A local man has achieved success in his latest dog grooming competition - just seven months after taking part in his first one ever.
Adrian Long, from Covenham St Mary, took part in the ‘Master Groom’ competition in Stoneleigh, near Warwick, at the end of April, where he achieved a solid second place in the ‘Novice’ category.
That was only his second competition, and he has since been awarded with “special recognition” at another major dog grooming competition in Swanley, near London, earlier this month.
Mr Long has spent the last 10 years carrying out dog grooming as a hobby, and has recently developed his own business, A&M Dog Grooming, based in Covenham St Mary.
However, last autumn, Mr Long developed a competitive streak and a decided to enter his first dog grooming competition.
In October he entered the British Dog Grooming competition at Bingley Hall in Staffordshire, alongside his canine companion Bentley, one of his three Bouvier des Flandres dogs.
The pair went on to win the newcomers class in the pure breed scissor section, and a special rosette for Bentley.
From that point onwards, Mr Long admits, he “got a bit competitive” and decided to continue entering competitions.
Mr Long took Bentley’s sister, Bramble, to the Mastergroom competition in April.
He carried out hand-scissorwork, and received special commendation from the lady who judged his work.
In the most recent competition on June 1, Mr Long took Bentley along, and once again his scissor work was commended by the judge who said it was of “the highest order”.
In September, Mr Long will be entering Master Groom’s Glastonbury Grooming Festival, where he will be hoping to emerge with even more awards.
Mr Long said: “It’s a big surprise to do so well in these awards, as the first one was just a bit of fun. I never expected to do that well.
“I will carry on taking part, and I will keep improving.”
To find out more about Mr Long’s dog grooming, visit his website at www.amdoggrooming.co.uk