Scoring System

Arabian Breeders World Cup Scoring System

A vision of the Arabian Horse Breeders' Alliance is to enhance the Arabian horse experience by presenting exciting horse shows; unifying the standard in the halter show-ring; inviting the participation of world competition; promoting the breeders of Arabian horses; and as a result of all of this, to ignite the marketplace for Arabian horses.

We have five judges per halter class, each scoring on a 10-point scale in six categories.

We will have a mix of American and international judges in order to get closer to having a single standard against which to judge rather than to have a "European" style horse vs. an "American" style horse. Our objective with the scoring system was to create a more unified standard; to achieve transparency in judging by showing all scores following the judging of each horse; and to engage the crowd more since they can score along with the judges and better understand what it is that makes for a winner.

World Cup Scoring System

To be utilized to evaluate all entries in all Breeding & In-Hand Qualifying Classes, including Amateur to Handle (ATH) and AHBA Futurity classes. Individual scores will awarded by each officiating judge using the Arabian Breeders World Cup Scoring System™ and the corresponding score card (see sample Arabian Breeders World Cup Score Card in this premium). A score of 10-20 will be awarded for each entry in the following six categories:

(1) Arabian Type (3) Neck & Shoulder (5) Feet & Legs
(2) Head (4) Body & Topline (6) Movement


These scores will be ‘unweighted’ with a total of 120 possible points per judge. The high and low scores in each category will be eliminated from the preliminary accumulated score for each entry prior to the announcement of total score. Should an entry receive an identical low and/or high score from more than one judge, only one of the identical scores will be eliminated in order to correctly tabulate the total entry score. The tabulated scores (with the high and low category scores removed) of each judge will then be added together for the Total Adjusted Entry Score from a total of 360 possible points. The sample scorecard below illustrates the process of eliminating high and low scores for each entry to tabulate total entry score:

The horse receiving the highest Total Adjusted Entry Score in each class will declared the class winner. The horse receiving the second highest Total Adjusted Entry Score will be declared the second place winner, and so on. In the case of a tie, the horse awarded the higher points for TYPE [utilizing the total TYPE points (Total Category Score) from the Total Adjusted Entry Score, not the Preliminary Accumulated Score] shall be declared the winner. Should the points for TYPE be the same, the horse receiving the higher points for MOVEMENT [utilizing the total MOVEMENT points (Total Category Score) from the Total Adjusted Entry Score, not the Preliminary Accumulated Score] shall be declared the winner. Should the horses further prove to be tied in points for both TYPE and MOVEMENT, the horse receiving the higher Preliminary Accumulated Score from the designated Call Judge in that class shall be deemed the winner. Should the horses still be tied, the horse receiving the higher Preliminary Accumulated Score from the designated Judge 2 in that class shall be deemed the winner. Should the horses still prove to be tied, this process of breaking ties shall continue through the designated Judge 5 for that class until a clear winner can be decided. Should the tie prove impossible to break according to points awarded by the five judges who officiated the class, the tied horses in question will be asked to return to the ring to be comparatively judged by the Reserve Judge (the Judge who did not officiate in the class). The decision of the Reserve Judge will be Final.

Class Conduct

(a) All horses to be shown collectively at the beginning of each class. Horses shall enter the ring at a trot in a clockwise direction in chronological age order (according to date of birth) from oldest to youngest. Horses to circle clockwise at a controlled walk around the entire circumference of the ring completing a minimum of two (2) complete circles. All horses to exit ring as directed by Ring Steward.

(b) The first entry to be exhibited in each class will be drawn randomly by the show secretary (or a designated member of the show committee) prior to the commencement of each class. The individual horse corresponding to the selected back number will be the first horse exhibited individually to the judging panel. The remainder of the class will be exhibited in chronological age order from oldest to youngest following the first horse shown, with the second horse shown being the next youngest, and so on (according to the original chronological age order assigned in the initial class presentation at the walk). The oldest horse in the class will be shown immediately following the youngest, should the oldest horse not be the first horse shown.

(c) Each entry shall be exhibited and evaluated individually. Horse to enter ring at a trot in hand as indicated in the Breeding & In-Hand Class Conduct Diagram immediately following. Horses shall be encouraged to move with elegance, impulsion and charismatic animation at the trot exhibiting authentic Arabian type around the entire circumference of the ring.

(d) Following the trot, each entry shall return to the center of the ring (point A – apex of triangle) and shall walk in a straight line from (to point D) and towards (back to point A) the judges as directed by the ring steward.

(e) Each entry will then be exhibited as a halter horse within the designated presentation area (point A – apex of triangle) in the center of the ring. Horse to be presented for evaluation by judging panel in a controlled, yet uninhibited and/or intimidated manner. Horse shall stand squarely on all four legs and shall be shown with natural elegance and professionalism. Excessive use of the whip and/or horses that appear intimidated or fearful of the handler WILL BE penalized by the Judging Panel, and may result in expulsion from the ring.

(f) Horse and handler to be excused from the ring at the formal request of the ring steward. Horses are to exit ring at a either a controlled walk or trot towards point D and turning right towards the Entry/Exit. Handlers are requested to use extreme caution when exiting as to not inhibit the performance of any successive entry.

(g) All entries MUST remain in the designated warm-up/holding area prior to individual presentation and preferably throughout the entire class process or at least until the Top Five winners for the class in question have been announced by the Paddock Announcer. Any entry not complying with this requirement, will be eliminated from further judging in the qualifying class and WILL NOT be eligible for any award in the class in which the infraction occurred.

(h) Those horses receiving the five highest point scores tabulated according to the Arabian Breeders World Cup Scoring System will be called back into the ring in reverse order (5th place to 1st place) for the awarding of prizes immediately following each class.

(i) Only one handler per exhibit is permitted in the ring at any one time. Handlers may present more than one exhibit per class, provided that there is a capable handler for each horse during the initial group judging and during the awards presentation.

(j) Handlers will be neatly dressed. Handlers may wear any costume normally worn in their country of origin. Handlers may not wear any articles of clothing carrying any form of advertising which discloses the identification/connection of the horse they are handling or the farm, training stable or corporate sponsor represented.

(k) Judges are required to judge exhibits standing, walking and trotting.

(l) Judges may order handlers to open horses’ mouths or pick up feet for inspection.

(m) Exhibits which appear late (missing the walk around the ring) will be excluded from the class.

(n) Unruly horses may be ordered to withdraw at the discretion of the judge(s).

(o) Any horse becoming loose a second time will be disqualified.

(p) No announcement indicating the identity, breeding or past performance of exhibits, or the identity of their owners will be made during judging. It is, however, permissible for this information to be given out after the scores have been announced for each exhibit.

(q) These classes will be recognized by the USEF but are not rated classes. As non-rated classes, they will not earn USEF points towards end of the year awards.