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About Us

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 equestrian enthusiasts.

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

 

MHC Member insurance

MHC Member Liability

Who: All current members in good standing with MHC

Amount: $5,000,000 Personal Liability insurance

$ 2,500 Medical Expenses

What: Third-party liability insurance defends against lawsuits and/or settlements for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the non-commercial ownership and/or leasing of horses in the event that no other insurance is in effect. (Eg. If your horse were to cause harm to a third party). This policy will act as an excess coverage if any other insurance is in place. This policy is valid worldwide. MHC Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Who: All current members under the age of 70 in good standing with MHC

Amount: $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment

What: Reimbursement to members who may become injured during horse-related sanctioned events under the supervision and at the direction of the Manitoba Horse Council, as well as during any horse-related activities including practice, training, and pleasure riding while not in ...

 

Coaching Courses and Upgrades

2017 Continuing Education Opportunities NCCP EQUESTRIAN THEORY COURSE

The Equestrian Theory Course was developed to assist candidates in meeting the standard(s) at an Equine Canada Instructor and/or Coach Evaluation for certification.

HOSTED AT THE SPORT FOR LIFE CENTRE ON May 5 th -7 th 2017

Friday May 5 th from 5:00 PM sharp to 9:00 PM

Saturday May 6 th and Sunday May 7 th from 9:00 AM sharp to 5:00 PM

Sport for Life Centre is located at 145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, MB with all held in the Conference Room A for all courses

COST for the 2 ½ day session is $275 (includes GST) AND includes : ability to do the on-line Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation without any additional fee (approx. $85 value ) given you’ll have attended the Equestrian Theory Course’s Making Ethical Decisions module on May 5 th course materials (approx. $100 value ), complimentary muffins on May 5 th , lunch with morning snacks on May 6 th and 7 th (approx. $25 value ).

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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 ...

 

Horse Health and Welfare

Emergency Plans Biosecurity Premises ID Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals

The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. The Codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. NFACC and the Codes

Canada’s Code development process is led by NFACC. Key components of the process are: the inclusion of scientific committees to review research on priority welfare issues; ownership of the individual Codes by the relevant stakeholders through their active participation in developing the Code; measurable components to facilitate the development of assessment programs; and a transparent process. Science- and consensus-based commitment

The Code Development Committee and the Scientific Committee work together to develop a science- and consensus-based Code. The result is a Code that is scientifically informed, practical, and reflects societal expectations for responsible farm ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Current Coaches Directory - NCCP

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 ...

 

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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.

 

Membership Benefits

Effective Monday, November 28, 2016: Manitoba Horse Council is now accepting membership renewals and applications for its 2017 term! 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 on the right hand side of the screen and follow the prompts. 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.

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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 ...

 

2017 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm Sport Manitoba (Sport for Life Centre), 145 Pacific Avenue Board of Director positions up for election in April 2017: Director At Large - Term Expires (April) 2018 Director At Large - Term Expires (April) 2020 Chair – Recreation - Term Expires (April) 2020 Chair – Competitions - Term Expires (April) 2020 In addition: due to the fact that Sheri Parkinson has taken on the position of Vice President her position as Chair of Special Events is open for appointment. Interested people should call John Savard at 204-925-5719 or email him at [email protected] All Board Members shall: a) be responsible for establishing the Bylaws and policies of the Association; b) prepare a long term plan with annual updates setting out the mission, vision, and long term goals of the Association; c) approve the annual operational plans and budget as prepared by the Executives; d) arrange the appointment/election of the Board of Directors; and e) regularly attend Board ...

 

Membership Insurance Benefits

MHC Member Liability

Who: All current members in good standing with MHC

Amount: $5,000,000 Personal Liability insurance

$ 2,500 Medical Expenses

What: Third-party liability insurance defends against lawsuits and/or settlements for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the non-commercial ownership and/or leasing of horses in the event that no other insurance is in effect. (Eg. If your horse were to cause harm to a third party). This policy will act as an excess coverage if any other insurance is in place. This policy is valid worldwide. MHC Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Who: All current members under the age of 70 in good standing with MHC

Amount: $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment

What: Reimbursement to members who may become injured during horse-related sanctioned events under the supervision and at the direction of the Manitoba Horse Council, as well as during any horse-related activities including practice, training, and pleasure riding while not in ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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, ...