Our dear friend, Professor Antonio Ramirez Cordova, sent us this letter with some of their concerns about the judges and the state of our race.
I write with a pressing concern with clarity of mind. These are the skills of our Paso Fino Horse, unique in the world and National Treasury to Dr. Ferdinand Padron Jimenez, Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Utuado.
I am convinced that the horse and step on a wide penumbra, a fact that surfaces many times is judged at the mercy of foreign criteria, framed in the Colombian step, which is antagonistic to that of our horse, the breed dates back to the eighteenth century.
In short, these judges and also begin to issue their rulings, microphone in hand, even resorting to speech, the twists and the sayings of the neighboring country.
I wonder how many of these judges have a pure horse? How many favor it? How many have been fed?
The Puerto Rican people must weigh what is said and called to defend it with his lance, as the Paso Fino gates are open wide, a fact that undermines the Puerto Rican Culture, the edge of a bottomless pit. Oh blessed!
Is purists no judges available to judge our horse, which is the thin, delicate, of the four times?
Antonio Ramirez Córdova
Utuado, Puerto Rico.
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Antonio is right ... quite simply, the current trial is hurting the Purismo because it opens a door for between error-and the horror of our race.
The judges, with their decisions, the model will build the next generation. Therefore it is very important that their decisions are accurate, based on the definition of our horse, in their features ... and not in the criteria used in the sister sport of Paso Fino Colombiano. This would be the equivalent of having softball umpires in a baseball game, look but not the same.
But it is important -importantísimo- clarify that the decision to use the judges prepared by the Association of Judges and now, more recently, by the Technical Federation, has been successful and very useful for purism. At least eliminated the "PAN" and brought our judgments objectives criteria. But it is better not mean it's perfect.
Looking at the judgments in recent years, I see a tendency to worsen. The criteria are more "colombianizados" and vocabulary used is not appropriate. But watch out, this is a trend that transcends and judges you see on the owners, in assemblers in fans ... can not blame only the judges but a great responsibility for what happens falls on entities.
You see, the judges of the "old guard" as Strong Wilo or Laguna Cuddly, know the Paso Fino Cigar, lived part of their history and know the differences between the two races. But we can not expect more new judges, who know firsthand Purism and are markedly influenced by the Colombian Paso Fino, know objectively judge our race if not taught. The fault is not theirs but the principals judges entities, that our horses rush to judge without more ado.
The same applies to owners, especially those coming new to the sport and do not know the race course ... as I too hago- visit the Colombian skills and are influenced by what they do: speed, "apretaera" The "parking" ... and forget that Paso Fino but are not those things up.
The fitters suffer from the same affliction. Many of them ride horses of both breeds and some have the notion that "the same". Recently a recognized fitter said he likes to take the horses to compete "barefoot" (with all that this implies) to be no "Trochen". The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino may be out of step, or lockout may be endorsed, but NEVER be trochado because this is a diagonal air outside our race.
Antonio has shown us a real and serious problem. There are many times we have repeated the same thing in different ways. But today I would like to go further. Instead of just presenting the problem, I would encourage banks to take a step to remedy. I think if they agree, they could prepare a (os) workshop (s) to train these judges, taught to recognize the difference between Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino and Paso Fino Colombiano. Wilo and Lulique with David Lang and other resources Purismo could organize and take this workshop. Call it something like a specialized or, in some professions, continuing education workshop course. But there must be a commitment to entities using ONLY judges who have taken this workshop. That would be a way of seeing that a "commitment to the race," to use a phrase that was popular some years ago.
It would be interesting-as, productive-that the workshop was open not only to the judges (for them would be a requirement) but for owners and assemblers. So clarify some concepts and motivate others to venture into the trial of our horses.
"Engaged" is not who will take a bit of food or puts a bale of hay to a Pure, but who is interested in learning about race and seeks to preserve it for future generations. Commit all, then, with our sport and our race.