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Good teaching is the core strength of our sport. Everyone, from Recreation Enthusiasts to High Performance Athletes, can and do benefit from excellent coaches.

Danae was nominated for this award, and recognition, by members who are connected with two different Manitoba Horse Council clubs. Her nominations were filled with positive comments about her commitment to the sport, her dedication to helping others be the "best they can be" and her personal skill level!

Danae has been a powerful influence on many levels. She sits on the Manitoba Horse Trials board, the Manitoba Horse Council board and she works tirelessly to assist Equestrian Canada in the development and implementation of high coaching standards for the sport.

Her coaching ability shows clearly in her results. Danae consistently has students who achieve High Point Awards in their area of choice when it comes to awards evenings. A number of Danae's Eventing students actively compete in the USA to further their showing experience and to move up the levels. Her nominators say that "Danae is excellent at setting you up for success and has many tools in her coaching tool box to get you to where you want to be in your competitive riding!" High praise indeed - no surprise that Danae would be the choice for Coach of the Year.

All of the members of Manitoba Horse Council congratulate Danae and wish her continued success in her coaching career.



Kelly and Bonnie Campbell hosted their first show in 2014. Since then they have successfully been running shows mainly in the Brandon area - but we were so pleased when they also ran one at the Manitoba Equestrian Centre in Birds Hill Park. Their shows are highly professional and well organized - keeping in mind the objective of running a properly qualified show that is fun for the participants. The service they are providing means that there are more opportunities for equine enthusiasts to test their skills in the arena. We have been told by many that the special attention they pay to beginning riders is having a very positive impact on the sport. In addition to all of the good work they do they have also used part of their registration fees as a contribution to Breast Cancer Research. We are excited and honored to be awarding this award to Bonnie and Kelly Campbell - CAMPBELL SHOWS!


Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Update

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


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 disease investigation is currently underway and any horses that may have been exposed to an infected horse will be notified.

The response to testing for EIA has been mostly positive. It is important to remember that these inapparent carriers are not likely to be new infections but rather have likely been infected for an extended period of time, possibly even years. If the increase in testing would not have taken place we may have had these carriers continue moving among the horse population with the potential to spread EIA.

We continue to recommend that horse owners evaluate the risks and make an informed decision on horse travel/attending events.
At this time the risk status remains low for horses travelling to events that require a negative EIA test to enter the grounds. If the event does not require a negative EIA test the risk status should be considered higher but may still be relatively low. We continue to recommend that horse owners only attend events which require a negative test.

The validity of the EIA testing has been questioned by many horse owners. It is important to consider that EIA has no effective treatments, there is no vaccine and infected horses are required to be euthanized in the majority of situations. If there are carriers of EIA among our horse population it benefits everyone to identify those carriers which will help prevent spread of the virus.

Testing is not the only tool we should use to monitor for EIA. The incubation period of EIA can range from 2 weeks to 2 months which means that a horse could be tested negative, immediately contract EIA virus and then become infective to other horses in as little as 2 weeks. This scenario can be largely prevented as most acutely infected horses will show clinical signs(fever, lethargy, loss of appetite). Therefore it is very important to monitor rectal temperature(normal range is 37.5-38.5C) on your horses when travelling or if you notice any clinical signs. Have your horses examined by a veterinarian if you have concerns about EIA infection or exposure. Do not travel with any horse that appears sick or has a fever.
There are also fly control measures which should be followed to limit exposure. For any additional information on EIA, please read previous posts or the article posted on this page.

The truth is that we don't know how or if this disease is going to spread throughout the rest of the season. The risk has been determined to be low. The only way to 100% prevent exposure is to keep your horses in an isolated herd and test them to ensure that you do not have any EIA positive horses in your herd. Please use this information to make a decision that you are comfortable with. We will continue to keep you informed with any new cases or information as we go forward.

Thanks, all the best
Dr. Joe King
Virden Animal Hospital

June 29, 2017

MHC has learned that several horses have tested positive for EIA in the St. Clements area and a single positive in the Armstrong municipality. This is in addition to the animal tested positive earlier this month in Rockwood which subsequently travelled to Saskatchewan.
The disease outbreak is under investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which imposes strict regulations on the premises and animals involved. They do not share the names of premises or people involved in their investigation.
EIA is a potentially fatal viral disease which can affect horses, donkeys and mules. There is no vaccine or cure available. Horses that do survive remain carriers and a source of infection to other horses their entire lives.
Transmission of EIA occurs mainly through blood transmission horse to horse either from biting insects, contaminated needles or in utero. Areas where there are large numbers of horse traffic (shows, rodeos, training facilities, public barns) are at greatest risk for exposure. Clinical signs vary from anorexia and weight loss, bleeding and swelling of the legs/chest, jaundice, abortions and/or colic, although some horses may not show any clinical signs at all. The majority of horses carrying the virus are asymptomatic and the virus often goes undiagnosed where it continues to spread throughout the equine population.
Due to lack of mandatory testing in the province the disease often goes undiagnosed and spreads most commonly at large horse events where proper fly control is impossible. All positive cases undergo strict quarantine. No movement of horses occurs and strict fly control is enforced while all horses in contact with the positive horse are tested. Equines confirmed to be infected are then either ordered destroyed by the CFIA or have to undergo lifelong quarantine. Lifelong quarantine is the less acceptable alternative as fly/bug control is never 100% effective and the horse can continue to pose a risk to neighboring horses. Prevention is the only cure.
Steps for prevention:

  • Fly control – fly sprays, mask and sheets
  • Single use needles and proper disinfection of medical equipment/tack
  • Test horses annually for EIA
  • Test all horses at time of pre-purchase exam
  • Test all new horses entering a stable with 45day quarantine
  • Show facilities, show/rodeo organizations should require negative Coggins test before any horses enter show facility/grounds

Involved equine veterinarians and The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association have met to work out protocols, and all vets are setting aside time for rush Coggins tests to be performed on animals deemed to be at risk. Vets are also in agreement that testing prior to showing is strongly advised and those shows which do not currently require testing may be contacting participants to advise that negative Coggins will be required for entry.
Thank you to Beausejour Animal Hospital, Elders Equine Clinic and Dr Gillian Dobson for their social network comments and advice to horse owners on this topic. Manitoba Horse Council will continue to share updates on Facebook and by email during this outbreak.
For more information about the disease, its symptoms and effect, some of the following links may help. animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/eia/if-your-animals-may-be-infected/eng/1329554028418/1329554166646 animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/eia/if-your-animals-may-be-infected/eng/1329549519537/1329549678636



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 experience 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 of equestrian. CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE!


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 101.5 F) then isolate that horse and have a EHV-1 nasal test performed to rule in or out the presence of the virus in that horse, vaccinate all horses with a competent EHV vaccine - we recommend Prodigy, Pneumobort or Calvenza (all AAEP approved for vaccination in the face of outbreak), limit movement of horses between herds - this is a general biosecurity protocol - at this point there is nothing to suggest that horses traveling to and from fair grounds would be any more at risk and they normally would be, however, everyone needs to make a decision for themselves about the risks. Note this virus is present naturally in a large population of horses and the neurotropic (neurological) form is a aberrant presentation but can be carried by asymptomatic horses normally. Your horse's own immune system response can dictate whether they will be susceptible or not. Vaccination (although not fully protective from neurological form) can significantly reduce the risk of infection and severity of infection. This virus is susceptible to common cleaning agents - alcohol hand washes, detergents, bleach. Maintaining clean environments and not circulating common buckets, pail between horses will go a long way to help prevent the spread of disease in general and particularly with this virus. The virus is a respiratory spread virus, so near contact with the virus is usually necessary to cause infection, having said that there have been some reports of the virus being spread via people so those that are in contact with an infected horse are advised/recommended to maintain limited contact with healthy horses during the outbreak progression, have change of clothes and boots before exiting the infected areas, use of boot baths with bleach or peroxides and alcohol hand cleaning stations in the quarantine areas are excellent protocols to maintain.

More to follow as available. Visit our website for more detailed information on the disease, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, vaccination and biosecurity!

Elders Equine
Experience. Professional. Care

We are resurrecting our EHV1 webpage on the website:

Those concerned can follow the protocols we lay out:

  1. Take the temperature of all horses on your property daily. Any horse that has an increased temperature (fever) above 38.5 C or 101 F should be isolated from the rest of the horses such that they are not in direct air contact with the other horses and a veterinarian should be called to assess the cause of the fever, including nasal swab for PCR identification of EHV-1 and monitoring of clinical signs. The results can typically be turned around in about 24 hours by the referring veterinary laboratories which are commonly used. Horses that are negative to the PCR can be released from isolation and treated for the fever/other symptoms. Horses that are positive will remain isolated and monitored for signs of neurological EHV-1 – note not all positive horses will develop clinical disease or neurological symptoms!
  2. Vaccinate at risk horses (traveling horses, barns with high horse turn over, frequent horse movement, horses in competition) with a specific EHV-1 vaccine such as Prodigy, Pneumobort K or Calvenza (all recommended by the AAEP panel on EHV-1). Although the vaccine cannot report to be 100% protective of the neurological form of EHV-1, it is reported to decrease the degree of viral shedding from carrier horses, decrease the risk of infection and possibly decrease the severity of infection.
  3. Biosecurity protocols should be in place at your stables to isolate new arrival horses for a period of up to 2 weeks prior to introducing them into the general horse population on the farm. Daily temperature reading should be recorded to monitor for signs of fever during this time. Limit mixing of new or young horses. Limit sharing of pails, buckets, halters, leads, feed tubes or other objects between horses to avoid cross contamination and spread of disease in general (EHV, Influenza, strangles etc..). Use a bleach, peroxide, alcohol or detergent disinfectant to clean stalls between cleanings and during prolonged stays in the stall.
  4. Prepare an isolation and biosecurity plan at your stable before you need to have it! Find a place on the farm that can be used for isolation, if needed and prepare foot bath supplies and stock an gel alcohol dispenser and secondary coveralls or clothing in the event that these items may be needed. Discuss with your veterinarian any other concerns regarding your biosecurity preparedness.


Statement from Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has been advised that there is a reported case of “Neuro Form” EHV-1 at a farm in Manitoba. The farm has been placed under quarantine which is being monitored by a veterinarian. We are monitoring the situation and are in consultation with our show veterinarian, other veterinarians and Manitoba Horse Council regarding risk management, vaccinations and boosters. We advise consulting your own veterinarian for advice on risk and vaccinations. Provincial Exhibition has a solid biosecurity plan in place; this document will be included in your exhibitor packages and attached to this email. We are working with the Keystone Centre Staff to ensure that all bio security protocols are being followed, stalls have been disinfected and we have a schedule for regular cleaning and disinfecting all wash racks and water hoses. We are doing what we can to mitigate the risk and along with your good horse keeping practices, we are confident that this situation can be managed. Thank you for your patience and support while this situation unfolds. We will see you at the fair! If you have further questions or inquiries please direct them to Ron Kristjansson General Manager [email protected]


Statement from Virden Animal Hospital

(as posted on facebook)

For all horse owners:
We are following an outbreak of Neurologic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (Neurologic EHV-1 or neurologic rhino) which continues to be well managed under quarantine at a single location in our area. Although we are not directly involved with the cases, we are committed to keeping all horse owners in the area informed on the risks involved and preventative measures which can be taken.

It should be mentioned that there have been multiple outbreaks of this disease in multiple parts of the country over the past 40 years. Neurologic EHV-1 is not a new disease but should be taken very seriously due to its potentially deadly and contagious nature.

The most effective protective measures are related to biosecurity: decrease the traffic of horses going to events in the immediate area, use caution with any horses coming onto your property until the quarantine has ended, use all of the usual biosecurity measures to protect your horses such as cleaning and disinfecting tack and water buckets before use, do not share equipment. Wash your hands frequently and avoid handling other horses intermittently with your own. Change clothes and boots when going from any other horses to your own herd.

Re-vaccination of previously immunized but non-exposed horses is thought to provide the most benefit in an outbreak situation. Although the vaccines have shown poor efficacy against Neurologic EHV-1 they are still considered beneficial in providing some cross-protection against this disease. We currently recommend Prodigy at the Virden Animal Hospital. DO NOT rely on vaccination alone for protection of your horses. Remember to consider the recommended biosecurity measures.

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions. We want to ensure our clients that there have been no cases of this disease at our clinic and we will continue to ensure that our facility remains disease-free as we serve our clients this spring. We will also continue to follow this situation with updates to keep our clients informed of any changes that may occur. Thank You


Statement from CK Mobile Equine Services (Dr. Cindy Kasper)

(as posted on facebook)

EHV 1 - neurological form

As I'm sure most of you are well aware via social media there has been a confirmed case of EHV 1 the neurological form in the virden area.
The farm has been quarantined and proper biosecurity measures are in place.
It is imperative at this to take proper precautions in order to keep everyone safe.
At this time if your horse has not been vaccinated with calvenza, prodigy, or pneumobort within the last 2 months it is highly suggested you do so.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us!


See The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) for more info: 

EDCC works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.



Deb Shepherd has shown an incredible enthusiasm and dedication towards providing opportunities for young people to become involved with horses. She is the District Commissioner for the North Hill Pony club, the Regional chair for Manitoba Pony club and the Regional representative for Canadian Pony club. If that is not enough, she has organized and run a week long pony club camp each year in July. And this year she was a key person behind the Pony Club Nationals which were held right here in Manitoba. She also organized the wildly successful North Hill Pony Club derby series. Deb is the epitome of volunteerism. She is hard working, dedicated, energetic, encouraging, enthusiastic - and a tremendous voice for the sport of equestrianism in our province.

CONGRATULATIONS DEBORAH on being awarded 2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - from all of the members of Manitoba Horse Council. We truly appreciate the work you are doing, and have done. Thanks also to your husband and daughters who have supported you in this important work.



"Kaitie Mann is a wonderful and naturally talented rider competing on the Arabian Show Circuit. Kaitie started her riding career in dressage, and in 2015 adapted to riding Arabians for the Arabian Circuit. This was no easy switch, but the natural rider that Kaitie is, she caught on quickly." "After getting her feet wet at SAHA Icebreaker Sport Horse and SAHA Spring Icebreaker Shows in Moose Jaw Katie went on to the Western Canadian Breeders Championship in Saskatoon where Kaitie and Harley won two top 6 placings, a top 5 and a top 3 which qualified them to compete at a number of Arabian Shows. At the SAHA AGM in October 2015 Katie was awarded the SAHA 2015 High Point Youth Award."

"Kaitie is also an honour roll student at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk MB and would like to continue her education in Medicine. She was part of a team that raised over $118,000 for Alyssa Selman (the jockey that was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident that happened when two horses clipped heels at Assiniboia Downs.) Kaitie is currently training a Welsh Cob (Candy) for her younger sister, and would like to further her training abilities and become even more involved in working with the racehorses on her family Thoroughbred Farm."

CONGRATULATIONS KAITIE!! The members of The Manitoba Horse Council wish you continued success in everything you are doing.




I am informing our membership and friends that by mutual agreement Diane Shack will no longer be the Executive Director of the Manitoba Horse Council. MHC thanks her for her service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. In the near future MHC will begin a search for a new ED. In the meantime Brenda Neumann will work more hours and Carolyn Lintott will be our interim ED.

MHC will make every effort to have someone in the office from 9 until 4 from Monday to Friday to answer your questions. If you have questions for the office or for any of the directors please email the office at [email protected]  Questions best answered by a director will be passed on to the relevant person.

We are very excited to have approved the new board for the coming year. They are as follows:
Geri Sweet - President
Jan Ash Gross - Athlete Development
Gwen Donohoe - Breeds & Industry
Myriam Dyck - Marketing
Linda Hazelwood - Secretary-Treasurer
Lisa Rosin - Member At Large
Harry Crawley - Equestrian Centre
Michael Moore - Recreation
Danae Martin - Coaching
Daryl Freed - Officials
Sheri Parkinson - Special Events
Kari Hasselriis - continuing as VP until the end of June
Carolyn Lintott - on leave to act as interim ED

David Tolpa will be continuing as the facility manager at the MHC Birds Hill Equestrian Centre.

We ask for your patience with us as we move forward. We will try to keep up with reminders for Bingo assignments, clinic activity and show schedules. If you think we have missed something please don't hesitate to remind us. Reminder that membership cards can be printed at home when you register on line. Some cards already printed are being mailed out.

We hope you have a great season riding and showing.

Geri Sweet, MHC President



Gaetane is a very successful Equestrian and Coach. In 2015 she won a number of provincial and gold championships. She also won Equine Canada Horse and Rider awards in 2015. At the Dressage Winnipeg Awards ceremony she was recognized with the Hi-Point awards for Training, Third and Fourth levels, and gold medals of excellence for Training, First, Third and Fourth levels. She also received the Gillian Sevier Award for the senior with the highest percentage result.

Gaetane is a very dedicated and hard working coach who always has the best interests of her students in mind when she works with them. She is a skillful teacher who is both encouraging and patient as students develop their abilities. The results of her work are shown in the high level of success of her students. It is to her credit that she also knows when to refer them to other coaches to further develop their expertise with horses.

Gaetane is also well known for her concern over the welfare of the horse. Her passion for horses has been longstanding and her genuine caring shows in how she works with them.

CONGRATULATIONS GAETANE - from all of the members of the Manitoba Horse Council. Keep up the excellent work!

Gaetane is shown here riding on Holly.




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, helping him/her to develop confidence and experience.

CONGRATULATIONS ROD! The members of the Manitoba Horse Council recognize the incredible value of volunteer time in keeping our sport alive and vital!

Thank you for everything you have done and keep up the good work!!!


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]
Phone: (204) 925-5718