- Learn To Ride
- Equine Welfare
Keeping your horses healthy through disease prevention;
protecting yourselves, your horses, and your property from disease-causing agents and the introduction of disease
reducing and controlling the spread of disease
Remember to always contact your veterinarian with with any biosecurity or horse health questions and concerns. Biosecurity Resources
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) hopes to develop and customize its own biosecurity materials for Manitoba equestrians. Presently, fellow provincial equestrian organization Alberta Equestrian Federation has developed some excellent resources in conjunction with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Please view the following while keeping in mind some information will differ from province to province:
Equine Biosecurity and Best Practices Guide
Biosecurity Brochure Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)
SOPs help ensure everyone who is using a facility and/or engaged in a horse's care is aware of the biosecurity ...
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!
LEARNING TO RIDE – FIRST STEPS
So your child loves horses and has expressed a desire to ride? Or maybe you as adult want to start the sport of equestrian and you are not sure where to begin? You don’t have to incur the expenses of buying and boarding a horse to learn to ride. Taking lessons at a facility which offers school horses can be the best way for you and yours to begin their equestrian journey. Choosing a riding facility can seem like a daunting task but there are things you can look for and questions you can ask to help you make an informed decision.
For a listing of some facilities which offer lessons in Manitoba, you can go to www.manitobaequinedirectory.com and look through the businesses listed there to see which ones offer school horses or beginner programs. (MHC cannot recommend any particular facility - see our Help Me Find a Coach page for more tips on choosing a riding facility)
Find out about the lesson program and the credentials of the instructors/coaches teaching ...
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR FIRST RIDING LESSON
While it isn’t necessary to go out and purchase a full riding wardrobe for your first lesson, there are a few must haves which will make your experience safe, comfortable and fun.
ASTM CERTIFIED RIDING HELMET
This is the single most important piece of equipment you need to own. Approved ASTM riding helmets must be properly fitted to the rider so they don’t slip or fly off during riding. Riding helmets are designed specifically for riding and the types of injuries a rider could experience. Substituting a non- sport specific helmet such as a hockey helmet is NOT recommended and is to be avoided. Borrowing or purchasing a used helmet which could have structural damage not visible to the eye should be avoided. A reputable tack shop will carry certified helmets and will be able to assist you in selecting a properly fitting helmet.
While wearing a pair of riding boots is a good idea they are not essential. Wear shoes/boots ...
What is Equestrian? Getting Started P'tit Trot Program Beginning Riding Lessons English Riding Western Riding Other Disciplines Upcoming Learn to Ride Events
Learning to Ride
So your child loves horses and has expressed a desire to ride? Or maybe you as adult want to start the sport of equestrian and you are not sure where to begin?
You don’t have to incur the expenses of buying and boarding a horse to learn to ride.
Taking lessons at a facility which offers school horses can be the best way for you and yours to begin their equestrian journey.
Choosing a riding facility can seem like a daunting task but there are things you can look for and questions you can ask to help you make an informed decision. Our downloadable Guide for New Riders now available! Click to download PDF version or request a hard copy from the office. Please use the links above to get more information on how to get started on your horse journey... Further questions can be directed to the MHC office at (204) ...
Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6
Email: [email protected]
Office hours are normally 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday. During COVID restrictions the office is not open to visitors. Please phone or email. Manitoba Horse Council Staff Executive Director
[email protected] Administration
204-299-0118 (temporary) 204-925-5718
[email protected] Equestrian Centre Manager
204-799-5941 phone and text (April to October)
How to become an NCCP Certified Equestrian Coach or Instructor STEP 1 - Identify the certification you are best suited for
Instructor : Specializes in introducing beginners to non-competitive or recreational riding and/or driving.
Available certificates: Instructor English Western Driving Saddle Seat
Please note : NCCP Certified Instructors may maintain amateur competitive status while receiving remuneration for instructing.
Coach : Specializes in working with athletes actively competing in equestrian sport. This stream allows a coach to progress through competitive levels and specialize in a discipline.
Available certificates: Competition Coach English Western Competition Coach Specialist Dressage Eventing General Performance Jumping Reining Speed Events High Performance 1 Coach Dressage Eventing Jumping Reining STEP 2 - Complete the admission requirements
The general admission requirements for all certification programs are as follows. Once completed, please submit the originals ...
Athlete Development Grants Athlete Development Resources
Horses inspire, motivate, engage and reward us. The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) & Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) models strives to cement the lifelong relationship between horse and athlete. As models, LTAD and LTED provides the Canadian equestrian community with a vision to help us improve our infrastructure, programs and initiatives to ensure the best opportunities are available for all athletes and participants – whatever their personal goals or stage of development. It serves as our true north. Long-Term Athlete Development
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Equestrian Canada to maximize a participant/athletes potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery program based on biological age rather than chronological age. It is athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science and ...
The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for all coaches in nearly 70 sports and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada. The NCCP is implemented by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The NCCP is the only coach program accepted by Coaching Manitoba – the Sport Manitoba unit for coaching in Manitoba – as required under the CAC. Equestrian Canada/NCCP
The Equestrian Canada (EC) coaching program is the nationally recognized certification program for equestrian coaches and instructors, developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian coach/instructors’ teaching and coaching skills as meeting professional, nationally, and internationally recognized standards for coaching practice.
The EC coaching program is the only Canadian ...
Thank you for submitting your event to the Manitoba Horse Council Event Calendar.
An admin will add your event into the calendar as soon as possible!
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Manitoba Multi-Discipline Team Challenge
September 21 - 22, 2019 at the Bird's Hill Park Equestrian Facility.
(Formerly known as the MEC - Manitoba Equestrian Championships)
See Manitoba’s best equestrians from eight different disciplines compete for the coveted team title of "Manitoba Team Champions"!
Representatives from Competitive Trail, Dressage, Western Style Dressage, Endurance, Driving, Eventing, Polo and Hunter/Jumper in their quest to become Manitoba Champions.
Prize List is available at this link. The online entry form will be available Wednesday August 21, 2019 at bit.ly/MHCteamchallenge . Closing date is 4:00 p.m. September 16, with an Early Bird entry deadline of 4:00 p.m. September 9.
Entries and queries go to Val Crowe, Show Manager [email protected] . Once she has acknowledged your entry and sent an invoice, payment can be made via e-transfer to [email protected] (use your MHC number as password) or credit at MHC's office, phone 204-529-5718.
Did you forget to renew in 2021?
We are now offering a special Extended Package: for only $10 more, purchase a membership which will take you from the day of application right through to December 31, 2022!
Packages are available on our website: login now!
If you have forgotten your login details and are unable to login, please don't make a new membership :) Call the office and we will check it for you.
Insurance products to be added to your membership will start January 1, 2022. If you require any additional insurance products for the remainder of 2021, please call the office. Experience the benefits of membership
Horse enthusiasts know that Manitoba Horse Council adds value to their equestrian lifestyle.
That’s because 2000+ horse enthusiasts are MHC members who reap the benefits of belonging. From services and information to benefits not found anywhere else, MHC represents individual members and clubs from all sectors of the horse industry.
For professionals, amateurs, ...
Manitoba Horse Council established a fund to help promote recreational programs and projects throughout the province of Manitoba. Since the inception of this program in 2010, many projects have been supported throughout the province, which have included trail development and construction, improvements to corrals and equine camp sites, educational clinics, equine safety and welfare.
Who can apply? Member Clubs of MHC that have been members in good standing of MHC for a minimum of 12 months and whose members are MHC members Committees of MHC whose projects meet the required criteria Individual MHC members having sufficient support and resources to ensure projects are achieved
What will grants be awarded for?
Projects or programs which are for the benefit of Manitoba’s recreational riders or Manitoba’s horse owners as a whole. All capital projects must be situated on public or publicly contracted lands e.g. municipal, regional or crown lands.
The following would be considered for ...
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]
Please Submit your event for inclusion in the MHC Event Calendar by filling in the form below.
An administrator will review your submission for inclusion and add your event to the calendar as soon as possible!
FOR RECREATIONAL RIDER/DRIVER MEMBERS OF MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL: DO YOU WANT TO GET REWARDED FOR SIMPLY RIDING OR DRIVING YOUR HORSE?
The Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) Ride & Drive program rewards riders and drivers of horses for the hours they spend with their horses. It is open to all MHC Recreational members*. Even those who rent/lease or part-board a horse are eligible to participate.
There is no age restriction - it’s for the young and the young-at-heart! All that is required is your yearly MHC Recreation membership, and your registration lodged at the MHC Office. Then start counting the hours of fun and relaxation riding/driving your horses. The hours accumulate and continue to build up even if you have to re-register (this means you never lose your hours).The ultimate goal of 4,000 hours is worth striving for.
Rewards are progressive, starting with the 25 hour level and ending at the 4000 hour level. Hours spent riding or driving should be recorded on a regular basis. Use your Garmin, ...
MHC Provincial Officials Program
To apply to be a Provincial Official, please use this Application Form and email to [email protected] Last name First name Status Year of approval Email Phone City Adey Susan
Steward 2021 [email protected] 204-479-4727 Stonewall Donald Sandy
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-725-3936 Brandon Fehr Terry
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-362-7830 Glenboro Grainger Ken
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-763-4479 Brandon Knox Alexa Hunter/Jumper Judge 2021 [email protected] 204-997-0271 Winnipeg Leahy Maura Endurance Technical Delegate 2021 [email protected] 204-795-1915 Springfield Martin Eric Course Designer 2021 [email protected] 204-795-1691 Oakbank Stephens Jan Steward & Hunter/Jumper Judge 2021 [email protected] 204-444-2423 Oakbank Sweet Geri TD, Eventing Jumper Judge, Jumper Judge, General Steward, Long Distance Riding ...
Included in your membership: Member Liability
Who: All current members in good standing with MHC
Amount: $5,000,000 Personal Liability insurance (subject to a deductible of $1,000 for Property Damage claims). There is no deductible for Bodily Injury claims.
What: Third-party liability insurance defends against lawsuits and/or settlements for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the non-commercial ownership and/or leasing of horses in the event that no other insurance is in effect. (For instance, if your horse caused harm to a third party.) This policy will act as an excess coverage if any other insurance is in place, and is valid worldwide. Detailed information at this link: M ember Liability Insurance Included in your membership: Accidental Death & Dismemberment
Who: All current members under the age of 90 in good standing with MHC.
Amount: $30,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
What: A lump sum payment if you suffer from a listed (scheduled) injury that arises ...
Watch this space for the latest News and Notices on horse happenings in Manitoba and Canada. Frequently Asked Questions: The September 3, 2021, Covid restrictions
The object of the current Public Health Order is to keep people safe through inclusion, not shut down businesses by exclusion.
As of 12:01 a.m. September 3, 2021, all adults (over age 18) will be required to be fully vaccinated to enter an indoor facility, regardless of their reason for entering: ie. Coaching, volunteering, employment, parent/guardian, spectator, etc.
Those allowed entry include the following: persons who produce proof that they are fully immunized persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19; persons under 18 years of age. Throughout this guidance piece, the word “vaccinated” refers to those in a) and b).
Youth Under 18 are not required to be vaccinated and are allowed entry with a fully ...
If planning to attend a clinic and coming from outside Manitoba, please note that travel restrictions may apply. Please check for updated information: "Travel information relating to Covid restrictions"
Any events will be fully Covid-compliant. Those clinics held at Sport Manitoba will require masking at all times indoors, except when eating/drinking. October 23, 2021
Provincial Stewards Clinic
with Susan Adey, EC Senior National Steward, EC Senior Dressage Steward and FEI Level III Jumping Steward To be held at Sport Manitoba, cost is $125 + GST. ($131.25) Further details at this link Register here: MHC Provincial Stewards Clinic Attendance grants may be available for Officials. Please check with the office. EC Certified coaches may audit for a fee of $50 + GST. PD points will be gained, but no officials accreditation will be acquired. October 24, 2021
MHC/EC Hunter-Jumper Course Designers Clinic
with Sandra Conrad, EC Senior Hunter Jumper Course Designer, FEI ...
This is our current Terms of Service, last updated 20 December 2016
Riding Mountain National Park - Central Trail Area Riding Mountain National Park - North Escarpment Trail Riding Mountain National Park - Ochre River Trail Riding Mountain National Park - South Escarpment Trail Souris River Bend Equestrian Trails Spruce Woods Provincial Park Turtle Mountain Provincial Park Trail BIRD'S HILL PARK TRAILS
In 2019 there were changes as to which trails are assigned for horses in Bird's Hill Park as some trails have become less usable over the years,.
Please download and use The Bird's Hill Park Trails Plan Booklet as the current reference and check back regularly in case it is updated again!
To use the Trails Booklet to plan your ride:
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Below is an alphabetical order listing of some of Manitoba Horse Council's member clubs. Contact these clubs for more information on their equestrian activities, how to join, etc. Ashern Horse Association Phone: 204-768-0546 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ashernhorseassociation.weebly.com Brandon Light Horse & Pony Society Inc Phone: 204-727-4476 Email: [email protected] Web: www.blhpsi.com Canadian Western Horse Association Phone: 204-392-6308 Email: [email protected] Web: www.cwha.ca Central Canada Reining Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.ccrha.com Crocus Cow Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.crocuscowhorse.com Distance Riders of Manitoba Phone: 204-391-6789 Email: [email protected] Web: www.distanceridersofmanitoba.ca Dressage Winnipeg Phone: 204-793-1962 Email: [email protected] Web: www.dressagewinnipeg.com Manitoba Cutting Horse Association Email: [email protected] Web: www.mbcutting.ca Manitoba Driving Society Web: ...