Interesting discussion . . .
"SOme judges do score too low, too. They are good judges and I agree with what they say, but it's too low. I scribed for a judge who I think is good and did a very fair job (And I respect her as an accomplished rider and trainer), but I made the mistake of mentioning I knew the interesting looking horse coming in the arena and that it was part Freisian. She mentioned gaits issues, and her scores were much lower for than horse. The other judge at the show gave it the high score of the show."
The judges I've scribed for have never voiced any breed preference, and were more than happy to reward a well trained "off breed". I have the greatest respect for what judges do and how hard it is. Of course there have been times when I've felt like "rescheduling" the show staff so I don't have to scribe agian for a judge that I don't click with, but then I try to think about why it didn't work and try to fix "me" the next day. And most importantly, even if it's my daughter coming down the center line on my "off breed" horse, the judge will never know it! : )