Date: January 9, 2012
Statement from NAMHSA Board of Directors
Dear Fellow Hobbyists,
While the NAMHSA Board of Directors strives to do the best job possible for the hobby to raise it to a higher level, it is not always easy to manage everyone's perception of the situations that occur at NAN. Allegations and speculations have been put forward regarding incidents that occurred in the Performance Divisions at NAN 2011. These incidents were investigated by NAMHSA President Silke Brockmoeller through discussions with relevant individuals. With the
information she obtained, the NAMHSA Board would like to formally address the issues at this time.
A NAN judge was seen speaking to an entrant/entrants near a judging table. The NAN 2011 Chairperson, Teresa Candelaria, was notified of this at the time. She instructed the judges to hold all conversations away from the judging tables to avoid the perception that a judge was helping an entrant. All judges were asked to follow suit. At no point did any judge assist an entrant set up for a performance class. Once approached by the Chairperson, judges complied with the aforementioned request. Multiple judges confirmed this happened as stated.
The entrants of the AR/CM Parade class were asked to check their entries and to make any needed adjustments prior to the commencement of judging. No specific comments were made by the judges, and all entrants of this class were allowed to make adjustments to their entries. NAN staff decided to allow this extra time as the ring had sat closed for a significant amount of time before being judged. However, other Performance classes sat closed for an equal amount of time, and this extra time for adjustments was not allowed in the case of any of these other classes. While no entrant in any particular class was given any advantage, some entrants felt it was unfair to give extra time to one class and not to others.
Future NAN Chairs will take both of these incidents into consideration when instructing judges and planning Performance classes in the future.
The NAMHSA Board sincerely hopes that the recent discussion will not deter future prospective judges from volunteering to judge at NAN. Volunteers are essential - without them, no show would be possible. We also hope that the result of this investigation will restore hobbyists' faith in the integrity of all people involved with the running of NAN and NAMHSA. Let us turn the page and start planning positively toward the next North American Nationals.
NAMHSA Public Relations Representative