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By Dallas Smith
For The Sentinel 

Local 4-H leader earns top marks at Nationals



Top Dog: Shyla Newton and Garbo won both Best of Breed and Best Bred By in Breed/Variety at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Fla. Newton has been teaching showmanship to Goldendale 4-H members for the last three years.

On Dec. 14 and 15, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship took place in Orlando, Fla. Now Florida may be on the opposite side of the country, but some local faces graced the showroom on those days. Shyla Newton and her husband Richard attended and participated in the show. Shyla showed the dogs while Richard groomed them and made them look show ready.

Shyla's dog GCH (Grand Champion) CH (Champion) Shyladawn's Timeless Beauty (commonly known as Garbo) won both Best of Breed and Best Bred By in Breed/Variety. The Best Bred By in Breed/Variety is an award that is given to those who both breed and show the animals. This is a huge accomplishment because Garbo is a female and it's uncommon for the females to beat out the males. At two and half years of age Garbo has been training for this moment since she was six months old.


Uncle Niki - Currently No. 1 in the country for agility, is Garbo's Uncle Niki.

"I felt disbelief. It's so exciting, but in the moment it was unbelievable. It takes a moment to sink in and when you're in the ring and the judge points to you it is surreal," says Shyla. Garbo beat the top Bichon Frises in the country. Also, at the show was Garbo's Uncle Niki who was performing in agility and is currently number one Bichon in the country for agility.

Shyla not only shows her animals in national competitions, she also gives back to the community. For the last three years, Shyla, has been teaching Goldendale 4-H kids Showmanship. And, Shyla has a dog named Olivia who will be graduating from Summit Assistance Dogs as an official hearing dog for the hearing impaired. "Large dogs have normally done these tasks and so having a well balanced small dog entering this training program is gratifying," says Shyla. For Bichons to break into this field is a huge accomplishment because demand for smaller non-shedding dogs that are smart and have a good temperament is growing.


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