Equestrian Canada Rider/Driver Program

The Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride/Drive Programs are self paced and student/coach led. You do not need to register for the program. Set up of the date, time and location of exams is done by the coach/student.

English and Western Exam fee’s for 2021 are $21.00, Drive Exam fee’s per level is $15.75 (includes GST) 

Payment must be included when the finished test is sent to HCBC. We are not able to call for Credit Card numbers or hold the exam for payment. If payment is not included with the exam, it will be sent back to the testing coach.

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  1. Join Horse Council BC
  2. Purchase the English, Western or Drive “Learn to” Manual(s)
  3. Purchase Stable Management in Canada
  4. Contact a Current and Certified and Licensed Equestrian Canada Coach or Instructor to begin training for the exams
  5. When your coach feels you are ready, they can administer the exam to you, some exams require you to use a coach other than your regular coach
  6. The completed exam and payment is then submitted to the HCBC office by the coach
  7. Your certificate will be mailed to you
  8. You then begin to work on the next Rider level

Purchase the Learn To manuals from the HCBC book store here:


The books can also be purchased over the phone (604-856-4304 toll free 1-800-345-8055) or in our office.

NEW as of December 2023 EC has revised the Learn to Ride/Drive program to follow the guidance of the FEI. The changes involve trimming of nose and ear hairs as well as mane pulling. There is also new information about stable vices and horse welfare. These changes will be inserted into the manuals for English and Western and Drive. To see the revisions please click here

Related Documents
Equestrian Canada Western Intermediate Rider Basic Training Rubrics View PDF
2016 Equestrian Canada Western Intermediate Rider Basic Training View PDF
2016 Equestrian Canada English Rider 1 – 10 Study Guide View PDF
2016 Equestrian Canada English Rider 1 – 10 Rubrics View PDF
2016 Equestrian Canada English Rider 9 & 10 Handbook View PDF
 2016 Western Rider 1 Rubric  View PDF
 2016 Western Rider 2 Rubric  View PDF
 2016 Western Rider 3 Rubric  View PDF
2016 Western Rider 4 Rubric View PDF
2016 Learn to Drive Rubrics View PDF
2024 Rider Logbook for High School Credits View PDF
2021 Application for Rider testing View PDF