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    ...Randy Sherman. Why did you make my first Medal Final be from favoritism, at least in appearance if not in fact? I am going to have no trouble winning the Medal finals under my own steam sometime in the future. If I was better than the three people ahead of me on the standby who were dropped off, while I stay on, why wasn't I ahead of them from the start? If I wasn't better, why was I still in, while they were dropped off?

    ...Eva Gonda. Why did you embarass me by making me stand in the spotlight and receive a rosette in front of a thousand people who knew I shouldn't have even been in the second round? I am trying to figure out how two judges missed the fact that I cross cantered about five strides from the second jump of the four to the single, then flat miss at the wedge oxer option then not have the sense to wait for the six and ran like a scalded rabbit for the oxer to get there in five and still left from here to East Egypt? It wasn't my day so why did you try to make it so?

    ...Tiffany Cornacchio. Maggie Jayne has an excellent second round and moves from 22nd to sixth. Eva Gonda has a mediocre second round and moves from 15th to eighth. I have a second round that was at the very least as good as the top three and I go nowhere?



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    ...Randy Sherman. Why did you make my first Medal Final be from favoritism, at least in appearance if not in fact? I am going to have no trouble winning the Medal finals under my own steam sometime in the future. If I was better than the three people ahead of me on the standby who were dropped off, while I stay on, why wasn't I ahead of them from the start? If I wasn't better, why was I still in, while they were dropped off?

    ...Eva Gonda. Why did you embarass me by making me stand in the spotlight and receive a rosette in front of a thousand people who knew I shouldn't have even been in the second round? I am trying to figure out how two judges missed the fact that I cross cantered about five strides from the second jump of the four to the single, then flat miss at the wedge oxer option then not have the sense to wait for the six and ran like a scalded rabbit for the oxer to get there in five and still left from here to East Egypt? It wasn't my day so why did you try to make it so?

    ...Tiffany Cornacchio. Maggie Jayne has an excellent second round and moves from 22nd to sixth. Eva Gonda has a mediocre second round and moves from 15th to eighth. I have a second round that was at the very least as good as the top three and I go nowhere?



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    I'm not following you very well here, and I'd like to. Can you explain a bit more for those of us who weren't there and haven't kept up with it? Thanks.
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    That is so funny and so true!!!!! I would love to know what those judges were thinking. If I was Eva I would definatly be embaressed to.



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    Pwynn, as the class progresses, a standby is issued so all 288 kids aren't wondering if they made the second round. After the first hundred, they had a standby of 20. I believe Randy Sherman was 18th or 19th at that point. Fron that point on, the standby changed as other riders competed and were better than those at the bottom of the list. The total number on the standy also went from 20 to 25. At the end of the third standby, Randy Sherman was 25th. At the end of the fourth standy, he was also last, but two people above him had been dropped. for the final list, he was still last but another rider above him had been dropped. It gave the appearance of favoritism, since the list was in order of preference. If the list is Not in order of preference, the announcer says so, or the riders on the standby are listed numerically.

    Eva Gonda, good rider though she is, did not have a good day. There was a forward four followed by a left turn to a single then a 270 degree turn to an option, which Eva rode as an oxer, to an oxer that was set on a straight forward five or a bending six. Eva's horse landed on the right lead after the four and only changed his lead in front, so he cross-cantered to the single. He then took a big spook at the option oxer and she was well behind the motion in driving him over. Her horse stuck hard off the ground but her plan was obviously to do the forward five, and she stuck to her plan, even though the stick off the gound meant he was landing with less forward motion than is preferable. She did the ole hook-and-drive to get him there and he got there, but it was an extremely long distance and she was again behind the motion. She went 92nd and when they had her 3rd on the standby after the top 100 had gone, I was amazed.

    The only thing I can say about Tiffany is she was as smooth as silk over the second round and got nothing for her efforts. I was sitting with two other judges and we all had her in the top six, instead of Maggie. Even though Maggie also had an excellent second ride, she came back in 22nd place, while Tiffany was in 12th.



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    I forgot one other thing! Thanks for the e-mail reminder.

    The dotted line box was pretty ambiguous. Riders crossing into the box were subject to elimination. Brian Walker, who came back on top had crossed into the box. A few others had, also. He obviously thought he was going to be eliminated, since he was in the chute in tears. Since it was 'subject to elimination', it is apparently at the judges discretion. I personally think this renders it pretty much meaningless.

    For example, say after the first standby, riders on the standby were also those who had crossed the dotted line. Crossing the dotted line allowed for a much smoother ending circle than turning soon enough to avoid the dotted line. Well, once a rider is on the standby with a circle through the dotted line, everyone does it. Now, you are stuck either retroactively eliminating riders already on the standby, or continuing to allow everyone to do it. It becomes meaningless.

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    I understand what you are trying to get across here.I wasnt there but I understand your point and Tiffany can be absolutely marvelous .For some reason I find that some judges dont take her seriously .Why I don't know because she is very good.CANT Explain the cross cantering miss stuff with Eva at all.You'd have to ask the judges.Hey why don't we see how brave the judges are?Maybe they can be asked politely to entertain questions?
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    Twister, I was there too and I agree with your post and I have more to add....Jennifer Berol Bliss also crossed the dotted line and made it to the second round....Cody Baird did something weird in the first round, made it to the second round and trotted twice....Cathleen Calvert crashed through the last fence and made it to the second round..anyone else who took the last rail down was dead meat and Sarah, who in my opinion did not earn the win, almost fell off her mount... all these riders are big name riders, is that the reason these things were overlooked? I honestly didin't understand the judging....



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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by pwynnnorman:
    I'm not following you very well here, and I'd like to. Can you explain a bit more for those of us who weren't there and haven't kept up with it? Thanks.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I'm with pwynn. I'm lost. Please explain for those of us not in the loop.



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    OK, guys and gals. I appreciate this report, for obvious reasons given what opinions I've posted in the past. Are any of you willing to step up to the plate and name the TRAINERS of the riders mentioned (favored riders as well as less favored ones)? It may be nothing, but I'd kinda like to see if there's a pattern somewhere--and, yeah, I'll admit that my suspicion always lies with who the trainer is.

    BTW: "Since it was 'subject to elimination', it is apparently at the judges discretion. I personally think this renders it pretty much meaningless."

    SUBJECT TO? I find that utterly incredible. How can a "rule" exist subject to an individual judge's opinion? So if a rider goes off course, can the judge ignore that as well? Or falls off? Or runs over the ringmaster?
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by pwynnnorman:
    OK, Are any of you willing to step up to the plate and name the TRAINERS of the riders mentioned (favored riders as well as less favored ones)? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think Randy Sherman, from California, is trained by Karen Healey.

    Eva Gonda, also from California, is trained by Nicky Shahinian

    Sarah Willeman is trained by Missy Clark.

    Jenni Jones is trained by Christina Shlusmeyer.

    I don't know who trains Tiffany.

    Maggie Jayne is trained by her dad.

    The girl who was the last to be booted off the standby in favor of Randy staying on is trained by Jeff Cook.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    BTW: "Since it was 'subject to elimination', it is apparently at the judges discretion. I personally think this renders it pretty much meaningless."

    SUBJECT TO? I find that utterly incredible. How can a "rule" exist subject to an individual judge's opinion? So if a rider goes off course, can the judge ignore that as well? Or falls off? Or runs over the ringmaster?
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    The dotted line thing does fall into a grey area. It was first started to help expediate trips and prevent riders from making a grand tour of the ring before starting their course. In my opinion, it either needs to be a firm rule, or not be used.



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    i agree tiffany should have been way higher, but Dont you think Jenny should have won? If they wanted Sarah to win they just should have stopped over the second round. Not do a final test, with the top two switching horses, Jenny rode the boots off grappa while Sarah was just "ok" on Pik Trump 2. I agree the judgeing was just a tad bit odd.



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    Twister, I agree 100 % with what you observed at the Medal finals, but have to tell you my impression of Eva's ride. I thought that she was the first rider to carve out a clear track, to have a plan that she stuck with, and to ride aggressively even though things were obviously not going as smoothly as planned. Being aggressive does not always translate into being pretty, but the bottom line is she got the job done and if I were judging, I would have also put her in the second round. I'd have to see the video to be sure, but I think her horse landed on the cross canter, I don't think he just changed in front. Be that as it may, I still think she was among the first to at least try to make her plan work. The other comments you made were totally on the mark!



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    Tiffany is trained by Lisa Rex and Tiffany was veryu successful at Uset finals weird huh?
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    Along the same vein of conversation, but on a much more smaller scale - the Maryland Gittings Finals (for anyone that is in Maryland for WIHS and actually saw the class) was positively the worse judging witnessed by not only myself, but also many others (of the smallish crowd) in the grand stands. And what a shame because the course was great, the riders (except for a few and unfortunatly, 3 of the final four) were terrific and so competative, and so many of the horses were beautiful. Why a judge would then choose to award the blue to a rider that not only had a less then stellar performance (based on the riders credentials, I would think that even this rider was aware that the course did not measure up to many of the others), but an even worse test, is absolutely beyond me. Especially when there were half a dozen undisputed quality trips to choose from. I would have been embarrassed. I cant believe it is the rider's name or the coach's name for alot of reasons. Im wondering if it is just a long day for the judge and they get a little ADD and go with the rider that had the best sounding BIO or they have actually being influenced some other way.

    How many people agree that when a tests is called out as "canter straight from your position on the rail to fence 1, gallop fence 2, trot fence....." it means gallop all the way to the fence. The first placed rider galloped to the fence, then five strides away, dropped back to the canter and jumped. Wouldn't the directions for that sound more like "canter fence 1, gallop around the corner, canter fence 2....."?

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    Who were the top 4, Retro?

    And at the MHSA Adult Medals, I saw very few hand gallops as requested. Now me, I can go fast. Might demolish the jump and can't halt afterwards, but I will be galloping...



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    AMEN, Retro!

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    When the top four were called back I became so ill that I needed to leave the arena. I hate to see the things described above in this post start happening on a local level - especially when it seemed that there was a lot of talent in this group of kids. This MD, VA, PA areas seems very talented. I watched each test but could not bear to see the final placings although I heard later who won. I almost hate to print who Im speaking of because it really isnt their fault that the judging was in some way flawed. Every one goes in and rides the best they can and I think even the favorites cant be sure the judge will roll over for them. Any way, here goes.

    Called back in what I believe was the order (as opposed to reverse order) was Matt Lowe (coached by James Cornwell), and I get a little sketchy here as far as the exact order, then it was either Betsy Parker (coach??), Another student of James' on the nice albeit shorter strided Even Steven, and then ___ DuPont (David Lohman coaches) on a fabulous horse. She should have won the class and the other three shouldnt have been in the top four (or ten for two of those three). Matt was the eventual winner despite the faulty gallop fence. Everyone else galloped and did well except for one gallop to the CHIP (that matched the chip from the first course). I know I sound cruel, but I was not alone in my surprise and distaste for the judges poor skills.

    Such a shame because, like I said too many times now - there were many fabulous rounds. The boy that started the class, Will somthing, I think, should have been in the top four - got tenth!

    Hey Flash, I know what you mean about the gallop thing. Now that I can do.



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    Gittings finals were very strange. Megan Schoellhamer was called in 2nd behind Matt. She rides with Miranda Scott. I orignally thouht they were called in reverse order. I was in the shoot when the judge radioed the announcer with the results. James was even shocked. We all thought Bailey was on top.

    Betsie Parker ended up around 8th?



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    Sarah won the Medal finals becasue it was her last year as a junior. Jenny Jones deserved to win but has another year (at least) to do well. The same thing with Eva Gonda-it was her last time at the medal finals as well.

    Karen Healy was quoted as saying the judging was f#!*! travesty.

    Tiffany lost because she is trained by a no name, so to speak, in the equitation world.

    I hate that this happens, but let's not fool ourselves, it isn't the first and it certainly will not be the last time this sort of thing happens.

    One of the judges posts here all the time, I wonder why there isn't any feedback??

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