Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program (NCCP).


Why is Certification Important?

Whether you are a student looking for lessons or a current equestrian coach interested in obtaining credentials, there are many benefits to the EC Coaching Program.

The EC Coaching Program verifies that a coach:

  • Has been evaluated at a high level and meets NCCP standards for professionalism and competence as an equestrian coach or instructor.
  • Is therefore dedicated to lifelong learning and advancement through regular professional development to maintain currency
  • Has obtained relevant insurance, Safe Sport, First Aid, Concussion and Ethical Behaviour training to protect themselves and their students.

Equestrian Canada Registered / Licensed Coach Statuses

By 2025, Equestrian Canada plans that every equestrian coach will hold either a Registered or Licenced Coach Status.  This is an exercise generated at national sport level to ensure safety and security for athletes by making available coaches who are screened, insured, and have validation in their profession. Need to know more, as a parent, athlete or coach?  These links will help.

EC Coach Frequently Asked Questions

EC Coach Application Guide 

Find a Coach - See Current Manitoba EC/NCCP Certified Coach Directory


Explaining the Safe Sport Fee (renamed from Coaching Levy)

Sport Manitoba’s expectation is that all athletes on the field of play have a certified coach who understands and abides by the principles of Safe Sport, and from 2022 EC is following the same protocol with their requirement for Registered Coach (minimum) at EC Sanctioned shows. 

In equestrian we know there are many coaches who are not certified, but work as "self-declared" coaches at non-EC sanctioned shows. Manitoba Horse Council wishes to ensure that all coaches, instructors and participants are at least fully aware of the Safe Sport elements expected at events. There are three courses which coaches/trainers and/or athletes need to take to ensure understanding of these expectations. (Equestrian Canada Certified, Registered and Licensed coaches have acquired all of these courses.) 

All must take:

Respect in Sport (free) –  Available at

Sport Manitoba has mandated Respect in Sport Activity Leaders course for all Manitoba Coaches.  Any other training, while good and is encouraged, cannot be substituted for credit for the RIS course. Use the link to make an account and log in, go into in the first tab in your Profile and check "Allow communication to the NCCP". This will place the result of your course directly in your Locker. On the second tab (Associations) you can see all the groups associated with Sport Manitoba. Scroll down to Horse Council and click to share. This ensures both your Locker and MHC's files are kept up to date. Adding your profile also assists MHC in sourcing funding from Sport Manitoba.

Choose one of these two courses:

  1. Making Headway (free).


  1. Make Ethical Decisions (MED). Available at The online workshop is $40, with subsequent free online evaluation. Evaluation is available at The cost for evaluation without the preliminary tutorial is $85.

These are multi-sport courses, so completion through another sport can be applied to equestrian and vice versa.

To take advantage of these courses, coaches must register with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at, which allows access to the Locker where NCCP training is recorded. There is no cost to do this.

To encourage all coaches to understand the minimum expectations, MHC has set a Safe Sport Fee of $5 to be implemented at non-EC sanctioned shows, regardless of discipline.  The fee is collected by the Show Secretary; $2 remains with the organizing show and the other $3 is sent to MHC to go directly into the Coaching Budget to support coaching programming.  The fee is assessed (per rider) on the coach who does not have an NCCP number with a Locker record of the courses taken. It is MHC's responsibility to verify the Coach's record.

Coach certification through the Certified Horsemanship Association or any other certification (except Equestrian Canada) does not forego the requirement for an NCCP number and completion of the courses noted above.

Remember if YOU are competing at a competition and you do not have/have not brought a coach then you are your coach for that competition.



Here is the spreadsheet to record levies at a show: MHC Safe Sport Fee Form

If you have further questions or comments don’t hesitate to call 204-925-5719

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: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]