We know that your riding activities are as diverse as the color patterns on the horses we register. Through the Paint Alternative Competition Program, you can get recognition for accomplishments in the competitive events or just spending time in the saddle.

E-Shows roll into Paint Alternative Competition program
Now, 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 by APHA E-Shows; pre-approval of the event (via written request submitted before the show takes place) is required before outside
virtual shows will count toward PAC credits.

APHA E-Show and Outside Virtual Show FAQ’s

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 https://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 Karen Utecht 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.

Have any non-APHA virtual shows been PAC approved yet?
Yes, Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) will be hosting a virtual show that has already been PAC approved.

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 apha.com/programs/pac/.

Questions? Email Karen Utecht at pac@apha.com


Click here for PAC forms

PAC Informational Flyer (English)

PAC Informational Flyer (French)

PAC Informational Flyer (German)

Click here to download our “Guide to Recreational Riding”

2019 PAC Year End Standings

2018 PAC Year End Leader List



ocap_mainWhat is the Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) program?
Your community probably 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 classes.”

Even though APHA is not officially associated with these events, the association does want to recognize your efforts on your American Paint Horse. As a result, your accomplishments can be recorded on your registered horse’s official lifetime performance record through PAC.

Recreational Riding and Youth Recreational Riding
PAC credits will be awarded for all hours spent riding; however, the same hours cannot be accrued for recreational riding and any other PAC category 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.

For more information on PAC, email kutecht@apha.com, call (817) 222-6444 or FAX (817) 834-3152.


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