Winners of 6th Annual Rags to Riches Ultimate Groomer Contest

Double K Industries in concert with is pleased and proud that Rags to Riches 6 was once again the largest of grooming contests. With 210 entries from throughout the United States and Internationally, the contest showcased some of the profession's most challenging work and beautiful results. We are grateful, once again, to judges Melissa Verplank, Christina Pawlosky and Jodi Murphy for their great effort and thoughtful professionalism in judging this contest with so many great contestants. We also thank the many grooming contestants in Rags to Riches 6 for their fabulous work and present the photographic results of their entries below.

Below are the winners from the 2014 Rags To Riches 6 Ultimate Groomer Photo Grooming Contest. The contest ran from February 11, 2014 to May 10, 2014. (Click here to see all the contest entries at


Double K Industries and are grateful and proud to have had three extraordinary professionals judge the Sixth Annual Rags to Riches Ultimate Groomer Contest. Their involvement and judgments ensured fairness and enhanced the credibility of deserving winners.


Jodi Murphy                        Melissa Verplank                        Christina Pawlosky


Jodi MurphyJudge - Jodi Murphy is a two-time Master Pet Stylist, a NCMG (National Certified Master Groomer) through the National Dog Groomers Association of America, as well as MPS Meritus (Master Pet Stylist Meritus) through the International Society of Canine Cosmetology. She is a multiple Best All Around and Best in Show competitor. These titles allow Jodi to certify groomers to their master pet stylist status throughout the USA. She was a GroomTeam USA team member for four years and ranked within the top four pet stylists of the United States. Her popular web site offers competitively priced Instructional Grooming DVDs, Home Study DVD packages, Mobile Grooming Success Seminar DVDs, grooming apparel for every pet groomer looking for fashionable style, function, and long-lasting quality, and select grooming tools and equipment.


Melissa VerplankJudge - Melissa Verplank is a Certified Master Stylist with over 30 years experience in the professional pet grooming industry. In 2009, she operated three pet-related companies, a luxury boarding facility called Whiskers Resort & Pet Spa and two companies that are involved with educating the professional pet groomer and stylist; The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, Inc. and White Dog Enterprises, Inc as well as her products and services web site, In 2010 Melissa expanded her product line, with training to help business owners to "grow your own groomers" and she premiered an extensive, unique streaming video web site for groomers,, as well as her other two sites: and


Christina PawloskyJudge - Christina M. Pawlosky is a Certified Master Groomer (NDGAA), Professional Handler and Breeder. She is the National Training Manager for Oster Professional Products. Some of her many career accomplishments include: International Groomer of the Year (1994), Eagle Award from Groom and Board Magazine (1994), World Poodle Groomer (1993 and 1995), Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Groomer of the Year (1993), Groomer of the Decade from New England Pet Grooming Professionals (2001), Member of the USA Groom Team (1992-1995), Oster International Invitational Tournament of Champions winner (1995), Awards of Merit at Westminster Dog Show, Best of Variety winner at Poodle Club of America (1998). Christina produces instructional grooming DVD’s under the name



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