Second Grooming Competition held in Victoria by PIAA and The Pet Directory


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Victoria - Australia
August 2008

Dog Grooming Competition Victoria

The Pet Industry Association of Australia and The Pet Directory jointly held the second ever professional groomer competition before the public supported by PIAA, Box Hill TAFE and our major sponsor The Pet Directory was held over one day on Saturday the 24th of August. And what a great day it was! 

Dog Grooming Product Prizes

There were prizes galore for the winners from members of The Pet Directory network including:  Aristopet Professional Grooming Products, Hound House Kennels, Spectrum Pet Products, Craig Allan Solutions, Smellgone Pet Odour Eliminator, Feather Edge Sharpening, and Dog Essentials.

With the National Grooming comp held at PetExpo booking out, these State competitions are also going to become bigger and bigger. Though only in its first year, the Victorian comp had some great entries, with some of our talented CMG’s even coming down to Melbourne from interstate, as well as a group of TAFE students entering the Novice events. Due to the wonderful support from our major and minor sponsors, no one walked away empty handed or disappointed for the work, time and money they had put in to the event. Every entrant received a “goodies bag” filled with products and samples, and these were very much appreciated by all.  The prizes were amazing with all first place getters taking home close to $500 worth of products plus their Plaque and Rosette. Due to the success of the Brisbane and Victorian competitions we plan to continue with Sydney early next year followed by other states as follows:
Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin with a NATIONALS to be held in Brisbane.

Box Hill TAFE provided the stage in which to hold the competition, which ran concurrently with their Open Day, and even with the family, friends, prospective students and general public flowing in and out all day, it must have been one of the most respectful crowds a  grooming competition has ever seen.

Congratulations must go to our first Australian International Judge, Vanessa Parsons, and while considering Vanessa is still rather new at this judging game, she has the fantastic ability to put everybody at ease, enabling both the beginner to the advanced groomer to enjoy the experience.

We are very fortunate to work in an industry such as ours. It is amazing how groomers will support their peers in all their endeavors, from entering grooming competitions at short notice, to respecting their fellow groomer who is gaining experience as a judge and the friendly banter and support given to each other as competitors. It made for a very enjoyable day. The Australian grooming industry has the talent to produce Australian judges, speaker and one day even an Australian GroomTeam, but we can only achieve these goals with the support from our peers to give each other a go.



1st – Sarah Benbow
2nd – Ella Taylor


1st – Sharon Hall
2nd – Deborah Ryan
3rd – Melanie Newman


1st – A Shear Delight Dog Grooming Salon
2nd – Box Hill TAFE Cert IV Class
3rd – Oodles of Spoodles


1st – Sarah Benbow
2nd – Michelle Stringer
3rd – Ella Taylor


1st – Sharon Hall
2nd – Melanie Newman
3rd – Deborah Ryan

Thank you also to the minor sponsors:
Craig Allen Solutions, Spectrum Pet Products, Dog Essentials, Feather-Edge Sharpening, Aristopet, Hound House and Smellgone, for all their wonderful prizes. Sponsor tables and powerpoint projectors were advertising our sponsors on the day, I can only hope that the groomers support those that support us.

Dog Essentials
Craig Allen Solutions
Feather Edge Sharpening
Visit the Dog Wholesale Section to find these sponsors information.

Jodi-Anne Hasler
Victorian State Comp Organiser
The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA)

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