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Ride and Tie

Ride and tie is an interspecies sport in which two-person teams take turns riding on a horse and running in races of various long distances. Only one person is allowed to ride the horse at a time, while the other participant runs the same distance. Riders and runners must alternate at different points in the course. During the time between the arrival of the horse and the runner at an alternating point, the horse is tied and the rider dismounts to continue running ahead. The trailing runner then unties the horse and races past the new runner. This pattern continues until the finish line. The objective of this race, which is held simultaneously between multiple teams, is to cross the finish line in the fastest time while passing compulsory veterinary checks along the way. This type of horse racing requires a combination of strategy and stamina for the horse and human participants, as courses can exceed 50km.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Ride ‘n tie

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

While competitive horse riding existed many centuries prior, the specific sport of ride and tie originated in the United States in 1971, from where it spread to Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages may participate. The cost of horse ownership means that the sport may be inaccessible to people lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, this sport is practiced outdoors in the spring and summer months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association

Cultural Significance



  • Dufferin County Forest
    937513 Airport Rd
    Mansfield, ON L0N 1M0
  • Ganaraska Forest
    10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd
    Campbellcroft, ON L0A 1B0

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