Saturday, March 09, 2024 1:00 pm–4:00 pm Hall B Grooming Stage

1:00 pm: Check-in
1:15 pm: Pre-Judging
1:30 pm: Ring Closes
1:45 pm: Contest Starts
3:15 pm: Contest Ends / Final Judging
3:45 pm: Awards

Special note: Electric will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers where applicable.

Divisions: Open to all competitors at any level. All competitors will compete in a single division.

The Abstract Design Challenge is intended to underscore the beauty of an “abstract design”, beautifully sculpted with minimal color (no more than 10%) and accessories. Judges are looking for stunning sculpting quality and artistry appropriate for a client’s pet. Design should be reproducible in one day in a salon setting. The pet’s coat is the blank canvas for the artistic design and should be groomed in advance with no trace of preset design or sculpted pattern.

  • Any purebred or mixed breed dog or cat with any coat type may be used.
  • Design or sculpted pattern must be entirely created during the competition time frame.
  • There should be no trace of a preset design or sculpted pattern in the coat prior to the contest start time.
  • Competitors will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to sculpt the design into a pre-groomed/prepared coat.
  • Competitors with cats may have one assistant to help hold the cat in the contest ring during the design sculpting.
  • Entries are open to all levels of competitors.
  • The judging emphasis is design placement, execution, precision, artistry and overall balance and appeal.
  • If color is used on your entry, the color will not be considered in judging.
  • Visual or written instructions are prohibited in the contest ring.


Prize Money

1st Place – $400           2nd Place – $300           3rd Place – $200



Nicole Kallish

Andis Company, Global Education Manager-Animal

Shannon Tupes, NCMG

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