I do know Penny- I lived in Chattanooga for years and Marietta for 7-8 years before my 25 in Chatt... so being in Goldens all those plus some I know most everyone who is in Goldens. Her breeding will be lovely I'm sure, and if you can watch her evaluate the litter it'll be a learning experience. But I suspect your girl is not from her? I say that not because of her looks but because Penny is a diehard AKC gal. I haven't ever known her to do any Int stuff.
The biggest difference in IABCA/Int and AKC is that pretty much everyone wins at the international events. If you stay for all 4 shows over a weekend, you can leave a CH. They're fun, casual, more like an AKC match. UKC has shows in Perry (not a big drive for you) twice a year and those are a bit harder to win at than the IABCA. AKC is the most difficult to succeed in - but also the place you will learn a lot re: styles..
AGRC has a CCA every August. If she'll be 18 mo old next year it'd be a valuable education... 2 AKC judges and (usually) one breeder but sometimes 3 AKC judges. 18 mo is the youngest that can enter.
There's also (dk where in GA you are) a good conformation class near Oxford, at the Horse Park- that's a weekly thing and totally AKC oriented. The gal who teaches it is a Golden handler.
No, our girl is not from Penny/Pendery. We were looking for a pet when we started our search and somewhere along the way my wife decided she would love to get into dog sports, confirmation and possibly breeding. At that point we were locked in with a breeder, and discussed the possibility of confirmation and breeding in the long term future if clearances and confirmation to breed standard were confirmed. We knew the breeder had shown but with our nascent and elementary level of knowledge, we didn't understand the complexities involved and the nature of the different competing/registering/showing bodies.
The test litter I linked above is actually from Montere Farms
and the breeder Monica was super helpful in understanding the complexities of the differences between the different levels of competition. I'm going to link the test litter above with the corrected name so its not confusing
We are hoping to get a pup from the litter, but it will depend on the number of females and of the number of show prospects from it. I'm *hoping* if we get a pup that we can go through how she evaluated when we visit and/or pick up the puppy. From my limited understanding it seems as if this would be a nice litter from which to get a pup bred for AKC confirmation and future breeding. Of course, I know there are no guarantees on how a puppy will turn out in terms of confirmation or clearances.
As for our current girl, if she isn't AKC confirmation material it won't break out hearts; we will still show her at the other bodies to help gain an understanding of the process and get experience in the show ring. This is a long term process for us and we want to make sure that as we enter the world of confirmation and possible breeding we have a great mentor/mentee relationship with multiple breeders in our area. We aren't in this to make money or to sell puppies, but want to help better the breed that has impacted our lives so richly.