Born into a show dog family in Bournemouth, England, Elizabeth Susan Wright was destine to become the single most decorated pet stylist in the history of the industry. Her entry to the United States, with her family in 1974, brought her into the American dog show scene, where she continued showing Poodles. In her first grooming contest, in the late 1970’s, Liz garnered a Best Groomed Dog in Show award and, what was to be a lifelong passion began.
A top ranked GroomTeam USA stylist, Liz was in the Top Ten nearly every year from its inception in 1988, as part of the infamous hand-picked “Dream Team”, to 2004. The three years that Liz was not ranked was because she did not compete. In those years Liz graciously stepped aside to help her sister, Julie, launch her own competition career. Over her career time, Liz managed to win the Best Groomed Dog in Show and the Best All Around Groomer awards at every major show in the US. Concurrently, Liz was also making her mark as a judge. Her fairness was matched only by her speed and efficiency. Constructive input to the competitors showing under her was taken very seriously as “mini lessons” and the improvements manifested in the contestants grooming showed that these lessons were well heeded. These ring accomplishments netted Liz the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for not only American Groomer of the Year but also for Judge of the year. Liz also holds the record as the only four time winner of Intergroom.
While success in the States abounded, Liz took her magic abroad as a winning member of many international GroomTeam USA competitions. Her contributions always helped the USA team consistently stay in the medals.
Back home, Liz was an integral part of the NDGAA certification program, helping set many of the breed guidelines still followed today by that organization.