2019 Ontario Trail Riders Association Board of Directors

President/Ride Schedule Sonja Wyss 705-434-7947 Linda Fell


Past-President Helmut Hitscherich 905-473-9329,

Secretary Tina Kerst 416-907-6051

Membership Linda Fell

905-842-9031 Treasurer

Elaine Wiesner 519-940-1710

Trail Advocate Ron Keeler, 705-341-1073,

Website Development Caroline Fell 289-681-0174

Area Representative Elaine Wiesner 519-940-1710

Newsletter/Promotion Lana English 519-658-3489

Directors at Large Karen Plume, 519-604-4020, Darlene Sharpe, 519-994-3912, Cathy Togeretz, 519-465-1758, Ellie Hinze, 613-396-5883, Sandra Kendall, 905-939-8356, Tina Kerst, 416-907-6051,

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

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Welcome to a new decade. The Directors have an exciting schedule

planned for you. You will notice that we have extended two of our Duf- ferin Forest events to make them 4 day events. This change offers further opportunity to enjoy your horse camping experience. We are working on another Quebec trip, as well as a NEW multiple day ride in the Barrie area that would include rides in the Copeland Forest and Orr Lake. Watch for updates! And lastly, OTRA is looking forward to be working with Ontario Equestrian (OE) again this year after a very successful educa- tional clinic last season. You won’t want to miss an event.

OTRA 2020 tentative ride schedule Location


Dufferin Forest * - Shared ride May 8 – 10 (Chesley Saddle Club) Vivian Forest Dufferin Forest Dundas Valley

Dufferin Forest - Fun-D-Ride July 3 – 6 Vivian Forest Dufferin Forest Dundas Valley Otter Creek

Dufferin Forest Vivian Forest

May 15 – 18 June 5 – 7

June 19 – 21 July 24 – 26

July 31 – Aug 3 Aug. 7 – 9

Aug. 16 – 22 Sept. 11 – 13 Oct. 9 – 12

• note: additional trail maintenance before the ride, please bring your snippers

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Note: When completing your membership application please print clearly and if you have an email address make sure to include it.

Join us at the: Rockton Tack Swap, Sunday, February 23, Rockton Fair Grounds, L0R 1X0, 10:00 am. - 3:00 pm. This is a busy, fun tack swap that you won’t want to miss.

Annual General Meeting, Saturday, February 29, Erin United Church, 115 Main Street, Erin, On, N0B 1T0, 1:00 pm. - 3:00 pm. Too important to miss! See everyone there! We need your input to be better able to serve you. You have got to love the weather for our members this year. Yvonne

and Stewart in Florida, clipped their horses because it was too hot for their horses, high 70’s and 80’s. Wendy Downer in Alberta saw the tem- perature drop to -37 deg. c.

Laurie Panagiotou has been able to take advantage of the open ride

nights at the Ancaster Fair grounds. Excellent way to keep your horse fit over the winter.

Photo Captions

1/ Stewart giving the boys haircuts. Weather in the high 70’s -80’s 2/ Wendy Downer’s thermometer in Hartell, Alberta, mid January.

3/ Interior of Sandra Lundy’s trailer. 4/ Lana’s trailer with awning!

9045 20 Sideroad Tosorontio, Lisle, ON, L0M 1M0

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camping in my 16 foot aluminum bumper pull stock trailer. The trailer is divided in half by a gate. I hung a western style blanket on the gate and a patchwork curtain over the door opening. My living quarters are in the front, my horse travels in the back. This arrange- ment works well. My horse is in her electric fence enclosure or on a picket line at night. I really like what I have done with the trailer but am always looking for more ideas. The ceiling has been professionally spray coat insulated. An awning has been added. In the front, I have a single bed, 3 drawer night stand and a portable toilet. I burn candles in glass jars, set in tins of water, at night to keep the dampness out. I have hangers and racks for my clothes. In the nose I have more hooks for bridles, ropes, etc. and a wall mounted saddle rack for my western saddle. Tie rings have been added to the top back of the trailer for high lining from tree to trailer. You don’t have to spend a fortune to be comfortable. I have joined the group: Bumper Pull Con- versions, for more ideas.

The Ontario Trail Riders Association Inc, established

the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada. We welcome your membership to help support the voice of OTRA on your behalf. Visit our Facebook Page

Requirements: If a non-member, please see ride organizer and pay day fee: all participants must sign a waiver and show proof of liability insurance.

2 3 OTRA and its members represent the equestrian trail user with

I must say that I was extremely flattered when

Sandra Lundy told me that she was inspired by what I had done to my trailer. Wow! Who is inspired now Sandy? Your trailer is so well done. I am in awe and envious of your trailer.

Lana English

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands.” The American Cowboy Way



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