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Recreational Trail Maps

Trail Maps Overview Birds Hill Park Winter Trail Birds Hill Provincial Park Bridal Path 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 GOING RIDING/DRIVING? CHECK OUT THE MHC TRAIL MAPS!!

In our surveys members asked for Trail Maps on the website. This section is up and running! Currently trail maps are available for: Birds Hill Provincial Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Souris River Bend, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the Trans Canada Trail. These maps include a description of the trail, a visual map and trail specifics.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

When you use these trails we would appreciate some feedback on these trails. This information can be useful to the MHC when we are in ...

 

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 ...

 

Competitions

Competition Organizer Resources Medication Control Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC) Manitoba Equestrian Championships (MEC) Heritage Classic Show Circuit Upcoming Manitoba Competition Events

The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal is a Jumper based Medal Series open to ANY athlete under the age of 25 as of January 1st. Medal classes will be held at competitions across the country at 1.20m-1.25m. Any competitor who competes in a minimum of 2 J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal classes during the year will be eligible to compete in the Eastern Regional Finals (Angelstone) and the Western Regional Finals (Rocky Mountain Show Jumping). The top 10 athletes from each region will be invited to compete at the National Finals to be held in 2018 at the prestigious Royal West. $40,000 in Athlete Development Bursaries will be awarded to the 20 qualifying riders in the amount of $2,000 each. The bursaries will be distributed to them, through the AEF and then by each respective Provincial/Territorial ...

 

Coaching Courses and Upgrades

2018 Continuing Education Opportunities - Equestrian Specific Courses:

Equestrian Theory Workshop

Early Bird deadline December 28 .

The 4-module Equestrian Theory Workshop will prepare you for evaluation as an Equestrian Canada Instructor or coach.

Over two full days, you will learn to Prepare a lesson plan to Equestrian Canada standards; Analyze a rider’s performance Develop, improve and enhance your teaching skills, including Lesson Planning Prepare for the Make Ethical Decisions module prior to taking the online evaluation.

Two weekends, January 6 and 13, 2019:

Sport Manitoba, Winnipeg. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days

Sign up here! Early Bird prices apply till December 21, 2018, final registration is January 2, 2109. Email [email protected] if you have questions

ALSO CHECK OUT

Please call 204-925-5718 to discover other coaching opportunities, or to have your name added to our "Coach" mailing list. Sport Manitoba offers regular multi-sport coaching ...

 

Heritage Classic Show Circuit

HERITAGE CLASSIC SHOW CIRCUIT 2018 - 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 concept, a feeder system for the ...

 

English Riding

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 ...

 

Horse Health and Welfare

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

What To Look For When Selecting A Coach

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Athlete Development Resources

Equestrian Canada Long-Term Equine Development Information:

https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/lted

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 Dressage Orion Cup

The Orion Cup was created in ...

 

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 ...

 

Current Coaches Directory - Other

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).

The Associations or Organizations certifying the coaches below do not provide NCCP certification. Certified Horsemanship Association

To promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources. See a List of all Current Manitoba CHA Coaches

For more information: Certified Horsemanship Association

Canadian Pony Club

See website for listings for Canadian Pony Club coaches: www.canadianponyclub.org

Se website for listings for Manitoba Pony Club coaches www.Canadianponyclub.org/Manitoba/

Canadian Pony Club is a member-based association, managed by ...

 

Current Coaches Directory - NCCP

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 ...

 

Coaching Certifications

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 Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian coach/instructors’ teaching and coaching skills as meeting professional, nationally, and internationally recognized standards for coaching practice.

The EC coaching program is the only Canadian ...

 

$150,000.00 Will Be Distributed To U25 Athletes Across Canada!

Manitoba Horse Council is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced Nationwide, with the mandate to support Equestrian Athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential in becoming Canada’s next High-Performance Athletes.

Funding for the programs has been graciously provided from the J.C. Anderson Family Foundation and the J.C. Anderson Legacy Fund through The Calgary Foundation and the Alberta Sport Connection Donation Program to the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) for purposes of supporting Athlete Development. John Anderson, a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team has helped make this funding and programs possible.

Program 1: The J.C. Anderson Legacy Medal will be a Jumper based Medal Series open to ANY athlete under the age of 25 as of January 1st. Medal classes will be held at competitions across the country at 1.20m-1.25m. Any competitor who competes in a minimum of 2 J.C. Anderson ...

 

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: Member 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, ...

 

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] Jumper Judge's Clinic

November 10, 2018:

Learn from Dr Billy Wiltshire, EC Senior Jumper Judge, about judge's responsibilities and relationships on course, EC Rules, Ground Jury, Marking, Common problems with different types of competitions, order of go and timekeeping, plus many other points.

Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Register here: Jumper Judge's Clinic Registration Form Hunter, Hack & Equitation Clinic

November 11, 2018:

Meet Tracy Dopko, EC Senior Hunter, Hack and Hunt Seat Equitation Judge to learn about Officials Ethics and conduct, Hunter form and movement, judging conformation, judging the Hack Division, Hunt Seat Equitation and a wide range of other applicable topics.

Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

Register here: Hunter Hack & Equitation Clinic Registration ...

 

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 ...

 

Heritage Circuit info - 2015

(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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Membership Benefits

2019 Membership runs from January 1, 2019 (or subsequent date of purchase) until December 31, 2019. There will be a small increase in membership rates for 2019 but as a special offer to existing members who renew online, renewal at 2018 rates will be available until December 31, 2018, then 2019 rates will apply to all. Additional insurance options can still be purchased but cover will not commence until January 1, 2019. We hear that many members wait until show season, but by doing this, three or four months of valuable insurance coverage is lost. If you don't remember your login name and/or password - just click on the RESET PASSWORD button displayed when you try to log in. Thank you! Experience the benefits of membership

Horse enthusiasts know that the 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, the MHC represents ...

 

About Us

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.

MANITOBA HORSE COUNCIL - the voice of equine advocacy, accessibility, welfare, sport and recreation

 

 

Coaching

Coaching Certifications Help Me Find a Coach Current NCCP Certified Coach Directory Current Coach Directory - Other Becoming a Coach Coaching Courses and Upgrading Upcoming Coaching Certification Events

 

Manitoba Horse Council Equestrian Facility - Bird's Hill Park

Manitoba Horse Council owns and operates its Equestrian Centre in beautiful Bird's Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.

Interested in booking the Equestrian Centre for an event, competition, clinic, or camp?

See our Facility Rentals page or contact the Manitoba Horse Council office at (204) 925-5718 or email [email protected]

 

 

Recreational Riding Grants

Manitoba Horse Council has established a fund to help promote recreational equine activities and projects throughout the province of Manitoba

About the fund

Manitoba Horse Council has established a fund to help promote recreational equine activities and projects throughout the province of Manitoba. Since the inception of this program in 2010, 15 projects have been supported throughout Manitoba. These projects have included trail development and construction, improvements to corrals and equine camp sites, educational clinics, equine safety and welfare.

Please find below the 2019 Manitoba Horse Council Recreation Invitation, Criteria, Guide for Applicants and the Application Form:

Recreation Grant Invitation to Apply 2019

Recreation Grant Criteria 2019

Recreation Grant Guide for Applicants 2019

Recreation Grant Application Form 2019

2019 Budget Template

 

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 ...

Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6
Fax: (204) 925-5703

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

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