Local Kennel Club Hosts AKC Sanctioned Matches
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Dozens of dog owners are hoping practice makes perfect for their four-legged friends.
The Grand Valley Kennel Club hosted their “Summer 2013 American Kennel Club Sanctioned Matches” on Sunday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
These matches are somewhat of a dry run or practice for their big show in September.
Officials say it's like the main event since they must follow all AKC rules.
“We have rings set up. We have judges. We have stewards. We have arm bands. We have everything that you are going to see in a real show,” said Ashley Edstrom, treasure of the Grand Valley Kennel Club. “Plus, all the distractions of the other barking dogs, and other dogs being around, it gets the dogs ready so when they go to a real show, this is easy.”
“Just looking for a fun match,” said Jon Sturgis, participant. “Looking to get the puppy some experience and myself. I am new at this too.”
The Grand Valley Kennel Club has been around for nearly 40 years.
Officials say they are dedicated to educating dog owners about quality companionship.
Most dogs at Sunday’s event are practicing for a show next week in Eagle, CO.
However, their main event, The Grand Valley Kennel Club’s 2013 Dog Shows, will be the last four days of September. It will also be held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
For more information: Grandvalleykennelclub.org.