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News and Important Information
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!
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.
PFHA Joins USEF Competiton Lite Program
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