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Parentage verification required on all new APHA registrations starting January 1, 2022

All registrations submitted to APHA as of January 1, 2022, will require parentage verification to be completed. This is the result of a rule change to RG-125 passed by elected state directors at the 2021 APHA Convention in February.


Why The Requirement?

Parentage verification ensures the integrity of the Paint Horse breed by positively identifying both the sire and dam of the registration applicant. With more than 1 million registered horses, ensuring integrity of the breed and accuracy of APHA records is of utmost importance to APHA leaders.


What’s New?

All horses submitted for registration as of January 1, 2022, are required to have parentage verification testing completed as part of the registration process. The DNA test should be ordered at time of registration submission (available for both online registration submissions and on physical application submissions).

Previous rules only required parentage verification for select breeding methods (transported semen, frozen semen, embryo transfer), if the horse was intended for racing, or if the horse was over age 10 at time of registration submission.

Now, the parentage verification rules apply to all registrations submitted on or after January 1, 2022, regardless of the breeding method or horse age.



  • For foals being submitted for registration: order as part of the registration process.  You will receive a testing kit for the foal and will submit the hair sample to the lab.
  • For dams: order using the DNA order form or order via APHA.MyShowDay.com (select genetic typing without parentage), or order the dam’s test as part of the foal registration if she is not yet tested.
  • Each test is $79 ($59 when ordered online at apha.myshowday.com) and completed via APHA through UC-Davis. Volume pricing discounts are available when genetic typing is ordered on five or more horses at the same time (see APHA Rule Book for pricing); submit the DNA order form to APHA via email or postal mail to take advantage of the discounted rate.


[Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.]


About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.