The Ontario horse racing and breeding industry is a vital part of Ontario’s lifestyle, heritage and agricultural economy. A significant economic contributor the horse racing and breeding industry provides more than 60,000 jobs with $1.6 billion in wages and salaries. More than $2 billion in annual expenditures by people and businesses involved in the industry, horse racing and breeding is one of Ontario’s top agricultural industries in the province and it’s link to the rural communities is substantive, and is the backbone of many rural economies across the province.
Formed in 1994, OHRIA is a non-profit organization and the OHRIA Board consists of eight Directors each representing a segment of the overall industry and each allowed one vote at OHRIA Board of Directors meetings. The segments include:
Standardbred Horsemen Groups
Quarter Horse Racing Horsemen
Not-For Profit Race Tracks
For-Profit Race Tracks
Woodbine Entertainment Group
The member horsemen groups and breeder groups are represented by their elected group Presidents. The three Standardbred horsemen groups who are members of OHRIA, annually nominate and elect a Director to represent them on the OHRIA Board. The Not-for Profit racetracks who are members of OHRIA and the For-Profit Racetracks each nominate and elect a Director annually who represents them on the OHRIA Board.