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, open shows, 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. The PAC program has multiple programs that feed into it such as PAC Recreational Riding, E-Shows, and other events outside APHA. As a result, your accomplishments can be recorded on your registered horse’s official lifetime performance record through PAC. PAC is an affordable way to get your Paint involved with APHA, just as the program’s presenting sponsor, State Line Tack, makes riding affordable by offering products at a variety of price ranges!
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!
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 the PAC Virtual Event Approval Form) is required before outside virtual shows will count toward PAC credits. To view the PAC approved virtual events, visit the PAC Events Calendar page.
Following are the PAC categories and their description that have been pre-approved by APHA . Classes are grouped within each category as staff sees fit. Examples of where classes are categorized can be seen below.
Open Class Categories
Youth Class Categories (must denote that the class is youth)
4-H Class Categories (must denote that the class is 4-H)
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.
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. To view the list of PAC approved virtual shows, visit the PAC Events Calendar page.
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/.
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.
To get your virtual horse show PAC approved, you need to submit the PAC Virtual Event Approval Form. Please note, APHA will not approve virtual shows that offer the same classes as APHA 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.
Virtual shows that have submitted their request for PAC approval and have been approved will be posted in the PAC Events Calendar.
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 the top of the PAC Forms page.
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.
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.
100 Hours- At each level rider will receive a completion certificate and patch
500 Hours- Certificate of Recognition in Recreational Riding
1,500 Hours- Certificate of Achievement in Recreational Riding
10,000 Hours- Superior Achievement
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.
For more information on PAC, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (817) 222-6416 or FAX (817) 834-3152.