- Learn To Ride
- Equine Welfare
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.
While wearing a pair of riding boots is a good idea they are not essential. Wear shoes/boots ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ride and Drive Rewards Program Road Safety Handbook Recreational Riding Grants Education Trail Maps Horse Week Upcoming Recreational Riding Events in MB
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 ...
Manitoba Horse Council has established a fund to help promote recreational equine activities and projects throughout the province of Manitoba
About the fund
Manitoba Horse Council has established a fund to help promote recreational equine activities and projects throughout the province of Manitoba. Since the inception of this program in 2010, 15 projects have been supported throughout Manitoba. These projects have included trail development and construction, improvements to corrals and equine camp sites, educational clinics, equine safety and welfare.
Please find below the 2019 Manitoba Horse Council Recreation Invitation, Criteria, Guide for Applicants and the Application Form:
Recreation Grant Invitation to Apply 2019
Recreation Grant Criteria 2019
Recreation Grant Guide for Applicants 2019
Recreation Grant Application Form 2019
2019 Budget Template
WANT TO GET REWARDED FOR SIMPLY RIDING OR DRIVING YOUR HORSE?
The Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) Ride and Drive program rewards riders and drivers of horses for logging the hours they spend riding or driving. It is open to all MHC Recreational members having fun with their horses! Even those who rent/lease a horse are eligible to participate.
There is no age restriction - it’s for the young and the young-at-heart! All that is required is your yearly MHC Recreation membership. Then start counting the hours of fun and relaxation riding/driving your horses. The hours accumulate and continue to build up even if you have to re-register (this means you never lose your hours).The ultimate goal of 4,000 hours is worth striving for!
Rewards are progressive, starting with the 25 hour level and ending at the 4000 hour level. Hours spent riding or driving must be logged on a daily basis on a Ride & Drive log sheet and submitted at each level.
An MHC Ride & Drive Log Book can be ...
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) ...
Equestrian Canada Trail Riding and Tourism
Take a Peek - http://issuu.com/equinecanada/docs/basichorsemanshiptrailriding_teaser
With this learning program, Equestrian Canada is presenting a discovery tool and a reference guide intended for anyone wishing to learn to share the world of horses in playful harmony. What are the feeding principles, how does one care for his horses, what are the trail riding techniques and practices that allow riders to safeguard the horse's physical and mental health while experiencing an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors?
This Trail Riding and Tourism training program contains all the necessary basic information needed to enjoy trail riding while remaining safe. It also contains everything required to prepare for certification as an Equestrian Canada Trail Rider, Trail Guide or Instructor.
Trail Rider Levels
This program provides basic training to any person wishing to acquire the skills needed for outings on horseback outdoors safely. Those who ...
Trail Maps Overview Riding Mountain National Park - Central Trail Area Riding Mountain National Park - North Escarpment Trail Riding Mountain National Park - Ochre River Trail Riding Mountain National Park - South Escarpment Trail Souris River Bend Equestrian Trails Spruce Woods Provincial Park Trans Canada Trail Turtle Mountain Provincial Park Trail NEW! BIRD'S HILL PARK REVISED TRAILS
There have recently been some changes as to which trails are assigned for horses in Bird's Hill Park, some trails have become less usable over the years, and other changes for 2019.
Please download and use The Bird's Hill Park Trails Plan Booklet as the current reference and check back regularly in case it is updated again!
To use the Trails Booklet to plan your ride:
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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 ...
Horse Week is held annually to promote and celebrate Manitoba's thriving horse industry. A wide range of activities are held across the province, including trail rides, horse shows, charity events and open houses to allow horse enthusiasts and the public alike to celebrate horses! Everyone is encouraged to participate.
All events, regardless of size, take place in the first two weeks of June can apply for Horse Week status and be promoted through MHC.
MHC Horse Week objectives:
Promote economic impact and significance of Manitoba’s horse industry
Endorse horse welfare
Promote the variety of breeds and disciplines
Identify the benefits that horses and riding provide
Teach the importance of safety around horses
Recognize the importance of recognized riding schools and certified instructors/coaches
Encourage and increase the practice of equestrian sport and recreation activity in Manitoba and ...
I am informing our membership and friends that by mutual agreement Diane Shack will no longer be the Executive Director of the Manitoba Horse Council. MHC thanks her for her service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. In the near future MHC will begin a search for a new ED. In the meantime Brenda Neumann will work more hours and Carolyn Lintott will be our interim ED.
MHC will make every effort to have someone in the office from 9 until 4 from Monday to Friday to answer your questions. If you have questions for the office or for any of the directors please email the office at [email protected] Questions best answered by a director will be passed on to the relevant person.
We are very excited to have approved the new board for the coming year. They are as follows: Geri Sweet - President Jan Ash Gross - Athlete Development Gwen Donohoe - Breeds & Industry Myriam Dyck - Marketing Linda Hazelwood - Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Rosin - Member At Large Harry Crawley - Equestrian ...
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.com 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 ...
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 ...
Below is an alphabetical order listing of some of Manitoba Horse Council's member clubs. Contact these clubs for more information on their equestrian activities, how to join, etc.
Brandon Light Horse & Pony Society Inc Phone: (204) 727-4476 Email: [email protected] Web: www.blhpsi.com Canadian Western Horse Association Phone: (204-392-6308 Email: [email protected] Web: www.cwha.ca Central Canada Reining Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.ccrha.com Crocus Cow Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.crocuscowhorse.com Distance Riders of Manitoba Phone: (204) 391-6789 Email: [email protected] Web: www.distanceridersofmanitoba.ca Dressage Winnipeg Phone: (204) 793-1962 Email: [email protected] Web: www.dressagewinnipeg.com Manitoba Cutting Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.mbcutting.ca Manitoba Driving Society Web: www.manitobadrivingsociety.com Manitoba Horse Trials Phone: (204) 392-4746 Email: [email protected] Web: ...
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 ...
The Manitoba Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“HBPA”), located at 3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 2E9, is looking for:
Job Title: Horse Grooms
Term: The position is a full time temporary position for the 2019 season starting from March 1, 2019 to approximately September 9, 2019.
Horse Grooms Job Duties: -Provide daily care of horses racing at Assiniboia Downs at 3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 2E9; -Assist horse trainer with thoroughbred horse training duties -Cleaning stalls, tacking horses, horse grooming, applying medications and bandaging; -Mixing and preparing feed, detecting disease or ailments and reporting to horse owners
Hours: 35 hours per week
Experience Required -Must have on track race horse experience; -Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check;
Language of Work: English
Wage: $13.50 / hour -no formal education required -accommodations available on ...
P'TIT TROT Western Riding Lessons for Young Kids AGES 6 to 12 - with little or no riding experience
The P’tit Trot program provides children with a pleasant introduction to horseback riding. Depending on the program enrollment level of the participant, some of the learning components may include: grooming, hoof care, general horse care, basic tack, parts of the saddle, adjusting a halter, colors, breeds, how to mount the horse, sitting trot, and transitions between the gaits. Each level has both a theoretical and practical component that participants must learn by the end of the level to move on to the next. Each level focuses on specific components of riding and more importantly, on taking care of the participants’ new friend—the horse! As each component is learned, participants progress to the point where they are able to master a specific skill. Games are incorporated into each component providing the riders the opportunity to learn by playing. Participants will be required to wear ...
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 ...
Gaetane is a very successful Equestrian and Coach. In 2015 she won a number of provincial and gold championships. She also won Equine Canada Horse and Rider awards in 2015. At the Dressage Winnipeg Awards ceremony she was recognized with the Hi-Point awards for Training, Third and Fourth levels, and gold medals of excellence for Training, First, Third and Fourth levels. She also received the Gi llian Sevier Award for the senior with the highest percentage result.
Gaetane is a very dedicated and hard working coach who always has the best interests of her students in mind when she works with them. She is a skillful teacher who is both encouraging and patient as students develop their abilities. The results of her work are shown in the high level of success of her students. It is to her credit that she also knows when to refer them to other coaches to further develop their expertise with horses.
Gaetane is also well known for her concern over the welfare of the horse. Her passion for horses has been ...
Rod Hart has been a driving force behind the Manitoba Miniature Horse Club since its inception. He was a founding member in 1993 and has been Vice President and President for a number of years since then.
He has been instrumental in helping club members to develop their skills through organizing clinics with well respected clinicians. He has also conducted many local clinics on his own farm - most of which have been at no cost to participants. He provides coaching and mentoring assistance to club members at both clinics and shows.
You can see Rod with his 8 horse hitch at many parades and fairs. He also spends a week at Brandon Winter Fair every year promoting Miniature Horses!
Rod and his wife, Heather, have sponsored a Youth Participation Award to recognize youth who actively participate in promoting Miniature Horses. The development of youth has always been a priority for Rod. He was a 4H leader with Graysville for many years and you can often see Rod at clinics riding with a youngster, ...
MHC Member Liability
Who: All current members in good standing with MHC
Amount: $5,000,000 Personal Liability insurance (subject to a deductible of $1,000 for Property Damage claims). There is no deductible for Bodily Injury claims.
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. (For instance, if your horse caused harm to a third party.) This policy will act as an excess coverage if any other insurance is in place, and is valid worldwide.
Detailed information at this link: Member Liability Insurance MHC Accidental Death & Dismemberment
Who: All current members under the age of 90 in good standing with MHC.
Amount: $30,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
What: A lump sum payment if you suffer from a listed (scheduled) injury that arises from participation in equine related activities, ...
Nicole is a young athlete who is involved in the Arabian show world. She has been involved in show hack, hunter and english competitions. She has competed in Moosejaw, Saskatoon and in Brandon at the Canadian Nationals. She has placed well in all events at the regionals achieving top 6, reserve Champion or Champion status. At the Canadian nationals she was in the top 10.
Nicole's experien ce in riding has not always been easy. When she was six she had a bad experience with a pony and was afraid to get on any horse or pony. It was a couple of years later that a friend encouraged her to try again - and since then there has been no stopping her.
What really encouraged her nominators to put her name forward was the strength of character she has shown in the competition ring. She has demonstrated that she can learn from her experiences and use that knowledge to go on to higher levels of achievement. All of the members of Manitoba Horse Council wish you continued success as you grow and learn in the sport ...
"Kaitie Mann is a wonderful and naturally talented rider competing on the Arabian Show Circuit. Kaitie started her riding career in dressage, and in 2015 adapted to riding Arabians for the Arabian Circuit. This was no easy switch, but the natural rider that Kaitie is, she caught on quickly." "After getting her feet wet at SAHA Icebreaker Sport Horse and SAHA Spring Icebreaker Shows in Moose Jaw Katie went on to the Western Canadian Breeders Championship in Saskatoon where Kaitie and Harley won two top 6 placings, a top 5 and a top 3 which qualified them to compete at a number of Arabian Shows. At the SAHA AGM in October 2015 Katie was awarded the SAHA 2015 High Point Youth Award."
"Kaitie is also an honour roll student at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk MB and would like to continue her education in Medicine. She was part of a team that raised over $118,000 for Alyssa Selman (the jockey that was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident that happened when two horses ...
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 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 and ...
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. Once completed, please submit the originals ...
The ninth annual Horse Day is taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and we couldn’t be happier that you will be hosting a Horse Day event! Provided in this document are ways to help you maximize attendance at your event and gain interest from local media to share our love of horses with as many people in your community as possible.
This year’s Horse Day will also be a special year for the celebration of the horse, as 2017 also marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, as well as the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada. WHAT IS HORSE DAY?
Each year, the first Saturday of June is marked as Canada's National Horse Day. Together, Equestrian Canada and the provincial/territorial equestrian organizations invite all Canadians to take this unique opportunity to honour, discover, and explore the equestrian world. For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. Horse Day is also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge ...
Horse riders promote safe road sharing
According to Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act, horse riders and drivers of horse-drawn carriages have the same right to use the road as other users and must follow the same rules, but many motorists, bikers, cyclists and other road users are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.
With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, road users are more likely than ever to encounter a horse/rider or horse/cart on the roadway.
The Road Safety project includes a brochure for the motorist “Sharing the Road with Horses” and a Road Safety Handbook for riders.
A copy of the "Sharing the Road with Horses" brochure PDF can be downloaded here.
For bulk supplies please contact the MHC office 204-925-5718.
The Road Safety Handbook for Equestrians is free from the MHC Office, or download PDF here .
Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research qualifications of potential coaches before you select one. Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the national Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program. 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). It 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 NCCP, CAC and Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian ...
All MHC members are eligible for participation in member-only programs that MHC provides locally. These courses include Theory courses, Coach Updates , Officials Updates , Athlete Development courses / clinics , Recreation programs , and Learn to Ride programs . MHC member athletes are also eligible for participation in MHC’s annual Manitoba Equestrian Championship .
MHC Senior members (age 18+) receive voting privileges at the MHC Annual General Meeting and/or Council of Clubs meetings.
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]
The office will be closed May 20 for the Long Weekend. Opens again 9:00 a.m. Tuesday May 21. Have a great horsey weekend!.