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The Daring of Driving
Driving is an unmounted equestrian discipline in which one or more horses pulls the driver(s) in a carriage. Like all equestrian disciplines, driving can be for recreation and pleasure, or for sport. Competitive driving competitions include four-in-hand, pairs, singles, and tandems. There are 3 types of driving competitions: presentation/dressage, marathon, and obstacle driving. A popular combination of these is called Combined Driving.
Combined Driving is the equivalent to ridden eventing (see English), testing the horse and driver’s courage, stamina, and versatility. The three phases include: Dressage (see above) in which the horse, while pulling a carriage, must demonstrate a series of movements and demonstrate willingness, obedience, balance, and suppleness; Marathon in which there are several phases, including the navigation of obstacles over varied terrain where each obstacle has a start and finish and is timed separately; and Obstacles (cones) in which the carriage, ...
English riding is a form of horse riding seen throughout the world. There are many variations, but all feature a flat English saddle without the deep seat, high back or saddle horn seen on a Western saddle nor the knee pads seen on an Australian Stock Saddle. Saddles within the various English disciplines are all designed to allow the horse the freedom to move in the optimal manner for a given task, ranging from classical dressage to horse racing. English bridles also vary in style based on discipline, but most feature some type of noseband as well as closed reins, buckled together at the ends, that prevents them from dropping on the ground if a rider becomes unseated. Clothing for riders in competition is usually based on traditional needs from which a specific style of riding developed, but most standards require, as a minimum, boots; breeches or jodhpurs; a shirt with some form of tie or stock; a hat, cap, or equestrian helmet; and a jacket. English riding is an equestrian discipline with many different ...
Equestrian is the encompassing term for all activity involving the horse or other equus species (eg. mule). The term equestrian describes both recreational and competitive riders, handlers, and drivers. Equestrian includes all disciplines or activities participated in whilst mounted on the horse, as well as unmounted disciplines or activities. It is the partnership of horse and human and, in some disciplines, horse to horse.
Mounted equestrian disciplines are commonly divided into two categories: English disciplines and Western disciplines. As a general rule of thumb, the classification of English or Western describes the type of “tack” (equipment) used on the horse. The type of tack used is the most easily distinguishable factor in the division of English and Western disciplines. Other disciplines that do not fall under the categories of English or Western include driving, halter (in-hand), and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback).
Certain breeds of the horse are often favored and are more ...
Western riding in North America originated from the Spanish conquistadors in the 17th Century. As the conquistadors traveled to what is now Texas and California, this style of riding began to spread across the continent.
Both equipment and riding style evolved to meet the working needs of the cowboy in the American West. American cowboys needed to work long hours in the saddle over rough terrain, sometimes needing to rope cattle with a lariat (or lasso). Because of the necessity to control the horse with one hand and use a lariat with the other, western horses were trained to neck rein, that is, to change direction with light pressure of a rein against the horse's neck. Horses were also trained to exercise a certain degree of independence in using their natural instincts to follow the movements of a cow, thus a riding style developed that emphasized a deep, secure seat, and training methods encouraged a horse to be responsive on very light rein contact. Though there are significant differences in ...
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.
Equestrian Canada Sanctioned Competitions
The following Bronze and Silver competitions are approved by each province or territory.
1. Hunter/Jumper Competitions 2. Dressage Competitions 3. Breed Competitions 4. Endurance Competitions 5. Reining Competitions All Platinum, Gold, Bronze/Gold or Silver/Gold competitions are approved by EC. All Eventing, Driving and Vaulting competitions are approved by EC Competitions are not permitted to host multiple disciplines at a single competition, unless permission is granted by EC. E.g. A dressage competition may not hold a hunter/jumper portion unless given written permission from EC. All Manitoba Bronze and Silver EC Sanctioned Shows/Competitions are to contact the MHC office directly. Forms to be used by Competition Organizers are available at Equestrian Canada Also please check the Stewards Hub
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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: ...
Equestrian Canada Long-Term Equine Development Information:
A Parent’s Guide to LTED
Long-Term Athlete Development Backgrounder
10 Key Factors to LTED Success
Equestrian Canada Athlete Development Programs
Equestrian Canada (EC) facilitates the following programs to up-and-coming young athletes to support development and talent identification.
See https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/athlete-development FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is the premiere equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, aged 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual medals in the FEI disciplines of Dressage, Endurance, Eventing, Jumping, Para-Dressage and Reining.
See https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/athlete-development for more information
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 ...
"Kaitie Mann is a wonderful and naturally talented rider competing on the Arabian Show Circuit. Kaitie started her riding career in dressage, and in 2015 adapted to riding Arabians for the Arabian Circuit. This was no easy switch, but the natural rider that Kaitie is, she caught on quickly." "After getting her feet wet at SAHA Icebreaker Sport Horse and SAHA Spring Icebreaker Shows in Moose Jaw Katie went on to the Western Canadian Breeders Championship in Saskatoon where Kaitie and Harley won two top 6 placings, a top 5 and a top 3 which qualified them to compete at a number of Arabian Shows. At the SAHA AGM in October 2015 Katie was awarded the SAHA 2015 High Point Youth Award."
"Kaitie is also an honour roll student at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk MB and would like to continue her education in Medicine. She was part of a team that raised over $118,000 for Alyssa Selman (the jockey that was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident that happened when two horses ...
Gaetane is a very successful Equestrian and Coach. In 2015 she won a number of provincial and gold championships. She also won Equine Canada Horse and Rider awards in 2015. At the Dressage Winnipeg Awards ceremony she was recognized with the Hi-Point awards for Training, Third and Fourth levels, and gold medals of excellence for Training, First, Third and Fourth levels. She also received the Gi llian Sevier Award for the senior with the highest percentage result.
Gaetane is a very dedicated and hard working coach who always has the best interests of her students in mind when she works with them. She is a skillful teacher who is both encouraging and patient as students develop their abilities. The results of her work are shown in the high level of success of her students. It is to her credit that she also knows when to refer them to other coaches to further develop their expertise with horses.
Gaetane is also well known for her concern over the welfare of the horse. Her passion for horses has been ...
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
GOLD MEDALISTS : The Orange Crush Team of Kaylee Fulcher, Callum Read, Rachael Van Wyk, Don Down, Dianne Borger, Janine Thomson, Kara Trimble, Shannon Lightfoot and Dana Hryshko
SILVER MEDALISTS : The Yellow Team comprising Madisyn Fulcher, Lavender Woodman, Kari Hasselriis, Jack Boughen, Wendy Carnegie, Iris Oleksuk, Andy Dunlop, Linda Gillies and Angela Lavallee.
BRONZE MEDALISTS were: the Red Team, comprising Julie Neu, Kyri Manual, Krista Brown, Brandy Caton, Gord Knox, Terry McKee, Annette Fleming, Lisa Kizlik and Wendy Nagtegaal.
This Multi-Discipline Team Challenge featured seven disciplines (Eventing, Western Dressage, Driving, Competitive Trail, Endurance and Hunter/Jumper) and made a great competition for the 70 plus riders involved. A very wet Saturday evolved into a warmer and sunnier Sunday and despite a few spills everyone came through safely and smiling. More information to come in our next newsletter. Pictures can be found on the Manitoba Horse Council Facebook page.
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: https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/officials 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 Current Manitoba Officials Directory Upcoming Officials Certification Events MHC Provincial Officials Program 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. Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information.
EC certifies the following general types of officials: Course Designers Equine Medication Control Technicians Judges Stewards Technical Delegates Para-Equestrian Classifiers Veterinarians Do you want to become an Official? Click the different types of Officials below for more information! Eventing Officials Stewards Hunter/Jumper Judge Dressage Judge
Please see Equestrian Canada's website for more information: https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/officials
Specific types of officials (i.e. Dressage Judge, Jumping Course Designer, etc.) vary by discipline/breed sport. See Discipline-specific EC Rules for full ...
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 ...
Bird's Hill Park Facility Used Items for Sale
Dressage Ring Items
4 Drawer Cabinet
Desk and Lumber
Dark Wood Desk
Flat Jump Panels
Dressage Flower Containers
Metal Hook Rod
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. WHAT IS HORSE DAY?
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 ...
Manitoba Horse Council owns and operates its Equestrian Facility in beautiful Bird's Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.
Interested in booking the Facility for an event, competition, clinic, or camp?
See our Facility Rentals page or contact the Manitoba Horse Council office at (204) 925-5719 or email [email protected]