Linear Score Sheet Explained

How to read your Linear Score Sheet
You have to have taken your horse to a keuring as an adult (3 and over) to get this, they only get one so if you bought a horse that showed as an adult you need to request that from the m or get the information on your KPFS log in page.  At the top of the page you will have the horses Gender, Name, height, parent information, Location of the show, date the score was given and the judge that gave the scores

The next line starts with elements that the horse was judged on, Characteristics, group, numbers and then characteristic. The numbers scale the horse’s element from 5-45 where 25 is average. The characteristic on the left and right describe the element. So for Head it can rage from Plain (5) to Noble (45) and where the judge feels the horse is compared to all the other horses in the breed is where he puts the score this score was 30 so the head is a little more noble than average (25). The Breed ideal is in the shaded areas (35,40, 45). The group that the head belongs in is Racial. That score will help calculate the racial score at the bottom of the page.

The characteristics on the linear score sheet change from time to time but not very much. The desired score for each element can also change depending on what the judging committee decides is important for the breed to be it’s strongest. The characteristics listed here are the ones for 2009’s keuring. If we notice changes we will try to post them once we have our score sheets available.

As you can see that there are a several elements in a group. The Racial will add up to the score for Racial Type. The frame will add up for a Frame score, The Beenw will add up for the Feet and Legs score. The Walk for Walk and Trot for Trot. Below you will see how the judge used the scores above to create a score from 1-10 (½ points are also given ex. 6.5) for the Race Type, Frame, Feet & Legs, Walk and Trot. 10 has not been seen, Uldrik got a record 9.5 on his trot in 2010!!  9 is rare and amazing, 8 is wonderful, 7 is good, 6 is average, 5 is below average, 4 is indication that there needs to be improvement, 3 and below is rarely seen but would be indication of a problem such as unsoundness or other issues

From these numbers the Judge will assign a premium to the horse. (More information on Premiums) If you average the numbers together Foalbook - 6 or less is not in the studbook No Premium -Around 6 they are included in the studbook 3rd Premium - 6-7 2nd premium – around 7 (They get the Star title) 1st premium – 7.5 or higher (must have above 7.5 average on Walk and Trot) (They get the Star title) The judge at this point can use his judgement on his overall impression to have a horse. As you can see a 7 can be a 3rd or 2nd prem. This mare got 6.7 so she was very close to getting a 2nd premium. But for the judge would have liked to see a better walk to give
Here is a view of the complete form
         To Help you visualize what the judges put on paper and what they see there are a few photos of the mare at the bottom of the linear score sheet


FHANA had a 2 hour webinar that covers this information in 12/2015 so here is the link to view that webinar FHANA Linear Scores and Selecting a Stallion for your Mare

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