Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association


Each year at WELCA, 2,200 Edmontonians of all ages discover the joys of equine sports or rekindle their love of horses, and over 600 Edmonton children develop the confidence and self-esteem needed to excel at school, succeed in life, and become leaders in the community. For over a decade, WELCA has made it easier for people with physical and mental health issues to access equine-assisted therapy in the heart of the city, increasing their quality of life and well-being.

Run mostly by volunteers, WELCA is dedicated to improving the lives of Edmontonians through equine-related activities. We plan to contribute even more by making Edmonton a world-class centre for equine research, learning, and therapy.


WELCA is undertaking an exciting redevelopment!

The Whitemud Equine Centre Arena Replacement Project started construction in May 2016.

The new facility will include a riding arena, stables for programs, a classroom, reception area, spectator seating and indoor washrooms.

The old arena will be demolished once the new facility is open which allows WELCA programs to continue throughout construction. The City of Edmonton will continue annual structural assessments and provide base maintenance to ensure safety.

Stay up to date on all of the latest construction news by subscribing to our Construction Update email. Get a brief synopsis of where we’re at in the project every two weeks right up until the Grand Opening slated for the fall of 2017.

Redevelopment Groundbreaking!

We know how to break ground here at WELCA! You can also view another video at Global Edmonton's website.

Upcoming Events

Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshop with Dr. Rebecca Gimenez

May 13 & 14
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Edmonton Classic Horse Show

May 25-28, 2017

Horses, Hounds & Homecooking BBQ

May 27, 2017

Wildrose Schooling Shows

June 17/18 (tentative)
July 8/9 (tentative)

Pony Up Camp (M-F)

July 3-7 Ages 4-6 in the morning / Ages 7-9 in the afternoon
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Horsing Around Camp (M-F)

July 10-14 Ages 9-14
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Horsemanship Rider Level Camp (WELCA students only)

July 17-21 Ages 9- Adult

River Valley Horse Show

July 20-23

Horsing Around Camp (M-F)

July 24-28 Ages 9-14
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Pony Club Show

July 29/30

Horsing Around Camp (M-F)

August 7-11 Ages 9-14
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Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 2-6

Pony Up Day Camp (M-F)

August 14-18 Ages 4-6 in the morning / Ages 7-9 in the afternoon
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Advanced Equine Massage Course

Aug 07-Sept 15

Horsemanship Rider Level Camp (WELCA students only)

August 21-25 Ages 9-Adult

Pony Up 1/2 Day Camps

August 21-25 Ages
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Equine Massage Course

Sept 30-Oct 06

Whitemud Equine Centre Riding Arena – Grand Opening

October 13 (tentative)

Horse Racing Alberta

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