COVID-19 UPDATES FOR THE EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY
Please check regularly for new updates.
New July 31st - NS Government Mask Requirements
As of July 31st, 2020, the NS Government Health Act requires non-medical masks to be worn in indoor public places. This includes places for sport and recreational activities (except during an activity where a mask can't be worn). Masks are also highly recommended in privately owned/operated indoor places.
Please refer to the NS Government website
to find complete details and how this new mandate may impact you.
NEW - July 6, 2020
Sport Gathering Numbers Increase
This past week, we received clarification with regards to the June 26th Government of NS announcement regarding maximum numbers at sport gatherings (competitions/events).
As of July 6th, competitions organized by a registered business or registered association (who has a CRA Business or NS Registry of Joint Stocks number) may organize an event with:
· a plan in place to meet the mandatory sport guidelines (screening, sanitizing, social distancing, etc)
· a maximum of 50 competitors
· if facility space allows, the social gathering limits are 250 for outdoor events or up to 50% capacity to a limit of 200 for indoor events - these numbers include officials, volunteers, competitors, and support persons
This is welcoming news to our community. If this impacts your club/business decision on hosting an event/competition this year and you wish to have a meeting with us to further explore your options, please reach out to Sheila at [email protected]
Individuals/clubs hosting an event who do not have a CRA or Joint Stocks Number, or who are hosting a clinic, lessons or training, must adhere to the social gathering maximum of 50 in total.
Regardless of the number at your event at any given time,
social distancing must be maintained.
June 26th Member Update
In today's Government of NS press conference, reference was made regarding the increase in the number of people permitted at certain social gatherings. Unfortunately, Dr Strang advised that sport gatherings (i.e. events/competitions) was excluded from that increase.
As there was some ambiguity surrounding this announcement, we have sought clarity from our government leaders. It was confirmed that ALL SPORT GATHERINGS must maintain the social gathering maximum of 50 people
In the meantime,we will continue to work with these restrictions and provide guidance to you as you return to hosting and participating in equestrian events/competitions in the coming weeks and months.
Although we recognize that equestrian sport is one of the few sports that can adhere to social distancing relatively easily, there are many other requirements that organizers, event hosts and ALL participants must consider.
We are pleased to offer you supporting tools to help you ensure that Covid-19 protocols are properly implemented and followed at equestrian venues. We hope they are of value to you.
Event Hosts/Competition Organizers Resource Information:
June 18, 2020 – Premier McNeil’s Update
Today the Province of Nova Scotia announced further easing of restrictions and changes to the Public Health guidelines, which impact the NS Sport Guidelines. Effective immediately, it is now permissible to accommodate groups of up to 50 people, if you maintain social distancing.
It will also be possible to have groups of up to 10, without social distancing (contact is permitted). This means that sports may have groups of 50 with everyone physically distanced.
Below is the revised NS Sport Guidelines, Please remember that your plans must follow the NS Sport Guidelines.
Revised NS Sport Guidelines
Return to Equestrian Activity Insurance Update for Facilities, Coaches, and Event Organizers
As we return to equestrian activity and look forward to other events/possible competitions, Mike King from CapriCMW discusses implications for insurance and suggested waivers in addition to your existing assumption of risk waivers. The Daily Covid-19 Attestation and Agreement is a sample document discussed by Mike King during the Q&A to be used every day a participant is attending any equestrian activity.
- Canada's Economic Response Plan (click here)
- Resources for Canadian Businesses (click here)
- Canada Economic Response Plan - Canadians and Businesses (click here)
- Employment and Social Development Canada (click here)
- Temporary Wage Subsidies for Employers (click here)
- NEW Canadian Emergency Wage subsidy updates - April 2nd document (click here)
- Gov’t of NS Small Business Support Programs (click here)
- NEW NS Worker Emergency Bridge Fund/Small Business Impact Grant (click here)
- BDC – Support for entrepreneurs (click here)
Agriculture Business Operating Credit Resources
Business and Family Support Resources
- Webinar - Business Continuity Planning in a Pandemic for Coaches and Facilities (click here)
- Caring for your horse during a pandemic (click here)
- Education and decision making supports for the equine industry (click here)
- NS Department of Agriculture Premise Identification Program (click here to register)
Equine and Equestrian Insurance Resources
- June 15, 2020 - CapriCMW Insurance Q&A for Facilities, Coaches, and Event Organizers (see separate section near the top of the page)
- April 23, 2020 – CapriCMW Insurance Services COVID-19 FAQ's (click here)
- Nova Scotia and COVID-19 (click here)
- Staying Physically Active During a Pandemic (click here)
- Making Healthy Nutrition a Priority (click here)
- Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 (click here)
Online Games and Educational Resources
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
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
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.
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.