Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
The only two registeries in the APHA are the Regular and Solid Paint, and they both have the same parentage rules.
There are sadly a lot of people that don't bother with the paper work and it could be, however, that you mare's dam was actually elgible to be APHA registered, but never was, or a breeding report was never filed. If you wanted to go through the trouble of finding your mare's breeder, you may find out. It's a real pain (and can be expensive) to go back and correct/catch up all the paperwork, but it can be done.
With regard to allbreedpedigree.com, although it is a great site, it relies on everyone to correctly enter all the information and that is why some lines may have generations missing. It is not an official record, only the actual registery organizations have that.
We don't show, but I believe there are lots of shows that don't require registered horses. I'm sure show folks will chime in.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.