NATIONAL PINTO HORSE REGISTRY
If you're not sure of the Pattern or Color, leave the corresponding lines or boxes blank and we will determine the proper designations.
2. Submit, either by regular mail or email (email@example.com), three (3) color photos of each horse. No Polaroid pictures please.
3. If application is for Purebred, Semi-Purebred, or Carrier proof of ancestry is required. Acceptable proofs are:
A. Prior registry with NPHR. Name and registry number are required.
B. Prior registry with Pinto Horse Association or American Paint Horse Association. Please send copies of front and back of registry certificate.
C. Completed Affidavit on front of application by owner of Sire or Dam and one (1) side photo of Sire or Dam.
4. Appropriate fee for Class of registry requested. Check or Money Orders are accepted.
5. Please allow three (3) weeks for delivery of Certificate.
GRADE: A Horse or Pony with Pinto Coloring for which there is no proof that Sire or Dam is Pinto Colored, or Owner cannot or does not wish to prove Pinto Coloring ancestry at time of first registry.
SEMI-PUREBRED: A Horse or Pony with Pinto Coloring and for which proof is furnished that either Sire or Dam are Pinto Colored.
PUREBRED: A Horse or Pony with Pinto Coloring for which proof is furnished that BOTH Sire and Dam are Pinto Colored.
CARRIER: A Horse or Pony of solid color whose Sire or Dam or both is a Pinto or Paint.
UPGRADING: From GRADE to SEMI-PUREBRED or from SEMI-PUREBRED to PUREBRED. After the Pinto Horse has been registered in a lower Class, the Registry Certificate may be upgraded to a higher Class provided proper proof is furnished with application to upgrade.
No Solid Color Horse or Pony will be accepted for registry except under Carrier Class.
No Appaloosa Horse or Pony will be accepted for registry.
To be classified as a Pinto or Paint, the Horse must have an area of WHITE that is larger than 3" in diameter, other than on the head and leg, below the knee or hock.
NATIONAL PINTO HORSE REGISTRY
This is the most dominant as well as the most common color pattern in Pintos. Tobiano's usually have all white legs below the knee. The dark part of the pattern covers one or both flanks and has smooth edges. Face markings are solid colored. The body can be either mostly dark (usually black) or white. The tail and mane are generally mixed.
Overo's differ from Tobiano horses chiefly by their
legs, preferably all dark, and their faces, which
tend to be either bald-faced, bonnet-faced, or apron-
faced. The white color is usually jagged edged,
rather than smooth like the Tobiano. Overo's are
further divided into three groups; Splash, Frame,
and Sabino. The NPHR, however, does not
recognize these somewhat more subtle
As the name suggests, Tovero's are a combination of Overo's and Tobiano's, resulting in a sometimes confusing, but always
interesting coloring. If you have a Tobiano with a bald-face, it
will usually be referred to as a Tovero. Sometimes an Overo
with large areas of white in the mane or tail will also be termed