Here you will find updates, information, news and announcements that are important for Coaches and Instructors.

Equestrian Canada has issued newly designed Rider Badges and Certificates

We have just received the new EC English Rider Badges and certificates. They are totally redesigned with the new EC branding. Starting as of now when a rider attains each level they will receive the new style badge as well as the redesigned EC Rider Certificate.

We have the templates for the Western Rider certificates and these are being issued for all Western Rider levels. Equestrian Canada has not made new Western badges available yet, but each rider will still receive the original badge for each level completed.

To see the English badges click Here

Important information regarding the spread of Mumps

Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease caused by the mumps virus. The most common symptom of mumps is swelling of the glands that produce saliva (spit). This swelling can make the cheek or neck bulge out on one or both sides. Sometimes the virus can cause more serious complications including swelling of the testicles or ovaries, hearing loss or meningo-encephalitis (inflammation of the fluid and tissues surrounding the brain and spine).

Read the complete fact sheet Here

Self Reporting Active Coaching

From grassroots to high performance, on the field, in the pool, on the ice and snow, or on the track — coaches are constantly learning. By being actively engaged in coaching, coaches are able to learn from their athletes, peers, and situations on and off the field of play.

Coaches naturally rely on the education formed through their experiences to handle whatever situation is thrown at them. That’s why we are recognizing coaches who are actively coaching with one PD point a year. By completing this active coaching declaration you are stating that in the calendar year submitted, you coached an athlete(s).

Have you coached this year? Click here to log in to The Locker to complete the Active Coaching Declaration and earn one PD point. Click on “self-report” under “certification”. Don’t forget to come back next year and declare again!

Coaches are the best people to identify their learning needs and interests. You can self-direct your learning and declare up to 3 PD points per maintenance cycle.


2017 Coaching Dates

May 14– Lunge clinic Nanaimo Registration PDF

April 7 and 9 – NCCP Competition Coach Workshop Vancouver (register at

June 6-7 – English Island Eval Nanaimo 2017 Equestrian Canada English Competition Coach Evaluation Application  2017 Revised IOB English Application Form

April 22 – Lunge clinic Lower Mainland Abbotsford Registration PDF

May 24-25 – Eng Mainland Eval Abbotsford 2017 Equestrian Canada English Competition Coach Evaluation Application 2017 Revised IOB English Application Form **New date**

May 6-7 – Western Rider Evaluator Training and Western Basic training Update Summerland Registration Form

October 17-18 –English Island Evaluation (if required)

October 24-25 – English Lower Mainland Evaluation 2017 Equestrian Canada English Competition Coach Evaluation Application 2017 IOB English Application Form

September 9-10 – Western Evaluation Location TBA 2017 Western Competition Coach evaluation application 2017 Equestrian Canada Western Instructor of Beginners Evaluation Application

Coach Initiation in Sport

The CAC is happy to announce that it is launching Coach Initiation in Sport on March 6, 2017.

Coach Initiation in Sport is an online NCCP module developed to introduce new or experienced coaches to the foundational skills in coaching, such as: long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. The Coach Initiation in Sport module will also introduce coaches to the NCCP, a valuable tool for preparing a coach’s first in-person NCCP workshop.

As a special launch promotion, and to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday, Coach Initiation in Sport will be available for FREE for 150 days. Please note, as of August 3rd, 2017, the module will cost $15.

Coach Initiation in Sport is a valuable resource for:

Parents interested in coaching;

  • New coaches;
  • Experienced coaches new to the NCCP;
  • Athletes transitioning to coaching;
  • Experienced NCCP coaches who need professional development, or a refresh on the fundamental principles of the NCCP; and
  • Sport administrators who work with coach development and the NCCP.

2018 HCBC Membership Renewals

Don’t forget to renew your HCBC memberships for 2017. The office is closed during Christmas Break and New Years, so if you have not renewed before December 31, you will not have personal HCBC insurance coverage until you renew.

Criminal Record Seaches

Coaches, Instructors and Candidates should now use Sterling Back Check to obtain the required Criminal Record Search or to renew it.

This service is very fast, often completed after only 2 days. Results are automatically sent to [email protected] and the coach or candidate can also access their results.

English,Western and Driver Rider Exams

As of January 1, 2017 the administration fee for complete Rider/Driver Exams will be $21.00 (includes GST) payable to HCBC. Where only the written component has been submitted, there is no certificate so no fee will be required. Equestrian Canada has provided newly branded Rider exams paperwork for Drive, English and the Western programs. Please contact [email protected] to obtain copies of the 2017 exams.

Coaches and Instructors are reminded that all Exams must include payment when sent in to the office.

Making Headway Concussion Module

Equestrian Canada has announced that as of June 1, 2015 all Coaches and Instructors must complete the “Making Headway” concussion training module by December 31, 2017 . All Coach and Instructor Candidates are now required to complete the “Making Headway” concussion training as a pre-requisite for an Evaluation. To read the Equestrian Canada Press Release click here to go directly to the training module click here

Completion of the Making Headway Concussion Module will give the coach or instructor 5 PD points for NCCP events.


Revised Coaches Discipline Policy now available – April 2016

The Horse Council BC Board of Directors has approved the revised Coaches and Instructors Discipline Policy at the April 2016 Board Meeting. The policy can be downloaded at the Resources for Coaches page or Here

Professional Development Opportunities from ViaSport

Coaches and Instructors can check out all of the PD opportunities on this webpage

There are NCCP Courses, Mentorship Training, Nutrition workshops and much more. Each event will qualify for PD Points.

The courses are in all areas of the Province of BC.

Sport Specific competitions and banquets are not open to all coaches, and would not count for PD.

Request for Interested Coaches and Instructors – 5 Minute Video Project

HCBC will pay you to produce a short informational video! Download the information here  see the Projects already uploaded here; The use of YouTube and other digital media is changing the way we learn. In the “old days” we went to a mentor and they taught you how to clean out a horses hoof. Others studied books (actual paper text!). Obviously we are in a much different situation now, and many horse enthusiasts go to the internet to watch videos that will show them what they need to know. While this is a great way to learn, what is presented is not always a correct, safe or acceptable method. The source of the video is often not qualified to be presenting on the subject at hand. With all of this in mind, and a need to progress in the way HCBC serves its membership we have started a new program called “The Five Minute Video Project”. Our mission is to have short, single subject videos available on the HCBC YouTube channel that will provide meaningful, correct, safe and appropriate equine education to our members and potential members. This is where you the coach comes in! HCBC is asking EC Certified Coaches to create short videos which HCBC upload to our website. The videos would be free to view and require no membership. In return you would get an honorarium of $100.00 per video, a screen at the beginning of the video promoting your coaching and credit at the end of the video. If “The Five Minute Video Project” sounds intriguing and something you would like to participate in please email [email protected] for more information and to suggest your topic(s).