SANCTIONED COMPETITIONS

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SANCTION A COMPETITION?

The fundamental reason for sanctioning a competition is to ensure that someone other than the show organizer is responsible for overseeing the risk management of the competition, and to ensure a fair playing field is consistently maintained for all exhibitors who participate in equestrian sport events.

Equestrian Canada (EC) sanctioned competitions are national competitions that are governed by Equestrian Canada.  EC accredited officials such as judges, course designers, technical delegates, and stewards are required to officiate .  Equestrian Canada General Regulations and Discipline Rule Books govern the competitions.  Competition Documents and more information can be found on the Equestrian Canada website at https://www.equestrian.ca/
EC national competitions are the beginning of a discipline specific Athlete Performance Pathway leading to high performance levels of competitions.

Horse Council BC (HCBC) recognized events are provincial competitions that are administered by Horse Council BC for the local training and learning to compete levels of competition and long term athlete development (LTAD).  Provincial recognized events support local member clubs with consistent safety and technical standards for training events at the introductory levels of a multiple number of disciplines.  A primary goal of provincial competitions is to ensure the introduction to equestrian sports remains accessible and affordable in all zones of BC.  Provincial recognized events legitimize the depth of our equestrian sport activity in BC while bringing new participants into our sport.
HCBC events are governed by the HCBC Rule Book, and at the same time develop qualified certified provincial officials and coaches to serve the local communities.  National and Provincial Officials are required for competitions, and listed in our HCBC Officials Directory by zones around the province of BC.
Officials Directory link: http://hcbc.online/Find-an-Official

HOW DO YOU SANCTION A COMPETITION?

Determine the level of competition that you wish to sanction, either Provincial or National being determined by the type of classes you will be offering.  Either a Provincial Recognized Event, or an Equestrian Canada National (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or multi level) sanctioned competition.
Complete the appropriate application forms and submit as listed on forms.  Include permit fees, Certificate of Insurance, and copy of Prize List for the event

ProvincialRecognized Event Application: 2017 HCBC Event-Application-fillable     Certificate of Insurance: 2017 Certificate of Insurance
Submit completed application, a copy of your competition prize list and the Certificate of Insurance endorsed by your Insurance broker to HCBC office.
Application and Prize list are due 30 days prior to competition start date. Once received your event will be posted on the Competitions Calendar of Events.
More information and competition documents go to link: http://www.hcbc.ca/index.php/competitions/competition-documents/

National – Equestrian Canada sanctioned Bronze and Silver competitions please submit the EC Competition Application to HCBC office for administration.
EC Competitions Application: 2017 Competition Application Form   Certificate of Insurance: 2017 Certificate of Insurance
Application and Prize list are due 60 days prior to competition start date. Once received your event will be posted on the Competitions Calendar of Events.
More information and competition documents go to link: https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/competition-organizers

Please note that if you are sanctioning one of the following types of EC competitions you must submit forms to the Equestrian Canada Competitions office:

  • All horse trials (eventing)
  • Platinum or Gold competitions
  • Silver or Bronze competitions that are running concurrently with a Gold competition