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A technical glitch has forced us to do an emergency rebuild of the OCTRA website. It's quite a large site, and the various features will be returned in stages. The site is maintained by volunteers, so we really appreciate your patience through all this.

Square Reader – Credit card payments for Ride managers, coaches, or anyone who might want to take payments “off the grid”

I have noticed in the past year or so that more ride managers are starting to offer digital payments for rides. These have included e-transfers in advance up to PayPal purchases on the ride website. Since I have spent the last year building my small business to fundraise for the Mongol Derby, I thought I should share one of my favorite findings with ride managers, and really anyone who sells things away from your standard brick and mortar store.

Looking for caged stirrups for english leathers

If anyone has a pair of caged stirrups for english leathers for sale, please send me an email at velmaboo@hotmail.com with pictures, price and location. Thanks, Richelle

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25/04/2015 (3 days)

THE AL KHAMSA ARABIAN

By Bob Coleman

Some of you may have noticed that the Breed Award for High Point Egyptian Arabian has been changed for 2014 to be High Point Al Khamsa Arabian. This seems to have caused some confusion with some of the membership as the term Al Khamsa is not well known to many Arabian owners. With this article I hope to be able to clarify the terminology.

Esau Lewin

A very sad announcement for all of us. Esau Lewin passed away on Saturday. Esau was one of our core volunteers, and was a genuinely kind, cheerful, and gracious man. He has served as OCTRA president, ride manager, head of the Canadian Championships OC, trailmaster, and in many other ways. He will be greatly missed.

Services will be at:
Drury Funeral Centre
519 Victoria Street East
Alliston, ON

AGM Resolutions

By now you should have received you AGM Notice in the mail. There is a link, in that letter pointing to the resolutions but if you're like me, you can't find it when you want it.

So here it is for your reference:
http://www.octra.on.ca/agm/

Keep warm,
Doug.

Award Nominations

Here is a list of the Nominees for 2014 Awards

Rookie Worker
Sharon Anderegg
Peter Cadoret
Veronica Canadien
Pat Rice-Kuffner
Kelsa Staffa

Pit Crew of the Year
Nancy, Mykala, Monica Schjott, and Janet McDaniel
Red Shirts (Brenda Harrison's crew)
Charlotte Tremblay

Junior Horsemanship/Sportsmanship
Hailey Crockett
Stephanie McLeod
Charlotte Tremblay

Banquet Tickets

Remember to buy your OCTRA Awards Banquet tickets soon!!!

We must have the numbers in to the hotel in advance. The final deadline for tickets is February 13.

Pay online here: http://octra.on.ca/node/32

Or mail your payment to the OCTRA treasurer...
Michelle Bignell
805 Carmel Line
R.R.#2
Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0

OCTRA Riders Ranking Worldwide

Congratulations to OCTRA’s top three riders in the international FEI Rankings:
Wendy Maccoubrey – Ranked 58th overall, Top Canadian with 455 points
Leah Jansen Van Doorn – Ranked 199th overall, 4th Canadian with 265 points
Dessia Miller – Ranked 218th overall, 5th Canadian with 257 points
We are very proud of you!

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MASTERFEEDS CHALLENGE On the trail to the 2015 FEI Pan American Endurance Championship

Written by Sharon Andreegg

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