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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.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 ...

 

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!

 

MHC Provincial Officials

MHC Provincial Officials Program

Manitoa Horse Council is pleased to offer a Provincial Officials program for those wishing to judge non-EC shows in the province.

The registration program requires attendance at a two-day workshop with an accredited EC-judge and successful completion of an open-book examination following the workshop. Applicants are required to complete a comprehensive application form which includes their past equine activity, and letters of reference from others in the industry. A current MHC membership is also required, along with a $21 processing fee to be remitted to MHC with the application form.

On satisfactory completion of all steps, the Officials Committee of MHC will issue a certificate of completion and the applicant's name and contact information will be entered on MHC's website.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list which encompasses courses for all equestrian professionals in Manitoba, please email [email protected] Last name First name Status ...

 

Become A Member

Club Membership

Equine clubs are the foundation of Manitoba Horse Council and receive one vote on any issue at the MHC Annual General Meeting and/or Council of Clubs meetings. Some items subject to voted approval of MHC member Clubs include: • Provincial or local issues • National issues requiring a Provincial vote • Election of MHC Board of Directors • Approval of MHC By-Law changes

Membership of Manitoba Horse Council's (MHC) club network is for provincial, regional, and local equine organizations (need not be based in Manitoba) which engage in the promotion and development of equestrian sport and recreation activities in Manitoba and which meet the following criteria: 1. Have a minimum of 10 members; 2. Are not-for-profit, volunteer based and democratic; 3. Have a written constitution; 4. Hold regular meetings; 5. Hold elections of directors and officers; 6. Maintain financial records which are available on request to MHC. Membership benefits

Benefits to a club are ...

 

Club Membership

Club Memberships

Equine clubs are the foundation of Manitoba Horse Council and receive one vote on any issue at the MHC Annual General Meeting and/or Council of Clubs meetings. Some items subject to voted approval of MHC member Clubs include: • Provincial or local issues • National issues requiring a Provincial vote • Election of MHC Board of Directors • Approval of MHC By-Law changes

Membership of Manitoba Horse Council's (MHC) club network is for provincial, regional, and local equine organizations (need not be based in Manitoba) which engage in the promotion and development of equestrian sport and recreation activities in Manitoba and which meet the following criteria: 1. Have a minimum of 10 members; 2. Are not-for-profit, volunteer based and democratic; 3. Have a written constitution; 4. Hold regular meetings; 5. Hold elections of directors and officers; 6. Maintain financial records which are available on request to MHC. Membership benefits

Benefits to a club are ...

 

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) 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: ...

 

Competition Organizers

Equestrian 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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Recent News and Notices

STAY INFORMED

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

We encourage you to use our "Submit Your Event" form to add your club/local events to the MHC Events Calendar . Anyone can submit details of local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events; all breeds, all disciplines. Just enter your event information into the form and we'll add it to the MHC Events Calendar. We aim to reflect a complete spread of equine related activities occurring across Manitoba each year.

We also want as much input from Manitoba clubs (and others) so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected] . We will use this news as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and website. We can also share your news with our Facebook pages. We are here to promote YOUR club!

 

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 ...

 

Recreational Trail Maps

Trail Maps Overview Birds Hill Park Winter Trail Birds Hill Provincial Park Bridal 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 surveys members 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 when we are in ...

 

$150,000.00 Will Be Distributed To U25 Athletes Across Canada!

Manitoba Horse Council is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced Nationwide, with the mandate to support Equestrian Athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential in becoming Canada’s next High-Performance Athletes.

Funding for the programs has been graciously provided from the J.C. Anderson Family Foundation and the J.C. Anderson Legacy Fund through The Calgary Foundation and the Alberta Sport Connection Donation Program to the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) for purposes of supporting Athlete Development. John Anderson, a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team has helped make this funding and programs possible.

Program 1: The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal will be a Jumper based Medal Series open to ANY athlete under the age of 25 as of January 1st. Medal classes will be held at competitions across the country at 1.20m-1.25m. Any competitor who competes in a minimum of 2 J.C. Anderson ...

 

OFFICIALS CLINIC A SUCCESS

In early March the Manitoba Horse Council ran Equestrian Canada General and Dressage Stewards Clinics for new and experienced officials in the province. The clinics were a great success thanks to our clinicians: Linda Miller, Sue Hawes and Susan Adey Bagg, who did a great job! Thanks also go to all of the people who chose to attend. We couldn't put these things on without your enthusiastic attendance and participation.

I also want to thank our new ED, John Savard, who was there to meet our participants and generally see that things ran smoothly.

We look forward to presenting more of these professional development opportunities in the future. Watch for them on our website.

We also look forward to working with the people at this workshop who are interested in pursuing their goal of becoming stewards.

Daryl Freed, Chair of Officials MHC

 

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 ...

 

Officials

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

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.

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. MHC Provincial Officials

More information coming soon.

 

Ride and Drive Rewards Program

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.

Registration Form

An MHC Ride & Drive Log Book can be ...

 

Officials Certification Events

Upcoming Clinics

To be added to our newsletter regarding Coaching, Officials and other professional equestrian activities please email MHC office at m[email protected] Jumper Judge's Clinic

November 10, 2018:

Learn from Dr Billy Wiltshire, EC Senior Jumper Judge, about judge's responsibilities and relationships on course, EC Rules, Ground Jury, Marking, Common problems with different types of competitions, order of go and timekeeping, plus many other points.

Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Register here: Jumper Judge's Clinic Registration Form Hunter, Hack & Equitation Clinic

November 11, 2018:

Meet Tracy Dopko, EC Senior Hunter, Hack and Hunt Seat Equitation Judge to learn about Officials Ethics and conduct, Hunter form and movement, judging conformation, judging the Hack Division, Hunt Seat Equitation and a wide range of other applicable topics.

Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Register here: Hunter Hack & Equitation Clinic Registration ...

 

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Horse Day 2017

INTRODUCTION

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 ...

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]