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. If you compete in an event not covered by one of these categories, you may request that your event be included by writing to the APHA Performance Department. (Please refer to the current-year Official APHA Rule Book for complete rules.)
- Barrel Racing—Restricted to cloverleaf
- Eventing —Includes USEA approved events
- Color Class –Classes based on coat color alone, not horse confirmation. All halter confirmation classes must go under Halter.
- Cutting—Includes NCHA, ACHA, and CCHA approved events.
- Dressage—Includes USDF-approved events and Western Dressage
- Driving—Includes pleasure driving and ADS-approved events
- Endurance — Includes NATRC and AERC approved rides
- English Pleasure—Includes all non-breed registry-sponsored competition, including NSBA-approved events, bridle path hack, hunter under saddle and English pleasure
- Equitation—Includes both Western- and English-style equitation, horsemanship and hunt seat.
- Games—Includes cowboy mounted shooting, key hole and other games. (Cloverleaf barrels do not count in the Games category.)
- Halter—Not to include Color classes
- Handicap Competitions—Competitions approved by a nationally recognized organization, such as NARHA.
- Over Fences—Includes hunter hack, working hunter, all variations of jumping.
- Recreational Riding – Exhibitors 19 & Over – non-competitive riding
- Reining—Includes snaffle bit, hackamore, open and NRHA-approved events as well as Ranch Reining.
- Roping—Includes team roping, heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer stopping and breakaway roping, as well as USTRC and USCRA-approved events.
- Showmanship- includes in-hand or liberty classes except in-hand trail and longe line.
- Team Penning/Ranch Sorting—Includes all non-breed association-sponsored competition.
- Timed Events—Restricted to pole bending, barrel racing other than cloverleaf, stakes racing
- Trail—Includes all non-breed association sponsored competition, ACTHA, Trail challenges, Ranch Trail, In-Hand Trail, Walk/Trot Trail
- Walk Trot – leadline, all walk-trot classes except games and trail/4-H
- Western Pleasure—Includes all non-breed registry-sponsored competition, including NSBA-approved events.
- Western Riding—Includes all non-breed registry-sponsored competition. All Western Pattern classes such as Western Riding, Ranch Riding, Ranchmanship, and Ranch Pleasure.
- Working Cow Horse- Working Cow Horse, Boxing, and Ranch Cow Work classes
- Yearling Performance—Longe Line, in-hand trail
- Youth Barrel Racing – 18 and under classes only; open not included
- Youth Halter – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Dressage – 18 and under classes only
- Youth English Pleasure – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Equitation – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Games – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Recreational Riding – 18 and under non-competitive riding
- Youth Showmanship – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Timed Events – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Trail – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Walk-Trot – 18 and under classes only
- Youth Western Pleasure – 18 and under classes only
- 4-H English performance
- 4-H English showmanship
- 4-H Western performance
- 4-H Western showmanship
- 4-H Halter
- 4-H Timed events
- 4-H Dressage
Official performance record
Through PAC, APHA records the performance of your registered American Paint Horse— Regular Registry or Solid Paint-Bred—when it performs in an activity outside of breed approved shows (APHA, AQHA, PtHA, etc). For your victories in any PAC category, you earn credits that are recorded on your horse’s official lifetime performance record. PAC leaders in each category are listed in the Paint Horse Journal monthly.
Recreational Riding hours – 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.
Recognition for your success
Certificate of Recognition is awarded to your registered Paint Horse when it earns at least 20 credits in any one approved category.
Certificate of Achievement is awarded when that horse earns 60 or more credits in any one approved category.
PAC Versatility Champion will be awarded to a horse that has earned a PAC Certificate of Achievement award in five (5) different PAC Categories.
PAC Youth Versatility Champion will be awarded to a horse that has earned a PAC Certificate of Achievement award in five (5) different Youth or 4-H PAC Categories.
PAC Year-End Leaders placing 1st through 5th place in each category will receive an award and recognition in the Paint Horse Journal.
Six PAC Top Five awards go to the top five horses earning the most credits in at least six different Open categories.
Youth Six PAC Top Five awards go to the top five horses earning the most credits in at least six different Youth categories.
The title of Six PAC Champion is awarded to any horse that wins at least six different categories on the PAC Leader’s List in a single year.
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