Who We Are
Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA) is a provincial organization that promotes riding as a form of therapy for children and adults with physical and/or cognitive impairments. While we do not operate a therapeutic riding centre, we presently have 44 member centres.
We provide a variety of services to our member centres and the 6,000 riders they serve including the following:
Education & Clinics: for instructors, volunteers, riders with a disability and others involved in therapeutic riding. Well trained, well-informed people are an asset to therapeutic riding programs.
Competitions: The first OnTRA Equestrian Games were held in 1984. These competitions have grown to include Prince Phillip Games and a Provincial Dressage Championship, with riders going on to national and international competitions.
OnTRA Grant Program: In 2002 we introduced the OnTRA Grant program with awards going to member centres.
OEF Rider Representation with Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) since 1986. Today an OnTRA board member sits on the OEF Association Advisory Council.
Public awareness: through the OEF, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Can-Am Marketing Inc.
Communication: through the OnTRA website and the newsletter, The Mane Line beginning Jan. 2008 will be published in The Rider with free subscription to The Rider for OnTRA members.
Used Equipment Program: Since 2001, in partnership with the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association, we have collected recycled used tack and riding equipment for our riders. Collected items are distributed to member centres.
OnTRA is a registered charity, dependant on public and private donations, non-profit fundraising events and volunteer support. OnTRA is governed by a nine member volunteer board.