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The 2022 IJA Sanctioned Show will feature new competitions with certifications and seminars.

The Nash System of Pet Care Education will offer its first Summit at the Columbus Pet Expo.

We have so much to announce, so let's get started!


JA will offer pure breed, free style, and creative qualifying competitions with best show awards for live dogs and model dogs. Competitors must compete in 2 classes to be eligible for best in the show. The competitions are for everyone and are conducted daily. Competitors can compete with any breed or trim style and are evaluated, ranked, and receive their trim style by coat type certification level and rank as a novice, master, expert, or specialist. Competitors are judged together or separate by level if more than ten competitors in a class. Competitors new to IJA enter the Evaluate Me and are placed in the correct level after the competition to be judged against others with the same level of skills and expertise. 

Live Dog Competitions

  • Pure Breed Competition with a Best in Show

  • Free Style Competition with a Best in Show 

  • Creative Competition with a Best in Show

Model Dog Competition

  • Pure Breed Competition with a Best in Show

  • Free Style Competition with a Best in Show 

  • Creative Competition with a Best in Show


Yes, you asked for it! We will offer sparing classes for state teams to determine how new members hold up in the ring and if they have the best dogs for the types. It is a great training tool for experienced team members to show their new members the ropes or for new teams to train. 

Current and future state teams are invited to spare against each other to prepare for national competitions at the IJA GROOMBOWL at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo in November 2022. The IJA GroomBowl Team Sparing Classes are offered  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Sparing Team Members can still compete in the qualifying competitions to be eligible for the best show. Competitors are judged separately for the Sparing Match! Sparing Team Members only pay the one entry fee! Special bonus for the state teams that work so hard to prepare for the one and only IJA GROOMBOWL.


IJA will offer the first leg of the IJA Triple Crown Competition Classes at the Columbus Pet Expo Saturday, March 12, 2022. 

Competitors will be judged the IJA way and scored on Technical, Profile, Difficulty, and Professionalism. IJA Judges will award a first, second, and third placement for the Triple Crown Class. Competitors earn 6 of the 18 total points awarded from the placements from the three shows! 

First Place receives 3 points

Second Place receives 2 points

Third Place receives 1 point

The Triple Crown Competition Classes will be open to all competitors and judges except the IJA Onsite Triple Crown Judges. 

The run for the roses and the IJA Triple Crown Jack Pot will be one of the most exciting and rewarding, and recognized worldwide.

  • All trim styles and all breeds, including mixed breeds, are permitted. 

  • Nails, pads, and sanitary may be pretrimmed. 

  • Face and feet may be pretrimmed on Poodles. No additional time will be permitted to trim face and feet.

  • ALL dogs will receive a total of 2 hours. A 15 minute Johnnie Break will be 1 hour after the competition starts.



The class will be offered at 4 Major Shows

No Levels 

Same rules, policies and procedures for Poodles in the Qualifying Competitions

4 Options to Enter

  • Show Trims with banded headpieces

  • Grooming Competition Trims with styled topknots

  • Banded Trims

  • Asian Style Trims


This is a one-hour competition class with 50 minutes of clipper work and 10 minutes of scissor work to achieve the trim style. Fun class and great for beginners.


Our IJA judges are the best!

 Onsite Live Dog Grooming Competition

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