The Horse People’s Alliance was formed by a group of horsemen from the Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries to establish a unified voice for the horse people of Ontario and related industries. With a collective strength and a unified voice, the Alliance aims to represent and advocate for the betterment of all horse people in Ontario with both the racetracks and government.
Provide all levels of Government within Canada with real industry facts pertaining to the challenges and uncertainties that horse people face.
Ensure the government fulfills its obligations in delivering transparency and accountability with regard to industry funding;
Empower horse people and earn recognition for them as a crucial and necessary element for the horse racing and agricultural industries;
Secure the involvement of horse people in the governing of the race tracks and all decisions that concern the nature and conditions of racing; and
Return to a system of revenue sharing within the horse racing industry, to ensure the growth of the Ontario horse population and provide incentives to breed, own, race, and train horses.
Despite being producers of the horse racing product, horse people’s concerns about racing conditions and breeding have little impact within the current structure governing the industry. The Horse People’s Alliance of Ontario (HPAO) provides a strong, collective voice for the horse people of Ontario and related industries, ensuring we have a say in the future of our industry and the power to confront imbalances impacting the agricultural industry that exist between the racetracks and the participants.
While existing organizations need to remain in place to provide services for their particular constituency, there needs to be one entity that stands as the recognized advocate and representative for the entire constituency of horse people in Ontario, irrespective of their job title or function.HPAO aims to be that entity for the horse people and for our agricultural sector.
Currently, the information available about the horse racing industry is limited due to the under-represented voice of the horse people in industry news sources. Government funding for the sustainability and growth of the industry is wholly contingent on the knowledge that the government has about the horse racing industry. Our goal is to ensure that there is transparency around the financial conditions in racing for all parties, the allocation of funding and the accountability of its use, in order to shed light on how this affects horse people and our ability to participate and compete fairly.