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International
   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.

Denys Lorrain


Denys Lorrain

Denys Lorrain was born in France and started grooming in 1989. Became French groomer of the year in 1991 in Paris, European winner with a poodle in Amsterdam in 1992. Member of the French team for the world groom team championship in New York in 1996. Denys has won many gold and silver medals in Europe and in the USA. In 1997 he won the best international groomer in Intergroom and won the Oster tournament of Champions. Specialist of the hand stripping and scissoring Denys finished his career of grooming competitions in Barcelona in 2002 winning the Best in show with a standard Poodle. Since 2000 Denys is an Oster ambassador and has moved to Italy to open his own kennel for his real passion of Lakeland terrier, wire Fox terrier, Poodle and English cocker spaniel. He's vice president of the EGA, international all around judge and instructor. Denys has done many demonstrations in Taiwan, USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and all over Europe with many breeds. Denys has been the proud Captain and Trainer of the Austrian Groomers at the World groom team Championship for the last few years. His Kennel under the prefix of Slicey has produced many World and European titles in the dog show circuits and totalizes over seventy national and international championships .For him Grooming is an art. He excels in his roll as tutor for groomers of all levels around the world. Speaking many languages, it's always easy to talk to him a little bit regarding dogs and having a good time. The famous Denys Lorrain has won many gold and silver medals in Europe and in the USA. He's vice president of the EGA, international all round judge and instructor. He excels in his roll as tutor for groomers of all levels around the world.

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.

Kathy Rose

Kathy Rose

A veteran competitor, Kathy was seen in competition rings from coast to coast, winning Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards from all classes in nearly every show in the U.S., garnering her positions on four consecutive GroomTeams. Her artistry also earned her multiple Creative Styling awards. She is a Barkleigh Honors nominee as well as a recipient of multiple nominations for the Crystal Awards, winning the award for outstanding service to the industry. Kathy is recognized worldwide as a respected judge, knowledgeable lecturer, and columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, was a Crystal Award nominee as one of the top four boutique salons in the U.S. and adorned the cover of the Groomer to Groomer Buyer's Guide.