9:15 am: Check-in
9:30 am: Pre-Judging
10:00 am: Contest Starts
12:00 pm: Contest Ends / Final Judging
1:30 pm: Awards
Special note: Electric will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers where applicable.
Contest Time Limit:
All competitors will compete in a single division.
Entries will be determined in the order they are received up to a total of 60 competitors.
Competitors may compete with any of the AKC-recognized breeds groomed to breed standard.
Coat Length Qualifications
It is recognized that some coats grow more quickly than others. Therefore, for contest purposes, the hair must be of sufficient length to allow the competitor to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance. Rotated coats on hand-stripped dogs are acceptable; however there must be a distinct change in the dog’s appearance.
Competition dogs must be prepped and ready for the judge’s inspection prior to check-in. Dogs should be combed, brushed and free of tangles, freshly shampooed and dried. Ears should be clean, toenails trimmed/filed, and hair between the pads trimmed, if applicable, according to breed standards. Poodle feet, pads, sanitary trimming, the genital and stomach areas, should also be pre-trimmed. All other trimming shall be done only after the competition starts.
As a rule, terriers that are being handstripped are not freshly bathed since wetting the coat softens the hair and causes it to blow. Chalk may be used as a cleaning agent, providing that all traces of it are removed from the coat before the judges begin their final deliberations.
All grooming techniques – clipping, snap-on combs, scissoring, thinning, handstripping, plucking and carding are permitted. Singeing of the coat (using a flame device to remove the tips of the hair) is not permitted in the competition ring, prep area, or bathing and drying area. Any pet or show trim is permitted for Poodles.
Show topknots may be pre-banded, including hair extensions prior to the start of the class. Spray-up products are prohibited prior to the start of the class. Decorative objects, color sprays or glitter are not permitted. Regular hair sprays are allowed; however, aside from a tied-up sprayed topknot and finished heads, i.e. West Highland White Terrier, the judges must be able to comb through the coat. Finishing sprays, are permissible in order to tidy up after the competition time frame ends however, re-shaping with water or product application is prohibited.
Competitors and dogs must check-in and set up at 9:15 am. Pre-judging will begin at 9:30 am and the contest will start at 10:00 am. No extra time will be allowed nor will the contest be held up and late arrivals are not allowed. All competitors have a two-hour (2:00 hr.) time limit, regardless of breed of dog, size or grooming technique used. After the two-hour time call no more work will be allowed on the dog.
Grooming tables and grooming arms will be furnished to contestants. Contestants must supply their own grooming equipment and grooming loop.
The judges will give a warning for the following violations. A second warning will result in disqualification.
|Professional and Technical Warnings:||Handling Warnings:|
|Inappropriate attire.||Dog left unattended on the grooming table.|
|Inappropriate language and attitude.||Dog jumping or falling off the grooming table.|
|Skin abrasions such as clipper burns, nicks or cuts.||Rough handling of a dog.|
|Handstripping or plucking in a non-compassionate manner.||Safety loop adjusted too high.|
|Lifting a dog by the tail is strictly prohibited.|
|Use of cell phones or radios and headsets.|
|Smoking in the competition ring.|
|Standing on grooming tables.|
|Standing on chairs to groom or style.|
|Beverages not in spill-proof containers.|
|Coaching by anyone, at any time, during competition|
WPA Animal Safety and Handling Standard will be followed at all times.
The judges will be permitted to confer during the competition, as well as at the end of the time limit during their deliberations. They may narrow the competition down to a group of 10, then announce the placements of 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd place, and the 1st place “Super Jackpot Champion.” The judges’ decisions will be final and binding.
The Super Jackpot Champion will win $10,000 prize money and will also win entry and a trip to Groomania in Belgium (Trip includes airfare for $2,000 maximum and a hotel for 3 days and 2 nights).
|1st Place Champion||$10,000|