About Us

The Northwest Paso Fino Owners and Breeders Association was started in August of 1977 by Judy and Tom Carr of Puyallup, Washington. They got together with about 17 people and elected officers for a Board of Directors. The regional boundaries included Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Western Montana, British Columbia and Alberta Canada.

Today some 45 years later the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association has approximately 45 full time members, and the region`s boundaries include Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Brittsh Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Linda with Alferez  & Jayne with Classico

The main purpose of the NWPFHA is to promote the Paso Fino breed by creating regional activities for our members and their horses. There are trail rides, clinics, endurance rides, back country packing, parades, drill teams, expositions, and shows, including all breed and gaited shows. This diverse range of activities gives all members the opportunity to participate through out the whole year.

The NWPFHA participates in a number of expos throughout the region, including the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo in Albany, Oregon; the Idaho Horse Expo in Nampa, ID; the Horse Affair and Trade show in Boise, ID.  We support our Paso Fino horse shows including the Oregon State Fair Horse show in Salem Oregon,  and various non pointed local shows where we show off our beautiful horses to many that have never seen them before.  In addition so "showing off" our breed in local parades and shows,  our members have represented our Region by participating in the Calgary Stampede every year since 2008.

L to R Kathleen Philippsborn, Jayne Lindeman, Linda Holzer
Calgary Parade 2008

More and more members are participating in the PFHA Ticket to Ride program, and sanctioned trail rides are increasing. There are campouts at the lakes, in the mountains, in the desert, or at the Pacific Ocean Coast of the Northwest Region. Clinics with professional trainers are increasing, and there is often a waiting list to participate in the clinics.

The Oregon State Fair Horse Show, held in late August each year, is the Northwest Region's  Paso Fino show. There are a wide range of Paso Fino classes for PFHA members to show off their fine horses to a large audience.

Marilynn Baker riding Tia
2012 Oregon State Fair Championship

By promoting the Paso Fino horse with events like these, we have an ever-increasing membership through the sale of this exciting breed.

We work hard in the Northwest Region to promote our wonderful Paso Fino horses, provide educational opportunities for our members and their horses, as well as the general public, and to have fun at all times. We always welcome new members to our Region. .

JAN GIBSON, Member at Large

LINDA HOLZER, National Delegate

Contact Information
LINDA HOLZER, (President), Athol, Idaho   dunwrkn2@gmail.com

MARY SCHOENHEIT, (Vice President), Junction City, OR  synergyor@gmail.com