The international organization known as the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) was formed in 1941 to collect, record, preserve the purity of blood, and improve the breeding of Palomino horses. The original concept began in 1938 due to the efforts of numerous dedicated horsemen and horsewomen.
“To provide the highest quality service to the equine enthusiast by creating an environment that supports the efficient facilitation of their goals.”
The Palomino Horse Breeders of America, Tulsa, OK was formed in 1941 as a member owned, non-profit organization for the purpose of registering and improving horses standing between fourteen and seventeen hands tall, and exhibiting body color, with variations from light to dark, of a newly minted U S fourteen karat gold coin. There are more than 38 Affiliate Palomino Associations network associations on the state or local basis. APAs host horse shows, fundraising projects, clinics, futurities and family activities.
Palomino horses registered with American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse Association, American Holsteiner Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association of America, Appaloosa Horse Club, Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds) American Saddle Horses, Arabians, Half Arabs, Morgans, Mountain Pleasure Horses, Morabs, Quarabs, Missouri Fox Trotters and Rocky Mountain Horse are eligible for registration with PHBA provided the horse meet color and white rules.
PHBA maintains records on more than 88,000 horses and owners, more than 250,000 horse show entries, and over five hundred horse shows. PHBA provides recreational, financial, and competitive rewards for every age group, extending more than 900 approved classes for amateurs, novice/amateur, youth and open programs. Classes range from halter to jumping, horsemanship to driving, cutting to saddle seat, pole bending to reining, and barrel racing.
The PHBA Amateur Program began in 1982 after recognizing that the open competition may be too specialized and professional. Today, the Amateur program is the fastest growing segment of PHBA, offering access to competition with exhibitors of matched skill levels, while building confidence and experience for Amateurs, Novice Amateurs and Amateur Select (50 years and older).
Realizing the youth are the future of the organization, PHBA continues to promote family unity and participation through its Youth Program, which was founded in 1963. Formation of the PHBA-Y satisfied the need of youth to hold a leadership role in the future of PHBA. The Youth members elect officers, are actively involved in youth program rules and policies, and learn about leadership and group participation.
Held in Tunica, Mississippi in July, The Youth World Championship Horse Show is the beginning of PHBA’s international activities. Awarding multiple sets of national points, the event allows the youth to compete in a non-qualifying show.
Finishing off July in Tunica, The PHBA World Championship Horse Show is PHBA’s biggest event, with over 850 horses competing in World Championship Classes, futurities, and maturities. Beginning in 1983, the show awarded cash prizes valued at around $30,000. PHBA now awards more than $500,000 in cash and prizes to equine athletes from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Golden Trails Recreational Riding Program is a saddle-log program that rewards and recognizes PHBA members for their time spent riding or driving their favorite horse regardless of the horse’s color. The program recognizes those individuals who daily or weekly ride or drive horse(s)-whether it be in the backyard, on the trails, training for shows, parades or ranch work etc.
The Palomino Incentive Program is an investment and incentive program offered by PHBA for all stallion owners and their Palomino foals registered with PHBA. All participants in the Palomino Incentive Program must be current PHBA members in good standing. Owners and breeders of Palomino Horses earn annual cash rewards based on points earned at PHBA approved shows.
Palomino Performance Program allows PHBA members and their registered Palomino Horses to earn points in events outside the PHBA approved competition. Palomino horses have been competing and winning in the world’s toughest all breed contests for many years, often seen in National Cutting Horse, Reining, and National Snaffle Bit Association events. Palominos contend in AQHA horse shows, 4-H pony clubs, various rodeo associations, and American Horse Show Association events.