Abstract Design Challenge

7:15 am: Check-in and pre-judging
7:45 am: Contest Ring Closes
8:00 am: Contest Starts
9:30 am: Contest Ends / Final Judging
10:00 am: Awards

Special note: Electricity will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers where applicable.

Contest Time Limit: 1:30 Hours

Divisions: Open to all competitors at any level. All competitors will compete in a single division.                       

The Abstract Design Challenge is intended to underscore the beauty of an “abstract design”, beautifully sculpted with minimal color (no more than 10% on dog/cat) accents and accessories. Judges are looking for stunning sculpting quality and artistry appropriate for a client’s pet. Design should be reproducible in one day in a salon setting. The pet’s coat is the blank canvas for the artistic design and should be groomed in advance with no trace of preset design or sculpted pattern.

  • Any purebred or mixed-breed dog or cat with any coat type may be used.
  • Design must be entirely created during the time frame of the competition.
  • There should be no trace or a preset design or sculpted pattern in the coat before the contest start time.
  • Competitors will have 1:30 Hrs. to sculpt a design into a pre-groomed/prepared coat.
  • Competitors should provide information to the MC, with biographical information and design explanation.
  • Competitors with cats may have one assistant to help hold the cat during design sculpting.
  • Entries are open to all levels of competitors.
  • The judging emphasis is design placement, execution, precision, artistry and overall balance and appeal.
  • If color is used on your entry, the color will not be considered in judging.
  • Visual or written instructions are prohibited in the contest ring.
Prize Money:
1st Place2nd Place3rd Place


Kelly Knight
Owner, BARK Luxury Pet Resort; Goin' To The Dogs

Adriane Pope
Owner, Adriane's Groom & Go Mobile Grooming