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Dear Members and Friends of PFHA,

Whether you are a long-time member of PFHA or visiting with us for the first time—I bid you WELCOME to our Association and to the “world’s smoothest riding horse”—the Paso Fino.

This has been a tremendous year at PFHA and, as we near the end of 2017, we pause to reflect on the triumphs and the challenges we faced.  Determination was the watchword for our Grand National Championship Show as multiple storms raced across Florida, the Southeast, and Texas.  PFHA members rallied to find electricity, water, and food for their horses while, at the same time, reaching out a helping hand to others in hard-hit places like Puerto Rico.

Despite these challenges, we at PFHA recognize that we have much to be thankful for.  We have a fantastic breed, the Paso Fino, which continues to capture the joy and imagination of riders in every area—pleasure, recreational, show, entertainment, and clinics, to name a few.  We are thankful for the many opportunities to introduce the public to our Paso Finos in fairs, equine exhibitions, multi-breed competitions and more.  Please go to the “find a Paso Farm” on this website to locate the one nearest you—and give them a call!  Our members never miss an opportunity to introduce someone new to their Paso Finos!

To our Members, my thanks and very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.  To you who are visiting our site, I recommend adding a Paso Fino to your Christmas list and, if Santa can’t bring one—make it your New Year’s resolution to visit one of our great farms and get acquainted!

Sharon Londoño

PFHA President

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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2017 Top 10 Pasos for Pleasure - 4th Place

Carol Deninno, 416.5 hours

This is my fourth year of participation in the Paso Fino Horse Association Pasos for Pleasure program. I was pleased to learn that I placed fourth for 2017. I have owned Paso Finos for almost 35 years and am a life member of the Paso Fino Horse Association. My passions are trail riding and obstacle competitions. Both are wonderful ways to show the versatility of Paso Finos since many people think of Paso Finos
only as show horses. I have now started my 4-year-old Paso Fino mare, Belleza Pintada, in the obstacle competitions. So far my 21-year-old mare, Mariposa del Pinales, and Belleza are the only Paso Finos consistently participating in Arizona. As a result, many people now have a better understanding of Paso Fino horses as they gait through an obstacle rather than trot.

I trail ride both mares on organized trail rides and also enjoy trail riding with friends. The Pasos for Pleasure program is a great way to keep track of my hours of riding. One of my favorite rides is a four day organized trail ride in Southern Arizona where people from all parts of the USA participate. Exposing them to what a Paso Fino can do as a trail horse is very rewarding to me. My mares even compete in the fun gymkhanas which are offered on this ride, gaiting instead of trotting. They also canter when the event calls for a canter.

Fortunately I live in a rural area near the base of an 8000-foot mountain. Since there is good weather most of the time, I am able to regularly ride in uncrowded beautiful rugged mountains. At 74 years of age, I hope to ride many more miles on my trustworthy Paso Finos.
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2017 Top 10 Pasos for Pleasure - 5th Place

Lucille T. Hood, 413 hours

2017 has been a busy year for all of us at the farm. We have moved to a larger barn and acreage. I still have made plenty of saddle time a priority. With a large county park just a mile away, we are able to get in ride time instead of trailering time. Florida weather has been epic for us last year with major hurricanes, higher than usual heat and flooding like never before. I look back and am thankful to God that we are all well and did not suffer any loss of life or health. Looking forward to more camping and trail miles this year!
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Horse Capital Television features the Youth Mundial!

Horse Capital Television
Showcase Properties of Central Florida and Horse Capital Digest presents 2018 Felix Santiago Oliver Confepaso Youth Equitation Mundial Special thanks to: FELIX SANTIAGO OLIVER Un Joven Para la Historia Paso Fino Horse Association and Stunning Steeds
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2017 Top 10 Pasos for Pleasure - 6th Place

PJ Tomlian, 408 hours

I am pleased to have placed sixth in the Pasos for Pleasure program for 2017 and consider it a wonderful bonus that we are rewarded for doing something I love to do! Catcher and I enjoy the amazing trails with beautiful views in TN in the summer and are able to spend our winter months riding in the Ocala National Forest with our riding companions in FL. Thank you for providing this program! Happy Trails!
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