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Judges and Educators


Judges and Educators

Stay tuned for the Judges of 2020!


Emilia began competing in grooming in 1997, winning Best in Show in France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. In addition, she has won many gold, silver and bronze medals in Europe and the USA, competing in Spaniel, Scissoring, Poodle and Hand Stripping categories.

She has also been a breeder since 1988 obtaining national and international beauty champions in the Siberian Husky, Kerry Blue Terrier, American Cocker Spaniel, Irish Soft Coated Terrier, Bichón Frisé, and Giant Poodle categories. She has been an international grooming judge and has given specialized commercial grooming lecture and training courses all over the world.

Ann Martin was certified as a Master Groomer at age twenty and is a Certifier for NDGAA. She began competing in 1992, and in six years she garnered many top awards National & International including Best American Groomer, Best Team Groomer in the World, Winner of the Oster Tournament of Champions, Winner of the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award. Ann is a world renowned speaker and actively raises and shows Standard Poodles, Papillons, and Berkshire and Hampshire pigs all under the Feldspar name.

Linda is an International Certified Master Groomer and President of International Professional Groomer, Inc. As a competitive groomer, Linda had many wins, including included Best in Show, Best All-Around Groomer, winning the Edemco ‘Total Groom Extravaganza’. After putting several obedience titles on her dogs, she worked as a professional handler, finishing and putting championship points on over 60 champions
in over 20 breeds and 7 groups. Her grooming career began in 1973, and her current grooming salon and self-wash is in Salem, Oregon. As an educator and certifier for IPG, Linda travels all over the world certifying, giving workshops, and judging grooming contests, and introducing the exciting new Salon Details Certification.

With over 40 years experience in the kennel club and dog industry. He has been recognized as the top poodle black miniature breeder (in all varieties) winning multiple champion awards in Mexico and abroad. With expertise as a professional dog handler for preference: Afghan American Type Cocker Spaniel, Pomeranian, Pekinese, Standard Poodle, and Kerry Blue Terrier. Besides being an acclaimed international judge of the FCM, he is also a breeder of: Chinese Crested, Shih Tzu, and Kerry Blue Terriers. After many years of experience competing internationally, Fernando has become a well sought-after educator for pet hairdressing seminars, exhibition, pet, and business management seminars.

Me inicie en el ambiente canofilo aproximadamente hace 40 años mi gran pasión por los perros me llevo a manejar y arreglarlos personalmente comenzando con la raza poodle en todas sus variedades criando poodle miniaturas negros d gran calidad ganando en México y en el extranjero con el afijo Ferguel. Soy el manejador profesional con mas perros del año en la historia de la canofilia mexicana colocando a 6 ejemplares d diferentes razas como perro del año: afgano, cocker spaniel tipo americano, pomerania, pekines, poodle standar y kerry blue terrier. Ademas d ser juez internacional d la FCM soy criador de las razas: ‘crestado chino,shit-tzu y kerri blue terrier. Compitiendo a nivel Internacional con diferentes ejemplares y colocandolos siempre en los primeros lugares de exposición impartiendo clinicas d peluquería tanto de exposición como mascota y seminarios d manejo

Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from the Ukraine in 1989. She started Competitive Grooming in 2006 and has won multiple BIS & BAA Groomer awards. Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA and she competed in the World Championships for the United States helping the team win one Silver and two Golds. Irina, an international judge & lecturer and an ambassador for Oster, was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year. Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) & Certifier with NDGAA.

Michael Zhang –  is a talented groomer & educator. In his competitive career he has won many national & international awards including Gold Medal Awards & Best in Show. He is a member of GroomTeam China. He is a FCI China examiner & became the first beauty committee member of FCI Chinese beautician club. Michael passed the teacher class beautician technical assessment certified by FCI in Shanghai & is China´s first teacher level beautician of FCI. Michael established Shanghai Dingxin Grooming Training Center in 2008 & founded the Dingxin Kennel.

Poodle breeder , won China Poodle club exhibition BIS twice, won grooming Competition champion for many times in Milan, Sydney, Sweden and other countries. First to get the master groomer license in China. Lectures and judge are held in more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe, South America and North America almost Hundred times.

Kenichi “Ken” Nagase is the owner of Bubbles Salon in Tokyo and the president of D.O.G. Inc. He studied grooming at a technical school in 1999 and after, he became a grooming instructor in his alma mater for 4 years. Ken has won Japan’s Best Cut and Freestyle category and he placed 2nd in Groom Expo’s Salon Freestyle class. He is best known for his unique Japanese “kawaii” style. He is always innovating styles (i.e. “French foot”) and developing original pet products. He has held grooming seminars all over the world. In addition, he has been featured in various grooming magazines and shows. His latest was a feature in a Netflix documentary.



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