The ICAA Appaloosa is identified by three unique characteristics – 

Mottled Skin
Striped Hooves
White Eye Sclera

Contrasting color coat patterns almost always accompany these three characteristics and make the Appaloosa easily recognizable.  Coat patterns can range from spotted leopards to fewspot leopards, to blankets with spots, to snowcap blankets with no spots, to just a few snowflakes on a dark coat, or even darker spots on a dark coat.  There can be a wide variety of color and patterns in between these basic coat patterns including varnish roans.  Because they carry the LP gene, foals born solid with characteristics almost always develop a coat pattern at some point, even if just a few snowflakes or marginal Appaloosa roaning, not to be confused with the common roan seen in other breeds.

The ICAA places strong emphasis on striving for these contrasting Appaloosa coat patterns. Genetic testing has made it possible to predict both base color and Appaloosa characteristics with some certainty. Although pattern genes have been identified, there is currently no test for them other than PATN1, so the various coat patterns remain somewhat of a mystery.  This is what many believe makes breeding the ICAA Appaloosa exciting, challenging, and so rewarding.  We recognize non-characteristic solids (those with deep appaloosa blood but no LP gene) provide a valuable contribution to healthy breeding stock programs but we do not believe they represent the ideal Appaloosa.

We believe the true Appaloosa is an honest all-around hard working family horse that is easy to keep and deserves recognition throughout the world.  In addition to its three unique characteristics and unmistakable coat pattern, the Appaloosa is known for its

Athletic Ability,
Devoted and Loyal Heart,
Durability and Versatility,
and Gentle, Willing Disposition

The ICAA was born of concern and a fervent love of the history of the spotted horses of the Native American tribes.  There has never been a registered or documented Purebred Appaloosa horse.  We invite you to help ICAA in building a true Purebred breed of Appaloosa horses that will earn the respect of Appaloosa enthusiasts and its rightful place in the equestrian world.  

The ICAA is completely volunteer, costs for membership and registration are extremely low, and pedigrees are carefully documented to assure that each foal born is the actual product of the sire and dam indicated on the Registration Application.  

The ICAA uses the latest in genetic research to assure that ICAA horses are free of known genetic defects that would commonly affect the Appaloosa.

The ICAA is working to eliminate pinto/paint, grey, and other undesirable traits through genetic testing or visual observation. ​

Welcome to the International Colored Appaloosa Association, the first and only stand alone Appaloosa registry created to produce eight generation Purebred Appaloosa horses by the full-generational concept; a method recognized by animal scientists and geneticists.  Once we have these eight generation Appaloosas, which is fast becoming a reality, the Purebred registry will be opened with the goal of producing Purebred Appaloosas well into the future.

Dedicated to the Preservation, Protection, Promotion
and Development of the Purebred Appaloosa

Also, for your enjoyment 

Herbies Last Spots #2603

2012 Appaloosa Breed Representative

at the Kentucky Horse Park

For your enjoyment

VKS Thunder Moon F4-2626

Current Appaloosa Breed Representative at the Kentucky Horse Park

2013 Appaloosa World Open Senior Reining Winner​


Most photos in slideshow of VKS Thunder Moon were done by Cindy Evans Photography,,

 and by James Shambeau.

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ICAA Contact Information


​4610 New Mexico 206

Milnesand, NM 88125



For problems navigating the website, contact Sharon at 575-607-9737 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm MST 
or email at above email address

Horses Pictured in the Slide Show

AAA App BluSky Eclat F2-2692

AAA App Eclats Bear F4-2634

AAA App Eclat Legacy F3-2633

BCA Chats Shinaku F6-2700

BCA Chats Yamahawk F6-2699

BCA Kagos Dazaifu F5-2698

BCA Tofoz Pahsimeroi F5-2642

BCA Tofoz Tiburon F2-2640

Brandon's Sun Bear F3-2263

Buckhorn Ranch Horses

CTR Earth WindN Fire F4-2681

Dancer's Perfection F2-1384

Everybodys Angel F4-2621

Foggy Valley Farms Horses

FVF Bucks Iced Glory F2-2657

FVF Diamond Dust F4-2690

FVF Iron Sabre F7-2656

FVF Iron Spike (F7deceased)

FVF Oganali Zeva F6-2623

​FVF Sabrina Shine F5-2695

FVF Thunderbolt F5-2666

FVF Wind Serenade F3-2658

Hanks Lady Duckess F2-2651

Hawk A Lena #2171

Herbies Last Spots #2603

HHR Howies Koko Bean F3-2607

Hobos Dream Girl F4-2591

Im A Mighty Joe #2615

​Iron Lady Hawk F3-2682

JBS Sham Again F2-2609 (deceased)

JokerBs Apache Queen F3-2713

My Silver Eagle F3-2232

Jojos Black Cloud F3-2052

Northstar Ladybug F2-2380

One Smart Ace #2635

Rajuns Royal Prince F4-2619

R Secret Joe Medallion F3-2443

​RHA Iron Will F6-2625

RHA Spring Blues F5-2667

Rio De Meade #2612

S an R Buck Shot F4-2054

Seago Golden Dream F2-2682

Secret Mr BarReed F2-1799

SHA Patchobys Design F4-2645

Sparkys Little Buger F2-2604

Spotted Nacona F3-2653

Stars Fim Koppur F3-2401 (deceased)

Sundancing Chelsea O F3-2667

Super Sexy Sham F2-2688

TMR Vickis Redeagle F4-2662

VKS Thunder Moon F4-2626

WA Arapho Lena #2617

WA Ulrich Gem F3-2616