Note from the organisation:
Deu to lack of sponsorship (caused by Covid-19) we had to cut cost. This is why we had to decide tot replace a foreign judge by a Dutch judge. Fortunately we found Tanja Leblanc willing to fullfil the honours.
Hanne Bach-Mathiesen Henriksen
My name is Hanne Bache-Mathiesen Henriksen.
I have been a jugde since 2017. I have competed with my staffordshire Bull Terrier Jacqueline in Obedience, Rally obedience before we started with Freestyle in 2012.
Before retiring in 2017, Jacqueline achieved both the Norwegian and Swedish Freestyle Champion Title and became 2 x National Norwegian Champion (2015 and 2016)
In 2020 a little Border Collie came in to my life and we have just started to compete in Freestyle.
I am deeply honoured to jugde the Open European Championship. I will do my very best to judge everyone fairly and I´m looking forward to see great teams and creative routines.
I wish everyone good luck and hope you enjoy every moment of the whole experience of being part of this championship.
And remember that your dog is always the best 💖
Tanja Leblanc (Head judge)
Hi my name is Tanja Leblanc and I live in the Netherlands. I have been Dog Dancing since 2008. Together with my big rottweiler friend Chendo I have 10 times been allowed to represent the Netherlands with the Dutch team in Heelwork to Music on several European and World Championships. I guess that is where most of the contenders will know me from.
Since January 2015 I am a judge as well. I’ve been judging the OEC in Belgium 2017 and the World Championship in the Netherlands 2018.
At the moment I am actively involved in the sport with my sweet girl Kenai. Besides entering competitions I really love to judge. Making the choice between competing and judging is always a struggle for me as I am passionate for both.
Therefore I am really looking forward to be able to look at and judge all of your, without any doubt, beautiful routines from up close. I which you all the best of luck but above all enjoy the moment and the road towards it
I am a dog and cat behaviourist and training instructor with 40 years of experience. Due to my innovative routines (“Chaplin, Gladiator”) with my Border Collie Fly, I popularized canine freestyle all over the world.Since I retired from active competing I have devoted my time to teaching HTM/freestyle, choreographing routines and judging competitions worldwide.
I look forward to watching and judging your routines at the biggest HTM/freestyle competition of the year; OEC, The Netherlands, 2022. I wish luck to all participants!