Groom & Kennel Expo
West Coast’s Biggest Grooming Show Gets Bigger and Better THan Ever!
Groom & Kennel Expo returned to the Pasadena Convention Center from February 21 to 24, 2013, for another exciting weekend of education, trade show, and competition. The Expo experienced record attendance this year, welcoming over 3,400 attendees through the doors. While many attendees came for the seminars led by industry experts, others arrived intending to hit the trade show floor, where 78 vendors at 106 booths were waiting with special show deals and demonstrations.
Educational programs began Thursday afternoon and continued throughout the weekend. Leading off the four days of seminars were grooming experts Ann Martin, Teri DiMarino, Carlos Carrizo and Coreen Bebawer, and animal behavior experts Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett. Highlights from the weekend included a day-long demo series with Barkleigh Honors Award-winning groomers Michell Evans, Olga Zabelinskaya, Jay Scruggs, and Chris Pawlosky; a day-long seminar with Susan Briggs and Robin Bennett on off-leash dog play; and seminars on creative grooming, mobile grooming, animal health, and business.
Among the weekend’s exciting events were the GroomTeam-sanctioned grooming competitions. The Nature’s Specialties World Cup Grooming Games began Friday morning with the Barkleigh Productions Terrier Tournament and continued throughout the weekend with the Geib All Other Purebreds Tournament, the Earthbath Sporting and Salon Freestyle Tournaments, and the Conair Poodle Tournament. Andis sponsored the $1,000 Best All-Around Award, which was presented to Amber Lewin, who placed in the Terriers, Poodles, Sporting, and All Other Purebreds Tournaments. Nature’s Specialties presented the Best In Show Awards on Sunday, with the $2,500 top prize going to Jackie Boulton and her first place Poodle.
Sunday afternoon featured the Groomer to Groomer Creative Styling Contest, where many fierce competitors took to the stage with shears, blow pens, chalk, and ingenuity. In third place was Laily Azhade Abulitifu of Hong Kong with her lotus blossom design. Lori Craig, who is no stranger to the winners’ podium, took second place with “Animals of India.” Winner of the Creative Styling Contest was Cat Opson with her Sesame Street-themed creation, “Creative Street.”
The crowd favorite, however, was Sandy Hartness, who won the People’s Choice Award for “Think Outside the Poodle.” For her entry, Hartness applied color and creative styling to a white Husky, proving that creative grooming is not just for Poodles. Hartness and her creative Husky appear on the cover of this issue of Groomer to Groomer, an honor she also received in 2004 and 2005.
Those unable to attend the show in person were able to enjoy the Groom & Kennel Expo experience online through GroomerTV.com. From home, groomers around the world tuned in to a live broadcast of the show’s events, including competitions, grooming demos, and interviews. Visit GroomerTV.com to watch the coverage of Groom & Kennel Expo 2013.
For more information on next year’s event, visit GroomandKennelExpo.com or call (717) 691-3388. ✂