1 This grey mare is showing a lot of femininity and cleanliness in her front end. She has a long, clean neck with an exceptionally clean throat and long mitbah. Her profile, while straight, is definitely feminine and typey. She has a small muzzle. While this mare has great length and depth of shoulder, it is more upright than I would like to see. However, she has a bit of a “pigeon chest” and this type of construction can result in more animation in front due to the angle of humerus and forearm. Her shoulder angle and height causes a discrepancy in that her croup is lower than her wither in this photo. She has excellent depth of body and appears short in the back. While her croup is not as level as the second place mare, and her tail set not as high, she does show good muscling down the back of her thigh. Her hip is circular when viewed from the side. She has short cannons and adequate tendon/ligament attachment. Her femininity and cleanliness led her to the top of the class.
2 This chestnut mare is well balanced with a nice, square hip when viewed from the side. She possesses the strongest topline in the class, with a short back, long hip and croup and high tail set. She is smooth bodied as well. I like everything about this mare except that I would like to see more length of leg and a cleaner neck. Her neck is set on a bit lower at the base and she ended up in second place in part because of the heaviness of her cresty neck. A cresty neck in a broodmare is not a favorable trait. She is using her neck well in the photo, but it is heavier than I want to see in a mare and detracts from her femininity. Her head is triangular and typey with a small muzzle. Her straight profile is totally acceptable according to the standard. She has short cannons and good tendon/ligament attachment. Her short, straight pasterns follow the upright nature of her shoulder, but her shoulder is more correctly angled than the grey mare placed above her. This mare simply needs a bit more leg and more cleanliness up front.
3 This chestnut mare appears younger, both because of her build and the appearance of tooth “bumps” under her jaw. For the length of her body, she has a somewhat short neck, therefore lacking some balance. Her topline is too long, but she does have good length of hip and croup. Her hip is triangular when viewed from the profile, lacking development through the stifle and gaskin, but this is not uncommon in a young mare. She lacks some depth of body and could have more length to her shoulder. It is somewhat upright, although her pasterns, while also somewhat upright, have more length than those of the chestnut mare placed above her. I would like to see more length and cleanliness in the neck and throatlatch and a bit more femininity and refinement in her head. She has good short cannons with good tendon/ligament attachment.
4 The grey mare in fourth place lacks balance, first and foremost. She has a very straight shoulder, which is mirrored in her very short, upright pasterns. Her neck could be longer, but she is clean in the throat. She clearly has Arabian type and is refined and dry in the head with perhaps the largest eye in the class. She does have good length of shoulder and depth of heartgirth, despite the steep angle of the shoulder. Her topline lacks smoothness but she appears fairly short in the back and loin. Her hip is long, but her croup is short with a drop to the tail head. Her hip is circular when viewed from the side. She is standing on very low heels and is longer in the cannon bones than the other mares in the class. She simply lacks the structural correctness to place higher, although she displays some nice type and femininity to her head.