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Australian association specifically for palomino horses

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Formed in 1948, the Australian Palomino Horsebreeders Association (APHA) are involved in the breeding of horses that posses a golden coat with white or ivory mane and tail, known as palominos.

APHA is responsible for registering palomino horses throughout Australia. These horses must be at least two years of age to receive adult registration.

The association will foal record those horses that are less than two years old.

In order to be registered the horses must fulfil the requirements set out by APHA. 

Palomino’s are not a breed, they are a saddle horse and may be a quarter horse, part Arabian, a thoroughbred or of pony breeding.

APHA thus registers palomino’s based not on their breed, but their colour.

APHA is comprised of a president, vice-president and seven committee members, all of whom are elected by members.

Palominos perform extremely well in hacking, dressage, harness, stock horse, western and individual breed type events thanks to their highly sought after golden coloured coat.

A range of member awards have been devised by the association, and they are based on a point system. Awards categories include:

  • Hi Point Weanling
  • Hi Point Yearling
  • Hi Point  Led 2 & 3yr old Palomino Colt, Filly and Gelding
  • Hi Point  Led Senior Palomino Stallion, Mare and Gelding
  • Hi Point  Ridden Palomino Stallion, Mare and Gelding
  • Hi Point Activity Award
  • Hi Point Junior Combination 

Award APHA offers single, family, junior, partnership and associate membership types.

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