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Nothing Like a Dog Show in Utah!

As you know by now from reading previous blogs of mine, dog shows are rare in Utah. In fact, there are only three shows a year. In hopes of increasing entries and helping make these shows a bit more popular year by year, I want to talk to you about how great they are.

Honestly, there’s nothing like a dog show in Utah. The faces you see here literally come from all over! Our devoted clubs never fail to arrange for a great panel of judges, activities and most importantly great dogs!

Unfortunately, I missed one of this year’s shows while I was attending one in Thailand, but this coming weekend I will be watching, exhibiting and photographing two days of the three-day show in Logan.

This is how the weekend will play out…

On Friday, the ever-so-welcome Alaskan Malamute Club of America will hold not one, but two, specialties during the day which will include everything from conformation classes to junior showmanship, and what will certainly will be a great time with great dogs.

Friday begins with the first of three days of agility trials put on by the Pocatello Kennel Club Inc. The club will also offer all-breed obedience and rally trials on Saturday and Sunday. The great thing about these events is they’re held outdoors, in what’s expected to be quite nice weather. Plus, the grounds offer lots of shade!

On Saturday and Sunday, the main attraction for most fanciers and spectators will be the Mount Ogden Kennel Club’s two-day all-breed conformation shows. This club has been my family’s club for many years now, and every single member does the best he or she can to help out in any way possible. Two additional events happening over the weekend are an AKC Sanction B Conformation All Breed Puppy Match Saturday night following Best in Show, and each day the Best Junior Handler competition will be held in the Group ring. Now, I remember having this same setup back when I was competing in juniors, and it makes the competition a bit more exciting. The whole crowd cheers for each handler, and it really puts a smile on everyone’s face!

If you ask me, this is definitely a show to put on your “list” for upcoming years. If you happen to be one of those faces from all over this weekend in Logan, make sure to find yours truly and say “hello.”

P.S. Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

Written by

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!"
  • Debbie Madsen May 15, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Thanks so much Kayla for bringing attention to our wonderful Utah dog shows! Many of my out-of-state friends have commented on how nice our show sites are and how much they appreciate the close proximity of the grooming and parking areas to the show rings.

    Perhaps this has been covered in earlier articles, but I’d like to address the sentence in the first paragraph of your May 14, 2013 Utah article which states: “In fact there are only three shows a year.”

    For those of you not familiar with Utah’s AKC shows, we have four all-breed clubs offering a total of eight all-breed shows per year.

    The early May “Beehive Cluster” of shows offers four days (Thur.-Sun.) of all-breed competition (Intermountain KC and Utah Valley KC) as well as a fifth day (Wed.) of specialties for, Shelties, Collies, and Bulldogs. A Doberman specialty is also held on Thursday evening.

    As mentioned in the article, our mid-May all-breed shows are held on a Sat/Sun weekend by the Mt. Ogden Kennel Club and are preceded on Friday by the Alaskan Malamute specialties.

    Our final 4-days of shows — three group shows (Working, Terrier, Toy) on Thursday and Friday, followed by two all-breed shows on Saturday and Sunday — fall in mid-September of each year in Farmington, which is a 20 minute drive north of Salt Lake City. The Bonneville Basin Kennel Assoc. puts on the two all-breed shows, with the group shows being held by the Group IV Terrier Club of Salt Lake, the Beehive Toy Group of Utah, and the Intermountain West Working Group club. There’s plenty of close-in parking, free indoor grooming space in a climate-controlled building directly adjacent to the rings, and lots of open green lawn with beautiful mountain views to enjoy. This year these shows will be held Sept. 12th-15th.

    The Superintendent for all of Utah’s all-breed and group shows is Onofrio.

    If you’ve never shown in our beautiful state, come check it out!

    Debbie Madsen

  • Dan August 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    How can we see when the shows in utah are?

    • Leah Bertagnolli
      Leah Bertagnolli August 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Hi Dan, if you go to http://www.onofrio.com and click on shows you can see the dates for the shows in september in Utah.

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