APHA Regional Clubs

Looking for a group that offers camaraderie, competition, hospitality and friendship? Then look no further than your local regional Paint Horse club. Paint Horse clubs bring the ideals of the American Paint Horse Association—a friendly atmosphere, a high regard for its members and the promotion of family values—to horse enthusiasts at the local level.
These equine booster clubs are as diverse as the Paint Horse breed itself, but they share common goals—to educate the public about the qualities of the American Paint Horse and APHA, to encourage Paint breeding for conformation and athletic ability, to give members the opportunity to show their Paints and to host alternative activities such as trail rides and social events for non-competitors.  For your Paint enthusiasts who may live miles apart, but share a love of horses, clubs provide a common meeting place and a host of activities.

Regional club membership is not limited to a single club. A Paint enthusiast can belong to as many Paint Horse clubs as he or she chooses. Most APHA members belong to multiple clubs for competition purposes. Membership is required to participate in a club’s futurity and to be eligible for a club’s year-end awards.

Whether you have ten flashy show horses or one backyard buddy, you’ll be welcome at the APHA regional club of your choice. Find a club near you today!

Purpose of Regional Clubs

Regional Clubs are the backbone of the American Paint Horse Association’s grassroots marketing program for the breed. Since its inception in 1962, the Association has approved more than 115 Regional Clubs worldwide. Successful Regional Clubs are those that are well organized, those that have a clearly defined purpose and those that are dedicated to promoting the American Paint Horse. This website is designed to provide club and Association leaders with a variety of useful information and resources.

The purpose of all APHA approved Regional Clubs is defined by the Official APHA Rule Book, which states:
“Clubs must be formed only for advancing and promoting the Paint Horse through the ideals of the APHA including good horsemanship and good sportsmanship.”

When the purpose of a Regional Club is in sync with the mission of the APHA, a dynamic union is formed.  APHA has a staff of skilled professionals whose jobs are to implement and enforce the rules, to market the breed, and to attract new members.

Regional Clubs provide the framework for attracting new members at the local or “grassroots” level.  Regional Clubs make recommendations for the APHA State Directors to the Directors Nominating Committee. Directors are then elected by all APHA members in good standing.  State Directors are charged with representing the interests of their regional members to the national organization. In turn, one way the APHA communicates with its Regional Clubs is through its State Directors, who are asked to report information at the local level.

Cooperative Ventures.  When this relationship works as it is designed, then opportunities exist for the association and the Regional Club to cooperate on such ventures as regional trail rides, the APHA  Convention and championship shows. Programs that have been designed to foster this type of cooperative venture include the Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) program, the Amateur and Novice Amateur programs, the Youth program, and the American Paint Horse Foundation.

Mission of The American Paint Horse Association

The mission of the American Paint Horse Association is to promote, preserve and provide meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.
APHA aspires to excellence in record keeping, reporting, recruiting and educating and supporting the membership, so that the Association may inspire confidence and create in them a desire to use our services. The APHA serves both the breed and our members by being ever aware of the industry and market, and of the needs, opportunities and challenges of our members.

APHA Regional Club Charter History


Year Charter Charter Name Founding Officer Dissolved
1963 1 Gulf Coast PHC Tony Dingianni
1963 2 Oklahoma PHC Ray Graves
1963 3 Texas PHC Leona Phillips
1963 4 Louisiana PHC Gene Nelson 08/21
1963 5 Rocky Mountain PHA Sue Bohlender
1963 6 Arizona PHC Colin Beals
1964 7 Kansas PHA Claude Howard
1965 8 Idaho PHC Butch Wonderlich
1965 9 Mississippi PHC Mott Headley
1965 10 Ohio PHC Dr. John Evans
1966 11 Hi Plains PHC Don Griffin
1966 12 Illinois PHC Jack Purtscher
1966 13 Iowa PHC Les Newton
1966 14 Minnesota PHA Dr. Tom Arlander
1966 15 New Mexico PHC Earnest Wilson
1966 16 South Texas PHC Joe Owings
1967 17 Michigan PHC Shirley Bilton
1967 18 Missouri PHC Cliff Johnson
1968 19 Florida PHC J. Jay Simons 10/09/97
1968 20 Indiana PHC Pauli Crull
1968 21 Oregon PHC Dale Parker
1968 22 Utah PHC Richard Diamond
1969 23 California PHA Roger Henley
1969 24 Empire State PHC Joan Tolhurst
1969 25 Montana PHC Neva Passage
1969 26 Nebraska PHC Dr. John Hertner
1969 27
Carolina PHC
*Chartered as North Carolina PHC
Wade Harley
1969 28 Washington State PHC Kathy Kadash
1969 29 Georgia PHC C.M. (Max) Jordan
1970 30 Mid South PHC Jerry Peddycoart
1970 31 Ontario PHC Jim Muir
1970 32 South Dakota PHC I.J. Carey 2021
1970 33 Southern California PHC Diane Paris  10/2017
1070 34 West Texas/New Mexico PHC Glenn Carter 10/93
1970 35 Wisconsin PHC Robert McKillips
1971 36 Central Texas PHC Harold Simpson 2014
1971 37 Mo-Kan PHC Dennis Martens 2008
1972 38 British Columbia PHC Bruce Cramer
1972 39
Inland Northwest PHC
*Chartered as Central Washington PHC
Silvia Nash
1972 40 Quebec PHC R.J. Muir 1987
1973 41 Central California PHC Chuck Monk
1973 42
Central Florida PHC
*Merged with Florida PHCin 1982
Jim Moffett 1982
1973 43 Garden State PHC Jan Seutter
1973 44 Magnolia State PHC Guy Walker 1981
1973 45 Mid Valley PHC Jack Small 2000
1973 46 Nevada PHC Sam Van Curen
1973 47 North Dakota PHC Duane Clark
1973 48 Silver State PHC Sam Van Curen
1974 49 Arkansas PHC Larry Steele
1974 50 Pacific Coast PHC Chuck Miller 2009
1974 51 Pennsylvania PHC Joann Bronson
1974 52 Shenandoah PHC Frank Jordan
1974 53 Southern Oregon/Northern California PHC Tom Floyd 1986
1974 54 Wyoming PHC Lee Alley
1975 55 New England PHC Jay Mele
1975 56 Southwest Washington PHC Barbara Downey
1976 57 Cross Timbers PHC Dr. Bill Jackson
1977 58 Northern Michigan PHC Sterling Nickerson 2020
1977 59 San Joaquin PHC Harvey Jones
1977 60 Southwest PHC Glenn Carter 1995
1978 61 Alberta PHC Doug French
1978 62 Colorado West PHC Peggy Gilbert 2020
1978 63 Saskatchewan PHC Greg Gessell
1979 64 Seven Counties PHC Buster Naegle
1979 65
Kentucky PHC
Changed to Blue Grass PHC in 2001
Carl Ross
1979 66
(A) Frontier PHC
Two Clubs issued #66; 
charter recalled in 1984 and 
sent to then president Harold Chain
Harold Chain 1989
1979 66
(B) Central Oregon PHC
Changed from Central Oregon PHC in 1990
Tom Floyd 2022
1981 67
Dixie PHC
Became inactive, but reactivated in 1984
Jim Brown
1981 68
Southern Colorado PHC
Changed from Four Corners PHC in 1999
Jesse Dove
1981 69 North Idaho PHC Frank Dillon 6/03/88
1981 70 Northern California PHC Jim Galva 2022
1981 71 Blue Mountain PHC Lyman Nash  10/2017
1981 72 Tennessee PHC George Dixon
1982 73 Pacific Northwest PHC Terry Meier
1982 74 Sierra PHC Donna Love
1982 75 Treasure State PHC Betty Reece 1993
1982 76 Hawaii PHC Frank White 2/16/89
1983 77 PHC Germany Harde Okle
1983 78 Permian Basin PHC Mike Whittemore
1984 79 Golden State PHC Mike Kane
1984 80 Palmetto PHC J. Wes Daniels
1984 81 Greater Los Angeles PHC Fred Tabor
1984 82 Treasure Valley PHC Marlow Brown
1985 83 PHC of Manitoba E.L. Sterzer 1995
1986 84 Ozark PHC Ernest Alford Jr. 2003
1987 85 PHC Italia Dr. Maurizio Valerio
1988 86 Green Country PHC Mick Lunt  11/2017
1988 87 Ark-La-Tex Gary Cathey
1988 88 Northeast Texas PHC J.W.Tyner 2019
1988 89 Western Pennsylvania PHC Tom Wilson 2003
1988 90 Eastern Idaho Donna Barzee 2019
1989 91 Cascade PHC Dorothy Sierakowski  10/2017
1989 92 Temecula Valley PHC Patsy Sager  10/2017
1989 93 Alabama PHC John Tudor 10/94
1989 94 Rainier PHC Ed Juchmes 2020
1989 95 Southern Indiana PHC Sherry Ash 12/10/10
1989 96 New Zealand PHC 12/89
1989 97 Western Montana PHC Shannon Minnis 2001
1990 98 New Zealand PHC Randy Barton 1994
1991 99 West Virgnia PHC Dewey Smth 1996
1991 100 Columbia PHC Alan Doughty 2005
1991 101 Delmarva PHC Nancy Dorman
1992 102 Swedish PHA Gun-Britt Blomdahl
1992 103 Austrian PHA AugustReiter
1992 104 Southeastern Oklahoma PHC Tom Woodfin 2003
1992 105 Eastern Nevada PHC Dr. Tom Sanders, Jr.
1993 106 Zia PHC Bill Golliet 2014
1994 107 Southeastern Oregon PHC Tammy Chastain  10/2017
1994 108 France PHA David Gordon
1994 109 Quebec PHC Michael Ladouceur
 1994 110 Belgium PHC Koenraad VanDenBosh 2002
1994 111
Dutch PHC
*Changed from Netherlands PHC 2001
Jelle Leenes
1994 112 Maritime PHC President of Club
1995 113 Swiss PHA Beat Heinzer
1995 114 Peach State PHC Dean Jones 2008
1995 115 PHA Luxembourg Claude Kuhn
1996 116 Hell’s Canyon PHC Dr. Larry Wogman 12/2010
1996 117 Yellowstone PHC Shaun Pichler 1999
1996 118 PHC Denmark Viggo Mortensen
1997 119 Color Country PHC Bonnie Christensen  10/2017
1997 120 Alaska PHC Cathy Ecker 2006
1997 121 Bama PHC Randy Powe 2002
1997 122 Lake Erie PHC Don Martz
1997 123 Eastern Ontario PHC Jim Muir
1997 124 Camellia PHC Randy Powe 2014
1997 125 Southwest Virginia PHC Lynn Isenhour 1999
1998 126 PHC Czech Republic Zdenek Polak
1998 127
*Manitoba PHC
*Changed from Northwest PHC to Manitoba PHC, 1999
Barney Stehr  10/2017
1999 128 Mesa Verde PHC Forrest Nelson
2001 129
Virginia PHC
*Changed from Central Virginia PHC, 2012
Joe Majewski
2001 130 UK PHA Sue Painter
2002 131 West Virginia PHC Don Martz 2005
2002 132 Norwegian PHA Rikke Ekeberg
2003 133 North Georgia PHC Thomas Pinyan 2022
2004 134 Long Island PHC Barbara Mantini
2004 135 Minnesota North Star PHC Dr. Tom Arlander
2005 136 Mexican PHC Sonia Gonzales Trevino
Irish PHC
*no charter issued (affiliate only)
Stephen Cox
Dominican Republic PHA
*no charter issued (affiliate only)
Jose Alejandro Aybar
2006 137 Western Montana PHC Julie Lazaro
Finnish Paint Horse Association
*no charter issued(affiliate only)
Jukka Kivela
Paint Horse Club Slovak Republic
*no charter issued (affiiate only)
Vladimir Pandula
2009 Panama Paint Horse Association Roberto E. Acuna Garcia 2019
2010  138 Paint Horse Club of Australia Lee Ann Hall 
2011   Paint Horse Club of New Caledonia  Philippe Joubert
2011   Asociacion Argentina de Paint Horse Maria Margarita Buey Arietti
2014 South African Paint Horse Club Adèle Pretorius
2017   Israel Paint Horse Association Ruti Shadmont
2020   China Paint Horse Club An Tao
2020   Norweigan Paint Horse Club
2021   Spain Paint Horse Association Diane Williams