Programs –

Island Ride & Drive

IHC promotes the development of all aspects of horsemanship and equestrian activities through a variety of programs; whether they are competitive, recreational or otherwise.

Island Ride & Drive

Join us in our Island Ride & Drive Incentive Program. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors;                                  The Government of PEI – Health & Wellness and Storybook Tack & Gift Store, this program will offer all of our members a chance to log their hours with their horses and earn amazing prizes at the same time.

How do you earn prizes?

  • Register: One time $25 registration fee
  • Must be a current IHC member for your hours to count
  • Open to all disciplines, riding, driving & groundwork enthusiasts
  • Earn hours riding, trail riding, lessons, groundwork, clinics, showing, etc. (not including grooming, barn chores, lunging, regular health maintenance, or transportation time to activities)
  • Logsheets submitted twice annually (March & October)  Valid for each horse/rider combination
  • Each level receives a certificate of achievement, as well as a prize (*prizes may vary from list attached*)
  • Be sure to send us some pictures to post here on the website and other social media platforms!

Rookie Riders

Rookie Riders is a program to introduce children (ages 6- 12) who have never ridden before to experience the joy of equestrian sport in a dynamic. fun-filled program.

No riding experience required; Rookie Riders is specifically designed to teach all the skills necessary to safely mount and dismount a horse, before being introduced to a horse for the first time!

Leading edge curriculum which provides progressive learning activities that start riders on their way to completing Equestrian Canada’s Learn to Ride – English or Western Level 1

More info coming soon!


Island Horse Council - KidSport
KidSport PEI believes all Island children should have the opportunity to experience the positive benefits that sport offers. Organized sport teaches children important life skills, such as leadership, commitment, teamwork and self-confidence. Staying physically active is important for everyone, and playing sports helps develop healthy lifestyles for children across Prince Edward Island. KidSport PEI helps remove the financial barriers that limit some children from participating in sport in PEI.


  1. Parent/Guardian applies to KidSport on behalf of the child,
  2. KidSport approves the child for funding and contacts the Parent/Guardian,
  3. Parent/Guardian contacts the coach or stable, letting them know that they are approved for lessons,
  4. Coach contacts IHC office staff and informs them of the approval. Office staff must receive:
    – the child’s first and last name, as well as the dollar amount approved
    – a scan or picture of a completed membership form (available online) of the child for staff to input into the system
  5. Office staff confirms with KidSport, membership is processed and remaining funding is sent to the Coach.
  • Since 1997, KidSport PEI has distributed $1,332,340.48 in grants to 7100 Island children to cover the cost of sport registration fees and/or equipment.
  • KidSport PEI provides grants for children 18 years of age and under, to participate in organized amateur sport.
  • KidSport grants are available to a maximum of $300, which can be applied to more than one sport per calendar year.
  • Since 1998, Bell-Aliant has been the corporate partner of KidSport PEI. By financially supporting the administrative functions of our program, we can ensure 100% of all funds raised go to the children.
  • There are over 40 provincial sport organizations in PEI that children can choose to participate in, using the KidSport program.
  • The Province of Prince Edward Island provides in-kind support to the program.
Sport PEI manages the KidSport chapter on PEI. KidSport PEI operates provincially. Please contact Sport PEI or walk into their office for a physical application. You may also download a copy of an application from the KidSport website, and then bring it in to the Sport PEI office.

Please visit the KidSport PEI website for more information.

Abegweit Show Series

Island Horse Council’s Abegweit Competition Series is designed to promote and encourage participation in competitions of multiple equestrian disciplines on Prince Edward Island that follow a standardized format of competition rules and regulations. The program supports local, community, and provincial equestrian clubs, generating interest and encouraging athletes and coaches to achieve personal success at competitions at an introductory or grassroots level. Island Horse Council supports and facilitates qualifying competitions to ensure athletes have the opportunity to compete regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or ability.

The Abegweit Series rewards athletes and their equestrian partners for their dedication by recognizing their efforts at the local, district and provincial level through series’ awards and provincial championships.

The Abegweit Series aims to:

• provide a Provincial Officials development pathway
• support competition organizers with the management of equestrian competitions
• promote coaches to participate in the NCCP and EC Coaching programs
• promote the LTED (Long Term Equestrian Development) program
• educate and promote SafeSport and fair play policies and ethics in sport
• promote the welfare of equines

Abegweit Series Documents

Abegweit Rulebook and Competition Guidelines 2023

Abegweit Sanctioning Competition Application 2023

Post Competition Report Form

Acera Equine Event Coverage Application 




Top photo by Tiffany Ball