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Northwest Grooming Show

REVIEW AND RESULTS


The Northwest Grooming Show returned to Tacoma, WA, for another year at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion. From March 14 to 17, 2013, Barkleigh Productions hosted a weekend of educational seminars and grooming competitions. This year, the trade show expanded to three days, giving the 807 groomers in attendance an additional day to watch the grooming tournaments and shop from 34 vendors at 37 booths.

The four days of education at the Northwest Grooming Show began with Thursday’s afternoon seminars: Teri DiMarino’s ever-popular Brusher Bather Certificate Program and Irina Pinkusevich’s “Head and Tails Above the Rest,” a demo seminar that highlighted finishing touches, techniques, and shortcuts. That evening, Stacey Ward presented “Grooming for All Life Stages: Kitten to Geriatric,” a seminar that was beneficial for the cat groomers in attendance.

Education continued throughout the weekend with grooming demos by Teri DiMarino, Michell Evans, Barb Prueckel, Margo Steinman, Irina Pinkusevich, and Kathy Rose. Angela Kumpe led several sessions on creative grooming, and attendees had the opportunity to learn cat grooming tips from Adrienne Kawamura and Amie Haslar. Speakers Carol Visser, Nancy Thomas, and Angela Clark addressed business topics like marketing, employee management, and recruitment strategies.

Chanel Owens led the American Red Cross Pet First Aid and CPR certification course. Due to the popularity of the class, an extra session was added over the course of the weekend to accommodate the additional groomers who wanted to receive their first aid and CPR certification.

The Northwest Grooming Show also included three days of GroomTeam-sanctioned grooming contests. Group winners included Carol Dawson in the All Other Purebreds tournament, Shareen Griscom in the Nature’s Specialties Poodle tournament, and Carol Hoover in the Electric Cleaner Sporting tournament. The big winner of the weekend was Shannon Moore, who was not only the group winner in both the Electric Cleaner Salon Freestyle and Barkleigh Productions Terrier tournaments but also took home Best All Around Groomer and the Andis Best in Show award.

Competitions continued on Sunday with the Groomer to Groomer Creative Styling contest. In third place with a St. Patrick’s Day-themed groom was Elizabeth Adams, who also won a special Up and Coming Creative Groomer award. Competitors who had not previously placed in a creative grooming contest at a Barkleigh show were eligible for the award. Cat Opson won second place in the contest with “The Simpsons,” and Angela Kumpe took the top prize with “The Pink Panther.” Winner of the People’s Choice Award was Carol Hoover and her entry, “Love, Laughter, and Hope.” Footage from the competitions will be available on GroomerTV.com.

The trade show at the 2013 Northwest Grooming Show was bigger and better than in previous years. With more booths and vendors than ever before, the trade show offered plenty of opportunities for groomers to grab special deals, try out new products, and talk with company representatives who were able to answer customers’ questions. ✂

Information about next year’s show will be available on NWGroom.com.