The American Roan Horse Association is a secondary breed registry for roan horses of AQHA, APHA, ApHC bloodlines. Our purpose is to define, promote and enhance the enjoyment of roan horse ownership by providing a registry and communication venues to facilitate member participation through showing, breeding, and competing.
While showing at AQHA, APHA, ApHC, and other venues, horses and members have the opportunity to earn special awards and titles and compete for American Roan Horse Association World Championships.
What is a roan?
"Roan" refers to a horse coat color pattern characterized by a mixture of colored and white hairs on the body, while the head and "points"—lower legs, mane and tail—are mostly solid-colored. Horses with roan coats have white hairs evenly intermingled throughout any other color. The head, legs, mane and tail have fewer scattered white hairs or none at all. The roan pattern is dominantly-inherited, and is found in many horse breeds. While the specific mutation responsible for roan has not been exactly identified, a DNA test can determine zygosity for roan in several breeds. True roan is always present at birth, though it may be hard to see until after the foal coat sheds out.
An American Roan Horse Association membership offers many opportunities and benefits. Members are able to compete for special awards and titles as well as American Roan Horse Association World Championships. Members are also featured on our monthly website and social media Member Spotlight features. We also offer a fun line of ARHA apparel.
If you love your roan horses as much as we do, become a member today and join the fun. If you have any questions, our friendly staff can answer all your questions, and help you get started showing your roan.