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Remembering Roxanne Miller Morris
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:36

rpxammemorrisSadly today, we mourn the loss of one of our former Ontario Rodeo Association competitors and great member of our Ontario Rodeo Family, Roxanne Morris.  Tragically and unexpectedly, she passed on Sunday evening.

She has been a part of our rodeo world for decades.  In the 80's, Roxanne was an avid competitor, competing in the Goat Tying, Roping and Barrel Racing events in the Ontario Rodeo Association.  Eventually she would venture West and upon her return, though she would return to our arenas as a Barrel Racer... Rodeo Mom became her new leading role.

Roxanne wore that title "Rodeo Mom" with great pride.  With both her daughter and son working their way through the Junior Events in the ORA and the senior events of the Ontario High School Rodeo Association, she became a staple beside every arena with her video camera in hand, that always had shaky footage from her triumphant cheering of whomever was being captured.  It was almost everyone featured on "Roxanne Cam"... as she became Rodeo Mom to many.

Rodeo Mom was a single mom, who did everything possible to take her kids to the rodeo with the "tools" (equipment, horses, and training) to succeed. 

A dear friend to so many and a travelling partner at some point to so many as well.  She was our reporter on the road to share exciting news and stories back home from events abroad.    

Her exuberant jubilee for "her kids" (with many of those travelling partners becoming her kids) having success in the arena was infectious.  And reflecting on this time, smiles and laughter are what come to mind. 

As we come today to realize that everyone has some sort of struggle waging from within that is impossible to see in passing, it is left with us to be kind and to reach out to others.  To be a friend or a supporter, as Roxanne was to so many.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Savannah, Lane, Rod, and her entire family.  We stand strong here for you, as your Rodeo Family.  You are not alone in this time of mourning, and there are a great many of us that will continue to be here for you through the days, weeks and years ahead; to assist you and to help honour her memory.

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MORRIS: Roxanne Hazel
At her parents home in Roslin on Sunday March 22, 2015. Roxanne (Miller) in her 48th year. Daughter of Don & Joyce Miller, Rosin. Mother of Savannah Morris, SK and Lane Morris, Roslin. Sister of Rodney Miller, Colorado. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 27th at 2pm at the Moira Hall, 29 Carson Road. Centre Hastings, K0K 2K0 613-395-0372

Condolences may be sent online here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:08
 
Votes and Nominations Needed, the Banquet is Nearing!
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:30

2014 ORA Special Awards Voting and Nomination

It is now the time of year to nominate Members of the year! The ORA urges the membership to take part in the process where applicable.

THE MICK FLICK AWARD:
 The Mick Flick Memorial Award is presented annually to the Cowboy Most Representative of the Sport of Rodeo. Please nominate who you feel is most deserving. It would be appreciated if nominators could provide a short paragraph qualifying why they made their nomination.

THE LORNA AYLETT AWARD:
 The Lorna Aylett Memorial Award is presented annually to the Cowgirl Most Representative of the Sport of Rodeo. Please nominate who you feel is most deserving. It would be appreciated if nominators could provide a short paragraph qualifying why they made their nomination.

THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS: MARCH 13, 2015

Please vote by contacting ORA Secretary Tracy Pighin at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone to 1-888-RIDE-ORA
 DEADLINE FOR VOTES: 10am, JANUARY 27, 2014

ORA Awards Gala
Where: Quality Inn, Woodstock
When: Saturday March 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 dinner, awards and dance to follow
Ticket Price: $40.00 Adults, $20.00 Children 12 and under
Dinner: Buffet style
*cash bar*

Tickets can be purchased by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or online below.

Tickets can not be reserved and will only be considered sold when payment is received.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and there is a limited number so please get your tickets early. 

Hotel rooms are available by calling (519) 537-5586 and under the Group "Ontario Rodeo Association Banquet" for $104.99 plus tax a night. 

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ORA Awards Gala Tickets Now on Sale
Friday, 23 January 2015 00:59

ORA Awards Gala
Where: Quality Inn, Woodstock
When: Saturday March 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 dinner, awards and dance to follow
Ticket Price: $40.00 Adults, $20.00 Children 12 and under
Dinner: Buffet style
*cash bar*

Tickets can be purchased by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or online below.

Tickets can not be reserved and will only be considered sold when payment is received.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and there is a limited number so please get your tickets early. 

Hotel rooms are available by calling (519) 537-5586 and under the Group "Ontario Rodeo Association Banquet" for $104.99 plus tax a night. 

Purchase your tickets for the 2014 Ontario Rodeo Association Season Awards Gala (March 28, 2015) below, securely and simply using EventBrite.ca 
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Remembering Layne Rembish-Stevens
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:41

Layne StevensIt is with the deepest sympathies and sadness that we share the details for the celebration of life of Layne Rembish-Stevens, "Layney". Her beyond untimely passing continues to be something absolutely surreal, and this is one of the most difficult junctures in our Life as we reflect on hers.

Like a majority of our horse community, our relationship with the Stevens Family spans decades. Founding Teen Ranch and continuing to manage it through today, our paths have crossed in so many ways. From AQHA shows, roping jackpots and rodeos, to family members attending their Christian Sports Camp, to English shows, boarding horses there, trail rides, bonfires and more... we've spent a lot of time together. And often times the most consistent face we saw in our visits to Teen Ranch was of the beautiful blonde girl with the gorgeous smile, Layne. Her passions weren't complex to figure out. Her loves were her Mom & Family, Horses and the People surrounding them. Showing horses, jumping horses, racing horses... if horses were involved, she was every part of it. She could tell you who (horse and rider) had done what at any given point, and point out the good and the bad of their competition. She would be able to pull that off for almost everybody at an event. She was passionate about equestrian sport and all of the players in it.

And of course... her trademark was her smile. In her forever time capsuled moments in social media, you'll see picture after picture of her smiling... And in the pictures where she's not... You can tell it's every effort not to for that pose. We were there for a lot of the happy moments, but also there for some of the difficult ones; namely the injuries and the illnesses... And even in the toughest situations, she would always manage a smile, and ask about someone else.

She spent a lot of time in our Rodeo Arenas as a competitor in addition to cheering from the sidelines for her friends. She also contributed to the ORA's early social media presence; she has left her mark in our world and more importantly, our hearts.

Layne Rembish Stevens RodeoAs we reach out in these troubling days to share the news of her tragic passing, there are so many people that have said, "...but I was just talking to her!!..." and their stories are so similar. Helping one person find accommodation, giving inspiration and insight to another who was going through a similar injury that she had conquered, catching up about a horse show with another, and just plain saying 'hi'... that was Layne. We will never know why she was chosen at this time; there is always the saying, "God must have needed another (insert occupation or hobby here) in heaven..."; but you would have to think He had enough angels at the time, instead of calling one our living angels so soon.

Her spirit will forever remain with us... That love of Family, the passion for anything equine, and that constant up-lifting encouragement... through spoken word or a simple smile, though not as beautiful as Layne could make it... regardless of what one is going through, by taking the time to uplift others. In addition to the many great memories... that is her gift to us.

We share in this sorrow and extend our deepest condolences to the Stevens Family and extended communities that are grieving her loss.

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Suddenly, at home on February 25, 2015 of Orangeville in her 26th year. Beloved daughter and best friend to Lee Stevens of Orangeville and Peter (Carol) Rembish of Calgary. Loving Granddaughter of Mel (Betty) Stevens of Orangeville and Earl(Gail) Rembish of Georgetown. Layne will be deeply missed by her brothers Dustin and Cody and her Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. The family will receive friends at Compass Community Church in Orangeville on Sunday, March 1st from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service on Monday at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Teen Ranch Foundation (Box 77, Caledon, ON L7K 3L3). Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca Arrangements in trust to Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, 888-924-2810;

http://www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca/book-of-memories/2072408/Stevens-Rembish-Layne/obituary.php

 
NYE Results
Friday, 02 January 2015 23:01

Results from NYE's Reach Ranch Rodeo are available here.