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WINNER - America's Next Dancing Dressage Star!

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  • WINNER - America's Next Dancing Dressage Star!

    The votes have been tallied and the winner of American's Next Dancing Dressage Star contest is:

    FIRST PLACE ($1,000)
    Contestant 2 - Julie Madriguera riding Teodoro's Hechizo (aka "King"). Julie and King won by a mere 13 votes over the second place contestant!

    SECOND PLACE ($200)
    Contestant 3 - Aime Morrill riding Clark's Dusty Bailey.

    THIRD PLACE ($100)
    Contestant 4 - A. Whit Watkins and Margaret W. Fox riding Miciah and Cipriani.

    A BIG THANK YOU to all the finalists! In January there will be an announcement for the 2009 "In Search of America's Next Dancing Dressage Star", so start thinking about YOUR entry!

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    UPDATE (4/3/08):
    Award winning freestyle designer Karen Robinson (www.applausedressage.com) has joined Equimusic.com in search of America's Next Dancing Dressage Stars. The result of this partnership will be $100 for the third place winner, $200 for the second place winner, and $1,000 for the first place winner!

    Interested? If so, here's what you need to do.

    1. Submit a video of a freestyle you performed between January 1, 2008 and September 1, 2008. Submissions must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2008. Only one submission per person is allowed.

    2. As this is a search for up-and-coming horse/rider freestyle combinations, only First, Second, Third, or Fourth Level USDF Freestyle performances are eligible. With your video include a judge's signed copy of the USDF freestyle test you performed.

    2. Include with the video your name, contact information, your horse's name, age, and breed, and the titles of the music you used in the freestyle.

    3. I will select the Top 3 performances which will then be posted on YouTube by November 1, 2008. The winner will be selected by YouTube viewers. Your name, your horse's information, and the music information will be included in the YouTube description. The first place winner will be the one receiving the most "First Place" votes in the YouTube "Comments and Responses" section by midnight on November 30, 2008. The video receiving the second largest votes for "First Place" will place second, and the video receiving the third largest votes for "First Place" will place third. Each registered YouTube viewer's vote will only count once. I will announce the First, Second, and Third place winners and contact those individuals to mail them the checks - just in time for holiday spending!

    When you are ready to send your video, contact me for mailing information. A digital video is preferred as I want to maintain a high quality for YouTube.

    Lastly, don't think a First or Second Level freestyle can't be as good as a Third or Fourth Level freestyle. It's all about the MUSICAL PERFORMANCE! So don't hesitate to send in First or Second Level freestyles.

    I'll bump up this post at least once a month to ensure forum newbies get a chance to see it.

    Let the Search begin!
    Last edited by Mike Matson; Dec. 2, 2008, 11:48 AM.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    What a cool idea!

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    • #3
      Mike,that's great!I can't wait to watch the videos!
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      • #4
        But how can you control the voting ?

        Mike, This is a very wonderfull initiative.

        But how do you control the voting ?, and is it US$ 1.000,= per class ?

        Theo

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          #5
          Theo,

          It's like the voting on the TV show American Idol - people can vote as many times as they want. It works for that show, so I thought I'd give it a shot using the universality of YouTube. It will be fun to see what happens. Maybe someone will get the 6 million views that the Matine freestyle has received on YouTube.

          It's $1,000 for the freestyle that gets the highest star rating AND the most number of "Favorites". Only one winner!
          "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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          • #6
            But.......

            Voting on Idols (at least over here) is done by telephone and every vote costs you money. Voting on YouTube is free, so a simple program can create millions of votes. Read my lips, I don't want to discourage you, because it's a wonderfull idea, but try to find a way to solve this problem.

            Theo

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              #7
              The alternative would be to tally up the number of votes for first place in the "Comments" section. In that section you have to provide your user name. I could then only count each person one time no matter how many times they commented.

              Since the videos don't get posted until November, there's time to think about the best way to pick the winner using YouTube.
              "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
                The alternative would be to tally up the number of votes for first place in the "Comments" section. In that section you have to provide your user name. I could then only count each person one time no matter how many times they commented.

                Since the videos don't get posted until November, there's time to think about the best way to pick the winner using YouTube.
                But Mike isn't that exactly what you want ? Why should people vote 1000 times for the same rider/performance. At least if you want the best FTM to bubble to the top, you have to allow one vote per viewer. Otherwise the Russians will win (because they are the best hackers in the world)

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                  #9
                  Changed! The Russian hackers have been foiled.
                  "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                  • #10
                    Please answer

                    Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
                    Changed! The Russian hackers have been foiled.
                    But........... you didn't answer my question !

                    Why do you want people to vote multiple times on one combination

                    And PLEASE EXPLAIN Who is doing the initial screening ??? In casu who is ME in "grab ME" and "pull ME"
                    The initial screening will be based on MUSICAL PERFORMANCE and all that entails, artistic and technical. Does the performance "grab me" and "pull me" into the arena. Then the YouTube viewers can decide which of the Top 3 does that for them.
                    Is this a valid entry :

                    http://www.veoh.com/videos/v17121316EqrHyRx
                    Last edited by freestyle2music; Jan. 8, 2008, 01:28 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Where do we send the entries? Do they need to be mailed or can we send them to you through e-mail?
                      "A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care."

                      "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog."

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                      • #12
                        Cute idea, Mike. Hope it works out well.
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                          #13
                          daisyfields,

                          You can e-mail or snail mail me the video.
                          "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                            #14
                            Theo,

                            Per my announcement, I'm doing the initial screening.

                            And per the revised announcement, only one vote per registered YouTube viewer will be counted in the "Comments and Responses" section.
                            "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                            • #15
                              Zoals de waard is vertrouwt hij zijn gasten. This again is a dutch saying.


                              I think it is a nice idea. Good luck
                              Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.

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                                #16
                                dutchmike,

                                Thank you for the encouragement. Maybe someone can also do something similar in Europe. It would be great to see some of the European freestyle competitors at the lower levels.
                                "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
                                  dutchmike,

                                  Thank you for the encouragement. Maybe someone can also do something similar in Europe. It would be great to see some of the European freestyle competitors at the lower levels.

                                  I agree. Anything to promote our sport is good in my eyes.
                                  Every time you ride, your are either teaching or un-teaching your horse.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
                                    daisyfields,

                                    You can e-mail or snail mail me the video.
                                    Ok, thank you. I forgot to ask earlier if you need to perform the freestyle at a rated show or if it can be at a schooling show.
                                    "A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care."

                                    "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog."

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                                    • Original Poster

                                      #19
                                      As long as it's a USDF freestyle test signed by a judge, it's fine.
                                      "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                                      • #20
                                        You seem to forget !

                                        Originally posted by dutchmike View Post
                                        I agree. Anything to promote our sport is good in my eyes.
                                        You seem to forget that In Europe the recognised freestyles to music starts from Z-level (3th Level). Every FTM under this level is FunStuff and mostly judged by the wife of the town-major, or the wife of the sponsor !

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