Interview with Rik Neirynck who did the coordination of the judgment.
Neirynck is an active member of the European community concerning
the orchids, their studies and conservation.
He has been an active co-operator in the organization of the 18°
WOC, especially in charge of the organization of the judging and
have presented a poster for the EOC about the 'European important
Between many activities accomplished along his life, he is a member
of Coordinators Commission of the European Orchid Committee (E.O.C),
where he represents the 'De Orchideevriend'.
Since 2000, he is member of the board of Directors of the European
Orchid Council. and since the end of 2004, president of the AFJO,
the Francophone society for orchid judging (Association Francophone
pour le Jugement des Orchidées).
He was present as guest and as orchid judge at many orchid judging:
all E.O.C.C.E. orchid shows since 1991, WOC 1993 in Glasgow and
WOC 2002 in Malaysia.
He got the Silver Medal for his site on orchids.
ON: Rik Neirynck,
as the coordinator of the judgment in Dijon, could you tell us how have
you organize that?
RN: I have participated in the judgment at many
european orchid congress and WOC (Malaysia, Glasgow). I think that the
first judgment I have in computer, was this one in Malaysia. At the
beginning, we have based on it. Then I introduced all rules I have got
and did a comparison between them. In this way, we got those approximated
lists and we have look for competent people, for example, Joyce Stewart
(WOC Trustee President), Cordelia Head (USA) and John Hermans (England)
who have read it many times and have helped a lot. Taking their comments
into consideration and the discussions we have had, we got to this final
version of the Judges' Handbook which has been printed at the end of
the year and to every exhibitor and every judge, at the end of January.
ON: The judges were divided into groups. How did you formed those groups?
RN: As you have seen when you do the registration
for the Conference, you can also register for being judge in your preference.
A third of the judges inscribed have given their preference, based on
it, we started to form the groups. We have waited until last Monday
when, based on this information, we started to formed the groups taking
into consideration the competence of the inscribed judges and their
preference. We have also added in the group people who hadn't given
their preference. Certain classes should be judged by groups together.
On Wednesday, judges and clerks were invited to have acess to the show
in construction to ecome familiar with their assignments. On Thursday,
10, we had the juddges-breakfast, when I gave the last important information,
how we will determine the champion (the best) and the vice champion
(reserve). A very democratic process because each judge should vote
for the first and second place and the champions were those who got
the majority of the votes. There were 25 groups, 28 clerks car some
groups had 2. A clerk is considered as non-voting member of the team.
They should follow the group, take notes. There were some exceptions,
4 clercks had knowledge enough to judge. The criterias for the judgment
were those accepted at a worldwide level.
ON: How long lasted the judgment?
We started at 8 o'clock am and finish 1h5' pm.
ON: Thank you, Rik Neirynck
The judgment of plants, flowers, stands, sites, photography and fine
arts was done by more than 200 judges coming around the world. For the
first time, the sites about orchids were judged and we have the pleasure
to see Brazilian Orchids won the Gold Medal and Trophy Grand Champion
as the best amateur site on orchids.
The committee of judgment were composed by Joyce Stewart (President
of the WOC Trust), Donna Craig, Peter R. Furniss and Dr. Henry Oakeley
who participated as trustees of the WOC-Trust. Besides Gabriel Cayrol
(President), Rik Neirynck, President of AFJO, Jean-François Aguillon,
Janine Couget, Vinciane Dumont, Philipe Lecoufle (RHS Orchid Committee),
Romain Maillard, all of them judges at the judges at the AFJO (French
language Association for the judgment or orchids) and Anne-Marie Gabriel
and Jean-Marie Leckner as secretaries and advisers Kenneth Bruyninckx
(Belgian), Cordelia Head (USA), John Hermans (United Kingdom), Alexander
Hirtz (Ecuador), Harold Koopowitx (USA), Michael Ooi (Malaysia), Roland
Schettler (Germany), Julien Shaw (United Kingdom) and Kiat W. Tan (Singapore).
Rik Neirynck was the coordinator for the Judges Hand-book. The team
of judges were composed by people who have a good knowledge about orchids
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