Central Ontario Standardbred Association

The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) officially came into being on June 30, 2009. COSA is a not-for-profit association and operates with a 10 person Board of Directors who represent the interests of horsepeople racing at Ontario racetracks.

COSA is pleased to support the racing industry through its partnership with Equine Guelph on new training programs offered to trainers and grooms on The Horse Portal.

A Partnership in Training:

The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) is partnering with Equine Guelph to deliver short, easily-accessible online training programs to owners, breeders, trainers, grooms and drivers across Canada. These courses will provide a practical, common-sense approach to online learning and provide the latest information and education on equine welfare, safety and performance.

Free Racing-Exclusive Courses for COSA Members in 2023!

Thanks to our incredible racing industry education partners, TheHorsePortal.ca will host three racing-exclusive short courses in winter of 2023 – FREE for AGCO licensees and Standardbred Canada members! (value $95)

1. Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care (Jan 23-Feb 3) – sponsored by Standardbred Canada

2. Racehorse Gut Health & Ulcer/Colic Prevention (Feb 27-Mar 10) – sponsored by Ontario Racing

3. Racehorse Respiratory Health (Mar 20-31) – sponsored by Central Ontario Standardbred Association


             – For Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care, enter InjuryCareSC
             – For Racehorse Gut Health & Colic Prevention, enter GutHealthOR
             – For Racehorse Respiratory Health, enter RespiratoryHealthCOSA

  • “Apply coupon” – this will bring the course cost down to zero.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions, and click “Continue” – you are now registered for the course! In the week prior to the beginning of the course, you will receive a welcome email from TheHorsePortal.ca with more information.



15% Discount for COSA members!

Applies to all other short online courses.


  1. Visit the course page for the online short course you are interested in
  2. Please register using the General Enrollment option at the bottom of the page
  3. On the registration page, under “Have a Coupon?”, enter COSA2022
  4. Click Apply Coupon to receive your 15% discount

What Central Ontario Standardbred Association members are saying about our courses:

“I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for this course. Having been around standardbred racehorses most of my life I thought I knew a great deal about this subject but I was surprised there was so much more to learn. I highly recommend taking this course.”

Frank Reid – Standardbred Owner (Lasalle, ON)
Student – Racehorse Respiratory Health