The Ottawa Valley Hunt’s (OVH) junior program educates those 18 and younger in the ways of hunting.
Hunting is a fun-paced group activity that is non-judged and non-competitive. There is nothing quite like riding across beautiful terrain alongside other riders, smiling and having a blast together. Safety is important, so juniors need a properly-fitted riding helmet and a pony or horse that they can control. Both English and Western tack are acceptable.
With three fields (groups) to choose from, juniors can ride at their pace. They can ride with an adult or go by themselves if they are capable. Everyone rides behind the Fieldmaster who sets the pace for that group. Riders can change groups at breaks (checks).
Walk-trot-canter-gallop and riders should be prepared to jump although it is always optional.
Walk-trot-canter and optional jumping.
Also known as hilltoppers. Walk – trot with no jumping.
We welcome all riding lovers. It’s not about expensive tack, fancy horse or elite riding skills! By joining the OVH Junior Program you can:
- 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
Juniors in the news
- January 31, 2020: Big month for OVH junior Rayne Dubois
- November 11, 2019: Connor Aubichon – Our OVH junior at the NA Championships
- November 7, 2019: OVH junior Rayne Dubois wins the CET medal class at the Royal
Applying to the junior program
Selection of candidates will be made by a small committee including the master/join masters, the huntsman and the youth coordinator.
A parent must sign the waiver. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to apply to the Junior Program, applicants must be:
No older than eighteen years old (as of January 1 of the current year).
Competent riders with access to a horse or a pony.
Committed to learning about the sport of hunting.
The program will cover topics such as:
- Hunting terminology
- Turnout and etiquette in the field
- Responsibilities of the hunt staff including the huntsman, the whips and the field master
- The art of drag laying and land usage
- Hound and kennel management