Contest Rules & Policies

2017 PROCEDURES, POLICIES AND PROTOCOL

 

PRODUCT APPLICATIONS:

Dogs should be clean, dry, and free of mats and tangles. Nails should be clipped and/or filed, Ears clean. Sanitary and pads may be clipped prior to competition

• Decorative objects such as bows and scarves are not permitted with the exception of acceptable show ring applications such as those that are applied to the Maltese, Yorkie and Shih Tzu

• Coloring, other than to enhance the natural coat color of the dog is prohibited

• Hair extensions, provided they are of the same coat color of the dog, are permitted.

• Product such as sprays and styling gels may be applied prior to or during the competition time frame. Hair spray is limited to only “freshening up” once time is called. Re-shaping such as that done on a show Poodle headpiece may not be done once time is called.

• Chalk, such as terrier chalk may be applied prior to or during the competition time frame to aid in hand stripping or enhance the coat color. It is prohibited to apply after time is called.

 

CHECK IN PROCEDURES

• Contestants must pick up their registration packet at the show registration desk upon arrival to the show.

• The competition check in station opens 1 hour prior to the contest start time • Contestant must bring their contest entry ticket, signed acceptance of the rules, competition dog and equipment to the contest check in station prior to entering the ring

• Contestants who have not checked in 15 minutes before contest start time will not be permitted to compete

 

COMPETITION DOG QUALIFICATION

ENTRY DEADLINE: CLOSES 5:00 PM CST, 3 DAYS PRIOR TO FIRST DAY OF SHOW • Dog must be of an age appropriate for competition. Although each dog is individual, the suggested appropriate age is between approximately 1 year and 10 years.

• Must appear healthy, in good condition and free of infectious disease and parasites

• Must not show obvious signs of pregnancy or nursing

• Must not show signs of viciousness or aggression

• Must not be left unattended

• Must be properly crated and cared for with food, water and exercise while on the show premises

• Must be leashed when not crated or not being groomed 

• Must be in compliance with applicable regulations in reference to vaccinations for city, county, state and country hosting the competition

 

PREJUDGING DOCUMENTATION AND ENTRY CONFIRMATION

• Confirm dog entered in the correct class

• Confirm sufficient coat growth and evaluate preparation

• Confirm time frame by size, breed or technique

• Confirm correct division

• Determine if pattern is pre-set

• Notation of specific information such as, but not limited to: ear infections, missing coat, moles, scars or healing injuries

 

ASSISTANCE DURING THE COMPETITION

The contestant should notify the ring steward immediately if he/she needs assistance during the competition

 

COMPETITION END

• Contestants should remove hair, tools and equipment from grooming table

• A comb should be placed on the table

• Contestants may comb their dogs after scissors down, prior to and after judging.

• Contestants may use finishing sprays to freshen up their dogs after scissors down, prior to and after judging, but reshaping or styling with hair spray is prohibited

• Contestants should stack and present their dog to the judges

 

JUDGING AND JUDGING CONSIDERATIONS

• The entire judging Team will evaluate profile from outside of the ring

• One, two or more members of the Team will evaluate the profile and the technical skills from inside the ring, hands on and report technical findings to the Team members

 

JUDGES WILL EVALUATE THE FOLLOWING:

• The overall uniformity of the trim.

• The overall balance, symmetry and style of the trim

• For purebred dogs, the adherence to the acceptable breed profile and standard

• For Freestyle classes, the ability of the groomer to create the best possible profile for the dog chosen according to his/her body type, coat and structure

• For scissored dogs, the plush overall appearance without scissormarks and proper technique

• For hand striped and carded dogs, the smooth and natural appearance and proper technique

•Clipper lines should be clean and free of irritation

• Edges such as in the cocker foot or poodle foot should show neat and tidy bevels

• The difficulty with regard to the amount of coat removed, whether pattern is created or followed, difficulty of the coat type, texture, quality and quantity and how the stylist achieves the ultimate trim

• The difficulty with regard to correcting conformation faults and accentuating profile attributes

 

POLICIES

STRICKTLY PROHIBITED IN THE CONTEST RING

• Use of phones, radios and headsets

• Standing on tables or chairs

• Beverages NOT in spill proof containers

• Coaching by anyone, at anytime during the competition

• Visual or written instructions

• Smoking, Flame devices

GROOMING EQUIPMENT

• Contestants must provide their own equipment including but not limited to: grooming loops, scissors, clippers, blades, brushes etc.

• Tables and grooming arms may or may not be provided. See individual show addendums

• Hair dryers are not permitted in the grooming arena

• Holding crates are not permitted in the grooming arena

• Flat irons are permitted in the grooming arena

• All personal equipment must be removed from the grooming arena after each class   

 

CONTESTANTS

 

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE, CONDUCT, SKILL APPLICATION

• Appropriate grooming attire and shoes should be worn at all times

• Inappropriate attire would be considered as very short skirts, tight shorts, low cut blouses.

• Open toe shoes are not permitted

• Contestants determined to be dressed inappropriately will not be permitted to compete

• Professional manner and attitude must be maintained at all times

• Contestants must maintain a safe styling station at all times

• As an example: Open scissors left on the table for the dog to step on would be considered unsafe styling station

• Contestants must practice kind and safe handling techniques at all times • Dogs must not be left unattended at any time

• Contestants must apply technical skills with safety

• Nicks, cuts and clipper burns are considered unsafe technical skill application

• Good sportsmanship must be displayed at all times

• Poor sportsmanship is displayed when a contestant shows disrespect to fellow competitors, judges and contest dog

• Professional conduct is also carried into the care and responsibility of your con- test dog and the hotel grounds, rooms and property

 

WARNINGS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

Contestants may receive warnings or notifications of unprofessional behavior to include, image, conduct, skill application, unsafe grooming station, handling etc. a second warning could result in dismissal from the class. A third could result in dismissal from the show.

 

Clarification of Any issues that may arise that are not covered by the rules will be determined by judging panel and/or show management

 

GENERAL RULES: 2017

GROOM TEAM SANCTIONED CLASSES

Show structure, divisions and awards

 

Awards will not be withheld unless there is a specific disqualifying factor, such as an incomplete groom or injury determined by judge or judging team, to warrant disqualification, entering the wrong class or being excused from the class.

 

Acceptable coat growth for all classes:

It is the responsibility of the show promoter and/or their designated judges to determine adequate coat growth.


POODLES:

Acceptable breeds:

All sizes, natural colors of purebred Poodles

This class may be split into two seperate classes as follows:

17" and under, Over 17"

     11" and under - 1:30

     over 11" up to and including 17" - 1:45

     over 17" up to and including 23" - 2:00

     over 23" - 2:15


Styling:

All pet and show poodle styles are acceptable provided they follow the breed profile of the Poodle.  

  • Feet may be shaved prior to competition start time.  NO extra time will be permitted if not completed prior to class start.
  • Feet must be shaved
  • Face must be shaved during the competition time fram
  • Mustache and/or beard are permissible
  • Scissored face styles such as Bichon or scissored type faces are prohibited.
  • Show topknots may be pre-banded, including hair extensions prior to the start of the class, spray up products are prohibited prior to the start of class.

SPORTING:

Acceptable breeds:

Spaniels and Setters (see specific breed list)

Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.

Time Frame : 2 Hours

 

ALL WIRE COATED PURE BREEDS

Acceptable breeds:

Pure Breeds with wire coat types that are handstipped. (See specific breed list) 

Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.

Time Frames: See Specific breed list

 

 

ALL OTHER PURE BREEDS

Acceptable breeds:

See Specific breed list

Styling: Must be groomed to breed profile as presented in the conformation show ring.

Time Frame: See specific breed list

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