Contest Judges

Wire Coated Breeds: Friday AM
Entry: Audrey Ding
Intermediate: Jessica Moore
Open: Nicole Kallish
Group: Jessica Moore, Nicole Kallish
All Other Purebreds: Friday PM
Entry: Audrey Ding
Intermediate: Jessica Moore
Open: Nicole Kallish
Group: Jessica Moore, Nicole Kallish
Sporting: Saturday AM
Entry: Susan Sholar
Intermediate: Jessica Moore
Open: Nicole Kallish
Group: Susan Sholar, Jessica Moore, Nicole Kallish
Salon Freestyle: Saturday AM
Entry: Susan Sholar
Intermediate: Jessica Moore
Open: Nicole Kallish
Group: Susan Sholar, Jessica Moore, Nicole Kallish
Poodles: Saturday PM
Entry: Audrey Ding
Intermediate: Susan Sholar
Open: Nicole Kallish
Group: Nicole Kallish, Susan Sholar
Best In Show: Saturday PM
Nicole Kallish, Susan Sholar, Jessica Moore
Creative Styling: Sunday PM
Judi Cantu-Thacker
Contest Coordinator
Judi Cantu-Thacker

Judges

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Judi Cantu-Thacker

Judi Cantu-Thacker A successful, retired contest groomer and former Groom Team USA Coordinator for 2005/2006, Judi now enjoys working as part of the Wahl Clipper Extreme Team. She owns a successful mobile grooming business in the city of Sugar Land and caters to the "Who's Who" in the city of Houston. Through mobile grooming, she has found the perfect balance between work and family. The result more time to spend with her husband and the ability to support her three children in their academics, extracurricular activities, and as President of the PTA.

Audrey Ding

Audrey Ding

Audrey Ding is a NGKC certified Grooming Instructor, ranking number one in 2015; an International Grooming Judge of the American Barkleigh Grooming Association, judging multiple NGKC Grooming shows all over China; and a Chief Member of NGKC Groomer Team China. She was a member of the Dog Show team China in 2016 and attended the American National Show series shows and won Toy Poodle BOB and BOW. Audrey also completed the American Grand Champion Title and won the American National Poodle Specialty BISS in the same year, as well as multiple Champions and Runner ups in all NGKC Master class competition in 2015.

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish is a Certified Master Groomer and the Global Education Manager at Andis Company. Nicole attended the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts and then successfully ran her mobile grooming business for six years prior to starting a shop in Sarasota. Nicole had worked her way up the ranks in the ring earning many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in entry and intermediate levels, including Best Groomed Dog. Nicole won “Rising Star of the Year” at Intergroom in 2013 and was a Barkleigh Honors nominee for "Up and Coming Groomer of the Year" and a nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards “Mobile Groomer of the Year” 2011 and 2012. Nicole is now a judge, speaker and educator since selling her shop if Florida and joining Andis full time.

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore CMG, IGMS is the owner of Show Stoppers Pet Styling in Waukegan, Illinois. Jessica has been a pet stylist for 18 years and began competing in 2006. After accelerating in the competition ring quickly she moved from entry level to open in a matter of a few shows. In 2007-10 she ended the years in the top 20. Jessica has walked away with multitude of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins, including many group placements in every level as well as several Best Groomed Dog Awards and Best in Show.

Susan Sholar

Susan Sholar

Susan has been grooming dogs and cats for over forty years and has taught grooming for fifteen years. Her first love of dogs began very young while on the television set of Rin Tin Tin and then in her teens on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life work. Her career began with showing and grooming her own dogs, progressed to showing and grooming for others as a Certified Professional Handler and, in 1997, Susan turned in her show leash for a judge’s book. She now judges breeds in five groups and has judged grooming competitions. Susan is presently an AKC Delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, where she holds the office of Recording Secretary and serves as Chairman of the Judges Education Committee.