Foundation Registry (F2 through F8)

A Foundation registry classification is determined by the amount of Appaloosa blood present (i.e., the number of full generations of registered Appaloosas) in an individual horse as evidenced by a proven pedigree.  The horse has a minimum of two generations of registered Appaloosa ancestors, beginning with its parents and grandparents, registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA. The number of full generations determines the F-ranking.  The horse has all required Appaloosa characteristics – Appaloosa coat pattern, white sclera, mottled skin, and striped hooves on legs with no white markings, or the horse tests positive for the LP gene; unless the horse qualifies for the Non-Characteristic Division.

Regular Registry (#)

The horse's sire and dam (the first generation) are both registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA.  However, they do not have a full second generation of registered Appaloosas, so they cannot go into the Foundation Registry Classification.  The horse has all required Appaloosa characteristics – Appaloosa coat pattern, white sclera, mottled skin, and striped hooves on legs with no white markings, or the horse tests positive for the LP gene; unless the horse qualifies for the Non-Characteristic Division.  A gelding or spayed mare showing all Appaloosa characteristics, including coat pattern, may also be registered in the Regular Registry, whether or not a pedigree is known.

Non-Characteristic Division (N)

The horse shows no Appaloosa coat pattern and does not have Appaloosa characteristics; white sclera, mottled skin and striped hooves on legs with no white markings.  Solid lp/lp stallions and mares, and untested phenotypically solid stallions and mares, must be bred to an LP/LP or LP/lp Appaloosa with a recognizable coat pattern.  The following stipulations apply for a solid lp/lp horse or untested phenotypically solid horse to be eligible for registration: 


In the Regular Registry 

Solid mares and geldings will be allowed if they have a sire and dam that are both registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA.  No solid stallions are allowed in the Regular Registry. 


In the Foundation Registry 

Solid mares and geldings must be F2 and above.  Solid stallions must be F3 and above.  Non-Characteristic Division Certificates of Registration will be stamped “Non-Characteristic; not eligible for race, show, or exhibition in ICAA shows and events unless solid classes are offered.”


Any Non-Characteristic horse that later tests positive for the LP gene, or develops a recognizable Appaloosa coat pattern, may be advanced and issued a new certificate upon receipt of the original Certificate of Registration and the proper fee.

Purebred Registry

Once we have reached eight generation ICAA Appaloosas, a new ​registry will be opened for these Purebred horses and their offspring.

Determining Classification and/or Rank

ICAA makes it very easy to determine your horse's registry classification, or rank, by yourself.  But we will be happy to assist you.