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. Read more: Why your PTSO is important to you as a horse owner, rider, driver etc.

> The Manitoba Horse Council office is closed to personal visitors until further notice, however John Savard and Linda Hazelwood can be reached by phone and email during normal business hours.

> COVID-19 Update February 12 2021

The most recent Public Health Order on February 12 includes:

  • allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instruction only;

 Changes in the restrictions from previous notices have raised many questions in the community. To help understand the position fully, MHC has prepared a

Covid Update for the Manitoba Equestrian Community

which details a number of important points raised in social media questions. Basically:

  • In the February 12, 2021 PHO, indoor facilities may REOPEN to the public , ie non-horse-owners (as long as all other Covid restrictions are followed) at 25% capacity for individual one-on-one instruction only. The Schedule of businesses permitted to open still includes stables as #73 so boarders may still provide those essential services including exercise riding.
  • The proviso is that the facility may only operate within limits of 25% facility capacity including staff. One person may accompany the rider with their coach during the lesson. It would be the facility owners’ responsibility to decide their total capacity before making the decision as to what their safe 25% maximum is. Owners may still set their own safe indoor arena limits of horses and riders/coaches which may be less than the 25% capacity number quoted.

Alhough the government news release is posted below, and we recommend also reading The Backgrounder linked in that document, Manitoba Horse Council carried out further research to produce the document above.

Recent survey

Manitoba Facility owners took part in a survey at the end of January to gauge the effect of Covid on their businesses. Click here for a discussion sheet of the important points. 

The full powerpoint of the survey is available at this link.

MB Government news release February 9, 2021

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 website link gives current information as of the day an Order is applied.

A number of provincial and federal grants are noted in this link. Please take the time to review them, as eligibility has changed for some of the programs. 






Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6

Executive Director, John Savard
Phone: (204) 509-2369 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 299-0118 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]