I particularly apreciate a judge that is compassionate about a tough ride. Most recently apreciate Kristi Wysocki for such - did not give a score away, but was fair and compassionate (even helpful) with her comments.
I scribed for him earlier this year at Yarra Yarra Ranch in Dublin, California. He lives with his daughter in Arizona since his wife passed away. He bicycles almost 5 miles a day! He is fabulous!
Gen. Burton's daughter posted this message on his Facebook account today....
"Thanks to all the people who wrote messages. Jack is 93 today and read through all of them. He is going out for mexican food tonight with friends for his birthday. He finally retired from judging this year, and his bike is now his only mount, but he rides it every day, and gets out with the dogs and gets outs out around Tucson. Thank everyone for your messages and thoughts!
Judy Lewis (daughter) for Jack"
I think this is a useful thread, too ... show managers depend on competitor feedback but that only happens after they've made a good (or not so good) choice.
I wouldn't post negatives on a public forum, so this is more of a "highlight" list, IMO.
I have scribed for some crabby judges that I would show for in a heartbeat. I have scribed for some genial folk that I wouldn't waste entry fees on, not because of scoring but because of the quality of their attention (experienced by me over time, not just one day).
Having said that ... Sue Kolstrom is among the very very best judges, IMO. Her comments always reflect the directives (not always typical even with very good judges), which seems to be an important perspective if one is trying to influence the ability and understanding of riders as to what the test writers had in mind.
She's fair, sensible, and ... among my highest rated judges based on 20 years of scribing at all levels.
Dressage becomes art when it is a joy for the horse. -KBH