Helen McMaster

To all of you who knew and loved Helen McMaster, there will be a celebration of life on August 22 at their home in Belleville.

It is from 1:30 - 5:00 pm. The address is 20 Parkwood Drive Belleville On. The phone number is 619-966-0978. Please come if you can to support Larry, Dawn, and Michael.

It will be an informal gathering to drop by and share memories of Helen.

- Roxanna Mollohan


Flesherton ride results have been posted.

Search Function is Back for Horses and Riders

I had some trouble getting the search function working for the Mileage Programme, which I know has been frustrating for some of you. But it is fully restored now. To search for a horse or rider, go to the Awards and Rankings tab, then to Mileage Programme. There are search forms on that page.

I've also tried to clean up some of the data display to make it easier to read. As always, you can email corrections or suggestions to webmaster@octra.on.ca.

Ride Results and Rankings Updated

The ride results and year end rankings for disciplines and breed awards have all been updated. There were a number of corrections to be made, so it's possible that I could have missed something. Please check your results and let me know if there are any issues.

email corrections to Deanna at webmaster@octra.on.ca

OCTRA Logo Contest

OCTRA is in need of a new symbol to represent our membership and our sport. The current logo is an expensive and difficult one to work with on awards, on-line and on various association documents due to the amount of detail. This also makes it difficult to scale the logo to different sizes and so on smaller trophies and prizes the detail is lost. As this logo basically represents all of us, having a new logo created by one or more of our membership would increase the meaning to each of us today and into the future.

The Pulse

Sarah Cuthbertson has decided to step down from the position of Pulse Editor after years of keeping our membership informed of all our comings and goings and items of interest to all. The Board and the entire membership thank Sarah for her contributions and wish her the best in her future endeavours. Thank you Sarah!

Helen McMaster

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Helen McMaster this morning at home. She was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago. On May 29th her horse Magic was trailered to their home in Belleville and my sisters and I had a great visit with Helen and Larry and their family as Magic wandered around their back yard. We have spent many hours riding together over the years dating back to the 1960's or just talking horses for hours.

Endurance Canda Meeting April 23

We are trying to communicate more effectively across Canada. So Endurance Canada will from now on be releasing a condensed version of our meetings for all to read. Deborah McBride and Bob Gielen are you Ontario Reps. We appreciate all input from our members. We are representing OCTRA!

In attendance: Wendy MacCoubrey, DianeTrundle, Terre O’Brennan, Elaine Bessuille, Deb McBride, Sylvie Gillies, Angela Lavallee, Wendy Gayfer
Apologies: Lynn Wallden, Bob Gielen, Daphne Richard, Colleen DeVry, Jaye Yavis


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.


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