About OFTR

Life is a journey best taken off-road on two wheels

The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders provides resources and advocacy for Ontarians who love trail riding and exploring the great outdoors. In partnership with our member clubs we source, create, and maintain a trail network for the responsible use by off-road motorcyclists. We provide a strong voice supported by a substantial membership to represent off-road riders to ensure these trails continue to be accessible.

OFTR History

The OFTR was established in 1992 by four avid off-road riders that had the foresight to recognize the need for a common voice among riders. This was a totally volunteer organization that became the voice of off-road riders in the province. The OFTR remained a volunteer organization until 2004. At that time government and industry funding allowed OFTR to hire its first employee. With a full time employee the organization gained tremendous credibility with government bodies and was able to establish land use agreements throughout the province. The OFTR Trail Ride Series was established and the OFTR continues to ensure off-road riders have access to some of the best riding areas in the world.

Board of Directors

Art Ash

Art Ash

President

Hometown
Guelph

What do you ride and how long you have been riding?
Dirt riding is on a 2011 GasGas EC250 and street riding is on a 2016 Suzuki DRZ400SM. I have been riding since I was a teen but took a very long break and started riding again in my forties.

How do you volunteer with OFTR and our member clubs?
I am a past member of the ODSC board of directors and I am currently the president of the OFTR. I have been a board member with OFTR for five years and the president for four of those.

Why do you volunteer?
I started volunteering when my son was younger and riding with me on a regular basis. I was volunteering to help ensure that there would be places for him to ride when he is older and for his kids to ride when he has them. I have since made some great friendships through riding and volunteering and get a sense of reward from knowing I am helping to grow a sport that I truly love.

What do you love about off-road riding?
The fact that it helps keep me in shape and is so much more fun than running or going to the gym. I love the outdoors and this combines some of my favourite elements of the forest and some adrenaline to make a day of riding one of my favourite ways to spend a day off.

Jamie Kowitz

Jaime Kowitz

Treasurer

Hometown
Waterloo

What do you ride and how long you have been riding?
I ride a 2018 GasGas ec250, and have been riding motorcycles for 20 years (off-road for the past 11 of those).

How do you volunteer with OFTR and our member clubs?
I am the Treasurer of the OFTR, plus I help out with other OFTR committees, and in the booth at the motorcycle shows.

Why do you volunteer?
I want to continue off-road riding for the foreseeable future. We need people to contribute where they can to keep riding areas open and maintained as well as work to open new areas. I volunteer so that I can continue doing what I love to do.

What do you love about off-road riding?
I love the physical and mental challenge of off-road riding. I love the variety of terrain you can experience by riding different places. I love the views I get to experience that wouldn't happen with other sports. I love spending time outdoors. I love the camaraderie with others who also love the sport. I love spending time riding with my husband and friends. I love everything about it!

Mark Ayles

Mark Ayles

Director

Hometown
I live in North York. Our cottage is in Wilberforce just north of Gooderham. This is my favorite place on Earth (well Paris is Paris). I built it 20 years ago. My family get to spend all summer up there and I spend every weekend there.

What do you ride and how long you have been riding
My son and I got into riding about nine years ago when he was seven. We started on some bullet proof Hondas, now he rides a Sherco 300 and I have a Husky 350. I'm truly addicted to trail riding. Good single track with some mud and I couldn't be happier. Unfortunately my daughter doesn't like to dress in the gear. She likes sledding better.

How you volunteer – OFTR and other clubs
I am on the board for Haliburton Trail Riders (HTR) and was on the board for Paudash Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club.

Why do you volunteer
I joined HTR to help keep and increase the amount of trails around Wilberforce. My love is to see young riders out enjoying the trails. Some of my best times have been riding to some small lake for a sandwich with my son and just talk about the ride.

What do you love about off-road riding
The great part of our sport is we can get to a lot of places that most can not. Just a trail our handlebars can squeeze thru. The sport’s future looks great and as more people fall in love with riding we will just keep getting stronger and gaining more access to trails. Happy riding!

Carolyn Richards

Secretary,Director

Home Town
Grew up in Erin Ontario, moved to Lindsay in 1995 to start a family, I have two young adult sons who keep me busy as well.

How do you volunteer
OFTR and other clubs - President of Kawartha ATV Association, Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association and board member on the Ontario Trails Council

Why do you volunteer?
I started volunteering to teach my kids about giving back to the community, as my kids grew up and found their own interests I found that volunteering allowed me to do something for myself and I enjoy being busy.

What do you love about off-road riding?
I love being outdoors and the friendships I've built off-roading
It's great to hear riders talk about how much they enjoy the trails.
Doing the work I do with the clubs gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Everyone who volunteers is in it because they love the sport so it's great to be around such passionate people

Ian Peters

Ian Peters

Vice President,Director

Hometown
Toronto, Ontario

What do you ride and how long you have been riding
I started riding when I was 10. As a kid I was fortunate enough to have a friend that got me into riding. We rode as much as we could at the Pickering pits during the summer. I started racing in 1987 on a CanAm 400. I am now riding a KTM XCWs and still love it!

How do you volunteer with OFTR and our member clubs?
For the last 20 plus years I have worked on the Cord. I first had the section around the famous tunnel of love and put a lot of the original trails in that area, and then worked the trails South of Gooderham.

Why do you volunteer
As a former OCMC member I got an understanding of how much fun it is to work on events (another reason to go riding). I worked on many events including club enduros, motocross, and cross countries.

What do you love about off-road riding
Off-road riding is the absolute best sport or activity there is. You have the thrill of the ride, the accomplishments of new skills and personal challenges. You are outdoors and will see more of our beautiful forests than most people. The off-road community is very welcoming.

Brian Dueck

Director

Home Town
Collingwood, Ontario

What do you ride and how long have you been riding?

My first dirt bike was an 1982 RM125 which I bought used with my paper route money. It was a great bike - one of the first bikes ever to have a mono shock and water cooled. Nowadays I bleed orange, and have a KTM 300 TPI for the woods, and a KTM 1290 Super Adventure for longer distance trips. I got into dirt bikes when I was maybe 7 years old - riding my cousins' bikes when we visited them on holidays. I've been obsessed with motorcycles ever since.

How do you volunteer - OFTR and other clubs?

I first joined SCORRA as a member in 2010 when I got back into dirt biking and year by year became progressively more involved in club events and then gradually I got involved in volunteer work for SCORRA. I served on the SCORRA board from 2013 to 2016 and then rejoined the board for 2020 as SCORRA Vice President and OFTR rep. Those of you that ride the SCORRA Midhurst Trail Ride too slowly may have also me as I traditionally lead the sweep crew for the event.

Why do you volunteer?

The OFTR and SCORRA has made a big difference in my life including and I've met some of my best friends this way. So giving back by volunteering seems only natural. If you see me at an event or at a SCORRA staging area be sure to wander over to say ``Hi`` - I'm always happy to talk to fellow members and listen to feedback on how to make the OFTR and SCORRA better.

What do I love about offroad riding?

It's for that special feeling of freedom and the taste adventure that only comes from riding offroad. I love the technical challenge that comes with pushing yourself and the camaraderie you feel when riding with good friends.

Cameron Lowe

Director

Attila Kovacs

Director

Home Town
- Pickering, ON

What do you ride and how long have you been riding
- 2017 Husqvarna TE250
- riding motorcycles for 14 years
- riding off-road for 4 years

How do you volunteer - OFTR and other clubs
- volunteer on the board of directors

Why do you volunteer?
- help maintain and preserve our trail systems
What do you love about off-road riding
- nature and exploration

Greg Colman

Treasurer,Director

Hometown
Toronto

What do you ride and how long have you been riding?
Presently on a KTM 500 EXC. Started riding the streets and urban wastelands of Etobicoke back in 1978.

How do you volunteer with the OFTR and our member clubs?
Working on transitioning into the role of OFTR Treasurer. I try to help wherever I can.

Why do you volunteer?
There’s a lot of things in life I don’t do, and this is maybe the one thing I can do. We should all try to do more.

What do you love about off-road riding?
It’s a great way to beat yourself up physically and mentally. You get to ride to places you’d never see otherwise and it’s helping me answer that question I always have in the car ‘I wonder where that goes?’

Steve McConnell

Director

Steve McConnell
BMA Representative, Director
Hometown
Ottawa Ontario
What do you ride and how long you have been riding?
I started riding dirt bikes as a teenager. I rode street bikes on and off for many years then returned to off-road riding in 2009. I currently ride a KTM 250 XC-W and a KTM 500 EXC.
How do you volunteer with OFTR and our member clubs?
I am also on the board of directors of the BMA. I have been a BMA member since 2010 and I volunteer for trail maintenance and club events.
Why do you volunteer?
Volunteering provides a great way to meet and ride with others who also love off-road riding. It is a great way to find others to ride with on a regular basis and establish new friendships.
What do you love about off-road riding?
I love the challenges of off-road riding, both physical and mental. It forces me to stay fit. Off-road riding has taken me to amazing places I never would have seen any other way.
Get Involved

Get Involved

OFTR needs your ideas, insights, connections, time, and your passion for the sport. Get involved with OFTR! OFTR is proud to provide access to new riding areas and attract families and women riders. OFTR and our Member Clubs across the province are driven by volunteers dedicated to maintaining great riding areas, and developing new riding areas and trails for today and future generations. Share your skills with a dynamic team. OFTR is looking for volunteers with marketing and communication, advocacy, and project management experience to join our committees:

  • Communication
  • Off-Road Advocacy
  • Trail Ride Series
  • Trail Inventory

Help out in your local community! Our Members Clubs are always looking for volunteers to help for a day or even a few hours. Please contact your local club.

Please consider getting involved with OFTR and Member Clubs in 2019….in a small way or in a big way, whatever works for you. We’re only as strong and can do as much as our collective involvement allows.

Advocacy

The OFTR is a provincial organization that provides off-road motorcycle riders a unified voice in the province of Ontario. The OFTR focuses on educating government, riders, landowners and the non-riding public on the sport of off-road motorcycle riding. The OFTR works in collaboration with stakeholders, local, regional, provincial and federal governments to preserve existing riding areas and gain access to new areas.

Advocacy

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