This competition is open to anyone that has never competed in any grooming contest, in any class, anywhere in the world. The contestant has to indicate on their competitor registration form that they are a first-time competitor and must be registered in entry level. One First Time competitor winner will be chosen from each entry level class. Eligible contests are: Mixed Salon/Freestyle, Sporting, Other Purebreds, Wire Coats, and Poodles.
The entry level Judge will choose the best first-time competitor from each entry level class competition. Each class winner must return to the contest ring at 11:45 am on Sunday, March 12 for the Best First Time Competitor awards starting at 12:00 pm. At that time, the Best First Time in Show Judge will then choose the winner of the Best First-Time Competitor in Show.