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Ottawa Valley Hunt Festival

Friday, October 20, 2023 to Sunday, October 22, 2023
Additional Info:
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only


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Ottawa Valley Hunt 150th Anniversary Festival


Guest Huntsman and Hound Pack


Pat van Esch-Dussault, MFH


Wellington-Waterloo Hunt



    Registration Package

Ottawa Valley Hunt 150th Anniversary Celebration

Registration Package Eglinton and Caledon Hunt

Limited Spaces Available!! ( MFHA supporting members only may ride)


Dear Masters, members and supporters,

The Joint Masters of the Ottawa Valley Hunt cordially invite you to join them for their upcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration. Four fabulous days beginning the evening of Thursday the 19th of October until Sunday the 22nd of October.

The Anniversary Festival will be hosted at the Ottawa Valley Hunt kennels with the hunts leaving from this location. Stabling and accommodations will be close to the festivities. The extravaganza will start with most guests arriving on Thursday the 19th of October. All visiting horses will be stabled at Wesley Clover Equestrian Park, one of Ottawa’s best Equestrian Facilities. Once horses are settled and hunt enthusiast have checked into their respective motels the President’s Meet n Greet will be hosted by the President of the Ottawa Valley Hunt, Mr. Doug Menzies and his wife Ms. Norma White. This will take place at the kennel under the big top from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday morning will begin with registered hunt enthusiasts and their guest(s) arriving at the kennel at 9:45 a.m. A parade of Special Guests, Masters, and staff will begin at 10:10 a.m. followed by announcements for the day. All riders must be mounted by this time.  Stirrup cup will commence at 10:30 a.m. Hounds will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. and will leave from the kennel. An Ottawa Valley style hunt breakfast will follow at 2:00 p.m. Please relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hunt people for as long as you wish. Cash bar will be open.

Saturday will be a day of rest for horses and will give guests a chance to explore the many sights and sounds of the Ottawa Valley and of course our capital city. The area is full of great wineries; restaurants;  pubs; spas and unique boutiques. The Tommy Cavanagh Memorial 150th Gala with our Ottawa Valley theme of ‘Denim and Diamonds’ will begin with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. The evening feast will include special presentations; fabulous draws; a live auction and of course dancing and a Cash Bar. The night will wrap up under the stars!!

Sunday will begin with registered hunt enthusiasts and their guest(s) arriving at the kennel at 10:00 a.m.  Riders must be mounted by 10:20 a.m. Stirrup cup will commence at 10:30 a.m. Hounds will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. and will leave from the kennel. A scrumptious Hunt Breakfast will follow at 2:00 p.mCash bar will be open. On completion of breakfast welcomed guest will either head home in various directions or travel back with horses to the park and their motels for the night and travel home Monday morning.

The weekend is meant to showcase our love for Riding to Hounds and the success of the Ottawa Valley Hunt in its 150th year. The Ottawa Valley has much to offer for people of all ages, so why not join us in hunting this beautiful part of the world and celebrating the magic that is The Hound!!


Jamie Hughes, MFH      Chair 150th Anniversary Committee


Ottawa Valley 150th Anniversary Registration Form 2023

(This form must be completely filled out and returned with payment and a properly signed waiver of Liability in order to be considered a reservation) (Please check events you will be attending)




Thursday, October 19th    Meet n Greet   Hunt Kennels                  0.00     _______


Friday, October 20Th          Stirrup Cup/Breakfast/Hunt               100.00     _______

                                                Stirrup Cup/Breakfast                           60.00     _______


Saturday, October 21st     Tommy Cavanagh Memorial Gala     100.00    _______


Sunday, October 22nd        Stirrup Cup/Breakfast/Hunt               100.00    _______

                                                Stirrup Cup/ Breakfast                           60.00    _______


Bonus Deal                     Stirrup Cup/Breakfast/Hunt

                                                (October 20th and October 22nd)        175.00   ______

            (Non MFHA supporters who wish to ride add )                 150.00   ______


Total Amount Enclosed:                                 __________


Please e-transfer to or make cheque payable to Ottawa Valley Hunt. Send registration and waiver through email or Canada Post to Jamie Hughes, 8935 Abb Road, Ashton Ontario K0A 1B0

Name: _____________________    Email:  ______________________________

Address:  ___________________________   Phone:  ______________________

Hunt Membership with:   _________________________________________








Ottawa Valley 150th Anniversary Celebration

Room Accommodations

(reserve before September 1st, for this rate)


The following hotels have given special rates for our festival and twenty rooms are booked at each one with a combination of queen and king size beds. Book early and make sure you mention Ottawa Valley Hunt Anniversary to get your special rate.

Comfort Inn & Suites       (20 min from horse park,  10 min from OVH clubhouse)

355 McNeely Avenue

Carleton Place, Ontario

613 216 0079

group account:  4575412

Rates:            HNK – 1 King Bed, No smoking                                     179.00

                        NQQ – 2 Queen Beds, No smoking                              179.00


Hyatt Place Ottawa West  (5 min from Horse Park –20 min from OVH Clubhouse)

300 Moodie Drive

Ottawa, On

K2H 9G1

343 644 5233

Booking Number:  305055421


Rates:            Guestrooms            King bed, standard                                   180.00

                                                            2 Queen Beds, standard                         190.00







The OVH is excited to announce that Wesley Clover Parks, a world class equestrian center, will be stabling all the horses participating in the OVH 150th celebration. Here is the information you should know:

Facility Name:  Wesley Clover Parks

Facility Address:  401 Corkstown Road, Nepean, ON  K2H 8T1 (Only 20 minutes away from the OVH Clubhouse)

Stabling Area Access:  Access to the stabling area is EAST of Wesley Clover’s main gates.

Stabling Cost

The cost is $260.00 for the event.


What is included in the stabling cost:

  • Arrival date of Thursday October 19, 2023 and departure date of Sunday October 22, 2023.For those that require an earlier arrival date of Wednesday October 18, 2023 and/or a latter departure date of Monday October 23, there is no extra cost for those additional dates.
  • 12x12 large stall
  • 2 Bags of Shavings.(Any shavings needed beyond this are priced at $10.00 per bag.)
  • Wash Stall
  • Security
  • Horse Checks (if there is an issue, immediate call to owner)
  • Water Supply
  • Washroom Facilities for Guests
  • Trailer Parking


Stabling Registration

Registration for stabling will be done on-line.  Please access the on-line registration by going to the following website/link:

Additional enquires about stabling, please contact Wesley Clover Parks directly at:  or 613. 271.5452, extension 2212.



Horses attending must have been administered Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes Virus (1&4) vaccinations within 6 months (+21 days grace period) before arrival at the event. No horse shall receive vaccination within 7 days prior to arrival at the event. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be asked to leave the event site. The frequency of vaccine administration should be as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer or veterinarian. It is recommended that vaccines be administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian. In the case of a horse that is unable to receive either of the vaccines, a letter from a veterinarian on official letterhead must be provided, stating the horse cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns.


Don’t forget to bring:

Guests are responsible for feeding and watering their own horses as well as mucking out stalls. So don’t forget to bring …

  • Feed buckets
  • Water buckets
  • Clips/Zip Ties to attach buckets in stall
  • Muck rake
  • Muck bucket
  • Bedding
  • Horse feed & hay
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Info sheet of horse’s name and owner name/contact information to be adhered to stall door for emergencies.


Other Information:

Braiders are available for those that would like their horse braided. 

Contact:  or 613. 271.5452, extension 2212.


Additional shavings or hay

Contact:  or 613. 271.5452, extension 2212.


Nearby Tack Shop

Visions Saddlery, 2130 Robertson Road, Unit 4. Ottawa, ON K2H5Z1 (613) 828.8787


Vet Contact:   Rideau – St. Lawrence Vet Services  613 258 2777


Farrier Contact:  Mark Struthers, Synergy Farm & Forge:  613.229.4826


OVH Horse Stabling Contact:  Rayne Dubois:  Cell: 613.581.3553





Ottawa Valley Hunt

Agreement for Release and Waiver of Liability


I request permission to participate in cross-country riding and foxhunting with the Ottawa Valley Hunt.  I fully understand that cross-country horseback riding and foxhunting (which includes riding over fences, other obstacles, and dangerous and rough terrain) are very dangerous activities.  I wish to participate in these activities knowing they are dangerous.  I accept and assume all the risks of injury (including death) to me or guardians and legal representatives.  I release and agree not to make or bring any claim of any kind against Ottawa Valley Hunt or it’s Masters, officers, directors, members, employees,  or any landowners, landholders or other persons making property available for the Ottawa Hunt Club, for injury (including death), to me or any damage to my property arising out of my participation in these dangerous horseback riding, foxhunting or related activities: and I also agree if anyone makes any claims because of any injury to me (including death) or for any damage to my property, I will keep all those released by this agreement free of any damages or costs because of those claims.


Participant’s Name:    _______________________________________


Participant’s Signature:           _______________________________________


Parent/Guardian:                     _______________________________________

(required if a minor)

Signature:                                _______________________________________

Address:                                  _______________________________________

Phone Number(s):                   _______________________________________


Emergency Contact:   ______________________________________


Please return to                       Jamie Hughes, chair                                                                                                                         Ottawa Valley Hunt

                                                8935 Abb Road,

                                                Ashton, On K0A 1B0


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