- 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 ...
Deb Shepherd has shown an incredible enthusiasm and dedication towards providing opportunities for young people to become involved with horses. She is the District Commissioner for the North Hill Pony club, the Regional chair for Manitoba Pony club and the Regional representative for Canadian Pony club. If that is not enough, she has organized and run a week long pony club camp each year in J uly. And this year she was a key person behind the Pony Club Nationals which were held right here in Manitoba. She also organized the wildly successful North Hill Pony Club derby series. Deb is the epitome of volunteerism. She is hard working, dedicated, energetic, encouraging, enthusiastic - and a tremendous voice for the sport of equestrianism in our province.
CONGRATULATIONS DEBORAH on being awarded 2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - from all of the members of Manitoba Horse Council. We truly appreciate the work you are doing, and have done. Thanks also to your husband and daughters who have supported you in this ...
Manitoba Horse Council A Partnership in Training & Certification
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) has partnered with Equine Guelph to provide short, easily-accessible training programs for its members so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information on equine care and welfare. Sign up for these upcoming short courses:
See Full Course Descriptions here: thehorseportal.ca
Manitoba Horse Council Benefits
As an MHC member, you will receive a 10% discount on short courses offered on The Horse Portal. Use the coupon code mhc2017hcw
Members will earn continuing education credits and certificates of completion; in addition, Equestrian Canada certified instructors/coaches may apply these certificates towards their professional development credits . Lifelong Learning – Your Responsibility
Each day, new scientific knowledge emerges on how to better care for horses. It is everyone’s responsibility to stay current on best health and welfare practices and industry standards.
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 ...
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 ...
On behalf of the board of the Manitoba Horse Council I would like to announce that John Savard will be joining MHC as its Executive Director. John has a long association with all things equestrian and many years in all aspects of the hotel business. We are looking forward to working with him and are very pleased to have him on the team See below for more detailed information about his experience and involvements. The board wishes to thank Carolyn Lintott who has acted as our interim director for the past nine months. We appreciate all she has done and welcome her back to her position on the board (after a suitable rest of course!!). MHC is off to a very exciting start to 2017. We have accomplished a number of things over the past year. We look forward to sharing those achievements with the membership at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 30th . Noon to three. Keep that date open!
Geri Sweet MHC President JOHN SAVARD BIO Before coming to Winnipeg, over twenty years ago, John Savard had a career ...
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
As the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program enters its third year, the initiative has been expanded for 2018 to provide the same opportunities to hunter/jumper riders as initially offered to young dressage riders.
Organized by Canadian Dressage Team member Jill Irving, the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program is designed to inspire Canadian equestrians between the ages of 16 and 21 by offering them educational opportunities in Wellington, FL, widely considered to be the winter equestrian epicenter for both international dressage and hunter/jumper competition. Six dressage riders and six hunter/jumper riders will be selected via lottery to travel to Wellington, FL, during the first week of March 2018.
While in Florida, participants will experience discipline-specific mentorship from top competitors and show grooms, observe daily routines, competition preparation and training, and engage in educational discussions and networking activities. Participants will be guests at Irving’s ...
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 ...
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 ...
What is the CIEC?
The Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a sanctioned Equestrian Canada competition. This team event offers athletes in the Learning and Training to Compete and the Learning and Training to Win stages within the Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) model, the opportunity to test their skills against their peers from across Canada.
Recognized as a pilot project, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition, whereby provincial/territorial sport organizations field teams representing their respective province/territory. It also acts a key event in the development of equestrian’s next generation of national, international and world champions. In addition, it is a platform for talent identification for athletes, coaches and officials.
Equestrian Canada (EC) and the Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) have made the ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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]
Summer Office Hours commenced July 3, 2018.
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Closed Wednesday. Please email if you have an urgent query.