The Ottawa Valley Hunt’s (OVH) Junior Program educates those 18 and younger in the ways of hunting.


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

OVH Juniors have fun!

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 3 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).

  • 3rd field (hilltoppers): walk – trot.
  • 2nd field: walk-trot-canter and optional jumping.
  • 1st field: walk-trot-canter-gallop and riders should be prepared to jump although it is always optional.
Why hunt?
  • 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

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
  • Selection of candidates will be made by a small committee including the master/join masters, the huntsman and the youth coordinator.

    Waiver must be signed. If the rider is under 18, a parent must sign the waiver. For more information, please contact 

    Junior program application form