Effective January 1, 2010, new reference lines were approved by APHA
regarding qualifying white markings used to determine the registration status of
Paint Horses. Adopted in reference to RG-070 in the 2010 Official APHA Rule
Book, these new reference points make it easier for more Paints to qualify
for Regular Registry status. As a result, some Solid Paint-Bred Registry horses
are eligible for advancement into the Regular Registry, which offers a wider
range of opportunities on the track, in the show ring and beyond.
In order to qualify for the Regular Registry, your horse must have a natural
Paint marking which falls within the new reference lines - a natural Paint
marking is described as a solid white spot in excess of two inches with
underlying unpigmented skin. Let's take a look at the 2009 rule versus the 2010
rule regarding those reference points.