With the goal of preservingand improving the Appaloosa breed, the Appaloosa Horse Club was chartered in 1938. From those first few enthusiasts, the Club has grown into one of the leading equine breed registries in the world.
The Arkansas Appaloosa Horse Club, Inc.was chartered in the 1960s. This club has a rich history and is comprised of an extremely welcoming group of family-oriented horse lovers. If you are curious about horse shows, consider visiting one of our horse shows. These one-day horse shows start at the weekend friendly time of 10 a.m. and offer a reduced number of classes so the show day ends at a reasonable time. Come join us for a fun day with reasonable entry fees at a covered arena. Our club members will welcome you with open arms and great encouragement! Join us! Let us share with you all the reasons we love and enjoy our “horses with chrome” — and why the Appaloosa horse is our “breed of choice”.
The modern Appaloosahorse can be traced to the Nez Perce Indian Tribe of the American West. The Nez Perce became especially sophisticated horsemen, and their mounts, which included many spotted individuals, were prized and envied by other tribes. Historians believe they were the first tribe to breed selectively for specific traits - intelligence and speed - keeping the best, and trading away those that were less desirable The spotted horse received it's name "Appaloosa" in the 1870's from white men. It stems from 3 words - a Palouse horse. The Nez Perce' tribes inhabited the Palouse River country of central Idaho and Eastern Washington. Thus the horses became known as "the Palouse"; subsequent slurring of the word produced "Appaloosa". The Appaloosa’s flashy coat patterns caught the eye of the public, and in 1937 an article in Western Horseman entitled “The Appaloosa, or Palouse Horse” revealed a widespread interest in the breed. With the goal of preserving and improving the Appaloosa breed, the Appaloosa Horse Club was chartered in 1938. From those first few enthusiasts, the Club has grown into one of the leading equine breed registries in the world. On March 25, 1975 Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus signed a bill naming the Appaloosa as the state horse. This is a deserving honor for a horse that has been an integral part of Idaho history. Today, the beautiful spotted horse is one of the most beloved of American horse breeds and can be found throughout the world, excelling in disciplines including western pleasure, games, working cow horse and dressage. Appaloosas are prized for their easy-going dispositions and their reliability as family horses.
New policies make our local, single judged shows "OPEN SHOWS". $5.00 entry fees for non~appaloosa horses so bring your family and enjoy a day of family friendly horse shows. All 2019 shows are OPEN.