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Whether you are a first-time visitor, a valued Member of the Association, or you just landed here by accident—WELCOME! Our Association is made up of thousands of great folks who love, cherish, and enjoy our wonderful breed—the Paso Fino. The Mission of PFHA is simple—to promote and protect the Paso Fino breed and provide services to our Members.

Please take a few minutes to check out our Association site. Our Events tab will tell you where all the exciting Paso Fino events are happening during the year—and throughout the world! Looking to find a farm with Paso Finos so you can drop by and see one up close? Click on our “Find a Farm” tab and the map will show you hundreds of Paso Fino farms standing by to introduce you to our breed.

Don’t forget to visit our Programs tab. There you will find a wide variety of programs available to Paso Fino folks—especially exciting are all the opportunities for Recreational Riders. Many of our PFHA members participate in regional shows throughout the year—culminating in our Grand National Championship Show in Perry, Georgia where the “best of the best” competes for coveted National Championship awards. Check out our Grand National Show under the Events tab to learn much more!

Ready to join in on the fun of riding a Paso Fino? A great way to start is by joining our Association—there are a load of benefits to membership. Visit the Join PFHA tab to learn all about it.

Thanks for visiting our website and feel free to contact us with your thoughts and questions. If you get the opportunity to ride a Paso Fino, you’ll understand why our slogan is “Enjoy the Ride”!

Best regards,

Sharon A. Londoño
President, PFHA

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our PFHA members, sponsors, and supporters. I look forward to a terrific 2018 and all the opportunities it represents for us to build on last year’s successes.

We have much to be thankful for from last year—despite the horrific hurricanes and wildfires, they could have been much worse for many. The stories of our Members stepping up and helping those who were affected are many, and powerful. They are a testament to the people who belong to PFHA and who love the Paso Fino.

In keeping with the PFHA Mission to promote and (especially) protect the Paso Fino Breed, the Board of Directors approved the following statement on Paso Fino Horse Slaughter:

Paso Fino horse owners have a responsibility to provide humane care for their horses throughout their horses’ lives. If an owner is no longer able to care for their Paso Fino horse, we encourage owners to rehome them through transfer to another responsible owner, or if necessary, a rescue, adoption, or sanctuary organization. For horses that are ill or infirm and unable to be rehabilitated, or present a danger to themselves or others, we strongly encourage Paso Fino owners to consider humane euthanasia by their veterinarian. Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia and is inherently inhumane.

We support sensible, responsible breeding practices that can reduce the population of unwanted horses and eliminate a surplus of horses, resulting in overall higher quality and increased value for the Paso Fino horse.

This statement will be followed up in the following months with specific programs that will promote and fulfill the commitment made above. I encourage everyone to stay tuned to developments on this issue to learn not only what PFHA is doing, but also what YOU can do to support and protect our breed.

Sharon Londoño,
President, PFHA

Trail Horse Test Program Enriched through USEF Membership Incentive Grant

The Paso Fino Horse Association’s Recreational Rider program rolled out its Trail Horse Test Program in 2017. The program provides a way to demonstrate the horse’s ability to perform trail riding skills based upon a series of tests that gauges the horse’s natural ability and training against a standard of performance. Awards for the program include patches, bridle tags, halters, and saddle pads with embroidery work that demarcates the horse’s level.

Thank you to the United States Equestrian Federation for the Membership Incentive Grant that supported the institution of this program.

PFHA Youth Seminars

The PFHA Youth Committee is ecstatic to have Master Farrier O’Neill Garcia at Team USA tryouts in South Carolina & Florida. He will be part of our ongoing PFHA YOUTH SEMINARS where our Youth can develop a better understanding of why overall Horse Care is imperative for their horse(s).

O’Neill Garcia resume includes:
– Garcia graduated from Oklahoma’s Horseshoeing School in 1991
– In 1997 Garcia was a teacher for two years in the same school
– Garcia is part of the AFA Association. In February of 2016, he became an Equine Podiatry receiving certification in Bilbao Spain in a BF Academy.

As these youth riders are the future trainers, owners, judges, etc. of our great breed, any future education is imperative for PFHA.

Thanks to the United States Equestrian Federation for the grant money provided we are able to further the PFHA Youth’s education on how important overall equine health is to their horse(s).

Welcome to the New PFHA Website

This vibrant, eye-catching Association site is designed to provide information not only to our Members, but also to Visitors seeking to find out more about our Paso Fino horse and our Association.

The Computer Committee and the good folks at Millermark Creations did a great job of capturing the look and flavor of the Association. I draw your attention to a couple of new items on the site: Find a Farm and Find a Show. These are maps where
every farm can be quickly located, along with pertinent information about the farm. I want every Member farm reflected on the map (it’s FREE). On the second map, Find a Show, you will be able to find every sanctioned show as well as many
of the events where Members demonstrate our Paso Finos.

The good folks at CNTi are working on revising the Member Only section of the website and expect to roll that out early in 2018. Meanwhile, the PFHA website is here for Members to use. Please continue to send in stories, pictures, farm and
horse information, etc. and we will get it posted!

As always, we value your comments and suggestions. Please let us know where we can improve.

Bill Nelson
Executive Director

PFHA Joins USEF Competiton Lite Program

PFHA President Sharon Londono signs the USEF-PFHA Agreement joining Competition Lite

PFHA President Sharon Londono signs the USEF-PFHA Agreement joining Competition Lite

GOOD NEWS for 2018 PFHA Shows!!  PFHA has joined the USEF Competition Lite Program which will reduce show costs by eliminating a number of current USEF requirements.  PFHA President Londoño and USEF CEO Bill Moroney signed the agreement on August 16th, adding another solid link to our partnership with USEF

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My name is Katherine Rengifo and I am 13 years old and I have been riding Paso Finos for just
over 2 years. What inspired me to try out for the Mundial team was watching all of the
participants compete and feeling all the excitement in the room, and wanting to compete in that
arena someday. Watching the other kids win medals and then seeing them compete after in
other shows made me feel kind of inspired and I said to myself “I want to be that successful and
be able to ride that good someday”. Now I am getting the chance to go represent my country
and compete in the 2018 Mundial. My goal is to be able to do amazing while representing my
country and hopefully earn the Gold medal in the Amazonas 12-14 years age group. My top two
favorite Paso Fino memories are when I was the 2017 Grand National Sub jr. Champion in both
Pleasure and Fino and the second one is when I won 2 blankets back to back at the 2018
Spectrum International, one in the Pleasure A/O Mares Championship I and the other in the
Pleasure Youth Championship. A funny thing is that the day I compete at mundial which is July
22nd, 2018 is the one year anniversary from when I competed in my first International
Equitation class. This is my first Mundial and I hope all my hard work and dedication can pay off
when I compete along with my teammates later this month in July 2018.
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Lena Marie Figueroa
I was fortunate enough to be born into the Paso Fino Horse world due to the fact that both sides of my family have been involved with Paso Finos Horses for generations. My mother being Beth Uelsmann Figueroa, of the Uelsmann Family from Missouri, and my father Christian Figueroa of the Figueroa family from Viequez, Puerto Rico. I loved horses straight from the start. When I was 18 months old, I would sit on Juanito de Tomaria while my parents would lead my around. Currently, I am 10 years old and still love riding daily.
This Mundial is my second Mundial to be a part of. The first Mundial I competed when I was 4, coming home with 3rd place in the Mini division. For me trying out once again for the Mundial is basically a family tradition, by being a part of such an event.
As far as horseback riding goals, I am looking forward to competing at the Grand National Championship show once again for 2018. I enjoy going to the Nationals to compete every year. My goal within the horses is to continue to breed quality show horses and continue with my family’s farm El Tomaria Farm, Inc. Eventually, I plan to attend Vet School.
My favorite Paso Fino related memory is winning the Nationals and of course I have had many great times trail riding with my Paso Fino Horses.
Other activities I love to be a part of when I am not with my horses are hanging out with my friends, swimming, playing basketball, and playing with my dogs.
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My name is Savannah Williams and I am 19 years old and have been riding for 14 years. I was inspired to try out for the Mundial USA Team in 2009 when I was 10 years old. That year I traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico and found a passion for competing in international competitions. My goals were then to travel and compete in other countries and I did. I proceeded to travel to Colombia, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and to many parts of the United States. My favorite Paso Fino memory was traveling to Aruba to compete in Interpaso 2015 while visiting my friend, Eva Pols. In my free time I enjoy riding on the trails for fun and hanging around the farm. ... See MoreSee Less

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My name is Leah Lorenzo. Since I was two I’ve been taking short walks on my grandfather’s quarter horses. At 4 years old I started riding Paso Fino and competed for the first time at 5 years old. I wanted to try out for the Mundial Team because representing Team USA is awesome. I just want to keep learning and getting better every time I ride. My favorite Paso Fino-related memory is when I got my first Paso Fino horse; his name is Bullseye. In my free time you can find me hanging our with my family, playing with my little sister and baby brother, coloring and signing. ... See MoreSee Less

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