As a result of the continuously evolving situation with COVID-19, please ensure to check horse show venue programs and schedules for final details around OHJA programs as dates as subject to change.
This year's FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC), formerly known as the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, is the premiere equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14 - 21.
Young equestrians vie for team and individual medals in the FEI disciplines of dressage, endurance, eventing, jumping, para-dressage and reining.
August 10th – 15th, 2021
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Traverse City, Michigan
Please visit www.usef.org/events/youth-championships for information, criteria and forms.
This is not an OHJA program and all information here is for informational purposes for our members who may want to participate.
Any questions should be submitted to EQUESTRIAN CANADA- PROGRAM COORDINATOR, JUMPING firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning in 2021, the OHJA is proud to continue to offer the Travel Grant Program.
This grant is to provide provincially targeted athletes with travel assistance towards participation in national and/ or high level sporting events. In order to be eligible for the Grant athlete must meet the following criteria:
- Athlete must be a current OHJA member competing at gold level competitions.
- The athlete must be a resident of Ontario or representing Ontario.
- Athlete must be under twenty five years of age as of January 1st of the current year.
- Horse and rider must attend the eligible competition to which the assistance will be provided.
- Only one grant per athlete per year
- Value not to exceed $1000. Dollars - Exception Ontario Regional CET winner.
The above are guidelines for the distribution of funds collected on behalf of athletes under the age of twenty-five (“young riders”). The allocation of funds will depend on the amount and availability in the current year. Funds may be rolled over to the following year and/or allocated to other programs for athletes under the age of twenty-five, at the discretion of the OHJA Board.
The OHJA board decision shall be final.
- FEI Children’s Finals
- North American Youth Championship: either Junior or Under 21.
- Jump Canada <25 program Canadian Finals (RAWF) or American Finals – top five that qualify from Ontario CET Regional Final Winners.
Applications must be made in writing to the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association:
150 First Street, Box 21026, Orangeville, Ont. L9W 4S7
- Applications must be submitted by December 1st of the current year, stating name, address, and competition name, date, and location.
Nominees must have demonstrated a history of Sportsmanship by consistently respecting competitions, athletes, coaches and officials while giving back to the equestrian sport and the overall community. The Sportsmanship award will be given to the individual who participates with integrity and respect for both the equine athlete and others across all endeavours.
Please submit a one page reference letter highlighting the individual and the reasons why you feel the candidate should receive the 2021 OHJA Sportsmanship Award. Keeping in mind the following criteria:
- Respectful to all – including all riders, coaches, horses, spectators, and organizers.
- Demonstrates respect by addressing their fellow competitors during competition and thanking them for a class regardless of outcome.
- Respectful to the equine athlete putting their well-being first.
- Displays appreciation for superior performance – exercises self-control and reflects positively upon themselves, and their peers.
- Being a good role model by inspiring and engaging others around them.
- Exemplifies qualities of fair play and good sportsmanship.
- Demonstrates expertise, experience and leadership.
- Commitment to the overall community and its programs within the equestrian industry.
- Must be a current OHJA Member.
Respect for competitions including riders, coaches, spectators, sponsors and
Integrity demonstrating as a whole, the ethics and values that promote confidence
Determination and self-awareness in order to set personal goals while advocating
Encourage others around them to do their personal best regardless of the outcome.
The winner of the 2021 OHJA Sportsmanship Award will be presented at the 2021 OHJA Awards Banquet held inNovember. The deadline for nominations will be November 1, 2021. Nomination period to be considered is April 25, 2021 through to November 1, 2021.
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