Julie Phair has accepted the challenge of taking on this position for the 2016 AGM (Feb 2017). Deb McBride has kindly agreed to assist her. Julie will also be working with the AGM Committee (Tia Kerst, Sue Downing, Judy Durst, Rose Danko, Rick Burnside, Nancy Beacon, Kelsa Staffa).

Julie asks that those who received perpetual awards this past February to please return them to her by Octoberfest at the latest. Please email her at to make arrangements to collect the award.

Once again, a big thank you to Emily Watson for her past service in this position and also to ALL our volunteers without whom OCTRA would not exist.

OCTRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY …. coming soon.

OCTRA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018!  The Board is already discussing ideas to make 2018 a true celebration.  If you have ideas or suggestions please contact the Secretary or any Board member – and a big thank you to Colette Hutten for coming up with a great tag-line.



Great Horses from the Past.

Kristen Howard has volunteered to recover some wonderful OCTRA history for the website.  Stall of Fame, and Honour Roll horses are the best of the best.  She’s just finished the first two articles in the series… on Kabar Raftah, and Csardas Tetley.  Great stories… have a look!


Savanah Wilson has taken on the challenge of being OCTRA’s Youth Committee Chair and is in the process of gathering information on OCTRA’s young riders as her first step in this position. OCTRA thanks Savanah for taking on this task and hopes that our members, especially our Juniors, will work with Savanah to make this a success. OCTRA is run solely on the energy of our volunteers. Anyone (Junior, Sponsor, parent, or other members) who has suggestions, questions or would like to help out, please contact Savanah —





Emily Watson did an amazing job in this position and has left it well organized and ready for the next OCTRA volunteer to step in.  This is an important position and integral to our Annual Awards Dinner as well as OCTRA as a whole.  If you are interested in this position or know someone who could fill this position please contact Doug Price, our President.  More than one person may take on the role as Co-chairs.

Remember that this association is completely run by volunteers.  Step up to the plate and take your turn at bat

Cayuse Canter Ride Results.

The results have been posted from the Cayuse Canter ride. Please check your results carefully and notify one of the the Ride Managers (Bob Coleman, Chrystal Woodhouse) or the Ride Secretary (Michelle Bignell) if you see any errors. After 30 days from the date of publication, the results become final.

Queen’s Bush Training Ride Results.

Results from the Queen’s Bush Training Ride, in Chatsworth, Ontario have been posted. Please let the Ride Manager (Doug Price) know if there are any errors that need to be corrected. The 25 mile Set Speed at this ride was sanctioned as a regular Set Speed. So Year End points were accrued from that distance. All other events at this ride were training events.

Set Speed Rankings.

Just wanted to remind everyone that, as per the rule changes approved at the AGM last year (at the 2014 AGM, so, as per last year’s update of the Rule Book), I’ve updated the points calculations for Set Speed Rides. Also, there are now three separate ranking levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold rather than a single amalgamated list for all levels. Whatever level you enter is where your points will accrue. If you ride Bronze level at one ride, and Silver level at another, your horse will appear in each list with the relevant points from that level. (Note that this is as per the original rules – this is not a rule change but an application of an existing rule.)

Silver and Gold level year end points from Graded Set Speed rides have a bit of a bonus attached. So if you are qualified to ride at a higher level, you will receive slightly higher year end points (including those points going towards the Overall rankings) for actually entering the higher level. However, you are still completely free to ride at any level you choose.

If you are looking to maximize your year end points, you would usually get more points for riding towards the lower end of Silver or Gold than for the higher end of Bronze. Or another way of illustrating it is that a Grade 2 finish in a Silver ride is more valuable than a Grade 1 in a Bronze ride. For those of you who understand the standard OCTRA points system which uses Chart 1 from the OCTRA Rule Book, a Grade 1 finish in Bronze is equivalent to a ‘1st place out of 5 starters’ finish. A Grade 2 in Silver is equivalent to a ‘2nd place out of 7 starters’ finish. A Grade 2 in Gold level is equivalent to a ‘2nd place out of 9 starters’ finish.

Placed Set Speed rides are calculated the same as most other OCTRA disciplines, using Chart 1 from the OCTRA Rule Book.

To get a feel for how the points work in practice, have a look at the results from the 40km (25 mile) Graded Set Speed ride at Aprilfest, and also at the two ranking lists that are up (no results yet for any Gold level entries).

Aprilfest 40km Set Speed

Bronze Level Set Speed Rankings

Silver Level Set Speed Rankings

I’m happy to answer questions if anyone is confused by it all.


Aprilfest Results.

Ride n Tie (Brian Markell, Veronica Canadien, and Ella)

Aprilfest ride results have been posted, and points are updated. So the ranking lists are now live.  Cayuse Canter results were submitted today, and Queen’s Bush should be coming within another couple of days.  So there will be more updates very soon!