Sandy Orford was born to a non-showing home, but took an interest at the age of 16, holding Poodle noses for handlers. Some of her first breeds that she showed and owned were Airedale Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Shih Tzus and Pomeranians. She was an assistant for Elaine Mitchell for seven years before becoming a Professional All-Breed Dog Handler.
Sandy opened her own grooming salon, Classy Clips Inc. 1984 with a hand from her bath-boy-boyfriend, Bob, who has stayed by her side every since. They have two children, Beth and Courtney, who are actively involved in the Dog Show scene. Once the children were older, Sandy took an interest in Dog Grooming Competitions, competing and winning top awards at the World Grooming Competition 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, as well as becoming a Certified Master Groomer.
In 2002 her oldest daughter, Beth, got a Shih Tzu from Shaunna Bernardin, winning the 2004 National Specialty and sparking an interest between the two to breed and show Shih Tzus. Since then, they have bred multiple Canadian and American Championships, winning Best Puppy in Shows, Group First's, Group placements, and American Best In Shows!!! In 2013, their homebred female, Jolene, was #1 Female Shih Tzu in America, #3 Shih Tzu, winner of 7 American Best In Shows, 4 Best of Breed Specialty wins, and Select Female at the coveted Westminster Dog Show in New York City.
Between showing and grooming, Sandy is working on her CKC Judging Licence and hopes to have a future on the otherside of the ring.
Barb has worked at Classy Clips since 2001. She is a Certified Groomer and is a “Best Groomer in Show” winner. She has two lovely children, a daughter named Lilly, and a son, Lucas. Barb is part of the Shih Tzu family, owning one of Sandy's puppies, Daphne, a Canadian Champion.
Beth started her interest in dogs by being raised in a pile of hair at the Grooming Salon. At the salon, she began washing and folding dog towels then graduated to bathing , blow-drying and grooming as she got older. She is now a Certified Groomer with IPG.
She was Manitoba's Top Junior Handler in 2006 and has assisted Professional Dog Handlers in the US and Canada. She has become more active in the dog show ring, as well as working towards her Commerce Degree at University of Manitoba. Beth has won multiple Best In Show's, Group First's, Group Placements and Best Puppy in Shows. Sandy and Beth have been working together with the Shih Tzu's, showing their breedings to Championships in both Canada and the USA. Their own bred Shih Tzu, Jolene, had an amazing 2013, winning 7 American Best In Shows, multiple Group First's and placements, as well as Select Female at the coveted Westminster Dog Show in New York City.
Monique joined the team at Classy Clips in June 2013. She had previously graduated from a Veterinary Assistant course, but found her way into the world of grooming and fell in love. Monique is 26 years old and is the mother to a beautiful 6 year old daughter named Lily. She is so proud so be doing something she is passionate about for a living and hopes to learn all she can from her peers and from experience.
Crystal has been with Classy Clips since April 2009. She works part time as a Dog Beautician, as well as an Asst. Art Director in the Film Industry. Crystal has an American Bulldog named Archer at home, and loves all the short-nosed breeds. As a gift for one of her favourite clients, Larry the Pug, she made an Event Calendar for his owner.
Bob is the Classy Clips fixer, and can be found as the receptionist on Saturdays. He helps the staff by answering phone calls, cleaning, and fixing any broken equipment.
Sandy and Bob have been together for more years than they will admit, and have 2 beautiful daughters together, Beth and Courtney.
Bob was with Classy Clips from the beginning, starting as a bath boy, and assisting Sandy at Dog Shows. He would help show Poodles, and was known to occasionally win over Sandy.