Ride & Tie Rules Update


The OCTRA Board of Directors wishes to announce an update of
the Ride & Tie Rules
. The Board would like to thank the Rules
Committee for their conscientious work which resulted in a fully
rounded out set of rules, which reflect what has already been
the established practice. The updated rules were approved by
the Board of Directors through a majority vote on May 25, 2019
and will be incorporated into the current OCTRA Rule Book as of
this date.

Please note that the OCTRA Provincial Championship Ride & Tie
for 2019 will take place at the Summers End Event on Saturday,
August 19, 2019.

Primer on OCTRA Horse Numbers

Why does OCTRA have horse numbers?

Every horse with an OCTRA Horse Number has its OCTRA competition record maintained in the OCTRA database. Horses without a Horse Number do not. The Horse Number is used to calculate year end points and accumulated distance. The number prevents confusion between similarly named horses and between registered and barn names. These numbers are for the lifetime of the horse, even if there is a change of rider or ownership.

How do I get a number for my horse?

There are three ways:

  1. Join the Distance Reward/Lifetime Program Awards.
    The preferred method! Here is the form. The one-time $20 registration fee is waived for your first horse but is required for each additional horse. Send registrations (by mail or attachment) to Elaine Steele, the Distance Reward Program Chair. Send fees via PayPal (form here) or by check to the Treasurer. If the horse does not yet have a number, it will get one. The Distance Reward/Lifetime Program Awards is fully documented in Section 11.2 of the OCTRA Rule Book.
  2. Enroll in the Breed Awards.
    Send a copy of your horses’ registration papers, or Standardbred Canada, TrackIT or USTA Pathway printout to Elaine Steele, the Distance Reward Program Chair. Documentation must be submitted by either the owner OR the rider. If the horse does not yet have a number, it will get one. Breed Awards are fully documented in Section 10.2 of the OCTRA rule Book.
  3. Email a request to the OCTRA Webmaster.
    There are many other awards enabled by the Horse Number as well as distance accumulation. NOTE: This basic method DOES NOT register your horse for Distance Rewards nor Breed Awards. If you use a email client like Outlook, Thunderbird, etc., click here for a simple pre-populated email form.
    Include the following information in your request:
    Your Name, Your OCTRA ID, Owner Name (if not you), Owner OCTRA ID, Horse Name, Horse Breed, Horse Foaling Year, and a list of OCTRA rides already completed this year with Ride Date, Ride Name, Ride Type, and Distance.If you use an email client like Outlook, Thunderbird, etc., click here for a simple pre-populated email form.

How do I find my Horse Numbers?

There is a searchable list on the website here. Just enter your name or your horse’s name in the search box.

Clarification Regarding Novice Awards and Limited Distance rides

Because the Rule Book is silent on novice participation in LD’s, in 2018 novice riders may compete in more than one Limited Distance ride without fear of losing their novice status. However all Limited Distance rides completed will count toward the maximum 400 kilometer distance allowed for novice status. Novices will earn points for completions in LD’s as well as for LD Best Condition and they will be included in LD rankings. LD ride points, however, will not count toward High Point Novice Rider nor toward High Point Novice Rider/Horse Team.

For the purpose of the novice awards noted above, qualifications for rider or horse are:

  1. Lifetime distance of 400 kilometers or less; and
  2. No more than one completion in an Endurance and/or Open CTR ride.

NOTE: CTR Novice Division qualifications are more detailed and are found in section 5C.6 of the Rule Book.

Novices should consider their best strategy if working toward either novice level award since LD completions will rapidly add distance to their 400 kilometer eligibility possibly limiting the total novice points they can earn in the current season.

If you require further clarification contact either Julie Phair, Awards Committee Chair, or David Morgan, Year End Points Committee Chair.


Summer Solstice Distance Rides 2018 Results

Here are the results for the Summer Solstice Distance Rides. The equestrian portion of the TRIPLE CROWN EVENT ( A Mountain Biker & Bike, A Trail Runner, An Equestrian & Equine) is recorded as a 6 mile MILEAGE ride.

NOTE: Ride Results become official and are not subject to change – Thirty days after they appear in an official OCTRA publication…unless the OCTRA Secretary is notified in writing of an error, or intentional fraud is proven.

2017 Laura’s Loop and Summer Solstice Rides Results

There is still one more SSG 37.5 mile to process from Summer Solstice which I will do next week.


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