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 Coaching Levy

SPORT MANITOBA’S expectation is that all athletes on the field of play have a certified coach.  (We know that in our sport some athletes are their own coaches and so this expectation applies to them as well.) 

In equestrian we know there are some coaches who are not certified.  As we move forward, Manitoba Horse Council wishes to ensure that all coaches, instructors and participants are at least fully aware of the proper conduct that is expected at events for all sports. There are three courses which coaches and/or athletes need to take to ensure understanding of these expectations. (Equestrian Canada coaches at all levels have acquired all of these courses.) The Horse Council requirement is that every person on the field of play needs to have taken two out of the three available courses, one of which must be Respect in Sport as mandated by Sport Manitoba. These courses are:

  1. Respect in Sport (free) – required by all Manitoba coaches
    1. Available at

Plus your choice of:

  1. Making Headway (free). Available at


  1. Make Ethical Decisions (MED). The classroom workshop is $40, with subsequent free online evaluation. Sport Manitoba runs multi-sport courses and MHC runs equestrian-specific courses two or three times a year. Evaluation is available at The cost is $85 without the classroom course.

These are not sport-specific courses, and completion of the courses via 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 you to access The Locker where you can track your NCCP training and certification. There is no cost to do this.

TO ENCOURAGE ALL COACHES TO COMPLY WITH THIS MINIMUM EXPECTATION FOR COACHES/TRAINERS/INSTRUCTORS HELPING AN ATHLETE ON THE FIELD OF PLAY, MHC has implemented a coaching levy to apply when the coach has not met minimum expectations.  The levy is $5 and will be collected by the Show Secretary.  $2 of the levy remains with the organizing show.  The other $3 is sent to MHC and goes directly into the Coaching Budget to support coaching programming.  The levy is assessed to the participant/rider whose coach does not have an NCCP number with a record of the courses taken.

Coach certification through the Certified Horsemanship Association does not forego the Sport Manitoba 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 Levy 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]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 204-299-0118
Email: [email protected]