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Medication Control

All equestrians are to practice anti-doping measures and fair medication control to safeguard the health and welfare of equines.

Competitors participating in Equine Canada (EC) and/or Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) competitions should be aware of applicable medication rules, prohibited substances, etc designed to protect the welfare of the horse, human, and the fairness of competition.

Drug-testing (equine and/or human) at competitions is governed and organized by the sanctioning competition body (eg. Equine Canada [EC] or Federation Equestre Internationale [FEI]). Equine Medication

EC and/or FEI sanctioned competitions at which drug-testing is to take place are selected by the appropriate sanctioning competition body. Manitoba provides its own drug-testing technicians who collect urine and/or blood samples from equines at these competitions. Equines to be tested are generally randomly selected.

Detailed equine medication information, rules, prohibited and permitted substance lists, ...

 

Emergency Plans

MHC Emergency Help for Equines & Equine Owners

Manitoba Horse Council has maintained a resource list of individuals and businesses that have generously offered to aid equines and equine owners in an emergency situation (eg. flood evacuation) by providing temporary stabling / acreage for equines, or equine transportation.

Please be aware that immediate assistance may not be possible in every situation. Should you foresee the need for evacuation of your equine(s) and require assistance, please contact the MHC office as soon as possible so that if a crisis does arise, you are by then prepared and have made arrangements with those providing support.

Note: This does not constitute emergency veterinarian care or regular situations and duties overseen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or city police (911) How do I obtain emergency assistance for my equine(s)?

Contact the MHC office at (204) 925-5718

MHC will provide contact details of those able to provide assistance closest to where ...

 

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, ...

 

Premises ID

What is the Manitoba Premises Identification program?

Prepared by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI), the Manitoba Premises Identification program is designed to protect, plan for, and manage livestock, poultry, and equines in health and food safety emergencies by linking animals to a specific location. Examples of emergencies include disease outbreak, flood, or other disaster. The Manitoba Premises Identification (ID) program is now mandatory for equine property owners .

Only have a horse or two in your backyard? Premises identification is for all equine property owners. No herd or flock too small for a premises identification number. CLICK HERE to view the Manitoba Government article titled as such, dated December 12, 2011. How do I obtain a Premises ID number for my property?

Application Form: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/food-safety/traceability/premises-identification.html

Identifying your premises is even simpler now! We now have an application form that is ...

 

Competition Organizers

Equine Canada Sanctioned Competitions

The following Bronze and Silver competitions are approved by each province or territory.

1. Hunter/Jumper Competitions 2. Dressage Competitions 3. Breed Competitions 4. Endurance Competitions 5. Reining Competitions

*All Platinum, Gold, Bronze/Gold or Silver/Gold competitions are approved by EC.

**All Eventing, Driving and Vaulting competitions are approved by EC

*** Competitions are not permitted to host multiple disciplines at a single competition, unless permission is granted by EC. E.g. A dressage competition may not hold a hunter/jumper portion unless given written permission from EC.

**** It is important to note that all Manitoba Bronze and Silver EC Sanctioned Shows/Competitions are to contact the MHC office directly. // WE HAD UPDATED ALL FORM LINKS BELOW TO THE 2016 VERSIONS, BUT NOW DUE TO THE REBRANDING AND NEW WEBSITE SWITCH OVER BY EQUESTRIAN CANADA, MANY OF THE LINKS BELOW ARE NO LONGER WORKING. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO UPDATE THEM BUT ...

 

Competitions

Competition Organizer Resources Medication Control Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) Manitoba Equestrian Championships (MEC) Heritage Classic Show Circuit Upcoming Manitoba Competition Events Having an event?

Have an event, competition, or clinic to add to the Calendar of Events? Contact the Manitoba Horse Council office at (204) 925-5718 or [email protected] Event Organizers

Click on the appropriate headings above to view forms for Competition Organizers, information on attaining horse passports, and details and dates for clinics, events, and competitions happening in Manitoba!

 

Equine Biosecurity

Biosecurity means:

Keeping your horses healthy through disease prevention;

protecting yourselves, your horses, and your property from disease-causing agents and the introduction of disease

reducing and controlling the spread of disease

Remember to always contact your veterinarian with with any biosecurity or horse health questions and concerns. Biosecurity Resources

Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) hopes to develop and customize its own biosecurity materials for Manitoba equestrians. Presently, fellow provincial equestrian organization Alberta Equestrian Federation has developed some excellent resources in conjunction with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Please view the following while keeping in mind some information will differ from province to province:

Equine Biosecurity and Best Practices Guide

Biosecurity Brochure Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)

SOPs help ensure everyone who is using a facility and/or engaged in a horse's care is aware of the biosecurity ...

 

Beginning Riding Lessons

WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR FIRST RIDING LESSON

While it isn’t necessary to go out and purchase a full riding wardrobe for your first lesson, there are a few must haves which will make your experience safe, comfortable and fun.

ASTM CERTIFIED RIDING HELMET

This is the single most important piece of equipment you need to own. Approved ASTM riding helmets must be properly fitted to the rider so they don’t slip or fly off during riding. Riding helmets are designed specifically for riding and the types of injuries a rider could experience. Substituting a non- sport specific helmet such as a hockey helmet is NOT recommended and is to be avoided. Borrowing or purchasing a used helmet which could have structural damage not visible to the eye should be avoided. A reputable tack shop will carry certified helmets and will be able to assist you in selecting a properly fitting helmet.

PROPER FOOTWEAR

While wearing a pair of riding boots is a good idea they are not essential. Wear shoes/boots ...

 

Negative Coggins Required for MHC Facility BHP

2017 has been a challenging year for equine health in Manitoba with the current positive EIA cases as well as the EHV-1 case earlier this spring.

To reduce the risk of exposure to EIA proof of current negative Coggins tests will be required of all horses on the MHC Equestrian Center grounds for the remainder of 2017.

As well we will be evaluating changes to the insect control part of the bio-security protocol. As always we will continue to disinfect the barns between usage.

We encourage all members of our equine community to educate themselves about bio-security and herd health management.

 

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Update

As provided by Virden Animal Hospital - July 14 at 10:24pm

EIA UPDATE:

We have had new cases reported this week. We now have 5 premises in total in MB where EIA has been confirmed.

1) RM of St Clement 2) RM of Armstrong 3) RM of Hanover 4) RM of St Andrews 5) RM of Armstrong

All of the above premises have been placed under quarantine, and all positive horses were inapparent carriers showing no clinical signs. The 5th premise has just been confirmed by CFIA and 6 horses at this premises have tested positive to date.

It is unknown at this time how many horses may have been exposed to the confirmed inapparent carriers or exactly what the risk of infection may be to any horses exposed. These inapparent carriers have been shown to carry a much lower amount of EIA virus in their blood vs an acutely infected horse which makes them less likely to spread the disease to other horses through biting flies. With that said, there remains a small chance that EIA transmission could occur. The CFIA ...

 

EHV-1 (Neurological) Instance in Manitoba

Statement from Elder's Equine Clinic (as posted on facebook)

Equine Herpes Virus In Manitoba

We have received a number for request for information on the current state of an outbreak of EHV-1 neurological form in Manitoba. Although we are not directly dealing with the cases, we are providing support and information. Here is an update on the situation as it currently exists. The horses are quarantined on a farm where the initial cases have been identified in the Western part of the Province. The quarantine is good and is being held under the care of a veterinarian. We are assisting as needed given our experience with EHV1 and quarantine protocols from previous years. There are positive EHV-1 neurological form horses, however, the quarantine has isolated those horses and biosecurity protocols are in place. We will release some information on the condition and general biosecurity protocols that everyone can put in place shortly. The overview is: monitor your horses for fever (anything over 38.5C or ...

 

Become An Official

Are you thinking about becoming an Equestrian Canada (EC) Official? Officials represent EC as a national governing body, serving, promoting and protecting the interests of horses and equestrians.

From judges to stewards to course designers, officials are instrumental to competitions; ensuring participants can enjoy a safe, fair and fun equestrian sport.

Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information: https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/officials Types of EC Officials

EC certifies the following general types of officials: Course Designers Equine Medication Control Technicians Judges Stewards Technical Delegates Para-Equestrian Classifiers Veterinarians

Specific types of officials (i.e. Dressage Judge, Jumping Course Designer, etc.) vary by discipline/breed sport. See discipline-specific EC Rules for full information. How to Become an EC Official

The application process to become an EC official varies by type of official and discipline. See discipline-specific EC Rules ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Officials

How to Become an EC Official Current Manitoba Officials Directory Upcoming Officials Certification Events

From judges to stewards to course designers, officials are instrumental to competitions; ensuring participants can enjoy a safe, fair and fun equestrian sport. Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information. Types of EC Officials

EC certifies the following general types of officials: Course Designers Equine Medication Control Technicians Judges Stewards Technical Delegates Para-Equestrian Classifiers Veterinarians

Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information: https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/officials

Specific types of officials (i.e. Dressage Judge, Jumping Course Designer, etc.) vary by discipline/breed sport. See discipline-specific EC Rules for full information.

 

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 ...

 

Learn To Ride

What is Equestrian? Getting Started P'tit Trot Program Beginning Riding Lessons English Riding Western Riding Other Disciplines Upcoming Learn to Ride Events

Learning to Ride

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. Our downloadable Guide for New Riders now available! Click to download PDF version or request a hard copy from the office. Please use the links above to get more information on how to get started on your horse journey... Further questions can be directed to the MHC office at (204) ...

 

Officials Directory

Equine Canada-certified officials of all types can be found in the Equine Canada (EC) Officials Database

At the above link, conduct a search for the province of Manitoba to pull up all Manitoba EC-certified officials, or search a discipline, name etc.

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]

Regular Office Hours are
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday