An all-inclusive recreation program that promotes learning, good horsemanship and having fun with your horse! Record your horse activity minutes and be entered into prize draws to win monthly, quarterly and yearly prizes.
This program is aimed to replace the Ride and Drive program by allowing members to record more than just their riding and driving minutes. There are many activities that people enjoy with their horses and with the Horse Play Program we want to recognize these.
And instead of having to pay an extra fee on top of your HCBC membership we have done away with that and we are offering the program for FREE!
Launching Spring 2022!
We will be launching the Horse Play Program Spring of 2022. This program will all be electronic based and in the initial launch you will be able to access the program from your web browser using your computer, tablet or smart phone. We are also creating an app for the Horse Play Program and we are hoping to launch that later this Spring and from there you will have the option to access the program through the web page or the mobile application. The program is open to anyone 13 and over as of January 1st.
Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!
Monthly, quarterly, and yearly we will be drawing prizes for the Horse Play Program! For every 10 minutes you record of an activity in the learn, horsemanship or play category you will earn 5 points. You can only enter activities from the day of or the day before so it is best to record daily so you don’t miss the opportunity to log your minutes! After entering an activity, you will also have the opportunity to earn 5 points by answering a question.
There is an adult and youth category to make the playing field even. Adults will have the opportunity to share their activity on social media or through email but youth will not. Adults will earn 10 points for sharing their activity.
It was certainly time for an update of the Ride and Drive program and we are hoping that this program will encourage you to learn, practice good horsemanship and have fun! Read on to discover the activities we encourage you to record in this program:
Having a foundation of knowledge is an important aspect of being an equestrian. Taking the time to learn can improve the quality of care we give to our horses, teach us how to be safer around horses and give us tips and tricks to help us carry out our favourite activities with our horse. Grab a book, find your favourite horse documentary, take a look at HCBC’s online courses or go audit a clinic. These are some great ways to start gaining knowledge about our equine friends.
The daily practice of taking care of our horses is an integral part to keeping them happy and healthy. One part of practicing good horsemanship involves routine stable chores such as: cleaning stalls, having clean water available at all times and managing a feeding routine. Horsemanship should also involve a daily grooming routine to give us the ability to check over our horses for any injuries, to ensure they are keeping a good weight and to make sure their feet are in good condition. Though there are more factors to good horsemanship our last point is cleaning your tack and equipment after each use. Not only will it make it more comfortable for your horse the next time you use it but it will also increase the longevity of it and allow you to check it over for wear and tear.
After developing a good foundation here comes the fun part… Go Play! Having fun with our horses can take many different forms including: riding, driving, vaulting or ground work. No matter what discipline you choose to take part in put your horses’ welfare first and have fun!
And if you don’t have access to a horse very often that is ok too! Did you know that spending time exercising without a horse involved improves your ability to perform your favorite horse activity? This is called cross training and can be as simple as going for a jog or practicing yoga.