1st Annual Freestylin’ Grooming Championship
Contest Rules and Regulations
12:00 pm: Check-in
12:15 pm: Pre-Judging
12:45 pm: Contest Starts
2:15-2:30 pm: Dog Break
4:00 pm: Contest Ends/Final Judging
5:00 pm: Awards
Contest Time Limit:
This competition is open to all groomers. There are no divisions, all competitors will compete together in one class.
Entries will be accepted in the order in which they are received up to a total of 30 competitors; competitors must make their registration fee payment of $110 within 24 hours of registering or risk losing their spot. Payments can be made upon completing registration by contacting Woofgang Academy of Grooming at 321.247.5581.
Competitors may compete with any of the AKC-recognized, scissored pure breeds groomed to breed standard or any scissored mixed breed in any freestyle salon trim.
***Scissored pure or mixed breeds are any dog that has curly or wavy coat that can be sculpted with shears to an extreme outline****
Scissored pure breed example list but not limited to:
Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Black Russian Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Soft Coated Wheaten, Poodle, Pomeranian
**Creative styling is not permitted however dogs may have color. Hand-stripped wire coats and carded/stripped sporting coats are not permitted.
Contestants should enter with a minimum of 8 weeks of coat growth. It is understood that some coats grow more quickly than others so the hair must be of sufficient length to allow the competitor to make a very 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 pad hair trimmed if applicable. Poodle pads, sanitary trimming and the genital and stomach areas should be pre-trimmed. Shaved feet and face may NOT be trimmed before the start of the competition. All other trimming shall be done only after the competition starts. Pre-shaved feet or face will result in a 15 minute time penalty All grooming techniques are permitted except plucking/carding/hand-stripping.
Scissoring, thinning, using guard combs are all permitted. 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. The use of hairspray, chalk, styling products are permitted and encouraged however, your judges must be able to evaluate the grooming with a comb.
**Singeing of the coat** using a flame or flame device to remove the tips of the hair is not permitted.
Grooming tables and grooming arms will be provided to contestants. Contestants must supply their own grooming equipment and grooming loop.
Electric: Electric will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers if clipping is part of your grooming.
Warnings: The following violations will result in a warning. A second warning will result in disqualification.
– Inappropriate attire
– Inappropriate language or clothing displaying profanity
– Skin abrasions, clipper burns, nicks or cuts
– The use of cell phones
– Smoking in the ring
– Rough handling
– Grooming loop too tight or too high
– Dogs left unattended on the table
– Dogs jumping or falling off the table
– Standing on chairs or tables
– Coaching of any kind from outside the ring
There will be 5 placements:
1st Place – $10,000 (sponsored by Woofgang Academy of Grooming and Pets Playground)
2nd Place – $2000 (sponsored by Woofgang Academy of Grooming and Pets Playground)
3rd Place – $1000 (sponsored by Woofgang Academy of Grooming and Pets Playground)
4th Place – $500 (sponsored by NIRA GROOMING)
5th Place – $250 (sponsored by NIRA GROOMING)