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Emergency Plans Biosecurity Premises ID Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. The Codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. NFACC and the Codes
Canada’s Code development process is led by NFACC. Key components of the process are: the inclusion of scientific committees to review research on priority welfare issues; ownership of the individual Codes by the relevant stakeholders through their active participation in developing the Code; measurable components to facilitate the development of assessment programs; and a transparent process. Science- and consensus-based commitment
The Code Development Committee and the Scientific Committee work together to develop a science- and consensus-based Code. The result is a Code that is scientifically informed, practical, and reflects societal expectations for responsible farm ...
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 ...
MHC Member Liability
Who: All current members in good standing with MHC
Amount: $5,000,000 Personal Liability insurance
$ 2,500 Medical Expenses
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. (Eg. If your horse were to cause harm to a third party). This policy will act as an excess coverage if any other insurance is in place. This policy is valid worldwide. MHC Accidental Death & Dismemberment
Who: All current members under the age of 70 in good standing with MHC
Amount: $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
What: Reimbursement to members who may become injured during horse-related sanctioned events under the supervision and at the direction of the Manitoba Horse Council, as well as during any horse-related activities including practice, training, and pleasure riding while not in ...
What is the Manitoba Premises Identification program?
Prepared by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI), the Manitoba Premises Identification program is designed to protect, plan for, and manage livestock, poultry, and equines in health and food safety emergencies by linking animals to a specific location. Examples of emergencies include disease outbreak, flood, or other disaster. The Manitoba Premises Identification (ID) program is now mandatory for equine property owners .
Only have a horse or two in your backyard? Premises identification is for all equine property owners. No herd or flock too small for a premises identification number. CLICK HERE to view the Manitoba Government article titled as such, dated December 12, 2011. How do I obtain a Premises ID number for my property?
Application Form: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/food-safety/traceability/premises-identification.html
Identifying your premises is even simpler now! We now have an application form that is ...
The Manitoba Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“HBPA”), located at 3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 2E9, is looking for:
Job Title: Horse Grooms
Term: The position is a full time temporary position for the 2019 season starting from March 1, 2019 to approximately September 9, 2019.
Horse Grooms Job Duties: -Provide daily care of horses racing at Assiniboia Downs at 3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3K 2E9; -Assist horse trainer with thoroughbred horse training duties -Cleaning stalls, tacking horses, horse grooming, applying medications and bandaging; -Mixing and preparing feed, detecting disease or ailments and reporting to horse owners
Hours: 35 hours per week
Experience Required -Must have on track race horse experience; -Must be able to provide a Criminal Record Check;
Language of Work: English
Wage: $13.50 / hour -no formal education required -accommodations available on ...
A Partnership in Training & Certification
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) has partnered with Equine Guelph to provide short, easily-accessible training programs for its members so you can stay up-to-date on the latest information on equine care and welfare.
Treat your horse!
This winter is the perfect time to give your horse the best treat ever! Try out an online short course and learn the latest info on horse care and well-being. • Fire & Emergency Preparedness: Jan 20 - 27 • Equine First Aid: Feb 10 - 17 • Horse Behaviour & Safety, Adult & Youth offerings: Apr 6 - 17
SPECIAL 15% DISCOUNT FOR MHC MEMBERS
Register at: https://thehorseportal.ca/partner/mhc/ Sign up for these upcoming short courses:
See Full Course Descriptions here: thehorseportal.ca
Manitoba Horse Council Benefits
New! As an MHC member, you will now receive a 15% discount on short courses offered on The Horse Portal. (up from 10% previously)
Members will earn continuing education ...
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 ...
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). NCCP
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 ...
All equestrians are to practice anti-doping measures and fair medication control to safeguard the health and welfare of equines.
Competitors participating in Equestrian Canada (EC) and/or Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) competitions should be aware of applicable medication rules, prohibited substances, etc designed to protect the welfare of the horse, human, and the fairness of competition.
Drug-testing (equine and/or human) at competitions is governed and organized by the sanctioning competition body (eg. Equestrian Canada [EC] or Federation Equestre Internationale [FEI]). Equine Medication
EC and/or FEI sanctioned competitions at which drug-testing is to take place are selected by the appropriate sanctioning competition body. Manitoba provides its own drug-testing technicians who collect urine and/or blood samples from equines at these competitions. Equines to be tested are generally randomly selected.
Detailed equine medication information, rules, prohibited and permitted ...
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 - ...
As provided by Virden Animal Hospital - July 14 at 10:24pm
We have had new cases reported this week. We now have 5 premises in total in MB where EIA has been confirmed.
1) RM of St Clement 2) RM of Armstrong 3) RM of Hanover 4) RM of St Andrews 5) RM of Armstrong
All of the above premises have been placed under quarantine, and all positive horses were inapparent carriers showing no clinical signs. The 5th premise has just been confirmed by CFIA and 6 horses at this premises have tested positive to date.
It is unknown at this time how many horses may have been exposed to the confirmed inapparent carriers or exactly what the risk of infection may be to any horses exposed. These inapparent carriers have been shown to carry a much lower amount of EIA virus in their blood vs an acutely infected horse which makes them less likely to spread the disease to other horses through biting flies. With that said, there remains a small chance that EIA transmission could occur. The CFIA ...
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 ...
(being updated, included for reference)
HERITAGE CLASSIC SHOW CIRCUIT - AIMS, GOALS and OBJECTIVES
To provide, at a provincial level of competition, a circuit of horse events that will increase participation in all areas of the horse sport in the province (except racing).
To raise the awareness of the horse sports to the general public of Manitoba.
To educate the competitors and the show committees by standardizing the Rules and Regulations under which they operate.
To encourage a broad base of participation at the grassroots level of the sport, increasing entries at summer agricultural fairs and other permit-level local shows.
To enhance the “region” concept of sport development by organizing competitions on a regional basis and awarding recognition to those participants competing and qualifying.
To provide yearly provincial championship awards at the provincial level of competition.
To provide educational and participation aspects through the Heritage Circuit ...
Statement from Elder's Equine Clinic (as posted on facebook)
Equine Herpes Virus In Manitoba
We have received a number for request for information on the current state of an outbreak of EHV-1 neurological form in Manitoba. Although we are not directly dealing with the cases, we are providing support and information. Here is an update on the situation as it currently exists. The horses are quarantined on a farm where the initial cases have been identified in the Western part of the Province. The quarantine is good and is being held under the care of a veterinarian. We are assisting as needed given our experience with EHV1 and quarantine protocols from previous years. There are positive EHV-1 neurological form horses, however, the quarantine has isolated those horses and biosecurity protocols are in place. We will release some information on the condition and general biosecurity protocols that everyone can put in place shortly. The overview is: monitor your horses for fever (anything over 38.5C or ...
Equestrian Canada Trail Riding and Tourism
Take a Peek - http://issuu.com/equinecanada/docs/basichorsemanshiptrailriding_teaser
With this learning program, Equestrian Canada is presenting a discovery tool and a reference guide intended for anyone wishing to learn to share the world of horses in playful harmony. What are the feeding principles, how does one care for his horses, what are the trail riding techniques and practices that allow riders to safeguard the horse's physical and mental health while experiencing an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors?
This Trail Riding and Tourism training program contains all the necessary basic information needed to enjoy trail riding while remaining safe. It also contains everything required to prepare for certification as an Equestrian Canada Trail Rider, Trail Guide or Instructor.
Trail Rider Levels
This program provides basic training to any person wishing to acquire the skills needed for outings on horseback outdoors safely. Those who ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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!
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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, ...
Here to support you
We extend our heartfelt thanks to our current sponsors for their support of our passion and our sport! The organizations provide discounts and services to MHC members, and they also support our programming through donations. Learn more about our Partnering Sponsorship program and how you can get connect to Manitoba's horse community.
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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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) ...
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.
Please be aware that immediate assistance may not be possible in every situation. Should you foresee the need for evacuation of your equine(s) and require assistance, please contact the MHC office as soon as possible so that if a crisis does arise, you are by then prepared and have made arrangements with those providing support.
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) How do I obtain emergency assistance for my equine(s)?
Contact the MHC office at (204) 925-5718
MHC will provide contact details of those able to provide assistance closest to where ...
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is a not-for-profit organization representing clubs and individual members involved in equine activity in Manitoba. MHC is the recognized governing body for equestrian sport in the province; providing support, leadership and resources to develop athletes and protect the interests of Manitoba equestrian enthusiasts.
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Manitoba Horse Council By-Laws - Revised April 2019
Minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting
Powerpoint from the 2021 Annual General Meeting
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
Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) is a not-for-profit organization representing clubs and individual members involved in equine activity in Manitoba. MHC is the recognized governing body for equestrian sport in the province; providing support, leadership and resources to develop athletes and protect the interests of Manitoba's equestrian enthusiasts. Read more: Why your PTSO is important to you as a horse owner, rider, driver etc. _____________________________________
Manitoba Horse Council welcomes Diane David to role of Executive Director
Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 4, 2021) — Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director (ED), Diane David.
The selection committee and MHC board of directors chose Diane for her extensive experience working in the horse industry and for non-profit organizations. She joins us from the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association in Edmonton, where as Executive Director she expanded the scope of the centre from a small members-only ...