The Mid America Paso Fino Horse Association (MAPFHA) was established in 1979 by Paso Fino enthusiasts who met for a trail ride and a meeting. From that original trail ride, the region grew as knowledge of the smooth gaiting horses became more widely known.
MAPFHA members are avid Paso Fino enthusiasts however, joining in group trail rides, competing in endurance distance riding, participating in local parades, having fun at 4H shows and getting to know the versatility of their amazing Paso Finos.
Paso Fino owners have demonstrated interest in distance riding competition. Spring and fall organized trail rides contiune to be popular. Saturday night potlucks are a favorite time for socializing.
Mid America’s Future
Our region offers many riding disciplines and opportunities for horse enthusiasts. Minnesota is one of the top ten states supporting the horse industry, and the 3-day Minnesota Horse Expo draws some of the largest attendance crowds in the country. Several county and state parks, and state forests offer scenic horse trails and modern campgrounds which are fully used in early summer and fall. Local saddle clubs host 4H, WSCA shows for children, and rodeos are popular events at community celebrations. As members continue to be actively involved in various horse activities, public awareness and renewed membership numbers follow as interest in all gaited horse breeds surges in the Upper Midwest and across the nation.
Mid America PFHA Area: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Manitoba, Canada.