Prepared from information supplied by the Paint Horse Association of Australia

Paint horses originated in America and are distinguished by a particular coat of white and any other colour of the horse coat spectrum. The Paint Horse Association of Australia was formed in 1973 to register, promote and keep records on a definite type – the quarter horse and Thoroughbred type of paint horses.

These capable and versatile horses are star performers in a wide variety of events. They are easy-riding trail and pleasure horses, hardworking farmhands, standouts in every type of show-ring class, rodeo champions, stakes-winning racehorses and dependable pony club mounts. Paints are excellent for youth activities and profit-producing broodstock for serious breeders.

Each paint horse is different to all others due to its distinctive colours and bold coat markings. Each horse has a particular combination of white and any colour of the horse spectrum: chestnut, bay, black, brown, roan, buckskin, dun, grullo, grey, perlino, palomino, cremello, champagne and more. Markings can be any shape or size and cover any part of the horse's body. Paint coat patterns are also varied, being classified as overo, tobiano, tobero, splashed white, sabino or solid. Genetics is what defines the colour and pattern of all paint horses.

Members of the Paint Horse Association of Australia are breeding for bloodline, temperament, conformation and ability as well as colour. The association holds a national show at Tamworth, New South Wales, each year.