Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Best judging contest

If I had a dollar for every time I have seen or heard someone critique the judging of this year's BreyerFest Best Customs Contest, I could have bought myself and my fellow judges, Mindy Berg and Lauren Hoeffer, several well deserved drinks at the Clarion bar. 

I get it. I, too, have been guilty of Monday morning quarterbacking this contest. It's a high profile, high stakes competition, in which every finalist - and some of the also rans - truly deserves to win. A certain amount of second guessing is inevitable. We knew it would happen. I'm not offended by it.
That said, I'm also not interested in debating our choices. 
Trust me when I say, there were no automatic winners. Every entry was judged on its own merits, and every decision was made carefully with great - sometimes painful - deliberation.
You may not be happy with our choices, but I am.
Moreover, I am proud of them. It was such an amazing experience to be a part of the BreyerFest Best Customs Contest judging panel. Although we did not always see eye to eye, we were united in our desire to do this justice. Our discussions were wide ranging, passionate and often deeply personal, covering both the technical and emotional aspects of model horse art. I learned so much from this process.
I learned so much from these women.
Thank you for judging with me, Mindy and Lauren. It was truly an honor.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you. It's these sorts of discussions,... "wide ranging, passionate and... deeply personal," that make BreyerFest. They did for me.