Officials Certification Events

Upcoming Clinics

Hunter/Jumper Course Design Clinic

March 3, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB Topics: Hunter, Jumper and Equitation Courses With Chris Edwards-Jones FEI CD L2* JU, EC Senior Course Designer Contact Manitoba Horse Council Email: [email protected] Phone: 204-925-5718

See Registration Form for full info...

About Chris Edwards-Jones
FEI L2* JU, EC Senior Course Designer

I have been Course Designing now for 12 years and am very passionate about the sport and industry. Much of my work has been within Canada and the part of the United States. I have designed at the Grand Prix level and top level Hunter’s at multiple events in both countries. Some of the organizations I have worked with are Tbird Show Park Langley B.C. , Rocky Mountain Show Jumping Calgary A.B. , Caledon Equestrian Park, Palgrave O.N. , Brandon Royal Agricultural Winter Fair M.B. , The Ridge Wellington F.L. , Brookside Sacramento C.A. and Sonoma Horse Park Sonoma C.A.. I have designed at many other facilities within Canada as well within the last decade. My goal for this clinic is to teach and see positive progression in the course designers attending. Which will help them support good course design at future events they attend.

Agenda Outline

Friday March 2, 2018

9am: Course review and historical perspective Hunter Classes, Equitation courses, distances, footing, weather

11am: Coffee Break

Jumper Classes, Specialty Classes

1pm: Lunch Break

2pm: Scale Drawing, Course Building, Build sheets and measurements

3pm-5pm: Course Designing, Course Setting/Review, Open Discussion Homework handout for the evening

Saturday March 3, 2018

9am: Homework Review, Course Designing

11am: Coffee Break

Course Review/Discussion

1pm: Lunch Break

2pm: Rules, review individual course plans

3pm: Exam, Exam Review

4pm: Open Discussion

5pm: End of Day

New - Manitoba General Performance and Western Judging Program

Existing experienced judges and current and former Equestrian Canada judges are encouraged to apply for accreditation under this new Manitoba program, with a streamlined process that takes into account their previous experience, as well as people wishing to enter the judging stream to become newly licensed in Manitoba.


An Official's Development/Refresher clinic was held with Equestrian Canada Senior General Performance and Western Judge, Tracy Dopko. This clinic was mandatory if you wished to apply for accreditation in Manitoba as a new judge, and ws offered at a special rate for current judges wishing to maintain status.


Contact MHC's office if you are interested in any upcoming Judges' Clinics

What’s involved?

New applicants must
•    be a Manitoba Horse Council member
•    be at least 21 years of age; and
•    have had previous experience as either a competitor, coach, judge, trainer, or instructor in their respective field
•    attend an Officials Development/Refresher Course and achieve a minimum score of 80% in a take-home, open book examination.

On completion of the course your name and contact information will be listed on Manitoba Horse Council's website as an accredited Manitoba judge. You may also be eligible to apply to Sport Manitoba (via Manitoba Horse Council) for assistance with professional development costs. (See the brochure for more details.)

Please download Application forms and other documentation, or for more information you can call John Savard, Executive Director at 204-925-5719.


Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6
Fax: (204) 925-5703

Executive Director, John Savard
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: [email protected]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 925-5718
Email: [email protected]

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9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday