The Mission of the Paso Fino Horse Association shall be to protect and promote the best interests and welfare of the Paso Fino horse; to protect and maintain the integrity of the Registry, and the natural characteristics and heritage of the Paso Fino horse; promote and enhance the appeal and versatility of the Paso Fino horse; and provide and support member services.
PFHA is the predominant Association dedicated to the welfare and promotion of the Paso Fino horse. We are widely recognized as an international Association whose programs and policies set the standard for the Paso Fino breed. PFHA is an impactful organization which supports robust and fair exhibitions and shows as well as programs for recreational and youth members.
PFHA is known for promoting sound breeding practices, adoption and rescue programs, and pride in our breeds’ illustrious heritage. We have reached our 50th Anniversary financially sound, growing in membership and horse registrations, and providing outstanding service and support to our Members.
As the Paso Fino horse rocketed to popularity during the 50’s and 60’s, a need for an association to manage this breed became apparent. In 1972, a group formed the first association, the Paso Fino Owners and Breeders Association, which was a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing and recognizing the Paso Fino breed.
The association (known today as the Paso Fino Horse Association or PFHA) started with only a dozen shows and a handful of registered horses. Today, it has grown to 20 regions that encompass members worldwide with over 60,000 registered horses.
The PFHA seeks to “represent the Paso Fino horse to the American public,” and it does so by holding training clinics, sponsoring shows and demonstrations, hosting trail rides, and publishing materials, such as Paso Fino Horse World magazines, to educate people about the breed. The PFHA provides programs and competitions for members that provide a wide variety of involvement and activities surrounding the Paso Fino breed. The culmination of the PFHA show season is the Grand National Championship Show.
The Association’s office was located in Bowling Green, Florida, from 1979 through 1994 and in Plant City, Florida, from 1995 through early 2010. In May 2010, the office was relocated to the heart of the equine industry, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Association registers horses from countries of all origin, such as Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Only Paso Fino horses are registered by the Association, and each horse’s bloodlines are verified through DNA testing.
Advantages of becoming an Association member include receiving the Paso Fino Horse World magazine, eligibility to participate in PFHA shows and events, discounts from national retailers through the PFHA MemberPerks program, and eligibility for our Recreational Rider programs as well as our money-making Fabulous Futurity and Breeder’s Sweepstakes programs.