To promote and stimulate interest in the paint horse in cooperation with the programs and functions of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), which is the parent organization that files records and issues certificates of registration.
The Florida Paint Horse Club is the state of Florida's official American Paint Horse Association (APHA) club. We hope to represent both the APHA and Florida in the best way possible! We are constantly striving to make our shows more like family gatherings than a normal horse show. Join us for some great shows and really great times!
Looking for a group that offers camaraderie, competition, hospitality and friendship? Then look no further than the Florida Paint Horse Club. Our club brings the ideals of the American Paint Horse Association, combined with our own unique culture—a friendly atmosphere and a high regard for our members. We endeavor to promote family values and the love of horses to our members, their friends, families, and fans. Our members are as diverse as the paint horse breed itself, but they share common goals—to educate the public about the qualities of the American Paint Horse and APHA, to encourage Paint breeding for conformation and athletic ability, to give members the opportunity to show their Paints and to host alternative activities such as trail rides and social events for non-competitors.
The American Paint Horse has a history unlike any other breed in the world. Once disregarded by some for its bold markings, that very characteristic makes each Paint Horse a one-of-a-kind favorite with thousands of proud APHA members today. In fact, the American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association.
The American Paint Horse’s combination of color and stock horse conformation is not the breed’s only noteworthy attributes—Paints are also valued for their temperaments, versatility, and athletic ability. While the colorful coat pattern is essential to the identity of the breed, American Paint Horses have strict bloodline requirements and a distinctive stock-horse body type. To be eligible for registry, a Paint's sire and dam must be registered with the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, or the Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds). To be eligible for the Regular Registry, the horse must also exhibit a minimum amount of white hair over unpigmented (pink) skin. Each Paint Horse has a particular combination of white and any color of the equine spectrum: black, bay, brown, roan, buckskin, dun, gray, grullo, perlino, smoky cream, chestnut, cremello, palomino, red dun, sorrel, or champagne. Markings can be any shape or size, and located virtually anywhere on the Paint's body. Paints’ coat patterns are also varied—Paint Horses are either overo, tobiano, tovero or solid. These colors, markings and patterns, combined with stock-type conformation, athletic ability and agreeable disposition, make the American Paint Horse an investment in quality.
The American Paint Horse Association was founded in 1962. With only a few hundred horses registered by the end of that year, the association now boasts more than one million Paint Horses and records new registrations at the rate of about 15,000 per year. Across the globe, APHA members in more than 59 nations and territories celebrate this versatile breed. Because APHA’s heart lies in its members, the association strives to continually develop and sponsor programs that reflect members’ interests and their love of the American Paint Horse. Join the American Paint Horse Association today and discover your passion for Paints.
Used with permission from the American Paint Horse Association, P.O. Box 961023, Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0023.