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Notice to All Voting Members

The QROOI Annual Election Meeting of the members of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (the “Corporation”) will be held at virtually on Sunday October 18th at 1:00 PM, EDT via Microsoft Teams ONLY.

The Nominating Committee wishes to solicit nominations for one President and two Directors, each for a term of three (3) years in order to continue a rotating Board, as provided for in By-law No 1A.

Existing Board Members; President Bob Broadstock, Vice President Chantelle Bourgeois and Director Ralph Pearson, whose term expires in October 2020, have agreed to run for a new 3-year term.  There is an additional vacancy for an additional Director.

James Bogar has one (1) year remaining in his term; Directors Amanda McCormack and Scott Reid each have two (2) years remaining in their term.

Voting members may nominate in writing, additional persons to stand for election. All such nominees must be voting members, qualified to be Directors of the Corporation and provide their consent to stand for election.

The successful eligible members will be appointed as Officers for the aforementioned three (3) year term based on most votes cast by eligible voting members present at the Annual Election Meeting in person or by Proxy.  The Director position that receives the least number of shares will be for a (1) year term.

Nominations whether mailed or delivered in person to the QROOI Head Office at 50 Alexander’s Crossing, Ajax ON, L1Z 2E6 must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday October 1st, 2020.


Notice to the Industry – AGCO License

Notice to the Industry

AGCO License

It is a requirement of the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) that an ownership entity enrolling a horse in the Program or otherwise receiving benefits from the Program must be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Formerly, all licenses expired in March of each racing year, resulting in delays in obtaining license renewals. As a result, QHRIDP participants were granted an extension with respect to this requirement.

Recently the AGCO changed its policy such that individual Quarter Horse licences now expire on the licensee’s birth date.  Licenses can be renewed at any time through the AGCO Head Offi

Accordingly, going forward, the QHRIDP will require that any ownership entity enrolling horses in the Program be licensed as at the date of enrollment.  Horses will not be enrolled until the owner holds a current AGCO license.

For further information, please contact:

Kathie Wilkinson
Program Coordinator
Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program
Ontario Racing

Direct: 416-477-5529


An Ontario PC Government will immediately begin work to bring back the Slots at Racetracks Program

Much-needed support for Ajax Downs 

Today, Rod Phillips announced that an Ontario PC government will immediately begin work to bring back the Slots-at-Racetracks Program (SARP).

“An Ontario PC government is going to work to bring this program back and help quarter horse racing thrive and grow in Durham Region. I have been working with Bob Broadstock and the quarter horse people for months, to find practical, achievable solutions to save the industry here in Durham.

“Quarter horse racing is responsible for 1700 jobs in Durham Region, and the revenue from the slots has helped keep property taxes lower. Without the slots, the Town of Ajax stands to lose $8 million in revenue yearly.

“In 2012, the minority Liberal Government, including Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne and Joe Dickson, passed their budget through the Legislature – which included the decision to kill SARP. Rather than voting against the budget, and stopping the gutting of the horse racing industry, the NDP, led by Andrea Horwath, abstained and propped up the government. In 2015, MPP Joe Dickson, signed a letter supporting the Durham Live proposal.

“The Ontario PCs will launch a working group to consult with the horse racing community and gaming proponents to bring slots back to racetracks as quickly possible.

“Only the Ontario PCs are committed to bringing this important program back. The NDP are waffling and refusing to commit.”


For more information contact | 647 282 2611




By Jennifer Morrison


Ontario Racing has announced an expanded Post Racing Incentive Program for 2017 as part of its Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program, great news for retired racing Quarter Horses at Ajax Downs.

The program, in its eighth year, awards owners of former Ajax Downs racehorses who show their horses competitively in Ontario with an annual monetary bonus; a share of the $20,000 available for participating horses.

For 2017, three new Partnering Associations, Ontario Xtreme Cowboy (OXC), Canadian Dressage Owners and Riders Association (CADORA) and Trillium Hunter Jumper Association (THJA) join five previous partners in the program. Also, the program, formerly available for barrel racing and pole bending events only, has opened up to encompass all classes held by participating Partnering Assciations.

“It is a very, very good program,” said Brad Sinasac, a successful barrel racer from Thameseville, Ontario. “It has created a market for horses at the end of their racing career and has increased their value. I can’t say enough about it.”

When Sinasac, who is a firefighter for Chatham-Kent, heard about the program in its early years, he went looking for his first off-the-track Quarter Horse.

Through one of Ajax Downs’ top trainers, Joe Tavares, Sinasac met Dinozzo, a solid runner with three wins about $30,000 in the bank who was getting ready to race as a 5-year-old in 2014.

“I had been looking for a certain type of body and build and bloodline,” said Sinasac. “Joe said Dinozzo was the horse for me but as he was planning on racing him, he said he was going to be ‘expensive’.”

Following some friendly bargaining, Sinasac bought Dinozzo and the pair have hit it off, taking full advantage of the program; bonus money earned by Dinozzo and Sinasac has already added up to more than the gelding cost to buy.

“We spent a year training him to learn the fundamentals of western riding,” said Sinasac. “We taught him how to stop, how to use his hind end and flex; all the tools needed to turn a barrel.”

Once Sinasac deemed Dinozzo ready to compete in barrel racing events, he enrolled himself and his horse into the Post Racing Incentive Program, a free registration. 

The program works on a points system throughout the show season from events held by one of the eight Partnering Associations. Participating horses receive one point for competing in an event, whether it be a barrel race, hunter class, jumping, dressage, etc. and earn points on a 4-3-1 basis for top three placings.

At the end of the year points are totaled, the $20,000 bonus is divided by the number of points earned by eligible horses and a dollar-per-point value arrived at.  Dollar-per-point value times points earned equals how much a horse earns, up to a $1,500 maximum.

The maximum has been reached several times by participants in recent years and the average payout from the last three years has been $700-$800.

The Partnering Association receives $500 for administration fees if they meet requirements.

Sinasac’s daughter Katie, who is in university, has also enrolled into the program following her purchase of the mare Hot n Dizzy two years ago, from Amber Swatuk. 

“Hot n Dizzy was not a good racehorse,” laughed Sinasac. “We had to go back to zero with her in her training. My daughter learned a lot through all of that.”

The transformation in Hot n Dizzy has been amazing as the once-difficult mare loves her new career as a barrel racer. In 2016, Katie and Hot n Dizzy finished second in the Youth Barrels division for the Ontario Barrel Racing Association and second in the Youth division through the National Barrel Racing Association.

“They have done very well together,” said Sinasac.

Dinozzo, ‘Dino’ is starting his fourth year of barrel racing in 2017 and will be in his second full year of pole bending classes. He won the 3D division for pole bending last year. “He’s a very good horse, he’s fast, has a great mind and is easy to work with.”

You can learn more about the Post Racing Incentive Program and many other programs offered through the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program on this site.


*Associations work with OR to promote the PRB program to membership and public at shows and on their websites.  Associations participating for 2017 (last 3 are new this year)







AGCO – Stakeholder Working Groups

Please see the following attachment for the call for membership memo for these working groups:

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