How to Become an EC Official

From judges to stewards to course designers, officials are instrumental to competitions; ensuring participants can enjoy a safe, fair and fun equestrian sport.

The application process to become an EC official varies by type of official and discipline. See Discipline-specific EC Rules for full information. 

Step 1 – Check discipline-specific EC Rules for applicable prerequisites.
Step 2 – Download the applicable officials application form from the Resources section below.
Step 3 – Submit completed application form to [email protected]
Step 4 – Complete any applicable training, shadowing and examinations.

MHC Provincial Officials Program

Manitoba Horse Council is pleased to offer a Provincial Officials Program (POP) for those wishing to to become involved in the sport as equestrian officials. POP offers training and professional development to recruit and sustain our sport with well-trained officials. 


Applicants for Provincial Official Certification must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older (16+ may be in training)
  • Be a member in good standing with MHC
  • For some official certifications, competition experience relevant to the position will be required.
  • Submit the Application Form which includes past equine activity, and letters of reference from others in the industry. 
  • Complete the Mentoring Form

Application Form

Safe Sport requirements (highly recommended)

  • MHC-approved concussion awareness training (i.e. Making Headway in Sport)
  • MHC-approved Safe Sport requirements (i.e. Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders or CAC Safe Sport training)

On satisfactory completion of all steps, the Officials Committee of MHC will issue a certificate of completion and the applicant's name and contact information will be entered on MHC's website.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list which encompasses courses for all equestrian professionals in Manitoba, please email [email protected]

In 2023, MHC will offer a Provincial Officials Foundation course - this will be available online through the Equine Guelph portal. Stay tuned for further detail!


Provincial Foundations Officials Program

We are happy to announce our collaboration with Equine Guelph for our Provincial Foundations Program! 

This course will be self-paced and there is a full year granted to complete this 25 – 30 hour prerequisite training to work towards becoming a Foundations Judge. Candidates will be learning the responsibilities of Judges at the grass-root levels, in order to officiate for multi-disciplined or general performance provincial shows.

As role models, Foundation Judges create a safe environment for equine sport at local shows, upholding rules, ensuring fair play, and equine welfare. Whether judging objective or subjective classes, entry level judges can help build sport and long-term athletes.

Foundation judges will encounter multiple breeds and athletes from various walks of life including: the novice, those preparing to move up the levels and the more mature athlete that is active for life. The online program will help future judges or current discipline-specific judges in focusing on the essence of each class and introduce the tools to judge a variety of classes with consistency. Topics include Western Performance, Western Speed Division, Showmanship, Flat, Hunter, Jumper, Equitation over Fences, Dressage and Pleasure Driving.

The cost of the program as of July 2023 is $75 for MHC members.

Visit Equine Guelph to register!

EC Officials

From judges to stewards to course designers, officials are instrumental to competitions; ensuring participants can enjoy a safe, fair and fun equestrian sport.

Visit Equestrian Canada Website

EC certifies the following general types of officials:

  • Course Designers
  • Equine Medication Control Technicians
  • Judges
  • Stewards
  • Technical Delegates
  • Para-Equestrian Classifiers
  • Veterinarians

How to become an Official

Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information

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