2017 Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors

President/Ride Schedule

Helmut Hitscherich, 905-473-9329,

Vice President Tug MacDonald, 905-885-9191,

Secretary Linda Fell


Administration Sheila MacDonald 905-885-9191

Treasurer Jan Belanger Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 Home: 705-322-2027

Trail Development Ron Keeler, 705-341-1073,

Newsletter Lana English 519-658-3489

OTRA: 1326 Odessa Cres., Oakville, ON L6H 1R8 • The Ontario Trail Riders Association Inc, established

in 1970, is an equestrian organization which promotes recreational trail riding and the creation, development, preservation and safe use of trails.

OTRA News March/April 2017

Who always goes to bed with his shoes on? A horse. Howdy everyone! The OTRA Directors are very excited. We are

looking forward the upcoming year of trail riding, camping, potluck sup- pers and camaraderie. The Directors are pleased to present the: 2017 OTRA Ride Schedule. Date


Dufferin Forest Vivian Forest Dundas

Dufferin Forest Vivian Forest

Otter Creek, NY Horse Country Vivian Forest Wiarton

Dufferin Forest Dundas


Horse Country South Algonquin

East Gate Algonquin Vivian Forest

May 5-7 May 19-22

June 3 (day ride) June 9-11 June 23-25

Week of June 28-July 9 July 10-16 July 21-23

7 day ride July 30 – Aug. 5 Aug. 4-7

Aug. 11-13 Sept. 1-4

Sept. 11-17 Sept. 23-25

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Oct. 6-9

*Further information will be supplied with the membership Ride Sched- ule

To participate in the rides you must be an OTRA Member. If you are enthusiastic and passionate about trail riding we invite

you to join OTRA’s Board of Directors. Contact any Director for more information. You won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t! “Many hands make light work”. - John Heywood

Our website will be up and

running in the very near future. You can contact OTRA by using our new email address: ontario- trai lridersassoc@gmai l .com. Please send your completed Mem- bership Application (below): On- tario Trail Riders Association, 1326 Odessa Cres., Oakville, On, L6H 1R8.

I was reading a fascinating ar-

ticle on Sarah Cuthbertson in On The Horse Magazine. Sarah is Canadian endurance rider, with over 2000 kms to her name in com- petition, and about ten times in training rides and leisure In August of 2014, Sarah took on the Mongol Derby – also known as the World’s Longest Horse Race. In 2015 she rode 6 days totaling 250 km in Ice- land. In October of 2016 she ac- complished her “wildest” dreams at Race the Wild Coast, a 350 km ad- venture race along the eastern coast of South Africa.

In a 500m dash at

the end of the race, she placed 3rd, only seconds behind 1st and 2nd place. She will be in a documen- tary about the race due out in Feb- ruary 2017. The race itself was punishing.

She rode 3 different horses. De- spite some extreme chafing Sarah had the best time of her life! The satisfaction of completing a big race in a foreign land is immeasur- able! Next up, (and where I am going with this article) Sarah hopes to prepare Bentley to take on the Shore to Shore challenge in Michi- gan – 5 days, 80 km per day on a single horse. The skills she learned in South Africa will certainly help her get through, but to do this on a single horse (Smokey, I mean Bent- ley) is no easy feat! Helmut and

Smokey successfully completed the Shore to Shore. Helmut will tell you that he and Smokey bonded on this ride.

How fast can a horse gallop? Horses have been clocked gal-

loping over short distances at up to 55 miles per hours. As of 2014, the record speed of a race horse over two furlongs is 45 mph, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The gallop is the fastest of the four gaits at which horses naturally move, with most horses galloping at speeds between 25 and 30 miles per hour. The other gaits at which horses travel in include the four-beat trot (8 to 12 mph) and the leaping gait (from 12 – 15 mph),also known as the “canter” or “lope”. The American quarter horse is the fastest horse on record, galloping as fast as 55 mph in short bursts. Famous racehorses such as Secretariat have comparatively longer strides than their peers. Sec- retariat’s stride was almost 25 feet in length. I am always touched and hum-

bled by the thoughtfulness of the Ontario Trail Riders board of direc- tors.

They surprised me with a de-

licious birthday cake at the last board meeting. The” topping on the cake”, wishing me a happy 47th. lol

They are so sweet. I encourage all fellow trail

riders to complete the attached Membership Application and join today. Don’t miss out on any of the fun activities planned for 2017!

“Never Squat With Your Spurs On”

Lana English

“Cutting my birthday cake. Helmut made me promise to publish it. Thank you guys!” Lana

with the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada. We welcome your membership to help support the voice of OTRA on your behalf. For more information please visit our website at

OTRA and its members represent the equestrian trail user Searchable, Shareable,


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