Become An Official

Are you thinking about becoming an Equestrian Canada (EC) Official? Officials represent EC as a national governing body, serving, promoting and protecting the interests of horses and equestrians.

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

Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information:

Types of EC Officials

EC certifies the following general types of officials:

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

Specific types of officials (i.e. Dressage Judge, Jumping Course Designer, etc.) vary by discipline/breed sport. See discipline-specific EC Rules for full information.

How to Become an EC Official

The application process to become an EC official varies by type of official and discipline. See discipline-specific EC Rules for full information. However, the general process is as follows:

  • 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.

How to Upgrade Your EC Official Status

To upgrade your status as an EC Official, follow the same steps listed above in the How to Become an EC Official section


Manitoba Horse Council Officials Assistance Programs

Programs include the MHC Officials Development Grant Program and Regional Travel Assistance Program.


MHC Officials Development Grant Program

This MHC program is designed to provide assistance to Manitoban officials that must travel outside of the province to maintain their current status or to upgrade their status.

The goal/intent of the MHC Officials Development Grant program is to provide financial assistance to Manitoba Officials.

General Criteria to Apply:

  • Must be a recognized PSO and/or NSO Official

  • Must be a member in good standing of the Manitoba Horse Council

  • Must be a resident of Manitoba

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (NOTE: Course Designer applicants must be at least 21 years of age)

Application and Selection Process:

  1. MHC Officials Development Grant Application (see Appendix A) must be completed by the applicant.

  2. MHC Officials Development Grant application must be completed in full for application to be reviewed and considered for funding by the MHC Officials Committee. NOTE: incomplete applications will not be considered.

  3. Applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the clinic. NOTE: Seminars will not be funded.

  4. Each application will be reviewed on its own merit by the MHC Officials Chair and Committee taking into account the following:  Re-certification and/or Upgrading from one level to another

  5. Maximum of one grant per official per calendar year (January 1 – December 31)

  6. Grants will not be approved if a clinic is offered by the province in the same fiscal year.

  7. Expense receipts must be submitted to the MHC Office after the event for the grant to be released.

  8. Recipient of grant must notify the MHC Office if and when they retain their official status and/or move up a level. If this information is not communicated to the MHC Office prior to year end the Official will not be able to access funding for the next season.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Travel

  • Clinic Registration Fees

  • Accommodations

  • Meals

  • Required Resource Materials

Funding Level:

Up to a maximum of $400 per grant (per applicant/calendar year)

Based on available funds of the grant program and above mentioned application/selection process

Notification Process:

Successful applicants will receive written acknowledgement from the MHC Office indicating their funding level one month after receipt of their application.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive written acknowledgement from the MHC Office one month after receipt of their application stating reasons for non-approval.

Completed applications can be submitted to:

Manitoba Horse Council
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6
Attention: MHC Officials Chair
Email: [email protected]

****In order to be considered Appendix A must be completed in full

Application - Appendix A

Applications must be submitted to the MHC office a minimum of 1 month prior to the clinic/event that the official is attending.

Regional Travel Assistance Program

Travel Assistance Grants provided by the Sport Manitoba Community Development or Regional offices.

These grants are to assist with travel expenses incurred by officials when travelling within the province for Seminars, Conferences, or a Certification course. (Eg. Travel from Brandon, MB to Winnipeg, MB for a valid Officials Course).

To apply for Regional Travel Assistance, contact the MHC Office.




Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6

The office remains closed to personal visitors until further notice.

Executive Director, John Savard
Phone: (204) 509-2369 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 299-0118 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]