Recent News and Notices


Watch this space for the latest News and Notices on horse happenings in Manitoba and Canada.

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair - Yves Rossier Clinic attendees - Dr. Rossier's presentations can be found at these links and will be available until March 31, 2019.

The Equine Injury presentation on March 25 will be held in the Curling Rink. Please check at the Show Office, Hunter Gate and Jumper Gate for the confirmed time.


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!


Annual Meeting of Members

Do you want to have a say in your Manitoba Horse Council?

All current members of Manitoba Horse Council are eligible to stand for nomination to a Board position; and to comment on our proposed bylaw amendments.

Current members of Manitoba Horse Council have a vote and a say in the organization of Manitoba Horse Council, the financial activities, and who represents you on our Board of Directors. Our Annual Meeting is a forum to exercise your democratic right as a voting member.

Manitoba Horse Council Annual Meeting of Members

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Sport Manitoba Sport For Life Centre, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg MB
  • 5:30 p.m. Registration 
  • 6:00 p.m. Meeting​

Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Members of Manitoba Horse Council will be held on Thursday April 18, 2019 to:

  1. transact the annual business of Manitoba Horse Council, namely, to:
    1. receive and consider the President's report and Treasurer's report and the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 and the report of the auditor thereon;
    2. announce the results of the election of four (4) directors to the Board of Directors;
    3. appoint the auditor; and
  2. transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

On behalf of the Board of Directors.
NB: If you have not renewed your membership yet but wish to be involved, please renew at this link.

Five (5) Board positions are vacant:

  • Treasurer,
  • Chair of Marketing,
  • Chair of Coaching,
  • Chair of Competitions,
  • Director At Large.

Descriptions of these positions and a nomination form are available at this link

Board Vacancies and Nomination Form

Nominators and nominees must be current (2019) members of Manitoba Horse Council in any membership category. No nominations will be taken from the floor; deadline to receive nominations in Manitoba Horse Council office ([email protected] or by mail to the address below) is 5:00 p.m. April 7, 2019

Descriptions of all Board positions are available at this link:

Board Position Descriptions

Bylaw Review
Manitoba Horse Council Directors have also reviewed the Bylaws and made grammatical and context amendments. All current members of Manitoba Horse Council are eligible to comment and discuss these changes. The proposed revised Bylaws are available at this link:

Proposed Revised Bylaws

Please send any comments to Manitoba Horse Council office ([email protected] or by mail to the address below) by 5:00 p.m. April 7, 2019.

Attendance Registration: We ask that members pre-register for the meeting by 5:00 p.m. April 7, 2019 so we can make accurate plans. Email [email protected]

Meeting Teleconference: Members living more than 100km may join the meeting by teleconference. Call 1-855-392-2520; Meeting code is 9529826#

Parking: There is ample parking at various prices around the Sport for Life Centre. Please see this guide.



Get Ready to Celebrate Horse Day on June 1, 2019

Ottawa, ON, March 14, 2019 - Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to inform the Canadian equestrian community that Horse Day 2019 is taking place June 1, 2019.

Horse Day was created to raise public awareness and promote the beloved horse. Across the country, events and celebrations will take place on June 1 to allow Canadians of all ages and experience levels to honour, discover and explore the equestrian world. Make Horse Day part of your spring celebrations. There are many ways to jump in and get involved:

Learn more about Horse Day 2019 HERE

Want to host a Horse Day 2019 event? Register your event HERE 

Find a Horse Day 2019 Event near you HERE (and check back often as more events are added!)

Encourage youth between the ages of 3 and 16 to enter the Horse Day 2019 National Drawing Contest for the chance to win exciting prizes! Learn more about the drawing contest HERE

And be sure to capture your Horse Day fun on camera for the chance to win! To enter the Horse Day Photo Contest, simply post your Horse Day photos to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on June 1, 2019 using the hashtag #HorseDay2019.

For more information on Horse Day 2019, visit or contact Jessie Christie, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, by email at [email protected]or by phone at 1-866-282-8395 x 133.

To learn more about specific Horse Day initiatives in your local area, contact your Provincial or Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO).

About Horse Day

Each year, the first Saturday of June is marked as Canada's National Horse Day. Together, Equestrian Canada and the provincial/territorial equestrian organizations invite all Canadians to take this unique opportunity to honour, discover, and explore the equestrian world. For many Canadians, Horse Day is the chance to get up close and personal with a horse for the first time. Horse Day is also the perfect opportunity to acknowledge both the important contributions made by horses in our nation's heritage, as well as the fact that people of all ages and experience levels can continue to enjoy horses in sport and leisure. For more information on Horse Day, visit



All Manitoba-bred Thoroughbreds that have excelled in areas outside racing such as Hunter/Jumper, Three-day Eventing, Dressage, Barrel Racing, etc. are eligible.

To nominate a horse, send a resume of accomplishments and any relevant documentation of achievements together with the name and address of the current owner and a photocopy of the registration certificate.

The award for the Outstanding Manitoba-bred Sport Horse of the Year will be presented to the owner and breeder at the Annual Awards Evening which will be held on Friday, May 10th, at the Assiniboia Downs.

If you have any questions regarding this award, call the CTHS office at 204-832-1702.

Send your nominations, postmarked or email, by March 29, 2019 to:
CTHS (Manitoba Division)
Box 46152, Westdale P.O.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3R 3S3
email: [email protected]


Horse Portal Courses 2019

A Partnership in Training & Certification

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.

Manitoba Horse Council Benefits

NEW FOR 2019!! As an MHC member, you will receive a 15% discount on short courses offered on The Horse Portal (previously was 10%).

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.

Sign up for these upcoming 2019 short courses:

See Full Course Descriptions here:




Do you have an interest and experience in Marketing? MHC is currently looking for an individual to assist with the development of a Marketing Strategy in line with our vision to grow and sustain involvement in equine activities and sport in Manitoba. This is a paid, term position with opportunities to work either full-time or part-time. This may appeal to students currently in school or other professionals with marketing experience who have a day or two a week to dedicate to MHC. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please forward a resume to John Savard at [email protected] For questions, please contact John via email. Deadline for receipt of emailed resumes is 5:00 p.m. Friday February 1.


$150,000.00 Will Be Distributed To U25 Athletes Across Canada!

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.

Download full press release pdf information here




Do you know an outstanding Manitoba equestrian, business person or horse? We are now accepting nominations from clubs or individuals for the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Athlete of the Year
  • Adult Athlete of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Horse of the Year
  • Horse Industry Professional of the Year

Please download the 2018 Annual Awards Nomination form: deadline for receipt in the MHC Office is January 28, 2019


Equestrian Canada Announces 2018 Jumping Youth Bursary Recipients

Ottawa, ON, Feb. 11, 2019 – Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the hard-working young athletes who were chosen by the EC Jumping Committee to receive Jumping Youth Bursary funds for 2018.

In recognition of the challenges young riders face as they strive to continue their education while competing at high levels of the jumping sport, the Jumping Youth Bursary was developed for athletes between the ages 14-21 who compete in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. The program is made possible through a generous donation by Mark Samuel, Kevin Sanford and the Sanford family.

The following athletes have been awarded $2,000 each through the 2018 Jumping Youth Bursary in recognition of their hard work and dedication (see list):


Equine Job Groomed Manitoba Student for Vet School

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)


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Amendment to EC Rules

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:

  • Section A: General Regulations
  • Section B: Breeds
  • Section E: Dressage and Para-Dressage
  • Section F: General Performance, Western, Equitation
  • Section G: Hunter, Jumper, Equitation and Hack

Noteworthy updates and changes are outlined in the link below.

See Full EC Rules Update Amendments Here


Horse Day 2018 a Success!

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 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 or on Facebook and” – 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.


Cavalia Rests Up at MHC Facility BHP before Performances

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.


Our downloadable Guide for New Riders now available!

Click to download PDF version here or request a hard copy from the office.

We are here to help you with information on how to get started on your horse journey...

Further questions can be directed to the MHC office at (204) 925-5718 or [email protected]


MHC Announces New Insurance Broker Partnership

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 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.

For more information visit and


Horse riders promote safe road sharing

Hand Signals used by Horse RidersAccording 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.

Sharing the Road with Horses brochure PDF

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.

2017 Road Safety Handbook for Equestrians

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]