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Western Riding

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 ...

 

Athlete Development

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Membership Benefits

The 2017 Membership now runs from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017. It is important that you renew by December 31st to keep your insurance coverage active! IMPORTANT - If you have a 2016 membership or held one in years prior, please RENEW your membership rather than purchasing a new one. If you don't remember your login name and/or password - just click on the RESET PASSWORD button displayed when you try to log in. Thank you! Experience the benefits of membership!

Horse Enthusiasts know that the Manitoba Horse Council adds value to their equestrian lifestyle

That’s because 2000+ horse enthusiasts are MHC members who reap the benefits of belonging. From services and information to benefits not found anywhere else, the MHC represents individual members and clubs from all sectors of the horse industry.

For professionals, amateurs, competitors and recreational enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines, the MHC is committed to horse welfare, advocacy and accessibility.

Every member ...

 

Athlete Development Grants

2016-2017 Sport Manitoba Athlete Assistance Program

MHC members have access to the Sport Manitoba Athlete Assistance program. Funding is applied for annually, generally in Fall each year.

Equestrians that competed at the National level (National Championships, Equestrian Canada Gold competitions or other National events) or International level (Equestrian Canada Platinum/FEI competitions or Worlds, Pan Am Games, North American Junior & Young Riders, etc) and attained results are eligible to apply. 2016-2017 Athlete Assistance Application and Criteria:

**You must remit your application to Manitoba Horse Council by December 1st to [email protected] **

Athlete Assistance Criteria

Athlete Assistance Application

Attention female athletes 13 years of age and older - here is an opportunity for funding which you don’t want to miss!

The 2016 Champions Fund will award $5,000 grants to 20 deserving female athletes, teams, or organizations , providing the financial support ...

 

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]peedcrow.ca Web: www.dressagewinnipeg.com Manitoba Appaloosa Horse Club Phone: (204) 761-6193 Email: [email protected] ...

 

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 ...

 

Becoming a Coach

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 ...

 

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.ca 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 ...

 

MHC Members can now access The Horse Portal

A Partnership in Training & Certification

Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is partnering with Equine Guelph to provide our members short, easily-accessible training programs so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information on equine care and welfare. This partnership enables the MHC to offer continuing education and certification opportunities for our members – athletes, coaches, officials, recreational riders/drivers, facility owners and professional equine care-givers. Sign up for these inaugural short courses: Equine Biosecurity – Canada’s standard : Apr 10 – Apr 28 Equine Welfare – Canada’s Code : Mar 6 – Mar 24

10% DISCOUNT FOR MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL MEMBERS

$95.00 | $85.50 with MHC Member discount

Every single person who is responsible for a horse should have a basic knowledge of Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines as well as the new Equine Biosecurity standard .

These short courses qualify for three Equestrian ...

 

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 ...

 

MHC HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 ...

 

MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE 2016 JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - NICOLE GORITZ

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 ...

 

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Update

As provided by Virden Animal Hospital - July 14 at 10:24pm

EIA UPDATE:

We have had new cases reported this week. We now have 5 premises in total in MB where EIA has been confirmed.

1) RM of St Clement 2) RM of Armstrong 3) RM of Hanover 4) RM of St Andrews 5) RM of Armstrong

All of the above premises have been placed under quarantine, and all positive horses were inapparent carriers showing no clinical signs. The 5th premise has just been confirmed by CFIA and 6 horses at this premises have tested positive to date.

It is unknown at this time how many horses may have been exposed to the confirmed inapparent carriers or exactly what the risk of infection may be to any horses exposed. These inapparent carriers have been shown to carry a much lower amount of EIA virus in their blood vs an acutely infected horse which makes them less likely to spread the disease to other horses through biting flies. With that said, there remains a small chance that EIA transmission could occur. The CFIA ...

 

Officials Certification Events

Upcoming Clinics

New - Manitoba General Performance and Western Judging Program Existing experienced judges and current and former Equestrian Canada judges are encouraged to apply for accreditation under this new Manitoba program, with a streamlined process that takes into account their previous experience, as well as people wishing to enter the judging stream to become newly licensed in Manitoba. What? An Official's Development/Refresher clinic will be held with Equestrian Canada Senior General Performance and Western Judge, Tracy Dopko. This clinic is mandatory if you wish to apply for accreditation in Manitoba as a new judge, and is offered at a special rate for current judges wishing to maintain status. When? November 4 and 5, 2017, 9 a.m. each day at The Manitoba Tourism Education Council, #3 - 75 Scurfield Boulevard (between Waverley and Route 90). Free parking is available. What’s involved? New applicants must • be a Manitoba Horse Council member • be at least 21 years of age; and ...

 

MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE 2015 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - ROD HART

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, ...

 

2017 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm Sport Manitoba (Sport for Life Centre), 145 Pacific Avenue Board of Director positions up for election in April 2017: Director At Large - Term Expires (April) 2018 Director At Large - Term Expires (April) 2020 Chair – Recreation - Term Expires (April) 2020 Chair – Competitions - Term Expires (April) 2020 In addition: due to the fact that Sheri Parkinson has taken on the position of Vice President her position as Chair of Special Events is open for appointment. Interested people should call John Savard at 204-925-5719 or email him at [email protected] All Board Members shall: a) be responsible for establishing the Bylaws and policies of the Association; b) prepare a long term plan with annual updates setting out the mission, vision, and long term goals of the Association; c) approve the annual operational plans and budget as prepared by the Executives; d) arrange the appointment/election of the Board of Directors; and e) regularly attend Board ...

 

 

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]

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]

Regular Office Hours are
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday