PtHA Registration Information

In order to show at the Ontario Pinto Horse shows your horse MUST be registered with the Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHA).


Field Representative Registration

A PtHA Field Representative can be found at most Pinto shows. They can inspect your Pinto and assign you a temporary PtHA number that allows you to show immediately and is good for three months after the date of issue. The Field Representative will send the PtHA all of your paperwork and you will be assigned a permanent PtHA registration number. Please contact the show manager to make sure a Field Representative will be present.

Field Representative for Ontario Pinto is Carolyn Washburn




Registration Details

Originally established primarily as a color registry, today the association has grown to offer four conformation types. In addition to the four types of horses, PtHA also has separate divisions for ponies and miniatures.

Many spotted equines are eligible for registration with the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc. Listed below are the qualificatons of a Pinto as well as a few restrictions.

PtHA accepts horses from many different outcross breeds including:

  • American Buckskin Registry Association
  • American Paint Horse
  • American Quarter Horse
  • Dutch Harness
  • Hanoverian
  • Holsteiner
  • International Buckskin Horse Association
  • Jockey Club (Thoroughbred)
  • North American Spotted Haflinger
  • Oldenburg
  • Oldeburg of America
  • Trakhener
  • United States Trotting Association
  • Westphalian
  • American Hackney Horse Society
  • American Morgan Horse Registry
  • American Saddlebred Horse Association
  • American Saddlebred Horse Association of Canada
  • Arabian Horse Registry
  • Canadian Arabian Horse Registry
  • Half Arabian Horse Registration
  • International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association
  • Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association
  • National Show Horse Registry
  • Paso Fino
  • Pleasure Saddle Horse Registry
  • Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association of America
  • Gypsy Horse Association
  • Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association
  • Gypsy Horse Registry of America Inc.
  • Gypsy Vanner Horse Society
  • Gypsy Cob Society (Ireland)
  • Gypsy Cob Society (United Kingdom)

Accepted pony outcross breeds are:

  • American Hackney Horse Society
  • American Paint Pony Registry
  • American Quarter Pony Association
  • American Shetland Pony Club
  • Chinioteague Pony
  • Connemara
  • International Quarter Pony Association
  • Missouri Foxtrotting Pony
  • North American Spotted Haflinger
  • Welsh Pony Society of America
  • all recognized outcross breeds for horses

Accepted miniature outcross breeds are:

  • American Miniature Horse Association
  • American Miniature Horse Registry
  • International Miniature Horse Registry
  • World Class Miniature


PtHA can also register horse mares and geldings based on their color alone as well as any sex of ponies and minis.

The PtHA does not accept any horses with Appaloosa, draft or mule breeding and/or characteristics or known breeding within the previous four generations.

Horse stallions cannot be registered unless both parents are registered with PtHA or a PtHA approved outcross breed. Ponies and miniature stallions can be registered with undocumented parentage.

A Pinto horse must have four square inches of cumulative white in the qualifying zone and underlying pink skin. The requirement is modified with the size of the equine requiring only three square inches for ponies and two square inches for miniatures.

The equines that do not meet the color requirement, but have at least two or more Pinto characteristics (blue eyes; leg white above the knee or hock; white or multi-colored hooves; collective white in the eligible zones, but not enough to qualify for color; pink skin) are registered Breeding Stock. If the equines are registered with approved outcross breeds but don't meet the color requirement, these equines can also be registered Breeding Stock. Breeding Stock Pintos are not allowed to participate in PtHA events unless specified by the event rules.

New Color Rule Addition
Approved in the spring 2009 by the Pinto Horse Association of America Inc. - Any horse, pony or miniature, currently registered with an approved outcross registry, with documented Pinto characteristics on the outcross papers, is eligible for registry with the PtHA.

In order to simplify the registration process for qualified Pintos, the PtHA registration department will begin evaluating applicants who are already registered with an approved outcross registry and who have documented color on the outcross papers. Documented color such as “Pinto markings,” “belly spots,” or “high leg white” will serve as qualification for PtHA registry in lieu of the required 4 square cumulative inches, provided that all other qualifications (i.e. appaloosa bloodline, mule or draft characteristics restrictions) are met. Undocumented animals and animals with no color documented on their outcross papers will still be required to meet the current PtHA color requirements. Photos are still required.

Examples include any horse accepted into the regular registry of the American Paint Horse Association, any miniature with registration papers that document "Pinto," or any horse registered with the Arabian Horse Association with a belly spot or high leg white documented on the registration papers.

If in doubt, please contact the PtHA Registration Department with any questions, or (405) 491-0111.

The Pinto comes in four different sizes – miniature, miniature B, pony and horse.

A miniature Pinto is any equine measuring 34 inches or less and a miniature B Pinto is any equine measuring more than 34 inches to 38 inches. A Pinto pony is any equine measuring more than 38 inches to 56 inches. A Pinto horse is an equine measuring more than 56 inches or 14 hands.

Horses and ponies are classified by type. The four Pinto types include stock, hunter, pleasure and saddle.

Stock – a western horse of predominantly Quarter Horse or Paint breeding and conformation

Hunter – an English horse generally including Thoroughbred and approved European Warmblood breeding and conformation

Pleasure – a horse usually of Arabian, Andalusian or Morgan breeding and conformation

Saddle – a gaited horse, possibly Saddlebred, Hackney or Tennessee Walker breeding and conformation

The two color patterns are the Tobiano and the Overo.

The Tobiano coat appears to be white with large flowing spots of color, often overlapping. Spots of color typically originate from the head, chest, flank and buttock, often including the tail.

The Overo coat appears to be a colored horse with white markings. Spots of white appear to be jagged and usually originate on the animal’s side or belly spreading toward the neck, tail, legs and back. White almost never crosses the back.


  • All Pinto/All-Breed shows start at 9:00am
  • All-Breed classes are APHA PAC program approved.
  • All-Breed classes are PtHA SOAR program approved.




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Are you interested in becoming a member but still have some questions? For more information, use our contact form or download our membership form directly. We look forward to hearing from you!


NEW MEMBER BONUS: We would like to invite you to come and show with us! Ontario Pinto will give you one free judge* at your first Ontario Pinto show! Just mention this offer at the entry booth and get ready for a fun day!


*Note: This offer applies to Pinto classes only. All-breed classes not included.

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