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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) ...
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!
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.
While wearing a pair of riding boots is a good idea they are not essential. Wear shoes/boots ...
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 ...
Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6
Email: [email protected]
Office hours are normally 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday. During COVID restrictions the office is not open to visitors. Please phone or email. Manitoba Horse Council Staff Executive Director
[email protected] Administration
204-299-0118 (temporary) 204-925-5718
[email protected] Equestrian Centre Manager
204-799-5941 phone and text (April to October)
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]
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 ...
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.
2021 Continuing Education Opportunities
Officials Events Bonus for EC Certified Coaches! An auditing price has been set for coaches to attend to gain knowledge and add to PD points. No officials accreditation will be acquired. Only $50 per event: see MHC's Officials web page Coach Evaluations will take place: English: November 27/28, 2021 Register at this link Please note MHC will not be organizing Rider Level evaluations prior to Coaching evaluations. Potential coach candidates will have to organize their own private Rider Level evaluation prior to the Coaching evaluation. If you are unsure about how to do this, please contact the MHC office for help getting started. Mini Master Classes resume online November 7, 2021
Twelve online sessions covering some of the most important equine management issues; of interest to coaches and riders alike.
$25 per individual session; 15% discount if you book 3 or more. Zoom links will be sent on receipt of payment.
Asterisked courses are offered to MHC ...
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!
If you have forgotten your login details and are unable to login, please don't make a new membership :) Call the office and we will check it for you.
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, ...
Do you have an interest and experience in Marketing? MHC is currently looking for an individual to assist with the development of a Marketing Strategy in line with our vision to grow and sustain involvement in equine activities and sport in Manitoba. This is a paid, term position with opportunities to work either full-time or part-time. This may appeal to students currently in school or other professionals with marketing experience who have a day or two a week to dedicate to MHC. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please forward a resume to John Savard at [email protected] For questions, please contact John via email. Deadline for receipt of emailed resumes is 5:00 p.m. Friday February 1.
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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 ...
I am informing our membership and friends that by mutual agreement Diane Shack will no longer be the Executive Director of the Manitoba Horse Council. MHC thanks her for her service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. In the near future MHC will begin a search for a new ED. In the meantime Brenda Neumann will work more hours and Carolyn Lintott will be our interim ED.
MHC will make every effort to have someone in the office from 9 until 4 from Monday to Friday to answer your questions. If you have questions for the office or for any of the directors please email the office at [email protected] Questions best answered by a director will be passed on to the relevant person.
We are very excited to have approved the new board for the coming year. They are as follows: Geri Sweet - President Jan Ash Gross - Athlete Development Gwen Donohoe - Breeds & Industry Myriam Dyck - Marketing Linda Hazelwood - Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Rosin - Member At Large Harry Crawley - Equestrian ...
Click to download PDF version here or request a hard copy from the office. We are here to help you with information on how to get started on your horse journey... Further questions can be directed to the MHC office at (204) 925-5718 or [email protected]
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, ...
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 ...
MHC Provincial Officials Program
To apply to be a Provincial Official, please use this Application Form and email to [email protected] Last name First name Status Year of approval Email Phone City Adey Susan
Steward 2021 [email protected] 204-479-4727 Stonewall Donald Sandy
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-725-3936 Brandon Fehr Terry
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-362-7830 Glenboro Grainger Ken
Western & General Performance Judge 2018 [email protected] 204-763-4479 Brandon Knox Alexa Hunter/Jumper Judge 2021 [email protected] 204-997-0271 Winnipeg Leahy Maura Endurance Technical Delegate 2021 [email protected] 204-795-1915 Springfield Martin Eric Course Designer 2021 [email protected] 204-795-1691 Oakbank Stephens Jan Steward & Hunter/Jumper Judge 2021 [email protected] 204-444-2423 Oakbank Sweet Geri TD, Eventing Jumper Judge, Jumper Judge, General Steward, Long Distance Riding ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 having products or services are something 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.
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Scholarships and Bursaries now available
The Manitoba Foundation for Sports (MFFS) scholarships, Coaching Manitoba bursaries, and Fleming Family Hockey Coach scholarship applications are now available online for review. Please review each application to find your best fit. All applications are due by Friday, May 18, 2018.
Check this link for more information