March 31, 2020

The suspension of Equestrian Canada (EC)/NSEF sanctioned competitions has been extended to June 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. No competitions will be sanctioned by either EC or NSEF for the period of suspension. All matters pertaining to the accumulation of points, scores, qualification or rankings towards any EC/NSEF awards program or team selection will be addressed once a return to competition framework has been developed. Competition hosts will be able to receive a full refund of their sanctioning fees or have the funds held as a credit for future competitions.

All in-person meetings, clinics, events, Rookie Rider and Learn to Ride/Drive activities are also suspended until further notice. Virtual participation in these programs and events is encouraged where available; options are being explored for programs that do not have virtual options at this time.

Please check the NSEF Calendar of Events for updates. Until further notice, staff will be working from home.  Membership renewals are available online or by emailing your membership application to [email protected] .

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves on a seemingly hourly basis, resources and information are provided by official government agencies.  Please always refer to these official sites for the most accurate and current updates.  

This resource page is provided to our equestrian community in an effort to assist you during this most difficult of times.   Please click on each individual heading to access websites and important information:

Government of Nova Scotia Coronavirus Updates and Information

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Government of Canada Emergency Response Benefits for Individuals and Families

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

March 25, 2020 Equestrian Canada National Equine Disease and Welfare Surveillance Webinar

Equestrian Canada COVID-19 Support and Resources for Equine Farms and Facilities

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada COVID-19 and Vaccination Updates

Nova Scotia Trails COVID-19 Notice to Trail Users

March 27,2020 = Equestrian Canada Weekly COVID-19 UPDATE

March 26, 2020 - Equestrian Canada's Equine Farm/Equestrian Facility Business Profile Survey

Please complete this survey as a member of the Canadian equine/equestrian industry. Information is being collected so as to have meaningful and current data that can be used by Equestrian Canada to effectively advocate government on behalf of the industry. 

Important information from our Insurance Partner, CapriCMW:

March 19th, 2020 – CapriCMW Insurance Services Frequently Asked Questions

March 17th, 2020 – CapriCMW Insurance Services COVID-19 Bulletin

Insurance-related Inquiries about your current NSEF membership coverage should be sent directly to CapriCMW Insurance at 1-888-394-8880 (ask for the equine department) or [email protected] 

Please share your comments, questions and concerns related to Canadian equine farms and equestrian facilities and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic here.

Horse Welfare Alerts and Notices

When important notices are received from the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding national and infectious diseases affecting horses, it sends communications to the equestrian community and the media. To receive these notices,subscribe here.


Equestrian Canada has a wealth of Horse Industry and Welfare information on its website. Please take some time to visit their site and learn as much as you can about horse welfare.


NS Premise Identification Program

NSEF is pleased to be partnering with the NS Department of Agriculture to provide members with the opportunity to register your farm/property under its Premise Identification Program. A nationally supported program, this cost-free service is open to anyone who has a farm animal on your property.  For more information and frequently asked questions can be found here

Members can complete a an online application form by clicking here

PID Program Facts


Workshops and Seminars

Workshops and Seminars will be listed on our Calendar of Events as they are scheduled.

Some of the types of workshops we can offer are:

  • Trail Wardens Course

  • Horse Hauling Course

  • Equine Emergency Response Course

  • Bio-security Sessions

  • Coaching Clinics

If there are workshops you would like to see NSEF host for the education of our members in the areas of Health & Welfare of Horses please contact us in writing by email or regular post.



 Code of Practice for Equines 

The Code of Practice, developed in partnership with the National Farm Animal Care Council and Equestrian Canada, is a fundamental guide and reference document promoting sound management and welfare practices in regards to responsible horse, pony, donkey and mule ownership, health management, feeding, housing, feedlot management, principles of training, euthanasia and other husbandry practices.

The Code makes clear the industry’s current requirements alongside recommended practices that encourage a higher level of care in order for the industry to strive for continuous improvement.

Overall, Codes of Practice serve three main purposes:
(1) educational tools;
(2) foundation documents for assessment programs; and
(3) reference materials for regulations. 

The Code clearly identifies “Requirements” as well as “Recommended Practices”. Requirements will refer either to a regulation or an industry imposed expectation. The Code’s Recommended Practices will further support the Requirements in conjunction with promoting education and the adoption of practices for continuous improvement in animal welfare outcomes.  Included in this document is a Body Condition Scoring for Horses and Ponies, found on page 67.

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Danger Detective Online Initiative 

NSEF has partnered with Equine Guelph and other major partners to launch the Danger Detective online!  

For more information see the link under Links and Directories on our webpage.