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Denied Registrations

The horses listed below have been permanently denied registration by the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc.  ALWAYS inspect the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. Colored Division Certificate of Registration prior to purchasing or breeding to insure that the horse is, in fact, a Pintabian horse.


Buyer Beware

It has been brought to our attention that individuals have been deceived by individuals intentionally and improperly using the trademark Pintabian name, and that horses are being advertised at stud as PHRI registered when, in fact, they are not and do not qualify.  ALWAYS inspect the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. (PHRI) Certificate of Registration papers prior to breeding (or purchasing, for that matter) to insure that the horse is a Pintabian horse.

THE INTERNET:  A Wealth of Information . . . and Misinformation

At the office, in a restaurant, at a veterinary clinic, at the soccer field, or around the stables, we often hear people starting sentences with "I read on the Internet that . . . "  Without a doubt, the Internet is a very powerful voice which has become a vital part of our daily lives.  (read more)

Protect Yourself by Doing Your Homework

Pintabian horses have been recognized since 1992 and reputable breeders sell their horses as 'Pintabian' horses, not 'Pintabian eligible' horses.  Do not allow yourself to be defrauded; a horse represented as a Pintabian horse should have a Colored Division Certificate of Registration issued by the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. (PHRI), the ONLY official registering authority for Pintabian horses in the world at this time.  Never rely on the word of an individual . . . or an Arabian, colored Arabian, colored-Arabian, Colored Arabian, Colored-Arabian, half Arabian, part Arabian, part-Arabian, Part Arabian, Part-Arabian, part Arabian pinto, pinto part Arabian, Pinto Arabian, Internationall-Pintabian, International-Pintabian, Supreme-Pintabian, Paint Arabian, NorthAmericanPintarabian, Pintarabian, Paintarabian, Paintabian, Ara-Pinto, Pintara, Pintobean or Pinto Bean application or certificate . . . to ensure a horse is a Pintabian horse.  If you have any questions, be sure to contact the PHRI office to verify the status.  We reiterate and stress the importance of doing your homework to prevent problems or hard feelings later.
Minnesota Statute 624.67


"Every person who by any false pretense shall obtain from any club, association, society, or company for the improvement of the breed of cattle, horses, sheep, swine, fowls, or other domestic animals, or birds, a certificate of registration of any animal in the herd, or other register of an such association, society, or company, or a transfer of any such registration, and every person who shall knowingly represent any animal used for breeding purposes to be of a greater degree of any particular strain of blood than such animal actually possesses, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor."

          History:  (10338) RL s 5064; 2005 c 10 art 3 s 23


The Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. (PHRI) has officially censured the owner of a horse breeding farm located in central North Dakota.

Bonnie Vollmer, the proprietor of Double Diamond Ranch and former member of the PHRI, knowingly attempted to register two horses not under her ownership, known as DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN. Serious allegations also arose with regard to claims that Ms. Vollmer may have purchased ineligible horses and intentionally represented them as the offspring of PHRI registered horses.

Proving that DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN are, in fact, Pintabian horses as Ms. Vollmer claims is a simple matter of providing said horses to PHRI representatives for physical inspections to verify identity via current photographs and parentage verification. Although parentage verification is routine in the equine industry, Ms. Vollmer has refused to cooperate, will not provide the name(s) of the actual owner(s), and has made certain that essential Pintabian horses surrounding this controversy are untraceable.

Major breed registries report that horses 'not available' for parentage verification when concerns arise are often not of the lineage stated on an application. Pintabian horses are among the most pure horses in the world today, carrying over 99% Arabian blood and spotted with a pattern known as tobiano. These characteristics make the Pintabian horse unique among equines.

As the official registering authority for Pintabians, the PHRI may, at its discretion, make physical inspections, require current photos, and/or require parentage verification in order to ensure the integrity of registration certificates and protect the purity of Pintabian horses. Some registries have gone to mandatory bloodtyping or DNA testing to prevent these types of registration difficulties; the fees for these services, of course, are passed on to the breeder(s) or owner(s), at the time of registation.

Effective June 15, 2009, the PHRI began refusing to accept registration applications for Pintabian horses owned or bred by Bonnie Vollmer (or her business associate, Lois Trevethan, also known as Susan Smestad) that were not already registered with the PHRI. This censure remains in effect until the name(s) of the current owner(s) of DAKOTA WALKASAW and DAKOTAA DAWN are provided and their parentage is properly verified. All pending applications were returned with full refunds.

The PHRI reiterates the importance of inspecting the certificate of registration (not the application) prior to purchasing or breeding to a Pintabian horse. If the certificate is not available for inspection, phone the PHRI office at 218-689-4439 to determine its status.