Manitoba Horse Council implements its coaching program under the instruction and umbrella of the Equestrian Canada / National Coach Certification Program (NCCP). This program is dedicated to providing coaches/trainers and instructors with the necessary tools to make the equestrian experience safe and enjoyable for all participants, horse and human, and to develop excellence in horsemanship.

The coaching program currently encompasses two programs that work in tandem: the Coach Status Program and EC/NCCP Coach Certification.


What is the difference between Coach Status and Coach Certification?

The Coach Status Program does not replace the EC/NCCP Coaching Certification Program. They are two independent programs that work in tandem to verify all safety, screening, and coaching education requirements have been met. Coaches Statuses are the first step toward a phased-in mandatory coach certification in the future, but certification is not required to obtain a Coach Status in 2022.

  • Coach Status verifies that coaches are insured, screened, and trained in all necessary safety measures. A Status provides recognition as an active coach, whether or not you are certified.
  • Coach Certification is the formal coach credentialing process. It includes training and formal evaluation through independent assessment of coaching competencies and ongoing professional development requirements. EC offers NCCP certification and recognizes additional certification programs.


Coach Status

The Coach Status program recognizes and identifies active coaches within the equestrian community. It represents our commitment to creating safe, inclusive riding activities at all levels of equestrian sport and to actively working to prevent maltreatment and abuse in the equestrian community by promoting Safe Sport and the Responsible Coaching Movement.

Coach Status holders are leaders in equestrian sport, championing quality sport in an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive. These coaches:

  • Commit to upholding the highest standards of practice
  • Complete Respect in Sport training (Manitoba coaches)
  • Are thoroughly screened (letters of reference, police background checks)
  • Are appropriately insured
  • Hold coach certification (Licensed), or are actively engaged in coach training (Registered)

There are 2 types of Coach Status:


Registered Coach:

Self-declared coaches and instructors, including those working towards coach certification.

Applicants are actively engaged in equestrian instruction and coaching (registered status will be phased out by the end of 2024).




Licensed Coach:

Coaches with extensive experience and verified expertise, through formal certification, education or validated practical experience.

For more information on Coach Status including requirements and checklists: click here


Coach Certification

Certification is a credentialing process that includes:

  • training through a recognized program such as NCCP
  • formal evaluation through independent assessment of coaching competencies, and
  • ongoing professional development requirements by a verified provider.

A certified coach is someone who demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning and improvement. From embracing the Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) pathway and the Rider Level program which sets out a standard for horsemanship and riding through progressive levels, to participating annually in professional development opportunities such as clinics, webinars, symposiums and other education to keep current with new approaches and advances in equestrian sports and coaching.


EC Recognized Certification Programs

In addition to EC/NCCP Certification, the following certification programs are recognized by EC as meeting appropriate standards for quality in equestrian coaching:

  • Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) designation from CAC
  • International Group of Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ) International Trainers Passport
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) Certified Instructor
  • Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) - Level 2+
  • Canadian Pony Club (CPC) A

For information about each of these certification/qualification programs: click here

Any national equestrian coaching certifications not currently recognized can apply to EC for review and recognition under the Coach Status program by contacting [email protected]


Why is Certification Important?

Whether you are a student looking for lessons or a current equestrian coach interested in obtaining credentials, there are many benefits to the EC/NCCP Coaching Program.

The EC Coaching Program verifies that a coach:

  • Has been evaluated at a high level and meets NCCP standards for professionalism and competence as an equestrian coach or instructor.
  • Is dedicated to lifelong learning and advancement through regular professional development to maintain currency
  • Has obtained relevant insurance, Safe Sport, First Aid, Concussion and Ethical Behaviour training to protect themselves and their students.

Equestrian Canada Coach Licensing & Certification 

EC’s vision is to see every equestrian coach licensed and certified by 2025. To meet this goal, formal requirements to coach at sanctioned competitions will be phased in (see graphic):
2023: Licensed Coach mandatory at all EC sanctioned Platinum and Gold events. Registered Coach mandatory at all EC sanctioned Silver and Bronze events.
2024: Licensed Coach mandatory at all EC sanctioned events.
2025: Licensed Coach and Certification required at all EC sanctioned events.

Find a Coach - See Current Manitoba NCCP Certified Coach Directory



Sport Manitoba expects all athletes on the field of play to have a certified coach who understands and abides by the principles of Safe Sport. EC is following the same protocol by requiring at minimum, Registered Coach status at EC Sanctioned shows. 

Manitoba Horse Council wishes to ensure that all equestrian and horse sport coaches, instructors, participants and trainers are aware of the Safe Sport elements expected at events. We know there are many self-declared coaches who are not certified working at non-EC sanctioned shows. There are three courses which coaches/trainers and/or athletes need to take to ensure understanding of these expectations. (Equestrian Canada Certified, Registered and Licensed coaches have already taken these courses). 

All must take:

1. Respect in Sport (free) –  Available at  Sport Manitoba has mandated Respect in Sport Activity Leaders course for all Manitoba Coaches.  Any other training, while good and is encouraged, cannot be substituted for credit for the RIS course. Use the link to make an account and log in, go into in the first tab in your Profile and check "Allow communication to the NCCP". This will place the result of your course directly in your Locker. On the second tab (Associations) you can see all the groups associated with Sport Manitoba. Scroll down to Horse Council and click to share. This ensures both your Locker and MHC's files are kept up to date. Adding your profile also assists MHC in sourcing funding from Sport Manitoba.

Choose one of these two courses:

  1. Making Headway (free).


  1. Make Ethical Decisions (MED). Available at The online workshop is $40, with subsequent free online evaluation. Evaluation is available at The cost for evaluation without the preliminary tutorial is $85.

These are multi-sport courses, so completion through another sport can be applied to equestrian and vice versa.

To take advantage of these courses, coaches must register with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at, which allows access to the Locker where NCCP training is recorded. There is no cost to do this.

MHC has set a Safe Sport Fee of $5 to be implemented at non-EC sanctioned shows to encourage all coaches to understand the minimum expectations. The fee is collected by the Show Secretary; $2 remains with the organizing show and the other $3 is sent to MHC to go directly into the Coaching Budget to support coaching programming. The fee is assessed (per rider) on the coach who does not have an NCCP number with a Locker record of the courses taken. It is MHC's responsibility to verify the Coach's record.

Coach certification through the Certified Horsemanship Association or any other certification (except Equestrian Canada) does not forego the requirement for an NCCP number and completion of the courses noted above.

Remember if you are competing at a competition and you do not have/have not brought a coach, then YOU are your coach for that competition.


Here is the spreadsheet to record levies at a show: MHC Safe Sport Fee Form

If you have further questions or comments don’t hesitate to call 204-925-5719

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

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

Kylee Tonita - Administrator, Coaching, Officials & Events
Phone: (204) 925-5718
Email: [email protected]

Kelly Roe - Manager, Equestrian Facility
Phone: (204) 799-5941 phone and text (April to Oct)