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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

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).

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Claudia Mirza was a youth Paso Fino rider in Colombia. She won 13 first places, which included the International Paso Fino Horse Show in Bogota in 1980. She also won championships in Medellín, Pereira and other cities. Her father, Hector was her trainer and instructor. Once her father decided to pursue the American Dream, Claudia was unable to ride since her single mother could not afford it.
Claudia kept dreaming about riding again. After 40 years, she went back on a horse in the United States. Her first show was in Conroe, Texas in April of 2018. Claudia also participated in Tennessee and the Nationals.
Claudia would like her children to participate in shows in the near future and that is why they have started classes with Beth Ulseman from El Tomaria Farm in Missouri. The whole family is currently taking classes with Beth.
The Mirzas own two pleasure mares and a gelding. They have a ranch in Plano, Texas and hope to continue showing in the future. Manuelita, who is a full sister of Profeta II is being trained for the children to ride to due her sweet disposition.
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Spotlight PFHA member Amateur Owner of the month.

Michele Bowden is an amateur owner and rider who fell in love with the Paso Fino Breed as a sub-junior in 1998. Having spent her entire life in a barn and around horses since she was able to walk, Michele grew up in a different horse world before she was introduced to the breed she knows and loves today. Michele began riding at a very early age when she received her very first pony one Christmas morning, from then on she was hooked. She grew up in the English world and was then introduced to three-day Eventing. She fell in love with the thrill of the cross country and stadium jumping but never looked forward to the dressage phase. Over the years she traveled and competed her thoroughbred mare in numerous eventing competitions and always finished first or second place. She was introduced to the paso fino breed by a good friend of her mothers and from then on starting learning everything she could and started showing right away. In high school she received her first paso fino which she started and rode herself for several years and placed third in pleasure junior youth at Nationals in 2003 out of 30+entries. As a youth rider Michele also competed in two youth mundials, her first in Puerto Rico and then again in Orlando Florida. In 2009 she won her first national and grand national championship on her fino gelding Jaquemate that she trained herself during the time. Michele then took a hiatus due to school, career and finding her way and unfortunately this took her away from the show arena for eight years. Although she wasn’t in the show ring she continued to follow the breed and ride at home when she could. Then in 2017 she decided she couldn’t be away any longer and jumped back in and purchased her new Stallion, Octanje la Rosa. This year at Nationals Michele and Octanje won the Performance A/O Stallion 7+ class by unanimous decision, and is thankful to the help of trainer Shaw Laney. Michele currently lives in Youngsville North Carolina with her husband and newest addition to their family, daughter Ava-Lou. Michele and her family are excited to start and build their own farm on their new land. They hope to continue to expand and breed their own paso fino horses and raise their daughter to continue the tradition.
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