What To Look For When Selecting A Coach

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 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.

"Current" status means a coach or instructor is up-to-date on all NCCP, Equestrian Canada (EC), and Sport Manitoba requirements. A current coach means the individual has made the effort to consistently meet these requirements and by doing so, provides added professionalism and credentials to better serve his or her clients.

Equestrian Canada (EC) certification is an important achievement; as such all individuals residing in Manitoba who have attained this certification are listed. Only coaches who are listed in our list of current coaches.

Long Term Equestrian Development

Equestrians are encouraged to select a coach certified in the stream relevant to the student’s level of development and context in the Long-Term Equestrian Development system (ie: competitive or leisure, pro or amateur, beginner or more experienced).  The coach or instructor’s area of specialization, teaching ability, and experience should be considered. Equestrians may work with several instructors and coaches over time according to preference or progress.

Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED) Wheel

Coach Certification Level in relation to LTED

Facilities and Lesson Programs

In addition, parents or students may wish to evaluate a potential coach or instructor by asking some of the following questions:

  • Does the coach carry insurance?

  • Does the coach recommend students carry insurance?

  • How much and what type of experience does the coach have in the industry?

  • Does the coach operate out of one stable / venue or travel to other locations? Both?

  • If lesson horses are provided, are they healthy, well-mannered, and in good condition?

  • Are there lesson horses available and suitable for varying skill levels?

  • Is safety of both horse and human emphasized?

  • Is the coach certified and knowledgeable in First Aid?

  • Is the coach well-respected in the industry / community?

  • Is the coach organized and professional?

  • Does the coach implement good business procedures?

  • Does the coach offer fair rates and time allotted for lessons?

  • Does the coach communicate effectively?

  • Does the coach manage conflict effectively?

  • Does the coach have a balance between professional and personal relationships?

  • Does the coach help to create an enjoyable experience with the horse?

  • Does the coach have the ability to teach according to different learning styles?

  • Are instructions explained clearly and thoroughly?

  • Is feedback provided?

  • Does the coach help the student with goals or plans?

  • Does the coach produce good / skilled equestrians?

  • Does the coach continue to expand his or her knowledge?

  • Does the coach accept and produce recreational equestrians? Competitive equestrians? Both?

  • Does the coach provide his or her services at a competition?

  • Does the coach specialize in a particular equestrian discipline?

  • What is your general impression of the coach?

  • Is the coach self-assured and comfortable to react calmly and quickly to a horse or equestrian in an emergency situation?



Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6

The office is currently closed to personal callers. Please phone or email as the details below.

Executive Director, Diane David
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: mhc.exec@sportmanitoba.ca

Email: mhc.admin@sportmanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 925-5718