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Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is a not-for-profit organization representing clubs and individual members involved in equine activity in Manitoba. MHC is the recognized governing body for equestrian sport in the province; providing support, leadership and resources to develop athletes and protect the interests of Manitoba's equestrian enthusiasts. Read more: Why your PTSO is important to you as a horse owner, rider, driver etc.
> COVID-19 Update November 20, 2020
The Update from Dr Roussin defines (social) gatherings between people. That restriction does not affect boarders/leasors attending the barn (at the discretion of the owner/manager) to provide essential services for their horses, at the occupancy level determined by the barn owner. Essential services can include light riding to maintain condition of a horse, and we recommend nothing more. The essence of Dr Roussin's order is to reduce travel, limit interaction between people and reduce community spread. Regardless of the protocols in place, please reconsider the number of times you visit your horse, and the amount of time you spend there, while the enhanced Code Red orders are in place.
In the words of the old cowhand: "Git in, git 'er done, and git out!'
For advice on running a facility during Covid restrictions, the Return to Operations document is on the Competition page of this site.
We cannot stress strongly enough that the rules of conduct are mandated by the provincial government and they apply to all, regardless of affiliation. No one should think that because they are not members of MHC, that the rules don’t apply; they do. Furthermore, they’re not rules, they are laws - in the form of amendments to the Public Health Act of Manitoba. These requirements may be amended, but will remain in place for as long as the provincial government deems the measures necessary.
When the Code Red is lifted, and even if your equestrian activity is not linked to MHC, we encourage you to read and use the Return to Play/Return to Competition protocols as they are the guidelines approved by the Province of Manitoba, and are the standard to which your activity will be held.
Please note that provincial guidelines may be amended from time to time and it is the facility/event organizer's responsibility to be aware of any changes. The gov.mb.ca website link gives current information as of the day an Order is applied.
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