Palomino History & Heritage

The Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation (PHBHF) was formed to safeguard the history of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) through historic preservation, public education scholarship opportunities and educational research.

Our Mission

The Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving the past, present and future of the Palomino Horse and to those who have dedicated themselves to maintaining and perpetuating the breed. The Foundation was created as a way for you to make contributions that are meaningful and make a positive impact on the Palomino Horse, their owners and to those who made significant sacrifices to preserve the Palomino legacy.

All contributions are tax deductible through a 501(c)(3) entity.
June 20, 1941 - At the suggestion of Chester R. Upham, a group of interested Palomino owners and enthusiasts met at his Mandeville Canyon Ranch for the purpose of forming a Palomino registry and association.
June 1, 1969 - Wise leaders of PHBA in the early and mid- 1960’s, recognized that the youth of the association held the future of PHBA in their hands.
September 24, 2008 - Only 67 years after PHBA became an official equine color breed registry, a group of Palomino breeders, enthusiasts and leaders create a Palomino Heritage Foundation.

Did you know the Palomino Breeders of America (PHBA) recognizes 17 different blood breeds of horses? It's easy to register your golden gem with a valuable set of registration papers from PHBA! All the recognized breeds are listed inside along with an explanation of the specific rules geared towards preserving and protecting the Palomino. Learn more about Palomino breeds and, who knows, you could be a click away from certifying your own slice of equestrian gold!

Many horses, forward thinkers, and fearless leaders spanning more than 70 years, serving multiple generations, and representing nearly 20 breeds of horses have made significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of the Palomino horse throughout history. These accomplished individuals and horses are archived below. It is a great honor to recognize and share these historic and current pioneers, innovators, and industry trendsetters in our authentic archive of Palomino Trailblazers.

It's a Minion! No, it's Big Bird... wait, it's...Of course, A Golden Palomino! The Palomino horse is by far the most sought after "yellow" parade entry and has historically been the centerpiece in popular parades. Palominos are always an expected crowd pleaser at national parades such as The Rose Bowl Parade, held in Pasadena, CA. From the silver and gold adorned saddles by talented saddlemakers to how Palomino leaders still celebrate Parade Horse competition at weekend horse shows, we've got the scoop!

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Creation of the Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation

Only 67 years after PHBA became an official equine color breed registry, a group of Palomino breeders, enthusiasts and leaders create a Palomino Heritage Foundation. Read more

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Kids Only! Palomino Leaders Develop Youth Association

Wise leaders of PHBA in the early and mid- 1960’s, recognized that the youth of the association held the future of PHBA in their hands. Read more

Birth of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America

At the suggestion of Chester R. Upham, a group of interested Palomino owners and enthusiasts met at his Mandeville Canyon Ranch for the purpose of forming a Palomino registry and association. Read more

Ranch Riding Champions Recognized at 2018 PHBA World Show

The Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation (PHBHF) is excited add novice youth and novice amateur champion awards to Ranch Riding at the 2018 Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) World Championship Show in Tunica, MS. Read more