Two Cooperative Circuits
There are two independent yet cooperative hunter jumper horse show circuits in the Ottawa area ~ The OVPSC (Ottawa Valley Primary Show Circuit) and EOTC (Eastern Ontario Trillium Circuit). The Bronze or Primary Circuit is where both horses and riders can learn to compete. Classes and divisions encourage gaining experience and learning. Judging criteria in the introductory divisions are flexible to allow those at the ‘shallow end’ of their career to be successful while working to achieve their goals. The more advanced classes help prepare competitors to move up to the next level, the Silver or Trillium Circuit. New Bronze classes have been introduced this year, specifically to help riders and horses test the waters of this next level up.
The Trillium Circuit is a provincial circuit. There are seven Trillium zones across Ontario. At the end of the regular show season, the top 7 competitors from all the core Trillium divisions across those s zones meet at the Trillium Championships held at the North Caledon Equestrian Park, in 2015, from September 2 – 6. The Trillium Circuit can be a stepping stone to the ‘A’ circuit but ‘A’ shows are multi-day events at greater cost and require competitors to travel with the added expense of accommodation, meals and stabling. Many riders can stay at the Trillium level but continue to progress by moving up the divisions or changing horses.
Both circuits are sanctioned by Equine Canada (EC) and follow EC rules. Competitors and horse owners must be members of both EC and the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF) but membership in the organizations provides many benefits including $5,000,000 liability insurance from your OEF membership to the guarantee of EC accredited officials at both level of horse show. Having accredited judges, course designers and stewards gives competitors and their families confidence that national standards are being adhered to, and that officials have earned their license from the national sport body and follow their guidelines for the benefit and safety of the athletes.
The executive committee of the Bronze and Silver circuits work together to coordinate medic services at all the shows that exceed the standards required by EC.
The two circuits have worked successfully together over the long term with many facilities holding Bronze and Silver shows together on the same weekend. This allows coaches to bring students of both levels to one venue and it encourages the more novice competitors to watch and learn from those more experienced. Together, they provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere for equestrian athletes to learn about competitive progression and refine their skills based on a consistent set of standards and rules.