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The Paso Fino horse reflects its Spanish heritage through its proud carriage, grace, and elegance. Originally a combination of Andalusian, Spanish Barb, and the now-extinct Spanish Jennet blood, the Paso Fino was initially brought to the Americas by Spanish Conquistadors who used the horses to stock their remount stations in the Caribbean and Latin American colonies.Centuries of selective breeding produced localized variations of the smooth-gaited horse including the Caballo de Criollo, which flourished initially in Puerto Rico, Columbia, and later in Cuba, Aruba, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.

Not until after World War II did awareness of the Paso Fino spread into the United States, when American servicemen began importing them from Puerto Rico and later, Colombia. Today's Paso Fino in the United States represents a blend of the best of the Puerto Rican and Colombian bloodlines. The Paso Fino, which can range in height from 13 to 15.2 hands, is born with a gait unique to the breed that is smooth, rhythmic, purposeful, and synchronous front to rear, which produces a smooth and balanced ride. The Paso Fino exhibits three forward speeds with varying degrees of collection: Classic Fino (full collection and slow forward speed); Paso Corto (full-to-moderate collection and moderate forward speed), and Paso Largo (moderate-tominimal collection and fastest forward speed). Additionally, Paso Finos are capable of executing other gaits natural to horses (including the canter), which makes them versatile, family-oriented horses capable of competing in a wide variety of disciplines and classes, including Western pleasure, trail, pleasure driving, and even team penning and endurance.

Contact

Jackie Barr
jbarr@usef.org
859-225-6959

PASO FINO HORSE ASSOCIATION

RECOGNIZED NATIONAL AFFILIATE ASSOCIATION

The Mission of the Paso Fino Horse Association is to protect and maintain the integrity of the Registry, and the natural characteristics and heritage of the Paso Fino Horse; promote and enhance the appeal and versatility of the Paso Fino Horse; and provide and support member services. 
pfha.org

 

Forms and Publications

Guide to Paso Fino Tack

A guide to Paso Fino tack and equipment is available on the PFHA website.

Paso Fino USEF Lite Information Sheet

USEF has added an additional License called Competition Lite. This new structure was created to provide another avenue for competitions to be licensed with US Equestrian while experiencing a modified application of some of the rules. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Jackie Barr at [email protected] or 859-225-6959.

USEF Lite Application

Application to host a USEF Lite licensed competition.