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Equine Biosecurity

Biosecurity means:

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 ...

 

Complete Listing of Upcoming Events

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!

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Membership Benefits

2021 membership open

Only two changes to note; Emergency Life Saving Surgery & Members Named Perils are now available as one option instead of having to purchase two separate options, but Members Named Perils is still available as a stand-alone.

All 2021 memberships and optional insurances took effect January 1, 2021; our membership runs on a calendar year. 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, competitors and recreational enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines, MHC is committed to horse welfare, advocacy and accessibility.

Every member receives industry leading insurance coverage at preferential rates. And only members ...

 

Club Listings

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: ...

 

Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility - Bird's Hill Park

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]

 

Becoming a Coach

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 ...

 

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. 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 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 ...

 

Medication Control

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 ...

 

Current Coaches Directory - NCCP

Manitoba Horse Council recommends that you research 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. 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). It 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 NCCP, CAC and Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian ...

 

Club Resources

Program Support Grants for MHC Member Clubs

Manitoba Horse Council receives a regular contribution via Sport Manitoba to be distributed among member clubs.

MHC has set there will be two 6-monthly distribution tranches, with money paid out in July and December of the year.

2021 January to June Funding Forms. Deadline for receipt of application: January 31, 2021. Fund Expenditure Sheet to be received by June 30, 2021; funds will be distributed July 2021.

2021 July to December Funding Forms . Deadline for application: July 31, 2021. Fund Expenditure Sheet to be submitted by November 30, 2021; funds will be distributed December 2021. Competition Organizers

Hosting a competition? Overwhelmed or not sure where to start? Contact the MHC office for assistance.

For clubs hosting Equestrian Canada-sanctioned competitions, please view the Competition Organizers page.

 

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 ...

 

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Update

As provided by Virden Animal Hospital - July 14 at 10:24pm

EIA UPDATE:

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 ...

 

Ride and Drive Rewards Program

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 Member Insurance Benefits

Please see the Membership Insurance Benefits page for full details

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Manitoba Multi-Discipline Team Challenge - what a great weekend!

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.

 

Horse Journal Spring 2019 Issue

Here’s the digital edition of the Canadian Horse Journal, Early Summer issue, which includes the 16-page Horse Health Lines supplement.

Manitoba Horse Council has 2 full pages of news covering Annual Award Winners on pages 99 & 100.

See digital issue online here...

 

Membership Insurance Benefits

MHC 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 MHC 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 from participation in equine related activities, ...

 

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 ...

 

Reasons to Join MHC

Membership with Manitoba Horse Council has many benefits.

Benefits for i ndividual members are listed on this page. To view benefits for member clubs , please see the Clubs page.

 

Officials Certification Events

Upcoming Clinics

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

MARCH 21 and 22, 2020

General Stewards and Dressage Clinic, with Susan Adey (FEI 2 Jumper, Senior National General Steward and Senior Dressage Steward - Manitoba) and Anne Welch (FEI 1 Jumper, FEI 2 Dressage, Senior Dressage and Senior General Steward - Ontario).

Theatre Room, Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Registration form here

Save $52.50: register by the Early Bird deadline of January 31, 2020.

Final deadline February 25, 2020

Funding may be available to MHC members who presently ARE NOT EC Officials. See page 2 of the Registration Form.

Sport Manitoba 2020 Apprentice Officials Program: EC General Regulations A1314

Manitoba General Performance and Western Judging Program Existing experienced judges and current and former Equestrian Canada judges are encouraged to apply ...

 

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!

January 18, 2021 From the latest edition of Canadian Horse Journals. Add a subscription to the full magazine when you renew your membership: January 18, 2021 Canadian Horse Journals SPRINGFIELD HORSE COMMUNITY ANNOUNCED

In the fall of 2020, the Regional Municipality (RM) of Springfield installed six welcome signs identifying the area around Birds Hill Park as the Springfield Horse Community. This area, comprising approximately 153 square ...

 

Archived News

News from the News & Notices page will be gradually moved here as they age...

 

Horse Day 2017

INTRODUCTION

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 ...

 

Privacy Policy

This is our current Privacy Policy, last updated 20 December 2016

 

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 .

 

Recreational Trail Maps

Trail Maps Overview 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 Trans Canada Trail 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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Road Safety Handbook

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 as other users and must follow the same rules, but many motorists, bikers, cyclists and other road users are unaware of their own responsibilities in road sharing.

With increased development in rural areas and the reduction in off-road trails, road users are more likely than ever to encounter a horse/rider or horse/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 is free from the MHC Office, or download PDF here .

 

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 ...

 

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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.

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Contact Us

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


Executive Director, John Savard
Phone: (204) 509-2369 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]

Business Manager, Linda Hazelwood
Phone: (204) 299-0118 (temporary)
Email: [email protected]