Frequently Asked Questions

Here, we strive to answer the questions we get asked the most often.

How are harness dog sports governed in Canada?

Great question! As with any sport, harness dog sports are structured in a top-down format that involves: 

  1. International Governance

  2. National Governance

  3. Regional Governance (Province / Territory)

  4. Local Governance (Local Clubs)

  5. Individuals

Check out the flow chart below for details on how things work in Canada

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Who makes up the CAHDS board?

Each of the CAHDS Regional Organizations in Canada can nominate one representative for each province or territory it represents to the CAHDS board of directors. The board can also appoint representatives from provinces currently lacking an RO to the board. 

How do I get involved in harness dog sports as an individual? 

As an individual, you can become a member of your local club and/or Regional Organization. A list of Regional Organizations in Canada is available on our website here


Can I be an individual member of CAHDS?

The short answer is no. Regional Organizations represent the interests of their membership at the national level.

CAHDS’ current Articles of Incorporation allow for individuals to become members of CAHDS as well as for Regional Organizations representing specific provinces to become members of CAHDS. Both Regional Organization Memberships and Individual Memberships require approval by the CAHDS Board of Directors. 


CAHDS will not approve individual memberships from residents of a province in which there is a Regional Organization. This is to ensure a fair and balanced voting process across the country where effectively each represented region has one vote.

Who makes up the CAHDS Membership?

CAHDS’ membership is made up of Regional Organizations and the Board of Directors. 

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How does voting work?

Each member of the board of directors and each province or territory (via their Regional Organization) has a vote at CAHDS' AGM.


Individuals have the opportunity to vote in their Regional Organization’s AGM. Their Regional Organization is their representative at the national level.

What if my province / territory doesn't have a Regional Organization? 

CAHDS is focused on developing Regional Organizations across the country to ensure there is fulsome representation of all regions where harness dog sports are practiced in Canada. A Regional Organization may be formed from an existing organization or created anew. 

If you reside in an unrepresented region, please contact us to inquire about your options.

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What is the membership fee for a Regional Organization? 

Membership Fees are set & invoiced annually by the Board of Directors. Presently, the membership fee for Regional Organizations is based on the RO's total membership (less juniors) at $5/member.

Are there opportunities to get involved at the national level as an individual? 

Yes! A few ways in fact!


CAHDS Committees: From time-to-time CAHDS requires individuals to serve on various CAHDS Committees. We typically ask your Regional Organization for recommendations for these positions, so if you are keen to get involved, we recommend reaching out to your RO, so they can be sure to keep you in mind should an opportunity come up that they think would be a good fit!

Competition: There are also lots of opportunities to compete internationally each year. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, application forms for each event are posted on our website as the information becomes available. We're also happy to chat through options for those of you who would like to compete internationally in the future, but aren't sure where to start or what event might be the best fit for your team. If you have questions, reach out! 

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What about youth? 

Children under 12 are required to participate with an attached adult. 

Junior classes are available at most races and typically include youth 18 and under.