Great Indy Pet Expo November 10 & 11, 2018

The IJA Sanctioned Competitions & Pet Care Education Show

For All Pet Lovers who work with Man's Best Friend and the Fabulous Furry Feline our IJA Event is Designed Just for You! Learn, Laugh & Love - IJA in the USA

Nash Academy, International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions, World Groomers Association, Korean Kennel Club and Universal Canine Certification System unite to bring this fabulous event to you!

International Judges Association Presents….

  • Fun and friendly competitions for all levels of expertise.

  • From “Expert to New, we have competitions for you!”

  • Makeovers on competition dogs conducted by IJA Judges. All competitors are invited.


Nash Academy Presents ….

  • Education for the beginner to the most advanced.

  • Seminars, lectures, demonstrations and hands on technical skills training.

  • Earn a Nash Academy Diploma in the Ring. Competition entry is applied toward required trim styles.


Universal Canine Specialist on Safety Certifications Presents....

  • If you work with man’s best friend, you owe it to yourself and the pets to complete the UCCS Safety Certifications. Designed for bathers, groomers, stylists, salon managers and salon owners to prepare for state licensing.

  • Canine Specialist on Safety SOS Certifications

  • Salon Specialist on Safety SOS Certifications

  • Technical Skills Specialist on Safety SOS Certifications


IJA Members - Competitors receive more than a placement in our IJA Ring

Competitors receive special Members Only Benefits with a detailed evaluation, rank, level, title and before and after photos.  

  • All competition entries are applied toward the UCCS Certification by Coat Type and included in the entry fee.

  • All entries are eligible for judge make over.

  • All entries can be used to qualify for live dog or model dog competition teams.



Rescue Me Competition Classes - HELP FIND HOMES FOR SHELTERED DOGS!

Designed by job position to create a system for everyone! Rescue Me Dogs are placed in categories for bathers, groomers and stylists. From short to long coated, big and small, we love and want them all in our competition. Rescue Me competitions are motivated by the concept of no dog left behind!


  • Short and Sassy Designed for Bathers – Smooth, short, medium smooth and Nordic coated dogs.

  • Furry and Fabulous Designed for Groomers  – Rough Nordic and medium long coated dogs.

  • Stacked and Styled Designed for Stylists – Curly, wire and drop coated dogs.


Pure Breed and Free Style Classes for LIVE DOGS! All in One and Designed for Everyone!

Qualify for your state team - earn your diploma - complete your certification by coat types 

From beginner to the most advanced, pure breed and free style classes are designed for All Levels of Expertise.

Evaluation Level - If you have never competed in the IJA ring, this is the class for you. You will be placed in the appropriate class after the competition has ended and you have your ranking.F

  • Level 1 Novice - Class C Competitions

  • Level 2 Master - Class B Competitions

  • Level 3 Expert - Class A Competitions

*Prizes awarded to each level. IJA Sanctioned Dog Grooming Competitions conducted at Pet Expos are qualifying classes for state teams. Championship Training Competitions conducted at salons and schools are also qualifying competitions with very focused hands on training. Contact for more information.


Creative Competition Classes for LIVE DOGS! Compete in the Ring or Bring Your Creative Creation to the Ring

In the Ring and Out of the Ring classes to let your creativity run wild on man’s best friend. Watch creative artists apply their magic to the canine coat adding color, decorative coat art and coat designs.  

  • In the Ring competitors complete at least 50% of the trim style

  • Out of the Ring competitors complete 100% of the trim style and present the creation to the judges to evaluate.


World Championship Qualifying Competitions for USA MODEL DOG TEAM!

Represent the Red, White and Blue on the International Stage or Enter Just for Fun - Designed for Everyone!

Take the dare to showcase your skills and flair in the competition arena when all variables are equal and fair in the new and exciting IJA Model Dog Competition Class. Classes each day for competitors who want to compete for fun or win a place on the USA Model Dog Team for Pure Breeds & Free Style Trims or Creative Styling Trims.

Step outside of the ordinary to demonstrate your extraordinary skills and your chance to win the Best In Class Model Dog Education Sensation Award.

To find out more about how you can become one of the team members for the USA Model Dog World Championship Competition Tour, contact us at To order your model dog and replacement wigs go to *IJA Members receive a discount on model dog mannequins and wigs. You can also rent the mannequin and just purchase the wig. 



Seminars, Demonstrations and Hands On Training on Model Dogs presented by the award winning world renown USA Model Dog Team Members

conducted on Saturday Only - November 10, 2018. Schedule and Topics Coming Soon 

The best in the USA and around the world tour in model dog styling. From pure breed trims to creative creations on model dogs, the team will share their secrets to success in achieving perfect pure breed profiles and expressions and breathtaking creative creations using the model dogs.



Our 2018 sponsors! All of your favorites are back as well as new ones to motivate and celebrate your success! A special shout out to our sponsors for their support for our super shows, fantastic prizes and motivation for all competitors.


Receive free entry in the show and free registration to competition classes and seminars!

How? If you are a mobile van owner and would like to come to the Indy IJA Sanctioned Competition and furnish your van for competitors to prepare their dogs for purebreed and free style competitions as well as our Rescue Me Competitions.  If you are interested in participating in our event, please contact us at

Show Location: Indianapolis, IN

Ag & Hort Building

Indiana State Fairgrounds

1202 East 38th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46205


Pet Expo Event and Production

Great Midwest Pet Expos

Pet Expo Event Planner

Tessa Fenimore




Holiday Inn Express

Indianapolis - Fishers

9791 North By Northeast Blvd

Fishers, IN 46037

Reservations #: 1-888-465-4329


Other Pet Friendly Hotels

The Alexander

Conrad Indianapolis

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

Staybridge Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Baymont Inn and Suites

Show Promoter: Nash Academy

857 Lane Allen

Lexington, KY 40504

Kim Royalty


Phone: 1.859.277.7217

Show Organizer & Consultant: Vivian Nash


Event Coordinator: Christina Cheak


Phone: 1.888.491.2064


Registration: Christina Cheak


Phone: 1.888.491.2064


Rescue Coordinator: Tedra Edwards


Phone: 1.319.371.6987

National Judging Panel  

Tedra Edwards

Karla Addington Smith

Suesan Watson

International Judging Panel

Byoung Hwan Yoo (Randy)- South Korea


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