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The Groomer of the Year countdown is on

British Dog Groomers AssociationThe Groomer of the Year will be unveiled at the British Dog Grooming Championship, at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Sunday 18th October. To be in with a chance of walking off with this prestigious title – or, if you are aged 6-24, the crown for Junior Groomer of the Year – sign up now. And spectators can make a great saving on entry tickets by pre-registering. Log on to or call Hannah O’Dell on 01234 273933.

This year’s competition promises to be better than ever, with the chance for young groomers to qualify for YKC Crufts, a fantastic array of trade stands and fascinating free seminars. The judges have years of experience between them.

Three-time Irish Groomer of the Year, Jenny Hale is judging the Clipped and Scissored Terriers / Schnauzers and the Mixed and Misc class. Anita Bax has won the Golden Scissors Award in both the UK and America. She is judging Handstrip – any type of dog other than gundogs and the Standard Poodles class. Popular Dog World columnist Mary Ng is judging Hand Stripped and Clipped Gundogs, and Miniature and Toy Poodles. And another Irish champion, Natasja Hoekman is judging the Junior Competition.

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