A few years ago I was given my gelding by my neighbor. He is not registered, and that is something I have wanted to cure from the beginning. We are finally in a position to take care of this, too.
I have no information as to where he came from, only a name that may or may not be correct for his breeder. I've done a little searching and have gotten feeble contact with the man who trained him, but that's it.
My neighbor and his wife (who he bought Geronimo for) divorced/ had a lot of problems come up in their lives and we haven't been able to contact them much since, either, to ask questions. My mom is friends with his wife, and could contact her more easily, but she didn't have much knowledge at all (kind of a "the horses were the husbands thing" type of situation.) I'm pretty sure that it would take nothing less than a stake-out to ask the husband, which I'm not really partial to doing, ha ha...
Geronimo is pretty obviously a paint/qh, not a pinto. He's about 11 or 12, and since I can't find his breeder I don't know who his parents are. I read on the APHA website that I need his parents to register him, and the fee is rather hefty (if I can even register a horse his age at all- I wasn't too clear on that)
My second option was the Pinto Horse Association, which seems to be a better option but I'm not sure.
Has anyone ever dealt with a situation like this? I just want to get him registered, for my own peace of mind, really. I'd be very grateful for any help/ advice given!