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 has an exciting redevelopment planned!

Phase 1 will replace the existing deteriorating facilities which are scheduled for demolition in 2016. It will include new:

  • 20m x 60m indoor riding ring,
  • attached stabling for 19 horses,
  • two large tack rooms/teaching spaces,
  • a multi-purpose meeting room, and
  • indoor washrooms.

Our planned facilities will be energy-efficient and climate-controlled, so our students and horses can work together year-round.

Upcoming Events

Horsemanship Program – First Day

September 5, 7, 10 & 11

Little Bits Riding Program – Fall Session Begins

September 13

How to Think Like a Horse - with Linda Finstad

October 3 & 17 - 1-3pm | Learn more about this event

NCCP – Equestrian Coaching Theory

October 24 & 25


End of October / Beginning of November

Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala

November 6

Little Bits Riding Program – Fall Session Ends

November 18

Learn to Ride Program – First Day

November 22, 24, 25

Holiday Break – No Lessons

December 19 – January 1

Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

Map to WELCA