April 12, 2022 (Aurora, ON) – As the recognized Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for equestrian, Ontario Equestrian (OE) has received funding from the Provincial Government in an effort to stabilize sport and recreation due to the negative impact left by COVID-19.
“Ontario’s sport and recreation sector was among the first and hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI). Each recognized PSO received a grant to assist their member clubs.
“This funding will help community-based sports organizations get back on their feet, so they can continue to support the social, physical, emotional and economic well-being of communities across the province,” said Finance Minister, Peter Bethlenfalvy.
The full news release from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries can be found here.
OE’s Ministry-approved plan to release this support will be as follows:
Who is eligible:
- Member Ontario Riding Stables who have three or more active school horses/ponies;
- At least one EC NCCP certified coach; and
- Currently delivering riding programs
How to apply: Be a 2022 OE Member Stable and complete the funding application below.
OE Member Stable Application: OE Stable Application
Funding Application Form: Funding Application (Applications now closed)
Application Deadline: Monday May 2, 2022 by 4:00 PM E.T.
“Through the For the Herd Campaign that raised $220,000, the $3M Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Equine Hardship Fund and now this additional $250,000 MHSTCI support, Ontario Equestrian has worked diligently to secure any and all available assistance for the equestrian community. We would like to thank MHSTCI for recognizing the long road to recovery with this much needed support.” commented Danielle Glanc, OE President.
We are proud of the Ontario equestrian community for coming together and turning to OE for support and guidance. By working together, we became stronger, and our ask for further support was heard. Any further questions about the funding process can be directed to Tracey McCague-McElrea, Executive Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org.