The horse must have an ICAA accepted Appaloosa coat pattern easily recognized from 15 feet away, unless the horse qualifies for the Non-Characteristic Division per ICAA rules.  
 

The horse must have white sclera surrounding the iris of the eyes, mottled skin (most noticeable around the eyes, muzzle, sheath/udder, and under the tail), and Appaloosa striped hooves on legs with no white markings, unless the horse qualifies for the Non-Characteristic Division per ICAA rules.
 

Height must be at least 14 hands high, standing barefoot, at five years of age. The horse's sire and dam must be registeredwith ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA, or the horse must be gelded or spayed.
 

The horse is required to be DNA tested negative for certain genetic disorders. Stallions and mares must have DNA Typing on file with AGI (DNA Typing on file with the ApHC is not accepted, but may be sent to AGI to put in their database).  The test results will determine eligibility.