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NBEA Membership for 2022
Memberships & renewals for next year will be available starting December 1st.
There are two ways to renew:

  Online – head to our online database provider,,
and log in to your profile. Use the email address you’ve provided the NBEA and reset your password if necessary. Then click on NB on the map and choose Join/Renew.

On paper – download the 2022 membership form once it’s available on our website on December 1st.

Complete the form and
    ► mail
    ► fax, or
    ► drop off your form with payment.

You’ll need your NBEA membership before you can proceed to get your EC Sport Licence. Set your calendar for December 1st. 
FREE! Rider Level Prep Seminar

Join this session to prepare potential Rider Levels candidates for the
Stable Management
components for Levels 1 through 6. 

Hosted by the NBEA Zone 3 - Capital Region Equestrian Association. 

THIS SATURDAY! November 20th at Geary Hill Stables
Just email to register:
NBEA AGM Results
A great turn-out of voting senior and interested junior members attended the recent NBEA AGM in Fredericton. They were joined by several voters via Zoom and a large contingent of observers watched the proceedings through Facebook Live.
President Deanna Phelan’s spoke about key aspect of our mission statement, our ongoing commitments to communication, education and the well-being of horses, representing the equine industry in agriculture, industry, sport, and recreation through education, grant funding, government lobbying, liability insurance, and participant programs. Education was a priority with new initiatives in 2021, particularly multimedia and virtual programs. Her report included other aspects of the NBEA work not always on a typical member’s radar, our work with Equestrian Canada and the provincial government, both as a sport and as a livestock concern. The funding that is passed on to riders, coaches, and officials was a theme throughout all the reports that followed.
Highlights of the activities and expenditures of the NBEA over the past 12 months made up the majority of the agenda. Despite the effects of Covid, participation in programs has been strong, with a particular growth in Rider Level achievements. After a dip in 2020 membership numbers during the Covid year, membership has rebounded with even stronger numbers.
The PowerPoint presentation of these reports can be found at About the NBEA.
Prizes for the Ride & Drive program and Year-End Bronze certificates were awarded. 
All the 2021 directors reoffered for 2022. A call for nominations from the floor yielded no new names, so the current Board was returned for another year of work. The “new” Board met following the conclusion of the AGM, and decided to leave the Executive in place to carry on their roles.
Sincere thanks go to these women who dedicate countless hours to the NBEA and the growth of its mission.
Following the meeting, prizes from the tables heaped with beautiful embroidered items were awarded to the Ride & Drive recipients in attendance. NBEA Bronze year-end champions and reserve champions were also recognized.
Thank you to all who came out or joined us virtually. Your interest in and support of your organization is valuable.
Elected Directors
     President: Deanna Phelan
     Vice-President – recreation, breeds, zones – Heather Findlay
     Vice-President – sport – Kem Shears
     Secretary – Donna McInnis
     Our Treasurer’s role is filled with contracted financial expert, Audra McKnight. 
     Director-at-Large – Heather Touchie-Blakely
     Director-at-Large – Laura Burtt
     Director-at-Large – Karla Adams
Appointed Directors
     Western Coaching – Cyndy Toner
     English Coaching – Nicole Beaulieu
     Discipline Reps (2) – TBA
     Zones – vacant
     Recreation – vacant
Anyone with an interest in serving on the Board to represent the NBEA zones or recreation is encouraged to contact the NBEA.
To contact any member of the NBEA Board, find contact details at
To contact any member of the NBEA Board, find contact details at
Jill Irving’s Youth Mentorship Program Returns for 2022
Once again Jill Irving, Canadian dressage team rider and Monctonian, will be hosting a cadre of young dressage and jumper riders in Wellington, Florida, and treating them to an array of educational opportunities with the best riders, trainers, officials, and support trades in the world.
The Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program is designed to inspire equestrians between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one from the dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines by bringing them to the largest, competitive equestrian venue in North America, and providing opportunities for them to engage with leading Canadian, and American riders. The exposure that program participants will get to the daily routines, competition preparation, training, and horse management of top international equestrians will be unique and impactful in helping to foster future equestrians in the sport.
Participants are chosen from the applicants by lottery, and travel to Florida for several days early in March, during the height of international competition in Wellington. You can read more about the program at the Jill Irving Youth Equine Mentorship Program website.
Big news! After a summer of preparation clinics, on top of years of riding and horsemanship study, five candidates successfully completed the evaluation to become NCCP English Instructors!

As soon as each candidate has finished submitting all the supporting documents, including completion of safe sport courses, police checks, and first aid certification, we’ll announce their names and proudly add them to our roster of current, up-to-date, certified instructors and coaches. Congratulations to all five new NCCP Instructors!
Be sure to follow the NBEA Coaches and Instructors Facebook page as well as the NBEA Coaching News web page to stay on top of news and info.
And...for Instructors and coaches....

This session is also available as a shadowing opportunity for instructors and coaches interested in becoming evaluators or updataing their skills. Work with a mentor on being able to test rider levels in the future.
Come Saturday Nov 27, and Donna and Valerie be mentoring new testers throughout. 
Cost is $50.00

December 4th at Hampton Riding Center
Zoe Erichsen-Meesters will be testing rider level 1-2-3-4- 
Valerie will be on site to again to mentor future evaluators 
Cost $50.00

Email for more info and to register. 

More from Zone 3...

The AGM of the Zone 3 committee took place on October 26th, and the executive committee for 2021-2022 was re-elected as follows:
  • Chantal Richard, President
  • Cyndi Mitchell, Vice-President
  • Cindy Brown, Secretary
  • Marie-Claude Michaud, Treasurer
A formal Constitution was also adopted unanimously. Please email us at if you would like a copy.
The committee looks forward to continuing to serve our membership and welcome your ideas for activities moving forward. You can reach out to us at any time by writing to the email above, or visiting our Facebook page NBEA Zone 3 (Fredericton).
Leg Up – un, deux, trois, hop!
A first ever AGM was held on October 26th for the Leg Up Programme un, deux, trois, hop! which will now be run as a distinct program from other Zone 3 activities.
The program had a very successful first year of operations in 2021, helping 4 underprivileged youth in Zone 3 access 16 riding lessons, riding boots and a helmet, and an NBEA junior membership. To expand the activities of the Leg Up Programme un, deux, trois, hop!, the executive committee consisting of Chantal Richard (president), Cyndi Mitchell (vice-president), Cindy Brown (secretary), and Marie-Claude Michaud (treasurer) have begun the process of registering the program as a charitable organization. To this end, a constitution was adopted unanimously (to receive a copy, or to find out more about the program and/or volunteer, write to
Visit the Leg Up Programme un, deux, trois, hop! Facebook page to find out more about our activities and check out our many generous sponsors for 2021!
Chantal Richard
It’s Noseband November!
Equestrian Canada is taking November to highlight the most recent research in the use of nosebands and raise awareness about their use
In order to better understand the use of nosebands in Canadian equestrian sport, the committee worked together with athletes and other equine professionals to conduct a noseband measuring project this past year. Currently at the end of the competition measuring phase, the pilot saw 550 on the ground measurements submitted by volunteer pilot stewards across the country. You may have been a participant if you attended a sanctioned horse show in the later part of this summer. Steward Dawn Brown had her measuring tool and was checking the nosebands of volunteer competitors. It is most likely that this tool will become a regular part of stewarding as the rules change.
Anyone interested in learning more about the pilot and equine health and welfare are encouraged to join the free webinar on Nov. 30, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET. For more details on the initiative and to register for the webinar, visit EC’s Noseband November website.
Dressage New Brunswick recently held its AGM via Zoom.
With heartfelt thanks for their hours of dedication, the Board says goodbye to Jennifer Van der Sluys, Jasmine Poirier, and Taylor Smith 
Newly elected members of the Board are Tammy Smith and Leslie Ahman, who join returning directors Natalie Russell, Kelly Madore, Julie Leger, Alexis Kinley and Jennifer Murray. 
Following the AGM, the executive and committee chairs were chosen as follows:
  • President: Jen Murray
  • VP: Natalie Russell
  • Secretary: Kelly Madore
  • Treasurer: Alexis Kinley
  • Membership: Leslie Ahman
  • Communication: Julie Leger
  • Sponsorship: Tammy Smith and Natalie Russell
DNB will be posting their 2022 competition dates in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on their website
Rider Levels
Despite ongoing Covid restrictions, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for Rider Level achievements. To date, 118 riders have been successful in a Rider Level evaluation, with at least another 20 still to be tested. Riders received certificates and badges to mark their accomplishment, and the NBEA supports continuing efforts with funding for English riders achieving RL4 and above, and western Rider Levels 3 and 4.
We’d like to offer our special congratulations to those riders who have been successful this year at the higher levels:
English Level 5:
      Jillian Crain, Emma Fifield, Mia Keddy, Vivian Demerchant
English Level 6:
      Josie Davenport, Ruby Finnegan, Stéphane Fournier, Mia Keddy, Jillian Crain, Destiny French, Jannah Malone, Amanda Gallant
English Level 7:
      Janelle Simpson-Finnegan, Grace Stevenson
English Level 8:
      Elizabeth Clark, Katelyn Lackie (pictured)

Western Level 3:
      Amanda Matchett, Kelly Mallet, Jean Phillipe Noel

Western Level 4:
      Amanda Matchett
Pony Club Corner – November 2021
Great news from Canadian Pony Club! Members may now join at 5 years old! Check with your local club to see if they’re accepting 5-year-olds at this time.
Cardwell would like to celebrate its members on achieving their next level of pony club testing.  
  • Maddie Way
  • Julia Breen
  • Gwen Kaye
  • Kate Thibodeau 
  • Isabelle Murray
  • Abby Osmond
  • Reegan Kaye
The NBEA is proud to partner with Pony Club to provide a funding opportunity for Pony Club candidates who successfully complete their D1 level. The deadline to submit an application for funding is November 30, 2021.
Fredericton Pony Club has been very active all fall, focusing on badge activities. There are approximately 50 badges available through Canadian Pony Club, and members love this type of project-based, hands-on fun!
Our Regional Pony Club AGM will be held Sunday, December 5 on Zoom. We are always looking for new volunteers who enjoy helping youth have equestrian opportunities in New Brunswick. If you are interested in helping out, we would love to hear from you – please email for more information.
Our Regional Prince Philip Games (PPG) are scheduled to take place on December 11, 2021, at Hampton Pony Club (Covid permitting). This is open to Pony Club members throughout NB and PEI. For more information, please visit the Regional Prince Phillip Games web page
If you are interested in learning more about how to start a Pony Club in your stable or area, we would love to hear from you! It is a great program to teach kids/young adults all about horses and their care, as well as providing opportunities to try a number of different riding disciplines. Pony Club provides members with quality educational programming and lots of social interaction with peers who share their love of horses. If you’d like more information, please contact Heather Touchie Blakely (Regional Chair) at
Introducing the Empowering Lasting Leadership Excellence program

Women are actively involved in an ever-increasing number of leadership, ownership, management and supportive roles in farming and value-added enterprises, including CSA’s, food processing, equine enterprises, and agri-tourism. That’s why Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc. has created the Empowering Lasting Leadership Excellence program (E.L.L.E.) for all women entrepreneurs in agriculture and agri-food across Canada.

CAHRC is pleased to be a partner on this transformative program, providing tools and resources to support the learning process. While we can only provide a snapshot in this email, we recommend going to the website for more details and to download the program brochure. You self-select the appropriate stream, learn from industry experts, engage with others through ongoing virtual café chats, and an optional virtual peer group (master class). This past year and a half we’ve been disconnected and this is the opportunity to get back to networking and improving/expanding your leadership skillset.

Start 2022 with a bang!
It’s Back!
Our partners at the University of Guelph’s Horse Portal is reoffering the very successful, FREE, Horse Behaviour & Safety online course for youth (ages 13-17).
The online course is self-paced, so teens can work through the sections at their own speed when they have time. Just register and get started. On-demand access is open Nov 1 – Jan 31.
Tell your friends and register for free at
We’ve MOVED!
The NBEA maintains a physical office space with Sport NB. While it is not staffed on a regular basis, it does serve as a hub for our activities and as storage for all our program manuals and materials. And we’ve moved…but not far.
We’re in the same building at 900 Hanwell Road – Carriage Place - in Fredericton, but we’ve shifted to the end of the building that faces Prospect Street. We’re in the space that was the formerly the Hospice Boutique.
We made the move on November 17th and our mailing address has changed only slightly.
900 Hanwell Road, Suite 31
Fredericton, NB
E2B 6A2
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