"Oh, not another yellow."
"I'm really tired of UFO's. Aren't you?"
"Why do people insist on breeding for this chicken fat?"
"What a waste."
"Now that's just ugly."
"What were they THINKING?"
"I have one in my seedling bed almost like that one, but better."
"Looks just like 'El Desperado.' Yawn."
From a Judge's Education standpoint, I think we are missing the mark in judging seedlings. I think we are missing the spirit of the established procedure, or we are choosing to ignore it altogether. We have a scale by which to measure the seedlings in the show. The scale is not debate-able. Here is that scale:
If you only absorb one thing from this post and my soapbox, let it be this:
Please go back and read that last bit again. Let me know what you think.
Maybe AHS can have special post-it notes printed just for this section, where judges can choose from a list of reasons why this particular exhibit does not merit a ribbon.
Maybe clerks can be trained to write judges comments on the back of the entry tags.
Maybe show chairs and clubs can encourage more hybridizers to enter the seedling section by providing these pages from the AHS handbook so they know by what yardstick they will be evaluated.
Maybe we can have a "Judging Seedlings in an Exhibition Show" forum/seminar at an AHS event.