Frequently Asked Questions

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What is OHC?

OHC, or the Ohio Horseman’s Council is the largest equine volunteer organization in the State of Ohio. OHC has more than 4,000 members throughout the state based in county chapters in five regions as shown in the map below.  Membership is open to all breed of equine, discipline of riding and age of rider. The slogan, “Horsemen helping Horsemen” represents commitment to Ohio’s equine industry. Your membership fee goes direct to Ohio Horseman’s Council and supports your right to equine ownership, recreational use of public land, and education.

There are no paid positions within the organization.  All officers at state and county level are volunteers.  OHC is a 501C4 non profit and revenue is generated through annual memerships.

  • OHC advocates for public land use and members work with land managers to volunteer and maintain bridle trails throughout the state.
  • Keep Ohio’s trails free to ride.
  • Meet and ride with others who share your equine enthusiasm.
  • Access to competitively-priced equine liability insurance from Equisure.
  • Educational programs sponsored by county chapters such as desensitizing your horse, saddle fit, trailer loading, camping basics and more.
  • Discounts from national retailers for your farm, business or personal use such as John Deere, Office Max/Office Depot, UPS and others.
  • Complimentary subscription to the Horsemen’s Corral monthly magazine.

 

What is primary and secondary membership status?

When you join OHC, you can join a chapter as a ‘primary’ member which means you have voting rights within that chapter, access to purchase equine liability insurance and the chapter is your primary source of information.

When you join as a ‘secondary’ member, you are joining a second chapter as a member but you may or may not have voting rights, depending on the chapter’s bylaws.  Generally, the fee to join as a secondary member is either $3 or $5 depending if you are joining as an individual or family.  You must be a primary member of a chapter to be a secondary member of another chapter.  Many OHC members join multiple chapters as secondary members to support that chapter in their goals and events.

Under ‘Find Chapter’ you can locate the chapter you want to join as a primary member and in the same location you can find the chapter you want to join as a secondary member to find that chapter’s secondary membership application form.

What is the Equine Liability Insurance?

What are the Membership Types and Fees?

Membership Information

Membership in Ohio Horseman’s Council is effective on an annual basis from January 1 to December 31. To become a member, apply and pay online. You can apply as an individual, family, youth or association. Generally, members are part of a local, Ohio county chapter, but if you would rather support OHC without chapter affiliation, or you are a business or a non-Ohio resident, you can select “At Large” vs a county chapter.

If you’d rather print an application and mail your check, use the membership application for the chapter you want to join. Go to ‘Find Chapter’ to locate your county chapter.  Print the appropriate membership application form and mail your check to the treasurer listed on the form.

Membership categories and fees:

  • Individual membership is open to any person age eighteen (18) or older. An active individual member shall be entitled to one (1) vote and may hold office if eligible under Article
  • Family membership is open to spouses or domestic partners, at least one of whom is age eighteen (18) or older, and their dependents. Dependent means that the spouse(s) or domestic partner(s) contribute greater than fifty percent (50%) of the dependent’s support. Family members must physically reside in the same household. Active family members, age eighteen (18) or older, shall each be entitled to one (1) vote, with a maximum of two (2) votes per family, and each may hold office if eligible under Article V. Family members under the age of eighteen (18) may not vote nor hold
  • Youth membership is open to any person under the age of eighteen (18) as of January 1. Youth members must be sponsored by an adult member, with written permission of their parent or guardian. Youth members are not permitted to vote or to hold
  • Associate membership is open to any group or individual desiring to support OHC. Associate members must be affiliated with and sponsored by a county chapter. Associate members are not permitted to vote or to hold office.
  • Any member may be a Member at Large if he or she does not claim a county chapter affiliation. An active member at large shall have the benefits, voting and office holding rights of an individual, family, youth or lifetime member, whichever is A member at large may not claim a chapter affiliation for the entire membership year.

–  OHC Basic Membership (does not include Equine Excess Liability Insurance)

$20 – Individual (age 18 or older, no dependents)

$10 – Youth (under age 18, parental/guardian signature required)

$30 – Family (with spouse/partner/other and/or dependents)

–  OHC Plus Membership (includes Equine Excess Liability Insurance)

$40 – Individual (age 18 or older, no dependents)

$70 – Family (with spouse/partner/other and/or dependents)

–  Associate Membership (does not allow Equine Excess Liability Insurance)

$35 – Group (provide name of group and primary contact person)

 

Note: Some county chapters charge a small fee and it will appear in the form when you apply.

Note:  In addition to joining a chapter as a primary member, you can join other chapters as a ‘secondary’ member at a cost of either $3 for an individual or $5 for a family.  Find the chapter you want to join as a secondary member, print the form and send it to the chapter’s treasurer.

How can I become a member?

Go to ‘Find Chapter’ from the top of the home page to determine the county chapter you can join.  If you do not want to join a chapter, you can join ‘At Large’.  While in the chapter page, you can sign up via the OHC online process or print and mail an application.  If you already know what chapter you want to join, just select ‘Join’ at the top of the home page.

Do I have to be a member of OHC to ride the trails in Ohio?

You do not have to be a member, however, since OHC volunteers and other trail partners work diligently to keep trails cleared for riding, your membership fee would help to keep trails open and accessible to everyone who trail rides.

Does OHC support other equine activities other than trail riding?

Although OHC is well known for trails, the organization supports all equine owners no matter breed of equine, age of rider or discipline of riding.  OHC routinely supports local county events such as shows, competitions, educational seminars, enrichment activities, 4H and more.

How do I establish or change my password on the OHC membership site?

Click on “Member Site” from the Home page.  Click on “Reset Password” on the Log in page.

How can I renew my OHC membership on-line

Click on “Renew” from the home page.

Where can I find a printable membership application form to join OHC or to renew my membership?

If you are looking for a Primary Chapter printable membership application form:  Click on “Find Chapter” from the home page.  In “List View”, click on your chapter.  Look in the “Download Registration” section, click on membership form.

If you are looking for a Secondary Chapter printable membership application form:  Click on “Find Chapter” from the home page.  In “List View”, click on any chapter.  Look in the “Download Registration” section, click on secondary membership form

Where are the documents and forms from the old website?

At the top of the page, in a green bar, you’ll see “Documents”.  Select this and you can find a document based on your role within OHC.  For example, if you want the forms for tracking trail mileage ridden or trail work hours, you’ll find it under “All OHC members”.  You can download and print the documents.

If you are looking for a Primary Chapter printable membership application form:  Click on “Find Chapter” from the home page.  In “List View”, click on your chapter.  Look in the “Download Registration” section, click on membership form.

If you are looking for a Secondary Chapter printable membership application form:  Click on “Find Chapter” from the home page.  In “List View”, click on any chapter.  Look in the “Download Registration” section, click on secondary membership form

 

How do I log-in to the OHC Website as a Chapter Author

Use the Admin Login on the Home page.  See Video.