The Ontario Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA) was formed in 1994 as a result of the growth of the horse industry. Up until that time the Ontario Equestrian Federation offices functioned as the administrative facility for the hunter/jumper community of the province. All other breed and disciplines had a provincial organization in place which dealt with their specific issues. The OEF Board of Directors, by formal motion, required the hunter/jumper community to establish their own association.
One of the essential mandates passed on to the new organization was the responsible and unbiased maintenance of a point system for annual awards. The allocation of provincial show dates, now assumed by Jump Canada, was another service that the OEF office no longer was prepared to continue. Equine Canada continued to be responsible for national programs such as Rules and Officials.
The OHJA is a member association of the Ontario Equestrian Federation. It is funded by memberships and the levy program administered by Jump Canada. Hunter, Equitation, and Jumper programs are developed and maintained by the OHJA and include the Annual Awards program and the maintenance of a point system used by the Royal Winter Fair. The Hunter/Equitation Committee runs the Ultimate Hunter Challenge, Pony Power, and OHJA Medal. The Jumper Committee sponsors Jump Canada Talent Squad Ontario, the Young Horse Development Series, and the Young Riders-Ontario program including a Clinic. Information to the membership is shared through both our website and InGate magazine.