AHSA Judges

All AHSA Accredited Judges have passed the AHSA approved written and practical assessment, have been classified by the Judges Executive Committee and approved by The Board of Directors. Judges are classified for one of the following Panels: International Judge, National Judge, Level Two Judge and Level One Probationary Judge.

a) Level One Probationary Judge is a person who has passed the A.H.S.A. approved written and practical assessment and is therefore so classified by the J.E.C. and approved by the Board, and is entitled to officiate alone at any recognised show with a show grading of ‘B’ (Non Titled) which he/she is invited to judge. All persons when first approved for classification as an A.H.S.A. Panel Judge shall first receive a Level One Probationary Judge status regardless of age or experience (unless the Judge has previously qualified as an Arabian Judge on a recognised Arabian Judges' Panel of another country as recognised by the Society). Upon application, a Level One Probationary Judge may be considered for promotion to Level Two Judge status once he/she has satisfied the J.E.C. that he/she has gained sufficient experience and knowledge, has passed the full A.H.S.A. examination and meets all other requirements as laid out in the Judges Agreement. It is strongly recommended that Level One Probationary Judges attend A.H.S.A. authorised workshops / seminars to further their knowledge. Please note that natural horsemanship courses, international guest speakers, farriers’ courses etcetera do not qualify in this instance. Level One Probationary Judges are required to submit an annual Judges Return. As from 1/09/2015 there shall be a maximum time limit of 6 years at this level unless a longer period has been granted by the Board upon application. Failure to upgrade to Level 2 within 6 years will result in removal from the Level 1 Judge Panel unless exemption has been granted by the Board.

b) Level Two Judge is a person so classified by the J.E.C. and approved by the Board, who has passed the full AHSA examination and has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and experience to be upgraded. ‘Level Two Judges’ are required to submit an annual Judges’ Return. He/she is entitled to officiate alone at any recognised show with a grading of ‘A’ (Prestige), or ‘B’(Non Titled), with the exception of State Royal Shows that he/she is invited to judge in Australia or New Zealand.

c) National Judge is a person so classified by the J.E.C. and approved by the Board and is entitled to officiate alone at Show in Australia or New Zealand irrespective of show grading he/she is invited to judge, in the section of the schedule they are qualified for. National Panel Judge status may be awarded for Purebred Halter (PH), for Derivative Halter (DH) for Saddle/Performance (P), or two or all of these categories. Before admission to the National Panel for Halter, the Judge must undergo a mentoring session on the Numerical Scoring System as well as an observation / mentoring practical session by a J.E.C. approved National Panel Judge / Examiner. National Panel Saddle/Performance Judges, unless on another approved Australian performance National judges panel, must undergo an observation / mentoring practical session by a J.E.C. approved National Panel Judge / Examiner. All National Panel Judges will have officiated competently at Level Two status, have submitted an annual Judges Return and have met all other requirements as laid out in the Judges Agreement.

d) International Judge is a person so classified by the J.E.C. and approved by the Board and is entitled to officiate alone at any Australian or International Show irrespective of show grading he/she is invited to judge, in the section of the schedule they are qualified for. Before admission to the International Panel the Judge must have been an active judge on the National Panel for a minimum of three years. In addition the Judge must have judged overseas (excluding New Zealand) at an approved Arabian Show within the last five years, as at 1st October 2015, or have successfully completed an interview with JEC Management and be familiar with the Numerical Scoring System.