I've always shown arabs and have had it happen to me a few times. I mostly show western (once in awhile some english thrown in). Most people in my state/area ride paints or quarter horses, I've always been kind of the oddball out.
I literally had a judge turn his back on me during my pattern. My dad noticed he was talking to someone behind him and went up and asked him why he wasn't watching the rider. The judge said, "It's an arab, I already know how it's going to place." My dad got mad and told him to turn around and watch. They made me start my pattern over after this and ended up getting 2nd in the class and placed a lot higher in the rest of my classes for the day than I had been before that.
Anyone else experience this at all?