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The Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) was built on the framework outlined in the Quarter Horse Industry Development Plan. The Plan is a multi-year strategy to build a strong sustainable Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario. The incentives and program elements have been developed (and are continuing to be developed) as part of the Ontario Quarter Horse Development Program and are targeted to meet the identified goals and objectives of the Plan – Breeding, Racing and Industry Development.

There are three key components to QHRIDP:

  1. Breeding Program
  2. Racing Program
  3. Industry Development


Notice to the Industry - 2018 Mare Incentive Program

Notice to the Industry - 2018-19 Quarter Horse Program Approved

*Stallion owners are advised of a change in the due date for enrolling a Stallion in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program:

Notice to the Industry – Stallion Late Fees Introduced


Detailed information and the rules surrounding the various program components are provided in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program Criteria Book which is published annually. It is the responsibility of all participants to make themselves aware of the eligibility requirements and the various opportunities under the Program.

2017 QHRIDP Program Criteria Book


All participants wishing to enrol mares, stallions or racehorses in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program must hold a current Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) licence. Contact the AGCO 416-326-8700 or 1-800-522-2876 or by email at [email protected] or online at

Program Registry

Any person who wants to enter a horse or receive benefits from the Program (e.g. owners, breeders) must enrol annually in the Program Registry.

To receive benefits from the Program for which a horse may be eligible, the horse must be enrolled in the Program Registry.  This applies to any horse that will be racing in the current year or has the potential to race in the future.  Once a racehorse has been recorded with the Program, renewal is not required on an annual basis. Broodmares and Stallions however, must be accredited annually (see “Ontario Stallion Accreditation” and “Ontario Broodmare Accreditation”).

How to Enroll (Information Sheet)
Application to Record an Owner, Lessee or Group
Change of Contact Information Form

Submission of Forms

Forms should be submitted with all required payments to:

Ontario Racing
400 - 10 Carlson Court
Toronto ON M9W 6L2
Attention: Quarter Horse Program

Key Dates

Stallion Accreditation January 15
Owner/Lessee and Breeders Annual Program Registry Enrolment March 1
Deadline to renew Ontario Accredited Broodmare status March 1
Stallion Breeding Reports due November 30
Ontario Broodmare Resident in Ontario 270 days surrounding Date-of-Foaling
Ontario Broodmare Accreditation Prior to Date-of-Foaling



Ontario Stallion Accreditation

Stallions must be accredited every year for their progeny to receive benefit for being Ontario Sired and for the stallion owner to receive benefit from Stallion Awards.

2018 Application to Accredit An Ontario Stallion

The list of Ontario Accredited Stallions will be updated periodically with the additions of new stallions. Please note that the Program makes no assurances that the stallions enrolled in the Program are DNA Typed for the purposes of Parent Verification.

List of Accredited Stallions, as of January 17, 2018

Ontario Broodmare Accreditation

Broodmares must be accredited every year for their progeny to receive benefit for being Ontario Bred and for the mare owner to receive benefit from Breeders’ Awards.

2018 Application to Accredit a Broodmare
Broodmare Report, as of  May 11, 2017


For 2018, a Mare Breeding Incentive Program is being introduced.  Full details will be available in the 2018 Criteria Book.

Mare Breeding Incentive Application

Enhanced Breeders Awards

The QHRIDP will receive an additional $6,000,000 from the Ontario government over the five-year period 2014-2018; $2 million in 2014 and $1 million in each of 2015-2018.

2017 Quarter Horse Stallion Awards
2017 Quarter Horse Breeders' Award Recipients


Stakes Program

The Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, Inc. (QROOI)’s Stakes Program Guide is available to view and download at under the "Stakes Program" menu.

View the full 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes Quarter Horse Schedule

Recognized Ontario Foaled, Ontario Bred, and Ontario Sired Horses

Racehorses, or those with potential to race in the future, are recorded in the Progrram Registry as Ontario Foaled, Ontario Bred, Ontario Sired or any combination. The record for that horse indicates its status which remains with the horse for life and no further application is necessary for racing purposes. 

Application to Record a Horse or Foal

The Program Registry recognizes the following horses as Ontario Bred, Ontario Foaled and/or Ontario Sired for the purposes of competing in races with these conditions, or for benefiting from programs under the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program.

List of Accredited Horses, as of August 2, 2017

Ontario Quarter Horse Breeders and Trainers

A listing of local Quarter Horse breeders and trainers has been published to improve access to services and horses in Ontario’s Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry.  Any Quarter Horse breeder or trainer can be included on this list by filling out the Authorization form below and forwarding it to the Program Administrator.

Breeders and Trainers in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry
Participant Authorization Form

Third-Start Bonus

A bonus of $1,000 will be paid to the trainer of record following the third start for a Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs in 2017 that has never made a start in Ontario.

Trainers must submit a 2017 Third-Start Bonus Application form for each eligible horse to the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI) along with documented proof of the horse’s three starts.

Should a horse be scratched prior to or not finish a race, that race will not be bonus-eligible. Cheques will be issued in July, September and November.

Third-Start Bonus Application Form


Post Racing Incentive Program

The Post Racing Incentive Program provides added value for horses who have raced in Ontario at Ajax Downs or Fort Erie Race Track, by creating an incentive for people to buy racehorses at the end of their racing career and re-train them for use in horse sport.  Horses registered in the program and competing in events held by Partner Associations at selected venues are eligible for a points-based share of a $20,000 Post Racing Bonus.

Post Racing Bonus Application Form
Post Racing Bonus Supplementary Participation History
Post Racing Bonus Brochure
2017 Post Racing Bonus Payout

Post Racing Bonus Program - Event Sponsors

Ontario Barrel Racing Association
Contact: Liz Woods
[email protected]

National Barrel Horse Association Canada
Contact: Shelby McEachern
[email protected]

Midwestern Horseman's Society
Contact: Shelley Thomson
[email protected]

North River Riders Club
Contact: Crista Farrington
[email protected]

Ontario Quarter Horse Association
Contact: Sherill Tisdale [email protected]
Contact: Suzanne Pickard [email protected]

Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association
Contact: Mary McCarthy
[email protected]

Trillium Hunter Jumper Association
Contact: Martha Worts
[email protected]
Ontario Xtreme Cowboy
Contact: Lantz McLaren
[email protected]