An interested group of owners, trainers, and drivers of Standardbred horses formed the Ontario Harness Horse Association in 1961. The purpose of the Association was to represent Ontario harness horsemen/horsewomen in negotiations of purses, racing conditions, and all matters affecting the industry as a whole with the tracks, Standardbred Canada, the Ontario Racing Commission, and the Provincial and Federal governments.
When it became apparent that the idea of such an Association was practical and useful, an application was made to the Provincial Secretary to incorporate the Association. On the first (1st) day of February 1962, a Charter was issued in the name of ONTARIO HARNESS HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION.
The main objectives of the Association as set out in the Charter are to encourage, improve, and promote the breeding, and racing of trotting and pacing horses. The incorporating members and first directors of the Association as shown on the Letters Patent were Leslie Ehrlick, Hugh Thomas McConkey, and James Harold Holmes.
On January 19, 1992 an application was made and approved by the Provincial Secretary to have the name Ontario Harness Horsemen’s Association changed to the Ontario Harness Horse Association.