Bulldogs converging on Pueblo for American Bully Kennel Club show
Some of the best bulldogs in the country will compete in the Rocky Mountain Bully Battle Royal
Saturday, hoping to be selected as the best of their snub-nosed breed in the country.
The American Bully Kennel Club competition – in which adult and junior handlers will compete – will feature all of the most popular bully breeds such as American, French, English and Shorty Bulldogs, as well as Bully Terriers. Boston.
“This is a huge event for Pueblo,” said Bryan Romero of Pueblo West, who will be one of the judges for the competition. “People come from all over the country, from as far west as California to as far east as Florida.”
The event drew competitors from as far away as Sweden. Romero said more than 150 contestants and their sniffling sidekicks are expected.
“We would love to bring as many people from Pueblo as possible to the show,” Romero said. “These dogs are super friendly.”
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The event is expected to be a boon to local hotels and restaurants. Kitchen Works on the Go will be the exclusive on-site food supplier, and 115 other suppliers will have booths at the event.
Romero and his wife Brooke will be among the judges to choose the best breeds and their children Xzavier, Miley, Madden and Mila will compete as junior handlers.
The event is hosted by Lisa and Daniel Pedraza and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Palace of Agriculture, 1001 Beulah Ave. The cost to attend is $20 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Military discounts will be offered.
Romero, a Pueblo native, got his first American Bully named Aqua when he was 18 years old. Now 28, his love of bullies has not only led him to numerous trophies and judging gigs, but also helped him meet his wife Brooke.
“We actually met at a dog show when I was 21, but we didn’t get together until last year,” Romero said. “Now we have all these babies showing up with us and enjoying the competition as well.”