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. Competence is the Paso Fino horse our, unique in the world and National Treasury to Dr. Ferdinand Padron Jimenez, Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Utuado.
I am convinced that this horse and I step on a wide penumbra, a fact that emerges often being 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, turns and sayings brother 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 gates of the Paso Fino 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 Cordova
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 horror-our race.
The judges, in 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 its features ... and not in the criteria used in the sport brother Paso Fino Colombiano. This would be the equivalent of having softball umpires in a baseball game, resemble but are not equal.
But it is important-important-to clarify that the decision to use the judges prepared by the Association of Judges and now has more recently by the Technical Federation, been successful and of great benefit to the purism. At least eliminated the "PAN" and brought our judgments objectives criteria. But that is better does 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 the 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, they 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, judge objectively know our race if they are not taught. The fault is not theirs, but the directors of judges entities, that our horses rush to judge without more ado.
The same applies to the owners, especially those coming new to the sport and do not know the race ... of course, I do too-Colombians and visiting competencies are influenced by what they do: speed, "apretaera" The "parking" ... and forget that Paso Fino but those things are not 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 will 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 like to invite institutions to step to remedy it. I think if they agree, they could prepare a (os) workshop (s) to train these judges, how 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 workshop. Call it something like a specialized or, in some professions, continuing education workshop course. But there must be a commitment to institutions use ONLY judges who have taken this workshop. That would be a way to see that there is a "commitment to the race," to use a phrase that was popular some years ago.
It would be interesting, and of course, it was productive-open the workshop not only the judges (for them would be a requirement) but for owners and assemblers. So clarify some concepts and to motivate other people to dabble in the prosecution of our horses.
"Engaged" is not who he throws some food or puts a bale of hay a Cigar, but who is interested in learning about race and seeks to preserve it for future generations. All bind ourselves, then, with our sport and our race.