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What is Ontario Racing?

What is Ontario Racing?

Ontario Racing (OR) is a newly-created horse racing industry association, and was established to assume many of the functions of the Ontario Horse Racing division of the former Ontario Racing Commission.

Ontario Racing is responsible for directing breed improvement programs, setting an annual program of races and purses, attracting new horse owners, building a fan base and connecting the industry with government and the general public.

OR serves as the voice of the horse racing industry and works closely with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) towards the integration of horse racing into OLG’s gaming strategy.

OR also serves as the Program Administrator for the Standardbred (SIP) and Thoroughbred (TIP) Horse Improvement Programs components of Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program (HIP) as well as the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP).

For more information, contact:

ONTARIO RACING

c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
416 477 5529

Mission, Vision, Objectives

Mission

To promote and further the interests of horse racing in the province by fostering a trusted partnership with government and by championing and advocating for public policy that supports industry self determination and that creates and sustains a vibrant and financially sound horse racing industry.

Vision

Ontario Racing is the customer-focused leader and representative voice of a world class horse racing industry.

Objectives

  1. To promote the horse racing industry as a vital part of Ontario's agricultural, sports, entertainment and gaming sectors.

  2. To educate the public and stakeholders about the financial, employment and community benefits of the horse racing industry.

  3. To advance industry 'self-determination' as the basis for policy development and decision making on important issues that affect the industry.

  4. To be the authoritative voice of horse racing, informing the public policy development and guiding the progressive tactics and strategies of the industry.

  5. To develop the strength, capacity and knowledge to lead the industry and represent the views and diverse needs of all members and segments of the horse racing industry.

  6. To engage and consult broadly to consolidate industry views and perspectives as a basis for guiding beneficial activities, programs and priorities.

  7. To promote best practices in areas of equine welfare and customer service, and to pursue transparency in collecting and sharing data and information about all aspects of horse racing.

  8. Consolidate and administer government and industry programs that benefit the industry.