Europes biggest educational professional grooming event

Europes biggest educational professional grooming event with International grooming competition, top seminars, workshops, mini tradeshow, kids competition modeldog and many more...


International grooming competition


  1. Register and pick up your papers on our desk at the entrance (opens at 7 am) 
  2. After registering you take your dog to the photostudio to take a before picture.
  3. Via the sign on the ring you can find your name and table number
  4. Once you have installed on your table the prejudging will commence. If you like to get some explanation of the judge about your work after the competition it is important to report it towards the judge when he/she arrives at your table.
  5. After the competition judging of your work will commence.
  6. As soon as the last judge has taken notes, the contestant needs to go to the photo studio for the after-image.
  7. Thereafter, the nominations are announced.
  8. Finally you can take consult with the requested judge. This will take place on the provided tables next to the studio.


Competition Rules


The contestant can enter in any of the 4 following official categories:

  • Handstripping
  • Spaniels and Setters
  • Poodles A : Toy, Miniature and Medium size
  • Poodles B : Standard
  • Pure breeds

In the 4 official categories you can choose to enter in the following  classes:

  • Open
  • Champion


Contestants may also enter in the following extra categories*: (only 1 general class available in these categories)

  • Mixed breeds / Miscellaneous / Salon  
  • Solo Clippers Challenge
  • Model dog Replay Creative Art Challenge
  • Modeldog Replay Student
  • Modeldog Replay Kids

And in the extra classes*   

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate


*These classes/categories are not eligible for Best In Show.



By Entering the competition, you are, without extra registration, also competing for the extra prizes such as best make-over, best groomer, and special achievement prizes which can be given at or after the show.


Class definition

Beginners Class is for groomers with less than 1 years grooming experience.

Intermediate Class is for groomers with more than 1 years grooming experience or groomers who have already won 1st place in the beginner’s Class with maximum 2-year experience. the winner won’t be allowed to compete in “Intermediate Class” anymore.


Class definition

Open Class is for experienced groomers who have not yet won 1st place in open class within the same category.

Champion Class is for groomers who have already won 1st place in open class within the same category.


After winning 1st place in beginners, intermediate class or open classes contestants may move up to the next level immediately, but must move up to the next level no later than the 1st of January of the following year.


Useful information

- Contestants must bring their own dogs in natural hair colour and own grooming tools.

- The organization will provide the tables.

- The contestants need to be in the ring 30 minutes before the start of the competition for prejudging.

- The contestant and the competition dog must proceed to the photo studio where the pre-contest and after photo will be taken.

- In each class and category, there will be 3 contestants placed per class.

- The Best In Show will be chosen from the 10 first placed class winners from the official 4 categories.

-The Best all round Groomer is the individual competitor who by winning in the 4 official categories gains the most points. In the event of a tie: The winner will be the contestant who has the highest placings in the individual classes. If both contestants are placed equally there will be a public vote to decide the winner.

- The Best Makeover is the individual who makes the biggest improvement in the dogs appearance between the before and after as well as the best groomed dog. 

The beginner’s class, that can also be considered as a workshop, and accordingly the contestants can ask the help and advice of the judges during the competition. The judges are even permitted to groom a small section of the dog, so the contestant has the opportunity to learn different techniques.


A contestant is eligible for entry in the beginner’s class when they have less than one years experience in the specific breed with which they wish to compete. After one year has elapsed from the first competition the contestant must move up to the intermediate class or open class for that breed, however they may compete in the beginners class with a different breed for another year if they wish.

The period of one year as a beginner is irrespective of whether the contestant wins or not. 

Dog show experience counts towards the initial period of one year for the beginner’s class.


Before each competition, the contestant may ask a judge or all judges if they wish to give commentary after the competition ends, this comment will be given after each class a on a dedicated place (not in the ring).


Beginners who are not selected in the final can go to the workshop in the afternoon après groom they have

the opportunity to improve their work and be coached by top groomers. This year they will be coached by Ferruccio Soave, Roman Fomin and Umberto Lehmann. For each participant, a master groomer will improve your competition dog one to one and show you how you can correct your style and how to improve your finishing touch and all this is totally free of charge.


Model dog Replay Competitions:  The state of the art new Model Dog Replay is a plastic mannequin with long, fluffy hair which can be cut and trimmed in a variety of styles. The special hair is easy to brush and after only a few minutes is ready to cut. Replay means the hair is removable and can be replaced, so that you can groom this model dog as many times as you like! Sold complete, plastic mannequin with 1 coat of hair with extra coats of hair available and also extra heads of hair Ideal for grooming schools.





Handstripping without clipper use

  • Small       and Medium sizes = 2:30 hours
  • Big sizes    (Airedale Terrier) = 3:00 hours


Handstripping with clipper use

  • Small = 2:00 hours
  • Medium size = 2:15  hours
  • Big size = 2:30 hours              


Spaniels and Setters

All Setters, American Cockers, English Cockers, Springers,... = 2:30 hours



up to 35 cm = 1:45 hours
35 cm  up to 45 cm = 2:00 hours
Over 45 cm = 2:30 hours


Pure Breeds

Bichon, Bedlington = 2:00 hours

Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier = 2:30 hours


Mixed breed, Miscellaneous & Salon

Small breeds           (like Bichon, Bedlington  ) = 2:00  hours

Big breeds                (like English sheepdog) = 2:30  hours


Beginners and Intermediate = 2:30 hours


Solo clippers

Time allowed is based on height of the dog

Up to 35cm = 1:45 hours
35cm to 45cm = 2:00 hours
Over 45cm = 2:30 hours


Model dog Replay  kids and students = 2:00 hours

Model dog Replay Creative = 2:00 hours



Grooming rules

All dogs needs to be washed prior to the competition   

The ears and nails need to be groomed and the dog’s underbelly, genitals and hind quarters may be previously groomed for reasons of hygiene, according to the breed standard.

The dog needs to have at least 8 weeks coat growth or poodles minimum 5 cm coat length. 

Any evident line or pattern from a previous grooming is not allowed. Dog’s coat must be long enough to allow the groomer to make a distinct difference in it’s appearance.

 All grooming techniques are allowed, as long as the chosen technique suits the type of the dog’s coat.

If there is any problem during the competition raise your hand and the president of the jury will come and help you.




Category Handstripping / Spaniels & Setters

Stripping knives are allowed

Dog needs to be groomed according to the breed standard

(Colored )Chalk powder/block/spray and cream is allowed for Terriers.

It is not allowed to use clippers except:

Scottish Terrier – chest, head and ears.

West Highland Terrier - chest and ears.

Cockers and Setters - chest and ears.

Schnauzer - chest, head, inside of back legs and ears

Breeds who need to be hand striped and the coat does not allow this technique can compete in the commercial class. 


Category Poodles / Pure Breeds

The dog needs to be washed and fluff dried.

The muzzle, feet, stomach and tail can be clipped before the competition.

Poodles must be groomed in a style recognized in the breed standard.

Poodles with top knots can have 15 minutes extra time to finish and may ask for help from an outsider to hold the dog while doing the top knot (in these 15 minutes they can continue using the scissors) . Colouring is not allowed


Category Mixed breed / Miscellaneous/ Commercial

The Mixed breed / miscellaneous is for all mixed breeds or breeds like poodle that you wish to groom as a Bichon for example.

Commercial: This class is made for commercial work, the dogs we see in the salon on daily basis.

No pure breed styled in his/her conformation trim is allowed in this class.

Examples of breeds that are typically in the salon class are the Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, and Shih Tzu, Cockers Spaniels and many more breeds all styled in a commercial trim.


Solo Clippers: This is a challenge for the trendy groomers who can style any breed using only clippers.  Feel free to be creative or follow the breed standard. The hair may be lifted with combs or fingers and any kind of clippers with or without snap on combs is allowed. Scissors are not allowed during this competition, after the competition ends the competitors will be checked by the judges and we will announce when they have 10 minutes to use the scissors for tidying and finishing touches. You will be disqualified if you use the scissors during the competition!! (Open to all breeds) All clipper work must be done during the competition or there will be a 20 minutes’ pause penalty.  All dog needs to have at least 8 weeks coat growth or poodles minimum 5 cm coat length.  


Model dog Replay Kids: Thanks to our sponsor 15 children will have the chance to have fun and let themselves go in The Model Dog for Kids competition and this free of charge. For this competition, the model dogs should be completely brushed out before the competition Important: this competition takes place under the supervision of parents, the organizers cannot accept responsibility in the event of accidents. All kids will receive a medal and have their photo taken and can keep the model dog. All dogs must be brushed and be ready to scissor prior the competition. They can also use bows, elastics, colour sprays and powders, etc… they can also work in a theme, where they can also clothe the model dog in their chosen theme … Tables are provided but if you intend to use colour sprays or glitter etc please make sure you bring a cover for the protection of our tables. Fun is guaranteed!!

Model dog Replay Creative Art Challenge: Extreme styling with the model dog replay mannequin, colour with dyes, spray’s, gels or powders is all allowed. This is a challenge for the artistic groomers among us, transform the model dog replay in a fabulous coloured piece of art.

After the competition, the groomers can dress up to match the created piece of art. Tables provided must be protected from glitter, color and all products. Maximum 2 people may enter the ring for help for set up background if desired and this during the 15 minutes following scissors down. All dogs must be brushed and be ready to scissor prior the competition. The price to compete in this category is including the model dog with the coat.


Model dog Replay Student: We have launched this category to give the student the opportunity to compete and give all competitors an equal and fair chance of winning in this competition. In this class the student needs to have the intention to use their artistic abilities to create the most accurate and exact profile of any chosen breed. Colouring of the fur is allowed, but only according to the breeds’ standard and within the time period of the competition. To compete in this category the student must be registered in a grooming school and we need proof of registration in your school in 2016 or 2017. (send to after you have made your registration). The price to compete in this category is including the model dog with the coat. All dogs must be brushed and be ready to scissor prior the competition.


Competition End

Contestants should remove all hair, equipment and products from the grooming table. A comb should be placed on the table for the judge to use during judging. Contestants may comb their dogs before and after the judging panel has evaluated their dogs. Contestant should stack his/her dog to present to judge. It will be announced when the judging is finished so contestants can relax their dogs. 



The judges will examine each dog during prejudging and final judging and will take in consideration the following issues:                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Suitability of chosen style to the dog.
  • The difficulty degree of the clip.                                                                                                                                       
  • Ability to camouflage defects and enhance beauty.
  • Up to date with today’s modern grooming styles.
  • Respect for today’s breed standard. *                                                                                                                           
  • The quality of scissoring, clipping and or stripping after passing a comb.
  • Balance, symmetry, and smoothness.
  • Presentation of the dog to the judge.

*Allowance to be made for International differences in styling for example USA or Scandinavian styles.



The quality of the clipper work whether the feet, face and tail are clipped with the appropriate blade. All clipper work should be smooth with no tufts of hair around the lips , eyes, pads of the feet.


Hand Stripping

There should be no visible pink or bald patches. The hair must be removed with the lay of the coat and without causing pain. Removing the undercoat by a carding tool is allowed only after the hand stripping has taken place. Rolling coats are acceptable; however the work done in the ring must be sufficient to allow the groomer to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance.

If clippers are used to trim the soft coat on the head or ears, the front of the neck, or on the insides of the back legs, these areas must be trimmed neatly and smoothly with the appropriate blade. The clipper work should blend smoothly with the furnishing or feathering rather than stick out.


Pure Breeds and Spaniels & Setters

If thinning shears are used: the areas that are thinned should blend smoothly and create a natural appearance.

The judges’ decision will be final and binding. We kindly ask all participants to be sportive and to respect the final decision of the jury.


In all categories the judging system is based on points. Each judge awards the competitors 10 points for the first place, 8 points for the second, 6 points for the third and 4 points for the fourth in each class. Judges are not allowed to exchange any opinion concerning the judgment during the competition. Each judge will have his/her own place list. Adding up the points of all judges, the assigned President of the Jury will obtain the final place list. In the event of a tie, the President of the Jury will discuss with the judges to establish the place winner. The Judges who judged the 4 official categories will judge the BIS on a voting based system.

Judges may give a warning to any competitor who is seen handling a dog in a rough or unsafe manner. A second warning will constitute disqualification. If the competitor makes clipper burns, nicks or cuts he can’t be placed as a winner. Any indecorous or aggressive language used towards the judges may lead to disqualification.

As a competitor, I hereby certify that I have read and understood the competition rules and regulations and agree to abide them. Contestants entering the competition with a dog showing less than 8 weeks of coat growth or visible lines from a previous grooming should be aware that they will be penalized and have little chance of being selected. I hereby acknowledge that the organizer of the competition has the sole right of use of any images, (photos or videos) data (names of the competitors) for the purposes of promoting future events.

Any registrations not paid by the due date will be cancelled. After this date, prices will increase by 20%, which is the “on the door” price. (In case of cancellation, refund or no-shows a processing fee of € 30,00 will be charged). Registration is binding.

Please only make the payment after having received the order form by email.  After receipt of your inscription and payment, we will send you an official invoice, which is also valid as entry ticket. Please bring this invoice to the event. 

Memorial Richard Barker Trophy

Richard Barker was universally admired and loved by all who knew him and regarded him as a friend. He was a multiple grooming contest winner. His many wins included best in shows and the International Groomer of the year title.

Richard was a kind, thoughtful and extremely intelligent man with a wonderful sense of humor and great enthusiasm for everything he did. Many turned to him for help and advice and he was always generous with his time, being much more than just a listener and always able to make thoughtful and considered suggestions which were helpful, positive and to the point.

Richard was a devoted husband and father and will always be remembered as a man who attained considerable personal distinction and achieved much in his regrettably much too short life. It was a privilege to have known Richard Barker, his infectious humor will be long remembered and he is sadly missed by all his friends around the world.

The special Richard Barker commemorative trophy will be awarded to the best groomer, chosen by Mrs. Linda Barker or by a friend chosen by Linda.

Since the trophy is being given to, according to Linda Barker, the best groomer of the event, there will be chosen a winner on Saturday and on Sunday. Saturday’s winner will be asked to come back on Sunday. Between these 2 winners, Linda will chose the winner of the Richard Barker trophy 2011.

The cup itself must be engraved and returned before the next event.

Europes biggest educational professional grooming event

Europes biggest educational professional grooming event with International grooming competition, top seminars, workshops, mini tradeshow, kids competition modeldog and many more...