The objectives of The Prince Edward Island Horse Council (IHC) are:
- To promote, conduct and manage a Council for the benefit of Prince Edward Island equestrians
- To provide a unified voice for the horse industry on Prince Edward Island (excluding harness racing/gambling)
- To establish and maintain a liaison with recognized authorities, including federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and provincial or national Horse Councils or Equestrian Federations.
- To encourage the development of all aspects of horsemanship, health, education, training, competition, breeding, facilities and humane practices.
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 tab for current information on leadership of the Island Horse Council.