Safe Sport & HCBC Member’s Code of Conduct

Horse Council BC accepts all language contained in the British Columbia Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC). A copy of the code is hosted here.

Statement of Commitment:

Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment. As part of commitment to Safe Sport our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training.

View the HCBC Responsible Coaching Movement:


  1. The purpose of this HCBC Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe and positive environment within the programs, activities, and events of Horse Council BC consistent with Horse Council BC’s core values and policies. Horse Council BC supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals can safely participate in sport and are treated with respect and fairness.

Application of this Code

  1. This Code applies to any Members conduct during the business, activities, and events of Horse Council BC including, but not limited to competitions, practices, evaluations, training sessions, travel associated with organizational activities, the office environment, and any meetings.
  2. This Code also applies to Members conduct outside of the business, activities, and events of Horse Council BC when such conduct adversely affects the organization’s relationships (and the work and sport environment) or is detrimental to the image and reputation of Horse Council BC. Such applicability will be determined by Horse Council BC at its sole discretion.
  3. This Code applies to Participants active in the sport or who have retired from the sport where any claim regarding a potential breach of this Code occurred when the Participant was active in the sport.
  4. Any Member who violates this Code may be subject to sanctions pursuant to the Discipline and Complaints Policy. In addition to facing possible sanctions pursuant to the Discipline and Complaints Policy, a Member who violates this Code during a competition may be removed from the competition or training area, and the Participant may be subject to further sanctions.
  5. When participating at an Equestrian Canada sanctioned competition, event, business, activities, training sessions and travel the Member is bound by the Equestrian Canada Code of Conduct and Awareness.

View the HCBC Members Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy

View the HCBC 2023 Complaint form

View the HCBC Members Discipline Policy – DRAFT

View the 2021 BC UCC Universal Code of Conduct here

How to Report Maltreatment: 

Complaints can be made by any member of the general public including but not limited to an athlete, representative of a club or sport organization, a coach, a parent or any member of HCBC.

Complaints shall be directed to the Executive Director of HCBC. The complaint will be forwarded to the Chair of the Members Conduct Committee.

See: HCBC Members Discipline Policy – DRAFT

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