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Manitoba Horse Council

About the Manitoba Horse Council

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.


Inaugural International One Welfare Conference held in MB from Sept 26-28th, 2016

They hope to engage a broad group of stakeholders to ensure a successful event, part of which intends to frame the next steps for the "One Welfare" initiative. There will be a evening gala event on the 26th featuring Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire which will be followed by a networking reception as well. An additional option is to register for a Psychological First Aid Course put on by the Canadian Red Cross which is intended for those who work in as a first responder or with first responders as they engage with stressful work environments that involve the connection between human and animal wellbeing. MHC encourages members to participate!

For more information and to register please see

Order of Sport Excellence Awards Program

Dear MHC Clubs;

Here is a chance to honor your athletes, coaches and volunteers!  Sport Manitoba celebrates the athletic achievements of Manitobans by recognizing their accomplishments in provincial, national and international competitions with the Order of Sport Excellence Awards Program. 
The program consists of certificates and medallions based on your athletes, coaches and volunteers achievements. 
We have been advised by the Premier’s office that a congratulatory letter will be sent to each recipient, signed by the Premier of Manitoba, Honorable Brian Pallister.

Please download and read the award qualification information and application form to see how you can nominate well deserved individuals in your sport.

Deadline for applications is September 15th. I will be sending reminders to all clubs as the deadline approaches. Everyone likes to be recognized for their hard work. Let’s make an effort to do just that.

Jan Ash-Gross Athlete Development Chair, Manitoba Horse Council

Attention female athletes 13 years of age and older. Here is an opportunity for funding which you don’t want to miss!

The 2016 Champions Fund will award $5,000 grants to 20 deserving female athletes, teams, or organizations, providing the financial support needed to pursue their athletic goals.

Anyone from Canada’s female athletic community aged 13 and older can apply, or apply on behalf of their team, tournament, camp or program.

To apply for the Champions Fund, simply create a profile, and answer a few questions about your passion for Canadian female athletics. From there, you can share your profile on social media.

To find out more information please go to:

The deadline for submissions is September 29th, 2016. This year’s 20 grant recipients will be announced in November 2016.

Good luck!  Jan Ash-Gross, Chair Athlete Development MHC

MHC President's Message - May 18, 2016

I am informing our membership and friends that by mutual agreement Diane Shack will no longer be the Executive Director of the Manitoba Horse Council. MHC thanks her for her service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. In the near future MHC will begin a search for a new ED. In the meantime Brenda Neumann will work more hours and Carolyn Lintott will be our interim ED.

MHC will make every effort to have someone in the office from 9 until 4 from Monday to Friday to answer your questions. If you have questions for the office or for any of the directors please email the office at [email protected]  Questions best answered by a director will be passed on to the relevant person.

We are very excited to have approved the new board for the coming year. They are as follows:
Geri Sweet - President
Jan Ash Gross - Athlete Development
Gwen Donohoe - Breeds & Industry
Myriam Dyck - Marketing
Linda Hazelwood - Secretary-Treasurer
Lisa Rosin - Member At Large
Harry Crawley - Equestrian Centre
Michael Moore - Recreation
Danae Martin - Coaching
Daryl Freed - Officials
Sheri Parkinson - Special Events
Kari Hasselriis - continuing as VP until the end of June
Carolyn Lintott - interim ED

David Tolpa will be continuing as the facility manager at the MHC Birds Hill Equestrian Centre.

We ask for your patience with us as we move forward. We will try to keep up with reminders for Bingo assignments, clinic activity and show schedules. If you think we have missed something please don't hesitate to remind us.

Reminder that membership cards can be printed at home when you register on line. Some cards already printed are being mailed out.

We hope you have a great season riding and showing.

Geri Sweet, MHC President

May 2016 Important Update for Coaches:

Revisions Made to Simplify NCCP Transfer of Qualifications Process 

Bryan McSorley, Program Manager Education at Equine Canada (EC) officially informed us that a revised NCCP Transgfer of Qualifications pathway will be implemented as of May 27, 2016.  After launching the NCCP Transfer of Qualifications in September 2015, EC carefully monitored and evaluated the pathway.  As a result of the monitoring, it was decided to revise the transfer pathway in order to improve simplicity and convenience for all certified coaches transferring to the new NCCP.

As of May 27, 2016, the only requirement for coaches to successfully transition from the old NCCP levels model to the new NCCP context-based model will be as follows:
  • Complete the applicable Making Ethical Decision (MED) Online Evaluation within the first five (5) years  of the transfere.  The applicable MED online evaluation will be available in your Locker account.

All other requirements previously publicized in September 2015 are no longer required to successfully transfer.  This includes Making Head Way in Sport, In-Competition Evaluation, Emergency Action Plan submissions, and any and all other former requirements.

Please access the link to read full update from EC: Revised NCCP Transfer of Qualifications Pathway Implemented May 27 2016.pdf



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2016 Manitoba Horse Council Sponsorship Opportunities

May 11th 2016

The Manitoba Horse Council is the largest, most successful multi discipline, multi breed association in Manitoba.

Facts and Figures

Represents 1,700+ MHC Individual Members. 30+ MHC Member Clubs and 3900+ Pleasure Riders.

Statistical information provided by the Manitoba Horse Council and the "2010 Canadian Horse Industry Profile Study."

We are an active participant and organizer of equine events across Manitoba - Trade Shows, Clinics, Club Events, Horse Shows, Competitions and Horse Week Celebrations.

We have a high ranking website and periodic e-newsletter - 350+ daily visits to 53% of visits are organic search engine generated.

5000+ e-newsletter subscriptions

We are an active participant in our community- Manitoba Horse Council promotes and supports local charities and organizations throughout Manitoba. Cancer Care Manitoba, Helping Hooves, Manitoba Riding for the Disabled, The Horse Connection, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg. Local inner city programs- just to name a few. 

We own and operate an internationally recognized Equestrian Centre located in beautiful Birds Hill Park, built on 40acres of land. Official 1999 Pan Am Games Competition Venue, competition site for yearly Provincial/National/International equestrian competitions and shows. The Equestrian center plays an important role for clinics and competitions for both Western and English disciplines.

12,500+ visitors per season

MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL- the voice of equine advocacy, accessibility, welfare, sport and recreation

Be part of our team today! 

Sponsorship package -  Sponsorship Package 

Sponsorship application form - MHC Sponsorship Opportunities Application Form


Welcome to a New Sponsor for 2016!

Carlson Truck Outfitters


155 FENNELL STREET, WINNIPEG  -  See our Website
We pride ourselves in providing top value in the areas of truck and car accessories and equipment. We provide installation service for the products we sell. We also have the full metal jacket 100% polyurea spray in boxliner. It carries a LIFETIME and TRANSFERABLE GUARANTEE!! Full metal jacket is also a great way to line your trailer floors for EASY CLEAN UP. It also creates a REDUCED SLIPPAGE SURFACE. We provide services in the area of painting and coating including abrasive blasting. CHECK US OUT BEFORE YOU BUY!!



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Manitoba Equestrian Championships

Sep 16 - Sep 18, 2016

MHC Equestrian Facility Bird's Hill Park

Get involved in our exciting all- discipline event! It's the only East vs. West games in our sport.  We need you to become involved!! 

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Did you Know?

Our hard working facilities crew disinfect the barns at our Bird's Hill Park facility between each event. This is an important part of our bio-security plan to prevent the spread of  disease among the  diverse horse communities using the grounds.
You can do your part too.  Wash your hands between handling different horses and don't share items such as buckets.  Give your horse some space at the ring - the picture of two horses sniffing noses is always cute but it's an easy way to spread respiratory viruses!  If you are in doubt as to what vaccines your horse should have consult your veterinarian, they are happy to advise you on the best program for you and your horse.
Enjoy your summer activities and be safe.