FOR 10 weeks Port Macquarie dog groomer Emily Petersen was preparing for the Coffs Harbour Pup Cup grooming competition on September 23.
She arrived with her beautiful sidekick, Bishon Frise dog Polly, hoping to clip her competitors for first place.
They came out on top to win the pure bred scissor category in the intermediate level.
"The win was very lovely. I competed the year before with Polly and got a second place, so to get a first place this year was great," she said.
"Her owners love to brag about it. It was also nice to see that I've improved within 12 months."
A former veterinary nurse, Ms Petersen began competing in 2014. From there it sparked her interest in competitions.
"It's great to see other groomers who have been doing it for so long and gives me something to aspire to," she said.
"I compete just for fun and to see where my grooming techniques are against the best. I take tips and tricks from judges to improve my day to day grooming."
Ms Petersen is hoping to move up to the masters category in 2020.
Preparation starts 10 weeks before the competition, making sure the coat is growing well and kept clean.
"Polly was in the category where judges are looking for a certain balanced haircut with a smooth finish," she explained.
"They go into a ring where judges come around and comb over the coat, checking the preparations.
"You get a two hour time limit with a break for the dog, and then the judges come around to check how well you've executed the groom.
"You have to trim nails, around their ears and eyes, all of their standard areas to ensure they are a nice, clean dog."
She received a voucher for grooming supplies, which she says helps immensely. They also received a big hamper package of products.