The cream of British grooming met in Leeds recently to compete in the 2005 British Dog Grooming Championships, with the event proving more popular than ever before. A record 46 dog groomers from across the country entered the event at mypetstop in Morley, with more than 400 spectators turning up to watch.
Yorkshire groomer Zoe Duffy, from Shear Pawfection in Keighley, proved a cut above, taking home the prestigious ‘Groomer of the Year’ title along with a cheque for £500. Duffy, who entered a handstripped Lakeland Terrier and a Bichon Frise, winning first place in both categories, had previously won the title in 1994.
“It was definitely harder this time – it was the biggest it’s ever been and the quality of work was of a higher standard,” said Duffy. “I was surprised to win, because of the competition around. There was nothing between me and the runner up.”
Emma Walton was placed second, with Anita Bax from Paws Brooklands Bungalow in Chopham in third place. Rebecca Bell, from Aeclips Dog Grooming in Whitley Bay, won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ title.
As well as the competition itself, there were grooming demonstrations on a variety of different breeds – and even a rabbit and guinea pig – and a series of seminars throughout the day on everything from dog behaviour to holistic therapies. Trade stands from top grooming names such as Dezynadog and Groomers Ltd showcased the best in grooming equipment
“Dog grooming is the fastest growing sector of our membership, and we always knew this would be a fantastic event,” said Janet Nunn, Chief Executive of the Pet Care Trust. “But the turnout for this event and the enthusiasm of those who were there surpassed our expectations, and we’re grateful to everyone who helped make the Championship such a success. Grooming is clearly a growing area, and the competition on Sunday showed Britain’s grooming best at their most creative.”