The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse  is well known for its distinct  spotting of white and dark coat colors.   The American Paint Horse is now one of the largest breeds in North America.   It has distinct characteristics, not merely a color breed.

The Paint Horse is used for ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch conformation. For competitions, there are different divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth. For complete rules and regulations, you can refer to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

The Paint
Ranch Horse


The Paint is a great race horse!

The (AQHA) American Quarter Horse Association has a great schedule to find the right location and date for your race. You can race their horses in any region, and points are noted on each horse’s record.

Owners also can race in more than one region, but point totals count in each region separately. To receive the high-point award, a plaque with leather and silver conchos, the owner must be an AQHA Member and be the owner of the horse as recorded on December 31 of the competition year. AQHA will award an engraved silver belt buckle to the jockey, trainer, owner and breeder earning the most points in each region.

Since 1980, AQHA Racing has hosted the annual Jay Pumphrey Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament, which coincides with All American week and the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Superior Racehorse
When a horse accumulates a total of 200 points in its career, regardless of the regional point total, he is named a superior racehorse. Owners and breeders of superior racehorses receive an engraved plaque from AQHA recognizing the accomplishment.

Supreme Champion
The AQHA Supreme Champion honor will be awarded to any American Quarter Horse which meets specific requirements including earning two official Speed Index Ratings of 90 or higher in races and earning points and honors in specific halter and performance events.


The American Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with the American Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. A registered Paint horse should conform to the same “stock horse” body type desired in Quarter Horses: a muscular animal that is heavy but not too tall, with a low center of gravity for maneuverability, and powerful hindquarters suitable for rapid acceleration and sprinting.

When the American Quarter Horse Association emerged in 1940 to preserve horses of the “stock” type, it excluded those with pinto coat patterns and “crop out” horses, those born with white body spots or white above the knees and hocks. Undeterred, fans of colorful stock horses formed a variety of organizations to preserve and promote Paint horses. In 1965 some of these groups merged to form the American Paint Horse Association.


The Paint Horse is used in a variety of equestrian disciplines, most commonly Western pleasure, reining and other Western events, although it is also ridden English in hunt seat or show jumping competition.


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