Mid America Paso Fino Horse Association

Serving the five state region of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Photograph by Darlene Wohlart

Welcome to MAPFHA!

The Mid America Paso Fino Horse Association was established in 1979 by a small collection of Paso Fino enthusiasts who met for a trail ride and held the first meeting.  From that original group, Orvillle and Pat Cummings and Walter Benhardus are still active in breeding and training Paso Finos.  Since then our region has grown as the smooth gait and brio of the Paso Fino has become more widely known.  Without a doubt, this is an exceptional and exciting breed.

Our five state region encompasses Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota as well as some members from outside the region.  Membership is close to 200 single and family members who own about 500 registered Paso Finos.  Members of our region enjoy a variety of activities such as fun shows, PFHA shows, horse expositions, breed demonstrations, parades, and of course trail and pleasure riding.  Trail and pleasure riders can participate in our numerous weekend trail rides.  The Events page has the current trail ride schedule where you will also find information on other activities. Our members love to have fun and at our events they enjoy good food, games, and time spent with fellow members and their Paso Finos.  Our members are great at volunteering at events!  To find out what opportunities are available, go to Contact Us page here.

We publish our regional news in the E-Messenger which contains articles on training, care, tips, member biographies, committee reports, announcements and PFHA Board information.  The E-Messenger is published bi-monthly on this website.  Members are encouraged to participate by submitting stories, farm articles, and questions to our "Ask the Trainer" feature.

Anyone can join MAPFHA regardless of geographic location or horse ownership.  You will find this information here on the "Join!" page.  Come with us and discover the world of the magnificent Paso Fino!

Paso Fino - The Smoothest Ride On Earth!
gait - brio - versatility - heritage - beauty - style

"Los Caballos de Paso Fino" - "The Horses with the Fine Step"