The 9th Annual Premier Groom competition staged at The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Sunday 14th August 2016, attracted an entry of over 160 dogs not only from around the UK but also from around the world.
This year’s show was dedicated to the memory of Robert Halliday (2 Sharpen) who sadly passed away recently. Robert was a dedicated and highly talented sharpener who without doubt raised the standard within the industry. He was a thoroughly decent and kind person who was relentless in his pursuit of perfection and was with us at the very first Premier Groom. He will be missed very much and our thoughts are with his family. We have introduced a special memorial award for the person showing the best scissoring skill and technique during the competition.
The organisers of the UK’s premier annual grooming event, Groom Team England and Red Cape Ltd are to be congratulated for arranging an event which was well organised and professional but with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It achieved the objective of providing the opportunity for groomers to fine tune their competition skills and also encouraging more beginners to enter the competition arena. Along with the competition entries, tombola and auction, more funds were raised for the support of Groom Team England in the International Arena as well as providing something of interest for competitors and spectators, groomers and non-groomers alike.
This year 135 competitors took up the challenge and demonstrated their skills in competing for one of the many fantastic prizes on offer which included the award of Premier Groomer of the Year with a prize fund of £2000 and Best Groomed Dog with a prize of £1500. 19 classes were judged with awards for Gold, Silver and Bronze places in each class. Additional prizes were awarded for the Best Transformation judged by the Groom Team Committee and the Spectators Special Award was an opportunity for members of the audience to choose their favourite out of the Open & Champion class winners. The ultimate accolade of Premier Groomer of the Year (sponsored by Double K) is awarded through a points system; however this year there were 3 groomers – Amy Manser, Julie Lalou and Fee Brook all on the same points so the final choice went to the judges. Best Groomed Dog (sponsored by Double K) was selected from the Gold placed dogs from all Open and Champion classes and there were also prizes for Reserve Best Dog (sponsored by Aesculap) and Best Beginner. The fantastic prizes included cash, trophies and products.
Classes were observed throughout the day by judges of national and international acclaim:-
Denys Lorrain( France) judging: Hand Strip, Pure Breed Scissor, Spaniel & Setter, Poodle and Best Groomed Dog
Romana Kania(Czech Republic) judging: Hand Strip, Spaniel & Setter, Pure Breed Scissor, Poodle and Best Groomed Dog
Peter Ensell (UK) judging: Hand Strip, Spaniel & Setter, Pure Breed Scissor and Best Groomed Dog
Philip Langdon (UK) judging: Beginners, Poodle and Best Groomed Dog
Lesley Harpham (UK) judging: Pure Breed and Cross Breed Workshop
Denise Westbrook (UK) judging: Pure Breed and Cross Breed Workshop
This year the star speaker was Marie Burns with Devon, the Crufts Best In Show winner, who also offered photo opportunities throughout the day with themselves and the Crufts replica trophy. These were taken by our amazing Premier Groom photographer, Peter Hulance and the funds raised went to Groom Team England and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Marie and Devon proved to be the stars they are, with everyone falling in love with Devon and one person in particular keeping a lock of her hair as a keepsake.
There were also other seminars running throughout the day along with demonstrations by Becki Ensell, Meriel France, Alison Rogers, Kristian Maris, Jitka Krizova, Dawn Harkin & Glynis Stewart.
Trade stands added to the occasion making available the most up to date equipment and supplies for purchase as well as gift products and stands covering a range of grooming and training information.
The main sponsors who made Premier Groom 2016 possible and who the organisers wish to acknowledge and thank include: Double K Industries, Aesculap, Requal, Arden Grange, Groomers, Animology, Look North Grooming & Training Centre, The ProGroomer, Wet Pets, Utsumi Shears, Ravenstein, Redcape, Canine Design, Wild Wash, Pets at Home. Summit Groomer Training Group, Alison Rogers Grooming Academy, Total Grooming Magazine, Scissor Boutique, Top Trimz, The Muddy Paw, Safe4 Disinfectant, AbbFabb Scissors & Gay Blade Sharpening and Vita Canis.