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Internatioanl
   Grooming Championship

$10,000 BIS Prize

There is a new grooming contest debuting this year, and it’s going to be a big one. The World Dog Grooming Championship will crown one groomer $10,000, the cover of Groomer to Groomer Magazine, a huge trophy, and other prizes. However, the biggest prize might be having the distinction of being the very first person to be crowned a world champion in an individual grooming contest. There will also be a Rescue Round-up and creative grooming competition.

Groomers from over 20 countries will be competing in this invitational. Each class will have a winner from the USA group and the one from the international group. The international and USA winners will then be judged against each other to determine the best in each class. Those four Best in Class winners will be part of the BIS line-up that will take place in the World Dog Expo Championship Arena on Sunday. The American Kennel Club and Nature’s Specialties were the first to sign on as sponsors. More sponsors are being added.

Judges

Jennifer Lee


Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Started competing in 2005. Since then she has won over 70 grooming competition awards, multiple Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer awards. In 2012 Jennifer won Groom Olympic World Champion at Groom Expo with her Scottish Terrier. Jennifer is a member of Groomteam USA hall of fame, she was honored to become Groomteam USA’s traveling team member to Belgium in 2011. In 2015, Jennifer also won International Groomer of the year award in Master Groom England. Jennifer is an international grooming seminar speaker, and has taught in many countries, including England, Sweden, Brazil, China, and Korea. Jennifer is an All Round EGA (European Grooming Association) and USA grooming competition Judge. Jennifer is a grooming certifier for Barkleigh Certification South Korea and IGU (International Groomers Union).

Sue Zecco


Sue Zecco

Sue is a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Award winner. She is a Certified Master Groomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She has been grooming for over 30 years. She has won multiple grooming awards, including her biggest show accomplishments: 1998 International Groomer of the Year and 1999 Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion. Sue has been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1997 and broke all records in 1999, earning 113 points. She is also a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. With Jay Scruggs, she conducts a series of full-day seminars called Super Styling Sessions. Sue breeds Standard Poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix.

Sergio Villasanti


Sergio Villasanti

Sergio had a very extensive professional journey always relating to the pet, working from Veterinary Clinic, kennel manager, training, dogs exhibition kennels, pet shops, grooming instructor, handler, speaker, grooming judge and finally becoming a Veterinarian Doctor.

Sergio had his major victory by winning Best In Show at World Expo in Belgium in 1995 with his Bichon. Sergio also competed for the first time as one of the 30 best in the world groomers in 1999 and won second in Pure Breed with his Bichon. Sergio was chosen as one of the eight best in the world groomers to compete in the honorable Pet Fashion Week New York contest. As a handler having worked with Master Flavio Werneck, Sergio made many champions in the show ring in Brazil and abroad.

Sergio is ICMG (IPG) and NCMG (NDGAA) and owner of Grooming School Republic of Dogs, where he’s had over 5,000 Brazil and international students. Sergio has judged international grooming contests since 2005, including the United States, Brazil, Spain, Belgium and Argentina. Sergio is also an international seminar speaker. Sergio's dream is to do his best to help Brazil groomers to grow and have a successful grooming career.

Denys Lorrain


Denys Lorrain