Grooming Competition


Safari Pet Expo Grooming Competition presented by Vellus Products, Inc. - "Groom with America's Best!"



Please see the Rules and Regulations for full class descriptions and rules.



This is a class specifically for newer groomers. Groomers must have under four years experience in either a salon, competition venue or conformation. Competitive groomers who’ve won a group 1st, Best All Around, or BIS in any tiered competition are ineligible to compete in this class. Professional handlers, and judges/certifiers are also ineligible to compete in this class.

Prize Money: 1st- $250 2nd-$150 3rd-$100




This class will be open to ALL competitors regardless of experience or prior wins. All acceptable breeds and mixed-breeds are eligible to be used for the class.

Prize Money:

1st-$175 & a free entry for next years show.2nd-$125 3rd-$75




This is a creative inspired competition. Make the dogs look as whimsical, unique and over the top as you like! Any of the acceptable breeds/mixed-breeds are eligible to be used for this competition. All groomers, regardless of skill/experience level are eligible to compete in this class.

Prize Money: 1st-$200 2nd-$150 3rd-$100



Poodle Class:

Two Divisions Amateur and Professional, see rules and regulations for defined divisions.

Acceptable breeds: All sizes, and colors of purebred Poodles. This class MAY be split into three separate classes.


Poodles can be styled as presented in the standard for the conformation show ring in the USA as well FCI, the T-trim, the German trim, the Modern/Sporting trim, any other of the classic poodle pet trims, ie., Lamb, Dutch, etc. As well as any Retro trims.

Poodle classes to determine the placements for a final 1st, 2nd and 3rd for all Poodles.

Prize Money (Professional):

1st place $175
2nd place $100
3rd Place $75

prize Money (Amateur):

1st- $100
3rd- Free Entry

Grooming Competition Schedule of Events:


Meetings: Thursday August 15, 2019
6:30pm-7:00pm- Judges
7:00pm-7:30pm- Contestants (Contestants get to meet their class judges and ask any questions that they may have.)

Future of the Industry: Friday August 16, 2019
Noon- Check In
1:00pm- Class Starts
5:00pm- Awards

All In: Saturday Morning-
7:00AM- Check In
8:00AM- Class Starts
12:00pm- Awards

Poodle Saturday Afternoon-
1:00pm- Check In
2:00pm- Class Starts
5:30pm- Awards

Salon Fantasy: Sunday Morning-
9:00am- Check In
10:00am- Class Starts
2:00pm- Awards

Best In Show: Sunday Afternoon-
4:00pm- Judging and Awards