Path paved for easy recognition of cropout paint horses

Spit Curl Heat, a 2014 sorrel colt by Spit  Curl Jess (QH) and out of Pure Corona Heat (QH), was originally  not eligible for APHA registration; under the new cropout guidelines, however, the colt's leg white  makes him eligible for the Regular Registry.
Spit Curl Heat, a 2014 sorrel colt by Spit Curl Jess (QH) and out of Pure Corona Heat (QH), was originally not eligible for APHA registration. But under the new cropout guidelines the colt’s leg white makes him eligible for the Regular Registry.

A rule change by the American Paint Horse Association means that more “cropout” Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds will be eligible for registration with the APHA.

The APHA has been registering cropout Paints since 2012, but the process has been made easier for those applying, with horses now able to meet the same color-registration guidelines as horses with at least one Paint parent. Previously, cropouts had to meet more stringent color requirements than horses with at least one Paint parent.

crop-out-whiteAt the 2015 APHA Convention, the association’s Board of Directors voted to pass rule RG-070, which streamlined the association’s requirements to qualify for the Regular Registry.

Now, to qualify for the Regular Registry, Paints — regardless of lineage — must have a natural Paint marking that extends more than two inches above the center of the knee or hock, or beyond an imaginary line that extends from the base of the ear to the outside corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth and under the chin.

APHA Director of Member Care Theresa Brown, who is also part of the APHA Registration Review Committee, says these guidelines will help increase the number of cropout Paints being registered by APHA.

“I have, on average, one cropout a day that crosses my desk for color consideration,” she said. “Under the previous cropout registration rules, many of those horses were turned away because the color requirements were very hard to meet. I expect the number of new cropout registrations and applications to increase with the new color requirement for those horses.”

The new rule is expected to increase the number of registrations, and reduce confusion among horse owners regarding registration requirements.

“These cropout horses are a valuable addition to the APHA industry — they likely carry color-producing genes that might be passed on to their offspring, making them valuable additions to Paint breeding programs as well as the show ring,” the APHA said.

Fees to register cropout horses have also been reduced.

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded.

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