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Contest Judges

Wire Coated Breeds: Friday AM
Entry: Joey Villani
Intermediate: Teri DiMarino
Open: Jennifer Lee
Group: Teri DiMarino, Jennifer Lee
Poodles: Friday PM
Entry: Joey Villani
Intermediate: Jay Scruggs
Open: Mario DiFante
Group: Jay Scruggs, Mario DiFante
Sporting: Saturday AM
Entry: Sue Watson
Intermediate: Teri DiMarino
Open: Scott Wasserman
Group: Sue Watson, Teri DiMarino, Scott Wasserman
Salon Freestyle: Saturday AM
Entry: Joey Villani
Intermediate: Melissa Verplank
Open: Jonathan David
Group: Jonathan David, Teri DiMarino, Scott Wasserman
All Other Purebreds: Saturday PM
Entry: Mario DiFante
Intermediate: Teri DiMarino
Open: Scott Wasserman
Group: Mario DiFante, Teri DiMarino, Scott Wasserman
Rescue Round-Up: Sunday AM
Jay Scruggs
Judy Hudson
Sue Zecco
Creative Styling: Sunday PM
Teri DiMarino
Joey Villani
Dawn Omboy
Best In Show: Saturday PM
Mario DiFante
Scott Wasserman
Teri DiMarino
Contest Coordinator
Kathy Rose

Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Jonathan David, star of Animal Planet’s GROOMER HAS IT is a firm believer that a dog’s health and grooming go hand in hand. Jonathan is one of the foremost authorities on a variety of dog related topics including canine healthcare, nutrition, and general fabulousness. Jonathan’s career began as a teen in the show ring, where he specialized in Australian Shepherds and The Chinese Crested Dog. He then attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts and went on to work for some of the most prestigious salons in NYC. Today, Jonathan David owns a high end boutique in Florida that was featured on the cover of Groomer to Groomer Magazine.

Mario DiFante

Mario DiFante

Owner of Four Paws Salon in Providence, RI, Mario’s past awards include Best Groomed Dog in Show, Best All-Around Groomer, and World Scissoring Champion titles. Over the past 22 years, he has judged competitions in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. As the creator/designer/innovator of various cutting techniques for different coat types, Mario has developed advanced grooming products and tools. A past member of the grooming board of directors for the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Mario assisted in writing the grooming guide for the Portie according to AKC breed profile standards. He has bred, groomed, and handled or owned many AKC champions over the past 30 years, including Westminster Best of Breed-winning Portuguese Water Dogs (ranked top 5 in the US) as well as specialty Bichons. Mario’s current endeavor is as founder and executive director of Pet Fashion Week in New York City, a high-end pet lifestyle trade show.

Teri DiMarino

Teri DiMarino

An industry veteran, Teri has owned and operated successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. A winning grooming contest competitor, Teri was a member of three groomteam USA Gold Medal teams. A multiple Barkleigh Honors and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a regular columnist for Groomer to Groomer Magazine as well as a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Judy Hudson

Judy Hudson

Judy owns Groomingtails mobile pet grooming in Nashville, Tennessee, a mobile business. Judy has multiple best in shows and best all-around groomer awards is one of Groomteam USA's top 10 groomers for four years. In 2002 she received the Sybil trophy for the most harmonious relationship with her dogs. Judy is an ambassador for Jarden consumer solutions, manufacturer of Oster professional products and Hydrosurge products.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Started competing in 2005. Since then she has won over 70 grooming competition awards, multiple Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer awards. In 2012 Jennifer won Groom Olympic World Champion at Groom Expo with her Scottish Terrier. Jennifer is a member of Groomteam USA hall of fame, she was honored to become Groomteam USA’s traveling team member to Belgium in 2011. In 2015, Jennifer also won International Groomer of the year award in Master Groom England. Jennifer is an international grooming seminar speaker, and has taught in many countries, including England, Sweden, Brazil, China, and Korea. Jennifer is an All Round EGA (European Grooming Association) and USA grooming competition Judge. Jennifer is a grooming certifier for Barkleigh Certification South Korea and IGU (International Groomers Union).

Dawn Omboy

Dawn Omboy

Creative styling artist Dawn Omboy, or the Queen of Color as she is known to many, is a multiple creative styling champion, placing in nearly every contest she entered. She has been featured on the cover of Groomer to Groomer three times and has contributed articles for the magazine as well. She is a previous Barkleigh Honors winner. Dawn was also a Cardinal Crystal nominee. She enjoys learning new techniques, teaching, and judging. Private and group classes are most fun for her. Dawn has owned Klippers in Columbus, Georgia, for 25 years. She is the author of the DVD set "Creative Canine Color and Design," an instructional by Klippers.com. Her motto: "making the world more colorful, one dog at a time."

Kathy Rose

Kathy Rose

A veteran competitor, Kathy was seen in competition rings from coast to coast, winning Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards from all classes in nearly every show in the U.S., garnering her positions on four consecutive GroomTeams. Her artistry also earned her multiple Creative Styling awards. She is a Barkleigh Honors nominee as well as a recipient of multiple nominations for the Crystal Awards, winning the award for outstanding service to the industry. Kathy is recognized worldwide as a respected judge, knowledgeable lecturer, and columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, was a Crystal Award nominee as one of the top four boutique salons in the U.S. and adorned the cover of the Groomer to Groomer Buyer's Guide.

Jay Scruggs

Jay Scruggs

Jay and his wife, Michelle, own Here Comes the Groom, a highly successful mobile grooming salon in Germantown, Tennessee. Jay has won multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards and helped Groomteam USA win the Gold medal in Calgary, Canada, in 2001. Jay was named American Groomer of the Year in 2001, Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002, and Grooming Judge of the Year in 2004. In 2003 Jay won an International Gold and Bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain, helping groomteam USA win the silver team medal. He and Sue Zecco offer seminars nationally. Jay won a Barkleigh Honors Award at the event that he emceed.

Melissa Verplank

Melissa Verplank

Melissa has over 30 years of experience in the pet grooming industry. Her mastery of grooming techniques won her a place on Groomteam USA, and later she became Groomteam coordinator and a member of the board. Melissa is an industry speaker, author, Barkleigh honors nominee, two-time cardinal crystal achievement award winner, and contest grooming judge. She operated a fleet of mobile grooming units, a grooming salon, and the Paragon School Of Pet Grooming, Inc. In Jenison, Michigan. She is the founder of White Dog Enterprises Inc., which publishes notes from the grooming table, the theory of five, and core skill method training dvds geared for the professional pet groomer.

Joey Villani

Joey Villani

Joey had 35 years of experience under industry visionary John Nash. He trained thousands of groomers as an instructor and director of Nash schools. In 1995, he became the owner of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, New Jersey. Joey is an IJA judge and four-time nominee for Judge of the Year. Joey has appeared on numerous television shows, including Animal Planet's Dogs 101, NBC's The Today Show, and Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. As a judge on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It, a grooming-based reality TV show, Joey brought a technical insight to the show.

Scott Wasserman

Scott Wasserman

With over 15 years of experience, Scott is one of the top winning U.S. Pet Stylists. As 1996 & 2002 U.S. Pet Pro Classic Champion and a GroomTeam USA member, Scott is internationally recognized as a judge, speaker and competitor in England, China, Italy, Spain, Scotland as well as in many other countries. With his extensive competition experience and expertise, Scott is lovingly and respectfully referred to throughout the industry as Mr. Terrier!

Sue Watson

Sue Watson

Suesan, a third generation pet stylist, began working with dogs over 39 years ago. She is a Certified Master Groomer, and owns a mobile grooming business, Best All Around Groomer, serving the Chicago area. She was the winner of the Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show and the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year in 2002 - 2004. Suesan has been nominated two times for the Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year award. Since she began competing in 1995, Sue has received Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards. She has been a member of the 2000 – 2005 Groom Team USA teams. She is a representative of the Wahl Clipper Corporation who is sponsoring her at Groom Expo.

Sue Zecco

Sue Zecco

Sue is a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Award winner. She is a Certified Master Groomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She has been grooming for over 30 years. She has won multiple grooming awards, including her biggest show accomplishments: 1998 International Groomer of the Year and 1999 Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion. Sue has been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1997 and broke all records in 1999, earning 113 points. She is also a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. With Jay Scruggs, she conducts a series of full-day seminars called Super Styling Sessions. Sue breeds Standard Poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix.