Governance and Code of Conduct
The objectives of The Prince Edward Island Horse Council (IHC) are:
- To act as a governing body to serve all equine activities and equine interests with the exception of pari-mutuel racing in Prince Edward Island;
- To promote the development of all aspects of horsemanship and equestrian activities whether they are competitive or recreational or otherwise;
- To safeguard and promote the welfare of horses;
- To establish a liaison and act as a representative of the members to all levels of government and national equestrian federations;
- To accept, receive and equitably distribute any donations, gifts or grants in support of these aims and objectives.
Each year the council has over 600 individual members and 7 member clubs.
Island Horse Council is a member of Sport PEI (the governing body for sport on PEI) and is the only recognized representative of Equine Sport (other than racing) by the Government of PEI.
As the provincially recognized representative of equestrian activity on PEI, Island Horse Council has representatives on the Provincial Council of Equestrian Canada, the national equestrian body. IHC members are represented at the national level through these representatives. Annual national meetings set policy which effects all riders in Canada.
Island Horse Council actively supports and encourages the development and certification of coaches within the province through the Western and English Coaching Programs which range from Kidsport to Rider Level Programs and High Performance athlete support.
Refer to the Board of Directors details above for current information on leadership of the Island Horse Council.
IHC Code of Conduct
General Conduct and Ethics
At any event, activity or function in which a member’s affiliation with the Island Horse Council is apparent, members shall refrain from engaging in illegal, unprofessional, or unethical actions that might bring disrepute to the Island Horse Council, its executive, or its members, and shall act in a way that is consistent with the Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics.
Meetings; Open, Regular, Executive Sessions and all Social Media
2. Attendees shall respect the views of others and allow others the opportunity to speak without interruption.
3. Meeting attendees are expected to be positive, constructive, and to represent the best interests of the IHC rather than individual interests.
4. Communication in meetings will be clear, timely, concise, to the topic and avoid inappropriate language and/or reference to personalities.
5. Participants will engage in communications in an orderly fashion such that multiple conversations aren’t occurring at the same time.
6. Individual participants will not seek to dominate proceedings.
8. It is the duty of the Chair or acting Chair to preserve order and to ensure that members obtain fair representation. In the event of disorder, the Chair or acting Chair has absolute discretion to request dismissal of the disruptor or end the meeting.
9. In the event of any attendee at a meeting disregards the authority of the Chair or acting Chair or of being guilty of obstructive or offensive conduct or conduct in violation of this code, a motion may be moved and seconded and majority voted to suspend such member from further meetings. No further action will be taken until the offending member has been removed and order has been restored.
10. A moderator will be appointed to ensure consistent adherence to the above stated conditions are applied to all social media forums, including; email, Facebook, website, Twitter and all electronic or regular mail.
Top photo by Jill Thomas