Classes &

Competition Rules

The Day's Schedule

Doors Open for Competitors - 7:30am

Doors Open for Spectators - 8:00am


Morning Session Pre-Judge - 8:00am

Morning Session Starts - 8:30am

Morning Session Awards 12:00pm


Afternoon session Pre-Judge - 12:30pm

Afternoon Session Start - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session Awards - 4:30pm

Best in Show - 5:00pm

Hand Strip

MORNING SESSION

Timings are as follows:

Small and Medium sizes - 2:30 hours

Large sizes - 3 hours


Handstripping with clipper use

Small - 2:00 hours

Medium - 2:15 hours

Large - 2:30 hours


JUDGES

Umberto Lehmann - Victor Rosado

Jitka Krizova


Stripping knives are allowed. The dog needs to be groomed according to the breed standard. Colored chalk powder/block/spray and cream is allowed.

It is not allowed to use clippers except:

Scottish Terrier – chest, head and ears.

West Highland Terrier - chest and ears.

Schnauzer - chest, head, inside of back legs and ears.

Spaniels & Setters

MORNING SESSION

Timing as follows:

All breeds, all sizes - 2:30 hours


JUDGES

Umberto Lehmann - Victor Rosado


Stripping knives are allowed. The dog needs to be groomed according to the breed standard. Coloured chalk powder/block/spray and cream are allowed.

It is not allowed to use clippers except Cockers and Setters chest and ears.

Poodle

AFTERNOON SESSION

Timings are as follows:

up to 35 cm - 1.45 hours

35 cm  up to 45 cm - 2:00 hours

Over 45 cm - 2:30 hours

Plus 15 minutes to spray up top knot.


JUDGES

Jitka Krizova - Kitty Dekeersgieter


The dog should be washed and fluff dried.

Clipper comb attachments are not allowed.

Muzzle and feet should be shaven prior to the start of the competition and be groomed in a style recognised in the breed standard. Poodles with top knots may ask for help from an outsider to hold the dog. Colouring is not allowed.

Pure Breed Scissored

AFTERNOON SESSION

Timings are as follows:

Small and Medium 2:00 hours

Large 2:30 hours


JUDGES

Umberto Lehmann - Victor Rosardo

The dog should be washed and fluff dried.

Clipper comb attachments are not allowed. Colouring is not allowed.

Commercial

MORNING SESSION

Timings are as follows:

Small and Medium size - 1:30 hours

Large - 2:00


JUDGES

Umberto Lehmann - Victor Rosardo

Jitka Krizova


Sometimes this class is refered to as Workshop. Contestants may enter with any breed that is groomed commercially. Breeds that are usually hand stripped can be clipped or scissored; long hair breeds can be clipped or scissored.  Poodles are accepted if groomed in a non standard poodle trim such as as Bedlington or Kerry blue. Colouring is not allowed . In this category all breeds and techniques are used except colour. The winner of this class is not eligible for Best in Show.

Intermediate

AFTERNOON SESSION

Timing as follows:

All Breeds, all sizes - 2:30 hours


JUDGES

Umberto Lehmann - Victor Rosardo


Intermediate is all contestants with more than 2 years experience and/or contestants that have never won a first place in “Open” class. The contestant can compete as “Intermediate” in several contests for 12 months even if they win a placement. The second year the contestant must enter “Open” class even if they have not been successful in winning a placement. In this category all breeds and techniques are used except colour. The winner of this class is not eligible for Best in Show.

Beginner

MORNING SESSION

Timing as follows:

All Breeds, all sizes - 2:30 hours


JUDGES

Isabella Doblas Jones - Pammie Carmichael-Hogg


Beginner should not have more than 2 years experience this includes dog shows. The contestant can compete as “Beginner” in several contests for 12 months even if they win a placement. The second year the contestant must enter “Open” class even if they have not been successful in winning a place. In this category all breeds and techniques can be used except colour. The winner of this class is not eligable for the Best in Show award.

Asian

MORING SESSION

Time Given - 2:00 hours


JUDGES

Isabella Doblas Jones - Pammie Carmichael-Hogg


This class is for those with a creative flair to exhibit their skills at Asian styling. Add ons such as gems, collars & other accessories are acceptable to enhance but not overshadow the styling. Amongst other things the judges will be looking at the finish so must be able to check through the dog properly. Any colour must be applied before the competition. This class is not eligable for Best in Show

Veteran

AFTERNOON SESSION

Time Given - 2:00 hrs


JUDGES

Isabella Doblas Jone - Pammie Carmichael-Hogg


This open to any contestant that has groomed for more than 10 year but never competed any grooming competition. The winner of this class is not eligable for Best in Show.

Diamond in the Rough

AFTERNOON SESSION

Time Given - 2:00 hrs


JUDGES

Jitka Kriznova - Kitty Dekeersgieter

This is for those of you that can transform a dog that doesn’t have the best confirmation or structure. Maybe an undershot jaw or Queen Anne legs in to a prince or princess. The description of the phrase below will give you a good idea of what we are looking for!

Diamond in the Rough : The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realised through the cutting and polishing process.

Important Information

Classes

There will be three placements per class in each category. Each EGA sanctioned category will have three judges, all others will have two. The classes within the EGA catagories are Open and Champion. Admission to Open class is available to all contestants that have never won their categories. The contestant is allowed to stay in Open for 12 months from winning first place in that category and only if that class had five or more contestants. Champion class is for anyone that has won their category more that 12 months ago. Due to any event that may occur that is out of our control, the classes that the judges are listed to judge may change at short notice.

Equipment

Contestants must bring their own tools. No tools or electric will be provided.


Dogs

There will be a 10 minute comfort break for all dogs after one hour has elapsed in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Contestants must provide their own dog(s).

All dogs except those entering hand stripped classes must be washed.

Ears and nails should be plucked and/or trimmed before the competition.

It is permitted for the dog’s underbelly, genitals and hind quarters to be previously groomed for reasons of hygiene, according to the breed standard.

The dog needs to have at least 8 weeks coat growth or poodles minimum 5 cm coat length. 

Any evident line or pattern should not be visible.

The dog’s coat must be long enough to allow the groomer to make a difference in its appearance.

Contestants competing with dogs showing evident lines and/or without enough coat to make a difference in its appearance may be marked down or disqualified

All grooming techniques are allowed, as long as the chosen technique suites the type of the dog’s coat.

A 'Small' dog must measure 35cm or less at the withers, 'Medium' dog must measure 35cm to 45cm at the withers & a 'Large' dog is any above 45cm at the withers. Withers are as indicated in the Kennel Club Document SR12 v8 June 2018, Training Board Points of the Dog Assessment. Use the button below to download the document.




SR12 v8 June 2018

Contestants

Contestants must be in the ring 30 minutes prior the start of the competition for pre-judging with their own dog and tools.

Contestants are NOT allowed to talk to other contestants and/or the audience during the contest. Anyone not following this rule will, on the first occasion, be warned by a steward or judge. On the second occasion they will be disqualified.

Contestants are NOT allowed to use mobile phone and/or any electronic device during the competition. Anyone not following this rule will, on the first occasion, be warned by a steward or judge. On the second occasion they will be disqualified.

The use of chalk is allowed however no trace of it should remain on the judge's hand after judgement has taken place.

Any aggressive behaviour including fowl language used towards the judges, event staff or spectators will lead to disqualification.

Any competitor handling a dog in a rough and/or unsafe manner will be advised of their conduct. A second occasion of being advised will lead to disqualification.

If the competitor makes clipper burns, nicks or cuts they can not be placed as a winner.

Disqualifications will be executed by the President of the Jury.

Contestants should remove all hair, equipment and products from the grooming table as well as moving all items on the floor under the table, to allow the judges an easy approach to the tables for the judgment.

A comb should be placed on the table for the judge to use during judging.

Contestants may comb their dogs before and after the judging panel has evaluated their dogs.

Contestants should stack his/her dog to present to judge. Dogs not in judgment should not be kept stacked.

Any complaint must be in writting, presented to the President of the Jury before the end of the event and will cost £25.00