Endurance riding was introduced by Wendell T. Robie. The idea was to have a sport that involved rapport with one's horse; companionship on a trail; and the opportunity to share the incomparable scenery of the territory. The very first endurance ride was named the 100 Mile Telvis Cup, and due to it's success, 3 endurance organizations were soon created. Endurance riding soon became a sport practiced by equestrian riders all over the world.
In 1968, Nancy Beacon, Di Regandaz, and Di Lindblad formed the Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association (OCTRA). OCTRA was formed after three founding rides. The first was in 1967 when Di Linblad's Rockwood Trail Riders put on a competitive ride. Following this ride, Nancy Beacon hosted a 30 mile competitive ride in Flesherton from Best's Stable. The final founding ride was held by The Riding Canucks. This was a 50 mile Endurance Ride that was open to everyone. It began at Old Markham Fairgrounds in Markham Ontario, and ended in the Rouge Valley. Only one horse failed to complete the ride.
Since its founding in 1968, OCTRA has grown to over 300 members in Ontario and Easter Quebec, and offers over a dozen competitions. To find out more about how to join. Visit OCTRA's website at http://www.octra.on.ca.
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