Double K Industries in concert with Petgroomer.com is pleased and proud that Rags to Riches 5 was once again the largest of grooming contests. With 233 entries from throughout the United States along with many international entries, the contest showcased some of the profession's most challenging work and beautiful results. We are grateful to judges Melissa Verplank, Christina Pawlosky and Jodi Murphy for their great effort and thoughtful professionalism in judging this contest with so many great contestants. We also thank the many grooming contestants in Rags to Riches 5 for their fabulous work and present the photographic results of their entries below.
Below are the winners from the 2013 Rags To Riches 5 Ultimate Groomer Photo Grooming Contest. The contest ran from January 15th, 2013 to April 30th, 2013. (Click here to see all the contest entries at PetGroomer.com.)
JUDGES Double K Industries and PetGroomer.com are grateful and proud to have had three extraordinary professionals judge the fifth annual Rags to Riches Ultimate Groomer Contest. Their involvement and judgments ensured fairness and enhanced the credibility of deserving winners.
Judge - Jodi Murphy is a two-time Master Pet Stylist, a NCMG (National Certified Master Groomer) through the National Dog Groomers Association of America as well as MPS Meritus (Master Pet Stylist Meritus) through the International Society of Canine Cosmetology. She is a multiple Best All Around and Best in Show competitor. These titles allow Jodi to certify groomers to their master pet stylist status throughout the USA. She was a GroomTeam USA team member for four years and ranked within the top four pet stylist of the United States. Her popular web site JodiMurphy.net offers competitively priced Instructional Grooming DVDs, Home Study DVD packages, Mobile Grooming Success Seminar DVDs, grooming apparel for every pet groomer looking for fashionable style, function and long-lasting quality, and select grooming tools and equipment.
Judge - Christina M. Pawlosky is a Certified Master Groomer (NDGAA), Professional Handler and Breeder. She is the National Training Manager for Oster Professional Products. Some of her many career accomplishments include: International Groomer of the Year (1994), Eagle Award from Groom and Board Magazine (1994), World Poodle Groomer (1993 and 1995), Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Groomer of the Year (1993), Groomer of the Decade from New England Pet Grooming Professionals (2001), Member of the USA Groom Team (1992-1995), Oster International Invitational Tournament of Champions winner (1995), Awards of Merit at Westminster Dog Show, Best of Variety winner at Poodle Club of America (1998). Christina produces instructional grooming DVD’s under the name
Judge - Melissa Verplank is a Certified Master Stylist with over 30 years experience in the professional pet grooming industry. In 2009, she operates three pet related companies, a luxury boarding facility called Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa and two companies that are involved with educating the professional pet groomer and stylist; The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Inc. and White Dog Enterprises, Inc as well as her products and services web site MelissaVerplank.com. In 2010 Melissa expanded her product line with training helping business owners to “grow your own groomers” and she premiered an extensive, unique streaming video web site for groomers, Learn2GroomDogs.com.