I meant to add this to my previous post...but I'll just start fresh with a new post.
The table IS NOT a stand alone document and it's only part of what a judge "thinks about" when judging. Although I'm glad more judging info is being provided, I do wish the additional aspects of the breeding class sections from the judges handbook were also included...it's not just about the table.
Here is the breed standard:
AR102 Breed Standards.
Comparatively small head, profile of head straight or preferably slightly concave below the eyes; small muzzle, large nostrils, extended when in action; large, round, expressive, dark eyes set well apart (glass eyes shall be penalized in Breeding classes); comparatively short distance between eye and muzzle; deep jowls, wide between the branches; small ears (smaller in stallions than mares), thin and well shaped, tips curved slightly inward; long arched neck, set on high and running well back into moderately high withers; long sloping shoulder well laid over with muscle; ribs well sprung; long, broad forearm; short cannon bone with large sinew; short back; loins broad and strong; croup comparatively horizontal;
natural high tail carriage. Viewed from rear, tail should be carried straight; hips strong and round; well muscled thigh and gaskin; straight, sound, flat bone; large joints, strong and well defined; sloping pasterns of good length; round feet of proportionate size. Height from 14.1 to 15.1 hands, with an occasional individual over or under. Fine coat in varying colors of bay, chestnut, grey and black. Dark skin, except under white markings. Stallions especially should have an abundance of natural vitality, animation, spirit, suppleness and balance.
It's the judges job to select the animal that best fits the above description - that includes taking faults related to soundness and faults related to type, the overall harmony and balance of the horse, movement, etc. weighing everything and coming up with a result. The winner should not only be a sound, well conformed horse, but it should also look like an Arabian....so there will be type faults that don't affect soundness, but do affect the overall appearance of the horse as being 'Arabian'. These aren't just breeding classes, they are Arabian breeding classes.