Winners Announced!!!

Double K Industries in concert with is pleased and proud that Rags to Riches 3 was once again the largest grooming contest in history. With almost 400 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 Sue Zecco, Melissa Verplank, Jay Scruggs, Jodi Murphy and Lisa Leady 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 3 for their fabulous work and present the photographic results of their entries below.

Below are the winners from the 2011 Rags To Riches 3 Ultimate Groomer Photo Grooming Contest. The contest ran from February 1st, 2011 to April 30th, 2011. (Click here to see all the contest entries at

Double K Industries and are grateful and proud to have five extraordinary professionals judging the third annual Rags to Riches Ultimate Groomer Contest. Their involvement and judgments will ensure fairness and enhance the credibility of deserving winners.


Lisa LeadyJudge - Lisa Leady is a certified master groomer by two organizations, the National Dog Groomers Assn. of America and International Pet Groomers Inc. She is a third generation groomer having been raised in the industry. Currently she is the owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile Dog and Cat Salon. Lisa Leady is a member of GroomTeam USA. Since 2000 she placed in the top 10 positions consistently, including the second position in 2005 and 2006. She competed in France in 2005 when the team took the Silver Medal, and also competed with them in Italy 2007. See
Jodi MurphyJudge - 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 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.
Jay ScruggsJudge - Jay Scruggs has won multiple best in show and best all around groomer awards in grooming competitions around the United States. In 2001 he was the number one ranked pet stylist in the USA. Jay was a part of the Gold Medal winning groomteam in Calgary, Canada. He was awarded Best in Show with his gold medal winning standard poodle. Jay was named American Groomer of the Year in 2001, and Best All Around American Groomer at Intergroom 2002. He was also the first groomer to receive the Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show in 2002. In the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain 2003 Jay won an International Gold and Bronze medal in two different poodle classes that helped Groomteam USA win the silver medal. He is now an internationally sought after speaker and judge, with his most prestigious assignment judging the World Championships in Milan, Italy. Jay was voted by the industry Grooming Judge of the year on two different occasions for his knowledge of breeds and the ability to judge them. Jay and his wife Michelle own Here Comes the Groom, a highly successful mobile grooming salon in Germantown, Tennessee. See
Melissa VerplankJudge - 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 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,
Lisa LeadyJudge - Sue Zecco is a certified master groomer with both the International Professional Groomers and the National Dog Groomers Association of America. She’s also been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1996.
She is a breeder of championship Poodles under the Dreamcatcher prefix, and an accomplished author. Her work has appeared in PetAge, Dog World, Groom Team USA, Pet Product News and Dog Fancy and her business (Pampered Pet Dog Grooming Shop in Oakham MA, which she operates with her husband, Raymond) has been featured in several newspaper articles.
Sue has served as a grooming contest judge and speaker across the U.S. and in Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Argentina and Canada. See


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