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.

OCTRA Needs Your Help.

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer for OCTRA but don’t want to commit to a full-time position like BOD member or Committee Chair?

The OCTRA Board of Directors is looking for a volunteer to update, revise and computerize our various forms. The ideal candidate would have strong computer skills and familiarity with setting up on-line forms. Taking direction from a current BOD member, you would update and revise our many forms one form at a time.

If you are interested in this project, please contact OCTRA President Sue Downing

Candidate Search For New OCTRA Treasurer.

Our current treasurer, Rick Burnside, reminded the board at its last meeting that he had stepped up “temporarily” into the treasurer’s role when OCTRA found itself suddenly without a treasurer in May 2017. Rick has agreed to assist and train a new treasurer through this fall with a formal hand-over at the next AGM in February 2019. His generosity permits OCTRA to undertake a candidate search now and to make the transition smoothly.

The successful volunteer will have:

  • accounting or strong bookkeeping experience,
  • experience with Quick Books financial software,
  • comfort with electronic funds transfer,
  • an OCTRA membership in good standing,
  • the answer to the puzzle at the top of this page 🙂

If you believe you are this person, please contact Sue Downing, President, at with a brief description of your qualifications.

OCTRA is only as strong as its volunteers. Volunteering has an excellent return on investment. You receive so much more than you could ever give.

2018 Summer’s End Ride Results.

Results are posted for the 2018 Summer’s End Rides.

NOTE 1: While some rides were advertised as placed set speed, the sanctioning committee only sanctioned placed set speed rides for 2018 and SS results were processed as graded rides.

NOTE 2: 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.

50th Anniversary Chair.

A commemorative OCTRA Directors Chair is being presented this 50th Anniversary year only, to a person who is special and has done something Above and Beyond at each Ride.

The recipient is chosen by ride Organizers, and/or fellow workers. We are pleased to announce this year’s (so far) 50th Anniversary Chair holders:

  • Julie Phair,
  • Marc Downing,
  • Rick Tenhove,
  • Kristen Russell,
  • Earle Baxter, and
  • Kristen Howard.