- Learn To Ride
- Equine Welfare
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? 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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
2019 Continuing Education Opportunities - Equestrian Specific Courses:
Equestrian Theory Workshop - April 7 and 14, 2019
Save with the Early Bird: registration deadline March 17, 2019. Regular registration deadline March 31, 2019
The 4-module Equestrian Theory Workshop will prepare you for evaluation as an Equestrian Canada Instructor or coach.
Over two full days, you will learn to Prepare a lesson plan to Equestrian Canada standards; Analyze a rider’s performance Develop, improve and enhance your teaching skills, including Lesson Planning Prepare for the Make Ethical Decisions module prior to taking the online evaluation.
Sport Manitoba, Winnipeg. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
Early Bird prices apply till March 17, 2019, final registration is March 31, 2019 . Email [email protected] if you have questions.
Competition Coach /Competition Coach Specialist Evaluation
In-competition evaluations are being planned for the summer season. Please call ...
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. Equestrian 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 ...
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 ...
Competition Organizer Resources Medication Control Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) Manitoba Equestrian Championships (MEC) Heritage Classic Show Circuit Upcoming Manitoba Competition Events
The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal is 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 Legacy Medal classes during the year will be eligible to compete in the Eastern Regional Finals (Angelstone) and the Western Regional Finals (Rocky Mountain Show Jumping). The top 10 athletes from each region will be invited to compete at the National Finals to be held in 2018 at the prestigious Royal West. $40,000 in Athlete Development Bursaries will be awarded to the 20 qualifying riders in the amount of $2,000 each. The bursaries will be distributed to them, through the AEF and then by each respective Provincial/Territorial ...
Manitoba joined the rest of Canada in celebrating the 10th annual Horse Day on June 2, 2018. Over 6,000 people participated and attended 75 Horse Day events from coast-to-coast. For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. It’s also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the important contributions made by horses in our nation's heritage and how people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure. Here in Manitoba, eight organizations took part in Horse Day. MHC stepped up to the mounting block with a photo contest, encouraging people across the province to participate in a Horse Day event and snap a pic for the contest. Nearly 30 people participated and captured beautiful moments with friends, family and – most importantly – horses. The rainy weather didn’t dampen the smiles.
At MHC, we were also smiling ear to ear all weekend – we loved seeing your Horse Day moments. Click ...
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 ...
"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 ...
Please be advised that the following sections of the 2018 Equestrian Canada (EC) Rules have been amended through the Extraordinary Rule Amendment (ERA) process, effective immediately: Section A: General Regulations Section B: Breeds Section E: Dressage and Para-Dressage Section F: General Performance, Western, Equitation Section G: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation and Hack Noteworthy updates and changes are outlined in the link below.
See Full EC Rules Update Amendments Here
This summer, Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sisters Falls, Man., was standing in a warm-up ring at Calgary's Spruce Meadows when she read an email message confirming her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
I remember crying out, ’Oh my God!’, and I started to feel shaky,” says Dunlop, who was working as a groom for Olympic medallist Jill Henselwood’s show jumping team. “I’m pretty sure people were wondering why I had that goofy grin on my face.”
Dunlop began the four-year veterinary program at the WCVM in mid-August. She and her classmates received an official welcome to the college and the veterinary profession during a white coat ceremony on Sept. 21, in Saskatoon, Sask.
Read full story here: Manitoba Groom Starts Vet School.pdf (120kb)
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 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 ...
To be added to our newsletter regarding Coaching, Officials and other professional equestrian activities please email MHC office at [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 ...
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 ...
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: ...
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 ...
Equestrian Canada-certified officials of all types can be found in the Equestrian 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.
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 ...