the technical stuff, but for me these shows are so much more. I have been attending these shows longer than I can even remember! Along with that, my family is able to come as well because it is so close to my home. For those of you who don’t know me, I usually travel with my mom to shows, which means my dad is home with the dogs. So to be able to have him see what my mom and I do at the shows is really special, and was even more so when I was showing in Juniors. That’s why these shows are so memorable to me.

This weekend I will be showing and shooting pictures, so if there are any requests please send me a message or comment below, And don’t forget if you have any questions about the local scene feel free to ask, and I will do my best to help!

Local shows AND Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"