ABOUT THE OVH
Read about what makes us different
Looking to do something fun with your horse where you can fee safe and supported in an environment that combines excitement, tradition and camaraderie? Then join the Ottawa Valley Hunt (OVH)!
- Cross-country rides in our home territory in Ashton, trail rides in other exciting locations as well as fun team-based public events during the summer months;
- Drag hunting (with hounds but without a fox) and more public events in the fall; and
- COVID-19 approved social activities for you and your family members and friends.
Why ride with the OVH?
- We welcome all riding lovers. It’s not about expensive tack, fancy horse or elite riding skills!
- Ride without the stress of competition or judgement
- Add purpose to the skills you already have and gain new ones
- Gain confidence overcoming challenges with a supportive group
- Enjoy beautiful countryside exclusive to OVH members
- Enjoy great camaraderie across all age groups
- Develop a stronger bond with your horse
Choose a group for your and your horse’s comfort and fitness level
During our cross-country and trail rides, we always offer at least two fields (groups) lead by a knowledgeable OVH fieldmaster for you to choose from. When hunting, there are three fields – a first field that keeps up with the hounds and jumps (although there is a way around most obstacles), a second field offering a more modest pace and where all jumping is optional and a third walk-trot field that’s perfect for getting to know the hunt. During the course of each hunt, you have an opportunity to change to another field at any of the three checks, where the hunt stops to give horses and hounds a rest before proceeding to the next line.
How do I know if it is for me and my horse?
- Our self-paced public events where your team follows a plated course with optional jumping are a great way to get to know the beautiful OVH territory. Read about our public events
- Attending our cross-country or trail rides or hunts as a guest (“capping”) is a great way to test the waters. Valid for one year, you can purchase up to 3 caps per year. If you fall in love and want to become a member, we will deduct your capping fees from the membership fee! Note that coaches ride free with one or more students. Read about riding as a guest
- Sign up for our Introduction to Hunting clinic scheduled for August 16 and September 6, 2020. Watch our Facebook page to learn when the details are announced
- Messenger us or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to answer any questions and get you in contact with seasoned OVH members.
- The membership page provides you with the information on joining the hunt, whether as an adult member, an intermediate member, or as a member of our fabulous junior program.