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English Groomers Challenge 2017


Sunday 4th June 2017

White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BT

 

PROGRAMME:

9am Group A commences
12:30pm Group B commences
12:30pm Abstract Runway commences
13:15pm Creative Class commences
15:30pm Creative Stylist of the Year Award

TICKET INFORMATION:

Spectator (no entry to talks or demo's): £10 pre-booked; £15 on the door
Delegate (entry to show, all demo's and talks): £20 pre-booked; £25 on the door
Competitors: £25 one class; £40 two classes; £60 three classes

COMPETITION RULES:

  • Please let the judges know of any problems with your dog before the start of your class
  • Please treat your dogs with respect. If the judges consider a dog is being mishandled, a warning will be given. A second warning will result in disqualification
  • Competitors should not trim their dogs after the classes have finished, unless you have permission from all the judges.
  • All classes will start promptly. Any late arrivals may still compete but will not be allowed any extra time. Please report to the competitor stewards before entering the competition area.
  • JUDGES' DECISION IS FINAL

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

You will need at least 6 weeks growth to showcase your skills. Judging is based on degree of difficulty and level of work. You will need to provide your dog bathed and prepared with ears, nails, groin and pads already attended to. Poodle face, feet and tail are clipped during the class. You need to bring your own equipment and table. No electric provision is made by the show organisers so please bring cordless clippers. Products and dyes may be used. Please bring holding crates for your competition dogs. Please do not bring dogs not entered into the competition. All competitors are ultimately responsible for their own dogs so please make sure that dogs are kept watered and exercised and don't forget to clean up after your dog! We recommend that you bring a helper to assist you throughout the day. Remember that competitor stewards are around to help you so don't be afraid to ask.

CREATIVE CHALLENGE

  • This competition highlights the extreme creativity of professional groomers
  • Entries may be from individuals or teams
  • Competitors may only use dyes that are non-toxic and manufactured for animal use and should be used prior to arrival
  • You are allowed 2 hours to finish your presentation. At the end of the class, you will be allowed an extra 10 minutes to dress your table with whatever props you need to enhance your presentation.
  • Any pure or mixed breed dog may be used.
  • Winners will be chosen for their originality and creativity of design and theme and quality of styling techniques. Winner is not eligible for Best in Show but will be eligible for the title of Creative Stylist of the Year
  • Please note that your dog is your sole responsibility and that their welfare is of the utmost importance. Should the judge fell that a competitor is putting their dog's welfare at risk, they have the right to disqualify them from the competition and this may result in being banned from future events.
  • Electric points will be made available to creative entrants

ABSTRACT RUNWAY

This class is designed to show the beauty of a simple, abstract design scissored, clipped or handstripped into the coat and devoid of props, costumes, accessories etc. Minimal colour and added "bling" (glitter, body jewels etc.) if any, is permitted but should not detract from the overall finish. These designs are to be completed prior to the competition and the class will be judged on the finished design only. Any breed may be used and the finished design will be judged on finish, balance and originality. All winners from Creative and Abstract will be eligible for Creative Stylist of the Year.

CHALLENGE

ADVANCED:
Judged by Melanie Winters-Holmes

Open to groomers who have been placed first in a grooming competition at Experienced level or above or are breed specialists. Exhibitors are classed as breeds specialists and are required to enter into the advanced section for their specific breed.

EXPERIENCED:
Judged by Colin Taylor 

Groomers who have more than 12 months grooming experience and who may have entered but never been placed 1st at the Experienced level in their chosen class at a previous grooming competition. Exhibitors are classed as breeds specialists and are required to enter into the advanced section for their specific breed.

NEWCOMER:
Judged by Susan Pratt

Groomers who have less than 12 months grooming experience and who may have entered but never been placed at a previous grooming competition. Exhibitors are classed as breeds specialists and are required to enter into the advanced section for their specific breed.

JUNIORS:
Judged by Lesley Garrett

Juniors will enter the challenge alongside the rest of the competitors.  Best Junior will be awarded seperately.  Junior will still need to choose at which level they will compete at (i.e. advanced, experienced or newcomer).
Under 18 group is for groomers under 18 but over and including 14 years old.
Under 14 group is for groomers under 14 years old.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS WILL ALSO BE JUDGED BY LESLEY GARRETT

CLASSES

GROUP A MORNING:

Scissor Pure Breed
Time Allowed:  2hrs (dogs over 15" 2hrs30)
Poodles, Bichons, Kerry Blues, Bedlingtons.  Clippers and comb attachments may be used.

Real Life Pure Breed
Time Allowed:  2hrs (dogs over 15" 2hrs30)
Any purebreed not in breed standard trim.  Any technique may be used.  Whether it is a clipped off Cocker, a Westie without a skirt or a pet trim on a drop coat.  Any breed not in traditional breed styles.  Short coated dogs are welcome, as are Golden Retrievers etc.

Real Life Cross Breed
Time Allowed:  2hrs (dogs over 15" 2hrs30)

Any mixed breed dog.  Any technique may be used except handstrip. 

GROUP B AFTERNOON:

Clip
Time Allowed:  2hrs (dogs over 15" 2hrs30)
Terriers, Schnauzers and gundogs clipped into breed standard style.

Handstrip
Time Allowed:  2hrs30
Any terrier, schnauzer or gundog handstripped with minimal use of thinners (suitable crossbreeds are also allowed)


CREATIVE STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Judged by Stuart Simons

Unleash your creative skills.  This can be an individual or team effort. All dying must be done before the class.  You have 2 hours to complete your dog.  Don't forget to enhance your creation with a background and props.  Comprises of two levels:  Novice and Open

Novice Creative Class
A creative class for groomers who have never been placed in a creative competition previously

Open Creative Class
Groomers who have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Creative class previously

Abstract Runway
A basic creative class already completed at home.  The finished design is shown in the class.


Seminars are as follows:

9.30-10:00 Louisa Tandy LCGI GMG  :-  Scissor Talk, the difference between scissors, how to use them and where.  
10.00-11.00 Tanya Stevens  :-  Navigating the minefield of online advertising
11.00-12.00 Stuart Simons  :-  Safety in Creativity
12.00-1 .00 Julie Harris LCGI GMG and Stuart Simons :-  Groomers Spotlight  All your questions answered 
1.00-2.00  Colin Taylor  :- Time saving tips and how to manage time more efficiently in the salon
2.00-3.00 Looking after yourself Margaret Sinclair "The Barefoot Osteopath”

Please use the entry form below to order spectator tickets or enter as a competitor.  Payment is by Paypal only. 


PLEASE NOTE, ONLINE ENTRY AND TICKET PURCHASE IS NOW CLOSED