Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the National 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.
  • Maintains their certification, and is therefore dedicated to lifelong learning and advancement through regular professional development.
  • Has obtained relevant insurance to protect themselves and their students.

Find a Coach - See Current Manitoba 2017 NCCP Certified Coach Directory


Explaining the Coaching Levy


SPORT MANITOBA’S expectation is that all athletes on the field of play have a minimum coaching education for safe play. All NCCP certified coaches have met these criteria and a skill level evaluation. We know that in equestrian some athletes are their own coaches and so this expectation applies to the athletes as well.

In equestrian we currently have 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 all sports events.

To encourage all coaches to comply with Sport Manitoba’s expectations for Coaches/Trainers/Instructors on the field of play, Manitoba Horse Council has implemented a coaching levy on a participant whose attending coach has not met these requirements, or who is their own coach (ie, does not have an NCCP number).

The levy is $5 and will be collected by the show organizer. $2 of that levy goes to the organization running the show. The other $3 is sent to MHC and goes directly into the coaching budget to support current and future programming availability. 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. YOU and anyone can acquire an NCCP number.

To bring all equestrian coaches line with Sport Manitoba's expectations, the following courses need to have been taken for the levy to be waived:

  1. Respect in Sport as mandated by Sport Manitoba (free, renewable every 5 years)

And one of the two following.

  1. Making Headway (free, available at

3. Making Ethical Decisions (available at This course is $85 online. Classroom sessions are also offered through the Manitoba Horse Council and on Sport Manitoba's website. The online session is discounted with classroom participation. (Check the MED stream that matches the coaching context you are thinking of applying for. Community is only for instructor stream.)

We recommend that anyone who is not a coach obtains a National Coaching Certification Number (NCCP) in order that the course completions are recorded and available for public scrutiny in “The Locker”, the national Coaching database for all sports.

Manitoba Horse Council strongly recommends that all coaches regardless of certification also have a criminal record check and current First Aid certificate. Please feel free to discuss these issues with your coach.

Please note that these are not sport or discipline specific courses, and completion of these courses through other sports can be applied to equestrian and vice versa. If there are 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
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