We have invited the following three judges to come and judge at the OEC 2013:
Johanna Saariluoma (Finland) – Head judge (1st judge)
Wies Koelewijn (Netherlands)
Claudia Moser (Switzerland)
We have asked all ladies to introduce themselves:
I am Wies Koelewijn, dogdancing for 12 years now… to me it is the most difficult dogsport there is. It challenges me to improve my trainingskills and really bond with my dogs! I am judging dogdance competitions for 8 years now and I have seen the standard rise and rise. I am still amazed of what people can create with their dogs! Sometimes so funny and sometimes very emotional… I am honoured to judge europes finest dogdancers at the oec!! Looking forward to see what you will show me!
Hi, my name is Claudia Moser and I am a Dogdance-judge from Switzerland. About 12 years ago I first saw a Dogdance routine, but that was all it took form e to fall in love with this sport! I started training and later competing with my neighbours dog Lara. She taught me a lot about positive training methods and I am still greatful that I was able to learn from her. I now dance with my three dogs Tilly, Kerry and Ria, everyone a different character and challenge ;-). With Tilly I am lucky to have a wonderful dancing partner, together with her I had many wonderful moments in the Dogdance-Ring, and being able to compete at the OEC 2012 in Prague was definitely one of them. Tilly always loves to perform and it’s a joy to dance with her, so although she is now retired, we will still compete in Seniors for hopefully many more years. Kerry my Tibetan Terrier has been a difficult dog to work with, she taught a lot about motivation. She is a fun dog with lots of attitude, altough not always in my favour ;-). Ria is my youngest dog, she is fast and loud, so working with her is again a different challenge but I am looking forward to our Dogdance-journey… Freestyle combines the best of dog training with performance and always touches the audience in many different ways. For me a good routine always combines creativity, emotions and good training skills. I love happy dogs and handlers with attitude, that manage to touch me in some way. I feel very honoured to be invited to judge the OEC in Burgum and I am already looking forward to many fantastic and inspiring routines. Until then, I wish all teams lots of fun and creativity preparing their routines! See you in Burgum!