OnTRA celebrates 25 years in 2008!

On July 27, 1983 the Province of Ontario issued incorporation papers to the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA), a new organization founded by a small group of volunteers for the sole purpose of qualifying for provincial grant monies. Through the provincial government’s Trillium Foundation, an organization created to dispense financial support to charities, the enterprising group received and distributed $124,000 to needy centres around the province. So began an organization that since then has raised more than $1.75 million on behalf of therapeutic riding.Here’s a quick look at our other accomplishments.1984—first OnTRA Equestrian Games held at CARD on July 7. These games have now grown to include three regional competitions, plus a provincial championship with riders going on to national and international competition. 1985—first educational clinic with Pippia Hodge and Barb Glasow. Since then there's been a minimum of two clinics per year, with six scheduled for 2003 alone. 1986—first consultant survey of existing centres to establish their needs and improve networking. 1986—first CNE agreement to include our riders in the Canadian National Exhibition Prince Philip Games. 1986—the Ontario Equestrian Federation welcomed OnTRA representation as a unique discipline. Through active participation, we have greatly expanded the general awareness of therapeutic riding, and today an OnTRA board member sits as official advisor to the OEF executive committee. 1988—OnTRA and CanTRA co-hosted a National Conference on Therapeutic Riding, drawing participants from across the country. 1988—again with CanTRA, we jointly hosted the 6th International Congress on Therapeutic Riding, attended by representatives from around the world. 1990—produced Vaulting educational video. 1990—divided the province into regions to better serve local programs. 1991—co-produced with CanTRA “Hippotherapy” educational video. 1991—held competitions for member centres in three regions. 1991—formed OnTRA Trillium committee. 1993—co-hosted and sponsored CanTRA’s 10th anniversary conference. 1993—produced a Fundraising Manual and held funding conferences across Ontario. 1994—OnTRA completed a survey of member centres. 1996—OnTRA published an English version of Hippotherapy book, selling copies world-wide. 1997—Financially assisted riders to attend international competition. 1999—introduced the “new look” of the Mane Line Newsletter. 2000—started involvement of OnTRA and member centres with Molson Indy Foundation. 2001—in partnership with the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association we began a used-tack collection program. Collected items are distributed to member centres. 2002—introduced OnTRA Grant program, with awards going to six centres and their programs. 2003—projects in development include: an OnTRA website, the establishment of a therapist survey and networking system, and a revised “Location Guide” brochure.2004—Identified as Charity of Choice for all Can-Am Equine Marketing events.2005—Launch of OnTRA website.2006—ParaEquestrian included in the Ontario Para Sport Games