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New Requirements for Competitors and Coaches at EC Shows

1. Effective 2022, EC Sport License holders at least 18 years of age must complete
recognized safe sport training modules addressing the recognition and prevention of maltreatment in sport and concussion.

2. Effective 2022, Coach Status is required to engage in coaching activities at EC sanctioned events.
If you are planning to show at EC Bronze or Gold competitions in 2022, you will need to have completed Safe Sport and Concussion training. This training is free to EC Sport Licence holders.  
  1. Go to the EC website and
  2. Click and log in to My EC
  3. Click on Access ECampus on the left side of the screen
  4. Choose Catalog at the top
  5. Click on ELearning
You’ll find “Fostering Healthy Equestrian Environments” and “Equestrian Canada: Concussion Awareness” in the list of courses.

All persons actively coaching at an EC-sanctioned competition in 2022 must hold an EC Coach Status – either a Registered status or a Coach Licence. For more information, click on the EC Coach Status web page.
► Both the athlete safe sport training requirement and the EC Coach Status program are in response to federal government regulations regarding Safe Sport.
All registered and licenced coaches have proven their first aid, concussion, safe sport, and ethics training, have submitted criminal record checks, and have current first aid certification and coaching insurance.◄
Atlantic Veterinary College Visits – Reminder
The AVC hs scheduled the following visits to Fredericton (in-clinic) during winter/spring 2022.  Moncton (on-site) visits will be either scheduled on an as needed basis or added on to a Fredericton visit as time allows. 
  • March 22-24, 2022 Dr. Mellish
  • April 26-28, 2020 Dr. MacMillan
  • May 17-19, 2022 Dr. MacMillan
You can book an appointment directly by calling us at AVC @ 1-844-566-0992. Please provide all necessary background information and indicate if you have been working with a DAAF veterinarian.
The NBEA Board of Directors has taken a long, thoughtful look at the LTED program.
At its outset, the goal for the NBEA LTED was to serve as a bridge to competition. Riders in dressage, eventing, and show jumping were supported in developing their skills and taking their first trips into the ring. However, in recent years, that goal has not been met. The programs were robust but often filled with repeating participants or riders with rich competition experience already. It is felt that, for now, the program in this configuration has run its course. What we’re lacking is a new wave of riders ready to move up to competition.
As a result, the LTED for 2022 has a whole new look. This year, the focus will be on coach development. When we have good, trained coaches who have proven themselves through national certification, we have a better chance of providing safe effective programs for new and developing riders. We need a new crop of equestrians to nurture, and coaches are the starting point.
The LTED funding, therefore, will support educational opportunities and skills growth for coaching. The goal is to have more candidates for both English and western instructor certification this year, strong prepared candidates. We will also be working with current certified coaches who are aiming to move up to the next level of certification, from Instructor to Competition Coach, or Comp Coach to Specialist. These higher-level coaches will in turn mentor and develop the next round of candidates.
In order to become a certified Instructor, one of the prerequisites is to have either English Rider Level 6 or western Rider Level 4. Some of the LTED funding will also be aimed at supporting riders who intend to become certification acquire those levels.
Already, this emphasis on coach development has begun, with webinars and resources from Danielle Yaghdjian. See her story below for links. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters and the Coaching News 2022 web page for more.
If you have an interest in becoming certified, please contact the NBEA and let us know. We have a distribution list to share news and info with you as opportunities arise.
NBEA Youth Bursaries 2022 – Ten Available!
This year, the NBEA Board of Directors has elected to increase funding to the Youth Bursary program. In 2022, ten Junior members between the ages of 14 and 18 will be selected to receive $500 each to further their equestrian journey.
Details for applications for the 2022 bursaries will be provided in the March newsletter. In the meantime, young riders who are working with a certified coach can begin to think about applying. Applicants must be NBEA members and will need to have (or be ready to test for) a Rider Level, among other requirements.
Check out our Youth Bursary web page for more.

Pictured - 2021 bursary recipient Cassidy Walsh
The NBEA is launching a new newsletter feature. Submit a question about coaching  or certification and we’ll print the answer in the next newsletter!
A question from Paige:
My coach is certified. Her certificate is up in her office. But her name is not in the list of coaches on your website. What does that mean?
Thank you for your question, Paige. It’s a good one.
“Certified” means that your coach passed an evaluation of her teaching and horsemanship skills at some point. Usually that means they have been certified by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), but there are other organizations that certify riding instructors, such as CanTRA and the Canadian Horsemanship Association. NCCP coaches are the only ones whose standards have been set by EC.
The coaches on the NBEA Find A Coach Directory are all NCCP certified and current. That means they each have a valid first aid training certificate, up-to-date criminal record check, and have ethics, safe sport, and concussion training. Your unlisted certified coach may have all, some, or none of these things.Hopefully, she’s working on acquiring them – we’d love to add her name to the list!
In order to remain current, coaches also have to log a certain number of professional development hours on a regular basis. That means they are constantly learning and upgrading their skills and knowledge base through clinics, seminars, workshops, courses, and more. We’re very proud of our coaching roster and appreciate all that goes into being a current certified coach.
Got a question about coaching? Email us at

MQHA Show Dates
The Maritime Quarter Horse Association is looking forward to an active competition season in 2022. All shows are slated for the Princess Louise Show Park in Sussex.
          July 1-4
          July 30-aug 2
          September 5-6

In addition, the Maritime Paint Horse Club is planning a show for
September 3-4
that will include 5 or 6 AQHA classes.

(All shows are pending approval from the American Quarter Horse Association, which is expected shortly.)
Sundays with Danielle
Our focus on western and English coach development in 2022 continues.
In January, current coaches and instructor candidates learned about the pathway to becoming certified. It can be a daunting road, but Danielle laid it out in 1-2-3 order, prompting several folks to come forward and declare their interest in becoming certified in the near future.
The video of this session and the PowerPoint Danielle used are available, along with a host of other resources, on our webpage: “How To Become Certified”.
Danielle then spoke with certified coaches to discuss moving up the ladder and acquiring the next level of certification. This video and PowerPoint are also available at Resources for Coaches and Candidates
This past Sunday, Danielle hosted a closed session with candidates. One of the requirements for certification is a portfolio that contains sample lesson plans. Danielle took us through the components of a good lesson plan and shared samples. Over 45 people attended – instructor candidates and coaches who want to move up.

Danielle will return for a fourth session in March, and is slated to be one of the evaluators for English instructors and coaches for the NBEA this year. She's become a mentor to our whole coaching program, and we are lucky and proud to have her on board. 
Rider Levels 2021 – Final Count
Last year was a recordbreaker for riders successfully earning Rider Levels, with 157 certificates and badges awarded. In addition, English riders who earned RL4 and up, and western riders who achieved RL3 and 4, were awarded funding in recognition of their work.
Rider Level and stable management manuals are available to order through the NBEA office. Contact Nancy at to learn how.
We’re looking forward to an even busier year in 2022. Already, applications for Rider Level testing are coming in to the NBEA office. Watch this space later this spring for more info on support for Rider Levels needed for Instructor and Coach certification
Work is underway to revive the defunct committee that will serve the NBEA Zone 6 – “Miramichi/Kent”. A meeting was held at Old Field Farm on February 16th to form a new committee and discuss possible projects and initiatives.
Each of the 8 NBEA zones can access their own regional government funding to support their goals. Some zones, like 2 and 3 have committees that actively organize competitions and clinics; others, such as Zones 4 and 5, provide funding to applicants for their efforts.
Visit the NBEA Zones & Regional Information page for more details or to reach your zone rep.
Pony Club Funding
Even more will be able to take advantage of NBEA funding opportunities. Riders in a New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Pony Club who successfully pass their D1 level in 2022 will be eligible to apply for a $100 grant. The NBEA is pouring more money into this program, raising the total pool to $1500 for the year.
Equine Guelph – The Horse Portal
Our partners at the Horse Portal have declared February to be Colic Prevention month. As the coldest month, February can be the hardest time of the year to ensure horses are drinking enough water, adding to risk of colic.
Try out the Equine Guelph Colic Risk Rater to see how your horse scores for risk factors. This interactive tool helps determine how vulnerable your horse may be to colic and highlights what prevention measures can be taken.  
More information on colic and how to reduce the risks can be found here.
The First 48 
A serious animal disease outbreak is recognized as an industry's greatest vulnerability because of the potential impact it could have on the affected industries and livestock sectors. Knowing what to do when a serious animal disease is suspected on your farm is key to limiting the spread and impact of a disease outbreak.
"The First 48 Hours for Producers" is a NEW quick reference tool developed by the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project that lists the key Communication, Enhanced Biosecurity, and On-farm Investigation actions to take to protect yourself, your animals, and business after being notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that there is a suspicion of a federally regulated disease on your farm. You can access this fact sheet on the NBEA website in our Biosecurity section.

This resource can be used alongside other AHEM producer tools and handbooks found at to proactively plan, prepare and respond to an animal disease emergency event.
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