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Manitoba Equestrian Championships

MEC (Manitoba Equestrian Championships)

Will be held on September 22nd - 24th, 2017 at the Bird's Hill Park Equestrian Facility.

See Manitoba’s best equestrians compete for the coveted title of "Manitoba Champion"!

Representatives from all regions of Manitoba will compete in Barrel Racing, Combined Driving, Competitive Trail, Cutting, Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping in their quest to become Manitoba Champions.

All details on events and qualifications will be listed in Prize List so please review it when available.

If any questions contact Carolyn by phoning 204.925.5719 or email [email protected]

 

What To Look For When Selecting A Coach

Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research qualifications of potential coaches before you select one. The Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the National Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program (NCCP). NCCP

The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for all coaches in nearly 70 sports and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada. The NCCP is implemented by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The NCCP is the only coach program accepted by Coaching Manitoba – the Sport Manitoba unit for coaching in Manitoba – as required under the CAC. Equestrian Canada/NCCP

The Equestrian Canada (EC) coaching program is the nationally recognized certification program for equestrian coaches and instructors, developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and ...

 

Getting Started

LEARNING TO RIDE – FIRST STEPS

So your child loves horses and has expressed a desire to ride? Or maybe you as adult want to start the sport of equestrian and you are not sure where to begin? You don’t have to incur the expenses of buying and boarding a horse to learn to ride. Taking lessons at a facility which offers school horses can be the best way for you and yours to begin their equestrian journey. Choosing a riding facility can seem like a daunting task but there are things you can look for and questions you can ask to help you make an informed decision.

For a listing of some facilities which offer lessons in Manitoba, you can go to www.manitobaequinedirectory.ca and look through the businesses listed there to see which ones offer school horses or beginner programs. (MHC cannot recommend any particular facility - see our Help Me Find a Coach page for more tips on choosing a riding facility)

Find out about the lesson program and the credentials of the instructors/coaches teaching ...

 

English Riding

English riding is a form of horse riding seen throughout the world. There are many variations, but all feature a flat English saddle without the deep seat, high back or saddle horn seen on a Western saddle nor the knee pads seen on an Australian Stock Saddle. Saddles within the various English disciplines are all designed to allow the horse the freedom to move in the optimal manner for a given task, ranging from classical dressage to horse racing. English bridles also vary in style based on discipline, but most feature some type of noseband as well as closed reins, buckled together at the ends, that prevents them from dropping on the ground if a rider becomes unseated. Clothing for riders in competition is usually based on traditional needs from which a specific style of riding developed, but most standards require, as a minimum, boots; breeches or jodhpurs; a shirt with some form of tie or stock; a hat, cap, or equestrian helmet; and a jacket. English riding is an equestrian discipline with many different ...

 

Becoming a Coach

How to Become an NCCP Certified Equestrian Coach or Instructor STEP 1 - Identify the certification you are best suited for

Instructor : Specializes in introducing beginners to non-competitive or recreational riding and/or driving.

Available certificates: Instructor English Western Driving Saddle Seat

Please note : NCCP Certified Instructors may maintain amateur competitive status while receiving remuneration for instructing.

Coach : Specializes in working with athletes actively competing in equestrian sport. This stream allows a coach to progress through competitive levels and specialize in a discipline.

Available certificates: Competition Coach English Western Competition Coach Specialist Dressage Eventing General Performance Jumping Reining Speed Events High Performance 1 Coach Dressage Eventing Jumping Reining STEP 2 - Complete the admission requirements

The general admission requirements for all certification programs are as follows: Current First Aid Certificate Police ...

 

Athlete Development Resources

Equestrian Canada Long-Term Equine Development Information:

https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/lted

A Parent’s Guide to LTED

Long-Term Athlete Development Backgrounder

10 Key Factors to LTED Success

Equestrian Canada Athlete Development Programs

Equestrian Canada (EC) facilitates the following programs to up-and-coming young athletes to support development and talent identification.

See https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/athlete-development FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is the premiere equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, aged 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual medals in the FEI disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing, Jumping, Para-Dressage and Reining.

See https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/athlete-development for more information Dressage Orion Cup

The Orion Cup was created in ...

 

Current Coaches Directory - Other

Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research qualifications of potential coaches before you select one. The Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the National Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program (NCCP).

The Associations or Organizations certifying the coaches below do not provide NCCP certification. Certified Horsemanship Association

To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources. See a List of all Current Manitoba CHA Coaches

For more information: Certified Horsemanship Association

Canadian Pony Club

See website for listings for Canadian Pony Club coaches: www.canadianponyclub.org

Se website for listings for Manitoba Pony Club coaches www.Canadianponyclub.org/Manitoba/

Canadian Pony Club is a member-based association, managed by ...

 

Coaching Certifications

NCCP

The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for all coaches in nearly 70 sports and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada. The NCCP is implemented by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The NCCP is the only coach program accepted by Coaching Manitoba – the Sport Manitoba unit for coaching in Manitoba – as required under the CAC. Equestrian Canada/NCCP

The Equestrian Canada (EC) coaching program is the nationally recognized certification program for equestrian coaches and instructors, developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. Equestian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian coach/instructors’ teaching and coaching skills as meeting professional, nationally, and internationally recognized standards for coaching practice.

The EC coaching program is the only Canadian ...

 

MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE 2016 COACH OF THE YEAR - DANAE MARTIN

Good teaching is the core strength of our sport. Everyone, from Recreation Enthusiasts to High Performance Athletes, can and do benefit from excellent coaches.

Danae was nominated for this award, and recognition, by members who are connected with two different Manitoba Horse Council clubs. Her nominations were filled with positive comments about her commitment to the sport, her dedication to helping others be the "best they can be" and her personal skill level!

Danae has been a powerful influence on many levels. She sits on the Manitoba Horse Trials board, the Manitoba Horse Council board and she works tirelessly to assist Equestrian Canada in the development and implementation of high coaching standards for the sport.

Her coaching ability shows clearly in her results. Danae consistently has students who achieve High Point Awards in their area of choice when it comes to awards evenings. A number of Danae's Eventing students actively compete in the USA to further their showing experience and to ...

 

Membership with Equestrian Canada

All Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) members in good standing are members of Equestrian Canada (EC) and join horse enthusiasts across the country supporting the interests of equestrian sport, recreation and industry. All MHC members are eligible to apply for Equine Canada Competitive Sport Licenses, enter into the EC Learn to Ride, Coaching, and Official Certification and Recognition programs, purchase EC Horse Passports, and access other EC programs.

 

Ride and Drive Rewards Program Road Safety Handbook Recreational Riding Grants Education Trail Maps Horse Week Upcoming Recreational Riding Events in MB

Recreation Memberships

The Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) offers a special membership category for Recreational Riders!

This membership was created because we sincerely believe that the future of MHC lies in acquiring a strong recreational membership base. Equestrian competition will always be an important aspect of the work of the Manitoba Horse Council, but the reality is that most of the equestrian enthusiasts in Manitoba, and across the country, are not competitive. They are involved with horses and ponies of all types and breeds for the sheer love of the animal and the love of the outdoors. And theirs is a voice that has not been represented adequately through the provincial body for equestrians in this province.

This membership category helps to change that. It offers the opportunity for Recreational Riders and Drivers to join the ...

 

Membership with Equestrian Canada

All Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) members in good standing are members of Equestrian Canada (EC) and join horse enthusiasts across the country supporting the interests of equestrian sport, recreation and industry. All MHC members are eligible to apply for Equine Canada Competitive Sport Licenses, enter into the EC Learn to Ride, Coaching, and Official Certification and Recognition programs, purchase EC Horse Passports, and access other EC programs.

 

Western Riding

Western riding in North America originated from the Spanish conquistadors in the 17th Century. As the conquistadors traveled to what is now Texas and California, this style of riding began to spread across the continent.

Both equipment and riding style evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy in the American West. American cowboys needed to work long hours in the saddle over rough terrain, sometimes needing to rope cattle with a lariat (or lasso). Because of the necessity to control the horse with one hand and use a lariat with the other, western horses were trained to neck rein, that is, to change direction with light pressure of a rein against the horse's neck. Horses were also trained to exercise a certain degree of independence in using their natural instincts to follow the movements of a cow, thus a riding style developed that emphasized a deep, secure seat, and training methods encouraged a horse to be responsive on very light rein contact. Though there are significant differences in ...

 

Other Disciplines

The Daring of Driving

Driving is an unmounted equestrian discipline in which one or more horses pulls the driver(s) in a carriage. Like all equestrian disciplines, driving can be for recreation and pleasure, or for sport. Competitive driving competitions include four-in-hand, pairs, singles, and tandems. There are 3 types of driving competitions: presentation/dressage, marathon, and obstacle driving. A popular combination of these is called Combined Driving.

Combined Driving is the equivalent to ridden eventing (see English), testing the horse and driver’s courage, stamina, and versatility. The three phases include: Dressage (see above) in which the horse, while pulling a carriage, must demonstrate a series of movements and demonstrate willingness, obedience, balance, and suppleness; Marathon in which there are several phases, including the navigation of obstacles over varied terrain where each obstacle has a start and finish and is timed separately; and Obstacles (cones) in which the carriage, ...

 

Membership Benefits

The 2017 Membership now runs from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017. It is important that you renew by December 31st to keep your insurance coverage active! IMPORTANT - If you have a 2016 membership or held one in years prior, please RENEW your membership rather than purchasing a new one. If you don't remember your login name and/or password - just click on the RESET PASSWORD button displayed when you try to log in. Thank you! Experience the benefits of membership!

Horse Enthusiasts know that the Manitoba Horse Council adds value to their equestrian lifestyle

That’s because 2000+ horse enthusiasts are MHC members who reap the benefits of belonging. From services and information to benefits not found anywhere else, the MHC represents individual members and clubs from all sectors of the horse industry.

For professionals, amateurs, competitors and recreational enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines, the MHC is committed to horse welfare, advocacy and accessibility.

Every member ...

 

What is Equestrian…?

Equestrian is the encompassing term for all activity involving the horse or other equus species (eg. mule). The term equestrian describes both recreational and competitive riders, handlers, and drivers. Equestrian includes all disciplines or activities participated in whilst mounted on the horse, as well as unmounted disciplines or activities. It is the partnership of horse and human and, in some disciplines, horse to horse.

Mounted equestrian disciplines are commonly divided into two categories: English disciplines and Western disciplines. As a general rule of thumb, the classification of English or Western describes the type of “tack” (equipment) used on the horse. The type of tack used is the most easily distinguishable factor in the division of English and Western disciplines. Other disciplines that do not fall under the categories of English or Western include driving, halter (in-hand), and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback).

Certain breeds of the horse are often favored and are more ...

 

Athlete Development

Athlete Development Grants Athlete Development Resources

Horses inspire, motivate, engage and reward us. The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) & Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) models strives to cement the lifelong relationship between horse and athlete. As models, LTAD and LTED provides the Canadian equestrian community with a vision to help us improve our infrastructure, programs and initiatives to ensure the best opportunities are available for all athletes and participants – whatever their personal goals or stage of development. It serves as our true north. Long-Term Athlete Development

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Equestrian Canada to maximize a participant/athletes potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery program based on biological age rather than chronological age. It is athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science ...

 

Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility - Bird's Hill Park

Manitoba Horse Council owns and operates its Equestrian Centre in beautiful Bird's Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.

Interested in booking the Equestrian Centre for an event, competition, clinic, or camp?

See our Facility Rentals page or contact the Manitoba Horse Council office at (204) 925-5718 or email [email protected]