Vanessa Parsons with
Vanessa Parsons with "Hamish" the Westfield Terrier. Blainey Woodham

Vanessa wins first dog grooming comp

CURRUMBIN Valley dog groomer Vanessa Parsons has won just about all there was to win at a recent dog grooming competition held as part of Brisbane's Ekka.

The Ekka dog grooming competition was the first of its kind to be held in front of an audience, making Ms Parsons the first ever person to win a public grooming competition.

Vanessa said dog grooming competitions used to be held behind closed doors and the Ekka competition offered dog groomers from all over Queensland the opportunity to compete for the state titles in front of family and friends.

Ms Parsons took out several titles including the 'Best in Show', the Poodle and Terrier classes and the prestigious award of Royal Queensland Champion Groomer.

The title win means Ms Parsons will have the opportunity to take on other state champions for the title of best Australian dog groomer at the next Royal Sydney Easter Show.

Ms Parsons said the judges based their judgements on the breed profiles of the dogs which gave them the 'recipe' for correct grooming.

Competition rules dictated dogs such as Terriers needed to have their hair hand-stripped rather than clipped and the groomer 'moulded' the dog's hair with her hands,

"The dog is the canvas," Ms Parsons said.



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