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Highest standards ever at British dog grooming championships


Groomer of the year

The cream of British grooming met in Leeds on Sunday to compete in the 2007 British Dog Grooming Championships, with standards higher this year than ever before. thirty four dog groomers from across the country entered the event at mypetstop in Morley, with hundreds of spectators turning up to watch.

Alison Rogers, of Pretty Paws Grooming Salon, Huddersfield, proved a cut above, taking home the prestigious ‘Groomer of the Year’ title along with a cheque for £500. Alison entered the Handstripped and Clipped Gundogs class with a Springer Spaniel, winning first place, and the Standard Poodle class, coming second.

Peter Ensell was placed second, with his wife, Bexi Ensell, both from More than Mutts, in Atherstone, Warwickshire, in third place. Michelle Pickard, won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ title.
As well as the competition itself, there were packed out grooming demonstrations on a variety of different breeds and a series of seminars throughout the day. Trade stands from top grooming names such as sponsors Groomers Ltd, Red Cape and Pennine Industries showcased the best in grooming equipment. The West Yorkshire Police Dog Training Section brought something different to the day by bringing along one of their police dog puppies, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People showed off the amazing skills of one of their hearing dogs, Natalie, accompanied by her owner.

"We were delighted with the excellent turn out of groomers from across the country, who crammed the seminars and watched the competitors throughout the day to learn from the best of British groomers" said Janet Nunn, Chief Executive of the Pet Care Trust. "Thanks to sponsors and supporters, we are confident that British grooming is on the up!"

Brenda Baskerville, Director of the BDGA said: ‘This is the premier event in the British grooming calendar, a must-attend event for any aspiring top groomer. I was especially pleased with the number of young people who came to learn and share from the best in our business’.