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Iris show experiences

Dana Brown wrote:
>  I
> judged a show several years ago where there were a high number of
> misnamed iris (8 or 10).  One or another of us on the panel had grown
> these iris and knew without a doubt that they were incorrect.  We wrote
> "misnamed" on the tags and went on with our judging.  After the judging
> was over I stepped outside for a cigarette (nasty habit, I know) and was
> met by a man wanting to know if I was one of "those" judges.  When I
> proudly admitted that yes, I was he begun to chew me out.  His wife (the
> one who had entered all of the misnamed iris) could not possibly be
> wrong and we must be crazy.  I offered to take the R & I books and go
> over any or all of the iris with them and he just got madder.  I finally
> just escaped back inside.  No-one wanted to keep them from winning and
> sometimes judges go overboard on this but we were very sure of our
> decisions.  What else could we do?

Chris writes:
That's really the only thing that you could have done. If the iris are
misnamed they are misnamed. As your offer to go over the details of your
decision with the R&I books was irrationally rejected by the person
entering the iris, its my opinion that your part is done. Unfortunately,
some people just can't be helped or don't want to learn. 

Christopher Hollinshead
Mississauga, Ontario  Canada  zone6b
AIS Region 16
Director, Canadian Iris Society
Newsletter Editor, Canadian Iris Society
e-mail: cris@netcom.ca

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