AHSA Judge Panel Definitions

All AHSA Accredited Judges have passed the AHSA approved written and practical assessment, have been classified by The Judge and Officials Committee (formerly, The Guild or 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 Judge.

“Level One Judge” is a person who has passed the approved entry level Assessment, set by the JOC and approved by the AHSA, and appointed to the AHSA  Level 1 Judges List following recommendation by the JOC and approval by the Board of the AHSA Ltd.  A Level 1 judge is entitled to officiate alone at any recognised show with a show grading of ‘B’ which he/she is invited to judge. All persons when first approved for classification as an AHSA Panel Judge shall first receive a Level One Judge status regardless of age or experience (unless the Judge has previously qualified as an Arabian recognised Arabian Judges' Panel of another country as recognised by the Society). 

"Level Two Judge" is a person appointed to the AHSA Level Two Judges List, who has passed an assessment, as set by the JOC and approved by the AHSA, and has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and experience to be upgraded. He/she is qualified to officiate alone at any recognised show with a grading of ‘A’ or ‘B’, with the exception of State Royal Shows, that he/she is invited to judge in Australia or New Zealand.   

"National Judge" is a person appointed to the AHSA National Panel Judges List, who has, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for a Level Two Judge, undergone a Scoring System assessment. This judge may officiate alone at Shows 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. A National Panel Performance (P) judge is able to officiate alone in the Performance Section only, at any International Show, regardless of the grading, that he/she is invited to judge.

"International Judge" is a person so certified and appointed to the AHSA International Judges List. An International Judge may officiate alone at any Australian or New Zealand show or any other International show he/she is invited to judge in the section of the schedule they are qualified for.