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Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility - Bird's Hill Park

MHC Equestrian Centre Facilities

MHC is hiring for the summer!

Work at the Equestrian Facility in Birds Hill Park. Stall cleaning after horse shows, general ground maintenance including mowing, trimming, painting and repairs. Up to 30 hours per week. $18/hr. If you are between ages 18-30, have farm experience, and transportation to and from BHP, you may be the person we're looking for! Contact Kelly by text at 204-799-5941

Manitoba Horse Council owns and operates its Equestrian Facility in beautiful Bird's Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.

The MHC Equestrian Facility is built on approximately 40 acres of land leased from the Provincial government. It has undergone numerous upgrades over past years to ensure this 1967 and 1999 Pan American Games site remains current - not only for equestrian enthusiasts but for all who visit. Interested in booking the Facility for an event, competition, clinic, or camp?

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Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility Rentals

MHC Equestrian Facility Rental Forms

 

Officials

How to Become an Official

Manitoba Horse Council recognizes both our own Provincial Officials and those who have been approved by organizations such as Equestrian Canada, AQHA, and other affiliations.

 

Club Membership

Club Memberships

Membership of Manitoba Horse Council's (MHC) club network is for provincial, regional, and local equine organizations which engage in the promotion and development of equestrian sport and recreation activities in Manitoba and which meet the following criteria:

1. Minimum of 10 members;
2. Not-for-profit, volunteer based and democratic;
3. Written constitution;
4. Regular meetings;
5. Elections of directors and officers;
6. Maintain financial records which are available on request to MHC.
7. Agrees to Dispute Resolution as mandated by Sport Manitoba;
8. Agrees to Safe Sport policies and principles for competition as mandated by national sporting body.

Equine clubs are the foundation of Manitoba Horse Council and receive one vote per issue at the MHC Annual General Meeting and/or Council of Clubs. Some items subject to voted approval of MHC member Clubs include: Election of MHC Board of Directors Approval of MHC By-Law change Provincial or local issues National issues ...

 

Getting Started

Just starting out or getting back in the saddle?

Whether you are ready to take your first lesson, or are interested in finding a new place to ride, Manitoba Horse Council is here for you! We understand that the journey into horse sports can be overwhelming, and we want to help simplify the process. Below you will find a collection of links to help you step into the equestrian world.

It is never too late to rekindle your love of horses. If you’re thinking about getting back into the saddle after some time away, you’re not alone – over half of current riders have chosen to take a prolonged period of time out of the saddle at some point, so you're in good company.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve all but forgotten how to ride or you’ve just taken a short break, there’s a place to get back in the saddle at whatever level you want.

Horse riding is a great way to socialize, learn new skills and boost your sense of wellbeing. While riding may feel daunting, with the right horse and ...

 

Competition Organizers

Planning and Organizing a Competition Give back to your Volunteers with our Volunteer Recognition Program

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Organizing a horse show requires long days and even longer days on the actual competition date(s). There are numerous aspects to consider when hosting a competition from deciding what types of classes you would like to offer, having the right insurance, and finding the right official to ensure fair and professional judging. At Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) we want to make your life a little easier by providing you with resources and links to information to ensure a safe and fun competition for all. What is a sanctioned competition?

Hundreds of horse shows are held across the province. While some are sanctioned (approved) by MHC or EC, others are run independently without any sort of endorsement. It is not mandatory to sanction a horse show; however, there are tangible benefits for organizers who choose to register their horse shows. Without sanctioning, EC ...

 

Governance & Contacts

Discover your Manitoba Horse Council

Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is a not-for-profit organization representing 23 clubs and 1900 individual members involved in equine activity in Manitoba. MHC is the recognized provincial/territorial sport organization for equestrian sport in Manitoba.

 

Amentities

Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility

The Horse Council operates a 40-acre outdoor equestrian showgrounds in beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.

Interested in booking the facility?

Booking Request

Other Documents Facility Amenities Rules of Use Birds Hill Park Map Equestrian Facility Map Barn A Stabling Layout Barn B Stabling Layout EC Guidelines for Equine Competition and Training During Extreme Environment Conditions

 

Emergency Plans

Emergency Plans

MHC Emergency Help for Equines & Equine Owners

Manitoba Horse Council has maintained a resource list of individuals and businesses that have generously offered to aid equines and equine owners in an emergency situation (eg. flood evacuation) by providing temporary stabling / acreage for equines, or equine transportation. Note: This does not constitute emergency veterinarian care or regular situations and duties overseen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or city police (911)

 

Discover Competition

Horse Shows and Competitions

Have you thought about competing in equestrian sport? Competitions, shows and events are a great way to get involved with the horse community and test your skills.

View Competition Calendar

Do you want to compete or organize a competition?

Manitoba Horse Council offers athlete development opportunities as well as resources for clubs and organizers to host sanctioned competitions. Competitors are required to hold valid memberships in order to participate in provincial and national competitions.

Crocus Series Competitions
Manitoba Horse Council offers a grassroots competition program. Prairie Crocus Rule Book 2024
Apply to host a Crocus Competition

Apply for a Guest Card

Concussion Awareness For more information on concussions, safety and riding helmets.

Learn More Accidents & Return to Sport Rule - Equestrian Canada

EC’s concussion-related Accidents & Return to Sport Rule came into effect Jan. 1, 2017 for all EC sanctioned ...

 

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Support Grassroots and community horse shows and event such as the Prairie Crocus Provincial Series Draw June 28 at 1:30 PM LGCA 2100-RF-44184 Buy Today Serving Manitoba’s Equine Community for 50 years

Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is the not-for-profit organization representing clubs and individual members involved in equine activity in Manitoba.

MHC provides support, leadership and resources to develop all phases of equestrian sports and to improve and develop equestrian athletes in Manitoba. MHC works to promote the interests of Manitoba’s equestrian enthusiasts and clubs.

MEMBERSHIPS LEARN TO RIDE FACILITY NEWS EVENTS COACHING

 

Find a Coach

Are you a coach in Manitoba?

Each year we require ALL coaches to complete our Privacy Release form in order to confirm they are still current.

Privacy Release Manitoba Horse Council recognizes a variety of coaching designations.

Learn More To find an EC licensed and certified coach

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Confirmation

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!

Submit another event: /Submit-an-Event

 

Current Coaches Directory - NCCP

Researching A Coach

Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research the qualifications of potential coaches before you select one. Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the National Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program. Equestrian Canada/NCCP Coach Directory

Find a Coach

The Associations or Organizations certifying the coaches below do not provide NCCP certification; however, they do give entry to coaching certification under EC.

 

Club Listings

Member Clubs in Manitoba

Below is an alphabetical order listing of member clubs belonging to Manitoba Horse Council. Contact these clubs for more information on their equestrian activities, how to join, etc. Club Memberships and insurance

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Current Coaches Directory - Other

Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research qualifications of potential coaches before you select one. The Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the National Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program (NCCP).

The Associations or Organizations certifying the coaches below do not provide NCCP certification; however, they do give entry to coaching certification under EC. Certified Horsemanship Association

To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources.

For more information: Certified Horsemanship Association Canadian Pony Club

See website for listings for Canadian Pony Club coaches: www.canadianponyclub.org

Se website for listings for Manitoba Pony Club coaches www.Canadianponyclub.org/Manitoba/

Canadian Pony Club is a member-based association, managed by ...

 

Competitions

Competition Organizer Resources Medication Control Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) Multi-Discipline Team Challenge (MDTC) Heritage Classic Show Circuit Upcoming Manitoba Competition Events Competitions and COVID-19

When competitions are once again permitted in the province, the 'Return to Competition' Protocols produced by Manitoba Horse Council are the guiding document accepted by the Province.

The Return to Competition protocols will apply whether an event is: formally sanctioned (such as EC Bronze, Silver, Gold competitions, etc.) or nominally sanctioned by MHC because it is held by an MHC member club,

Various other groups unaffiliated with MHC may find the Return to Competition protocols and documents useful. It is the document approved by the province for any equestrian/riding activity, not solely Manitoba Horse Council member events,

With the Return to Competition protocols, various elements come into play: Updated Return to Operations - Fall 2020 - ...

 

Awards

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR AN AWARD Recognizing and celebrating excellence is a way to boost our collective confidence and motivation. The Manitoba Horse Council Annual Awards honour the achievements of deserving members within our equine community. These awards are a way to acknowledge those individuals who make a positive difference to our community and those who make significant strides in their discipline. The Awards committee encourages those submitting nominations to include as much detail as possible to help define their nominee’s impact and achievement. Download criteria Nomination Deadline: October Award Nomination Forms: EC Licensed Coach of the Year MHC Provincial Coach of the Year Athlete of the Year (Adult and Youth) Sportsperson of the Year Volunteer of the Year Equine of the Year (Sport and Non-sport) Facility/Stable of the Year Official of the Year MHC Legacy Award General Requirements

Nominations are only accepted through the online nomination forms. Nominators must be MHC members, or the ...

 

MHC Provincial Officials

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.

 

Equestrian Canada

Join horse enthusiasts across the country supporting the interests of equestrian sport, recreation and industry.

The Manitoba Horse Council (MHC), along with 10 other provinces and territory, is a Provincial/Territorial Sports Organization (PTSO) member in good standing with Equestrian Canada (EC).

To be eligible to apply for Equestrian Canada Competitive Sport Licenses, enter into the EC Learn to Ride, Coaching, and Official Certification and Recognition programs, purchase EC Horse Passports, and access other EC programs, Manitobans must first be a member of MHC.

 

Become A Member

Club Membership

Equine clubs are the foundation of Manitoba Horse Council and receive one vote on any issue at the MHC Annual General Meeting and/or Council of Clubs meetings. Some items subject to voted approval of MHC member Clubs include: • Provincial or local issues • National issues requiring a Provincial vote • Election of MHC Board of Directors • Approval of MHC By-Law changes

Membership of Manitoba Horse Council's (MHC) club network is for provincial, regional, and local equine organizations (need not be based in Manitoba) which engage in the promotion and development of equestrian sport and recreation activities in Manitoba and which meet the following criteria: 1. Have a minimum of 10 members; 2. Are not-for-profit, volunteer based and democratic; 3. Have a written constitution; 4. Hold regular meetings; 5. Hold elections of directors and officers; 6. Maintain financial records which are available on request to MHC. Membership benefits

Benefits to a club are ...

 

Recent News and Notices

Latest News

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

Use our "Submit Your Event" form to add your club/local events to the MHC Events Calendar on /Events-All .

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!

Tick Season!

Get help on identifying ticks, recognizing signs and symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and when, where and how to report.

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Mid-Week Group Riding at the Equestrian Facility (Mondays - Thursdays starting at 4:30pm) $100/evening - 1-10 horses $10/horse - more than 10 horses

Enjoy a group ride in the sand ring while enjoying the beauty of Birds Hill Park. Whether it’s a guided practice with ...

 

Horse Week

Horse Week is held annually to promote and celebrate Manitoba's thriving horse industry. A wide range of activities are held across the province, including trail rides, horse shows, charity events and open houses to allow horse enthusiasts and the public alike to celebrate horses! Everyone is encouraged to participate.

All events, regardless of size, take place in the first two weeks of June can apply for Horse Week status and be promoted through MHC.

MHC Horse Week objectives:

Create Awareness

Promote economic impact and significance of Manitoba’s horse industry

Endorse horse welfare

Promote the variety of breeds and disciplines

Provide Education

Identify the benefits that horses and riding provide

Teach the importance of safety around horses

Recognize the importance of recognized riding schools and certified instructors/coaches

Increase Participation

Encourage and increase the practice of equestrian sport and recreation activity in Manitoba and Canada ...

 

Privacy Policy

This is our current Privacy Policy, last updated 22 June 2022: Privacy Policy “Organization” refers to: MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL INC. For not-for-profit organizations in Manitoba, the privacy of personal information is governed by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This Policy is based on the standards required by PIPEDA as interpreted by the Organization Definitions The following terms have these meanings in this Policy: “Commercial Activity” – any particular transaction, act or conduct that is of a commercial character. “Participants” – Refers to all categories of individual members and/or registrants defined in the By-laws of the Organization who are subject to the policies of the Organization, as well as all people employed by, contracted by, or engaged in activities with the Organization including, but not limited to, employees, contractors, Athletes, coaches, instructors, officials, volunteers, managers, administrators, committee members, parents or ...

 

Resources for Officials

Officials Grants and Assistance

Manitoba Horse Council Officials Assistance Programs

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P'tit Trot Program

P'TIT TROT Western Riding Lessons for Young Kids AGES 6 to 12 - with little or no riding experience

The P’tit Trot program provides children with a pleasant introduction to horseback riding. Depending on the program enrollment level of the participant, some of the learning components may include: grooming, hoof care, general horse care, basic tack, parts of the saddle, adjusting a halter, colors, breeds, how to mount the horse, sitting trot, and transitions between the gaits. Each level has both a theoretical and practical component that participants must learn by the end of the level to move on to the next. Each level focuses on specific components of riding and more importantly, on taking care of the participants’ new friend—the horse! As each component is learned, participants progress to the point where they are able to master a specific skill. Games are incorporated into each component providing the riders the opportunity to learn by playing. Participants will be required to wear appropriate ...

 

MakeaPitch

Make Your Pitch

Interested in writing an article for the Manitoba Horse Council?

Submit your ideas

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E-mail completed forms to [email protected]

 

Officials Directory

Equestrian Canada Officials

Click the button to pull up all Manitoba EC-certified officials, or search a discipline, name etc.

Find an Official

 

Club Resources

Support for Member Clubs

MHC member Clubs have access to financial assistance through various programs and grants: $2,500 Annual Recreation Grant in total to approved projects. Applications may be received from Member Clubs and individual members for projects designed to aid and enhance the development of recreation-specific projects. MHC's Provincial Clinic Support program is designed to aid Clubs in providing high-caliber clinics and workshops to its members, subject to a maximum available per approved clinic/Club in a calendar year. Program Support Grants available twice each year to support club activities such as clinics, competitions, volunteer awards, bursaries, and equipment purchase/maintenance. The grants are funded by Sport Manitoba and MHC is responsible for reporting activities in a way which supports the Integrated Funding Formula applied by annually by MHC.

Club Information

 

Officials Certification Events

Upcoming Clinics

Officials E-Learning Modules on the Locker Skilled Interaction for Officials ($19.95) https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning#SIO-E Decision Making for Officials ($19.95) https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning#DMO-E

To be added to our mailing list for Coaching, Officials and other professional equestrian activities please email MHC office at [email protected]

 

Becoming a Coach

Coaching options in Manitoba Grassroots Provincial Coaching Designation NCCP Coaching Certification Alternative approved designations (Pony Club, Cantra, CHA) Become a Provincial Coach Today!

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Become A Sponsor

MHC represents over 2,000 equine enthusiasts

Equestrians love their horses and the industry. It's important to us that we support them as much as we can so they can help make the horse industry thrive in Manitoba.

If you feel that your business is a good fit and have products or services our members can benefit from, we'd love to hear from you. We’ll work with you to set up marketing opportunities that’ll highlight your business to our community.

 

Grants & Resources

Athlete Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships

R.D. Payne Equine Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an individual striving to advance their equestrian abilities and, ultimately, pursue a career in the equine industry. Deadline to apply: 4:30 p.m. Second Friday in September.

Learn More

 

SafeSport

A pathway to safer sport

Safe Sport is an environment where individuals can have a healthy, supportive, and respectful sport experience, free from all forms of harassment and abuse. The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport calls for all sporting environments to be free from physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

 

Membership Insurance Benefits

Membership Insurance Coverage Insurance included and/or available as an option with MHC membership is provided to you through Acera Insurance Services Ltd ., (formerly CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd.) the licensed insurance broker and Administrator for the member insurance program. Any and all enquiries related to insurance MUST BE directed to Acera Insurance at 1-800-670-1877 (equine department). MHC is not licensed to sell or provide counsel on insurance coverage. Insurance premiums are considered fully earned on the date of purchase. Memberships and insurance products cannot be cancelled, are non-refundable and expire December 31 of the member year.

 

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

The following riding/driving programs are supported by MHC. Ask your coach/instructor/trainer which program they use in their lessons.

Only EC Licensed and certified coaches/instructors can evaluate riders in the EC Learn to Ride Program

Coach Directory

The Equestrian Canada (EC), Learn to Ride program is aimed at individuals who wish to become well-rounded riders, able to care for, understand and ride their horses in a correct and safe manner. The Program is available for both English and Western Disciplines. English Rider Level 1-10

Introduces the basics of horsemanship and rider skills covering the basics of riding progressing in skill and learning to Level 10 for high performance athletes. Western Rider Levels 1-4

Begins with the basics and progresses to speed and performance classes. Wish to be evaluated?

Complete the Candidate Application Form .

BUY Manuals

The Learn to Ride program is designed to be guided by a Certified Instructor or Coach, to ...

 

 

Horse Health and Welfare

Responsible Horse Ownership

Encouraging and supporting responsible horse ownership is the cornerstone of horse health and welfare. At MHC, we want to provide the information and resources horse owners need to ensure that every horse - from companion to elite athlete - thrives throughout their life. We support the work of the World Horse Welfare agency and their work to improve the lives of horses and the horse-human partnership in all of its forms. World Horse Welfare VISIT WEBSITE

 

Recreational Trails

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Submit Your Event

Submit Your Event

Anyone can submit info on local competitions, fairs, trail rides, activities, fun days, educational events - from minis to heavy horses - and more! Submit your event by clicking HERE!

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!

An administrator will review your submission for inclusion and add your event to the calendar as soon as possible!

 

Find an Official

MHC Provincial Officials

All MHC Officials are required to complete their application on a yearly basis (resetting on January). If you are an EC, CHA, AQHA, etc judge you can be used as a judge in the province with a guest card. If you are NOT on this list, but should be complete the form below. Lynne Miller-General Performance Judge & Hunter Jumper Judge [email protected]
Shandi Jonasson General Performance [email protected]
Jane Haglund-Scott - Hunter Jumper Judge [email protected] Jane Haglund-Scott - Hunter Jumper Steward [email protected] Application to become an Official Equestrian Canada Officials Directory

To find an official for your next event

Check the Directory

 

Monthly Feed Tips

Check out our Monthly Feed tips below, presented by Masterfeeds

February 2024 : Should I add salt to my horse's diet?
March 2024: Feeding for conditioning
April 2024 : Pastures & Parasites
May 2024: Nutrition Basics Part 1

For every 15 bags of Masterfeeds-branded equine feeds purchased, MHC members will receive a $30 voucher to use towards their next purchase.

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Diane David - Executive Director
(204) 925-5719
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Kylee Tonita - Technical Coordinator
Coaching, Officials & Events
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Kelly Roe - Manager
Equestrian Facility
(April to Oct)

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