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  1. Barbara's wonderful photos

    Having spoken with Barbara from time to time as she was putting this book together, I can say that she's been like a kid in a candy store gathering all these fabulous photos.

    There are many, many...
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    While we have retained breeding rights to...

    While we have retained breeding rights to Minister General for our own mares, we no longer own him. His book is still managed by Jill Johnson of Janno Farm.

    His foals all seem to have very...
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    But isn't this the point? Trying to take the...

    But isn't this the point? Trying to take the things that are currently judged from knowledge and experience, and make them more transparent?

    The standards defined in most "subjective" judging...
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    You need to watch carefully for SMS (Sneaky Mare...

    You need to watch carefully for SMS (Sneaky Mare Syndrome). :winkgrin:

    We have one who never lays down in her stall, and was due this week.

    On Monday it was drizzling, but barn owner wanted...
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    I was just having a conversation about this...

    I was just having a conversation about this thread with someone, and it raised another question.

    Should there be specific standards for different ages? Is it "ideal" for a yearling to look...
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    I totally agree. As I said in an earlier post,...

    I totally agree. As I said in an earlier post, dressage competitors manage to read really specific criticisms of their horses AND their riding skills and manage to come back to another show the...
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    Great points. This is what I was getting at...

    Great points. This is what I was getting at earlier when asking if there are books/videos/etc., and when/where clinics are held.

    Subjective judging shouldn't mean everyone is completely left to...
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    removing this post... it really wasn't important

    removing this post... it really wasn't important
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    removing this post... it really wasn't important

    removing this post... it really wasn't important
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    Interesting... and I think I see where you going...

    Interesting... and I think I see where you going with it. But does it really lead to the right ends?

    If the issue is that some specific shows have judging "oddity" or ethical conflicts that...
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    "Spin" is an attempt to continually reframe a...

    "Spin" is an attempt to continually reframe a subject to fit an agenda, and to ensure that differing views are not heard. I have no agenda other than to hear a vast array of thoughts and opinions...
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    Two things jumped out at me from this. First,...

    Two things jumped out at me from this.

    First, anything that gets them to explain the top placings might be more palatable than trying to explain the bottom ones. That's definately worth some...
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    I don't see that we're in any disagreement here. ...

    I don't see that we're in any disagreement here.

    You certainly are in the middle of things, and have an educated understanding of how things work, both in front of and behind the scenes. ...
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    I've gotten some great feedback today, here and...

    I've gotten some great feedback today, here and offline.

    Owners/competitors seem to want explanations of placings. And everyone seems to agree that this could help dispel the illusion of...
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    Um... I guess. The ORIGINAL POST I made to...

    Um... I guess.

    The ORIGINAL POST I made to start this thread said

    "I’d love to see some sort of score card. Whether it is a numeric system like the dressage in-hand scores, or just notes...
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    YES!!! My thoughts too. I wonder how hard...

    YES!!! My thoughts too. I wonder how hard it would be to begin to request this on an "unofficial" basis in hopes that it could inspire a rule change.

    Could Show Managers ask the judges to...
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    Just so the "rest of the class can play along"...

    Just so the "rest of the class can play along" with the insider snarkiness, I'll explain.

    My horses show in Zone 2, as I have a residence in NY and choose to declare that as my home Zone. I...
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    I was not commenting on the original letter...

    I was not commenting on the original letter (which, as you point out, you've already posted), and thus my summary of it was accurate and sufficient. The letter had more than enough air time. My...
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    [quote=PineTreeFarm;3129504]Symranch Thanks...

    [quote=PineTreeFarm;3129504]Symranch

    Thanks for bringing up one of the problems with HB.
    ". I think human nature plays into given more “slack” to a horse that trots poorly one day, but the judge...
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    A Hunter Breeding judge named Tucker Ericson...

    A Hunter Breeding judge named Tucker Ericson recently responded to an email that addressed the question of politics in Hunter Breeding, and included the question “Why are some horses overlooked when...
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    So we have a number of posters who have...

    So we have a number of posters who have highlighted the importance of going to shows, and learning by watching.

    I think those are good things to promote, but what if that isn't possible? What...
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    I am not advocating eliminating year end awards. ...

    I am not advocating eliminating year end awards. I'm talking about getting rid of the system that ranks horses based on NATIONAL points, and focusing on the system that places horses within their...
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    If you were talking to someone who was thinking...

    If you were talking to someone who was thinking about showing in HB, what are a couple things you learned that you think would help them out as "first-timers?"
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    You are absolutely right. Similar "big shows"...

    You are absolutely right. Similar "big shows" should be added on other coasts to make it fair. If that can't be done, then maybe they just need to be their own reward.

    I just know that the...
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    Seriously? LOL. I think I've attended...

    Seriously? LOL.

    I think I've attended more than a few HB shows over the years, along with breeding many Zone and Devon winners, and my knowledge is far more than vicarious. It's...
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