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Recreational Trail Maps

Trail Maps Overview Birds Hill Park Winter Trail Birds Hill Provincial Park Bridle Path 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 GOING RIDING/DRIVING? CHECK OUT THE MHC TRAIL MAPS!!

In our 2012/2013 surveys the membership asked for Trail Maps on the website. This section is up and running! Currently trail maps are available for: Birds Hill Provincial Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Souris River Bend, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the Trans Canada Trail. These maps include a description of the trail, a visual map and trail specifics.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

When you use these trails we would appreciate some feedback on these trails. This information can be useful to the MHC ...

 

 

Trail Education

Equestrian Canada Trail Riding and Tourism

Take a Peek - http://issuu.com/equinecanada/docs/basichorsemanshiptrailriding_teaser

With this learning program, Equine 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 Equine Canada Trail Tider, 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 so ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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]

 

Club Listings

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) 573-8633 Email: [email protected] Web: www.blhpsi.com

Birds Hill Park Barrel Racing Phone:(204)771-1563 Email: [email protected] Web: www.thedblc.ca

Canadian Northern Lights Drill Team Phone: (204) 647-5719 Web: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianNorthernLightsDrillTeam Canadian Western Horse Association Phone: Email: Web: www.cwha.ca Central Canada Reining Horse Association Web: www.ccrha.com Crocus Cow Horse Association Phone: Email: Web: www.crocuscowhorse.com Distance Riders of Manitoba Phone: (204) 795-1915 Email: [email protected] Web: www.distanceridersofmanitoba.ca Dressage Winnipeg Phone: (204) 444-4424 Email: [email protected] Web: www.dressagewinnipeg.com Manitoba Appaloosa Horse Club Phone: (204) 761-6193 Email: [email protected] ...

 

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 ...

 

Complete Listing of Upcoming Events

We want to encourage you to use our new "Submit Your Event" form so that YOU can add your club and local events to the MHC Events Calendar . Anyone can submit info on local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events - from minis to heavy horses - and more! Just fill the information about your event into the form and we'll get it added in to the MHC Events Calendar! Let's try to get the calendar reflecting a complete picture of how many equine related activities actually happen across Manitoba each year!

We also want as much input from your club and region across Manitoba as possible so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected] as we will also be using this type of info as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and on our Facebook page and website. We are here to promote YOUR club!

 

Recreational Riding

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 ...

 

MHC Equestrian Centre at Birds Hill Park

All MHC members receive preferential access for event booking at the beautiful MHC Equestrian Centre and trails located in Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Casual Riding at the Park

This feature can be added to your MHC membership at $35.00 per membership year

This feature allows MHC members access to Ring 5 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between May 1st - September 30th

No jumping or lessons allowed. Standard arena etiquette applies.

 

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 and must follow the same rules, but it is found increasingly that motorists are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.

With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, motorists are more likely than ever to encounter a horse and rider or horse and 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 can be purchased from the office for $5 per copy including taxes and shipping, or download PDF here .

 

Horse Week

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:

Create Awareness

Promote economic impact and significance of Manitoba’s horse industry

Endorse horse welfare

Promote the variety of breeds and disciplines

Provide Education

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

Increase Participation

Encourage and increase the practice of equestrian sport and recreation activity in Manitoba and ...

 

Recent News and Notices

STAY INFORMED

Watch this space for the latest News and Notices on horse happenings in Manitoba and Canada. EVENTS

We want to encourage you to use our new "Submit Your Event" form so that YOU can add your club and local events to the MHC Events Calendar . Anyone can submit info on local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events - from minis to heavy horses - and more! Just fill the information about your event into the form and we'll get it added in to the MHC Events Calendar! Let's try to get the calendar reflecting a complete picture of how many equine related activities actually happen across Manitoba each year!

We also want as much input from your club and region across Manitoba as possible so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected] as we will also be using this type of info as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and on our Facebook page and website. We are here to promote YOUR club!

 

Recreational Riding Grants

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 2017 Manitoba Horse Council Recreation Invitation, Criteria, Guide for Applicants and the Application Form:

Recreation Grant Invitation to Apply 2017

Recreation Grant Criteria 2017

Recreation Grant Guide for Applicants 2017

Recreation Grant Application Form 2017

Recreation Grant Budget Template (Excel spreadsheet)

 

Road Safety Handbook

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 and must follow the same rules, but it is found increasingly that motorists are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.

With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, motorists are more likely than ever to encounter a horse and rider or horse and 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 can be purchased from the office for $5 per copy including taxes and shipping, or download PDF here .

 

 

 

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]