The first recorded American Paint Horse was Bandit’s Pinto. The horse was a stallion owned by Rebecca Tyler Lockhart. His birth was recorded on August 11, 1962. The horse had white legs from the hocks down and had some white on his withers and the dock of the tail. These white patches were a beautiful oval shape. The horse also had black extending down his neck, looking decidedly much like a shield. The stallion was heavily muscled and extremely powerful hindquarters. He was known for his rapid acceleration and his ability to sprint. The horse was extremely agile. Hundreds of horses bear the name Bandit in their pedigree. Most trace back to this much loved horse.
Ms. Lockhart went on to establish the American Paint Stock Horse Association. Later, after a merger with The American Paint Quarter Horse Association, the name of the association was changed to the American Paint Horse Association. Rebecca Tyler Lockhart lived in McKinney, Texas, before eventually moving to Ryan, Oklahoma.
From this humble beginning, the organization has grown to include over 106,000 people earning Ms. Lockhart the prestigious Golden Spur award from the state of Texas and nationally. Ms. Lockhart was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2000.