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Part 2: Setting the Continental Trim on a Miniature Poodle: Setting the Jacket Hip Rosettes (2 of 4)

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Video DescriptionAbout Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich


21 minutes, 1 second


Advanced Stylist

The haircut on a Miniature Poodle is extremely complex. It takes a lot of time and tweaking to get it scissored really well. It’s a hard trim to execute correctly. As Irina ‘Pina’ Pinkusevitch says, ‘There are no broken lines. The trim should be soft. And round. And flowing. And pretty. When I hear the word poodle; I see pretty and beautiful.’

This video is for advanced pet stylist. It is a lesson for those looking to master the Continental Trim on the Poodle for the confirmation show ring or the pet grooming arena. A pre-requisite before attempting this haircut is a thorough understanding of the breed standard, structure and movement along with strong technical skills.

This is the breed Pina knows exceptionally well. She has shown and bred them for years in the AKC confirmation ring. In the competitive pet grooming world, she has proven herself over and over again with wins and placements with this same trim. Join her as she shows you how to set the pattern on a gorgeous Miniature Poodle that she co-owns.

This is a two-part lesson. In the first lesson, we are featuring how to set the pattern on the body. Setting the pattern is broken up into multiple sections. The second part of this lesson will be Creating the Spray up & Detailing the Finish on a Miniature Poodle Show Trim. Look for part two called: Creating the Spray-Up & Final Detailed Trimming on a Continental Show Trim with a Miniature Poodle Lesson #2 with Irina ‘Pina’ Pinkusevitch.

In this video you will learn:

  • a great trick to set the cuffs on a show or pet poodle.
  • how to set the bracelets.
  • what shape are you looking for on the Continental jacket.
  • how much they should there be between the rosettes.
  • how to set the bracelets to enhance movement and structure.

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich

Certifications: NCMG

Irina "Pina" Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989. She realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather. In the earlier part of her career Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two-time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She is the winner of the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 where she won $32,500 for grooming Lucas, her champion American Cocker Spaniel. In 2013 she was the winner of another Jackpot & in 2017 she won The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award.

Irina was a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013. She competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, & 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.

Currently, Irina is a national & international judge & lecturer as well as an ambassador for Artero. Irina was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year 2014 & the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year 2014. She has also been nominated for multiple Cardinal Crystal & Barkleigh awards in 2015.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America. She is also a Certifier for their company.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences and seminars. She is also an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events in Spain and the USA.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles, owned by Michael Lamb and Bill Jividen Jr.. Kiyara is a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, owned by Virginia Harding & Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers. With these kennels, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champion Poodles and Kerry Blue Terriers.

Irina is co-owner of a high-end styling salon in Oakland Park, Florida: Päsh the Canine Boudoir. It is here where she is most often found grooming the amazing show dogs that are her passion.


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