We are delighted to have the following Judges onboard for our 2023 event
William Galharde - William is one of the most renowned and reputable professionals of animal aesthetics due to his work and passion for animals. In his daily life William was manager of 80 grooming shops in Brazil (Petz Group) and he was personally responsible for 330 groomers and more than half a million animals in a year. Some of the salons are open 24/7! William and his team enjoy an enviable reputation in Brazil of being the best canine beauticians. They have often appeared on TV channels such as Disney, Nickelodeon and many more local stations. William and his business partner Felipe Corrêà run the state of the art and prestigious Galharde Academy where you can go to learn in excellence of the grooming industry, with a high level of compassion and respect for the animals. Along with an impressive liat of career achievements. William has also just recently been officially named a judge for the European Grooming Association!
Kitty Dekeersgieter - Kitty hails from Kortrijk, Belgium and is a World Renowned Groomer, Speaker and Judge and we are all so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from her! Kitty is the co-founder of Groomania, one of the largest grooming events in the world! Groomania has hosted the World Grooming Championships in 2017 and 2022. Kitty began showing dogs as a child, and later, as a professional groomer and handler she “made up” many champions. She won multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, Best in Shows and Best All Round Groomer awards in both Europe and America. In 1996-1997 she won the prestigious title of “World Champion Poodle Groomer” and the coveted Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for “International Groomer Of The Year” at Intergroom in New York, USA. Kitty is the creator, and designer of Tikima Pro Wear for Groomers, K-Design (the world famous dog silhouette stickers), Show Tech professional grooming products and is together with her husband Darren Cooke the owner of Transgroom NV. Kitty is an international grooming contest judge, grooming speaker and demonstrator and has led seminars all around the world to educate groomers and to promote the grooming industry.
Sandra Mularska - Sandra started her grooming career 16years ago and since then she has finished more that 30 seminars, workshops and advanced grooming courses all over the world, she improved her skills under very talented master groomers as Yulia Marenkova - Special One Italy and Natascha Kolbe from Germany.
Sandra is honoured to be a first Polish Student who studied in China in famous Yin Lin Academy by Mavis Hao, she visited Chinese Academy twice graduated over there and passed her Master Asian Class and hold a Diploma in Master Asian Style. Since 2020 she was an Igroom Cosmetics ambassador. Sandra is passionate about the art of Asian freestyle haircuts and she is a true pro in what she does. Over last years she hold seminars in Ireland, Poland, UK, Romania. As well she had a pleasure to be as quest judge on grooming competitions. She enjoys helping other groomers/stylists to improve their work by teaching them and providing lessons and courses.
Monika Petras - Monika is an Internationally Certified Master Groomer with multiple Best in Show wins and the winner of the Irish Dog Groomer of the Year in 2022 at Madra Mania. She was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and moved to Ireland in 2014. Her passion for dogs was already present in her early life but It wasn’t until her late 20’s when she changed careers – from working in the field of Marketing – to become a dog groomer. She learned not just pet grooming but show grooming as well in a busy salon in Hungary. That’s when her love for the Black Russian Terriers and for the dog shows started.
After she moved to Ireland she worked as a groomer in county Kerry from there she started her own business in Galway in 2019 as Monika’s grooming which has become a very well-known established busy salon with clients travelling from several counties to be groomed at the elite salon.
Monika is a regular competitor in dog shows with her Black Russian Terrier and also in grooming competitions, where she won several placements and Best in Shows. Her favorite breeds to groom are poodles, bichon and of course her beloved Black Russians. In early 2022, Monika completed her Master Groomer qualification. Her motto is "never stop learning," and she is a strong believer in continuing education, especially in the ever-changing grooming industry.