We take a safety-first approach to all OVH activities and juniors are no exception! They should wear proper safety helmets and be on ponies/horses they can control. Juniors who can go at the pace set by the Fieldmaster, and jump whatever he/she jumps, may hunt up with the adults.

Like the adults, both children and their mounts should be neat and clean. Correct attire for children under 16 is beige jodhpurs and paddock boots with a tweed jacket.

Our Junior Program aims to educate and instruct young people in the “ways of hunting”. A fund has been established by a generous donation from two Ottawa Valley Hunt members. The fund will cover hunt membership fees for one year and certain other expenses. Eventually, it is hoped that some of these young people will represent the Ottawa Valley Hunt at various hunt events, as appropriate for the age and ability.

Applicants must be:


No older than eighteen years old (as of January 1 of the current year).


Competent riders with access to a horse or a pony,


Committed to learning about the sport of hunting.

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Hunting terminology.
  • Turnout and etiquette in the field.
  • Responsibilities of the Hunt Staff including the Huntsman, the Whips and the Field Master.
  • The art of drag laying and land usage.
  • Hound and kennel management

Selection of candidates will be made by a small committee including the Joint Masters, the Huntsman and the Youth Coordinator.

Waiver must be signed. If the rider is under 18, a parent must sign the waiver. For more information please contact: gritsmcmullen@gmail.com


Apply for Junior program

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