The Pet Directory website banner
Home Events Adopt A Pet Classifieds Dogs Cats Birds Aquarium Small Pets Farm Animals Horses Reptiles Jobs Lost & Found Pets
My Pet Directory you are not currently logged in [click here to login]
Pet Product Competitions to Win! Share:
FINDA
[add your listing]
DOG
PET DIRECTORY
Accessories, Equipment, & Products
Boarding, Pet Minding & Walking
Breeders
Careers - Working With Animals
Classifieds - Puppies & Supplies
Cleaning, Sanitise & Disinfect
Clubs, Associations, Welfare Rescues & Government
Dog Off Leash Areas
Food & Treats & Supplements
Pet Transport
Grooming & Hydrobathing Services
Insurance
Microchipping & Recording
Pet Shops - Produce - Saddleries - Online Shops
Pet & Animal Expos, Zoos, Displays & Tours
Pet Friendly Accommodation
Rainbow Bridge
Real Estate For Animal Lovers
Services
Training & Puppy Pre-Schools
Vets
Websites of Interest
Wholesale/Manuf/Import/Export & Vet Supplies

Dogs & Puppy Classifieds
PET FRIENDLY
ACCOMMODATION
ADOPT-A-DOG
 
 
 
Dogs & Puppies For Sale
Adopt Shelter Dogs & Puppies
Buy from Registered ANKC Breeders
of Purebred Dogs & Puppies
Adopt a Dog or Puppy Today!

Registered Purebreed Dogs & Puppies

RESOURCES
Australian Pet Industry News
Australian Pet Industry News
Pet Events
Adopt A Pet
Link to Us
Websites
Buy a Book
Lost & Found
Look Inside the Pet Directory Book
Advertising
FUN STUFF!
Dog Books
Photo Gallery
Articles
Free Pet Products
Pet Personalities
Special Offers
Free Club Pack
Competitions
Kids Page
Wallpaper
Pet Directory

Viewing Pet Directory:
International:
Top Dogs - Who will be the most beautiful of them all?

Australian Pet Industry News

Top Dogs - Who will be the most beautiful of them all?

Australia, November 2014

Five of Australia’s elite dog groomers are celebrating their prestigious 2014 State Royal Groomer titles as the year comes to an end, and preparing to clash clippers at the ultimate grooming competition next year.

PIAA State Royal Grooming Competitions

The top pet stylists are winners of this year’s Royal State by State grooming challenge hosted annually by the Pet Industry Association of Australia, in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Shows in the groomers' respective States.

With this year’s Best in Show title under their belts, the five Royal groomers will compete against each other at the Pet Industry Association’s ‘Supreme Royal Grooming Championship’ held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April next year. “Competing at a Royal Show is for many groomers the peak of their achievement and something they strive to achieve in their discipline,” says Karen Swan, Grooming Director of the Pet Industry Association.

Running for the Supreme Royal Groomer title will be James Bennett of Queensland, Annette Whitelum of New South Wales, Lauren Novak of South Australia, Dani Segal of Victoria and Helen Forester of Western Australia. The State Royal grooming competitions began running three years ago and are getting better and better each year with improved grooming skills and an increasing number of breeders and exhibitors competing, says Ms Swan.

“Some of the competitions at this year’s State Royals were very tight. Judges had to work really hard to choose a winner. It came down to finding the minutest hair out of place,” she says.

“We anticipate the battle for the 2015 Supreme Royal Grooming Championship to be very exciting. Victoria became champion two years in a row and the groomers from the other States will be contesting it next year. They won’t allow Victoria to win for the third time!”

For more about the Pet Industry Association of Australia’s 2015 Supreme Royal Groomer Championship, visit PIAA.

Brisbane Royal Grooming Champion

PIAA State Royal Grooming Competitions

Brisbane Royal Grooming Champion James Bennett, 20, is the youngest person and first male to ever win a State Royal Grooming competition.

Mr Bennett is a fourth year apprentice fitter and turner, but also works part-time as a groomer, breeds Poodles breeder (Danrith Poodles) and is successful in the dog show ring. He started grooming more seriously after his mother passed away 3.5 years ago, inspiring him to work harder to gain better skills and more knowledge.

“Winning the Brisbane Royal was something I was trying to tick off on my to-do list. I didn’t place last year because I didn’t know enough. This time I changed my mentors to learn more about doing it my own way and make my own style,” he says.

After competing for the Supreme Royal Groomer title next year, Mr Bennett will travel to America for two months to work with world renowned Poodle specialist and professional handler Ann Rairigh.

Perth Royal Grooming Champion

PIAA Perth Royal Grooming Competitions

A former veterinary nurse and TAFE groomer instructor, Helen Forester has been grooming for 16 years but came into competitive grooming only a few years ago. Since then she has been travelling the world attending grooming seminars and competitions to gain more knowledge and experience.

“When I was a vet nurse, I enjoyed grooming dogs and cats that came in for surgery and making them look good before presenting to their owners. After completing a TAFE course I opened a Salon within the hospital,” she says.

Ms Forester now runs a home-based salon, K9 Style Dog Grooming, and more recently groomer training.

“Winning the Perth Royal Grooming competition is the highlight of my career. It is a confirmation that everything I have been working so hard to achieve is correct,” she says. “I am my worst critique. I always underestimate myself; that’s why it is such a reward to win it. I will work just as hard now to do my best representing WA at the Supreme Royal Groomer Championship.”

Adelaide Royal Grooming Champion

PIAA Adelaide Royal Grooming Competitions

Second-time Adelaide Royal Grooming Champion Lauren Novak started her grooming career at the age of 15, bathing dogs at a salon during the Christmas holidays. When she finished school, she started working as a groomer and is today at the age of 23 running her own salon, Precious Paws.

Ms Novak took out last year’s Adelaide Royal Groomer title as well, but was unable to travel to Sydney this year to compete in the Supreme Royal Groomer Championship.

“At this year’s Adelaide Royal, I was in it to win everything. The pressure I put on myself to win was immense as I felt I had let everyone down the year before. Winning has made me feel all the work and effort is worth it and I feel like I have ‘made it’ as a pet stylist,” she says. “Attending the Supreme Royal Groomer Championship next year will be the highlight of my career!”

PIAA Sydney Royal Grooming Competitions
Sydney Royal Grooming Champion

The Sydney Royal Groomer title was awarded to Annett Whitelum, Certified Master Groomer who runs Turners & Pooch Pet Salon on NSW’s North Coast.

"Winning this award means a great deal to me," she says. "It was also a bit of a surprise as I entered the competition to catch up with my fellow grooming competitors from around Australia and give my dog a much-needed haircut!"

Ms Whitelum considers herself “just a pet groomer” and has wonderful clients, friends and family who believe in her.

“To show them I can compete and achieve great results against groomers from all around Australia feels great!” she says.

“Knowing the breed standard of a dog and what they should truly look like is a major advantage as well as expert scissoring, attention to detail and a good competition dog. These combined together achieve the ultimate groom and can put a groomer way ahead of their competitor!”

 

Melbourne Royal Grooming Champion

Melbourne Royal Grooming Champion Dani Segal has been a professional groomer for nearly a decade, opening her business Divine Dog Grooming Salon five years ago. She has won many awards over the years but taking out the Melbourne Royal Groomer title is her “biggest accomplishment by far,” she says.

PIAA Melbourne Royal Grooming Competitions

“Best in Show is something I have been working towards for a long time now, so to finally succeed means all my hard work has been worth it,” she says.

“There is very tough competition these day with so many awesome groomers competing, which keeps me striving to learn and improve more and more with very competition I do.”

Her second Melbourne Royal Grooming competition, Ms Segal feels honoured to compete against some of the best groomers in the country.
“I’m so excited to represent Victoria at the Supreme Royal Grooming Championship!” she says.

“It’s an honour to get the chance to get up there with everyone and show what I can do. Without all the groomers wanting to show off their knowledge and skills, there would be no competition to watch! And without the hard work by the Pet Industry Association, groomers wouldn’t have a competition to enjoy.”

 


Back to Latest Australian Pet Industry News
SUBMIT an Australian Pet Industry News Article to The Pet Directory!
Share:
Subscribe: Australian Pet Industry News RSS Feed Icon
Add to My MSN
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to Google
Add to Windows Live
SUBMIT A RABBIT CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A DOG CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A CAT CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A BIRD CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A HORSE CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A REPTILE CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A FISH CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A CAVY CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A GOAT CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A ALPACA CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!
SUBMIT A LLAMA CARE ARTICLE to The Pet Directory!

Home | Contact Us | Jobs
The Pet Directory Website **AWARDED** "Outstanding Service to the Australian Pet Industry" by PIAA, the Pet Industry Association of Australia.
PIAA Pet Industry Association
*There are currently 355 people online.


Follow The Pet Directory on Twitter The Pet Directory on Facebook