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Recreational Horse Rider

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2019 Grand National Championship

September 16-21 2019
Perry, GA
Georgia National Fairgrounds
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Paso Fino Horse Foundation Youth Scholarship Program

Attention Scholarship applications are due by May 31, 2019.

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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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Long time dedicated PFHA member
John William Sturm, 73, passed away at his home in Bluffton, SC on June 11,2019. He was born to Joann Deane Sturm and John Harvey Stewart on May 30, 1946. He was preceded in death by father and his step-father, Floyd Ashby Sturm. John is survived by his wife and love of his life of 51 years, Beverly Tettenburn Sturm; a son Brandon J. Sturm and wife Corrie of Spokane WA; a daughter Shanna L. Boggs and husband Joseph of Bluffton SC; grandchildren, Samson and Mycah Eaton, McKenzie and Castan Sturm, and Maksim, Ashlan, and Mills Boggs; sisters, Janet Dowdell and husband Jeffrey of Mechanicsburg VA; Kimberly Larch and husband James of Weirton WV; Deana Martin and husband James of Spotsylvania VA; half brothers Curt Stewart and wife Cindy and John Stewart, as well as several nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Grafton High School and attending Potomac State College. Mr. Sturm enlisted in the US Marine Corp and served duty in Viet Nam. He then returned to West Virginia University and earned a Master’s of Agriculture, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After working for Peabody Coal, WV Surface Mining and Reclamation Assoc. and Grafton Coal Company, he ventured into his own business Sturm Environmental Services in Anmoore in 1978 and remains in operation today being run by his othe”right-hand woman” and dear friend, Victoria Hoops. In the early 1990’s, John and his wife established High Gait Farm on Brushy Fork Road where they bred, raised and trained paso fino horses. John became an accomplished showman winning many national championships until the farm was sold in 2015 and they moved to SC after residing and raising their family in Bridgeport for about 40 years.
John was a spiritual man that never met a stranger and touched the lives of many. He was a pillar of strength and always fun to be around. His love, his light and his spirit will never be forgotten. He loved life and lived it to the fullest every day.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Simpson Creek Baptist Church, Bridgeport, WV on Monday, June 17 at 11:00 with viewing one hour prior. Viewing will also be at Burnside Funeral Home on Sunday, June 16 from 2:00 – 6:00.
Donations may be made in Mr. Sturm’s memory to The Semper Fi Fund (, providing urgently needed resources for ill and injured members of the armed forces.
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