Appaloosa Horse Club


ApHC Facts

  • The Appaloosa Horse Club is one of the top international equine breed registries.
  • The State of Idaho adopted the Appaloosa as the state horse in 1975.
  • The Appaloosa Horse Club headquarters is located in Moscow, Idaho in the heart of the Palouse region of the Northwest.
  • The word “Appaloosa” comes from the phrase “A Palouse Horse” referring to the origin of the breed in the Palouse.
  • In addition to their unique coat patterns, Appaloosa horses also often have mottled or parti-colored skin, white sclera around their eyes, and striped hooves.
  • Some Appaloosas do not display characteristics typical of the breed, including the unique and colorful coat patterns. Solid colored horses are blood typed to verify Appaloosa parentage if they are raced, shown, or bred.
  • Over 700,000 Appaloosas have been registered since the ApHC’s founding in 1938.
  • The ApHC has members over the globe and 22 International Affiliates.
  • True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline – setting speed records on the racetrack, working cattle, performing dressage, jumping, performing western pleasure, endurance riding or serving as reliable family horses.
  • Appaloosa enthusiasts can become involved at a local level by joining one of the 118 Regional Clubs. Most clubs offer local shows, pleasure rides and year-end awards.