Ride Of Canadians


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Ready for an adventure?     The "locals" took Connie out and showed her some more trails that she can incorporate into her ride.  You thought you saw some great views last year, look out for 2017!  I hope you can do more than just one day of riding.   Remember the trails take you away from camp so the control checks are all out of camp.  I have given you a few links on the front page telling you how to prepare for these kinds of control checks.  There will be someone that can take your supplies out to the control checks. 

We will have the Pioneer Rides once again this year and we are working on some fabulous prizes.  Oh, of course we will have the Set Speed Rides, and if you have another type of ride that you would like to see email Connie at connie.rawski@gmail.com to let her know!

This long distance ride is set in the rugged Canadian Shield of the Madawaska Highlands of the Ottawa Valley, where there are thousands of untamed acres of forest and wildlife.  The trails may be old settler riding trails, abandoned logging roads and some new well used ATV trails, so you will have decent footing as you cross clear fast flowing streams.   Take a moment and watch the fish play, as your horse drinks as you cross the stream.  You will be riding through the rolling hills of the Highlands with some spectacular views!  Be sure to sing loudly or wear a bell to let the bear or moose know that you are riding through!

When:  July 21, 22, 23 of 2017.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday  are the days you will be riding.

What:  This is a 3-day Endurance Pioneer Ride sanctioned by AERC, AHA and OCTRA.  Mileage is 55, 50, 50 miles.  There is also  25 and 30 ++  miles and a separate 12 and 14++ mile Set Speed Rides, sanctioned by OCTRA over the three days.

How Do You Sign UP?   We would like you to enter online.  Be sure to go to the Entries section of this website.  But if you can't sign up online, mail your entries to the ride secretary: Deb McBride at 4557 Wilmot Easthope Road, New Hamburg, Ontario N3A 3S8,  call

519-588-5242.  Make the cheques out to Connie Rawski.

The deadline for receiving mailed in entries will be June 26th, as there will no one around after that to process your entries  Also, we will be up at the ride site preparing for the big event and we will not have internet service there.  You will have to show up at the ride site with your entry in hand and since you have not pre entered, assume that you are paying a late fee of $25.00.   NOTICE:   You can email your entries and pay electronically  by July 10th.   After that it is a $25 dollar late fee. 

If you sign up for all 3 days in the Pioneer Ride and your horse cannot start day 2 or 3 due to veterinary concerns, yes you will get your money back.  Registration will take place the evening before, as the ride starts at first light and no one will be around, because all of the vet checks are away from camp.

You will be camping for a nominal fee at Red Wolf Retreat, campers with horses will be in a field, but will have all of the amenities of the campground available to them.  Fishing in the  trout pond, and your catch will be filleted and wrapped in foil to be cooked by you at the camp on the BBQ there.  You have use of a shower and toilet amenities. Outhouses will be scattered throughout the camp site. Please contact them to arrange payment and to book your spot.  People have already been calling!  Check out their website at  www.redwolfretreat.ca  or phone 1-613 754-5241.

We will be having a campfire most nights so be sure to bring your guitar, singing voices and stories.

- dogs on leash
- pack out what garbage you bring in
- manure and hay cleaned up before you leave (hay flung in bush/we will spread manure about the field afterwards)
- generators off at 10:00 p.m.
- there has been a fire ban, this may/not be in effect then
- swimming is available
- one shower stall is available
- with intermittent cell service, our home number can be used for EMERGENCY CALLS (613)754-5241

Recommended Hoofware for you horse at the Madawaska Ride.

  • Steel Shoes with Borium and pads.
  • The question you need to ask is how rocky is the ride.  -  rocks scattered through out for the first 15 miles.  You are coming down off of a mountain and there are rocks kicked up by the ATV's through-out the trail. You have numerous deep water crossing too.  You are sometimes riding on logging roads and extra gravel may have been put down, so that the logging trucks don't get stuck.  If your horse needs pads on gravel roads and over rocks, then wear pads.  Your horse has 3 days of this trail. 
  • For the Endurance riders, after the first control check, the next section of trail is sandy, as you make your way down towards the river.
  • Easy boot, Renegades or such tied to your saddle is always a good idea.  Be sure that you know how to put it on and it is fitted for your horse
  • All riders bring an extra set of shoes, or glue on shoes, as you are bound to pull one and the farrier may not be able to get to your horse until that evening. He is hoping to ride 2 days of this trail.  Have extra pads for the shoes too.
  •  If anything, this ride teaches you to "Be Prepared"
  • Pit Crews all checks are out of camp.  Bring everything with you.  Make a list so that you don't forget anything.