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Watch this space for the latest News and Notices on horse happenings in Manitoba and Canada.
We encourage you to use our "Submit Your Event" form to add your club/local events to the MHC Events Calendar. Anyone can submit details of local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events; all breeds, all disciplines. Just enter your event information into the form and we'll add it to the MHC Events Calendar. We aim to reflect a complete spread of equine related activities occurring across Manitoba each year.
We also want as much input from Manitoba clubs (and others) so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected]. We will use this news as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and website. We can also share your news with our Facebook pages. We are here to promote YOUR club!
Did you know Canada has an Equine Biosecurity standard? Take our short online course to decipher it in an easy, meaningful way. Learn your role in preventing sickness in your horse.
10 FREE courses available to MHC members! See https://thehorseportal.ca/MHC
This summer, Chantel Dunlop of Seven Sisters Falls, Man., was standing in a warm-up ring at Calgary's Spruce Meadows when she read an email message confirming her acceptance into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM).
I remember crying out, ’Oh my God!’, and I started to feel shaky,” says Dunlop, who was working as a groom for Olympic medallist Jill Henselwood’s show jumping team. “I’m pretty sure people were wondering why I had that goofy grin on my face.”
Dunlop began the four-year veterinary program at the WCVM in mid-August. She and her classmates received an official welcome to the college and the veterinary profession during a white coat ceremony on Sept. 21, in Saskatoon, Sask.
Read full story here: Manitoba Groom Starts Vet School.pdf (120kb)
Manitoba joined the rest of Canada in celebrating the 10th annual Horse Day on June 2, 2018. Over 6,000 people participated and attended 75 Horse Day events from coast-to-coast.
For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. It’s also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the important contributions made by horses in our nation's heritage and how people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure.
Here in Manitoba, eight organizations took part in Horse Day. MHC stepped up to the mounting block with a photo contest, encouraging people across the province to participate in a Horse Day event and snap a pic for the contest. Nearly 30 people participated and captured beautiful moments with friends, family and – most importantly – horses. The rainy weather didn’t dampen the smiles.
At MHC, we were also smiling ear to ear all weekend – we loved seeing your Horse Day moments. Click below to view a video featuring all the photos we received!
Cavalia Odysseo joined in the fun by supplying our contest prize – two tickets to the show. Jenni J Ducharme submitted the winning photo of daughter Daisy and her horse Goldie.
We know a lot of people were eager to get tickets to Cavalia, so be sure to check out https://cavalia.com/acrobat to get a fourth ticket free when you buy three.
Here’s what we heard from the clubs and organizations that registered their events for Horse Day:
“West Wind Stables Celebrated Horse day by hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ. We had 40 Clients and their families attend. Despite the cooler weather that Mother Nature had provided, we held the event inside our large viewing area, in warmth. It was a great opportunity for students who only come on a weekly basis to meet some of the horse owners and riders from other nights. Lots of socialization and food was had.” – Chris
“The Prairie Skye Equestrian Drill Team made their debut performance at the Stonewall Horse Show on June 3rd. Two horses and riders and two support members were in attendance. The team is made up of horses of many breeds and ages, and team members from 17 years old to 60+. It was great fun for all the team members and the audience responded with appreciation for the great effort by the team.” – Angela
“The South Interlake Rockwood Agricultural Society (SIRAS) held its annual Horse Show & Fair on June 2nd & 3rd. We had over 80 competitors and 31 Western & English classes on the Saturday and another 21 classes on Sunday. The Stonewall Light Horse Show is the 1st show of the year on the North Interlake Show Circuit and is always held on the 1st weekend in June. Please visit us at stonewallhorseshow.weebly.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/StonewallHorseShow/ and www.facebook.com/southinterlakerockwoodagsociety.” – Cheryl
“Hi Point Horsemanship had lots of fun building on skills and learning new ones. Be sure to check out the great pic of our three youngest participants (left to right) Raeley and Lucky, Olivia and Scooter, and Ella and Jerry.” – Rachel
Thank you to Manitoba Hunter Jumper Association, Manitoba Quarter Horse Association, Tack in the Box and the Distance Riders of Manitoba for registering their events for Horse Day too.
Please be advised that the following sections of the 2018 Equestrian Canada (EC) Rules have been amended through the Extraordinary Rule Amendment (ERA) process, effective immediately:
Noteworthy updates and changes are outlined in the link below.
Manitoba Horse Council is proud to have been chosen to host the Cavalia horses at the Bird's Hill Park Facility for their R&R period prior to the start of their show in Winnipeg on May 12. The official opening is May 15.
The Equestrian Facility was CLOSED to unauthorized visitors during their stay.
The horses travelled directly from their show in Arizona, stopping every 5 hours for breaks, but it was still one heck of a long journey. They needed to stretch their legs, relax, and get ready for the next show.
If you want to see them, we recommend that you buy tickets for the show. https://cavalia.com/winnipeg/#qkoxzjxFUDTMeeZQ.97
To reduce the risk of exposure to EIA proof of current negative Coggins tests will be required of all horses on the MHC Equestrian Center grounds in 2018.
As well we will be evaluating changes to the insect control part of the bio-security protocol. As always we will continue to disinfect the barns between usage.
We encourage all members of our equine community to educate themselves about bio-security and herd health management.
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is partnering with Equine Guelph to provide our members short, easily-accessible training programs so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information on equine care and welfare. This partnership enables the MHC to offer continuing education and certification opportunities for our members – athletes, coaches, officials, recreational riders/drivers, facility owners and professional equine care-givers.
As an MHC member, you will receive a 10% discount on short courses offered on The Horse Portal.
Members will earn continuing education credits and certificates of completion from Equine Guelph – the horse owner’s centre at the University of Guelph.
In addition, Equestrian Canada certified instructors/coaches may apply these certificates towards their professional development credits.
See Full Course Descriptions here: https://thehorseportal.ca/courses/
October 12th, 2017
Capri Insurance Services Ltd. & Intercity Insurance Services Inc. have been trusted insurance and risk management partners in the Canadian equine industry for more than twenty years. With new agreements recently forged with the Ontario Equestrian Federation, Manitoba Horse Council and the Newfoundland and Labrador Equestrian Association, the organization is now in exclusive service to all Provincial and Territorial Equine Associations in Canada, (with the exception of Quebec).
As the architect of the Provincial Equine Association insurance program in Canada, Capri & Intercity’s experience provides a trusted resource to the equine community from coast-to-coast, with a consistent risk management message and a comprehensive range of insurance products. “Equi-Care”, their suite of industry specific insurance products, has been developed through decades of experience in the community, and meets the unique needs of all horse enthusiasts.
Capri & Intercity have also recently expanded their long-standing partnership with Equine Guelph, supporting ongoing research and education that strengthens the equine community. Capri & Intercity are particularly proud to directly support Equine Guelph’s “Gut Health & Colic Prevention” training course which will be offered through thehorseportal.ca in the winter of 2018.
“The confidence placed in us brings a responsibility to provide service and resource like never before to our clients from Coast to Coast and we are more than up for the task,” commented Mike King, Partner at Capri & Intercity Insurance. “It is terrific news that the equine community has adopted our specialized programs based on a pro active and partnered approach to risk management, education and insurance coverage.”
About Capri Insurance and Intercity Insurance
Capri & Intercity Insurance are uniquely independent, employee owned, and locally based insurance brokers with strong roots in the equine community.
Capri Insurance Services Ltd. is based in Kelowna, British Columbia, and Intercity Insurance Services Inc. is in Aurora, Ontario. Together, the organization serves nearly 200,000 clients across Canada through 13 offices and they are one of the largest independent and employee-owned insurance brokers in Canada.
Mike King is a Partner and equine industry lead for Capri & Intercity and is a national figure in this specialized field. Mike is a life long horseman and has been an equine specialist in the insurance industry since 1993.
Manitoba Horse Council is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced Nationwide, with the mandate to support Equestrian Athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential in becoming Canada’s next High-Performance Athletes.
Funding for the programs has been graciously provided from the J.C. Anderson Family Foundation and the J.C. Anderson Legacy Fund through The Calgary Foundation and the Alberta Sport Connection Donation Program to the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) for purposes of supporting Athlete Development. John Anderson, a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team has helped make this funding and programs possible.
Program 1: The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal will be a Jumper based Medal Series open to ANY athlete under the age of 25 as of January 1st. Medal classes will be held at competitions across the country at 1.20m-1.25m. Any competitor who competes in a minimum of 2 J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal classes during the year will be eligible to compete in the Eastern Regional Finals (Angelstone) and the Western Regional Finals (Rocky Mountain Show Jumping). The top 10 athletes from each region will be invited to compete at the National Finals to be held in 2018 at the prestigious Royal West. $40,000 in Athlete Development Bursaries will be awarded to the 20 qualifying riders in the amount of $2,000 each. The bursaries will be distributed to them, through the AEF and then by each respective Provincial/Territorial Federation.
At the J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal National Finals, aside from the accolades of competing in this prestigious Medal, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists, along with 4th and 5th place, will share Athlete Development Bursaries totaling $27,500.00, with $10,000 being awarded to the National Champion.
The first class in the J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal series will be held at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon at the end of March. All riders must declare their intent to enter and submit a declaration form (with $25 entry fee) either to Manitoba Horse Council prior to the event, or to the event coordinator at the show. The declaration can be found here: Download Declaration Form here
Program 2: The Rocky Mountain North American U25 Championship is being introduced to allow athletes from across the country and around North America the chance to compete in a three phase Championship competition that ultimately presents Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the winners. Scheduled to be held during the week of June 20th – 24th, 2018 at the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping venue in Calgary. Canadian U25 athletes from across the country can apply for $50,000 in Athlete Development Travel Bursaries to assist them with expenses incurred to attend the Championship.
The Three Phase Championship will offer $20,000 in Prize Money (not funded by this program). In addition to the prize money for the Championship, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists, along with 4th and 5th place, will share Athlete Development Bursaries totaling $27,500.00, with $10,000 being awarded to the Gold Medalist.
Detailed information will be made available shortly and will be posted on all the Provincial/Territorial Equestrian Associations websites as well as on the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping website.
As the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program enters its third year, the initiative has been expanded for 2018 to provide the same opportunities to hunter/jumper riders as initially offered to young dressage riders.
Organized by Canadian Dressage Team member Jill Irving, the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program is designed to inspire Canadian equestrians between the ages of 16 and 21 by offering them educational opportunities in Wellington, FL, widely considered to be the winter equestrian epicenter for both international dressage and hunter/jumper competition. Six dressage riders and six hunter/jumper riders will be selected via lottery to travel to Wellington, FL, during the first week of March 2018.
While in Florida, participants will experience discipline-specific mentorship from top competitors and show grooms, observe daily routines, competition preparation and training, and engage in educational discussions and networking activities. Participants will be guests at Irving’s private home, with all ground transportation also generously donated by Irving.
Interested riders can find further details and complete an application form online at www.jillirvingyouthequinementorprogram.ca.
Completed application forms must be submitted to [email protected] by no later than 5 p.m. ET on November 30, 2017. Qualified applicants will be placed into a lottery and notified of their selection via email the week of December 1, 2017.
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According to Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act, horse riders and drivers of horse-drawn carriages have the same right to use the road and must follow the same rules, but it is found increasingly that motorists are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.
With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, motorists are more likely than ever to encounter a horse and rider or horse and cart on the roadway.
The Road Safety project includes a brochure for the motorist “Sharing the Road with Horses” and a Road Safety Handbook for riders.
A copy of the "Sharing the Road with Horses" brochure PDF can be downloaded here.
For bulk supplies please contact the MHC office 204-925-5718.
The Road Safety Handbook for Equestrians can be purchased from the office for $5 per copy including taxes and shipping, or download PDF here.