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5th Annual Rags to Riches Photo Contest (2013)

Page 1 of 3 of US & Canada and Plus 1 Page of International Division

Produced and Sponsored by Double K Industries

Congratulations Winners!

Thank you to everyone that entered. As always the judges had many entries to consider and the decision making process took significant time. In the end decisions have to be made and these are the winners chosen based on the four areas of judging.

US & Canada Division


First Place - Entry #42     Sugar by Katie Calkins in Colorado
Second Place - Entry #98     Jezebel by Misty Gieczys in Ohio
Third Place - Entry #12     Utah by Sara Fincham in Ontario, Canada

The GroomerTALK™ Message Board is your best source for current information on active or upcoming Rags to Riches Contests or visit the Double K Industries website. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are awarded each year. The contest welcomes groomers worldwide.

Our Judges for 2013

Jodi Murphy Melissa Verplank Christina Pawlosky

Jodi Murphy - Celebrity Judge

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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.

Jodi has become a leading publisher of instructional DVDs, a supplier of select grooming products and tools, and a fashionable line of professional groomer apparel. See web site links above.

Melissa Verplank - Celebrity Judge

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Melissa Verplank is a Certified Master Stylist with over 30 years experience in the professional pet grooming industry. 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.

She publishes instructional grooming books and DVDs as well as a streaming instructional video website. She also sells select grooming supplies. See web site links above. She founded the popular grooming streaming media site, too.

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National Training Manager, Oster® Professional Products

• Multiple Best All Around Groomer and Best Groomed Dog in Show winner
• World Poodle Groomer 1993 and 1995
• International Groomer of the Year in 1994
• Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Groomer of the year 1993, Congeniality 1994, and Judge of the year 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006
• Also nominated for some of these same awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006
• Eagle Award from Groom and Board Magazine 1994,
• Voted Groomer of the Decade by New England Pet Grooming Professionals 2001
• Member of the USA Groom team 1993-1995,
• Oster International Invitational Tournament of Champions 1995 (Which was the win that I retired from competitive grooming)
• Awards of Merit at Westminster Dog Show
eGroomer Articles:
German Trim on a Standard Poodle, January - March 2013 Issue, see


Entries Start Here

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Go to International Division Entries


US & Canada Contest Entries 1 to 50





Groomer Names Shown When Judging is Over
1 Misty Gieczys, Ohio, "Cotton" View
2 Jessica Keto, Michigan, "Jack" View
3 Michele Hanline, New York, "Prince" View
4 Jennifer Rice, Kentucky, "Molly" View
5 Tommi Aldredge, Utah, "Dusty" View
6 Misty Gieczys, Ohio, "Tango" View
7 Misty Gieczys, Ohio, "Zeus" View
8 Jessica Keto, Michigan, "Riley" View
9 Teremarie Kempter, BC Canada, "Jello" View
10 Teremarie Kempter, BC Canada, "Dexter" View
11 Rachel Peterson, North Carolina, "Leigha" View
12 Sara Fincham, ON, Canada, "Utah"

3rd Place Winner

13 Brook Curtis, Nevada, "Shanna" View
14 Rachelle Swayze, BC Canada, Boo Boo View
15 Tanya Pandiscia, New York, "Sassy" View
16 Lauren Picard, Texas, "Ace" View
17 Marissa Mancuso, New York, "Minnie" View
18 Laura Erickson, Minnesota, "CJ" View
19 Bella Mitchell, Missouri, "Toby" View
20 Tanya Pandiscia, New York, "Cuddles" View


Tanya Pandiscia, New York, "Rusty" View
22 Virginia Martinez, Texas, "Mike" View
23 Jo Fleet, Florida, "Danny" View
24 Judy Pineau, Florida, "Emma" View
25 Carol McClain, Washington, "Tippy" View
26 Lee Ann Pullen, Kentucky, "Cotton" View
27 Laura Dayton, Washington, "Libbi" View
28 Laura Dayton, Washington, "Barney" View
29 Jaclyn Nicole Canter, Indiana, "Breezy" View
30 Jennah Cantner, Indiana, "Lucy" View
31 Shannon Staggers, Connecticut, "Bella" View
32 Jody Rabtzow, "Toby" View
33 Brenda Andrade, Hawaii, "Sita" View
34 Karen Cantner, Indiana, "Hank" View
35 Bonnie Hawley-Desjardins, Maine, "Demi" View
36 Susan Kinser, Ohio, "Chloe" View
37 Ruth Foote, Texas, "Jim" View
38 Jessica Keto, Michigan, "Sparky" View
39 Jessica Klock, New York, "Butch" View
40 Sadie Griffin, Maryland, "Daisy" View
41 Lauren Picard, Texas, "Beasley" View
42 Katie Calkins, Colorado, "Sugar"

1st Place Winner

43 Katie Calkins, Colorado, "Thompson" View
44 Sandi Galindo, Colorado, "Cujo" View
45 Sandi Galindo, Colorado, "Mason" View
46 Ingrid Woehr, Colorado, "Iggy" View
47 Valerie Kohler, Florida, "Fritz" View
48 Valerie Kohler, Florida, "Sienna" View
49 Valerie Kohler, Florida, "Tracy" View
50 Sara Fincham, ON Canada, "Bella" View
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