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"Truth never damages a cause that is just."
Mohandas K. Gandhi

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.

TIP:  Consider an inexpensive background check on a seller before purchasing. 


Watch for those who try to manipulate information for their own personal benefit.  Truth is truth.

True colors are revealed, in black and white.

Yes, do your homework before purchasing.  Although it can happen to anyone, the young and the inexperienced are the most vulnerable when it comes to the tactics of the unethical and the unscrupulous.

You may be surprised at the results of the background check and it could influence your decision.  Remember, the world is full of con-artists who will tell you whatever you want to hear just to sell you their horse (or their used car, or their Arizona beach front property).  It is up to you to protect yourself and not be taken advantage of.

If I wanted to raise Paint horses...and purchased what I was told was a Paint stallion...and then got pinto registry papers instead of Paint registry papers...I would find a good lawyer and sue for misrepresentation...  Just sayin...

Good analogy!!

No, GREAT analogy!!

Legitimate registries work together and do not attempt to circumvent other registries.  One particular horse can sometimes be registered in multiple registries but each registry defines them as the type of horse they register.  For example, if the same horse was registered in the PHRI, the HAHR and the  PtHA:  the Pintabian Horse Registry, Inc. would call the horse a "Pintabian", the Half-Arabian Horse Registry would call the horse a "Half-Arabian", the Pinto Horse Registry, Inc. would call the horse a "pinto".

Yupperdoodle, a registry that registers pinto arabian crossbreds should call any horses they register a pinto arabian.

Be loyal to the PHRI - fees paid in are invested in promotion and advertising.

I recently read on-line that a Pintabian horses are Pinto Arabians.  Oh please!  Give me a break!

Wow.  :(



Are you kidding???  To say a Pintabian horse is a Pinto Arabian would be like calling a Paint horse a Pinto Quarter horse.  Good grief.

Sounds like another newbie to the industry to me.

I personally think we need to be understanding.  After several decades, some people still do not know the difference between a Paint horse and a pinto, much less a Pintabian horse.

Educate, educate, educate...

I hope it is simply ignorance and not an intentional attempt by some to cause confusion.  

Pintabian horses are very special and it took about a half century to develop them.  It is no wonder some with crossbreds are jealous.

Truth is one thing for which there is no substitute.

Unfortunately, the integrity of some individuals who sell horses is akin to that of the unscrupulous used car salesman.  In short, some lie.

To be successful, be honest and follow the Golden Rule.

I didn't get paid $400.00 for a stud fee I had coming once, but I will never let that happen again...

Always play by the rules.

Yes, "keep it honest" by playing by the rules.

But what about those who do not play by the rules???

Do not believe everything you are told or everything you read.  And then remember, a person who exhibits a pattern of lying is a liar.  Pure and simple.

And leaving out something very important is not being totally truthful.

Trying to confuse an issue is being untruthful, too.

Chalk up what you've learned to experience.

Just do the right thing.

...and play well with others.

Yes, honesty DOES matter.