Karla Addington Smith, IJA Judge





A lifelong lover of animals, Kelly received her introduction to pet grooming and training in the pet grooming industry when she apprenticed under a certified groomer who also bred, raised and showed standard Poodles. Kelly is quite knowledgeable about all breeds, and specializes in all scissored breeds such as the Poodles, Bichons, Kerry Blue and Bedlington Terriers. Kelly’s illustrious career includes such accomplishments as:

  • A member of Groomteam USA with the following ranks:  #10, #8 and #4

  • Awarded Intergroom's "Rising Star of the Year"

  • Received a Barkleigh Honors for "Up & ComingSpeaker of the Year"

  • Recognized with a cover by Groomer to Groomer magazine

An experienced judge, Kelly has apprenticed at Atlanta Pet Fair, Groom & Kennel Expo, Groom Expo, All American and Superzoo. Her judging assignments in pure breeds and free style classes include wire coated breeds, all other pure breeds and group. Other assignments include rescue rodeo and numerous creative and creative runway classes. Kelly resides in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is open to new challenges, and opportunities to share her knowledge and experience and love of dogs with others.