Introducing our 2021 star line up of judges:
Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York. Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award. Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds. Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015. Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America.
Jay Scruggs is the owner of Here Comes the Groom, a mobile grooming business that stays booked a year in advance. Jay has won multiple BIS and BAA awards including a BIS at the World Groom Team Championships in Canada and a Gold medal at the World Championships in Barcelona. He also helped groomteam bring home a gold and silver medal for two different groom teams. Jay is a Wahl Elite team member and also represents Groomers Choice. Jay and Sue Zecco co own Super Styling Sessions, seminars and streaming videos series and also has his own line of shears.