Equestrian Canada (EC), the national equestrian federation of Canada, supports adherence to humane
treatment of horses in all activities under its jurisdiction.

All Persons shall be committed to:
• upholding the welfare of all horses, regardless of value, as a primary consideration in all activities;
• requiring that horses be treated with kindness, respect and compassion, and that they never be subjected to mistreatment;
• ensuring that all Equestrians including owners, trainers and competitors, or their respective agents, use responsible care in the handling, treatment and transportation of their own horses as well as horses placed in their care for any purpose;
• providing for the continuous well-being of horses by encouraging routine inspection and consultation with health care professionals and competition officials to achieve the highest possible standards of nutrition, health, comfort and safety as a matter of standard operating procedure;
• providing current information on Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines and other equine health and welfare initiatives;
• continuing to support scientific studies on equine health and welfare;
• requiring owners, trainers and competitors to know and follow their sanctioning organization’s rules, and to work within industry regulations in all equestrian competitions; and
• actively promoting the development of and adherence to competition rules and regulations that protect the welfare of the horse.

The standard by which conduct or treatment will be measured is that which a person who is informed and experienced in generally accepted equine training and competition procedures would determine to be neither cruel, abusive, nor inhumane.


(competitors should be aware of the following)

•    Knowledge of the entirety of the EC rules is the responsibility of each competitor.

•    Every class offered herein is covered by the rules and specifications of the current rules of EC and will be held and judged in accordance with the EC Rule Book.

•    Required memberships: All competitors must hold a relevant Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) membership, an EC Bronze, Silver or Gold Sport License.  For the Gold and Silver shows, all horses must have a horse recording number and have paid the horse recording annual activation fee to compete. If owned by a temporary sport license holder, a temporary horse registration form must be purchased at each competition entered.  Foreign entries must sign an affidavit.  A404

•    Per Article A801, every entry at an EC-sanctioned competition shall constitute an agreement by the persons responsible that the owner, lessee, trainer, manager, agent, coach, driver or rider and horse shall be subject to the EC constitution and all rules of EC and any additional rules set by the competition. It is the responsibility of all individuals participating in any capacity in EC-sanctioned competitions to be knowledgeable regarding the EC constitution and the applicable rules of EC and the additional rules, if any, imposed by the competition. Do not participate in this EC-sanctioned competition in any capacity if you do not consent to be bound by the constitution and rules of EC and any additional rules imposed by the competition.

•    Horses must be entered under the exact name shown in the passport/horse recording.  Riders must use the exact name on their Equestrian Canada membership to ensure accurate submission to EC of show results.  

•    Only parents/legal guardians may sign the liability waiver form on behalf of a minor child. Trainers, coaches, agents, etc. may no longer sign this form.  In the case of junior entries, parents or guardians are entitled to sign their children's entry form without holding an EC Sport Licence, provided they agree to abide by the rules and penalties contained in the Rule Book. (See A214.2).

•    PERSON RESPONSIBLE (PR):  New 2017 EC rules:  For adult entries into EC sanctioned competitions, the PR shall be either the trainer, the owner of the horse, or the competitor who rides or drives the horse during the EC sanctioned competition.  For junior entries into EC sanctioned competitions, the junior competitor cannot be the PR.  The PR may be either the trainer, the owner of the horse or the junior's parent or guardian.  Please see EC Section A1011, Section E 16.1.

•    It is compulsory for the horse’s competition number to be worn by the horse or rider/handler anywhere outside the stall from the time that the number is issued until the end of the competition so that officials can identify the horse.

•    In the case of a fall of horse and/or rider, while in the competition arena, the rider will be eliminated immediately from the class.  New EC rule regarding falls , concussions and return to play, please see Article A101

•    **EFFECTIVE AS OF 2012 - ARTICLE E 4.0 SAFETY HEADGEAR**: All riders, regardless of age or level or competition, must wear properly fitted and fastened safety-approved protective headgear at all times when mounted at any EC-sanctioned Dressage competition at the event location. Note: At the tack check which follows the test, the steward may ask the rider to dismount so that the helmet may be inspected for the safety-approved label.

•    **EFFECTIVE January 15, 2020 – ARTICLE A602**: “All horses attending Equestrian Canada sanctioned competitions must have met the requirements of Article A519, Vaccinations. See Rules of Equestrian Canada, Section A, General Regulations, Article A519, Vaccinations.” All horses attending Equestrian Canada sanctioned competitions must have been administered Equine Influenza and Herpes Virus (1 & 4) vaccinations within 6 months (+21 days grace period) before arrival at the event. No horse shall receive vaccinations within 7 days prior to arrival at the event. Horses not in compliance with this rule may be asked to leave event site at the discretion of Competition Management.



In all tests ridden at EC Bronze, Silver and Gold Competitions (Introductory through FEI Grand Prix) every “error of course”, whether the bell is sounded or not, must be penalized as per below (except as noted in ART 9.3.1):
·       first time by 2 points,
·       second time by 4 points,
·       third time the competitor is eliminated - however, at the discretion of the judge, the rider may continue to finish the test. If, however, the competitor's continued presence in the ring is about to interfere with the start of the next scheduled ride, then the judge must excuse the rider from the ring.


FEI Young Horse Tests

FEI Young Horse tests will always use the current FEI error scale. For these tests, the deduction for an error shall be:
·         First error: - 0.5% point from total score received;
·         Second error: - 1.0% point from total score received;
·         Third error: Elimination

•    Note - At Platinum level competitions the FEI rules for Error of Course apply

•    A horse/pony may be ridden at two consecutive levels with the same or two different riders but may not be entered in the same class with two different riders.

•    **E.7.11.9 for 2020**: The maximum number of tests will remain at four tests per day for Introductory up to and including First level. For all other tests from Second through Fourth and including FEI tests, the maximum will be reduced to three tests per day.

•    No horse/pony may be ridden in more than four tests (including the freestyle) in one day. A horse/rider combination may compete in a maximum of two consecutive EC freestyle levels per day. These must correspond to the technical levels at which the horse/rider combination is competing on the same day; e.eg. Second Level technical plus First and Second Level freestyles.

•    For freestyles, the rider must provide the show organizer with a functioning copy of their freestyle music, either a CD or USB. You must contact the show organizer prior to the date of the show with your music format to ensure proper equipment will be available.

•    Freestyle eligibility for riders in Gold and Silver competitions (all EC levels and FEI freestyle levels): A horse/rider combination must have obtained the following prior to competing in a freestyle: a minimum score of 55% in a dressage test at the same technical level, or higher, as the freestyle they wish to enter (e.g. 55% in First or Second Level to compete in the First and/or Second Level Freestyle). The dressage score may have been obtained at an EC Gold/Silver dressage competition prior to the competition, or may be obtained at the same competition in which they wish to enter the freestyle. Note: Bronze competitions require no minimum technical score.

•    Technical scores earned at Silver competitions count toward entering a Freestyle in a Gold competition and vice versa.

•    Horses must enter the ring within 45 seconds of the bell or whistle.

•    Riders must report, still mounted, to the steward or his/her representative for a tack check immediately upon leaving the competition arena. The rider may not remove any equipment or clothing before the steward has conducted their inspection. At the tack check a competitor may be asked to dismount to allow an inspection of their headgear.

•    A rider who is eliminated or retires during a test must still report to the steward for a tack check.

•    ALL TESTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED for 2019. Ensure you are aware of and ready to ride the 2019 dressage tests through Equestrian Canada.

All competitors are responsible for knowing and understanding their rulebooks:
Equestrian Canada Section A: General Rules and Regulations (2020) AND Equestrian Canada Section E:  Dressage and Para Dressage (2020).


President:        Erin Colton-Edwards
Vice-President:         Kim Miller
Secretary:        Amy Doornekamp
Treasurer:        Micky Colton (Competition Manager)        
Membership Secretary:    Sharrie Lynch
COAI representative:    Erin Colton-Edwards
Marketing Coordinator    Dawn Garrison    
Volunteer Coordinator:    Pat Hargan
Junior Representative:     Abby Cowan and Lily Griffith
Directors at Large:    Diane Cuddy, Jane Casson, Sheri Doornekamp, Chris Ryan, Karen Cullum