Our Industry Partners
Woodbine Entertainment proudly supports the following industry associations through sponsorships, in-kind donations of office space and direct financial support:
Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) represents the interests of racetrack owners and operators in Ontario. OHRIA supports participants in the horse racing and breeding industries and promotes co-operation amongst them for the creation of a strong future for the horse racing industry in Ontario.
Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) represents the horse breeders’ position on major issues to industry partners, government, and regulators. The association supports breeders with improved communications and education resources, such as the New Owners Mentoring program.
Central Ontario Standardbred Association
The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) provides a united voice for harness horsepeople racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks and currently represents over 1,500 members.
Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division)
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) (CTHS) was incorporated in 1906 under the federal Live Stock Pedigree Act (presently called the Animal Pedigree Act – 1988) as a national breed organization to assist breeders of thoroughbred horses in Canada.
Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) established in 1940 represents the interests of more than 35,000 thoroughbred owner and trainer members from the U.S. and Canada, It focuses on a common goal — the betterment of racing on all levels. The HPBA offers its members a number of educational programs such as the assistant trainer and trainer testing, groom school, and member education assistance.
Long-Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society
The Long-Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society (Long Run) evaluates retired racehorses, provides any needed care and fostering they require, and works to place them in permanent, loving homes.
Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society
The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) is an approved charitable organization that assists in the adoption and relocation of retired and non-racing standardbred horses within Ontario.
Caring for our Human & Equine Athletes
Woodbine Entertainment has introduced category-leading policies and programs with our regulatory and horse racing partners to ensure the health and welfare of our human and equine athletes.
Our leadership and commitment to safety and integrity has earned us industry-wide recognition of our resolve to be the safest racing operation in North America.
Woodbine Entertainment is an advocate for the humane treatment of race horses supporting both the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society and Ontario Standardbred Adoption Agency. We are proud to operate our racetracks in Ontario, the only province in Canada (and the only racing jurisdiction in North America) that mandates a percentage of the Industry’s purse monies go directly to fund retirement programs.
To view our horse welfare policy, please click here.