first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Equestrian Canada (EC) is proud to have officially taken the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge as the next step in an ongoing commitment to protect the safety and welfare of all participants in equestrian sport.Responsible Coaching Movement PledgeThe Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase, system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) that is a call to action for sport organizations to protect the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.On June 25, 2018, the EC Board of Directors unanimously resolved to take the RCM Pledge. As a member of the movement, EC is committed to providing the following training for certified coaches:Background screeningEthics trainingOpen and Observable Coaching Environment (also known as the Rule of Two) – which stipulates that a coach cannot be alone with a child, and must have another responsible person within eyesight at all times. EC will phase in the Rule of Two over the next 12 months.“The EC Board of Directors is committed to promoting a safe equestrian sport environment,” said Meg Krueger, EC President. “Signing the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge is an important step in ensuring that all equestrians feel safe in their athletic pursuits.”This training comes in addition to a number of protective policies all EC National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Certified Coaches have been required to follow for many years, including:Signing the EC Coaching Code of Ethics upon completion of the Making Ethical Decisions mandatory training and evaluationSigning the EC Coaching Code of ConductSubmitting a police background check every five (5) yearsMaintaining First Aid certification every three (3) yearsCompleting concussion awareness and return-to-play trainingRespect in Sport: Ongoing Developments“We are proud to support fair and ethically trained coaches through the EC Coaching Program,” said Richard Mongeau, EC Chief Executive Officer. “Furthermore, we are committed to the ongoing development of education and resources to create and protect the safe and respectful environment that all participants in equestrian sport deserve.”Further initiatives and resources are currently underway and more details and resources will be communicated as they become available.Resources for Recognizing and Reporting Harassment & AbuseReporting is critical in creating and maintaining a safe environment for all equestrian participants.It is vitally important for all members of the equestrian community to familiarize themselves with EC’s Code of Ethics and Harassment Policy in order to educate themselves on how to recognize and report incidents of harassment and/or abuse. Visit or click the links below to access these documents:EC Code of EthicsEC Harassment PolicyFurther resources will be posted to as they become available.For questions regarding EC’s respect in sport initiatives, please contact:Jennifer EastwoodDirector, Technical [email protected] Tags: Equestrian Canada, Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge, Horse Sport Enews Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more