Our Mission Statement: Horse Council BC is committed to assisting all
horse people in BC. To foster and promote all aspects of horse related
activities; to co-ordinate and develop a spirit of co-operation among
their diverse interests; and to ensure horse traditions are preserved
for the future.
Horse Council BC is a non-profit organization that is overseen by a 40
member Board of Directors from which a 9 member Executive Committee is
elected. It is the responsibility of the Board to direct and implement
HCBC programs and initiatives. The Executive Committee meets on a
monthly basis as representatives of the Board, while the Board of
Directors meets three times a year. HCBC's Annual General Meeting is
held in October.
Horse Council BC is the largest and most progressive equestrian
association in Canada and is the corporate association responsible for
the equestrian activities within British Columbia. Some of 1998's
highlights include: hosting equestrian first aid and sports psychology
seminars throughout the province; hosting the Weekend of Learning with
an International panel of speakers; sponsoring an officials
certification session for individuals interested in judging therapeutic
dressage competitions, holding CEF Steward certification clinics,
actively supporting the Back Country Horsemen in the development of the
Skagit Horse Camp, lobbying government and maintaining a working
relationship within the Provincial government ministries, developed a
waiver guidelines for horsemen and associations with the Centre for
Sport and Law, hosted coaching liability and risk management seminars.
In the recent past Horse Council BC successfully lobbied for changes in
border crossing regulations, GST bonds on imported horses, for the
inclusion of equestrian competition at the BC Summer Games, to ensure
the right to ride in many locations throughout the province including
the Cascade Recreation and Skagit Areas.
Members and potential members can learn about Horse Council BC through
our presence at numerous trade shows and fairs, brochures that we
distribute for free, news releases that we provide on a regular basis
to publications such as yours, our web site www.horsecouncilbc.com as
well as our monthly "Notes from the Office" which is distributed to all
members on a monthly basis. We are always just a phone call away for
any individual member or non-member who has an inquiry bout the
equestrian community in British Columbia.
In 1999 Horse Council BC will pursue a re-evaluation of the farm tax
assessment process within British Columbia as it relates to the
equestrian industry. Horse Council BC's President Ken Huber has already
had conversation with the Honourable Corky Evans on this topic and will
be attending various conferences and meetings to further present Horse
Council BC's position on these and other issues. HCBC is also looking
to implement a Provincially Approved Vaulting Officials certification.
To broaden the scope of member benefits including discounts from major
retailers. To develop and produce more informational brochures. To
expand and enhance the Web site. Above all to maintain and expand our
member resources provided through the office.
Horse Council BC is a member of several provincial, national and
international associations including: BC Agricultural Council, BC
Outdoor Recreation Association, Sport BC, Canadian Equestrian
Federation, American Horse Council, Canadian Association for
Individual's with Disabilities.
Do not hesitate to contact the Horse Council BC office whenever you
have a question or concern about British Columbia's equestrian
community. If we cannot provide you an immediate answer we will
endeavor to track down the information you require.