The American Paint Horse Association, or APHA, is an association dedicated to the collection and preservation of the pedigrees of American Paint Horses. Their mission is to stimulate and regulate all matters pertaining to the promotion, history, breeding and exhibition of this breed. They serve both the breed and their members by being aware of the industry and market related to American Paint Horses.
The American Paint Horse Association was initially conceptualized by Rebecca Tyler Lockhart in 1960. In February of 1962, the first horse was registered, and in 1965, the modern day APHA came into being. In 1966, the Paint Horse Journal was published in association with APHA. Various competitions were instituted by the association in order to increase interest in the market of paint horses. In 1972, APHA began offering youth membershipsto expand their reach of influence.
In 1981, APHA formed the Youth Development Foundation to award educational scholarships to youth members of the organization. The first international show took place in March of 1985, expanding the influence of the American Paint Horse Association internationally. The association website was unveiled in November of 1996. In 2011, APHA horse registrations exceeded the million mark, and the association has continued to grow and develop since that point.