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MHC Member insurance

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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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.

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 ...

 

Getting Started

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 ...

 

Other Disciplines

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, ...

 

Athlete Development

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 ...

 

Club Membership

Club Memberships Member Club information

The next Council of Clubs meeting is set for November 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. by Zoom webinar.

Register at this link

The most recent meeting of member clubs was the Annual General Meeting April 15, 2021.

Draft minutes of the 2021 AGM.

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. 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. 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 ...

 

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 - ...

 

Competition Organizers

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

Emergency Plan Required for all EC Competitions

Download the Equestrian Canada Emergency Planning Guide

Emergency planning is required of all event ...

 

Beginning Riding Lessons

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.

PROPER FOOTWEAR

While wearing a pair of riding boots is a good idea they are not essential. Wear shoes/boots ...

 

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 ...

 

EHV-1 (Neurological) Instance in Manitoba

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 ...

 

MHC HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

On behalf of the board of the Manitoba Horse Council I would like to announce that John Savard will be joining MHC as its Executive Director. John has a long association with all things equestrian and many years in all aspects of the hotel business. We are looking forward to working with him and are very pleased to have him on the team See below for more detailed information about his experience and involvements. The board wishes to thank Carolyn Lintott who has acted as our interim director for the past nine months. We appreciate all she has done and welcome her back to her position on the board (after a suitable rest of course!!). MHC is off to a very exciting start to 2017. We have accomplished a number of things over the past year. We look forward to sharing those achievements with the membership at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 30th . Noon to three. Keep that date open!

Geri Sweet MHC President JOHN SAVARD BIO Before coming to Winnipeg, over twenty years ago, John Savard had a career ...

 

Horse riders promote safe road sharing

According to Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act, horse riders and drivers of horse-drawn carriages have the same right to use the road and must follow the same rules, but it is found increasingly that motorists are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.

With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, motorists are more likely than ever to encounter a horse and rider or horse and cart on the roadway.

The Road Safety project includes a brochure for the motorist “Sharing the Road with Horses” and a Road Safety Handbook for riders.

A copy of the "Sharing the Road with Horses" brochure PDF can be downloaded here.

For bulk supplies please contact the MHC office 204-925-5718.

The Road Safety Handbook for Equestrians can be purchased from the office for $5 per copy including taxes and shipping, or download PDF here .

 

What is Equestrian…?

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 ...

 

Membership Insurance Benefits

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 ...

 

Recent News and Notices

LATEST NEWS

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 ...

 

Recreational Trail Maps

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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Contact Us

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

Executive Director, Diane David
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: [email protected]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 925-5718
Email: [email protected]