LAY JUDGE CLINIC

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 am -7:00 pm.

Registration Deadline:  March 20th, 2017

Dawn and Howard Kadish Farm
19556 Mississauga Rd.
Caledon, Ontario.

Dr. Sarah Tiller and Dr. Bri Henderson, Co-Chairs of the OCTRA Veterinary Committee, are holding a Lay-Judge Clinic to take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, all day 9:00am -7:00pm. There has not been a Lay-Judge clinic for quite a long time. Interested candidates should e-mail Dr. Sarah Tiller [ sarahtiller@live.com ] directly for inquiries.

Hot meal and refreshments will be provided.
The fee for all candidates yet to be determined.

OCTRA LAY JUDGE REQUIREMENTS: (Policy Statements – pg. 10)

  1. In order to apply to work towards their Lay Judge status participants must:
    • Have been a member of OCTRA for at least two years
    • Have completed at least two OCTRA sanctioned rides as a rider
    • OCTRA is looking for seasoned OCTRA members to apply as Lay Judges
  2. Qualify to apprentice at OCTRA events:
    • Contact Committee Chair to initiate process
    • Study the OCTRA Rule Book and be familiar with all OCTRA competition rules
    • Attend a Lay Judge Clinic arranged by Committee Chair
    • At end of clinic, write the Lay Judge Exam and pass (with a minimum grade of 80%)
  3. Apprentice at OCTRA sanctioned events for a minimum of:
    • Two Endurance Rides
    • Two CTRs
    • Two Set Speeds (if Set Speed apprenticeship is not part of the Endurance Rides)
    • One Ride ‘n Tie (if available)
  4. During a season where one of the OCTRA disciplines is not available:
    • Participants must apprentice at two each of the available disciplines (excluding Ride ‘n Tie).
    • Participants will be qualified as a Junior Lay Judge in the disciplines successfully apprenticed (if approved by two accredited OCTRA Veterinary Control Judges)
    • The Junior Lay Judge is required to fulfill his/her missing requirements in the next season the “missing” discipline is available.
  5. For final accreditation as a Lay Judge, the approval, in writing, of two OCTRA accredited Veterinary Control Judges must be sent to the Committee Chair (with a copy to the participant).
  6. Upon completion, the successful participants will receive an OCTRA Lay Judge Certificate.
  7. If a participant fulfills all the ride requirements as listed in sections (iii) and (iv) above without receiving the approval of two OCTRA accredited Veterinary Control Judges:
    • The participant will continue apprenticing at OCTRA events as per the vet(s) instructions until they receive the required vet approvals
    • The participant will forgo becoming a Lay Judge if he/she is deemed unsuitable for the position by the Veterinary Committee.

2016 High Point Novice Rider

The 2016 High Point Novice Rider standings are now posted. This list is in the new display format that will be used for most data in future. Those of you who have logged in to use the new Membership Directory will recognize it. Features of note are:

  • Data stays within the main website wrapper (header, menus, footer);
  • It is searchable…and lightening fast;
  • It is configurable (you can hide or reveal columns);
  • It is downloadable (print, copy, or save in several formats).

Thanks to Julie Phair for her help validating these results. It is the most difficult of all year end results to compile. If you believe we have overlooked someone, despite our best efforts, please email webmaster@octra.on.ca. I will be happy to work with you to resolve any discrepancies.

Season’s greetings.

2017 Lay-Judge Clinic

Dr. Sarah Tiller and Dr. Bri Henderson, Co-Chairs of the OCTRA Veterinary Committee, are planning a Lay-Judge Clinic to take place late winter/early spring, 2017. There has not been a Lay-Judge clinic for quite a long time. Details are pending but the location could be in the Caledon, Ontario region. Interested candidates should e-mail Dr. Sarah Tiller [ sarahtiller@live.com ] directly for inquiries.

Planning has begun but an idea of who/how many might be interested will help before finalizing the date and location. This is an excellent learning opportunity for both riders and volunteers.

Lopin’ Larose

Ride results are up for 2016 Lopin’ Larose. Points are also updated. Check your results and your year end standings for errors. If you find any issues, contact the Ride Manager, Christina Young, Youngdalefarms@live.com.

2016-10-16 Lopin’ Larose Open Competitive Trail Ride 43 Km/27 Miles
2016-10-16 Lopin’ Larose Endurance 80 Km/50 Miles
2016-10-16 Lopin’ Larose Novice Competitive Trail Ride 43 Km/27 Miles

 

Some Passwords Not Working

Following an upgrade to a series of plugins, some account passwords may not work. Rest assured, your account is still there. Here is what to do if you get the following dreaded message:
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ERROR: The password you entered for the username Major-Domo is incorrect. Lost your password?
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  1. Click on “Lost your password?”
  2. Scroll down and fill out the Forgotten Password form. Enter your username or email address. Don’t forget to click “I’m not a robot”.
  3. When ready click “Get New Password”.
  4. Check your email for a link allowing you to reset your password.
  5. Click the link and enter your new password. The system recommends a random one. You can use it or replace it with one of your own choosing.

If you find yourself redirected to the Dashboard “Your Profile” page instead of the Home Page simply click on the extreme upper left corner where it says “Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association”.

 

Bell Network to Blame

Thanks to the network sleuths supporting our ISP Weehost we determined that the Bell Internet backbone in Montreal had a few bad hair days in row last week. OCTRA members in eastern Ontario routed through Montreal experienced problems reaching our site or could not reach the site at all. Those on mobile devices fared better. Our site serves much tighter, smaller pages to mobile devices and those devices are frequently routed over different backbone lines. All is back to normal now. It was an opportunity, however, for your webmaster to optimize the site in several ways. Hopefully this will be a rare event. Thanks go to Rob Wright for all his support.

David Morgan

Oktoberfest Results

Ride results are up for 2016 Oktoberfest. Points are also updated. Check your results and your year end standings for errors. If you find any issues, contact the Ride Manager, Sue Downing downing_sue@yahoo.ca, for corrections.

2016-10-01 Oktoberfest Ride n Tie 10 Km/6 Miles
2016-10-01 Oktoberfest Ride n Tie 20 Km/12 Miles
2016-10-01 Oktoberfest Graded Set Speed 11 Km/7 Miles
2016-10-01 Oktoberfest Graded Set Speed 22 Km/14 Miles
2016-10-02 Oktoberfest Endurance 80 Km/50 Miles
2016-10-02 Oktoberfest Graded Set Speed 10 Km/6 Miles
2016-10-02 Oktoberfest Graded Set Speed 21 Km/13 Miles
2016-10-02 Oktoberfest Graded Set Speed 40 Km/25 Miles

 

A Reminder to Ride Managers

Always send flyers and other details related to your rides to webmaster@octra.on.ca so the OCTRA calendar can accurately reflect your planning, events, and registration process. Putting this information only on Facebook is insufficient. People who use Facebook will see it, but others will not. Note: the OCTRA webmaster never uses Facebook as the source for event information.