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Contest Judges

Rising Star
Kathy Rose
Jodi Murphy
Groomer of the Year
Vero Da Sylva
Mario DiFante
Best In Show
Loretta Marchese
Extreme Makeover
Irina Pinkusevich
Asian Freesytle
Olga Zabelinskaya
Creative Challenge
Kathy Rose (Rising Star)
Vero De Sylva (Groomer of the Year)
Creative Runway
Marea Tulley

Vero Da Sylva

Vero Da Sylva

Accomplish Pet Stylist in the Grooming Industry in the US and Europe, Vero was a Groom Team USA Member from 2003 to 2006. She is a MPS Meritus, Judge, Speaker, Mentor, as well as Certifier/Consultant for the ISCC. Multiple Best in Show and Best All-Around winner, Vero Received multiple Scissoring awards: Lynne Carver Awards, Ultimate Pet Stylist Award, Winner of the Triple Crown Circle Tournament. She received the Cardinal Chrystal Achievement Award for Best American Groomer of the Year twice, Oster World Invitational Grand Champion. Vero was also Winner of the Show Dog of the Year Special Industry Award for Groomer of the Year at the Westminster Dog Show twice. Vero is active in the show ring in Europe and US for years showing Poodles, Scottish Terriers, Bichon Frises. She finished her own Silver Dwarf Poodle “Happy New Year de Herdezabad” in Europe (F.C.I. French Champion, Multi International Champion) and her own Black Brindle Scottish Terrier “Sugarbush September Song” in the US (A.K.C. American Champion). In addition, Vero did win Best in Show with both her “Girls” in the Grooming Competition Ring in the US and Europe.

Mario DiFante

Mario DiFante

Owner of Four Paws Salon in Providence, RI, Mario’s past awards include Best Groomed Dog in Show, Best All-Around Groomer, and World Scissoring Champion titles. Over the past 22 years, he has judged competitions in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. As the creator/designer/innovator of various cutting techniques for different coat types, Mario has developed advanced grooming products and tools. A past member of the grooming board of directors for the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, Mario assisted in writing the grooming guide for the Portie according to AKC breed profile standards. He has bred, groomed, and handled or owned many AKC champions over the past 30 years, including Westminster Best of Breed-winning Portuguese Water Dogs (ranked top 5 in the US) as well as specialty Bichons. Mario’s current endeavor is as founder and executive director of Pet Fashion Week in New York City, a high-end pet lifestyle trade show.

Loretta Marchese

Loretta Marchese

From Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Loretta has worked with dogs for 26 years. She has won gold and silver medals grooming Bichons Frises and Poodles in many grooming competitions. A few titles include the 1985 and 1995 Intergroom International Groomer of the Year, the 2002 Oster Invitational Grand Champion, and the 1996 Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for American Groomer of the Year. Loretta’s show career began in 1990 when she purchased a Bichon Frise from Paul Flores. Since then, she has bred, handled, and finished 25 Bichon champions, plus her own Poodle champions and Poodles owned by others. She has handled Bichons and Poodles to Group and multiple Best in Specialty wins. Loretta has groomed show Poodles for Paul Edwards, Joseph Vergnetti, and Wendell Sammett. She is known for having assisted Wendell Sammet by grooming the top-winning Standard Poodle Ch. Alekai Mikomoto on Fifth.

Jodi Murphy, NCMG, MPS

Jodi Murphy

Jodi was a 2011 and 2012 Barkleigh honors awards nominee. She is a NCMG and MPS, Meritus. She owns the puppy spa mobile grooming salon in New Jersey. Jodi was a four year member of groom team USA and ended the 2004 season as #1 team member. She won best American groomer in 2005 and 2006 at Intergroom. In 2006 she won the world championship title in the Oster invitational tournament of champions. Jodi won gold and bronze medals in 2005 in Barcelona Spain and a gold medal in 2007 in Milan Italy. Jodi has produced an instructional dvd series for all levels of grooming. She also has designed her own line of grooming apparel for groomers which is made in the USA. Jodi just released a book titled mobile pet grooming.

Irina Pinkusevich

Irina Pinkusevich

Currently Irina teaches the art of pet styling at Merryfield School of pet grooming in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. Irina Pinkusevich NCMG has been in the grooming industry for over 20 years. She was a 2011 Barkleigh Honors Awards nominee. She is a multiple BIS and Best All Around winner, Winners circle champion Best American Groomer 2008 at Intergroom. Member of Travel Groom Team USA 2008. Irina competed in World Team Championship in Dachau Germany in September of 2009 and helped bring back gold for the US.

Kathy Rose

Kathy Rose

A veteran competitor, Kathy was seen in competition rings from coast to coast, winning Best in Show and Best All-Around Groomer awards from all classes in nearly every show in the U.S., garnering her positions on four consecutive GroomTeams. Her artistry also earned her multiple Creative Styling awards. She is a Barkleigh Honors nominee as well as a recipient of multiple nominations for the Crystal Awards, winning the award for outstanding service to the industry. Kathy is recognized worldwide as a respected judge, knowledgeable lecturer, and columnist for Groomer to Groomer magazine. Kathy’s salon, Pets of Perfection, was a Crystal Award nominee as one of the top four boutique salons in the U.S. and adorned the cover of the Groomer to Groomer Buyer's Guide.

Marea Tulley

Marea Tulley

Marea Tully from Estero, Florida owned and operated Marea’s Pet Salon for 35 years. She has been a Certified Master Groomer, IJA and USA Judge, international demonstrator, lecturer, writer and columnist, five time winner of Cardinal Crystal Awards for Congeniality, Journalism, and Judge of the year. She was a Groomteam USA member, board member for three years, Best in Show International winner, and she groomed and handled Terriers, Poodles, Setters and Bichons. Marea was also a National and International Groomer Consultant for Andis and has judged and lectured in Thailand, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Holland, Taiwan, China and at every major show in the USA.

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga is a certified master groomer and owns two grooming salons, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique in Madison, NJ and Grooming Gallery in Morris Plains, NJ. She that has multiple BIS and best all-around groomer wins as well as two prestigious winners circle champion titles. Olga is 2009 and 2010 American groomer of the year by cardinal pet, and was awarded the Lynne Carver memorial award as best all-around stylist 2009. Olga was born in Russia where she had a master degree in engineering and finished law school. Olga is groom team USA member in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and won silver medal at the world grooming competition in Belgium, 2011 as a part of traveling groom team usa. She received the inaugural Barkleigh honors award for up-and-coming speaker. Olga co-hosts many pet fundraising events