Karla Addington Smith, IJA Judge

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich



Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated to the USA from The Ukraine in 1989 and this is when it all started.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) & Certifier with the National Dog Groomers Associations of America. She is also the proud owner of Lucas, an American Cocker Spaniel Champion. She entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006 and has had tremendous success both in the ring and in judging dog grooming competitions. Irina has also be awarded and recognized in the pet competition industry for her skills and talents; including speaking and lecturing. Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Oster Professional Grooming Products and a Certifier for their company.

Here are some of the highlights and accomplishments of her amazing career:

  • Won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards.

  • A member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013.

  • Competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team win 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal

  • The winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot in 2011

  • Winner of the Liz Paul Memorial Award, for the most Best in Show wins in 2010.

  • A two time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award, for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010.

  • Awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year.