Palomino Stallion

The modern day Palomino Horse has a legacy to follow and a promise to fulfill. This golden horse, which was the choice of ancient emperors, kings and queens, the beloved steed in Greek mythology, the subject of artists’ canvas, the pride of Queen Isabella’s Spanish court, the treasured mount of ancient tribes and companion of the Conquistadors, is still with us today. Palomino horses are found among the finest bloodlines of breeds; their appeal is international.

The Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) was originally formed in California around the late 1930s, by a group of horsemen and horsewomen who had a passion for the golden horse. PHBA was incorporated in Los Angeles County, California, on June 25, 1941, as a member-owned, non-profit organization for the purpose of registering and improving the breeding of Palomino horses.

On October 23, 1946, PHBA was incorporated in Palo Pinto County, Mineral Wells, TX. The international headquarters was located there until December 31, 1984. Relocated in 1985, PHBA is now on the heavily traveled Interstate 44 in a 7,000 square feet building on the northeast side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Registry Standards

Palomino Color Characteristics.

  1. The ideal body coat color is approximately the color of a United States gold coin;
  2. The following body color traits are not acceptable:
  • A brown or black dorsal stripe along the spine;
  • Alternating bands of lighter and darker hairs running around the legs (zebra stripes) or across the withers (wither or neck stripes);
  • This includes spotting and or coat characteristics typical of paints, pin­tos, appaloosas and cremellos or perlinos;
  • White hairs interspersed within the coat associated with grey. 

Skin Color.The skin must be dark colored (grey, black, brown, molted) without pink spots wherever it shows around the nose and eyes, under the tail, and between the hind legs, except for skin on the face which may be pink where it is a continuation of a white marking.

Iris of Eyes.The eyes may be black, brown, blue or hazel irises.

  1. A horse with blue, glass or partial blue eyes must have eye color reported on the recognized breed association’s registration certificate. The eyes may be different colors;
  2. A horse with unknown bloodline may have blue, glass or partial blue eyes if it is a gelding or spayed mare.

Mane and Tail.The mane and tail must be a minimum of eighty-five (85%) percent white, and may have no more than fifteen (15%) percent black, sorrel, chestnut or off colored hair in either. Mane and tail may not be chemically altered.

PHBA recognizes the following breed registries, relative to the registration of Palomino horses. Horses registered in these associations must meet the appropriate qualifications including but not limited to body coat, skin, mane, tail, and white markings as stated elsewhere in the Registration and Transfer Rules.

  1. American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
  2. American Paint Horse Association (APHA)
  3. Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC)
  4. American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA)
  5. American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA)
  6. American Holsteiner Horse Association (AHHA)
  7. American Warmblood Society (AWS).
  8. Andalusian and Lusitano Horse (IALHA)
  9. Arabian Horse Association (AHA)

1)Arabian Horse Registry (AHR)

2)International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA)

  1. International Morab Registry (IMR)
  2. Jockey Club (JC)
  3. Mountain Pleasure Horse Association (MPHA)
  4. Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA)
  5. National Walking Horse Association (NWHA)
  6. Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHA) Horse Division Only, both sire and dam must be currently registered with a breed association recognized by PHBA.
  7. Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA)
  8. Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA)
  9. United Quarab Registry (UQR)


Purpose of PHBA

Palomino Mare and Foal

This Association was organized for the purpose of providing for the registration, preservation of purity of blood, and improvement in breeding of Palomino horses; and to keep, maintain, and publish in a suitable form the history, record and pedigree thereof.

PHBA maintains computerized records of registrations, transfers of ownership, and the halter, performance and race records of Palomino horses. Approximately six employees keep records on over 80,000 horses and 100,000 horse owners, over 135,500 horse show entries and at nearly six hundred horse shows.

Palomino Horses Magazine and the PHBA Rulebook are the official publications of this Association.

Palomino Horses Magazine contains horse show schedules, horse show results, monthly standings by class, feature stories about Palomino horses and their owners and exhibitors, announcements, decisions reached at the National Convention and Board of Directors meeting, rule changes, outcome of the World Championship Horse Show, and Youth World Championship Horse Show and other articles.

PHBA has a network of over forty Affiliate Palomino Associations (APA). These APAs link the member to the PHBA on a state or regional level. APAs host horse shows, fund raising projects, clinics, futurities, and family activities. Many horse people are recognizing the benefits of having their horse “double registered.” The opportunities for marketing, participating and return on your investment are twofold.


For additional information contact:

Palomino Horse Breeders of America
15253 East Skelly Drive
Tulsa, Ok 74116
(918) 438-1234