Judging and Misnaming
Dana Brown wrote:
> This is only too true. But, it happens on both sides of the bench. 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?
Having never entered an iris in a show, let alone taken any judges
training or read the book (ordered but not received), I would ask a (for
me at least) simple question. What does a name have to do with whether
an iris is Queen of the Show or not? If it is the best iris there, why
wouldn't it win?
John | "There be dragons here"
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