Recreation and Equestrian Tourism
A significant number of owners and users of horses participate in the equestrian industry through recreation activities and equestrian tourism. A 2010 Canadian study shows 963 500 horses across the country, and of these, 173 430 (18%) were intended primarily for recreational activities. Some provinces have up to 39% of their horses used mainly for recreation activities.
Equine Canada's Mandate
Equine Canada is the dedicated national voice working to serve, promote and protect the interests of horses and Canada's equestrian community.
The Recreation Division, through the Recreation Council, will have the responsibility of supervising and co-ordinating all Equine Canada programs, services and activities relating to the enjoyment of horses.
The Industry Division, through the Industry Council, will have the responsibility of managing and coordinating all Equine Canada programs, services and activities relating to the business of horses and to the breeding of horses.
Equine Canada's Involvement in equine industry
Equine Canada wants to revitalize its leadership role in promoting equestrian activities on Canadian soil. This goal is carried out in close collaboration with the provincial and territorial sports organizations who are affiliated with the national association.
Equine Canada's Involvement in Recreation and Tourism
Equine Canada puts in place strategies and initiatives to support and develop the stakeholders in the recreation and equestrian tourism industries. Equine Canada's role contributes to developing good working relationships with national partners on initiatives. To this end, Equine Canada maintains relationships with Parks Canada (PC), the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), the Alliance of Tourism Industry of Canada (TIAC), the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Canadian Trails Federation (CTF), the Trans Canada Trails (TCT), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and several other organizations. The involvement of Equine Canada in the areas of recreation and industry is in large part to promote and support the development of provincial initiatives, among others, by developing a national framework for regulatory practices.
Equine Canada works with different provincial and territorial associations to coordinate strategies and actions on provincial initiatives. What actions will allow Equine Canada to support the provinces and the entire industry? What support can Equine Canada bring to the provinces in the realization of common initiatives for recreation and equestrian tourism?
The Recreation Division cannot consider the development and sustainability of the industry without a close collaboration with the provinces.
We must work together for a healthy recreation and equestrian tourism industry.
 Evans, Vel. 2010 Canadian Equine Industry Profile Study, Equine Canada, 2011, p.220