Guests of honor - Karla Addington Smith & Tammy Colbert
Karla Addington Smith
Enjoying a successful career that spans 40 years in the professional dog grooming industry, Karla Addington-Smith is an award winning National Certified Master Groomer. She has been serving a lot as an Educational Director recapitulating as an IJA sanctioned contest judge, noted speaker and writer.
Compiling numerous wins over the years, her most prestigious were the 1987 First Place in the Creative Grooming Competition and the 1988 Best American Groomer title at Intergroom She has received four of the grooming industry’s most prestigious Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards, being honored with the 1988 American Groomer of the Year, 1990 Congeniality Award, 1991 and 1996 Grooming Journalist of the Year.
Today, Karla is very active in the professional grooming industry, managing her salon ‘A Fortunate Dog Spa’, as she continues to judge, write and speak.
Tammy is a member of the International Judges Association (IJA) and is into grooming from almost 35 years. She completed all the steps quite early to achieve the status of a Certified Master Groomer. She has also competed and won many top prizes and received special recognition in many high profile conformation shows. Her knowledge and background in handstripping makes her one of the best known names in the industry when it comes to conducting seminars on how to achieve the ultimate coat when handstripping. As an owner, she currently continues to show her dogs in the conformation ring.