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Coaches News2018-11-22T14:55:34+00:00


New 2019 EC Sport License Requirements for Coaches and Instructors

Click Here for Press Release

Equestrian Canada has announce a change regarding the level of Sport License a EC Coach or Instructor needs to hold. Beginning in 2019 the following will be required:

Coaching Level Required Sport License
Instructor Bronze
Competition Coach Bronze
Coach Specialist Silver
High Performance 1 Gold

viaSport is taking a stand to support safe sport in B.C.

Vancouver, B.C. – viaSport applauds the leadership of 23 sport organizations in B.C. who have taken the Canadian Coaching Association’s Responsible Coaching Movement pledge, and in particular, the nine provincial sport organizations who are helping to lead this movement through their commitment and collaboration with viaSport as part of a Safe Sport working group. The group will review and develop policies and establish best practices and provide input into resources related to child protection for the B.C. amateur sport sector.

The working group is one initiative of a multi-phased action plan to provide education and policy resources, build accountability frameworks and lead culture change to minimize risk and ensure positive sport experiences. Specifically, the B.C. Safe Sport action plan will deliver on the following objectives:

  1. Organizations, coaches and parents are educated on how to prevent, identify, intervene and report on all forms of abuse.
  2. Sport organizations have a suite of policy templates to adopt.
  3. Sport organizations are accountable to policy standards and implementation plans.

Abuse prevention is a long term task, with national, provincial and local alignment required. viaSport is committed to working with leaders at all levels to advance positive change within B.C. and is recognized for its ability to bring leaders together to transform and scale the impact of sport.

”All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse,” states viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. ”This past year, there were several high-profile cases of athletes being exploited and abused, including recent media involving Alpine Canada’s former coach, Bertrand Charest. By working together, we can create an environment where every child is able to benefit from B.C.’s strong network of quality coaches.”

viaSport is encouraging all sport organizations (national, provincial and local) to join us by first taking the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge to show their commitment to ensuring athletes are safe. For each B.C. organization which signs the pledge, viaSport, on behalf of the provincial government, will provide three licenses to Commit to Kids training. Commit to Kids is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s step-by-step plan to help prevent sexual abuse from happening within child-serving organizations.

Yours viaSport,
Sheila Bouman
Chief Executive Officer

NCCP Training

Check out this website for NCCP training opportunities in the Fraser Valley


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

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.

2018 Coaching Dates

More to follow

March 4         Evaluator Core Training, Aldergrove, English, Western or Drive

April 15          English Rider Evaluator Training, Aldergrove

April 24/25   English Instructor or Comp Coach Evaluation, Abbotsford

May 5/6         English Instructor or Comp Coach Evaluation, Nanaimo

May 23/24     English Instructor or Comp Coach Evaluation, Grand Forks

May 26           English Rider Evaluator Training, Grand Forks

TBA                   Western Instructor of Comp Coach Evaluation, Grand Forks

Video Evaluations for Comp Coach English or Western can be accepted at any time.

2018 HCBC Membership Renewals

Don’t forget to renew your HCBC memberships for 2018. 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. Exams submitted without payment will be sent back to the testing coach. Also, we do not keep credit card numbers on file, so if you want to pay by credit card, put the number on the test paper and submit it to the office by fax, mail or email them to [email protected]

Making Headway Concussion Module

Deadline Extended to December 31, 2018

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; https://www.hcbc.ca/5-Minute-Video-Project.html? 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).