First Safe Strides


First Safe Strides is a new OEF program that focuses on providing support and advice to fair boards to help design and implement safe horse shows. The program is a resource for horse show organizers to assist in developing competitions that adhere to national safety and procedural requirements.

In 2012-2014, the OEF attended fairs across the province.  If you are interested in this program and would like to receive more information please contact the OEF office at

The First Safe Strides program is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

If you are involved in your local agricultural society/fair, we encourage you to consider joining the OEF as an affiliate member. In addition to great promotional benefits, affiliate members are also eligible to apply for recreation funding provided by the OEF.

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Review our guide for tips and helpful information for equine exhibitors showing at fairs.

Horse Show Organizers

Do you organize a horse show at your fair? Here are some links that will help you organize a safe and successful show!

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This manual was created to assist you with the development and administration of horse shows at agricultural fairs in Ontario. These events have long played an integral role in Ontario’s equine community and are woven into the history and culture of the province.

The guidelines in this manual are designed for both small and large horse shows and events. The planning stages covered in this guide are applicable to organizing any kind of sporting event and can be adapted to suit your individual needs. The importance of attention to detail cannot be overlooked, which is what makes this guide an invaluable resource for anyone planning an equine event.

This guide is intended to set out best practices for hosting an event and will give show organizers the tools and resources needed to host a safe, successful horse show. The content has been structured in such a way to make the planning process clear and manageable, from the initial stages through to the days following your event.

However, hosting a horse show is not an easy task and it is all the more daunting for organizers with little or no horse experience. In order to help you host a safe and successful event, this guide was developed to outline key considerations and requirements. We hope you find it useful and welcome your feedback.

CLICK HERE to review the manual.