Washington State Paint Horse Club is the oldest Paint Horse Club in Washington. It held its first meeting on May 4, 1968 in the Kiwanis Meeting Hall in Issaquah, WA. This meeting was brought about through the efforts of Karen Ulvestad, Ann McMahan, Joan Haggett, Sharon Mack and Howard and Maxine Yeager and was attended by twenty Paint Horse enthusiasts.
In 1969 an award system was set up and in November of that same year the Paint Horse Breed was accepted by Washington State Horseman as one of their Breed Divisions thus becoming eligible for their year end high score awards.
On August 31, 1969 WSPHC held their first APHA approved Paint Horse Show at Mar's Stables in Puyallup. It was attended by Paint Horses from all over Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Their show, the WSPHC Paint Royal, the next year, was held at The Trails and was an "A" rated show. Washington States first APHA Champion was Fair Chance owned by Carl and Barbara Downey of Brush Prairie, WA. In 1993 WSPHC Star Spangled Classic hosted the first Washington Bred Weanling Futurities.
For several years the WSPHC sponsored one of the High Point Award at the Zone One Zone-O-Rama Show and will be a sponsor again in 2013.
WSPHC holds monthly meeting which includes a social/dinner time, meeting, committee reports and planning time. In August we have our Annual BBQ and in November we have “Christmas In November” as part of our Annual Meeting. These last two activities were started in 2003 and were such a success that they are part of our annual activities.
WSPHC also takes on many special community service activities during the year - such as supporting the Fisher House at Ft. Lewis, the homeless in Olympia, the Humane Society, and many other worth while causes. We also have gone international with sponsoring classes and high points in New Zealand to help promote the Paint Horse in that country. Our youth members participate in these activitiesm plus this past year & this year one of our youth members is selling bracelets for Banks Ready, an APHA youth that was badly hurt in 2012. Our members & youths also help with our BBQ at our show and putting on clinics for local 4-H clubs. (Thanks to Jeri Stone for the wonderful photos)