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Quarter Horse Program

Quarter Horse Program

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


Upcoming Deadlines

October 29 - Third Start Bonus due to QROOI
November 6 - Breeders and Stallion owners to be enrolled in the Program and AGCO licensed
- Mare Breeding Incentive applications due to Ontario Racing
November 30 - Stallion reports due to Ontario Racing

Notice to the Industry - Upcoming Deadlines

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.

2018 QHRIDP Program Criteria Book


All participants wishing to enroll mares, stallions or racehorses in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program must hold a current Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) license. Contact the AGCO 416-326-0863 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 enroll annually in the Program Registry.

To receive benefits from the Program, a 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
Quarter Horse Program
Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160 Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

Key Dates

Stallion Accreditation January 15
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 Parentage Verification.

List of Accredited Stallions, as of October 11, 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 October 15, 2018


In 2018, a Mare Breeding Incentive Program is offered to encourage the breeding of racing Quarter Horses in Ontario and increase the future racing population.  Full details will be available in the 2018 Criteria Book.

To be eligible:

* Mare must have been enrolled previously in the QHRIDP or raced at Ajax Downs in 2017 or 2016
* Owner must be enrolled in the Program
* An Application must be made
* Mare must be enrolled in the Program at time of Application for Incentive
* A veterinarian's certificate must be provided showing mare is in foal 60 days or more post breeding

The incentive will be paid to the owner of the mare at time of breeding. That person or entity must be enrolled in the Program. If the mare's ownership changes, it is the responsibility of the owner at time of breeding to make an application, and provide proof of the mare being in foal 60 days or more post breeding. Applications are due no later than 15 days after the last day of racing. Applications will be approved at the discretion of the Program Administrator.  

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 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes Quarter Horse Schedule

QROOI 2018 Stakes Program Guide

Recognized Ontario Foaled, Ontario Bred, and Ontario Sired Horses

Racehorses, or those with potential to race in the future, are recorded in the Program 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 September 10, 2018

This report now includes only active racehorses. For a full report, please contact the Ontario Racing office.

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 (Updated January 25, 2018)
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 2018 that has never made a start in Ontario.

Trainers must submit a 2018 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 count towards bonus eligibility for that horse.

The payment per trainer will be capped at $10,000. The Third Start Bonus will be paid out twice, with applications due to QROOI August 15, and seven days after the last day of racing.

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 - 2018
2017 Post Racing Bonus Payout


Due to the mail strike that has caused considerable delay in mail delivery, the deadline for Post Racing Bonus applications has been extended to November 30.  We ask that if you are sending your applications to your associations for verification, or sending to Ontario Racing, please do not mail them at this point.  Please send by fax, email as a .pdf, or courier service, to ensure delivery on time.
Fax:  416-477-5499
Email:  [email protected]
Courier address:              
Ontario Racing
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park – Security office
9430 Guelph Line
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0

Post Racing Bonus Program - Event Sponsors

Ontario Barrel Racing Association
Contact: Haley Phenix

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]om

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

Trillium Hunter Jumper Association
Contact: Martha Worts
[email protected]
Ontario Xtreme Cowboy
Contact: Chuck Ornstein
[email protected]

Windsor Essex - CADORA
Contact: Mayr McCarthy
[email protected]