The Ontario Trail Riders Association

OTRA is a non-profit organization founded in 1970. It’s mission is to promote trail rides and the creation, development, preservation and safe use of trails.


E-Transfers now Accepted

January 11, 2019

We have finally caught up to the modern age! Feel free to send membership dues to otratreasurer@gmail.com Cheques are still accepted as well

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Tentative 2019 Ride Schedule

January 10, 2019

Location – Date – Host Garden of the Gods, Illinois – April 13-27 – Helmut Hitscherich & Ron Keeler Dufferin Forest, Mansfield – May 10 – 12 – Sonja Wyss & Helmut Hitscherich Vivian Forest, New Market – May 17-20 – Helmut Hitscherich Dufferin County – June 1 – OMSSU & Elaine Wiesner Dufferin Forest,…

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Proposal For “Wilderness Trail”

September 30, 2018

GREAT NEWS from the OTRA Dufferin Forest Rep – We are thrilled to share that OTRA has submitted a proposal for a ‘new wilderness network’ in the Dufferin County Main Tract. It will be discussed at next week’s DCFAT meeting October 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. 55 Zina Street, Orangeville – Sutton Room (2nd Floor).…

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Urget Attention Required on Simcoe Forest Draft Code of Conduct

August 28, 2018

URGENT ATTENTION REQUIRED ON SIMCOE FOREST DRAFT CODE OF CONDUCT As invited attendees of a Simcoe County meeting last December, we have now been asked for INPUT to the Code of Conduct now in DRAFT form. Mountain bikers are pressuring Simcoe County to limit equestrian access to single track trails. We have been told the…

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Results from the Fun D Ride

August 25, 2018

Howdy all! This year’s Fun D Ride was a great success, we raised just over $1,000 and had a great time to boot! The dinner was made by Elaine Wiesner and Mystery Man, Bill Fell. Our auctioneer for the evening was Ron Keeler. Thanks again to everyone else who helped out with getting this organized,…

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Fun D Ride 2018

May 24, 2018

The 2018 Fun D Ride is fast approaching! This is the only fundraising ride we have all year, and we would love to see you out at the Dufferin Forest enjoying the trails, live auction, pot luck, laughs, and supporting OTRA. The cost is $55 for members, and $60 for non-members. All proceeds from the…

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Vivian Forest Ride #1

May 24, 2018

This year’s May 2-4 ride was a huge hit. On Thursday, Ron and Helmut spent a couple hours preparing the trails near the farm for riding. Friday was the first day of riding. It was beautiful out. We had a few new members join us, one of whom had so much fun he came back…

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Our First Ride of the Season!

May 17, 2018

Howdy all, Our first ride of the year was a huge success! Friday was the windiest day I think any of us have ever seen, but a few souls heroically decided to brave the elements and make camp. You could say that it was a rockin friday night. In the morning, everyone got ready for…

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2018 Ride Schedule

January 28, 2018

2018 Tentative OTRA Ride Schedule Location Date Host Dufferin Forest May 4-6 Karen Plume Helmut’s Vivian Forest May 18-21 Helmut Hitscherich OMSSU-Poker Run June 2-Day Ride Elaine Weisner Dufferin Forest June 8-10 Sonya Wyss Helmut’s Vivian Forest Ride June 22-24 Helmut Hitscherich Ottter Creek Week of June 27- Helmut Hitscherich July 5 Horse Country July 9-16…

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January 29, 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join the Board of the Ontario Trail Riders at our Annual General Meeting. Location: New Market Community Centre 200 Doug Duncan Dr New Market, On L3Y 3Y9H Date: 29 April 2018 Meeting to start at 10:00AM Potluck and Social to start around 12:00PM *Please be…

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of being an OTRA member and


•  Stay up to date on trail issues and developments
•  Get horse care tips
•  Access to weekend workshops
•  Participate in weekend rides
•  Meet new friends who share your passion for riding
•  and much more...