Recent News and Notices


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


We want to encourage you to use our new "Submit Your Event" form so that YOU can add your club and local events to the MHC Events Calendar. Anyone can submit info on local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events - from minis to heavy horses - and more!  Just fill the information about your event into the form and we'll get it added in to the MHC Events Calendar!  Let's try to get the calendar reflecting a complete picture of how many equine related activities actually happen across Manitoba each year!

We also want as much input from your club and region across Manitoba as possible so please send news releases, award winners, show results etc to [email protected] as we will also be using this type of info as part of our local news pages in The Canadian Horse Journal and on our Facebook page and website. We are here to promote YOUR club!


Horse Day 2017


The ninth annual Horse Day is taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and we couldn’t be happier that you will be hosting a Horse Day event! Provided in this document are ways to help you maximize attendance at your event and gain interest from local media to share our love of horses with as many people in your community as possible.

This year’s Horse Day will also be a special year for the celebration of the horse, as 2017 also marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, as well as the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada.


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

See more info - click link below for more info on running an event...



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.


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



MHC Members can now access The Horse Portal

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.

Sign up for these inaugural short courses:



$95.00| $85.50 with MHC Member discount

Every single person who is responsible for a horse should have a basic knowledge of Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines as well as the new Equine Biosecurity standard.

These short courses qualify for three Equestrian Canada professional development points. Available to those 16 years of age and older.

Click here for more info and to register

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On behalf of the board of the Manitoba Horse Council I would like to announce that John Savard will be joining MHC as its Executive Director.  John has a long association with all things equestrian and many years in all aspects of the hotel business.  We are looking forward to working with him and are very pleased to have him on the team  See below for more detailed information about his experience and involvements.

The board wishes to thank Carolyn Lintott who has acted as our interim director for the past nine months.  We appreciate all she has done and welcome her back to her position on the board (after a suitable rest of course!!).

MHC is off to a very exciting start to 2017. We have accomplished a number of things over the past year. We look forward to sharing those achievements with the membership at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 30th.  Noon to three. Keep that date open!  

Geri Sweet
MHC President


Before coming to Winnipeg, over twenty years ago, John Savard had a career in hotel and hospitality.  He held senior management positions for major chains and resorts across Canada and internationally.  John's work continued in hotels, the Winnipeg Convention Centre and the Niakwa Country Club.  He also had close involvement on advisory committees, including Red River College Hospitality Advisory Committee and the Manitoba Tourism Education Council.

For the past four years, John and his wife, Janet Miner and daughter Anna, have been owner/operators of Greenhawk Winnipeg.  John's involvement has been very much behind the scenes, while Janet and Anna handle the day to day operations.  Anna is the active rider in the family.  Janet rode and competed for many years before coming to Manitoba.  John has been actively involved in supporting the sport through Greenhawk Winnipeg, volunteering and through board participation with the MHJA.



In early March the Manitoba Horse Council ran Equestrian Canada General and Dressage Stewards Clinics for new and experienced officials in the province. The clinics were a great success thanks to our clinicians: Linda Miller, Sue Hawes and Susan Adey Bagg, who did a great job! Thanks also go to all of the people who chose to attend. We couldn't put these things on without your enthusiastic attendance and participation.

I also want to thank our new ED, John Savard, who was there to meet our participants and generally see that things ran smoothly.

We look forward to presenting more of these professional development opportunities in the future. Watch for them on our website.

We also look forward to working with the people at this workshop who are interested in pursuing their goal of becoming stewards.

Daryl Freed, Chair of Officials MHC



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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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