Paint Alternative Competition (PAC)

We know that your riding and driving activities are as diverse as the color patterns on the Paints we register. Through the Paint Alternative Competition Program, you can get recognition for accomplishments in competitive events outside of APHA approved shows or for just spending time in the saddle with your Paint. Your community likely offers plenty of competitive events for horses and riders, such as 4-H shows, team pennings, ropings, horse trials, and other activities that fall outside the category of “APHA-approved events”. Even though APHA is not officially associated with these events, the association does want to recognize your efforts with your American Paint Horse. As a result, your accomplishments can be recorded on your registered horse’s official lifetime performance record through PAC.

PAC Recreational Riding


Did you know? PAC credits will be awarded for all hours spent riding! We know that you spend countless hours exploring trails, taking lessons, training your promising next show horse, all for those few minutes in the show pen. You can earn PAC credits for those hours by logging and submitting them monthly. These hours count towards perpetual and year end recreational riding PAC awards.

Ride for personal achievement. When you enroll in PAC, simply record each hour you spend riding or driving your Regular Registry or Solid Paint-Bred Horse (not including at APHA approved shows or competitions) and send your log to APHA. As you move up through the achievement levels, APHA records your accomplishments and each hour you and your Paint Horse achieve is permanently recorded on your horse’s official lifetime performance record. Check out our Guide to Recreational Riding for tips on trail safety and how to get the most out of your time in the saddle!


NEW: E-Shows now count for Paint Alternative Competition program

Paint Horses participating in APHA E-Shows—who are also enrolled in the PAC program—can use their placings to earn PAC credits on their horses’ APHA performance records, which tally toward incremental and year-end awards. APHA will also approve other select virtual shows administered by approved organizations and for classes that are not offered at APHA E-Shows; pre-approval of the event (via written request to pac@apha.com submitted before the show takes place) is required before outside virtual shows will count toward PAC credits.


How to Participate in PAC

  • Horse must be enrolled in the PAC program.  Annual enrollment fee is $30 per horse or for two or more horses $27.50 per horse. PAC enrollment forms can be found on the PAC Forms page.
  • Participants must be a current APHA or AjPHA member.
  • Ride or drive an American Paint Horse—Regular or Breeding Stock Registry.
  • Participants do not have to own the horse, however, the rider must be a current member.
  • PAC Showing: PAC Exhibitor Reports can be submitted for Credits for any live show, or approved virtual show, as long as the show results are retained for one year and classes are open/all-breed classes. Because our members show their Paints in such a wide variety of classes, classes that are submitted for credits are grouped into PAC Award Categories. Show management must simply sign off on the exhibitors report form before submission. The exhibitor report forms can be found on the PAC Forms page.
  • PAC Recreational Riding: Time may be recorded for any activity in which you participate by riding or driving. You can also log time spent in the saddle or cart while riding in a group or parade. However, The same hours cannot be accrued for recreational riding and submitted in a PAC Exhibitor Report for credits at any one time. Example: If credits are earned for competing and placing at a horse show in Trail, the same hours spent riding in that competition cannot be submitted for recreational riding credits also.
    • Participants must maintain a separate log on each registered American Paint Horse enrolled.
    • Keep track of time (one hour for each hour actually spent riding or driving) on the Official PAC Recreational Riding Time Log found on the PAC Forms page.
    • All time figured is on a one-horse/ one-rider basis and is on the honor system.
    • Participants are responsible for submitting PAC Recreational Riding hours to the association each month.
  • PAC Credits will be awarded to the enrolled Paint’s PAC record and will count for perpetual and year end awards. See the PAC awards offered as well as the PAC Year-End Awards standings at the bottom of this page.

PAC Informational Flyer (English)/(French)/ (German)

Can I receive Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) credits for APHA E-Shows?

Yes, the Board of Directors have approved APHA E-Show for PAC approval. Credits are based on your placing and how many horses participate in the class.

Can I receive PAC credits for other virtual horse shows?

Yes (conditionally). The virtual show MUST submit a written request prior to the show dates and be approved by APHA, and only classes that are NOT offered in APHA E-Shows will be approved for PAC credits.

How do I receive PAC credits for an APHA E-SHOW or virtual horse show?

First, you will be required to enroll your horse in the PAC program. Once you have enrolled in the PAC program, you will need to complete a PAC Exhibitor Report form available at apha.com/programs/pac/forms/.

I am already enrolled in PAC, and I showed in an APHA E-Show prior to this approval. Can I receive PAC credits for the APHA E-Shows I’ve already competed in?

Yes, you will just need to complete and submit the PAC Exhibitor Report form and based on your placings you could earn PAC credits. You have 90 days to make any changes/additions to your PAC record.

I have a virtual horse show. How do I get it approved as a PAC event?

To get your virtual horse show PAC approved, you need to submit a written request to PAC Coordinator Elizabeth Lawhorn at pac@apha.com. Please note, APHA will not approve virtual shows that offer the same classes as APHA E-Shows.

How do I get more information on APHA’s E-Shows?

To get more details on upcoming APHA E-Shows, you can go to apha.com/showing/e-shows/. We also regularly post information on social media so be sure to follow APHA on Facebook and Instagram.

How do I find out what virtual shows have been approved?

APHA will update the PAC website with APHA-approved virtual horse shows.

Do I need to have my non-virtual horse show approved as a PAC event?

No, a normal, non-virtual horse show does not need to be approved for PAC—they have blanket approval. You will just need to follow standard PAC rules that can be found at apha.com/programs/pac/.

What are the general rules for Virtual Horse Show PAC credits?

All PAC rules apply for the APHA E-Shows and other virtual horse shows. For more information on PAC rules and regulations, go to the current APHA Rulebook.



25 Recreational Riding hours= 1 Credit

PAC Completion Certificate- Earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns 100 Recreational Riding hours.

PAC Certificate of Recognition- Earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns at least 20 Credits in any one approved category. Also earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns 500 Recreational Riding hours.

PAC Certificate of Achievement- Earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns at least 60 Credits in any one approved category. Also earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns 1,500 Recreational Riding hours.

PAC Superior Achievement- Earned when a PAC enrolled horse earns 10,000 Recreational Riding hours.

PAC Open Versatility Champion- Earned with a PAC enrolled horse earns the PAC Certificate of Achievement in 5 different Open Categories.

PAC Youth Versatility Champion- Earned with a PAC enrolled horse earns the PAC Certificate of Achievement in 5 different Youth or 4-H Categories.

More details about PAC Awards can be found in the current APHA Rulebook.


PAC Year-End Leaders- The PAC enrolled horse that earns the most credits during the calendar year in a given category. A horse must have earned at least 10 credits in that category during that year to qualify.

Open Six PAC Top Five- The top 5 PAC enrolled horses that earned the most credits in at least 6 different open categories.

Youth Six PAC Top Five- The top 5 PAC enrolled horses that earned the most credits in at least 6 different youth categories.

Six PAC Champion- The single PAC enrolled horse that places first in at least 6 different categories on the PAC Leader’s List in a single year.

More details about PAC Awards can be found in the current APHA Rulebook.


2020 Current PAC Leaders
2019 PAC Year End Standings
2018 PAC Year End Standings


2019 PAC Year End International Standings

For more information on PAC, email pac@apha.com, call (817) 222-6416 or FAX (817) 834-3152.


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